Driskill Hotel

★★★★☆
  • 604 Brazos St

    Austin, TX 78701

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  • 512-439-1234

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The Driskill's 1886 cafe has amazing bloody mary's and great food all around. They also make specialty cakes for celebrations and special occasions that taste great! For my graduation brunch they made a great white cake with a longhorn on the top, everyone loved it!

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★★★★☆

The Driskill's 1886 cafe has amazing bloody mary's and great food all around. They also make specialty cakes for celebrations and special occasions that taste great! For my graduation brunch they made a great white cake with a longhorn on the top, everyone loved it!

Pros: great brunch and bloody marys

Cons: a little expensive and can get crowded

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Wonderful desserts! And an amazing place to take pictures!!! Right in downtown Austin! Beautiful historical building!!!

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★★★★☆

Wonderful desserts! And an amazing place to take pictures!!! Right in downtown Austin! Beautiful historical building!!!

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The 1886 Cafe and Bakery is large, but still feels very cozy. The prices are certainly quite a bit higher than at other places you could go, but the food is actually prepared by chefs, rather than cooks. The atmosphere is pleasant, and it is a great place to sit back with some friends and sip on coffees to while away some of your day, without the typical coffee shop crowd.

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★★★★☆

The 1886 Cafe and Bakery is large, but still feels very cozy. The prices are certainly quite a bit higher than at other places you could go, but the food is actually prepared by chefs, rather than cooks. The atmosphere is pleasant, and it is a great place to sit back with some friends and sip on coffees to while away some of your day, without the typical coffee shop crowd.

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It's been months since I visited the Driskill, but upon perusing CitySearch, I noticed they have a relatively low rating at the moment so I thought I'd throw my two cents in. I went with family and friends as a special treat and the only way I can describe it is "perfect." We all chose the tasting menu (as was recommended), and every single thing that was in front of me was delicious. The wines were paired excellently. One of my family members was in town from Manhattan, and she is quite the foodie. She ranked the Driskill right up there with the best and most famous restaurants in New York. The meal was perfectly timed, leaving enough room in between courses but not so long that we felt that we were "waiting," and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Everything was cooked flawlessly and the atmosphere was wonderful. The dining room is on the small side, so there's no normal restaurant din. Overall, just perfect! It IS an expensive restaurant, but it was worth every cent. I wish I had the bucks to go there every night!

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★★★★★

It's been months since I visited the Driskill, but upon perusing CitySearch, I noticed they have a relatively low rating at the moment so I thought I'd throw my two cents in. I went with family and friends as a special treat and the only way I can describe it is "perfect." We all chose the tasting menu (as was recommended), and every single thing that was in front of me was delicious. The wines were paired excellently. One of my family members was in town from Manhattan, and she is quite the foodie. She ranked the Driskill right up there with the best and most famous restaurants in New York. The meal was perfectly timed, leaving enough room in between courses but not so long that we felt that we were "waiting," and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Everything was cooked flawlessly and the atmosphere was wonderful. The dining room is on the small side, so there's no normal restaurant din. Overall, just perfect! It IS an expensive restaurant, but it was worth every cent. I wish I had the bucks to go there every night!

Pros: Service Service Service!

Cons: Pricey (but worth it)

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Staff is very nice, this place can really take care of you. The rooms are smaller than a normal hotel for the money you are paying, which is a lot but it's Downtown Austin and it's history. There are ghosts here in the hotel too, so they say. I never saw or heard any. You can go down and listen the the piano player and have a martini and the appetizers have the best shrimp cocktail around, huge!

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★★★★☆

Staff is very nice, this place can really take care of you. The rooms are smaller than a normal hotel for the money you are paying, which is a lot but it's Downtown Austin and it's history. There are ghosts here in the hotel too, so they say. I never saw or heard any. You can go down and listen the the piano player and have a martini and the appetizers have the best shrimp cocktail around, huge!

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If you are into history, particularly Texas history, this is the place for you! Historic building, in the middle of the 6th street party district. Excellent amenities and service throughout the hotel. My only issue is that some of the rooms still look like the old days. History is interesting, however, i just want to look at it, not live in it.

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★★★★☆

If you are into history, particularly Texas history, this is the place for you! Historic building, in the middle of the 6th street party district. Excellent amenities and service throughout the hotel. My only issue is that some of the rooms still look like the old days. History is interesting, however, i just want to look at it, not live in it.

