Sushi|Bar ATX has cemented itself as Austin’s premier date spot: with just 10 seats and a Texas-sized waitlist, effort must be made for reservation; and it’s well worth it. Chef Ambrely Ouimette, Austin’s own Jiro Ono, helms the omakase speakeasy hidden within Bento Picnic on the Eastside. She and her dapper team prepare 17 courses of creativity-designed sushi in front of your eyes. The menu is rotating, but sample items include roasted bone marrow with fresh wasabi and soy sauce and a Wagyu that’s so soft and buttery that it retains the texture of toro (oh, there’s that, too). Don’t say no to a sake pairing (but if you do, ask for the off-menu sparkling sake) or a chance to add special savory surprises at the end—more is more. Finish with the toasted coconut shaved ice to beat the heat. Reservations are released at noon on the first of every month for the next month. Time Out Tip: If unsuccessful, follow their social media for last-minute dropouts.
Looking for a romantic restaurant in Austin to treat a special someone? You’ve come to the right place. And as companies and remote workers continue to relocate to our fair city, life has moved into the fast lane. Despite Beverly Hills prices and a lack of swimming pool space, the good news is that more bodies mean more potential dates and that means plenty of wining and dining (perhaps at these wine bars?). We may be best known for BBQ and tacos, but we certainly have a few tricks up our sleeve if you’re looking for an elevated experience to say “I really, really, really like you” (or more). A little conversation, some acoustic sounds, the flicker of candlelight, and cuisine that’ll make your eyes roll back - that’s what we’re talkin’ about.
Whether it’s that all-important first date, a special anniversary, or just another day spoiling the bae, here are 15 romantic restaurants in Austin city to help make the magic happen.
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