Moving to a new place might not always be the most relaxing or romantic activity. After hours of hauling, unpacking, and organizing you’ll then settle down for a take-out dinner at the end of the day. Once everything in your new Austin home is in order, it’s great to unwind with your sweetheart over a romantic dinner (especially if it means that you both can avoid washing dishes for another night)! Austin has so much to do that it borders on overwhelming, so here are some starting points for all our newcomer couples.

By Devin Baumann

Green Pastures

811 W. Live Oak St.

Business Insider named Green Pastures as one of the most beautiful restaurants in America in 2013, as its Southern furnishings, outstretched trees, and roaming peacocks bring to mind a priceless painting more than a restaurant. Enjoy some French-inspired cuisine in this historic Victorian home, and see why it’s an Austin icon.


1807 S. 1st St.

Lenoir is the place in Austin for an intimate three-course meal, serving sustainable and locally-sourced food inspired by Mediterranean, Indian, and French cuisines. Their menu rotates weekly, so you’ll just have to see what tasty morsels they surprise you with during your visit. Their dining room only seats 34 people, so be sure to make reservations!

laV Restaurant and Wine Bar

1501 E. 7th St.

This Provence-inspired establishment is guaranteed to please any palette with its extensive wine list and its monthly-rotating menu. Touting awards from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, as well as proclamations from locals that this place offers some of the best French cuisine outside of France, laV is perfect for one of your first dates here in Austin.


208 W. 4th St.

With its antique mirrors and absinthe fountains, Péché is reminiscent of a Parisian haunt for artists of the Lost Generation. While you won’t run into the Fitzgeralds here, you certainly will enjoy a delicious meal and excellent drinks in an old-world atmosphere. We recommend the Death in the Afternoon cocktail, a delightful mixture of absinthe and champagne that was invented by Ernest Hemingway himself!



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