21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin
Wondering where you should plan your next date night in Austin? Good news: I’m sharing my favorite date night restaurants with you today!

Nate and I love trying new restaurants for date night whenever a special occasion justifies it! We love going out on date night to to celebrate birthdays, job promotions, anniversaries (it used to be our “dating” anniversary, and now we celebrate our wedding anniversary), guests being in town…or just no reason at all. Austin just has a bunch of great date night restaurants!


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We’re at a stage in our lives (meaning: no kids, recently married, walking distance to restaurants, LOVE trying new places) when going out on dates is easy and fun. I don’t think it will be this easy to go out forever, so we’re taking advantage of these years and exploring Austin as much as possible.

Do you have a favorite date night restaurant in Austin that I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments section!


21 BEST DATE NIGHT RESTAURANTS IN AUSTIN

1. Lenoir

South Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Lenoir is a tiny, beautiful restaurant in south Austin that only seats about 30 people. The concept of “hot-weather foods” means that the food grows and tastes best in a hot-weather area, like Austin Texas. Pick 3 courses from the menu (Field, Sea, Land, Dream) and order any extra courses for $12.

Be sure to check out the gorgeous wine garden in the backyard!

WEBSITE | 1807 South First Street


2. Fonda San Miguel

Central Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Experience one of Austin’s oldest fine-dining establishments for date night at this beautiful interior Mexican restaurant. The food and drinks here are exceptional. They’ve mastered the restaurant trifecta (food, service, and decor) as only a decades-old restaurant can.

WEBSITE | 2330 W North Loop


3. Emmer & Rye

Rainey Street

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Grains are the star of the show at Emmer & Rye’s Rainey Street restaurant. I chose to share a photo of my favorite dish (the cache e pepe…be still my soul, it is perfection), but the interior of the restaurant is stunning.

Chef Kevin Fink has developed a program that actually mills heritage grain; while many restaurants can pride themselves on making bread and pasta from scratch, Emmer & Rye goes one step further by milling their own grain. That’s why the bread and past are so good here.

The menu follows the seasons, using whatever is local and available. Be sure to order the Cacio e Pepe, which is one of the only menu items that doesn’t rotate…it’s that good!

WEBSITE | 51 Rainey Street #110


4. Launderette

East Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Launderette is about as cute and quirky as they come! It’s a renovated laundromat in east Austin that’s casual enough for a lazy happy hour, and trendy enough for date night! Bonus: this place was a finalist for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2016.

WEBSITE | 2115 Holly St


5. Il Brutto

East Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

The New Waterloo group (Sway, La Condesa, Le Politique, Otoko) can do no wrong. Il Brutto, a lovely Italian restaurant in east Austin, has a beautiful shaded patio overlooking E 6th St, homemade pasta, brick-oven fired pizza, and incredible Italian cocktails.

WEBSITE | 1601 E 6th St


6. Dai Due

East Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

I’ve yet to find another place like Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club. The concept here is so much fun: it’s hyper-local Texas fare, so you’ll see game on the menu that you wouldn’t typically find at an average farm-to-table restaurant. Expect things like wild hog, rabbit, and quail.

The bakery in the front of the restaurant is bustling with activity, and the smoky smell in the air is from an open-flame grill that’s used to heat up the biscuits.

WEBSITE | 2406 Manor Rd


7. Odd Duck

South Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

This popular Austin restaurant started as a food truck and grew into a successful brick-and-mortar on South Lamar. Chef Bryce Gilmore was at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement, and Odd Duck is still one of the best places to experience seasonal food that has been beautifully prepared. It’s a great place to bring out-of-town guests!

(PS: brunch here is phenomenal as well. One of my favorite brunch spots in Austin!)

WEBSITE | 1201 S Lamar


8. Olamaie

Central Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

“Elevated southern food” means you’ll get to try creative twists on things like boiled peanuts, cornbread, and chicken. But the real star of the show here? Biscuits! Be sure to order this off-menu item. Another reason to visit: Chef Michael Fojtasek snagged a James Beard Award nomination for the Best Chef Southwest category. Congrats, chef!

WEBSITE | 1610 San Antonio St


9. Justine’s

East Austin

Best date night restaurants in Austin

Justines Brasserie is absolutely one of the sexiest date night restaurants in Austin. It’s currently my favorite French restaurant! It’s a moody, sultry place to order steak frites, mussels in butter sauce, and a bottle of champagne.

