A stay at Four Seasons Hotel Austin places you in the heart of Austin, walking distance from Austin Convention Center and Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Austin Children's Museum and Frost Bank Tower.
Make yourself at home in one of the 291 guestrooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting, down comforters, and Egyptian cotton sheets. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an outdoor pool, and a steam room. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Austin? This hotel has 18000 square feet (1620 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom.
Just-right juicy steaks are the norm at Dart Bowl, a five-star worthy, fan-favorite steakhouse.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Dart Bowl, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Dart Bowl.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
At Dart Bowl, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Dart Bowl.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to Dart Bowl where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
So head on over to Dart Bowl for a juicy cut served right to perfection.
Catching a flick at Moviehouse & Eatery is more than a feast for the eyes—it can be an actual feast, too. Outfitted with lush recliners and a friendly waitstaff, the venue's dine-in theaters invite guests to fill up on from-scratch dishes while watching the latest blockbusters. A full-service bar located in the lobby features local brews on tap, house wines, and signature cocktails, all of which can be delivered to viewers' seats.
But the focus on food doesn't mean the movies fall by the wayside. Take the auditoriums, for instance, where wall-to-wall screens and the latest in digital quality sound make every movie going experience top-notch. And if you need to top off that glass of wine, your server is just a click away with the handy call button right on your recliner.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies, all grilled to order. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches.
Hole in the Wall Timeline
“Cheap Music. Fast Drinks. Live Women.” Those six words have hovered over Guadalupe Avenue for over 41 years. That’s decades before Austin had a recognized “weirdness” to preserve, back when the little city was still a best-kept secret and “south by southwest” was just a vague way to give directions. And although everything about The Drag (and some would say Austin itself) has changed over the decades, Hole in the Wall is the same hole in the wall it’s always been (well, they did get a fancy new kitchen with fusion pub grub from Top Chef’s Paul Qui). As one of the last living remnants of Austin’s freakier past, it remains a haven for fledgling bands to hone their chops, a roost where veteran punkers and bona fide rock stars return to their roots, and a permanent home for Austin’s dyed-in-the-Lady Bird lake, baptised in Barton Springs denizens. And if the wrecking ball ever comes (the bell has tolled, as it does for every classic Austin venue), the memories remain. Here’s a few keepers from Hole in the Wall’s storied, but not always savory, history:
1974: Hole in the Wall opens directly across the street from the UT Campus auditorium where Austin City Limits taped for decades, and where KUTX radio still broadcasts. The floors aren’t sticky yet. Gerald Ford’s reign has only begun. Nobody knows what a Star War is.
1975-ish: Buddies and hometown heroes Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley, exhausted from writing beautiful songs that’ll be appreciated posthumously, live rent-free under Hole in the Wall’s pool tables.
1976: Decades before being named “America’s Best Songwriter” by Time magazine, Lucinda Williams is playing the Hole for tips
1977-ish: Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison, long freed from a life of Lou Reed and Warhol, drops by the Hole every weekend to play guitar before bailing to Houston to be a tugboat captain. That’s not a joke. He was reportedly a very good tugboat captain
1983: A fresh-faced R.E.M. swings by to take snapshots of the marquee and jam on the stage. An impressed Michael Stipe says, “Mumble, garble, mmmmmmph” (he learns to enunciate around 1987).
1986: Post-punk duo Timbuk3 studies nuclear science with a crazy teacher who wears dark glasses. Things are going so great, and only getting better, that they go across the street to Hole in the Wall and perform “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” for an entire year.
1990: Mojo Nixon plays his new hit, “Don Henley Must Die.” The actual Don Henley jumps on stage and sings the chorus. Mojo Nixon pledges to rename the song after Michael Bolton. True story.
1991: Knock knock. Who’s there? Dave. Dave who? Dave Grohl, and I gotta use the bathroom because someone spilled beer in my hair, and it’s 1991, so my hair’s still really long.
1994: Knock knock. Who’s there? Courtney. Courtney who? Courtney Love, and I’m gonna stay in this bathroom as long as I wanna.
1995: Fastball chase a guitar thief down the street, trap him in an alley, eat him alive, and then write the Grammy-nominated hit, “The Way”.
1993–2014: Britt Daniel and his fledgling band Spoon start playing Hole in the Wall, and eventually become the non-fledgling indie-rock titans Spoon; Quentin Tarantino annoys a local band by requesting intentionally obscure songs and tossing out heckles that he stole from obscure Japanese cinema; John Stamos drums on a Sunday night jam; Justin Long and Drew Barrymore make out on a busted picnic table in the beer garden (they’ve been together ever since).
