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About wink

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

1014 North Lamar Blvd. Ste. E
Austin, TX 78703
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: open at 6:00pm Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: open at 5:30pm Wine Bar Opens at 5:00pm daily Closed on Sundays

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 482-8868

Website:
http://winkrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Ample parking! 75 spaces between 3 lots...

Executive Chef:
Mark Paul & Stewart Scruggs

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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wink Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.7

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4.3

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4.3

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
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Local Ingredients (26)
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Notable Wine List (22)
Romantic (22)
Cozy (21)
Tasting Menu (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Seasonal (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Authentic (9)
Casual (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Healthy (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Tapas (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I celebrated our second anniversary at Wink and we had a fantastic time. The food was amazing, the ambience was perfect for the occasion. I would definitely visit again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

Wine bar was nice place to sit while we were waiting on a table. We enjoyed the food and the variety offered. Nice place and will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We ordered the 7 course tasting. Good blend of flavors and great dessert with the chef’s tasting. Must try lemon meringue ( absolutely amazing— and I usually hate lemon meringue)!!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The mussels were divine. I had red snapper that was delicious. The service is impeccable. The triple dessert was excellent. I love this place. It's one of the few places in Austin you can have an outstanding dining experience and talk with your dinner guests.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wink is consistently exceptional. Food quality is unmatched in the Austin area.
With a menu that changes daily you know the ingredients are fresh. My wife and I have been enjoying Wink for over 7 years and are alway impressed by the food and felt welcomed by their expert staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Once again, a wonderful creative meal. Continually changing/evolving menu, ingredients sourced locally where available. Nice wine selection by the glass. What's not to love?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I went to Wink to celebrate her birthday. The staff made things a little more special by printing her name on the menu and providing a copy of the menu that had been autographed by the chef and others from the kitchen.

We went with the 5 course tasting option with wine pairings. The wines were perfectly paired with each dish, but we wished we got a bit more information about the wines as they were served. All of the food was excellent.

The noise level is quite high, but it is a small and active dining room.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I will recommend the wine bar / HH to friends more than the main restaurant / dining area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great place for a special occasion
I found Wink.on TripAdvisor and I am glad I did!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with chef inspired food and local ingredients. Great wine bare and selection. Oh and not to mention delicious desserts!

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I can't say enough good things about Wink. The tasting menu was superb- just the right amount of food. The place was welcoming to everyone- men in shorts and women in cocktail dresses. We were celebrating a birthday and they really understand that the attention to detail makes a difference.
The kitchen did have some consistency issues- the crudo was perfect- a great combination of taste and texture. The next course was a scallop dish that took far too long- beautifully seared on the outside, cut through the middle and seemingly only cooked on one side. At first I thought that they hadn't finished cooking it and then I appreciated the "crispy to more rare". Next was a duck breast- could have come back just for that. Last main was a hangar steak. Rare. But it didn't feel intentionally cold. Not in the league of the other flavors. But who can say no to a warm chocolate cake with a swirl of cream.
We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The scallops were fantastic and the waitress was extremely knowledgeable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Absolutely fabulous! Food was delicious and atmosphere eclectic.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had the 5 course taste menu. The wait time between the courses was uncomfortably LONG, 20~30 min between the courses. Service average. Tables are cramped and room noisy. Food was good but not worth the price tag.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything about the experience I had a Wink was great. Small room, intimate, comfortable. Beautiful decor on the inside. Our service was excellent from start to finish, and every piece of food placed on our table was eaten, every single thing was delicious. Went there for my wife and I's 9th Anniversary and it was a perfect choice.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The chef's tasting was incredible and reasonably priced. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent tasting menu, as always. The wine selection is fantastic, the service is great and Alex and Brad ensure that everything flows smoothly and that customers feel welcome, appreciated and enjoy their entire dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I left and didn’t eat so I don’t know the food quality. I do know that it was really hot, the tables were really close to each other and very load where I had difficulty hearing my date speak. The tables were so close that we had to wait until the waitress finished taking a table’s order in order to sit down. I’m talking they pack’em in. For an upscale and a pricey place I at least want to be able to converse without yelling and be in a comfortable room temperature.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We really enjoyed our experience at Wink! We did the 5 course tasting meal and everything was fabulous. We don't eat red meat and they happily juggled the courses to bring us a fish course instead of the meat. We added the wine pairings and I do recommend that, although you end up with about 15 ounces or more of wine by the end of the shebang. We probably could have shared a wine flight, but with it spread out over the night, we were fine. I really loved the scallop salad and the flounder with okra although everything was amazing. The server explained the wine and the food with each course and was very knowledgeable. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff prepared a personalized menu with our names on it and then had the chef and staff sign it. We felt special! This restaurant is tucked into a strip mall and is pretty unassuming from the outside, but it was absolutely fabulous!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fernando was very helpful and accommodated our request

