wink

4.7
2061 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was wonderful with one quibble - the duck breast was served at a tepid temperature. While it was very flavorful, I would have preferred it to be served warmer.

The service was professional but friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. Overall we had a lovely evening, and I look forward to a return visit.

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EB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was unremarkable. expected a wow meal. Ordered tasting seafood and tasting vegetarian. Seafood was either under or overcooked. vegetarian entrees were just average.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got a complimentary glass of champagne when we sat down and that was a very nice touch. Food was superb.

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B
Austin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at wink for our valentines dinner. 5 course tasting menu was amazing and service was exceptional too. One of the best restaurants in austin.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service and ambiance were good! Only problem was the food was very pricey for the quality.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff and service was beyond amazing. It was a little noisy for a romantic setting, but we also went on Valentine's Day dinner, so they were understandably packed that night. Overall a good restaurant and good food with great staff and great service.

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a incredible Valentine's Day date here last week! The Wink staff went above and beyond to make the night special. Not only was the food delicious, but the ambiance was romantic and the service was great! The Wink team even gave us a complimentary champagne round, appetizer and roses on the way out. They really did an A+ job and we can't wait to return and dine with them again.

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m
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, amazing evening my girlfriend and I had at Wink.
First time for both of us.
Highly recommend. A++++++¥¥

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JP
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Had been many years since we'd been to Wink and we're glad we went back. Only complaint is the tables were a little too close together, but it wasn't full when we were there, so not a problem for us.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant is very small. They don't even have a bar inside the restaurant you have to go outside next door to a pop up bar area that had very limited wine selection and it was freezing cold because the front door opens and the bar is right by the front door. Dinner was a joke, way over rated. The portions are tiny and the fresh provincial vegetables were shy of frozen peas. My fish was dry and my husband's steak was missing flavor. Server was fine but there was literally barely 15 people dining @ 8:45pm and it appeared the Chef had very limited help in the kitchen. Don't waste your money.

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LB
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and innovative. Great service. Fantastic wine list and great service bringing our own.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the seafood tasting. The staff extended it to 7 courses at our request. One of the best meals I have ever eaten in my life - and I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world. I highly recommend.

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e
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. The server was knowledgeable and very pleasant. The wine list is not extensive, but has several good and unique selections. All of the dishes were excellent quality and had a nice presentation. I recommend Wink highly.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Highly recommended. Need better handicap access.

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LA
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was divine, Alfredo was an exceptional waiter. Order the scallops! Red fish was amazing as well.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both fantastic great place for date or business. Tucked away surprise in a strip mall....

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LM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service. Though this was our first time to Wink, we can see why this restaurant has been around as long as it has with good reviews. We had the seafood tasting menu, and were happy also to see that there was a vegetarian tasting menu, in addition to the normal tasting menu which included various meats. We were happy that we were able to make some substitutions to the menu (two people in our party ordered the drum instead of salmon) and the staff was accommodating and friendly about it. The food was delicious, with varied and interesting flavor profiles, the wine pairings were well chosen. The tasting menu gave us some ideas about what we might order a la carte on a night when we'd want a simpler meal. The service was excellent and attentive. Our meal was long and relaxing. Thanks to the great staff!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful birthday celebration! Great customer service by the staff! They took great care of us.

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HB
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary, we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Wink. We chose the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing and it was delicious. Hamachi sashimi, scallops, duck breast, hanger steak, and el Rey chocolate cake for dessert. The staff was nice, knowledgeable, fun, and perfectly attentive. We will continue to go back.

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was amazed that with such an extensive and varied menu, the food service was fast and efficient. The food tasted great. It's an easy location to get to, with plenty of parking.

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J
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wink never disappoints! Service is always spectacular and the food is so unique and delicious! A little more on the pricey side so perfect for a special occasion but would definitely be impressive to take a date or if you had clients in town. Can’t wait to go back again!

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F
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food, as always, was excellent. But our evening was spoiled by the obnoxious canned music and the even more obnoxious table of twenty-somethings. Wink should be a fine-dining restaurant, not a hangout for drunks.