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This is a nice upscale hotel conveniently located in downtown Austin. It is very close to all the restaurants and entertainment on 6th street. It is first class all the way.

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This is a nice upscale hotel conveniently located in downtown Austin. It is very close to all the restaurants and entertainment on 6th street. It is first class all the way.

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One of my friends just moved to Austin and I cam intown to see him. He wanted to go somewhere nice so we went to Driskill. It is located in a Hotel that is absolutely gorgeous. The restaurant is really stuffy though. They had a great wine list. And the incourage you to order a three course meal the is $65 dollars per person. You choose one meal from each course list. The serving are so small you may need a magnifying glass to see them, and the food truly just wasnt that great. There were 5 of us a the table and not one of us liked the food. It wasnt worth the price. I really want put off by the price until I tasted the food and it totally wasnt worth it. Especially considering we were not even full when we left. The presentation wasnt even appealing. The service was ok but the staff sortof sticks up thier nose as if they are better then everyone. Its very uncomfortable. The next day on the other hand, we went to S. Congress Cafe which was absolutley awesome! The food was amazing, the drinks were different and pretty and the service was great! And I only spent $20. I would pass on The Driskill guys.

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★☆☆☆☆

One of my friends just moved to Austin and I cam intown to see him. He wanted to go somewhere nice so we went to Driskill. It is located in a Hotel that is absolutely gorgeous. The restaurant is really stuffy though. They had a great wine list. And the incourage you to order a three course meal the is $65 dollars per person. You choose one meal from each course list. The serving are so small you may need a magnifying glass to see them, and the food truly just wasnt that great. There were 5 of us a the table and not one of us liked the food. It wasnt worth the price. I really want put off by the price until I tasted the food and it totally wasnt worth it. Especially considering we were not even full when we left. The presentation wasnt even appealing. The service was ok but the staff sortof sticks up thier nose as if they are better then everyone. Its very uncomfortable. The next day on the other hand, we went to S. Congress Cafe which was absolutley awesome! The food was amazing, the drinks were different and pretty and the service was great! And I only spent $20. I would pass on The Driskill guys.

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My first time in the restaurant was about 3 months ago, it was a good experience, good food, good service.
This time around we sat and wait for about 10 mins until a waiter came an greeted us. Then my friend ordered a cocktail while I waited for the wine list, I ordered the wine, they brought the wine back and they still didn't serve the cocktail until we asked a second time for the drink. Then we ordered the meal, the appetizer Ahi Tuna had a very weird kind of old taste... then the Lobster Bisque was warm, not "hot"... by then we had been sitting for One hour and 40 minutes ( 1:40hrs) when finally the entree was brought... needless to say I was hungry, tired and not happy with the food... we had to ask for the food to go....
I never experience such a slow service and poor food in a so called "excellent" restaurant. Never going back, specially with those prices, totally NOT worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

My first time in the restaurant was about 3 months ago, it was a good experience, good food, good service.
This time around we sat and wait for about 10 mins until a waiter came an greeted us. Then my friend ordered a cocktail while I waited for the wine list, I ordered the wine, they brought the wine back and they still didn't serve the cocktail until we asked a second time for the drink. Then we ordered the meal, the appetizer Ahi Tuna had a very weird kind of old taste... then the Lobster Bisque was warm, not "hot"... by then we had been sitting for One hour and 40 minutes ( 1:40hrs) when finally the entree was brought... needless to say I was hungry, tired and not happy with the food... we had to ask for the food to go....
I never experience such a slow service and poor food in a so called "excellent" restaurant. Never going back, specially with those prices, totally NOT worth it.

Pros: Classic setting, quiet

Cons: Slow service, food is not consistant

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We found it good, but not living up to its reputation. The nine course tasting menu was varied, ranging from superb (lamb with mint tapioca) to excellent (smoked tuna and the beef tartare dishes) to strange and awful - the chorizo-covered shrimp not only seemed out of place, but was puzzling, as the chorizo totally overpowered the shrimp, and to add injury to insult the shrimp was very overcooked. Worst of all, the Driskill seems to take the "tasting" part of the tasting menu literally, as each course was minuscule, barely a bite or two. We were barely full after dessert. On the plus side, the chef was kind enough to send out a complimentary tenth course of short ribs, without which we would have gone home hungry, a sorry state of affairs when the nine course tasting menu for two costs $400.

