Cuisine: American, New American
Price Range: $$
Lenoir came on the scene in 2012, when husband and wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher opened their restaurant with two big ideas: to help build a strong culinary community in Austin and to... Read More
Lenoir came on the scene in 2012, when husband and wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher opened their restaurant with two big ideas: to help build a strong culinary community in Austin and to create a new style of dining in Austin. Lenoir sources almost exclusively from Texas' community of farmers and food artisans, with a menu that changes seasonally. Lenoir also offers a three-course prix fixe menu for $45, with wine pairings available. The options are divided up into dishes that are in categories of Field, Sea, Land and Dream (the desserts). It is romantic due to both the atmosphere inside the restaurant and the dishes served; and also because of the lovely backyard Wine Garden, where guests can choose from the curated wine and beer list, and also order small shareable plates and boards with items such as hummus, cheeses, sausage and pickles. It's also a community gathering place, with frequent live music and a Sunday Dinner series.
- Romantic Dining: "Lenoir serves what they call "hot weather food" - that which is right for the warm climate usually found in Texas. Historically, when you look at cultures that live in hot parts of the world, food is acidic, citrusy, brothy and spicy because that's what works with the climate. So Lenoir emulates that and keeps it light: very little butter, cream and gluten."
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: The husband-and-wife team that run Lenoir make it a really special place; the atmosphere is very romantic, and the food doesn't disappoint.