wink
wink

wink

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://winkrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5124828868
  • 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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
wink reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)special occasion (106)romantic (86)notable wine list (72)neighborhood gem (69)hot spot (18)good for groups (11)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Consistent Gem
    ATXtoPDX
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've been to Wink on several occasions and it never fails to disappoint. The consistency of the superior service, attention to detail, personal touch, and of course delicious menu is what separates Wink from most Austin restaurants. It really is a special place that makes you feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    peterflars
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Paul and his staff welcomed us and made our occasion special and memorable. Staff is first class without being stuffy. Food is fantastic! I had the Duck and my wife had the Venison. Both dishes were superb. Appetizers and deserts were also fantastic. Great place for connection and romance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glorious
    NerdcoreMedical
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were well taken care of and will be back! The tilefish was sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite.
    Live2DineVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wink is an exceptional restaurant. Every single time we go we are delighted with the quality of the food, the friendly and informative staff, and the small neighborhood restaurant vibe. Simply the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Total Cadillac ride with pros!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We dined at Wink on Sept. 15. The occasion was my wife's birthday. The service and food were wonderful. We arrived 20 minutes early and were seated at the wine bar where the server was knowledgable about the choices between cava, cremant and other sparkling wines. Great leisurely way to start the evening. We were taken next door where we had the 5-course paired with wines. The servers were outstanding, prompt and friendly but respectful of pace and space. The variety and flavors and presentation of the courses were all tip top. The pairings were spot on. Loved it all. I got lots of cred -- big hit with wifey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Simple atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best
    foodie11624
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Phenomenal food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I love that they offer a great custom menu for vegetarians so that my husband who is not a vegetarian and I both could enjoy the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food and wine are always amazing and love that there is such care taken for local sourcing and creativity of the dishes. Truly our favorite!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh..
    AustinDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good but overpriced for the portion size. The ambiance is lack luster at best. This place would do much better in a decent location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • see below
    visitor
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The quality of food remains very very good. The service was OK. I particularly enjoyed the scallop appetizer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - service mediocre
    stanho
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Pacing of the food was great for the 1st half of our tasting menu, then it slowed WAY DOWN to the point of becoming ridiculous for the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy and Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Exotic menu filled with outside the box ideas of great meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    DisillusionedeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I am not sure why it took us so long to try Wink but we loved it! I found the menu vast although my husband does not eat seafood or small game so he was limited to the hanger steak (which was excellent) and the venison. Everything about it was five starts. Best sushi I've had (appetizer). Rave....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local fave
    Txlnghrnsgrl
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Love the restaurant and the fact that everything is fresh. Such a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was a birthday celebration. The staff definitely made it a memorable experience. The presentation was great. The desserts were to die for. Our waiter suggested the cheesecake and it was a winner. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but....
    Jwake
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm going to start by saying that if a restaurant is to be judged by the food alone then wink is an institution. However, eating out is an experience and food alone is not to be judged. My girlfriend and I arrived 30 minutes before our reservation to grab a drink before dinner and were escorted over to the bar by a manager type fellow. He was nice and friendly and told us that our table would be ready shortly. My gf is not the most experienced wine drinker and doesn't use the "proper" terms but it's up to the staff to recognize these things and accommodate. I've worked in the service industry for 10 years and know not to correct guests. Our table ended up being available an hour after the reservation as well. Food was great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wink is our go-to when we want a beautiful, creative tasting menu with stunning wine pairings and fun, knowledgable service. We've been there many times and never been disappointed. Co-owner Mark is a warm and delightful host - and he's the genius behind the wine pairings. This time the standouts were the luscious foie gras with pumpernickel bread pudding, fried apples, purslane, and maple gastrique, as well as the gorgeous striped bass with sunchokes, baby eggplant, long beans, oyster mushrooms, and tikka masala. Mark introduced us to an outstanding Australian tawny port we can't wait to drink again. Fantastic evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent choice for dinner
    Ihatenicknames
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wink is an excellent choice for a romantic dinner. The seating area is small but does not feel crowded. The food is delicious and definitely outside of the normal Texas barbecue/Tex-Mex fare. The service was excellent as well. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings, prompt but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best menu in Austin
    austindiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wink remains top cuisine for this town that is still in growing pains when it comes to the restaurant scene. Wink is number one for creative farm-to-table offerings. It also has the most experienced and pleasant wait staff, who know the daily menu inside and out. They also know the beautiful, reasonably-priced wines. I hosted two dinners for out-of-town associates recently and, to a person, they were wowed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paula Webber-McNatt
    RawMilkChick
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everything was totally awesome! My 13y/o son Mark & I had the 5 course dinner & I had wine parings. Chef Mark Paul was generous with his time for us allowing pictures in the kitchen with him & my Mark. Granted my son has a sophisticated palate & thoroughly enjoyed each course of our dinner, but his dad is a gourmet chef & he told me that each course was the best ever (don't tell dad). I love protein fed natural forage & local produce & Wink didn't disappoint. Can't wait to plan a trip to Austin so I can eat at Wink again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whatever is Your Pleasure
    LBFFPVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Came recently for a small dinner with a friend. We each had two smaller plates. I ordered one glass of Muscadet to mesh with the hamachi and seared foie gras. My friend, driving and dieting, eschewed a glass until she was offered a half pour. Meal was a delight. Flipping the menu (where things are ordered from smaller portions to larger) there were two great sounding tasting menus. Another time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food -- Even better service!
    TrulyAmazingJem
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Curbside Appeal Lacking | Inside to
    SamE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I believe this place could be a gem, but its owners are so pretentious about their restaurant. The overall experiences was sub-par at best. Our worse part of the experience, even though we try out allot of $$ - $$$ places; the Waitress (owner's Wife) lectured us on the eating process and paring techniques. When the entrees arrived, she went on to lecture us on the plated items and its origins. (we kindly nodded but she still went on . . . ) Dessert to was lectured on how to eat the trio (which was clinically wrong). Inside the walls was barren, and no sound buffers to absorb the crowd noise. This place might work well for the locals, but definitely not recommended for tourist. There are better options in Austin for the price.
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  • Great food find in Austin
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic