8 Fancy Restaurants in Austin Texas to Upgrade Your Next Night Out

October 20, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
Yelp

If you are looking for a fancy restaurants in Austin STATE then you’ll want to be sure to check out one of Austin’s fine upscale and high end restaurants and eating establishments. With many different styles and cultures of cuisines, and a myriad of upscale atmospheres, the restaurants in Austin have more to offer than meets the eye. Although there are many options to choose from, in this article today we have compiled a list of some of the top rated fancy restaurants in the whole Austin area. 

The list includes the restaurant's location, a Yelp review, a summary of the restaurant's style, and even a convenient link to the restaurant's website in case you want to order takeout or just want to preview the menu before you go in person. We’ve even included links where you can get a GiftYa E-Gift Card for each and every one of the participating restaurants.

As a reminder a GiftYa digital gift card is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A gift card that functions just like every other gift card. It lets you make purchases at a participating bar, restaurant, or store up to the face value of the gift card. However, unlike traditional gift cards. GiftYa digital gift cards come with a few additional benefits. For instance, unlike a traditional gift card, a GiftYa can be sent straight to your phone in seconds. That way you don’t need to deliver a GiftYa in person if you want to give it as a gift. You don’t even have to go to a store in person if you want one for yourself. You can just visit the GiftYa website and pick one up today.

Since GiftYa cards are sent directly to your phone you never have to worry about misplacing them or forgetting to take them with you. In most instances you are going to have your phone with you so in most instances you will have your GiftYa cards right in your pocket. In addition to that, your GiftYa also keeps track of the balance for you. Which is so much nicer than having to try to remember how much was left over on those antiquated plastic gift cards. I mean you can’t write it on them very easily so idk what you’re supposed to do if you don’t use the total value the first time? Just guess the next time you are in town? 

Aba

Fancy Food and Fine Wine with an Intimate Patio Space

1011 S Congress Ave Bldg 2 | Ste 180 | www.abarestaurants.com

You don’t have to fly to Europe to feel like you’re lounging by the dramatic oceanside cliffs with a refreshing breeze on your face. Aba brings a slice of old world luxury right here to Austin. According to locals, it’s Austin’s best-kept secret for Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s fancy, it’s trendy, but it isn’t too stuffy -- well-behaved dogs are even welcome to join you while you sip creative cocktails inspired by the citrus flavors of the Mediterranean on Aba’s gorgeous patio.

If you stop in for lunch, be sure to take advantage of the three-dip sampler for your appetizer. It isn’t available on the dinner menu, and it’s the perfect opportunity to explore all of the rich flavors Aba’s kitchen has to offer.

“Outstanding meal! Every detail has been given lots of attention.Adorable shaded patio space.

Delicious wine selection. Nice servers with super fast service.” - Yelp Review

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Aba at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new fancy restaurants and locations in Austin are added all the time!

Corinne Austin

Upgrade Your Usual Drinks Spot + Try Out a Creative Cocktail at Corinne Austin

304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 100 | Downtown | www.corinneatx.com

Corinne Austin believes that fancy doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, Corinne Austin has built its dining experience around the idea that one of the most attractive things about American cuisine classics is its uncomplicated effortlessness. That means they’re serving up feel-good food with some fancy flair, making it a great place to grab drinks with friends, enjoy an elegant dinner, or relax for weekend brunch.

“The best bar staff and exceptional snacks/ menu options. They were courteous, drinks came out fast and strong, and they even had us try some of their own bartender "creations." Would highly recommend this spot” - Yelp Review

There aren’t GiftYa digital gift cards available for Corinne Austin as of the date of this writing, but there might be now! Be sure to check GiftYa itself for all the gift cards available for fancy restaurants  in Austin.

Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood & Crab

Fancy Food and Friendly Staff Make Tuluck’s Stand Out From the Crowd

400 Colorado St | Downtown | trulucks.com

How do you make a fancy restaurant even better? Add in beautiful views of the city, of course! Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab doesn’t disappoint when it comes to views. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Austin, you can have a great vantage point to enjoy the crisp architecture of Austin’s skyline. Just don’t look down… at Truluck’s, you’re a long way up!

“Went here for my 21st and I'll never forget it. From the professionalism of the staff to the atmosphere to the food, everything was superb. I also cant forget the waiter carding me per my mom's request so she could photograph the moment. Coming back for the bar soon!!” - Yelp Review 

Treat yourself or a loved one to Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood & Crab in Austin and enjoy one of the best fancy restaurants  by grabbing a GiftYa digital gift by following the link!

The Carillon

Excellent Food and Outstanding Service Every Time

1900 University Avenue | University of Texas | thecarillonrestaurant.com

Since it opened in 2008, The Carillon has been making waves in Austin’s robust food scene. With an award-winning culinary team, it’s no surprise The Carillon has attracted some attention! Plus, since the kitchen at The Carillon uses fresh, local produce and organic, grass-fed, free-range proteins, you can feel good about chowing down on the delicious meal they put on your plate.