The wine pairings also seemed not quite right at times... I'm not a big wine connoisseur, but at Zoot or Wink I'm usually impressed by how well the wines they picked go with the courses... here not so much.

The atmosphere was good, excepting the fire alarms going off in the middle of dinner, which I presume is not normal. While there was no siren it was sort of distracting to have the strobes blinking; it took many minutes to get them turned off.

The service was impeccable, though impersonal. This is a plus or minus, depending on whether you like your servers to have personality or not. We noticed some of the other servers seemed much more gregarious, so it was probably just our server as opposed to restaurant policy. There was one 15 minute period between courses in which we were foodless, but that may have been related to the fire alarm.

All in all, a mixed bag. If you go, I'd recommend ordering something you know is good, as opposed to gambling on the tasting menu.

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★★★★☆

We found it good, but not living up to its reputation. The nine course tasting menu was varied, ranging from superb (lamb with mint tapioca) to excellent (smoked tuna and the beef tartare dishes) to strange and awful - the chorizo-covered shrimp not only seemed out of place, but was puzzling, as the chorizo totally overpowered the shrimp, and to add injury to insult the shrimp was very overcooked. Worst of all, the Driskill seems to take the "tasting" part of the tasting menu literally, as each course was minuscule, barely a bite or two. We were barely full after dessert. On the plus side, the chef was kind enough to send out a complimentary tenth course of short ribs, without which we would have gone home hungry, a sorry state of affairs when the nine course tasting menu for two costs $400.

The wine pairings also seemed not quite right at times... I'm not a big wine connoisseur, but at Zoot or Wink I'm usually impressed by how well the wines they picked go with the courses... here not so much.

The atmosphere was good, excepting the fire alarms going off in the middle of dinner, which I presume is not normal. While there was no siren it was sort of distracting to have the strobes blinking; it took many minutes to get them turned off.

The service was impeccable, though impersonal. This is a plus or minus, depending on whether you like your servers to have personality or not. We noticed some of the other servers seemed much more gregarious, so it was probably just our server as opposed to restaurant policy. There was one 15 minute period between courses in which we were foodless, but that may have been related to the fire alarm.

All in all, a mixed bag. If you go, I'd recommend ordering something you know is good, as opposed to gambling on the tasting menu.

Pros: Ambiance, service, some dishes

Cons: Parking

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Since I had heard such great things about the Driskill, I decided to go there for my birthday. In my opinion, this is some of the tastiest food in Austin! While the ambience is a bit stuffy and decorated in a fashion that is very antiquated, in my mind, the food is among the best there is. My husband and I each had the six-course menu, and every course tasted like heaven. Though I'd never heard of skate wing before, it was one of our courses (the courses are selected by the chef if you opt for the 6 or 9 course meal), and it was the most tender, delicious seafood I have ever tasted. Every course is a culinary experience in itself, and the only downside is that the "tasting" is so small that both my husband and I, who don't have big appetites, were a bit hungry when we got home. When we return, I will probably opt for a selection from the appetizer and entree menu, as those portions are not only bigger, but they allow you to really enjoy the dish you choose. I LOVED every single course that we ate. If you enjoy good food, and price isn't an obstacle, you will love the Driskill Grill. (Though I will forewarn you that the cheapest bottle of wine in the place was $30.00 and most wines averaged $60.00)

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★★★★★

Since I had heard such great things about the Driskill, I decided to go there for my birthday. In my opinion, this is some of the tastiest food in Austin! While the ambience is a bit stuffy and decorated in a fashion that is very antiquated, in my mind, the food is among the best there is. My husband and I each had the six-course menu, and every course tasted like heaven. Though I'd never heard of skate wing before, it was one of our courses (the courses are selected by the chef if you opt for the 6 or 9 course meal), and it was the most tender, delicious seafood I have ever tasted. Every course is a culinary experience in itself, and the only downside is that the "tasting" is so small that both my husband and I, who don't have big appetites, were a bit hungry when we got home. When we return, I will probably opt for a selection from the appetizer and entree menu, as those portions are not only bigger, but they allow you to really enjoy the dish you choose. I LOVED every single course that we ate. If you enjoy good food, and price isn't an obstacle, you will love the Driskill Grill. (Though I will forewarn you that the cheapest bottle of wine in the place was $30.00 and most wines averaged $60.00)

