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Lamberts American Kitchen

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Best of Austin Awards

More: Fine Dining restaurants, South Congress and South First

Central Standard Kitchen & Bar

Located at the South Congress Hotel, the likably retro Central Standard is less devoted to making things new than to doing things well, excelling at thoroughly American hearty mains, proper salads, and a few well-composed but secondary sides.

1603 S. Congress, 512/942-0823

Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency

Located on the second level of the Hyatt's atrium, this place draws raves. Maybe it's SWB's commitment to local produce and meats that makes it a local favorite.

208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234

Vespaio

The comfy bar, great service, and dazzling display of antipasti near the front door lure us in, and the pasta and heirloom tomatoes do the rest. And if gluten-free pasta is what you're after, you'll find plenty of it here.

1610 S. Congress, 512/441-6100

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