2015: The lease runs out in December, and the rent is going up exponentially. Owner Will Tannen says there’s a 33% chance the place will survive. But Tanner, fans, and the entire music community of Austin at large, refuse to lose hope. 33%? The odds could be much worse.
Jeffrey’s: A User’s Guide
French-American Cuisine | Dry-Aged Steaks | Signature Soufflés | Bon Appetit’s No. 8 Best New Restaurant of 2013
Starter: crispy fried oysters with tarragon aioli
Entrée: 32-day dry-aged bone-in strip steak from the local Beeman Family Ranch
Dessert: fig linzer tart with fig-leaf ice cream, cognac-soaked walnuts, and raspberry sauce
What to Expect: If you haven’t been to Jeffrey’s since it was revamped in 2013 (it’s been around since 1975), expect the unexpected. The space reflects Austin’s evolving culinary scene with a new interior, attitude, and menu. In the kitchen, chefs prepare French cuisine with a Texas spin, and specialize in dry-aged prime beef that’s sourced from local farms and roasted over live oak. White tablecloths, leather-bound menus, and a walnut bar exude elegance.
While You’re Waiting: Pop into Josephine House, a cozy cottage tucked just behind Jeffrey’s. The spot’s elegant selection of cocktails should prime your palate for Jeffrey’s upscale decadence.
You don’t need a jacket, but you’ll want to get spiffy. Shorts and T-shirts won’t play in this atmosphere.
Valet service is complimentary. Notice the valets’ sweatband-and-polo uniform, inspired by the whimsical aesthetic of filmmaker (and homegrown Texan) Wes Anderson.
Crudité: a collection of raw vegetables, often served as an appetizer
A la plancha: a Spanish cooking technique that involves grilling atop a metal plate
Rants and Raves
“In an era of restaurants known for an off-the-cuff approach, these destinations [Jeffrey’s and Josephine House] are sophisticated fine-dining throwbacks where the flower arrangements matter, the comfort of the chairs matters, and, refreshingly, the customer matters.” – Bon Appetit
“I had my best steak of the year—one that included a visit to Wolfgang Puck’s Cut in Las Vegas—on a recent visit to Jeffrey’s.” – Statesman
“Jeffrey's new dessert attraction is made-to-order soufflés ($12) that take 20 minutes to prepare … On our recent visits, the offerings were espresso with dark chocolate sauce and whipped cream, goat cheese with lavender honey and lemon ice cream, and chocolate with ice cream. These impressive little feats of culinary expertise are worth the wait.” – the Austin Chronicle
If it can be tossed on a grill and slathered in barbecue sauce, it probably can be found at one of the many Austin restaurants that keep things classically Texas. But even though the city may have made its culinary name with sweet, smoky briskets and ribs, new and not-so-new cooking styles have made Austin a foodie destination.
Thanks to the popularity of “Tex-Mex” cuisine, Matt’s El Rancho on South Lamar has managed to become an Austin institution for more than 60 years. Since that time, Tex-Mex dining in Austin has gone uptown with Nuevo Mexican restaurants such as Manuel’s, an upscale Mexican eatery located in downtown Austin, and Garrido’s, a Warehouse District spot that marries traditional Mexican cooking with modern techniques. Foodies who consider eating an adventure are flocking to newcomers on the Austin dining scene including The Afin Modern Japanese Tapas Bar on North Lamar Boulevard, which turns out stunning sushi creations, and Foreign & Domestic, on East 53rd Street, where they utilizes local ingredients to reinvent classic American dishes at this updated take on the diner. Newcomers Asia Café (Sichuan), Indian Spicy Kitchen (Indian) and Mi Kefcito (Cuban) are also worth checking out.
Still, barbecue reigns supreme among Austin food worshippers and one of the newest places is Franklin Barbecue on East 11th Street, recently named the best barbecue restaurant in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Lines form early here (about 10 a.m.) and Franklin only serves lunch, so plan accordingly. Other places where the barbecue is popular include Live Oak Barbecue on East 2nd Avenue and longtime Austin favorites Stubbs, (located on Red River Street), Sam’s BBQ (on East 12th Street), and Ironworks BBQ (downtown Austin). From traditional Texas chow to unique Southwestern twists on international dishes, Austin is now one of the top favorites for unique taste adventures.