A recent revamp has transformed this old Northwest Hills favorite into a neighborhood bistro open for lunch, dinner and brunch with a classic French menu, a thoughtful wine list and craft cocktails; a new coat of paint in reddish tones and art deco posters add to the casual Parisian atmosphere.
8127 Mesa Dr.; 512-346-7900
“Tradition is the watchword” at this “sophisticated oasis” in the historic Driskill Hotel Downtown inhabiting “classy”, clubby digs adorned with portraits of politicians of yore; most find the American fare – offered à la carte or in various tasting menus – “delicious” and well served at appropriately upmarket prices.
604 Brazos St.; 512-391-7162
Eastern-European cuisine in Texas is “pretty rare”, but this Pflugerville bistro puts out “authentic” takes on all the Russian, Czech and German classics capped by traditional desserts; a historic setting decked out with antiques and mementos enhances the “old-world charm.”
111 E. Main St.; 512-835-1919
Fabi + Rosi
This “wonderful little hideaway” in Old West Austin serves modern takes on European classics like escargots and housemade charcuterie plus some of the “best schnitzel this side of the Atlantic” paired with a small but well-curated wine list; set in a “charming” rehabbed home, it’s decorated in a black-and-white motif with leather banquettes, hanging votives and mirrors lending it a modern ambiance perfect for “dates.”
509 Hearn St.; 512-236-0642
“Classic dining” turns up at this “venerable” 1894 Bouldin Creek estate – ranked No. 1 for Decor in Austin – where peacocks stroll the “lovely” grounds and the “beautiful” setting is a mainstay for weddings and celebratory Sunday brunches; in comparison, some find the “expensive” Continental cuisine “ordinary”, although coddling service and the signature milk punch makes it an “old Texas favorite.”
811 W. Live Oak St.; 512-444-4747