Austin is truly the heart of the Lone Star State. From its vibrant music scene, lively local culture and incredible food picks, it’s no wonder that it’s one of Texas’ most sought after destinations. Thanks to its incredible diverse patchwork of small scale eateries and upscale fine dining joints, there are plenty of restaurants that are perfect for date night. Whether you’ve been together for ages or are looking to woo someone new, you can’t go wrong with these picks. Here are the most romantic restaurants for date night in Austin.
7 of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Austin for Date Night
If you’re looking to really wow your date, book a table for two at Lenoir. Lace covered walls, intimate tables with moody lighting in a vintage-chic atmosphere and one of the best three-course menus in Austin are what you can expect. Lenoir refers to their food as “hot weather food”, and it’s because they pride themselves on eating right for the season. In Texas, that almost always means warm, balmy weather. Thanks to this, they describe their menu items as being citrusy, acidic and spicy; right in line with Texas’ seasons (or lack thereof). Be sure to splurge on a bottle to share from their expertly crafted wine list featuring top picks from France, Spain, Italy and beyond.
If stylish, artsy, late-night dining with a side of sultry is your thing, Justine’s Brasserie is the place to be. This always buzzing French restaurant is known for its quirky charm, and authentic, simple brasserie picks that’ll transport you right to the heart of Paris. Be sure to treat yourselves to some classic steak frites followed or a hearty helping of ratatouille with a wine pairing. Constantly hailed as one of the best restaurants in Austin, it’s no wonder that it also doubles as a great date night option.
If your idea of a perfect date night involves a classic steak dinner in a fine-dining setting with award-winning service, Jeffrey’s is for you. This super sophisticated and stylish steakhouse is one of Austin’s best picks for lovebirds looking to clink a few glasses. The atmosphere is warm, intimate and oh-so-romantic; plus, the wine list is one of the best in town. Treat yourself to any of their classic grill picks but whatever you do, don’t leave without an order of the crispy fried Gulf oysters.
4. Eden East
Located in the heart of the idyllic Springdale Farm, Eden East is about as farm to table as it gets. Romantic and rustic are two words that describe this super cosy farm eatery perfect for an evening for two. Each dinner begins with a complimentary cocktail followed by your picks from their seasonal, rotating menu that involves 5-6 courses. If you’re looking for a long, slow-burn evening full of twinkling lights and great food – this is your spot.
Sometimes you want a fancy seafood dinner with white table cloths and other times you want a classic Southern dinner loaded with comfort and love. For the latter, there’s Olamaie. This swanky Southern-style restaurant is fit for the date night of your dreams with its cosy, homey setting; and reimagined southern classics including just about everything that can be done to a biscuit, country ham, tartare and hushpuppies plus so much more.
Ever wondered what Texas infused Italian cuisine looks like? Juniper has the answer. This sophisticated and bumping local eatery amps up all your Italian faves with a Texas twist. From the pole beans complete with anchovy vinaigrette, feta and mint; on to the cacio e pepe made with pecorino and Texas Olive oil; the two of you will be reeling over your evening at Juniper for days. Don’t skirt the desert, either. Their prosecco poached plums are a bit of a local legend.
What says “I love you” better than a romantic evening of dining and drinking in a 19th century home? Mattie’s has been one of the most romantic spots in Austin for ages, and it isn’t hard to see why. The vintage-chic style, the decadent cocktails, the cosy and intimate seating and the unmistakable air of victorian charm are just a few things to look forward to at Mattie’s. Then, there’s the food. From the pimento cheese starter right on to the grilled bone-in pork chop, homestyle chicken and dumplings and old school hummingbird cake, you can expect to be delighted with every bite.