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wink
wink
  • Address:
    1014 North Lamar Blvd. Ste. E
    Austin, TX 78703
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $50 and over

wink Details

  • 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 American, Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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 Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great but the service was superb! Non-pretentious or stuffy -- the staff made you feel right at home while serving you a wide array of culinary delights. We loved it and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went there Friday night while visiting family! What a great restaurant. Everything the four of us had was incredible. Expertly prepared, interesting choices on the menu. I absolutely loved this place! Great service as well!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "An overall delightful evening. We were able to visit, the service was present but not overbearing. Food was delicious and fresh."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We've dined at Wink before and found both the food and the service outstanding. This time the food was very good, but the very slow service and slightly rushed/hassled demeanor of our server detracted a great deal from the dining experience. The food wasn't outstanding enough to make the long wait worth while."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was a great place, new to my wife and I, though several friends had suggested the erstaurant to us before. I really enjoyed teh waitstaff and of course, the food! They have a rotating menu filled with local ingredients sourced from places all around the Austin area. Great spot for an intimate date or just to get a fantastic bite to eat. The prices are very reasonably given the quality and diversity of the food as well as its presentation."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Wink. We were greeted cheerfully upon arrival. The seven course tasting menu with wine is superb. Each dish was delicious and artfully plated. Our wait person, JoJo, described each course and commented on the wine pairing. An excellent evening. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Absolutely would return to Wink! The food was awesome, the ambiance was fabulous and service with a smile! You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were treated like royalty. Food was excellent, entire staff was attentive and friendly, and the ambiance was intimate. We immediately booked another group dinner with the host before we left. New favorite place in Austin!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "SO thrilled we dined here for our anniversary. From the moment we were greeted by Alex to walking out the door , we enjoyed the experience. The staff are personable and knowledgeable and each morsel of food Delicious. Look forward to going back soon, especially for the duck!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The service and food were just great. At first it seemed too loud but as time went on and other diners left, it was much easier to converse. (Our reservation was at 8:45 so the place was really full and the table next to us had a very loud talker.)"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a group of four people and were trying to decide if we wanted to do the 5-course meal. In the end we decided to each order an appetizer and an entree and share everything. Our waiter was great by bringing out each dish separately and pairing the like foods with different wines throughout the meal. Everything was fantastic and the owner even thanked us by name when we left."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was impressed that as we were leaving another employee of the restaurant (I believe his name was Mark?) stopped us at the door, shook our hand and thanked us for coming in. I had not experienced that before and it made us feel a little bit special. The food was very good, particularly the scallop entree that I had- excellent combination of flavors. It's very cozy and nicely decorated. Great date spot, just a little spendy."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had the 5 courses tasting menu. Food was very good but the highlight was definitely the wine pairing. Great original finds. Every single wine was unique on its own but a perfect match to the dish. Excellent job!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, the food was good and they do seem to be very accommodating to dietary restrictions; however, something just really missed the spot about wink. I think they are just trying too hard and are no different than many of the other restaurants in the Austin scene. I wouln't go back nor would I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Once again, an incredible dining experience -- delightful and fabulous cuisine and friendly and professional staff. They make you feel like they are inviting you into their home. Love to treat my out-of-town friends."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I chose WINK as the place to celebrate my friend's 60th birthday because I knew it would be perfect. From the moment you enter the place you feel you are among friends. After greetings and a bit of catching up the experience begins. You start with an amuse bouche while perusing the menu and wine list. All questions about the food and wine pairings are expertly answered. We decided on the five course tasting menu. I had tried the seven course tasting menu on a previous occasion and decided that five courses were the right amount of food. Each course was as delightful as the last. And because you never feel rushed, you are free to enjoy and appreciate each course at your own pace which only enhances the entire experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I ordered the large scallops for $33. The plate came with 3 quarter-sized scallops. I found the food salty and incredibly overpriced. I did not expect huge serving portions, but $11 for a scallop seems rather outrageous. The desserts were good. That is why I gave the restaurant two stars overall."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The profile for this joint says American fusion or something. I thought it was great. Less American more fusion in my opinion. It might have been just what I had but there were a lot of interesting middle eastern/Asia minor flavors in my dishes. The use of things like paneer for example. It was a great space to have a place like that squeezed in there. Hidden from the street. Plus very nice waiters. The only thing I thought was strange was their wasn't much of a flow to the menu. No apps to salads to entrees. They were all just smashed on the same paper and it made me feel like I had to order everything at once. Other then that it was great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Another anniversary celebration at Wink. We went for the 5 course chef dinner with wine pairing. The food was outstanding and the pairings perfect. We did throw in a 6th course, however. They had octopus on the menu for the first time. It was outstanding. Unusual preparation in that it had some hot peppers in the sauce. It was a great addition to the menu. I hope they continue to offer it. Service is always wonderful. We had Dickey this time. Deborah is also wonderful. We have never had bad service at Wink. It is small and cozy. Once inside you don't even feel like you are in a little shopping center. If you want great food and service at a place that is consistently good, I recommend Wink."