The pop-up is officially permanent and lovers are clamoring to get a coveted seat at the 10-spot Omakase speakeasy hidden within Bento Picnic. Chef Philip Frankland Lee and his dapper team prepare 17 courses of creativity designed sushi in front of your very eyes. The menu is rotating, but nigiri samples include roasted bone marrow with wasabi and soy sauce, and bluefin tuna otoro with whisky and caramelized pineapple. Don’t say no to a sake pairing, or a chance to add courses at the end – trust us, more is more. Reservations are released at 10am on the first day of every month, and you can find out about drop outs via their social media pages.
Everyone seems to have fallen in love with Austin during the pandemic, right? And as major companies and remote workers continue to relocate to our fair city, life has moved into the fast lane. Despite Californian prices and a lack of swimming hole space, the good news is, 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 candle light, 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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