wink
wink

wink

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://winkrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (512) 482-8868
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: open at 6:00pm Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: open at 5:30pm Wine Bar Opens at 5:00pm daily Closed on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Paul & Stewart Scruggs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking! 75 spaces between 3 lots...
A word from wink
How many of the great moments of your life were experienced at a table over a meal with friends and family? Dinner at wink is like coming to big dinner party where great food, quality ingredients, and Austin hospitality set the stage for yet another memorable experience at table. Wink happily embraces omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, and special dietary issues based on what we have in our larder! "The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world." - Michael Pollan
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
wink reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (128)special occasion (117)romantic (97)notable wine list (74)neighborhood gem (67)hot spot (22)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Excellent food, good wine list, pricey.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The food was well prepared with excellent presentation although not as ethusiastic about the desserts. Good wine list. Atmosphere was fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and Extraordinary, a hidden gem!
    HungryInAustin
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Wink is hidden behind Earth Provisions on Lamar, but certainly worth finding! We were in awe of the unique menu with offerings like hangar steak, antelope, and duck. Their menu instantly reminded me of Hudsons on the Bend with off-the-charts creativity. The perfectly prepared food is matched by absolutely perfect service. Wink is rather small, so make sure you book a reservation. When you arrive, you'll know you've arrived someplace special. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would recommend to anyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was our first time here, and I loved the cozy feel and atmosphere. Mark and Jo Jo were great, and we will definitely be back. We enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu, and each course was equally delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal Gourmet Experience
    WinkForDining
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Wink is definitely one of the top places to eat in Austin. Located on South Lamar, Wink provides a unparalleled dining experience with food that is prepared to perfection. The soup, a bacon, squash soup of some kind, had such an excellent flavor, i considered getting another one for my main course. Instead, I had the duck for the main course. which had to be the best duck breast I ever tasted. The waitress recommended a perfect red pinot noir to compliment the succulent meat. For dessert, a trio combo of a lemon meringue tart, creme brulee, and a chocolate cherry cake. Unfortunately i didn't get much because my wife licked the plate , it was such a burst of flavors. Go to Wink, especially if you want to score points with your partner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but expensive for what you get.
    MotorcycleGuy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The kitchen is very good and service definitely tries hard. Even the location in an old strip mall is decent once you get inside the door as they have done a nice job with the interior design. All this said, it was not worth the $300 (with tip) that we paid for two people. I've been to restaurants that outclassed Wink by quite a lot and paid less than half that. Last little niggle: we had the tasting menu and it was good, but each dish came straight from the regular menu. Shouldn't the tasting menu be special?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little restaurant
    Ziggy13VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were a little late for our reservation and we called to say we are running late, they were very accommodating and we were pleasantly surprised to find special printed menus with birthday greetings. We had the tasting menu and it was excellent, I wish they had asked is how we liked our meats prepared but it was a minor thing. If someone didn't like rare meats, it would have been a problem. The wine pairing was excellent. The staff was very friendly without being overbearing. The restaurant was hard to find though. It was hidden next to a fry cleaner and a health food store. Once inside though the embrace was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BETTER than the 4/5 Star Reviews
    Trypt13
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Picked this place during a recent visit with my girlfriend to Austin. It was highly rated but I could not get anyone from Austin to tell me about it - went for it anyway. By far, one of the best meals I have ever had. I went with the vegetarian tasting and wine pairing. Incredible. GF had the mushroom soup - again, incredible. At the end of the meal, one of the owners came out to say hello. He was just as nice as our server. Austin is a great food city and if you are looking for something more than TexMex, i would recommend this 100%.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect special occasion experience
    ber1969
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wink has outstanding dishes which are always beautifully presented, and the service is second to none. The staff makes every effort to make your dining experience extra special, including personalized menus on special occasions and special touches that make you feel like you're the only diner in the restaurant. You can never go wrong with the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings - all the decisions are made for you and they never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    40 min late getting our reserved table. No apology. Service otherwise OK but not great. Foie gras was delicious but not super special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Latenight
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    My mom and I went there for my 31st birthday and it was amazing. The food was perfect and the service was great. The night could not have been any better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first date to remember
    Mikedmet
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Hadn't been to wink in some time, but I had always remembered it as a nice spot. Had an incredible meal there, very nice ambiance (quiet enough to talk and understand each other) and the food was incredible. and the wine was perfect. We meandered over the hanger steak and scallops and enjoyed several wines by the glass which kept our senses occupied :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu!!!
    DougFairbanks
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Had the 7 course tasting menu and it was great! Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wink never fails
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I eat out regularly, always searching for great eats. I always return to Wink because they know that changing the menu on a regular basis with innovative and creative dishes is the key to repeat diners. I can always count on the quality of food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and staff were fantastic!
