wink

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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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CU
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We live the food was delicious tha k you
It is very loud !
Bit pricey for the menus

AS
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at Wink. The chef’s tasting menu is sublime, and they have the option for wine pairing. The ambience was personal and the service was great! I highly recommend Wink. It took us a minute to find it tucked away (in retrospect not really hard to find)

F
Austin
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great dining experience at Wink. (Except for a 6-top of loudmouths, who seem to be unavoidable these days, even at upscale restaurants. Whatever happened to manners?) Our salad and entrees were imaginatively conceived and perfectly executed. Though the dessert menu at Wink rarely varies, the offerings are reliably delicious -- sticking with winners is a good strategy. My entree (beet-encrusted flounder) was the best I've ever had at Wink, which is saying a lot because we've dined there dozens of times in the past 13 years and entrees (along with everything else) are almost always excellent.

SC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to eat at the wine bar (full menu) because of the vibe and music and are so glad that we did. Jen was a delight. Everything that she suggested was on point from the order in which the food was brought out (Hamachi before the mussels) to the wine pairings. The mac & cheese is definitely worth the calories and dessert is a must (Trio). t was such a lovely experience, we can't wait to go back and bring friends.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Second course of our 5 course was substantial delayed. Two wine top offs on our pairings was nice.

NS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. I loved the tasting menu choices. The wine suggestions were great-complemented the food nicely. Friendly and hospitable staff!

GB
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quiet dining experience with amazing food and good wine. Our server, Tim was very knowledgeable, helpful and professional individual. We ordered the 5 course Chef dinner experience and absolutely amazing, flavorful experience . We plan on going back.

n
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Tim was fantastic as was the greeter at the door who organized our seating ( some in our party were early and some a bit tardy. All in all it was a lovely New Years Eve dinner!

BF
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairings and everything was delicious! I even loved a few foods that I wouldn’t normally order so it was fun to branch out a little and try new things!

LD
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wink is one of my "go to" restaurants in Austin - the food is consistently very good and the staff is attentive and gracious and knowledgeable. This time we were joined by some foodies from Dallas who were equally impressed. When our friend exclaimed with glee over the Amuse Bouche that was served, they brought him three more at the end of the meal! I generally order the duck entree because it is always cooked perfectly - and always with a new twist on a sauce to accompany. Great wine list, too!

LD
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection every single time.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our newest tradition of going on Christmas Eve!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday, very good, food was awesome, 5 course meal with wine parings. All was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was exquisite. From the wine bar to after dinner coffee, and especially the delicious meal and wine in between.

s
Austin
78 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoy Wink, the food, service atmosphere is always very good. The best Duck in town and the El Rey Chocolate Cake is top notch. Great vibe.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wink is a hidden gem well known to central Austinites. It has no glowing signage above the discreet entrance, and doesn’t need it. The restaurant itself is warm, intimate, and a rare treat. We were greeted by our waiter Alfredo, and he alone made the meal and the occasion spectacular. He was available just when we needed him, and yet not intrusive. His wine suggestions were spot on, and he was very helpful with the food choices. His presentation of each plate was elegant.

The food itself was innovative, and displayed a melange of flavors, textures, and colors. My daughter had the duck breast and I had the tile fish. We finished dinner with a spectacular lemon meringue dessert with an absolutely divine lemon rind that was somehow cooked and made just perfectly chewable on top.

Needless to say, we will be back soon, and I highly recommend this restaurant. It ranks with my top five in Austin.

DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time the food was better. Staff is excellent. Too loud on a busy night. Go on a slow night. I saw there is a Wink bar next door that serves the same food. I'll go to the bar next time.

JL
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Although extremely pricy (more than $600 for four, it was very good in every way, down to the Happy Birthday message on our menus. Professional service, delicious food, perfect wine pairings and there's parking too, which is a rare commodity in Austin these days.

l
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Wink and visit often for many years. We’ll continue to do so.

KP
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have great food, but it is a little expensive for a weekly/monthly/annual dinner out. It is nearly impossible to find the place since they don't have a sign one can see from the street; at least the door said "Wink" so that you knew you were at the right place.

F
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's been a while because of our previous experience (overdone tenderloins). This time everything was perfect, the food, the wine, the service, the personal attention by chef-owner Mark Paul -- and especially the great service by Debra. She has been with Wink since the beginning, and has cut back to three days a week. Make your reservation for an evening when she's there.

M
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best culinary meals we have had locally in years. Superbly prepared and flexible to adjust ingredients to suit dietary restrictions and pared beautifully with delicious and reasonably priced wines. Going back ASAP.

T
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was our first visit to Wink and the location was a bit hard to find. It's tucked in the corner of a small strip center. The wine bar and restaurant are across a breezeway from each other.

Once inside, however, we enjoyed a lovely meal, well prepared. We'll go again.

JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Happy hour. Apps way too salty. Hamachi tasted like canned tuna on toast.

Wine price was okay

s
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great time when visiting. Service is excellent, and the food is so good!

f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My only complaint would be that the music became super loud halfway through our dinner (in the bar side). We stopped being able to hear one another talk. Before someone turned it up, we were enjoying both the music and our conversation.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th Anniversary. No other place was even considered. Such a special place. Always do the chef menu with wine pairings! 🍷

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite go-to spots in Austin. Dependably excellent.

HD
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Contemporary American Dining experience at its best.
What a fantastic night. Thank you to our host & thank you Tim for your very warm hospitality.

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have not been here then you are missing you. Never had a bad experience (and I have been coming here since 2003) and recommend to anyone. I personally want to come back and eat the wine bar, the food they were serving looked amazing!

JD
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here a few times a year. The menu speaks for itself. We love the small intimate atmosphere, helpful waitstaff, wine selection and perfect food.

J
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is outstanding, Note that the portions are a bit smaller than expected. This is good if you have sides ordered as well-however if you want to sharing a meal you may want to re-think it.

RG
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really special evening celebrating my husband's birthday. We had trouble finding it due partly to an incorrect address on the website. Good idea to call for directions. WELL WORTH the trouble though. GREAT SERVICE. Really good food. My husband had the 5-course sampler - I the scallops. Highly recommend both. We will be back with friends.

c
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A very nice restaurant with cordial service but if you aren't a local and perhaps a regular service is a little mixed. Food is good but they seem rather self impressed about it. As an out-of-towner I would not recommend the restaurant but if I were a local that could change. Excellent and well priced wine list.

AS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome!

EH
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was outstanding, and the ambience was lovely. The noise level was quiet so that we could hear each other talk. Wonderful experience!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual!!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming to Wink for 10 years
Simply one of the best in Austin

HG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and beautiful. However it was insanely expensive ($200 for 2), 2.5 hours for a 5 course meal, and really loud. We were at a two person table and, once the restaurant filled up, we could hear each other. It is shocking to me how loud Americans are in restaurants.

If you go, come early before it fills up (our first hour was fine) and order al a carte.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, welcoming atmosphere

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