Amazing food and service!
Lovely meal with excellent service. Dessert to die for. Too expensive for anything other than a special occasion.
Tucked away on one of Austin's many scattered strip malls, this hidden gem is a real find! We discovered Wink when friends took us there for a wonderful three-course meal, and we have been back recently to try the tasting menu.
Wink's very talented and creative chef surprised us with seven well-balanced but adventurous dishes, varying from delicious seared scallops to some amazing tile fish with a grapefruit-oregano vinaigrette, very delicate, very yummy. The wines were equally well-chosen, especially when we arrived at the reds with our delicious beef tartare (a Beaujolais, perhaps one degree on the warm side), some excellent duck breast with red beet (my favourite wine of the evening: an energising, unapologetic pinot noir), and - the chef's creative piece de resistance - red deer with lentils and, yes, banana (drinking wine is a blood sport. This full-bodied malbec knocked me out).
We went to Wink to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food, the service, the attention to detail; everything was superbly executed. On one hand, Wink's location is part of its charm - you really have to know the place to find it - but on the other hand, I feel a place of this quality deserves a location with a bit more visibility.
Last summer we dined at Wink. My wife, a vegan, had the five course vegan meal. I ate portions of hers and had my favorite sweetbreads as a later course. Our server that night was fantastic in working with us and we had a leisurely dinner lasting over two hours. We came back this week to do the same thing. Our server said it would not work for me to share her five course dinner, that the portions would be too small and I would just be watching her eat. I ordered a salad, and when the vegan courses came, they were miniscule, and very tasteless, under cooked and just not very good. My sweetbreads were undercooked and also a very small helping. They rushed the servings. We finished a five course meal in less than an hour, not what we wanted for a special evening. And the noise was soooo loud we could not hear each other. Very disappointing and we will not be back.
We ordered a pescatarian and a vegetarian 5 course tasting with the wine pairings. Brian (?) was a wonderful server and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We were running late and they were very accommodating
This is a clear case of overpromising and under-delivering. Both myself and my partner are vegetarian, so we selected Wink for it's vegetarian-friendly menu.
Sure, it is vegetarian, but it's also overpriced, bland, and entirely uninteresting. There's also a massive air of pretension, but without any actual substance to back it up. While the restaurant is quiet, that quiet feels more oppressive than anything else. Mostly, that's due to the haughty, arch-arrogant service staff.
Not going back anytime soon.
Food is outstanding. We had 5 course vegetarian tasting and it was just delicious. Service is warm and professional. Loved this restaurant and will be back.
This is my second time and for the most part the food was pretty great. The last two courses of the 7 course tasting menu weren’t prepared as well as they should have been. The duck was salty (I am sure the staff knows who I am now!) and the venison was over cooked. I have a culinary degree, work in the industry and travel all over to eat fine food. Austin is full of beautiful menus to choose from but I came back because my first experience was so amazing. I won’t go back because the service wasn’t great and when I mentioned the duck being salty the service got worse and my guest over heard the staff having a laugh over it. When I am dropping a few hundred on food and wine I guess I just hope for a better performance.
We opted for a'la'carte meals, each had a starter, main and dessert - all the food was delicious. However, the portions are super tiny, so expect to leave hungry. Server was nice, but very slow service. We were in the restaurant for about 1hour 45mins. Very pricey, so I recommend for a special occasion, and make sure you fill up on the free bread! On another note: Despite me telling them it was my 40th birthday celebration, and 4 other tables having candles in the desserts, our server didn't even acknowledge it was a special occasion for us.
Wink was delicious! First of all, they were super accomodating. It was my friend's birthday, and they printed "happy birthday leah" right at the top of her menu and gave her a signed copy to take home. We did the 7 course tasting menu, and they were able to adjust on-the-spot any food that didn't meet her dietary restrictions. So a few times, I got the menu item and she received an adjustment. Plus, the food itself was delicious. If you are looking for an accommodating farm-to-table restaurant, this is one to consider.
The dining area we were in was small but nice. It was early so not very busy or loud. Service was excellent, and the food was great.
It was a very strange experience. The duck and steak that my wife and I ordered were room temperature while the vegetables on the same plate were hot. They took it back and over cooked the same meat that we originally had, and put it back on a different plate. So we sent it back again and it was too far from being corrected. I would never recommend going to this restaurant.
Wonderful for tasting menu w/ paring. Exceptional food, wine and service. The only thing I would change is the noise level. Can be very noisy and could use more baffling on ceiling and walls or accoustic modification on flooring.
Fantastic service! The tasting menu was amazing!
Our visit each time is wonderful!!! This was for my daughter’s birthday. I love that you print the name of the birthday girl on the menu and have the staff sign the menu. That is a very special touch.
