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23 Best Date Night Restaurants In Austin

January 05, 2023

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Best Date Night Restaurants In Austin Texas

What are the best restaurants for a date night, birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion in Austin? This is one of my most frequently asked FAQs. 

SEE ALSO: Austin Restaurants Offering Curbside & Takeout Food

Here are the most romantic restaurants for wine-ing, dining, and woooing.


Sushi

TenTen in downtown Austin Texas

TenTen

TenTen is a modern Japanese restaurant in downtown Austin with fresh sashimi, sushi, and robata – Japanese-style grilled meats and vegetables. Housed on the first floor of the refurbished Miller Blueprint building, TenTen is a high-energy urban design with stone and wood fixtures, cozy booths and intimate lighting resulting in a welcoming, vibrant and fresh ambiance.

Splurge: a5 wagyu ribeye with shiso wasabi gremolata (24 oz) for $225 and the king grab with red yuzu kosho butter for $56.

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$$

501 W 6th St, tentenaustin.com

 

Uchi

Uchi and Uchiko are the top picks for any special occasion dining in Austin so I had to put them on this list. Opened in 2003, Uchi is a modern Japanese restaurant by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole that has defined fine dining in Austin. The menu alone is “not your everyday mean” but it’s the exemplary service that makes guests feel so special. Many marriage proposals have happened at Uchi. Lots of first dates and anniversaries have been spent as well.

Splurge: Ten-course chef’s tasting (vegetarian option available) or the six-course signature tasting.

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$$$

801 S Lamar Blvd, uchiaustin.com

SEE ALSO: 10 Best Options For Omakase in Austin

 

Uchiko

Uchiko is the sister restaurant to Uchi with a modern twist on Japanese cuisine. There is a private dining room that has hosted rehearsal dinners, showers, intimate holiday soirees, birthdays etc. The service is attentive and if you have a special occasion ahead of time (like many restaurants) you can call ahead to let them know what you are celebrating and they will help you integrate whatever surprise you have into your dinner.

Splurge: Daily ten-course chef’s tasting menu or the five-course tasting menu

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$$$

4200 N Lamar Blvd, uchikoaustin.com

 

Soto 

Soto is a traditional Japanese restaurant with two locations – Cedar Park and Austin on South Lamar. Their most iconic dish is the flaming salmon. 

Splurge: Chef’s choice 20-piece sashimi for $70, a5 wagyu ribeye ishiyaki (hot cooking stone) for $65, foie chras chocolate with a 8-year aged sake for $18

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$$

1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste 2115, sotoaustin.com

 

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya is an izakaya in east Austin, from the team behind Ramen Tatsu-ya. Offering smoked meats, yakitori, and izakaya classics with a full bar with an extensive Japanese whiskey selection. The menu is divided by munchies, raw, smoked, skewers, chinmi, and dessert.

Good for: date night & birthday

Price: $$

2713 E 2nd St, kemuri-tatsuya.com

 

Uroko

Small Japanese restaurant with casual counter service with Tamaki (handroll) bar by day and weekend 45-minute sushi omakase led by chef Masazumi Saio and Takehiro Asazu.

The dining room is currently closed but sushi omakase is available for take out and pick up.

Good for: date night, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$

1023 Springdale Road Bldg 1 Suite C, urokoaustin.com


American

Eberly

Eberly is a gorgeous restaurant on South Lamar with a contemporary and intimate dining room filled with velvet, navy blue, booths and a brass bar. The center study and open kitchen make it feel like a bustling restaurant, and the famous Cedar Tavern bar ( carefully put back together from the original iconic bar in New York City) fills the space with history. Enjoy Chef Jo Chan’s Japanese Milk Rolls, Mushroom Mafaldini, Braised Short Rib, and Shells & Cheese.

Special ocassions: Eberly prints off a special card with the occasion and guest’s names with the date and also have the staff sign it for them. They send out an off-menu dessert from the Pastry Chef Sarah Seghi, and if it’s your birthday, we will send it out with a candle!

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$$$

615 S Lamar Blvd, eberlyaustin.com

 

Bar Peached

Although not only available for birthday celebrations, Bar Peached offers their Birthday Cake Bingsu! This dessert is a signature item at Bar Peached, and it includes cake ice cream, birthday cake, whipped cream, mochi, sprinkles, and is topped with a celebratory candle!

1315 W 6th St, barpeached.com

 

Odd Duck - best date night restaurants in Austin

Odd Duck

The small plates at Odd Duck are perfect for sharing and the menu changes seasonally so there’s always something new to experience with your date.

1201 S Lamar Blvd

 

Honey Moon Spirit Lounge

Honey Moon Spirit Lounge is one of the new restaurants in town – this vintage chic spot has really good food and cocktails. I personally love the East Coast oysters, parmesan truffle fries, Argentinian prawns, and burger and frites.

624 W 34th St

 

Clark’s Oyster Bar

Clark’s Oyster Bar in Clarksville is one of my favorite date night spots in Austin whether you dine inside or outside! Start with freshly shucked oysters, cioppino, and the pan-roasted black Angus hamburger.

Splurge: grilled whole Mediterranean Branzino for $40 and Black River Russian Osetra for $240.

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$

1200 W 6th St, clarksoysterbar.com

 

June's All Day in Austin Texas

June’s All Day

June’s on South Congress is a super cute spot that’s pretty much a wine bar with an extensive wine list – I like dining outside on the patio and people watching. 