Pros: amazing food

Cons: expensive, small portions on multiple course menu

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We ate at the Driskill in celebration of my wife's birthday and our experience was very dissapointing. After seeing the Chef on Iron Chef we were extremely excited about our trip to the Driskill. Not only was the service average but the menu was not that exciting and the food simply was not that good. We each went with the 3-course menu, my wife choosing the quail as her second course and it was awful. My steak was fatty and not that tasty. We love food and the Driskill is simply not what it is advertised to be, especially for the money spent. Don't go unless someone else is paying!!

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★★★☆☆

We ate at the Driskill in celebration of my wife's birthday and our experience was very dissapointing. After seeing the Chef on Iron Chef we were extremely excited about our trip to the Driskill. Not only was the service average but the menu was not that exciting and the food simply was not that good. We each went with the 3-course menu, my wife choosing the quail as her second course and it was awful. My steak was fatty and not that tasty. We love food and the Driskill is simply not what it is advertised to be, especially for the money spent. Don't go unless someone else is paying!!

Pros: classic setting

Cons: not worth the $$ - poor experience

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I definitely understand why this restaurant was rated #1! Everything was absolutely spectacular. The waiters were informative and friendly. The food was so delicious and not over complicated like other fancy restaurants. I personally didn't think it was expensive at all, but I grew up in New York City. I highly recommend going for a special birthday or any celebration!

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★★★★★

I definitely understand why this restaurant was rated #1! Everything was absolutely spectacular. The waiters were informative and friendly. The food was so delicious and not over complicated like other fancy restaurants. I personally didn't think it was expensive at all, but I grew up in New York City. I highly recommend going for a special birthday or any celebration!

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My goodness it is expensive but it is worth the money. The china and silverware wow! Must I go on huh?? The food is incredible and yes it is fine dining to the max. Special birthday anniversaries a must!~You will no go wrong coming to the Driskall and yes it really is haunted oooooooooooooh. A must see. highly recommend

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★★★★★

My goodness it is expensive but it is worth the money. The china and silverware wow! Must I go on huh?? The food is incredible and yes it is fine dining to the max. Special birthday anniversaries a must!~You will no go wrong coming to the Driskall and yes it really is haunted oooooooooooooh. A must see. highly recommend

Pros: greatest food

Cons: pricy $$$$

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I took my family of 6 there for a combo special occasion: an early Mother's Day and my stepson's departure for 3 years to Okinawa with the Marines. I thought I'd try the Driskill given the nice reviews and momentum that is seemed to enjoy, bypassing our standards rotation of The Four Seasons, Bistro 88, Castle Hill, and Vespaio. What a major disappointment! THe service was the equivalent of Applebee's on a bad night. The food was inconsistent. Admittedly, some of the dishes were exquisite, but some were served beyond their peak. I don't normally complain about service, but for a $500 meal, I expect near perfection. The Driskill Grill simply does not deliver. I'd take a client there, on the company expense bill, but I won't take my family there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my family of 6 there for a combo special occasion: an early Mother's Day and my stepson's departure for 3 years to Okinawa with the Marines. I thought I'd try the Driskill given the nice reviews and momentum that is seemed to enjoy, bypassing our standards rotation of The Four Seasons, Bistro 88, Castle Hill, and Vespaio. What a major disappointment! THe service was the equivalent of Applebee's on a bad night. The food was inconsistent. Admittedly, some of the dishes were exquisite, but some were served beyond their peak. I don't normally complain about service, but for a $500 meal, I expect near perfection. The Driskill Grill simply does not deliver. I'd take a client there, on the company expense bill, but I won't take my family there again.

Pros: some entrees

Cons: service, service, service

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A really great restaurant that is exceptional in every regard....

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★★★★★

A really great restaurant that is exceptional in every regard....

Pros: Wine List

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Fantastic meal. Great, esoteric wines at fair prices. Staff was warm, inviting, gracefull, extremely professional (a rare find for Austin.) My companion and I can't recommend this super-fabulous restaurant enough....

