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10 Austin Restaurants Perfect For That Big Second Date

September 30, 2015

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You’ve made it past that awkward-you’re-not-a-creepy-killer first date and now you’re ready for that big second date. Here are my top restaurants for second dates in Austin.

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Arro Austin Patio


With Arro’s new gorgeous outdoor patio, this French restaurant is my top pick for that second big date. Think French bistro meets 1950s diner with astroturf (according to Austin Monthly) that makes me want to kick of my heels and do cartwheels. Indulge on housemade charcuterie, Antonelli’s cheese, lobster bisque, crispy quail, bone marrow, steak frites, parisian gnocchi, pot de crème and profiteroles.

Also from Sept 23 – Oct 7, all guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles and an order of frites!

Arro, 601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, arroaustin.com


Italic Restaurant in Austin


Sweep them off their feet with a romantic meal at Italic, Austin’s local Italian restaurant in downtown Austin. Keep the negronis coming (it’s on tap!), or opt for a classy glass of Italian wine from Italic’s floating wine bar. You can also try to recreate the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp with Italic’s spaghetti carbonara. Try being the key word. It’s so good that you won’t want to share.

Italic, 123 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, italicaustin.com


Hanger Steak Gardner Austin


Enjoy a relaxing meal at Gardner with seasonal, fresh ingredients. Gardner was recently named one of the ’50 Best New Restaurants in America’ by Bon Appétit Magazine! The restaurant has a quiet ambiance that is perfect for whispering sweet nothings.

SEE ALSO: East Austin’s Gardner Launches Happy Hour

Gardner, 1914 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, gardner-austin.com


Garbo's Restaurant


What’s more romantic than oysters (nature’s own aphrodisiac) and bubbles? Request to be seated in Garbo’s backroom, the candlelit ambiance is quiet and romantic.

Garbo’s, 14735 Bratton Ln, Austin, TX 78728, garboslobsteratx.com


Justine’s Brasserie

Justine’s tops the list of most romantic restaurants in Austin with their beautiful outdoor dining space and outstanding French cuisine. Invite your date for a late-night meal of steak frites, and/or cote de pore (pork chop grilled with a thyme reduction served with potatoes au gratin). Head to Justine’s backyard for photos in Lumiere’s traveling tintype photobooth.

Justine’s Brasserie, 4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, justines1937.com


Oysters at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin

Clark’s Oyster Bar

Clark’s has the best oysters in town IMO, and the classy interior and colorful exterior patio is my top pick if anyone wants to take me out for a date!

Clark’s Oyster Bar, 1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703, clarksoysterbar.com


Seaside Escape to Alcomar


She’ll swoon over this seaside inspired restaurant! Alcomar, El Chile’s newest Latin-inspired seafood restaurant on South 1st St, offers freshly shucked oysters, cerviche, lobster enchiladas, and more seafood delights.

Alcomar, 1816 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, alcomaratx.com


Olive & June

Olive & June

When my guy friends ask me where to take their lady friends, I always say Olive & June. And so far, I’m sporting a 100% success rate. You’ll score major points with an Italian meal under the stars at Olive & June’s treehouse-like space.

Olive & June, 3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703, oliveandjune-austin.com


Liberty Kitchen

Liberty Kitchen

Take your future bae to Liberty Kitchen for the burger bowl (burger patty with French fries, jalapeños, smothered with queso, and topped with two sunny side up eggs) and the breakfast cereal-style salted caramel cake milkshake. Trust me, you’ll get lucky with the milkshake alone.

Liberty Kitchen, 507 Pressler St #700, Austin, TX 78703, libertykitchenatx.com


Brunch at Trace


For a swanky dinner that’s sure to impress, take your date to Trace at the W Hotel. The outdoor patio is great for people watching. Grab a couple of cocktails afterwards at W Hotel’s bar, the Living Room Lounge, and cozy up in the record room. If you need a room, it’s conveniently upstairs.

Trace, 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, traceaustin.com


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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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