Austin >Food & Dining > Wink
The old guard of Austin fine dining, Wink is the Ewan McGregor of eateries: Always a pleasure, never seems to age. Perhaps because Wink -- white tablecloth establishment it may be -- has never been staid in its menu offerings, rotating out new plates and ingredients every day. Antelope, venison, and quail all make regular appearances; I've had the latter grilled with a honey soy reduction, and I'm not sure my table mates have recovered from the obscene sounds I was making as I was eating it.
Thank you Wink!. Moved here from Chicago last August- I had been underwhelmed and disappointed by the new American cuisine here in Austin- until Wink. The menu was a long list of seasonal small and large plates. We asked our server to bring out what she considered to be standout items until we were full. She did a great job of choosing dishes, pairing sets of dishes with wine and pacing our dinner over several hours. The most memorable plates included a homemade pasta with shaved truffle, antelope, braised pork belly and crispy snapper. The sauces and seasonings were not overdone and really helped highlight the primary ingredients. Thank you Wink for a wonderful meal!
Best Restaurant EVER!. My favorite restaurant EVER. Very unique, rich, succulent food. I had the grilled scallops over cheddar cauliflower. Amazing. All my friends and I could say while eating was "mmmmmmm!" , "wow!" "oh my god! " "this is incredible!" "this is the best food i have ever had!". therefor, if you wish to have intelligent conversation while eating, I do not recommend this restaurant. It is impossibel to formulate coherent thoughts while eating this fabulous food.
Favorite Restauarant in Ausin. This restaurant is not capable of preparing bad food! I have eaten there twice and every bite has been better than the last. The wine list is wonderful and the dessert trio is to die for!
Amazing for special occasions!. My fiance and I have a tradition of having dinner at wink on our anniversary. Every time we go, we are greeted warmly upon entering and it gets us off to a great start. Our names and "Happy Anniversary" are printed on the menu and by the end of the night, our menus have been signed by the chefs. Every dish I've tried on my many visits is remarkable. I had never heard of skate wing before wink, and I hope to see it on the menu again someday. The flavors are always memorable: the bison, the melt-in-your-mouth fois gras, the tasty sauces... don't order the same thing as your date so you can share! My mouth is watering already. You should save room for dessert. Chevre cheesecake, creme brulee, the chocolate cake - yum! And although I'm no wine expert, I can say their selection is huge, and the staff very helpful when you have any questions.
Very special night out. On our first visit to Austin - we asked a waiter at another restaurant what he would recommend for a special evening out (our anniversary). He suggested Wink, and we got lucky and were able to secure same day reservations, at which point they asked if the reservation was for any special occasion. When we arrived, Mark (whom we had never met) greeted us both by name, wished us a happy anniversary, and shook our hands and led us to the wine bar - suggesting some good champagnes to sample, and noted that our table would be waiting for us whenever we were ready. After our champagne prelude - we returned to our table to find customized menus - wishing us a happy anniversary (printed on the top of the menu!). The service was exquisite, the food was to die for. I can't say enough positive things about Wink. We will absolutely return whenever we are in Austin, and would recommend this restaurant highly to anyone else.
average. Really loved this place--recommended by a friend, and he was right! Delicious and tasty except the salads. I dont know what they have changed but lately the slads have been terrible., and the owner is very personable, warm and friendly! We'll be back! -GSR
Great intimate spot, tasty apps and yummy wines. I ate at the wine bar the other nite and loved it. The house cured salmon and mussels were outstanding. Darci rocks
Best Restaurant In Town- This should be read!. It is kind of frustrating that someone would write a negative review about this place based only on someone else's experience rather than their own. I believe this is supposed to be a forum for informed people to share their experiences. That being said, it is disappointing to hear that Nadine1 did not have the same great time I have every time I go to Wink. It has been one of my favorite places since they opened. I think it is amazing that their chefs change the menu everyday. It seems like it would be hard to consistently make the food taste as good as it always does. And I commend them for supporting as many local farmers and gardens as they do. As a veteran diner of Wink I would like those who have not dinned there to keep this in mind. The place is very small and although you WILL have a good time, if you are looking for something very intimate and quite you might want to go someplace else. I'd also like to say to all the people who need groaning Texas size portions, go to Texas Land and Cattle, not Wink. Their portions are a lot smaller. As they should be. I am disgusted by the amount of food restaurants serve. It is no wonder everyone in America is getting so fat. If you are one of the people who complain about small portions you are probably one who need them the most. I encourage people who dine at Wink to become involved with the wait staff. They are always very nice to me. I feel like I can be completely ignorant and they will tell me everything they know. I had no idea what an elf mushroom was and my server explained that it looked like a small baseball mit. Realizing I still had no clue she walked away and came back with mushroom in hand and the chef who had just picked it up from a garden that day. I wish other restaurants in town would take as much time with me. Hopefully Nadine1 will try Wink again in the future. It's a shame when someone doesn't get to experience the same wonderful restaurant I always get.
What do you say??. "Jeff" and I have an anniversary coming up I wanted something romantic....I drive by this place everyday. I'm glad I read the reviews!! It sounds consistantly sh**y! how do you burn creme brule more than once, then go and yell at your customers!!! and undercook meat more than once and yell at your customers !!! It sounds like they have a hard headed chef and a coward of an owner. Grow a pair and kick that guys a** out of there......Or call GORDON RAMSEY!!!! you jack a**, by the way... Are you throwing away more money than you're making??? Get a clue!!!!!
Overhyped OverPriced Oily Burnt Food.
We wanted to love Wink. We really did. We'd looked forward to going there for months and had scheduled a sitter for our daughter so we could go. Almost from the beginning it was a disappointment. The server was rude, the salad order was wrong...twice. Then it was overly oily. The soup seemed almost like pure cream and made my husband and I feel ill. Our meat was good, but under-done, but we were afraid to complain at this point because our server was so harsh. Our creme brulees were burnt beyond recognition, we didn't even finish them. And yes, we know what they are supposed to look like. After that we just wanted to get out of there so we paid the overpriced bill and something scurry past our feet as we opened the door to leave the building. We won't be back.
To the Wink employees or owners who are obviously coming to this site to post rebuttals to unhappy costumers: If you'd spend as much time and energy in your restaurant making sure your costumers are happy as you do 'fixing' comments on this site and loading in false '5 Star' ratings you'd have a much better restaurant. Just a thought.
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