The Emerald Restaurant
13614 Hwy. 71 W., 512/963-4272
Hours: Daily, 5pm-10pm
For more than 30 years, this cozy, candlelit cottage has been known for voluptuous European meals with ample cuts of meat, fish, and fowl, and a lengthy, expensive wine list to match.
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a patio with a spectacular view of the Hill Country. But a new bar and an on-site organic farm have not distracted Executive Chef Benjamin Baker from creating cuisine that expresses a Hill Country aesthetic without being kitschy.
13500 FM 2769, 855/249-3004
This family restaurant dishes up classic Italian food with a Texas twang.
12432 Bee Caves Rd., 512/263-8204
You have to get a move on to make the 7pm seating, but the unique and reasonably priced menu is worth the rush. Reservations are required, so call ahead.
205 S. Commons Ford #2, 512/402-9900