4710 E. Fifth, Austin, 78702, 512/385-2900
Hours: Wed.-Mon., 6pm-2am
This East Austin answer to a Parisian brasserie (literally, “brewery,” but practically speaking, restaurant) embraces early 20th century roots (the cottage itself was built in 1937) and creates a picturesque vintage experience. Fit with a cozy bar, wooden tables, and great Depression-era decor, the disco balls on the patio bring the ambience back to our current millennium. Paired with its late-night dining of standout French bistro fare (steak frites, Escargots à la Bourguignonne), readings (Richard Hell), spoken word (Jello Biafra), and the occasional midnight show (Louis Armstrong singer Jewel Brown) for the lucky few that join the party at the 11th hour.
The kitchen serves food until 1:30am, attracting a late-night dining crowd that makes for splendid people-watching
Rachel Feit, November 12, 2009
- 2015: Readers Best Date Restaurant (TIE: Uchiko; Justine's)
- 2014: Readers Best Intimate Dining (Justine's)
- 2011: Readers Best Place To Take a First Date (TIE: Justine's Brasserie; Blue Dahlia Bistro)
- 2011: Readers Best Intimate Dining
- 2010: Readers Best Intimate Dining (TIE: Wink; Justine's)
Chef Sonya Coté's restaurant is set beside a plowed field and under a canopy of ancient pecan trees on Springdale Farm. The cuisine reflects the current harvest.
755 Springdale Rd., 512/428-6500
Ever-evolving cuisine from one of Austin's most famous chefs. But despite all that praise, Paul Qui never takes himself too seriously. Check out the whimsical restaurant website.
1600 E. Sixth, 512/436-9626
So passionate about cocktail craft are the owners here, they boast a Clinebell CB300X2 commercial ice machine that spits out 300-pound blocks of clear, crystal ice–the type ice sculptors use. Each major spirit group gets two pages of the menu, broken down into six preparation methods, and all drinks are $10. Try the Pepino Fizz.
1808 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/524-0406