5 best restaurants in Austin
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The recently opened Juniper brings a cool, sleek space to the Austin dining scene. The exposed kitchen allows you to watch the chefs cooking up a storm with traditional techniques to create comforting yet inventive cuisine that brings northern Italy to central Texas. Sample pappardelle with oxtail ragu, stuffed pasta or smoked potato, washed down with a creative cocktail like the Chester Copperpot, or roll up for a brunch of duck confit carbonara and treat yourself to a Bloody Mary.
2400 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas
Tel: 512 220 9421 www.juniperaustin.com
With their French history, the owners of Hopfields have first-hand knowledge of creating the perfect drinking and dining venue. Opened in 2011, this place is still something of an in-the-know secret in Austin, where fine food complements a fantastic list of beers and wines in a family-friendly atmosphere. The name comes as no surprise when you learn that it serves 42 international craft beers on tap, while food ranges from salads and sandwiches to mains like moules frites and pan-roasted pork.
3110 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
Tel: 512 537 0467 www.hopfieldsaustin.com
Tel: 512 477 5584 www.jeffreysofaustin.com
Jeffrey’s of Austin
Swanky and stylish
A fine-dining restaurant located in downtown Austin, Jeffrey’s specialises in dry-aged prime beef and American classics. Established in the Clarksville area for 30 years, this award-winning eatery offers an extensive wine list alongside dishes such as crispy oysters and roasted lamb chops, with decadent desserts including chocolate soufflé and baked Alaska. Romantic and classy yet eclectic, this is one of Austin’s most popular upscale places to celebrate a special occasion.
1204 West Lynn Street, Austin, TX 78703
Coming top trumps on Trip Advisor, Uchi is tipped as one of Austin’s top celebrity hangouts. Serving a mix of raw sushi and modern Japanese cuisine, it is set within a former home for an intimate feel, and fresh seafood is flown in daily from a traditional Tokyo seafood market. Reviewers rave about the diverse menu that suits sushi aficionados, newcomers and vegetarians alike, as well as a well-priced wine list and the popular ‘Sake Social’ list. But beware – it’s always packed, so try to book ahead.
4200 North Lamar Austin, TX 78756
Tel: 512 916 4808 www.uchiaustin.com
All the style of France without a hint of haughtiness, Arro offers a great-value yet innovative Mediterranean menu. Most dishes are prepared on the wood-fired grill, using mainly local and organic ingredients, while bread is freshly baked in the nearby sister bakery. Choose a cheesy croque-monsieur, tasty veggie tart or classic steak frites, or treat yourself to the $25 three-course menu. An exclusively French wine list, handcrafted cocktails and aperitifs provide the perfect accompaniment.
601 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Tel: 512 992 2776 www.arroaustin.com