Garrison’s on every Austinite bucket list at the moment, and it never fails to live up to sky-high expectations. The upscale grill house fuses together big-city glamor with small-town southern hospitality, and the food is tasty as Texan fare should be. That’s thanks to superstar Chef Jakub Czyszczon, who grills with Texas Post Oak flame and uses all fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The result is the juiciest selection of steaks, fish and poultry around. Don’t miss their beloved Tater Tots (with aerated gruyere cheese and generous black truffle), the heavenly soft Barbecue Grouper (with bok choy) and the warm Pecan Souffle. Garrison sets the bar for date night that few other downtown restaurants can touch.
Once upon a time, the list of the best restaurants in Austin was all barbecue this and Tex-Mex that, but in 2023 that’s all changed. ATX has grown and graduated beyond brisket and queso; and while those casual options still reign supreme, they now do so alongside international concepts and fine dining establishments (finally, an excuse to dress up!). The dining scene here is sizzling hot, and the greats being served span across omakase speakeasies that transport you to the dens of Tokyo to Texas-sized French fare served at one of Austin's most romantic restaurants. Whether you’re into Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Italian or good ol’ American burgers, the city has it all. Wear loose-fitting pants, here are the best places to eat in Austin, y’all.