The open-concept kitchen helmed by renowned Chef Jakub Czyszczon is Austin’s sexiest date spot—dress up and get prepared to be wined and dined. Entrees off the grill include Roasted Duck Breast Rossini with foie gras, and Whole Grilled Branzino, but it’s the steaks that take center stage (Eye of Rib, Tomahawk or Porterhouse—all incredible). Pair anything with a side of Tater Tots, especially if you love cheese and black truffle. The beverage list spans select cocktails, wine, and beer curated to complement the upmarket digs.
Garrison transports you out of Austin and into a swanky Manhattan date spot, minus the commute. You’ll dine fine within gorgeous dark wood interiors, either facing the mastery in the open kitchen or the shutter-framed windows overlooking the Fairmont Austin’s pretty indoor courtyard. Menu highlights include Whole Grilled Branzino and Pan Seared Skate Wing, raising the bar for grilled seafood in Austin (add the Garrison Reserve Caviar, if you’re going all-out). There’s still a hint of Texas here, don’t worry—look out for the Eye of Rib from local purveyor Dean and Peeler, and the Austin Fields section, a collection of sides spanning garden-fresh Maitake Mushrooms and fragrant Black Truffle Tater Tots.
We’ve been raving about Garrison for quite some time now, but that’s because it’s never failed to wow on all accounts. Its boudoir is a winner for romance, its wine cabinet is stellar, and chef de cuisine Jakub Czysczon is the resident master behind Texas Post Oak flame-grilled steak. Splurge on a 32-ounce Prime Niman Ranch Dry-aged Tomahawk with Smoked Onion Pomme Puree, Blistered Shishitos, and house G1 sauce to taste, if you really want to sample downtown’s finest.