400 Colorado, Austin, 78701, 512/482-9000
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 5pm-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11pm; Sun., 5pm-9pm
The noise level and the prices are both steep here, but you'll enjoy aged beef, fresh seafood, and great salads in an elegant setting.
- 2013: Critics Best Happy Hour Lounge Act (TIE: Mike Miller at Truluck's; Margaret Wright at Skylark Lounge)
The highlights here are plates to share, inspired by the cuisines of Southern California and the Texas Gulf Coast. Seafood is sourced from Monger's Market and other local businesses. Bet on the late-night drinks and a great wine list.
360 Nueces #20, 512/467-4621
You'll find fine dining in a supper-club atmosphere, with live music almost every night. Eddie V's specializes in fresh seafood, oysters, and prime beef. Try the Lemon Drop during happy hour.
301 E. Fifth, 512/472-1860
This casual eatery offers Cajun pho, po-boys, crabs, oysters, shrimp and chicken wings.
2525 W. Anderson Ln. #132 (Northcross Mall), 512/243-5599