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

For the cost of the meal the service and space was lackluster. Everyone was very pleasant but there was a certain passion and verve missing from the experience. The interior is really dated and I’ve seen nicer bathrooms in fast food restaurants. This really took away from the experience for us. The food was good but neither of us were blown away.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I went to Wink for a special occasion. We both ordered the vegetarian tasting menu with the wine pairings. Some of the dishes were truly delicious and had delightful, unexpected flavors. Some others fell flat, like the butter lettuce salad. Wine pairings were good, nothing blew me away, but we were pleased with the price point ($37/person). Service was 5/5, some of the best we've had in Austin. Our least favorite part of the experience was the space itself: the restaurant was full of strange, disjointed art and did not have any sense of cohesion. It felt like this fine-dining establishment tried too hard to be "quirky" when they designed their space in the year 2000, and they haven't changed it one bit in the last 17 years. Bottom line: food and wine were decent, service was excellent, but when I'm paying that much for a meal, I expect an exemplary dining room as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Still the best restaurant in Austin

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The server was a little too intense and overly familiar.
The meal was good but for the price we didn’t find it worth it.
The desert and the wine were the best part.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I really can't say enough good about this place. It was my first time there and a special occasion birthday for my boyfriend. I made a reservation and they called to confirm asking me if there was a special occasion. When we arrived, at the top of the menu they wrote his name and Happy Birthday! It really made it special. That was just the beginning of a terrific meal. We had a chef's five course tasting menu but skipped the wine pairing. Each course was perfectly timed. Just enough to savor each dish but not left wondering, "where's our next course?" The scallops were done to absolute perfection. The duck breast was so moist and succulent. I thought the hanger steak with a blackberry reduction was the weakest of all the dishes but no matter, everything else was out of the part. The dessert plate they brought was just crazy good, with a sampling of each dessert item. I loved their goat cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake. The creme brulee was fantastic. All of this in a really quaint space. The service was almost like we were the only ones there and their job was to make us happy. This was one of the best all around dining experiences I've had in a while and I eat out a lot. Kudos to Wink!

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything at WInk was superb, from the knowledge of our server to the food flavor. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who has an appreciation for food. It's all farm-to-table, which isn't always easy to find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I have been a regular at Wink, and the food is very good every time. Dining area is a little tight, but once you settle in, you tend to block out the other customer's conversations. I don't ever recall ordering dessert there, perhaps because nothing really jumped out. Duck breast, scallops, sweetbreads are as good as it gets. Menu is too cute, no headings for each type of order (appetizers, entree, etc). Style (actually poor design) over substance.

I actually prefer the their wine bar, the sitting is better arranged. However the temperature is incredibly cool....like 68F. Maybe they should not worry about the wine so much, or buy a wine cooler, or hand out complementary parkas.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

I’ve only been here twice in 15 years (I live in Colorado). This restaurant makes me want to LIVE in Austin! It’s such a gem tucked into a weird corner with the most delicious food and attentive staff west of the Mississippi. I can’t say enough good things about it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I thought the food was disappointing and not worth the price. The service was not to my taste as they were too attentive. Someone was at my table every 3 minutes interrupting my conversation with my dinner companion! It was maddening.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We really love this place. Like most people, we enjoy trying out all the new places that open around town, but in the end, we like going back to the tried-and-true places that have been around a while.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The tasting menu with wine pairings is always perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was amazing. They treated us so well. Our second time and it's been amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Not only is the food delicious but the owner and staff made us feel really special. Our names were written on the menu with a Congratulations on our anniversary, AND the whole staff signed the menu and we got to take it home! Definitely coming back and highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

It's been 10 years since I've been to Wink and I think it's even better than ever. We had the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing and it was spot on. Great experience and I won't wait as long to return!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Mussels were made with hearts if palm and sausage and were sooooooo good
Beef satay and scallops , just as yummy
Trio desert whatever it is will be great ours was chocolate cake, lemon meringue, and creme brûlée
Wine list is excellent by the glass or bottle
Wish we lived in Austin. We'd be back every week
Great flavors win. Add to it a fabulous waiter. What more could one want

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was sparse and not very good. Wine list was also sparse

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great place, great food, great service. Wines priced very well.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wink was the perfect venue for our anniversary dinner. Great food, service and a perfect night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We've been looking forward to visiting Wink for years and it was more than worth the wait. The service, presentation and quality was over-the-top. We savored every bite; the flavors were so pleasant and unique.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wink was good choice for my birthday celebration. One nice little touch is that they personalize a menu for the birthday person. The food is creative and quite good, and the wine list is interesting but not overwhelming.

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