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E
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wink far exceeded my expectations. The staff were attentive and extremely accommodating in my food preferences. They encouraged me to combine plates from the pescatarian & vegetarian chef's tasting menus so I could try all of the dishes I was interested in. The lemon meringue dessert was one of the most flavorful and bright treats I've ever tasted and the scallops were so delicious that my husband and I literally laughed out loud during our first bites. We were excited to see chenin blanc offered on the wine menu, as many restaurants tend to serve the same 3 or so types of white wine. We truly loved our entire dining experience, from the personable staff to the creative dishes. Thank you so much!!!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar service and phenomenal meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small place and great food, quite loud but then it died down as the night went on. Would like to try a weeknight instead of Saturday night to see the difference. Overall great experience from staff, especially them asking and doing a little extra for my girlfriends birthday without me even asking.

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D
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary and they could not have treated us any better! We were greeted at the door by our names, and the host immediately said, "Happy Anniversary". We were seated immediately and the five course menu which followed was beautiful. The food was paired with appropriate wine selections, which were great. It was a memorable way to spend our first anniversary.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

wink is one of my all time favorite restaurants.

better than most in Austin.

go for the wine and beef tartare.

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JJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh and beautifully prepared. Even though the restaurant is small, there were enough choices on the menu to satisfy anyone. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and helpful with suggestions. Loved it!

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OW
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were at Wink for dinner and did the reservation through OpenTable and had mentioned that it was for our wedding anniversary. Got call from Brad to confirm the reservation and to mention my wife's name so that he could print a Chef's recommendation menu with our names on it.

We preferred Chef's recommendation five course menu. Since this was our first time at Wink's and had few questions about the menu and different items we preferred, our server Shelley was very helpful and received a very nice service from her.

The food, wine selection and presentation was very good. At the end we received menu with chef's and Wink team's signatures. The complete experience was very nice.

The reason I'm giving 4 star on food is, we expected well cooked meat on some items. This was taken care after we mentioned to Shelley about it.

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R
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Wink delivers! Excellent food, very good wine list, nice service and a cozy environment makes Wink a place that you want to last forever. And, hidden as it is, you always feel to make a discovery :-)

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience and we could not have been happier! I highly highly recommend anyone who is a foodie to check out Wink. Simply phenomenal!

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GA
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took gf there for her birthday and we enjoyed the five-course tasting menu. Service was energetic, attentive, and responsive. She was a little afraid of the duck entree because of a previous bad experience elsewhere and the server put her at ease, saying they would replace it with another if she didn't like it. Short story: she loved it, and so did I (the duck entree followed a hamachi appetizer and a scallop appetizer, and preceded a hanger-steak entree). We enjoyed a two-top next to the kitchen wall and were able to have conversation. There were two other birthday celebrations within arm's reach. She enjoyed the personalized, signed menu that was offered as a souvenir. Wink has moved a couple of steps upscale since they opened in 2001 and are well-suited to "fine dining."

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was absolutely outstanding!!!!!! Service food and everything. We hadn’t been there in ages and it was even better than I remember. Only 1 complaint, the bench seating has rips and holes in a few places and I was sitting on one of the tears. It’s such a nice restaurant, and it really was kind of tacky and a little gross to be sitting on the spongy under part of the seat.

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CP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time and dinner! Very pleased with everything from service, food and setting.

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AO
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Just divine. Loved every minute.

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P
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been coming here for years. Different staff now, ordered the 5 course tasting. Sad to find the first 2 courses rather off.. the Duck is so redeeming of their skills as well as red meat course. From now on I will pick my courses. Still so much here to enjoy (love)!

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I wanted to have a date night and heard that Wink was a good choice. This was our first time at Wink and it did not disappoint. Service was spectacular, from greeting us at the door to explaining the dishes and wine pairings. We ate the Chef’s 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairings for each plate. All the plates knocked our taste buds away. I’m less of a seafood person, but could’ve eaten a dozen of their scallops. Everything was cooked to perfection and the wine pairings just elevated each dish like a pairing should. We will definitely put Wink in our date night rotation or any special occasion for that matter. Also recommending Wink to anyone who will listen!!

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wish there were more than five stars! Wink was new to us and we are very disappointed that it took us this long to find it. The food was stunningly good. We had the kind of meal that is oohed and aahed and thought about for long afterward. The service was excellent and personal. One of us was having a birthday and the Wink staff made it special. What a gem of a place! I will highly recommend to friends and family.

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MM
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One the best places to take a date
Quiet, and romantic
Amazing food and a great selection of wine

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