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Austin Dining & Nightlife 2017-04-03T15:56:15+00:00

Austin Dining & Nightlife

Whatever you’re interested in, Austin is sure to have the fine dining you’re craving. As always, your Private Concierge is available to recommend local dining establishments and make your reservations.

Restaurant Recommendations

(512) 474-4452
www.chuys.com
The traditional Tex-Mex cuisine includes enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, and tacos. Every year on Elvis Presley’s birthday, January 8, most locations host the Elvis’ Birthday Bash, during which an Elvis impersonator visits the restaurant. Hidden menu ideas include the Presley which is a fried banana Taco sprinkled with powdered sugar. Chuy’s is also famous for their jalapeno ranch dressing it is good on everything.

(512) 653-1187
www.franklinbarbecue.com
Bon Appétit declared the barbecue at Franklin, in Austin, Texas, as the best in the United States. Since then, the walk-in only restaurant from pit master Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacy has experienced relentless demand, with people lining up for hours to try the place’s celebrated brisket and other smoked meats. Franklin’s is open Tuesday through Sunday at 11 AM. Get there early as they only serve until they sell out!

(512) 339-6959
www.generaltsoboy.com
Rock Rose is also home to General Tso’boy, a Chinese-American po’boy restaurant. Enjoy innovative mixed flavors in dinners like General Tso’s chicken, honey walnut shrimp, and ma po tofu.

(512) 829-7779
www.jinya-ramenbar.com
If you’re asking yourself, “A Ramen Bar?” Know that this ramen is not the dried packaged sort—far from it. This Austin restaurant has an array of noodle soups, including chicken broths, that you don’t want to miss.
(512) 888-7559
www.kyotensushiko.com
What started out as a sushi trailer grew into a full-fledged sushi restaurant. Otto Phan is the owner and chef at Kyōten Sushiko and he is obsessive about his fish dishes. Because this restaurant is so new, currently one can only make reservations for the $150 omakase (chef’s choice). Casual lunch and take-out will be the next services added.
(737) 212-1876
www.locadoroaustin.com
This is the real thing. Contemporary Italian food including freshly made pasta and wood-grilled entrees. L’Oca D’Oro (the golden goose) serves dishes family style. Décor is open and airy. Floor to ceiling windows let in lots of light.
(512) 795-8593
www.musashinosushi.com
Now in a new location, Musashino still serves food in the traditional Japanese style. Edomae Zushi (Tokyo-style sushi) features fresh ingredients flown in from all over the world.
(512) 266-2442
www.oasis-austin.com
The Oasis has become a well-known jewel nestled in Austin, Texas. Every year, thousands of guests from all over the world come to see the breathtaking views and quite possibly one of the most spectacular sunsets they will ever lay eyes on. Enjoy live music, food, and specialty cocktails.
(512) 323-0153
www.olapoke.com
Ola Poke is a fast-paced and casual Hawaiian restaurant. Their marinated fish is sold by the pound or in customizable bowls. Other dishes include loco moco (hamburger patty, fried egg, white rice, and gravy) and spammy musubi (a type of Spam sushi). Yes, you read that correctly. They really use Spam. (Pacific Islanders love their Spam.) Try it. You might like it. If none of the above dishes appeal to you, try the hibachi-grilled meats or a Korean dish.
(512) 381-0800
www.steinersteakhouse.com
Chophouse fare and wine star at this swanky lakeside fixture with view of Lake Travis. Enjoy music on the terrace and watch the sunset over the lake. The steak house is located on 5,200 acres of land originally owned by the Steiner family, founders of the Steiner rodeo company. Enjoy the hand selected premium beef cuts, fresh seafood, and more.
(512) 482-9000
www.trulucks.com
Tuluck’s is a getaway for the senses. Savor the freshest Crab, direct from their own fisheries. Delight in fresh-catch seafood menu or prime tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then compliment with delicious wines by the glass and bottle. Voted top 100 restaurants in America by Open Table 2015.
(512) 388-6595
www.veracruztacos.com
What used to be a mere taco trailer is now a brick and mortar restaurant in Round Rock. The tacos haven’t changed—they’re still tastier than ever. Look for the daily specials.