We tried three restaurants in Austin as tourists and liked Wink best. Why? Food preparation and presentation excellent; quiet atmosphere; great service. Compare to Red Ash and L’Oca D’oro. These are good restaurants but very noisy.
We came here for a Birthday / Date Dinner and I can say this was a great choice, highly recommended to anyone looking for a great meal and atmosphere.
We opted for the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Although the food was excellent, the wine pairings were disappointing. I should have ordered a bottle off the list as I felt they skimped on the quality. Also, they pack the diners in too tightly and was closer to the party next to me than my date across the table from me. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I would not go back though...too many better alternatives for alot less money.
Anniversary dinner and everything was amazing. Great service and food was above all expectations
A lot of fancy words to describe menu items. Appetizer size entrees. Hard to find restaurant. Coffee and water were great. We went out of curiosity. Don’t eat here. You will regret it.
The tasting menu did not disappoint.
Great seven course meal with wine pairing. We truly enjoyed all the dishes, and the pairings were perfect. Service was exceptional. Definitely recommended for a romantic night out on the town. Make sure to stop at their wine bar next door before or after your meal!
To be fair the first time I ate there was fantastic... enough to trust it for a Valentine’s Day dinner... not up to par, rushed , rude waitress, menu was very one dimensional, mediocre, bread was good wine pours were generous... so the stuff they didn’t make were the best parts
Awesome experience, wine pairing meal was amazing and great dining experience
Really great spot here in Austin and love that they support the local farms. Only one con to that which I will go into later. We made a reservation for 8pm on a Friday night and the place was busy as one would expect given it is a small restaurant. We started with a spinach salad and butter lettuce salad and for entrees had the hangar steak and halibut all paired with a bottle of Pinot. We ended with the dessert trio (creme brûlée, lemon meringue, and el Rey chocolate cake) paired with some coffee. Everything was delicious but the things that stood out were the halibut and the creme brûlée. They do offer a 5 and 7 course chefs tasting menu which you can choose to pair with wine if you would like. It is full table participation so we opted out since my wife doesn't do duck which was a part of it. Service was fantastic and attentive and we very much enjoyed the atmosphere.
So why only 4 stars? .... My wife had a little critter come crawling out from her butter lettuce salad which they happily replaced. Given everything comes from the farm and is organic I'm not too surprised but I was a bit surprised they didn't take the salad off the bill or at least give us the dessert on the house. It is a pricey restaurant and that would have let us leave a little happier.
All around a great experience though and delicious food!
It was a great dinner. We will come back.
Excellent! We had their 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings and loved everything thing! They were super sweet accommodating my husband allergy to shellfish as well.
I've been wanting to try Wink for a while and I can't believe I didn't do it sooner. The food is fantastic and they have a great wine selection. The dining room is small so it can get a little loud during busy times like Friday night dinner. We had a lovely dinner and our waitress was extremely attentive. Will definitely be going back.
Wink sure knows how to make a special occasion SPECIAL.
Everything was perfect. Definitely recommend the tasting menu. The entire staff was top notch but Brian in particular was outstanding. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.
Great food and atmosphere. Not really sure the tasting menu price was worth it for the food.
Wink was my first experience with a tasting menu, and they certainly did not disappoint. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about wine, and our server was incredibly helpful and provided great explanations to help us find some lovely beverages. It was an all around, fantastic experience and enjoyable environment.
We decided to go to Wink despite the mixed reviews. The restaurant was a little hard to find, in a not too nice neighborhood. The service was excellent. We were surprised that no cocktails were available. Only beer and wine. We ordered the standard 5 course menu which sounded very good and one vegetarian menu as well.
The food was disappointing and the portion size too small. Very expensive restaurant. I wouldn’t go back.
My wife and I have visited Wink for several anniversary celebrations. The latest was a celebration of the 24th anniversary of our first "non-date." It has a special significance for us, because it began a process of becoming very dear friends, which led to becoming a couple. Wink makes it a point to make your special occasion special to them as well. Every detail is carefully considered and your enjoyment of the dining experience is their singular concern. We will definitely be back again.
One of Austin's best for inventive high quality food and excellent and professional service. Fine dining without the stuffy ambience.
Walking in I knew this would be amazing just by the smell, and it didn’t disappoint. I wanted like everything on the menu but settled for the seven course. Scallops won the year
The server was abrupt and argumentative. The food was good though despite the rude service.
We had a lovely time at Wink. We were celebrating our anniversary and Wink personalized our menu to make the celebration extra special. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed all the dishes. The creativity, presentation and most importantly the taste were outstanding. This is not just a special occasion restaurant, it is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with wonderful ambiance where you can hear your table mate. We look forward to dining at Wink again soon.
Excellent food and wine. Small space so have to deal with noise and outdoor weather every time door opens.
The food was great- red deer was excellent. Everyone was friendly and accommodating- from maitre di to our waitress.
We will be back again