Feb 21 2009

Has anyone ever had fine dining in the Austin area? (Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock etc.)?

Published by at 4:04 am under Fine Dining

I haven't lived here in this city for too long and I don't know where to take my girlfriend for Valentine's Day. I had a couple of options but with so many user reviews one doesn't know what to trust. My current places are the Paggi House, the Emerald Restaurant, Finn & Porter, and Main Street Grill. If anyone has any information on these places or recommendations let me know. Thank you.

Finn & Porter
500 E Fourth St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 493-4900

Voted the "Best Steak" in Austin; one of the 'Top 10" steakhouses in the country and the "Best Wine List." I invite you to be among those raving about the Steaks, fresh Seafood and creative Sushi.

decor is enticing and cosmopolitan, with Asian influences.

You will be delighted to entertain your business clients or host your friends in the new Private Dining Rooms.

Finn & Porter's Loft Bar is open and serving delectable items from its classic bar menu.

The street level entrance of this Hilton restaurant leads you into a low-lit, comfy bar with overstuffed leather chairs. Patrons on the next level come through traditional doors to the spacious dining room with two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows. Flown in from around the globe three times a week and cooked to order, fresh fish is one of Finn & Porter's specialities. Meat lovers op for one of the tender and juicy bone-in steaks.

For my Dad's retirement party dinner we wanted a restaurant that would provide not only a wonderful ambience, but outstanding food and service as well. Finn & Porters was the perfect choice! The manager (John) was helpful, knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. The food was fantastic. The crab cakes, sushi, and oysters were perfect. My halibut had an unepxected zing and flavor. Our steaks, and stuffed chicken were amazing. The wine options were outstanding. Every detail was taken into consideration by the staff and kitchen – and every course was worth the wait. The restaurant can be a little noisy thanks to the acoustics, but its well worth it. The menu is reasonably priced, the food and wine pairings are wonderful, and the staff is attentive and helpful. This is definitely a place worth putting on your favorites or must visit list!

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5 Responses to “Has anyone ever had fine dining in the Austin area? (Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock etc.)?”

  1. PearAppleon 21 Feb 2009 at 4:35 am

    Try Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
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  2. I wonderon 21 Feb 2009 at 4:52 am

    Finn & Porter
    500 E Fourth St
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: (512) 493-4900

    Voted the "Best Steak" in Austin; one of the 'Top 10" steakhouses in the country and the "Best Wine List." I invite you to be among those raving about the Steaks, fresh Seafood and creative Sushi.

    decor is enticing and cosmopolitan, with Asian influences.

    You will be delighted to entertain your business clients or host your friends in the new Private Dining Rooms.

    Finn & Porter's Loft Bar is open and serving delectable items from its classic bar menu.

    The street level entrance of this Hilton restaurant leads you into a low-lit, comfy bar with overstuffed leather chairs. Patrons on the next level come through traditional doors to the spacious dining room with two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows. Flown in from around the globe three times a week and cooked to order, fresh fish is one of Finn & Porter's specialities. Meat lovers op for one of the tender and juicy bone-in steaks.

    For my Dad's retirement party dinner we wanted a restaurant that would provide not only a wonderful ambience, but outstanding food and service as well. Finn & Porters was the perfect choice! The manager (John) was helpful, knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. The food was fantastic. The crab cakes, sushi, and oysters were perfect. My halibut had an unepxected zing and flavor. Our steaks, and stuffed chicken were amazing. The wine options were outstanding. Every detail was taken into consideration by the staff and kitchen – and every course was worth the wait. The restaurant can be a little noisy thanks to the acoustics, but its well worth it. The menu is reasonably priced, the food and wine pairings are wonderful, and the staff is attentive and helpful. This is definitely a place worth putting on your favorites or must visit list!
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  3. Anemoneon 21 Feb 2009 at 5:38 am

    You might have a hard time getting a reservation this late at the nicer places. Emerald Restaurant is super pricey. Mind you, it's good, but be prepared to spend $150-$200. Another thing to consider is that Valentines is usually overcrowded and is not always typical of a regular night in a restaurant. I'd say find somewhere romantic and don't stress too much over the food, just enjoy each other's company.
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  4. Gingeron 21 Feb 2009 at 6:02 am

    I always liked Susies North for Sushi, the Driskoll, Roy's, or try austin360.com
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  5. sendittojeffon 21 Feb 2009 at 6:07 am

    Hey Paggi House is very good but can turn out to be very expensive, with most entries starting at $30.00 and up Check out the menu on line. My favorite adult place in Austin for dinner is the Mansion on Judges Hill. The food is really good and it's not crazy busy so you can't hear your self think. I just love it there.
    http://www.mansionatjudgeshill.com/Dining
    They also have a great Happy Hour bar that I love for the same reasons.
    Good Luck and Happy Valentine's Day
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