    CWalsh
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband and I dicided on the 5-course tasting menu along with the wine pairing. The food was scrumptious and the choices were excellent enhancements. The staff went above and beyond, we had a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for dates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great food Great service Nice ambience However, food i think, is a little over-priced. Not bad, but i would drop everything by 10%.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Mike
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The Wink team did a fantastic job as ususal and made our anniversary dinner very special. We had the 5-course tasting menu. Plenty of food! Each dish was excellent and paired with the perfect wine. This is a great option for trying some wines you probably wouldn't otherwise. My wife and I will be going back. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynn
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    wait person unattentive and curt served 3 scallops instead of 4 with no explanation had to send one entree back over salted overall disappointment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent but overpriced
    ValueDinerAustin
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Not a bad restaurant, but overpriced. Menu not innovative or noteworthy. Just your basic "demiglaze, reduction, blah blah blah" type place. I can make a better hanger steak at home.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First but not last
    Pokeysan
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Reservations are a must. Sea scallops were highlight of 5 course tasting, although all dishes were delishious. Wine parings were perfectly matched. It was a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allways great
    RepeatCustomer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We go to Wink's for special occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is always great and we recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service, food, and ambiance
    Traveler
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We were greeted at the door my name, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. Dark lighting so great date night. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The dishes were prepared with attention to detail and the food was delicious. I would recommend Wink to others looking for a diverse and interesting menu that will satisfy a variety of palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Dragonsoul
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderfully quiet, this restaurant offers a variety of choices including some small plates as well as full entrees. All are delicious and beautifully presented. Their desserts were to die for. I would highly recommend this restaurant to locals and travelers alike. The host and staff were very attentive and made us feel welcomed and at home.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    1GreatPlace
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I think that this place was Awesome! I did not stay long but the wine was Amazing. Next time I will challenge myself to dine!Fantastic Service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little restaurant
    Paul
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Wink is our favorite restaurant in Austin and we always go there on special occasions. Food is fantastic and service is always excellent. Also, there are quickly willing to make menu substitutions to accommodate any dietary restrictions that you might have. I highly recommend this restuarant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High quality friendly cafe
    Austin
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had a n excellent experience . Good was fresh, organic, but smaller portions. I suggest an app is necessary to leave full. Fantastic lemon meringue tart, only fair creme brûlée
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, upscale in casual Austin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Spent several days in Austin, taking full advantage of cheap tacos and happy hours. But for one night we wanted something a little nicer. Wink delivered with a cozy, quiet atmosphere and delicious five course tasting menu. Our server was knowledgeable, the kitchen accommodated two food allergies and the owner was friendly and generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem that is tucked away
    alchemy9
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The reservationist/maître d was super accomodating and nice. Our server was really helpful and helped arrange the tasting menu. The food was excellent. It made me think twice about the Austin food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Amazing place. Great for dates. Food was delicious, service impeccable, wine undeniable. Go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convert from wine bar side
    JPinATX
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I had only been to the wine bar side previously and am very glad I ventured over to the food side. Menu changes frequently, food was divine, service was impeccable without being too "present", and it was quiet enough that I could speak with my dinner companion. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The Foie Gras was flat and tasteless this year. Leeks were under cooked, almost raw and the broth had little flavor. For the first time ever, the service was also indifferent. Our waiter could tell us literally nothing about two of the entrees about which we inquired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    Jlindsey
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My fiancée and I went here for her birthday dinner, which I noted when I placed the reservation. The staff provided free appetizer samples, amazing service, and even threw in special menus wishing her a happy birthday at the top. The food is wonderful and locally sourced. If you're looking for a special night out, it is the perfect place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as quiet as I hoped
    Emptynester
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our dining experience started off pleasant enough, but things changed once we presented the groupon. A party of three was sat right next to us as if we did not matter. Granted we sat where the bench setting is, however the entire compliment of seats were open. If the place was full would have understood, but not at 2/3 empty. From then on my wife and I were no longer able to have a real conversation, but we did at least get to find out about our table mates lives. The server was on the spot and friendly towards them, but not us. I drink coffe with dinner, actually need it to swallow food. I was initially treated as thou I should be at Dennys for asking for a second cup. After explaining why i needed the coffee the service was great again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome.
    stinjay
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great staff greets you with handshake at the door. Excellent food, superb service. You feel at home -- very down to earth family run atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised not to like it more
    Tried
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    had always wanted to try wink. Finally got the opportunity. We had the tasting menu. Every dish was meat with almost no vegetable. The most successful were the first course (and only light course) and scallop. The sauces on the duck breast and beef were overwhelming. Service was odd. One member of our group asked if cheese was the desert, to which she responded without looking at him, "it is for some." Clearly ddn't want to answer whether desert was included. Overall, food was good. Not worth the cost.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We've eaten here often. The food is always superb with many surprising combinations of ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    whittlesVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My friend and I came to Wink because we had a restaurant.com coupon. We ordered a bottle of wine recommended to us by our very friendly waitress and it was $39 and amazing! We shared an appetizer, two entrees and dessert. The hanger steak had amazing flavor but was pretty chewy. The lamb was unreal and so was the dessert plate, which was a taster of their three most popular dessert dishes. The service was the part that stood out the most. All of the recommendations were spot on and the host even took the time to introduce himself to both my friend and I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wink, great spot
    DanFoz
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my GF here for her b-day. We had a great time. They greeted her at the door and wished her happy Birthday. The food was great, service was on point but not stuffy. Will definitely be coming back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really Enjoyable Meal!
    Txyanky
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After reviewing the menu, the waitress pointed out the 5 course meal on the back. We selected it with the wine pairing. Each course was interesting and the wine pairing was enjoyable. I would highly recommend this restaurant and the 5 course. It was very filling, but left room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wink was Wondrous
    always4new
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This place is perfect for romantic dinners or special occasions for up to 4. A bit small, but that means quick and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.