My ongoing list of great Austin Restaurants. Click for my  formal dinner recommendations.


  • Ciola’s 
    • CP says: Get their Lasagna, it’s one of the best you’ll have.  Doh, this place is no longer in business.  We’ll miss it.
  • Vespaio (haven’t tried)
  • Botticelli’s (haven’t tried)


  • La Condesa
    • CP says: Try the Pomegranate Guac and Elote as apps, and the Costillas de Puerco as entree, also try one of their awesome cocktails (ask them for the Malverde menu)


  • Uchi 
    • CP says: Do it up right and get the Signature Tasting for two.
  • Uchiko
    • CP says: Get the Pao cocktail, and try the Tobacco cream dessert, you’ll never have anything like it.  You can get a pretty good value by going to their sake social happy hours


  • Clay Pit
    • CP says:  You can take anybody here. Whether they think they like Indian food or not, and they will be happy you twisted their arm.  Order a couple varieties of Naan, and family style some Samosas, a couple Curry entrees, and a Biryani.

American / Gourmet

  • Paggi House
    • CP says: Great classy menu featuring Tea Brined Duck Breast.  They also have a german chocolate tartlet dessert with smoked caramel ice cream…you know I got that.
  • Hudson’s on the Bend
    • CP says: Specializing in game fare, you’ll find things like Wild Boar and Elk on the menu.  Don’t let that scare you though, everything is superb
  • Olivia
    • CP says: The menu changes often, so ask your server what he recommends.  Saving room for dessert is usually a good idea too.

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