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Granted the they warn you, but portions are small. That doesn't bother me. However, they are overpriced for the quality/value received. We had a second dinner later that night."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My wife bought a voucher on Restaurant.com. I was not expecting much, but it was delicious. It's definitely a foodie place with great farm to table fare!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have eaten at Wink Restaurant several times per year over the last four years, usually for special occasions, and have always enjoyed the experience. The menu varies depending on what is available locally, the food is prepared properly, and the service is exceptional and friendly. The restaurant is always willing to address dietary needs of its customers. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Attentive, knowledgeable, professional service. We loved the scallops. foie gras, rabbit confit, lamb. All outstanding! We would return, but with earplugs!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was fabulous and the service was even better! We were there to celebrate a birthday and they went out of their way to make the evening memorable. The lemon curd dessert was one of the best things we have ever tasted...so save room! Highly recommend and will visit again the next time we are in Austin!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "best special occasion restaurant ever. we spent almost 3 hours for our anniversary dinner . i highly recommend the 5 course chef tasting with wine pairings. our waiter was tremendous. he changed some of the wine pairings to what he thought would be a better pairing and his choices were excellent. its a very small intimate setting type of restaurant. i had never heard of this place till i read reviews of another restaurant and the reviews kept saying not as good as Wink."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "the staff is excellent! Love the long term relationship of staff at restaurant ..................makes it fun to revisit!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Just perfect. I always learn something at Wink and look forward to seeing what amazing food they will have that night."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The takeaway: impeccable from start to finish- before we even arrived at the restaurant, our host had called to confirm our reservation, inquire whether we had any special requests, or occasions bringing us there, then continued to provide for everything we could've wished for from the serving staff once at our table. Our server was knowledgeable about each dish, its wine pairing, brought us copious amounts of delicious ciabatta bread & butter, & managed to anticipate our every move without being pushy. The food- delicious, creative, perfectly prepared, not to mention local & sustainable. Wink would've been worth every penny without the coupon. Whether you're an Austinite, or just visiting, please head over to support this homegrown gem."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "It was a perfect place for my wife and me to celebrate our anniversary. The food is great and the service is the best. They make you feel special."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Have eaten at most all of the upscale restaurants in Austin and I still like Wink the best. My favorite place for food, wine and great service!!! Highly recommend to anyone visiting Austin or anyone living in Austin who wants some great food!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I found Wink by serendipity while planning to propose to my girlfriend. Wink capped off a wonderful day date I had planned by far exceeding any expectations I could have reasonably imagined. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. They are keen to serve and inform and identified both me and my girlfriend by name before we had even been seated. Every question we had was answered expertly and genteelly. The food was exquisite. I have since recommended both the grilled sweetbreads we shared and the impeccable fois gras to anyone who will listen. I cannot recommend Wink enough. I've had some truly wonderful dining experiences, but Wink surpasses them all. I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I recently relocated to Austin, and I was looking for a romantic place to take my love for date night. I found WINK online and I am so glad I did. The food was absolutely phenomenal, most certainly one of the best meals either of us had ever had. We are both "foodies" at heart so the ever changing menu was right up our alley. I would recommend WINK to ANYONE, no matter the occasion!!! It is my new Austin favorite, thanks!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "AS always the food and service and entire experience at Wink were wonderful. Simply delightful. Thanks."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Celebrated our 10yr wedding anniversary with the 7 course tasting & wine pairing. Wonderful as always! The staff was so gracious, thanks for the bottle of bubbly! You will not be dissapointed, don't wait for a special occasion, the food & service will make it just that! Looking forward to our next dinner..."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wink never fails to have a creative menu with several delicious options. The Bibb salad with bleu cheese and apples was dressed to perfection and the duck entree - yum! My husband enjoyed his rack of lamb and the dessert trio is not to be missed. The service is so personal and friendly - the staff makes you feel like special guests."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A limited menu of exquisitly prepared eclectic main entrees. The portions are on the small side, yet, with one of the wonderful salads and a shared dessert, no one left the restaurant hungry."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We loved this place. Food was excellent and services even more. We loved the fact, they gave us the menu in a nice envelope as a souvenir."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My husband and I love all of Austin's wonderful restaurants (Vespaio, Odd Duck, Eastside Cafe, Uchi, Uchiko, Parkside, Qui, Barley Swine....just to name a few) but our favorite Austin restaurant remains Wink. Splurge and get either the 5 course or 7 course chef's tasting menu with the wine pairing, you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "what a find revisting Austin. Dicky was one of the best hosts we have ever had at a great restaurant. will highly recommend to friends in Houston. Food was out of this world!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This was the best dinner we've had in Austin by far. We loved the tasting menu and the wine pairings were superb. The chef's and wait staff's experience really shows. Service was friendly and welcoming. Food was excellent and timed well. We really really enjoyed the overall experience. The candied lemon and orange rinds are excellent"
    Dined on 6/9/2014