208 W. Fourth, Austin, 78701, 512/494-4011
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 4pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., 5pm-2am
An incredible cocktail menu isn't surprising given that the place originally opened as an absinthe bar. Today you'll find an ample dinner menu.
- 2013: Readers Best Cocktail Menu (TIE: Peché; Weather Up)
- 2012: Readers Best Cocktail Menu (TIE: East Side Show Room, Peché)
- 2011: Readers Best Bar Staff
- 2010: Readers Best Bar Staff
From the aficianados of Easy Tiger and 24 Diner comes this French bistro, so the excellent breads and pastries come as no surprise. The rotating menu – think stuffed quail, beef Bourguignon, and profiteroles for dessert – brings back fond memories of French fare in Austin.
601 W. Sixth, 512/992-2776
European, Cajun, and Southern dishes are prepared with organic, local, and homegrown ingredients. A great selection of beers and spirits as well as a well-thought-out wine list complete the experience.
500 W. Sixth, 512/477-2377
This grand-mère of Austin's French restaurants offers classic bistro fare. After all these years, we're still partial to the salade lyonnaise and the elegant mousse au chocolat.
510 Neches, 512/473-2413