Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234
Hours: Breakfast: 6am-11am; Lunch: 11am-4pm; Dinner: 5pm-10pm
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.
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
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