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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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4.6

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4.6

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4.3

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4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (34)
Special Occasion (32)
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Notable Wine List (29)
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Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Seasonal (11)
Authentic (7)
Healthy (7)
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Casual (5)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Anniversary dinner and everything was amazing. Great service and food was above all expectations

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The tasting menu did not disappoint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

It was a great dinner. We will come back.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wink sure knows how to make a special occasion SPECIAL.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Not really sure the tasting menu price was worth it for the food.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 22, 2018

One of Austin's best for inventive high quality food and excellent and professional service. Fine dining without the stuffy ambience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The server was abrupt and argumentative. The food was good though despite the rude service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food and wine. Small space so have to deal with noise and outdoor weather every time door opens.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was great- red deer was excellent. Everyone was friendly and accommodating- from maitre di to our waitress.

We will be back again

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wink is our favorite restaurant in Austin. Their duck is consistently the best I have ever had! The Wink Wine Bar is also a great place to meet friends or go on a date. The wines are great and you can order from either the bar or full dinner menu! It’s our go to place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Had the 5 course menu with wine. Food was excellent and wine pairings all worked well. Service was very helpful and friendly .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food preparations were good not great. We ordered from the regular menu. We did not do a tasting. The portions we received were incredibly small.

I had a $15spinach salad that was ok. For an appetizer I ordered a $32 foie gras and received 2 paper thin slices of the goose liver. For an entree I ordered Grouper. It was well prepared but the protein was about 3ounces for $35.

Service was fair. Knowledgable on food but not on wine.

I spent $250 for 2 people with tip and left hungry.

I am sure that the served us tasting portions for entree prices

I will never return

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had one of our favorite restaurant nights tonight! We have had Wink on our list for years, and for our anniversary, we made a reservation. So glad we did. Stellar service, thoughtful food, outstanding wine list. Ate in the restaurant, moved to the wine bar. We are now Winkies and will be back often. Thank you for an incredible experience!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good variety in menu. Lobster bisque was delicate and rich tasting at once. Salad was fresh, feta cheese and honey in dressing enchanted the flavors
Our main courses were Arctic char and sweetbreads; both visually pleasing and of excellent taste.
Dessert was a shared lemon meringue tarte with fresh blueberries, raspberries and a raspberry syrup. Delicious. The espressos were good.
Ér had a bottle of Burgundy Pinot which szűrés The metál Wirth óta lightness and fine flavor.
The Bill vas reasonable for an outstanding meal. Perhaps the appetizers were a bit pricey, the wine about 3 Times the standard retail price if one could get it, but the char and the sweetbread were less expensive than any other comparable restaurant in Austin.
The Wink was full by 7pm; it has been successful for well over 15 years and clearly it deserves much further success.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We've been to Wink many times before and have always had fantastic meals. Unfortunately this time there were a few missteps, which was out of character for them. Primarily our server, Noel. She did a good job keeping water filled, etc, but she was a bit aloof and flat out didn't listen or pay attention to what we were saying. When we came in, we asked to split a glass of Champagne to get started, for her to pour the white we brought now, and to please decant the red right away (an older Bordeaux that needed some time to open before drinking). She poured two full glass of Champagne (which we paid for). After we spent some time deciding on our order, she asked us if we wanted her to open the white (yes). But most disappointing was much later when she asked if we were ready for the red, she came out with an unopened bottle (which we thought had been opening for an hour) and then asked us if we'd like it to be decanted (yes). We were very clear in our requests - she just didn't listen. Even when reviewing the menu, we said we had some questions and we listed a few items asking for her opinion. Her response was, "so then you want the X, Y, Z...". She assumed we were just ordering. Didn't listen. When our fish came out it was the wrong one, she thought we ordered the other one. Didn't listen. It became almost comical.

On the food, Wink rarely disappoints. On this trip, the appetizers were spot on - scallops, foie gras, and sweetbreads were perfect. Due to the service error, we got to try both fishes. The arctic char was good, but slightly dry. When the drum came out, it had clearly not been made to order as the fish was lukewarm and the crust was soggy. Very surprising as Wink has always done an exceptional job with fish dishes. We ended with the antelope, a lean meat, that came out overcooked and dry at medium/medium-well.

It seems we just had an off night in the kitchen on the entrees, but the maitre'd was delightful and we'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Menu looks great when you read it, but tastes bad when you eat it. The scallops were very fishy, foie gras was cold and pairing made no sense, honey mustard salad was cafeteria level with terrible lettuce. Overall, food was not good. Service was the only good thing about the place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have been to Wink several times in the past few years and it is usually quite good. Consistent. They have a good wine list and plenty of by the glass options. This particular meal wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. I had the sole and felt that it was a bit over cooked and the flavors of the accompanying veg were a bit off. The other two diners enjoyed their dishes - scallops and the pork tenderloin. I think the service was little lacking perhaps because we opted not to do the tasting menu or maybe because it was a bit later in the evening. I’ll probably go back to Wink but I will consider more carefully what I am ordering.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We celebrated our Anniversary at Winks and it was outstanding from the moment we walked in till we polished off our amazing desserts and paid the bill. One of the best meals and dining experiences we have had in a while. I had the 5 course tasting menu and my husband had 3 different courses off the menu, ever bite was fantastic. The service was top notch from the host to the server. Can't wait to go back and go back we will very often. Do yourself and a love one a favor and go to Winks.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Not sure our servers name but she was amazing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We did the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was tasty but rather unexceptional which is not what we would expect for a $250+ meal. Probably will not repeat the tasting menu/wine pairing experience for the price vs what we received. We agreed after leaving that we would have had a better experience ordering from the dinner menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I do not leave reviews, as I am not a narcissistic millennial. A good review just tells others to go there and make it too crowded for me!

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 15, 2017

love this place!!! The food, wine and waitstaff are fantastic!

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

With all the epicuriosity that seems to have invaded Austin, wink is the constant: genuinely welcoming proprietors, locally sourced, lovingly curated wine list, and a lemon meringue desert thing that will leave you crying happy tears of lemony joy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food, great service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My only gripe was the appetizers tasted a little bland, but not that bad, and that was really the only low point to an overall excellent dining experience. The entrees and desert were fantastic. The restaurant, while a bit small, didn't have any issues in terms of bumping into elbows or waiters/waitresses or having to try to shout over the noise. The waitstaff was excellent and very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always fantastic

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Overpriced. No good food, just normal. Super loud, can’t have a conversation or some privacy.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I can’t believe I have not been back to the Wink bar in probably five years. It is so amazingly wonderful. I’m going to make it a regular spot. Staff was super friendly, food was great, wine was great ambience was terrific, I was really pleased.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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