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  • Address:
    1014 North Lamar Blvd. Ste. E
    Austin, TX 78703
  • 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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "this was my second time in Austin, and second time to WINK. A bit of an effort to find the restaurant, but well worth it! Great service and amazing food - we will be back EVERY time in Austin :)"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I hate writing restaurant reviews, but I was so impressed with the food and service at Wink that I would be remiss not to give them the credit they deserve. 1. I made a reservation, but was running late and called to let them know. They could not have been kinder and more reassuring. When we arrived 30 minutes late (to a FULL restaurant), the host kindly shook our hands, asked our names, and guided us to the separate bar so we could grab a drink while he set our table. 2. Every item we ordered was delicious, and even though the menu changes daily our server was able to answer all our questions and make excellent suggestions. 3. The wine selection 4.The host remembered (and used) our names several more times that night, even on our way out"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The restaurant is small and intimate place located in an unlikely little strip mall, but don't let that dissuade you from trying it out. We tried foie gras PB&J appetizer and it was great. Seared scallops and sashimi were crazy good. Them we topped off dinner with the delicious dessert trio."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We did the five course tasting menu at Wink. Each dish was fantastic.. The chef is very talented and the servers were wonderful. We supplemented the 5 course with the foi gras, which is a unique presentation for an amazing dish. Would eat here every night, but next time, we will go to happy hour and have some great wine and half price apps. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "seated promptly. personable owner. good, knowledgeable waitress, some good wines. snapper, scallops and artic char very good. would certainly return."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I can't remember the last time I had a perfect dining experience before wink. Maybe never. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent service, amazing food, and a nice selection of wines."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for our one year wedding anniversary and it was incredible! Great service, and fantastic food. We both took part in the five course meal and did not regret the decision. They even printed our names on the menu!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary here and it was wonderful. The 5 course meal with wine pairing was outstanding.. and the service was top-notch. Not much more to say, except if you haven't been to Wink, you are missing out! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "best dining experience I have ever had...not only was the food amazing the staff went way above and beyond! The desserts were divine. I am a fan for life!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "AAS listed the top 50 restaurants in Austin and Wink was near the top. We thought we'd give it a try. Everything about it is top notch. We "went for broke," so to speak and had the 7 course tastings. Our server even made "modifications" to suit our preferences. We may have had better food and service in our lifetimes ... but we just can't recall where or when! Be prepared to pay for the best and tip your servers. They go out of their way to take good care of you. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I'd like to review the food -unfortunately after 90+minutes for a 9pm reservation we still never got a table and finally walked out. We showed up about 10 minutes early for our 9pm reservation and went to have a drink on the bar side. After waiting at least 15 minutes we finally got the attention of a waitress to come take our wine order. Finally after a very long wait we got our drinks. Then..nothing. No one came back to see if we wanted another glass of wine or tell us about our reservation. After asking at 9:40 we were told it was only 10 more minutes. Another 25 minutes go by so we stopped to talk to the manager/owner who obviously doesn't know how to run a restaurant. He said "sorry there's nothing I can do". Really?!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had an amazing experience at WINK. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable and the Food was excellent! Wink goes out of their way to make your dining a memorable experience. I will be going to WINK on any visit to Austin."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "What a great restaurant. We visited Austin for a week and Wink was far and away the best dining experience. Far better than The Congress. It is a little hard to find but well worth the effort. Every course was outstanding. The owner makes sure everyone is happy. Loved it."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The restaurant called to confirm our reservation and asked if it was a special occasion. I told them it was our anniversary, and they thoughtfully put our names in a greeting at the top of a menu printed just for us. The menu was autographed by the cook staff after the meal, and all this was a surprise. Very thoughtful, and an example of the level of service they provide. It is a pretty pricey experience, so we don't come often. We have always enjoyed a very impressive meal with top quality cuisine and excellent service. Certainly one of the top 5 restaurants in Austin. Only drawback is it is a very small place and the noise level is fairly high. I highly recommend this restaurant, but be prepared to pay $$$$."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Definitely enjoyed the experience here. Pro: good wine list, lovely little wine bar to sit in while you wait for a table. Tartare was delicious. Con: dessert was kind of ho hum. Flounder was salty. Overall, would recommend but it won't blow your doors off. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Wink has got to be considered one of the top places to dine in Austin. Tucked away, fabulous food! Great owner and chef. There are not enough good words to say. The wine bar, for a light meal, or before dinner is a must!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My wife and I have wanted to dine at Wink since last year, and finally got the opportunity this past weekend. The waitstaff was very helpful and knowledgeable and the food was a treat- something different and portioned well. I would recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Smaller than we expected, we enjoyed our experience at Wink. Very small, intimate restaurant, though the location is a little odd. Food was very good, and there was an interesting variety. We got to try the antelope, which was excellent. Our appetizers were shared and were equally excellent. Service was friendly and attentive. We would recommend Wink to friends, but for us, it is a little far from home to drive, when there are equally good restaurants closer to home for us."
    Dined on 5/12/2014