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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vipOenophile
Austin
134 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall the food and service were terrific! Even with the coronavirus issues going on, the staff were very professional and genuinely interested in seeing that we had a good experience. Our only complaint -- and it's a minor one -- is that the spinach salad had a very sour taste to it, apparently a combination of the dressing and the pressed apples. The duck and flounder entries were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I think the waitress/owner over charged us for things we didn’t purchase, just to make extra money.

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HWBee
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Definitely on the pricier side if you go pri fix but a good choice for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wink always delivers. Exceptional cuisine, thoughtfully prepared and full of flavor and texture. We come every year for our anniversary and it’s an experience we look forward to all year long!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insane. My girlfriend and I have never had a fine dining experience until this valentine's day when we ate at Wink. We were completely blown away with the 5 course chef's tasting. As each dish came out we were more impressed than the last. Thanks for the amazing service and world class food. Cant give this place any more than 5 stars which is disappointing. A huge thank you to our amazing waitress Noella for helping us and working around my girlfriends shell fish allergy!

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GFDF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was good, but the five course meal left me and my wife still hungry. Wine pairing was a nice touch but the cost for the amount of food and drinks seemed too much. We sat along the wall opposite the door, which is opened often as they shuttle food from the kitchen to the wine bar. Our table was a little cold due to this. Wait staff was nice and attentive.

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StevenC
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Wink for every valentines day evening and it's always a treat! Great staff, food and wine. Definitely recommend for a fun date night!

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SheilaS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for Valentine’s Day which is not the best night to dine out unfortunately. Food was good but dinner was rushed, tables were super close together and noise level was high. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Sometimes the food was brought to us without a complete explanation of what we were eating (mostly when someone was helping out regular server). Not worth the high price tag.

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SeanH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The atmosphere in nice, service was ok, but a little slow to start. Food is over priced and bland. Our salads tasted like lettuce basically. The vinaigrette or other ingredients did nothing to elevate it. The salmon was about the same portion as the starter salad and was undercooked. And again, somehow bland a flavorless. The two baby carrots and three baby brussel sprouts had more flavor than the salmon. Absolutely not worth the cost. Super tiny portions, food that's cooked by a chef that I can only assume can't taste anything and prices that do not match. Like the salmon filet was about half the size of the filet you can get from Trader Joes. Less than half of what I've seen from just about any other restaurant that serves salmon. The sides were a similar portion if not smaller, combined. We left hungry after eating out meal which was $142 after tip for an iced tea, a glass of red wine, two starter salads and two salmons, all of which we could have made much better at home with little effort. (We skipped on desert between being disappointed with everything up till then and seeing from other tables it was like two bites worth of food.)

The do a tasting course with wine. The wine is good (probably because they don't make it there) so if you are one of those people that can be won over by really good drinks and you think a high price tag makes for good food, maybe you will be fine. But I don't ever plan to go here again. We go out for a nice expensive dinner like at least a few times a year where we expect the bill to be $200+ but we expect some great tasting food. This is probably the most disappointing experience we've had doing this in 10 years of being together. Go somewhere else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Waitress was very helpful! Appetizers were great. Liked the scallops and salad. However, the snapper main dish was tough, hard to chew and I wasn’t a fan of the way it was prepared. The lamb was good.
Looks like the place needs a remodel.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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SrinivasS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

we had a special occasion mentioned in our reservation wifey birthday and was not recorded was disappointed about that !

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GuyL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to wink for over 10 years. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary. The food and service is simply wonderful. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

My reservation was for 7:30pm on a Saturday. When we arrived the hostess told us they were running a few tables behind so asked if we wanted to wait in the bar area. We said that was fine. When we went to the bar area it was equally crowded and no one acknowledged us for 15 minutes. Finally someone took to a shared table and took our drink order. After approximately an hour the hostess came to tell us we would be seated shortly and they paid for our first round of drinks. After another 20 minutes the hostess came back to tell us we should come over to the restaurant in another 5 minutes. When we got back to the restaurant it was another 10-15 minutes to get seated. All in we didn’t get a table until after 90 minutes. While the staff was polite it was a ridiculous wait with poor communication all the way around

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vipMatt
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Wink provides one of a small number of tasting menus in Austin. The food was pretty good - although for the price point it was lacking.

However, the wine pairing + service was next to horrible. What I mean is that our server didn't know anything about each of the wines, other than each one was "one of his favorite, and very balanced." When asked where one was from, he said "It's either Russia, Switzerland, or Germany."

The quality of the food + wine vs the price point is simply not worth it. Which is a shame.

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NeNeY
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are leaving Austin for Boulder and very sad we never heard of Wink until now. It ranks in the top 3 restaurants we have been to in Austin for the last 3 years. Entire experience is what we have been looking for in an Austin restaurant. Don't miss this place!

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livetoeat
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and dishes were unique. Unbelievable service in a nice quiet atmosphere.

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vipSNoB
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went to Wink to celebrate one friend's birthday. Wink staff made sure that the event was special including message on the menu, free tipple of rose champagne and special dessert. Beside the extras, the meal itself was delicious. We tried and highly recommend the 5-course tasting menu. Presentation was gorgeous and the tastes and textures supreme. Haven't been to Wink in several years but plan to go back very soon.

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NoBBQ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little find. Noelle our waitress was super and provided great insight to the wine selection. Desert is a must !

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Rudy
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all I like that this restaurant doesn't advertise itself: it is by the "word of mouth" that you can discover this gem. Being there many times, and the consistency of the quality of its food is perfect. Never been disappointed and always appreciating something new in the menu: the new additions are always in line with the style of the restaurant: creative combinations of all the ingredients never just to "show off" but to provide new sensations. Excellent and friendly service. I know the restaurant recently celebrated its 18th anniversary. I want to be there when they will celebrate its 30rd anniversary!

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GeorgeB
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Will go back. xxxxxxx

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MarkM
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless, every course, every service. The flavors!!!!
You need to go here. Tough to choose the best course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Sadly this trip our food was not as good. It took almost 1.5 hours to get our food. The steak was cold in the center. We had to grab multiple waiters for things we needed a our waitress wasn’t too attentive. We were there during a busy time. We had better service on our previous visit. I will say for the price the dishes are quite small.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would have been 5 stars but for the half-hour wait for our a table. That said, waiting in the wine bar next door was a pleasure.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and exceptional food & service! An Austin treasured dining experience, been coming here for years and always pleased.

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Clif
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food...be sure to do the 5 or 7 course meal.

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vipDonaldN
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Sadly this restaurant seems to have gone downhill a bit over the last several years. Trout was dry and tasteless. However, Grouper was done perfectly. Service was very slow.

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CarlosU
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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vipGeeTee
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

WINK always delivers great food but the pacing was really off tonight compared to previous visits. Not sure if it was the kitchen or the inexperienced server. Nevertheless, everything was well-prepared and on point and the wine selection was excellent.

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AmyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
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)

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vipFritz
Austin
39 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
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.

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vipSheCo70
Austin
10 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 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.

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NatalieS
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!

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GaryB
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.

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nancy73gg
Austin
9 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!

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vipBigFood
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!

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vipLadyDi
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!

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vipLive2Dine
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection every single time.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our newest tradition of going on Christmas Eve!

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wink offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 482-8868.

wink is rated 4.6 stars by 2237 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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