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★★★★★

Fantastic meal. Great, esoteric wines at fair prices. Staff was warm, inviting, gracefull, extremely professional (a rare find for Austin.) My companion and I can't recommend this super-fabulous restaurant enough....

Pros: Cute staff, Super wine list

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My husband and I went to the Driskill Grill to celebrate and we found the PERFECT place. Our meal was OUTSTANDING. By FAR the best meal I've had since moving to Austin. Also, the service and atmosphere are commendable. The bar at the Driskill Hotel was ideal for after-dinner drinks.

I cannot recommend the Driskill Grill highly enough!!!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to the Driskill Grill to celebrate and we found the PERFECT place. Our meal was OUTSTANDING. By FAR the best meal I've had since moving to Austin. Also, the service and atmosphere are commendable. The bar at the Driskill Hotel was ideal for after-dinner drinks.

I cannot recommend the Driskill Grill highly enough!!!!

Pros: Romantic, BEST FOOD IN AUSTIN, Good Service

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Chef David Bull has gotten a lot of press lately, and the Austin Statesman just named the Driskill Grill the best restaurant in the city.

So, are they exaggerating? Nope, not at all! The food is remarkably good, and the waitstaff was the best I've come across yet.

If you're not rich or working with an expense account, this is a very pricey restaurant. But for VERY special occasions, it's worth every penny.

The ONLY caveat I offer is that the restaurant is a bit nosier than I'd have expected (there were several large, talkative parties), which means that, while the ambience is elegant, it's not necessarily an ideal place for a romantic evening. So, IF you want to take a loved one there for a romantic evening, be sure to call ahead for a reservation and ask for a (relatively) secluded table, where you can have an intimate conversation.

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★★★★★

Chef David Bull has gotten a lot of press lately, and the Austin Statesman just named the Driskill Grill the best restaurant in the city.

So, are they exaggerating? Nope, not at all! The food is remarkably good, and the waitstaff was the best I've come across yet.

If you're not rich or working with an expense account, this is a very pricey restaurant. But for VERY special occasions, it's worth every penny.

The ONLY caveat I offer is that the restaurant is a bit nosier than I'd have expected (there were several large, talkative parties), which means that, while the ambience is elegant, it's not necessarily an ideal place for a romantic evening. So, IF you want to take a loved one there for a romantic evening, be sure to call ahead for a reservation and ask for a (relatively) secluded table, where you can have an intimate conversation.

Pros: Magnificent food, attentive service

Cons: very expensive, a bit noisy

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This is a restaurant you do not want to miss. Elegance describes all aspects of it. The dinning room is one of the most beautiful is the city. The service provided is the most superior I have ever experienced-and I have dined all over the world. The cuisine is exceptional , all courses were not only delicious but had magnificent presentation.
I highly recomend a fantastic dinning experience at the Driskill Grill.

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★★★★★

This is a restaurant you do not want to miss. Elegance describes all aspects of it. The dinning room is one of the most beautiful is the city. The service provided is the most superior I have ever experienced-and I have dined all over the world. The cuisine is exceptional , all courses were not only delicious but had magnificent presentation.
I highly recomend a fantastic dinning experience at the Driskill Grill.

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Had a biz lunch here and it was superb. Food was a bit dainty, but the flavor makes up for that. Service was fantasitc, prices weren't outrageous for such an elegant setting and fine food. Great place.

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★★★★★

Had a biz lunch here and it was superb. Food was a bit dainty, but the flavor makes up for that. Service was fantasitc, prices weren't outrageous for such an elegant setting and fine food. Great place.

Pros: high quality food, high quality service

Cons: pricey

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This is one of my favorite places to take clients for lunch. The staff is perfectly attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is simply classy. Whether you are in the mood for a simple salad or a three course meal, you will be able to find something devine on the menu. The Driskill Grill, I believe, is one of those little known gems in Austin.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite places to take clients for lunch. The staff is perfectly attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is simply classy. Whether you are in the mood for a simple salad or a three course meal, you will be able to find something devine on the menu. The Driskill Grill, I believe, is one of those little known gems in Austin.

Pros: classy setting

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Romantic lighting, formal table settings, fresh flowers and professional service combine to make us feel like we've stepped back in time. We enjoy the contemporary creations by chef Jonathan Gelman, whose menu reaches as far as theā€¦

 

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