Named after the bells at The University of Texas Austin’s main tower, The Carillon is a favorite dinner spot for university staff. You don’t have to be enrolled at UT Austin to enjoy dining here, but its university ties do make it a must-visit for families, students, and alums looking for an elevated dining experience in Austin!

“I'm updating my review of The Carillon, because, well, we just had another amazing experience there and I have to share it. Everything I said prior about The Carillon still holds true - impeccable service, delicious and inventive food, etc.” - Yelp Review 

Unfortunately The Carillon isn’t one of the fancy restaurants in Austin participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

RedAsh

Impeccable Italian Cuisine Right Here in Austin

303 Colorado St | Downtown | redashitalia.com

Does your vision of the ideal fancy restaurant include garlic bread? Same. And for warm, delicious garlic bread, fresh pasta entrees, and incredible seafood creations, Red Ash’s Italian-inspired menu should be your go-to. 

Enjoy all of your favorites -- Frutti di Mare, Pappardelle Alla Bolognese, Bruschetta, and more. It’s just as tasty as what Nonna used to make, just dressed up for a fancy evening out!

“What a fantastic restaurant! My partner and I were visiting Austin from NYC. We loved Red Ash so much we came twice in our 5 days in town.” - Yelp Review 

Grab a GiftYa digital gift card to RedAsh Grille by following the link right HERE and get some of the best fancy restaurants in Austin you can find!

Olive & June

Perfect for an Upscale Happy Hour or Fancy Dinner Date

3411 Glenview Ave | Austin | oliveandjune-austin.com

Turns out Southern Italy isn’t so far from Austin, after all! Step into Olive & June, you’ll be instantly transported to the warm, bright shores of the Mediterranean. The handmade pasta, creative cocktails, and delicious selection of Italian wine will have you feeling right at home. 

Plus, located in the romantic shade of a 200 year old oak tree, dining at Olive & June feels like hanging out in a treehouse for grown-ups. What more could you want?

“Perfect Tree House vibes for happy hour or intimate dinner.  Super helpful staff, complimentary valet parking, and delicious cocktails.  I'll definitely be back” - Yelp Review 

Fancy restaurants in Austin can be hard to come by but you can grab a GiftYa digital gift card to Olive & June right here!

P6

Pair Fancy Food and Fine Wine with Dazzling River Views for an Unforgettable Evening or Picture Perfect Brunch

111 E Cesar Chavez St | Austin | thelinehotel.com/austin

P6 is winning the game when it comes to Insta-worthy dining in Austin. This fancy restaurant comes equipped with a charming patio, dazzling views of downtown, and colorful decor that make the perfect backdrop to any selfie commemorating a nice night (or morning!) out. And that’s before they even bring out the food!

Chow down on Patatas Bravas, Crudo, Frittatas, Carpaccio, and countless other delicious dishes as you soak up the sun on P6’s sixth-floor balcony or simply sip on one of their creative cocktails. It’s all good options here.

“My husband and I stopped by P6 for appetizers and cocktails while we were in town and we had the best time!! The cute, Instagrammy interior is only topped by the incredible backdrop of the balcony view over the river.” - Yelp Review 

P6 is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated fancy restaurants in Austin!

Wink

World-Class Food and Service in the Heart of Austin

Duck breast served up by Wink in Austin. Image courtesy of Emily S. on Yelp.

1014 N Lamar Blvd | Ste E | winkrestaurant.com

When you say “fancy,” are you looking for fresh? Then look no further than Wink. Specializing in mouthwatering meals crafted from farm-to-table ingredients brought to you by conscientious farmers & purveyors, you can rest assured that your 5-star experience has a positive impact on the Austin community as well.

Wink offers plates that meet a variety of diets, so if you’re looking for a fancy New American spot with vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian options, you’ve found your place!

“Amazing Service, we were here for my mothers birthday and let me tell you, we have been around the globe and we have never experienced such immaculate service.” - Yelp Review 

Get a GiftYa digital gift card for yourself or a loved one to Wink and enjoy one of the best fancy restaurants in Austin by following the link!
There you go you finally have it, a list of great fancy restaurants you can find in Austin. I;m pretty sure you’re going to find something that fits your appetite and your wallet somewhere on that list. And you don’t need to sweat it, the list is compiled of some of the best reviewed upscale restaurants in Austin on the internet so you can be sure everything on the list has been well vetted. But even if you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, GiftYa has something to offer for everybody when they are in Austin looking for fancy restaurants, places to shop, or other attractions in the city. And remember you can grab a GiftYa digital gift card to the participating restaurants for you or a loved one and send them instantly and keep track of everything digitally.

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