Nightlife Recommendations

Multiple locations
www.drafthouse.com
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers superb food and drink service inside the theater. The cinema shows hit movies, but also offers unique programming like silent movies scored by local bands, a Totally 80’s Sing Along, and a Coming to America Quote Along. There are fun times to be had here.
(512) 442-6189
www.brokenspokeaustintx.net
Welcome to the Broken Spoke, honky tonk and dance hall extraordinaire. If you don’t know how to dance the two-step or swing, there are weekly classes. Check out the small museum called “the Tourist Trap,” where you’ll find country music memorabilia and photos of legends like Willie Nelson and George Strait playing there. The food is good, too, if you like downhome southern cooking.
(512) 475-6515
www.cactuscafe.org
You’ll find Cactus Café on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The Cactus is an intimate performance venue, and one of the city’s acoustic music traditions. Since it opened in 1979, it has gained a reputation as a showcase for top local, regional, national, and international acoustic music.
(512) 441-2444
www.continentalclub.com
Continental Club is the premiere old-school music club in Austin, around since 1957, and it’s heard a lot of music styles: blues, country, jazz, rock, and Americana. The interior has a retro vibe thanks to the rockabilly, country, and swing memorabilia hanging around.
(512) 473-2279
www.elephantroom.com
Elephant Room has been voted Austin’s “Best Jazz Bar” for seven straight years. This popular bar is located below street level in the center of downtown and features jazz performances from local and national performers in an intimate setting every night of the week.
(512) 476-8017
www.speakeasyaustin.com
Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Austin, Speakeasy is a nod to the heroes of the prohibition era and to the live music scene in town. It has become one of the downtown area’s best places to kick back, relax, and listen to live music. Three distinct areas of the club exist: 1. Music Lounge with a roaring 20s vibe 2. Mezzanine, a lounge setting and bar overlooking the main music stage 3. Rooftop Lounge Terrace59, where you can take in Austin’s most famous outdoor spot for a romantic view of the downtown skyline.
(512) 480-8341
www.stubbsaustin.com
Half restaurant, half outdoor music venue, Stubb’s features BBQ and live music — a winning combination. It’s located in downtown Austin and attracts well known performers of all musical genres including: Muddy Waters, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, George Thorogood, and more.
(512) 391-1234
www.driskillgrill.com
Providing ample opportunities for convivial conversation, The Driskill Bar offers a unique collection of quiet nooks, intimate seating areas, private groupings of period furnishings and generous spaces. Patrons enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of overstuffed leather sofas, bracing spirits of local flare and classic, fine wines, unique bar food menu and good friendships. With lively entertainment, The Driskill Bar offers a perfect setting for festive gatherings.
(512) 459-5000
www.thegoodnightaustin.com
The Goodnight is a multi-activity lounge, a.k.a., an adult playground with a dining room, bar and lounge, vintage bowling lanes, billiard tables, two Ping-Pong tables, shuffleboard tables, Skee ball, and an outdoor deck. While the food is not pretentious, everything is prepared from scratch for fresh taste and delicious flavors.
(512) 472-6662
www.themarketaustin.com
The Market & Tap Room bring this building back to its roots with early 20th century décor. The inside is warm and inviting with exposed brick and wood everywhere you look. The staff is even more inviting, willing to take the time to make you a carefully crafted classic American cocktail with a modern twist. There are many different levels to enjoy in this venue. The Tap Room (basement level) offers a number of seasonal local beers on draft. On the Rooftop Patio, you can kick back and enjoy the beautiful views of the Warehouse District.
(512) 887-8778
www.thetownsendaustin.com
Located in downtown Austin across the street from the Paramount Theatre, this nightclub’s specialty is serving exceptional quality cocktails and delectable food along with creative performances. The Townsend is in a historic building with an elegant setting and great acoustics.
(512) 553-6756
www.thewhitehorseaustin.com
The White Horse has become one of the most popular bars in Austin because they have so much to offer: live music, dancing, pool tables, and a patio hangout. People love to dance here, and you can pick up a few tips at the weekly dance lessons for Two-Step, Zydeco, and Cajun. A Bomb Taco truck is parked outside for snacks, and a free popcorn machine is inside. It’s so laid back there’s even a dog-friendly patio.

Our Private Chef Recommendations

Utopian has partnered with select Private Chefs in Austin and our Concierge Team would be happy to recommend one based on your group’s needs. Please contact the team at (866) 675-5455 or [email protected] for more information.