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The restaurant scene in Austin has exploded in recent years, and there is no shortage of options when it comes to fantastic places to dine. But when you're in the mood for a little romance, or are celebrating a special occasion, not just any restaurant will do. You want a place that not only offers fantastic food and attentive service – that's expected in a foodie town like Austin – but you also want a place that sets the right atmosphere for your special night.
Fortunately, our city has many places that offer an intimate, lovely setting along with exceptional menus and service. Let our Top 10 guide to romantic dining in Austin help you pick the right place, with a variety of types of food and price ranges for all budgets. From small European bistros, to established local favorites that have been proving themselves for decades and even a couple of relative newcomers, many of these places will go the extra mile when they know in advance that you are celebrating something special.
In fact, there are so many good options that it is hard to narrow down just ten. Below are our top picks, but we also have a few "honorable mentions" that might also be considered. Swift's Attic and Justine's Brasserie get many kudos for their food and hip atmospheres, but didn't make this list because they are often very crowded and noisy. Picking a non-weekend night or securing a corner table or couch in the lounge corner could up the romance factor. Eddie V's scores high with a lot of Austinites for both a romantic dinner as well as their fantastic bar and happy hour, but didn't make the top ten because it is a chain operation. The last honorable mention is Fonda San Miguel, which made our list of Top 10 Restaurants in general, and also has a romance factor in the lounge area and beautiful interior and artwork that surrounds.
With these recommendations, you are all set for your perfect recipe for romance.