Best Austin restaurants for celebrating special occasions

Best Austin restaurants for celebrating special occasions

Credit: Jody Horton, Lenoir Austin, CultureMap Austin

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by Jessica Dupuy / CultureMap

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

CultureMap Austin -- This month, as CultureMap Austin celebrates its second anniversary in the Capital City, we’ve picked a few of our favorite spots for honoring special celebratory occasions. It’s a question we often get asked when someone wants to enjoy a special evening out, and thankfully in Austin there are a number of options.

Our top picks include: Congress, Jeffrey’s, Lenoir and Uchi. (Very honorable mentions go to The Carillon, Fonda San Miguel, Trio, Uchiko and Wink.)

Congress
In this immaculately outfitted dining room, it’s hard to decide which is more impressive, the simple-yet-elegant décor, the meticulously crafted food or the kid-glove service. In the kitchen, David Bull designs seven-course meals ideal for anniversary occasions with everything from Wagyu beef tongue pastrami with pickled cabbage and fried Rye bread to delicate cheese agnolotti pasta studded with morel mushrooms in a rich tomato Provençal sauce.

What elevates the flavorful experience is the service, which is friendly and approachable, and also manages to anticipate your every need. (Perfect for an evening when you don’t want to have to worry about a thing.) And if you’re going for the seven courses, splurge on the wine pairings for the added 60 bucks. Sommelier Paula Rester flawlessly matches each dish with an array of old and new world wines, allowing you to bypass navigating the sometimes intimidating wine list. Why worry with it, when you can let the pro do it?

Go to CultureMap Austin to see the other restaurants that made the list.

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