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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Central Austin


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A photo of Poeta restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • East Austin
Booked 30 times today
Poetry / like food / is meant to be shared.Our words can evoke, comfort, inspire, fulfill, provoke, ultimately adding meaning to our lives and nutrition to our souls. Like words on a page, bringing ingredients together on a dish is our poetry; the love of preparing and sharing food from the heart is what brings out the poet in us…For the same reasons behind revisiting the works of your favorite poet, we aim to offer a place that brings you back for food and atmosphere. Find familiar comfort, or experience and inspire new, with friends, family, and self. Poeta is nestled within The Frances Modern Inn located on historic 11th street, just minutes from downtown.Locally created and operated by award winning chefs, this neighborhood establishment welcomes everyone to partake in a meal, drinks, or dessert all day with breakfast, lunch or dinner, and enjoy daily happy hour.
A photo of North Italia - Austin 2nd Street restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 60 times today
North Italia - Austin 2nd Street is renowned for serving some of the best Italian cuisine in the region. Patrons rave about their diverse range of dishes, from truffle garlic bread to chicken pesto pasta, with all received high praise for their delicious taste and generous portions. The restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list, featuring quality options at reasonable prices. The fresh ingredients used further highlight the restaurant's commitment to authentic Italian fare. One reviewer hailed its pasta as "hands down the best" they've had in 45 years, while others lauded the excellent service and beautiful ambiance, making it an ideal choice for special occasions.
A photo of Juniper restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • East Austin
Booked 28 times today
Juniper, located in the heart of Austin, is a beacon of authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant consistently receives rave reviews, with customers often highlighting its "stunningly good food," "complex flavors," and "amazing service." Patrons also appreciate the "fresh, delicious, meticulously prepared" meals, the "wonderful Italian wine list," and the "seamless" service. Many have remarked on Juniper's ability to add a modern touch to classic Italian dishes, further enhancing their dining experience. Despite some noting higher prices, the general consensus is that the quality of the food and the overall experience make it well worth the cost. Juniper's reputation for excellence in all areas certainly sets it apart as a top Italian dining destination.
A photo of Intero restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • East Austin
Booked 28 times today
Intero, located in Austin, is widely celebrated for its outstanding Italian cuisine. With rave reviews highlighting the high quality of its ingredients, the unique and phenomenal taste of its dishes, and its excellent service, it's no wonder that diners consider it one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. One reviewer even compared the food at Intero to the incredible dishes they enjoyed while living in Florence, Italy. The menu provides a dazzling array of options from appetizers to desserts, all of which are artfully prepared and exceed expectations. Intero has also proved itself to be an excellent spot for celebrations and high-end dining experiences, thanks to its vibrant ambiance and attentive staff.
A photo of L'Oca d'Oro restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • North Central
Booked 23 times today
L'Oca d'Oro, a charming Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Mueller, Austin, boasts an authentic and flavorful cuisine that is deeply appreciated. Visitors rave about their delicious dishes such as the lumache, buccatini, and pistachio risotto, praising them for their exquisite balance and taste. The superb service, often described as professional and attentive, only adds to the overall excellent dining experience. The restaurant's consistent excellence and creativity have earned it the title of Austin's best Italian restaurant. L'Oca d'Oro makes no compromise on quality, offering a unique fusion of tastes and a fresh, farm-to-table approach that ensures every dish is a delight.
A photo of Revue restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 4 times today
Journey through four distinct culinary worlds that come together for a vibrant and colorful dining experience. Revue's unique approach to cuisine is defined by its diversity and includes the timeless cuisine of Italy.
A photo of It's Italian Cucina restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • South Austin
Booked 2 times today
It's Italian Cucina is known for its exceptional and authentic Italian cuisine. The consistency and quality of their food is frequently lauded by its regular patrons, being described as 'always reliable' and 'best Italian food' in Austin. The restaurant also showcases an extensive and varied wine list, ensuring the perfect pairings for their delectable dishes. The staff of It's Italian Cucina also contributes to the superb dining experience, offering attentive, friendly, and excellent service. Quoting a review, "This restaurant hits it out of the park. Here you really get what you pay for." The combination of delicious food, top-tier service, and an elegant yet cozy atmosphere consistently make It's Italian Cucina a top choice for Italian cuisine in Austin.
A photo of North Italia – Austin restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Northwest
Booked 53 times today
North Italia – Austin embraces the essence of Italy, serving authentic and unique Italian dishes that have earned it a prominent place in the local dining scene. Reviewers highlight their diverse array of dishes, from the praised chicken parmesan to the exciting weekend brunch menu complete with Italian cocktails. The restaurant also caters to dietary preferences with delicious gluten-free pasta and pizza options. Reviewers not only rave about the remarkable quality of the dishes, like the Burrata Anolini and Cacio e Pepe pizza, but also appreciate the top-shelf ambience and wonderful service. This restaurant is recognized for consistently delivering an excellent dining experience.
A photo of Laurel restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • West Austin / Westlake
Booked 5 times today
Laurel is a prestigious Italian restaurant celebrated for its excellent cuisine. From its traditional seafood fettuccine to its unique Italian donuts, Laurel provides an authentic Italian experience as quoted by customers - "It's like a trip to Italy without the long flight." The attention to detail extends to the ambiance, with customers often comparing the setting to that of a European café. The restaurant is particularly lauded for its remarkable service, with one customer stating, "Service was remarkable, bar was hopping and the food was outstanding." Laurel’s attention to quality is evident in all aspects, making it a notable Italian dining destination.
A photo of Juliet Italian Kitchen - Arboretum restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Arboretum
Booked 26 times today
Located in the heart of Central Texas, Juliet Italian Kitchen - Arboretum is highly praised for its delicious Italian cuisine offered in a sophisticated and comfortable space. Top-notch service coupled with their friendly and attentive staff are often cited in their outstanding reviews. Customers continually commend their fresh, flavorful dishes that span from sausage and spinach pizza, Caesar salad, and Italian sausage ravioli to craft cocktails and perfect-sized cannoli. Despite its popularity, Juliet Italian Kitchen manages to provide an engaging ambiance ideal for both casual and event dining, making it a trusted go-to restaurant in the region.
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