If you’re in search of a hot new date spot in ATX, look no further! Whether you’re searching for quiet and secluded or lively and vibrant, Austin has something for everyone! Paired with the beautiful skyline and eccentric art scene, this is going to be a date for the books!
From delicious food to live music, Austin has a distinct vibe that is hard to find elsewhere. Treat your someone special to a night to remember when you choose one of these 10 best date night restaurants. Get ready to find a hidden gem that’s sure to impress!
For an adventurous night out enjoy the gorgeous aesthetic of G’raj Mahal starring the unique flavors of Western India. The menu features a wide variety of options, including vegetarian and vegan, all packed flavor with your choice of spice level. Paired with a featured cocktail, you’re in for a night of food, fun, and incredible flavors!
Located on 73 Rainey Street Downtown, explore the streets of Austin with a stroll through before or after your date. Perfect for an extra drink discovery or dessert.
photo credit Chase Daniel
With strong influences from Mediterranean cuisine and spectacular indoor and outdoor seating, Aba is an excellent date night choice. Offering brunch, lunch, and dinner with plenty of gluten-free and veggie options, there is a perfect dish for just about anyone. Cocktails with a Mediterranean twist are featured throughout the beverage menu for a little extra fun.
Located at 1011 S Congress Ave. Perfectly placed in the heart of downtown Austin, there are many shops to adventure to and even the Museum of the Weird a few blocks away on 6th street.
The finest cheese shop around just so happens to be vegan. With all the flair of France, treat your date to a charcuterie board or artisan sandwiches paired with a signature bottle of wine. Enjoy on the patio or take it to the nearby green space for a lovely picnic. Open for lunch and dinner, with special brunch on the weekends.
Located at 2200 Aldrich St. Suit 120. Just a short distance from Mueller Lake Park, sunsets are especially beautiful. Be sure to bring some peas or corn if you want to feed the ducks!
Rustic and chic with fabulous interior design, Grizzeldas offers central/coastal Mexican cuisine with all your favorites and new things to try! Delicious fajitas, tacos, and queso are all on this glorious menu as well as spicy margaritas and signature cocktails. Your date night at Grizzeldas is sure to be a smash hit!
Located at 105 Tillery St off Ceasar Chavez and E 2nd street. Visit the local Planet K for fun and surprises or stop by Habesha Hookah Lounge to top off the evening.
It’s all in the name: beer and plants. This vegan gastropub serves incredibly complex flavors in farmhouse-inspired cuisine. Featuring a secluded patio and cozy rustic interior, this is the perfect spot for a quiet evening with your date. With 40 beers on tap and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages as well, you can’t go wrong when you visit the Beer Plant.
Located at 3110 Windsor Rd near Tarrytown. Take a drive through the lovely unique architecture of Tarrytown or visit the Laguna Gloria art museum.
Modern Korean- American cuisine inspired by traditional recipes, Oseyo is a treat for those who aspire to tantalize every taste receptor. House-made steamed dumplings, Bulgogi, and even Korean-style southern fried chicken grace the menu. With options to please every palate, loose leaf tea, and cocktails for everyone, Oseyo is inclusive with a calming atmosphere for any date night. Not to mention you can dine in a gorgeous garden courtyard!
Located at 1628 East Cesar Chavez Downtown. Just a short distance from 6th street, keep the party going!
If you’re in the mood for beer, music, and food, ABGB is the place for you. Signature pizzas, sandwiches, and more are on the menu as well as a delightful collection of rotating beers on tap. Live music each weekend with room for dancing, this down-home date spot is great for cutting loose and having a good time!
Located at 1305 Oltorf off Lamar Blvd. Just a hop skip and jump away from Ricky Guerrero Park, close out the night with greenery.
Feeling like a trip back in time? Take your date out for an old-fashion car hop experience and visit Top Notch Hamburgers. Often landing on the list of best burgers in Austin, Top Notch doesn’t disappoint. Though it might appear unassuming, this burger joint is actually a star. That’s right, you may have seen this humble vintage burger house on the big screen in Dazed and Confused. A local treasure with casual delightful food, this date night couldn’t be cuter!
Located at 7525 Burnet Rd off Mopac. Complete this timeless date with a drive and maybe a park too.
photo credit Richard Casteel
Visit Odd Duck for refreshing bright flavors and quaint interior design that makes everyone feel welcome. Happy hour is from 5 pm- 6 pm daily and brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 am- 2 pm each weekend. Bringing a whole new meaning to farm-to-table, Odd Duck offers classic dishes with an elevation that some would describe as ingenious. For a date night that will serve up Austin charm and overwhelmingly delicious food, visit Odd Duck.
Located at 1201 S Lamar Blvd by Zilker Park. Located in a thriving shopping development, stop off for coffee or a nightcap along the way.
photo by Nitya Jain
Fancy a visit to Italy? Reserve a table at L’Oca d’Oro for an Italian-inspired neighborhood experience. The simple menu filled with delicately made pasta and classically seasoned dishes sings the praises of traditional food done right. Offering a wide variety of wine, spirits, and cocktails, slowing down and enjoying the moment is easy. The modern classy interior created the perfect ambiance for a night of food, laughter, and romance.
Located at 1900 Simond Ave off of Mueller. Also located near Mueller Lake Park, walk the green or relax to complete the night.
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