WEBSITE | 4710 E 5th St


10. Suerte

East Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

One of Bon Appetit’s “50 Best New Restuarants In America” of 2018, Suerte is from Odd Duck partner Sam Hellman-Mass and focuses on corn. The masa is ground in-house to make tortillas from scratch, and much of the decor is imported from Mexico. Plates are small and made to be shared.

WEBSITE | 1800 E 6th St


11. Perla’s

South Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

This is, by far, my favorite seafood restaurant in Austin for a special occasion. The sprawling patio overlooking SoCo is shaded by massive Live Oak trees, so I love enjoying raw oysters out there when the weather is nice.

WEBSITE |1400 S Congress Ave


12. June’s

South Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

June’s All Day is cute, friendly, lively, and pink! It’s named after June Rodil, head of the wine program for the MMH restaurants (Elizabeth Street, Clark’s, June’s, Perla’s, etc.) and one of the few female master sommoliers in the country. This a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a small place, so make a reservation or plan to sit at the bar if you don’t want to have to wait. PS: the happy hour here is one of the best in the city with 1/2 off all food items!

WEBSITE |1722 South Congress Ave


13. Fixe

Downtown Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Fixe is a beautiful southern restaurant with modern takes on old southern classics. Just like with Olamaie, this is another place where you must order the biscuits, no matter what time of day you visit.

This restaurant has a special place in my heart because it’s where we were eating when Nate and I found out the the offer we placed on our house had been accepted! Since the restaurant is partway underground, we weren’t getting good cell service so we each had to keep leaving the table to go outside and sign forms on our phones. 😉

WEBSITE |500 W 5th St


14. Lin Dim Sum

Downtown
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Dim Sum is such a fun date night idea because you get to order lots of small plates and share everything! Lin Dim Sum is a beautiful, extremely busy restaurant. While I was eating there, Mayor Adler walked in for a dinner meeting. I mean…if the Mayor is eating there, it must be good, right?!

WEBSITE |1203 W 6th St


15. Hestia

downtown

Hestia Austin

Hestia is a live-fire restaurant from the team behind Emmer and Rye. Everything here is cooked with live fire (no gas or electric grills) which absolutely blows my mind. The entrance to the restaurant is Basque-style wine bar Kalimotxo, which is fun to tack on to the beginning of your date night. 

WEBSITE |607 W 3rd St


16. Comedor

Downtown

bone marrow tacos at comedor

Texas Monthly called this modern Mexican restaurant one of the best new restaurants in the country. The architecture of the downtown building is enough to wow you (it’s dark on the outside but flooded with light inside…it has a speakeasy feel to it!) but the bone marrow tacos, polished cocktails, and impeccable service will make this one of your favorite restaurants in Austin.

WEBSITE |501 Colorado St


17. Uchiko

North Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

Both Uchi and Uchiko are great date night spots, but I’m including Uchiko because it seems to be just slightly less expensive. It’s an iconic Austin restaurant that you must experience at some point, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best date night restaurants in Austin.

WEBSITE |4200 N Lamar Blvd


18. G’Raj Mahal

Rainey Street
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

G’Raj Mahal grew from an Indian food truck to a cozy brick-and-mortar in a renovated old house on Rainey Street. The comforting food on the menu is all made-to-order, and you get to select your spiciness level to make sure that the curry isn’t too much to handle.

WEBSITE |73 Rainey Street


19. Swift’s Attic

Downtown Austin

21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

I’ve gotta say…small plates at a chic American Restaurant might be my very favorite for date night! Swift’s Attic offers fun craft beer and cocktails to accompany the “creative, whimsical, and delicious” ever-changing menu. 

WEBSITE |315 Congress Ave


20. ABGB

South Austin
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

This is for all of you casual Austinintes who are looking for date night restaurants in Austin that allow you to show up in a t-shirt and jeans. (Not gonna lie – sometimes the idea of throwing on a baseball cap instead of fixing my hair sounds like the BEST date night idea, ha!)

Although it’s not an upscale restaurant with white tablecloths and servers, ABGB is one of my favorite places to meet Nate for dinner on any night of the week! Their award-winning lagers are light and crisp, and the pizza crust is dense and chewy. It’s one of my favorite pies in town.

There’s live music on the weekends, and sometimes folks even get up and dance (especially when it’s a country band!)

WEBSITE |1305 W Oltorf


21. El Naranjo

South Austin 
21 Best Date Night Restaurants in Austin

El Naranjo is an interior Mexican restaurant from Iliana and her husband Ernesto, who brought their culinary expertise from Oaxaca. The fresh, bold menu is constantly changing, so there are always plenty of new flavors to taste here.

WEBSITE |2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085


 

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2020 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

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