1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11am-10pm; Fri., 11am-11pm; Sat., 10am-11pm; Sun., 10am-10pm
Every dish on the menu contains a surprise - some unique combination of ingredients that fills the time between ordering and the first bite with heavy anticipation, like blackberry wasabi sauce or pecan-butter pâté.
- 2008: Critics Best Community Asset Chef (Male) (Jack Gilmore of Z'Tejas)
- 2004: Critics Best Brake/Break (Local Eateries Serving Lunch to Road Crews on Sixth & Lamar)
- 2004: Readers Best Brunch Crowd (Z Tejas)
- 2001: Critics Best Way To Get Your Jalapeño On
- 1990: Critics Best Happy Hour
Latin-inflected fine dining in the sumptuous Four Seasons hotel right in the heart of Downtown Austin.
98 San Jacinto, 512/478-4500
Nothing tests the mettle of a musician like having to compete with the best sunsets in Texas. Opened by Beau Theriot in 1982, the Oasis has grown from a remote ranch house on the western edge of town to a four-tiered food and entertainment fortress overlooking Lake Travis with a capacity of 2,500. Neither a 2005 fire nor the 2010-13 drought stanched the venue’s momentum. During the spring and summer months, the Oasis features live music on weekends and select Thursdays. Frequent fliers include venerable all-purpose show band Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes and Eighties glam-metal specialists LC Rocks.
6550 Comanche Trl., 512/266-2442
The rustic decor – stone, metal, leather, and antlers – and hearty Western entrées with robust side dishes welcome carnivores.
701 Congress, 512/583-0000