Good for: date night, birthday, anniversary, & special occasion

Price: $$

1722 S Congress Ave, junesallday.com

SEE ALSO: Ultimate Neighborhood Guide To South Congress, Austin

 

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger’s spacious outdoor patios come with space heaters for a cozy night out and they just opened in South Austin with a rooftop deck that would be cute for a first date.

Good for: date night & birthday

Price: $

6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite 1100 + 3508 S Lamar Blvd Suite 200

 

Via 313

When you’re celebrating your birthday at Via 313, you can expect the team to celebrate with you! You get a card signed
by the staff and a free dessert such as a scoop of Superman Ice Cream!


Asian

QI Austin

Qi

Soup dumplings and Peking duck for date night? Count me in! This modern Chinese restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining.

835 W 6th St Unit 114, qiaustin.com

 

Peached Tortilla

Peached Tortilla is a staple for special occasions, they offer a signed card and free dessert for birthday celebrations! For anniversaries, they offer those two along with 2 complimentary glass of bubbles for a toast!

5520 Burnet Rd #100, thepeachedtortilla.com

 

Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

The outdoor patio with stringed lights at Loro is super dreamy at night. Share a couple of snacks and cocktails. 

2115 South Lamar Blvd

 

1618 Asian Fusion in Austin Texas

1618 Asian Fusion

I had 1618 Asian Fusion in the restaurant a couple of months ago and ordered 1618 Asian Fusion take to the house and it was delicious! Love the Peking duck, pho, and filet mignon stir fry onion.

WHEN: Monday to Thursday from 11:00am – 3pm and 5:00pm — 10:00pm, Friday to Saturday from 11am — 11pm, and Sunday from 11am — 10pm. 

HOW TO ORDER: Order online

SPECIAL: Free delivery within 3 miles 

1618 E Riverside Dr, 1618asianfusion.com

 

Old Thousand restaurant in Austin Texas

Old Thousand

Old Thousand has a fun party atmosphere that’s great for groups! Their hip hop vibe and cool aesthetic make dining in feel like a party every time. Plus – their menu is full of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, making it easy for everyone in your group to find something!

1000 E 11th St, oldthousandatx.com


European

Lenior in Austin Texas - date night

Lenior

Lenoir is a popular date spot with their romantic wine garden – now open for reservations and walk-ins. 

1807 S 1st St, lenoirrestaurant.com

 

Aba 

Aba’s giant outdoor patio with stringed lights is one of the most popular patios in Austin. This is a hard reservation to come by so book early. The menu features Mediterranean classics such as kebabs, hummus & falafel. 

1011 S Congress Ave, abarestaurants.com/austin

 

Juniper

Juniper always makes their guests feel special, and when you make a reservation for a special occasion, they’ll customize your menu! Additionally, they’ll gift birthday guests a special present with tasty treats! The Italian food here is really good.

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304, juniperaustin.com

 

Devil May Care

Sunday brunch at Devil May Care would be a fun date experience – I like dining on the rooftop deck with a view of the city. DMC also has live music (DJs) on most Sundays, check out their website for the schedule. Or come after dinner for a sultry dining experience.

500 W 6th St Suite 10, devilmaycareatx.com

 

Justine's Brasserie - best restaurant in Austin

Justine’s Brasserie

Justine’s is one of my go-tos for date night in Austin – cheese plate, steak frites, and a glass of house red under the twinkling lights in the backyard garden. Super cute French restaurant. 

Tip: Justine’s books up weeks in advance but you can try swinging by and putting your name down and then walk across to Central Machine Works for a drink.

4710 E 5th St, justines1937.com

SEE ALSO: 17 Spots For Late Night Food In Austin


Tex-Mex

Taquero Mucho in Austin Texas

Taquero Mucho

Austin’s Instagrammable pink Mexican restaurant has opened for curbside takeout with their popular Tex-Mex options like the pink tacos and margaritas so I had to add them to this list best date night restaurants Austin.

508 West Ave, taqueromuchoaustin.com

 

Suerte

I’ve had a few dates at Suerte and it’s always a great time! You can also grab a drink afterwards at Whisler’s. 

1800 E 6th St,

 

Grizzelda’s

Grizzelda’s is a cute spot for a first date – share a plate of sizzling fajitas over a couple of Grizz Mizz margaritas.

105 Tillery St

SEE ALSO: 81 Best Happy Hours In Austin


At Home

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Book a virtual cheese tasting with Antonelli’s for Valentine’s at home.

4220 Duval St, antonellischeese.com


OTHER BEST DATE NIGHT RESTAURANTS AUSTIN

  • L’Oca d’Oro
  • Mattie’s
  • Jeffrey’s
  • Fonda San Miguel
  • Wink
  • Jeffrey’s
  • Olamaie 
  • Barley Swine 
  • La Condesa 
  • Emmer & Rye
  • Olive & June

RELATED: 5 Best BBQ In Austin By A Barbecue Expert

 

Romantic date night ideas in Austin

  • Peter Pan Mini-golf – BYOB
  • Boating on Lake Austin or Lake Travis
  • Blue Starlite drive-in – cute Austin date ideas
  • Glamping in the Texas Hill Country at Collective Retreats
  • Golfing at Topgolf
  • Swan pedal boat on Lady Bird Lake
  • Swimming in Barton Springs
  • Watch a movie at Alamo Drafthouse

WRITTEN BY:

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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