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12 Stylish Spaces to Host a Private Dinner in Austin

When it comes to planning the perfect private dinner, there is no better host than Austin, Texas.  Forget the hype around Tex Mex (although there’s always a time and place for Tex Mex), with a glamorous gathering on the agenda we’ve uncovered the very best cuisine Austin has to offer. It wasn’t hard, with a city that’s brimming with James Beard nominees, innovative cocktail bars, and stylish eateries. From a crown jewel hotel’s famed restaurant to a Japanese Farmhouse, we’ve included idyllic hosts for every kind of occasion. So gather up your friends, order a glass of bubbly and toast to these stylish Austin settings to host your next private dinner!

Reporter: Erica Nichols

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Uchikolearn more

This Japanese Farmhouse (yeah, it’s a thing) stuns with an impressive sake and wine list, gourmet sushi creations and two private dining sites within the stylish restaurant. Whether your group is after traditional sushi or small plates to share, you can customize a menu unique to your party.
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The Driskilllearn more

When it comes to first impressions, no place wows like The Driskill. This glamorous crown jewel of Texas has welcomed the likes of Bill Clinton, Bob Dylan and Sandra Bullock. Your group can toast to the same inviting elegance at The Driskill Grill or the 1886 Cafe and Bakery for a more casual gathering.
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Malverdelearn more

Say hola to this vibrant, colorful celebration space overlooking Downtown Austin and Austin City Limits. Plan a private dinner your gal pals won’t forget with this fun fiesta setting that comes with craft cocktails and catering from La Condensa.
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La Condesalearn more

When planning a dinner at a restaurant featuring the largest selection of blue agave tequila and mezcal in Austin, there’s only one question: what time is the reservation? At La Condensa, the James Beard nominee serves up delicious eats alongside those swoon-worthy sips. Host your friends at their Flour House, an underground dining room for up to 20.
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The LINE Austinlearn more

The modernist design aesthetic is worth visiting The LINE alone, but one look at their impressive lineup of eats and drinks and you’ll be sold. The hotel has a little something for every kind of occasion—there’s Arlo Grey, the lakeside restaurant from Top Chef winner Kristen Kish; and P6, a rooftop parking garage transformed into a trendy outdoor cocktail bar; and Dean’s One Trick Pony serves up bar classics in a fun, casual setting.
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Hotel Van Zandt - A Kimpton Hotellearn more

Hotel Van Zandt celebrates Austin’s naturally cool vibes in a setting that’s chic, urban and endlessly playful. Geraldine’s serves up next-level eats inspired by the unique cultures and qualities that define this Texan city.
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Hillside Farmacylearn more

At this historic pharm turned farm-to-fork eatery, the quintessential 1920s charm is just as delicious as the fresh oysters, deli sandwiches and small plates on the menu. Host your nearest and dearest for a private dinner in the bright, vintage main dining room or outside, on their large patio space.
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Hotel Saint Cecilialearn more

Named for the patron saint of music, Hotel Saint Cecilia toasts to vintage vibes and rock ‘n’ roll everywhere you turn. Record players, marble, velvets, bright pops of color—this totally cool space is just waiting for your private dinner, with settings for smaller groups of six to larger-scale dinners for over one hundred. You pick!
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Goodall's Kitchenlearn more

At Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen serves up classic American fare in a bright, cozy setting. Save this spot for small gatherings or take advantage of their weekend tea service, with Austin-based teas and an assortment of sweet treats to pair.
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Mattie's at Green Pastureslearn more

A modern southern experience awaits at this historic farmhouse in South Austin. With a peaceful surrounding landscape, a perfectly-restored building and elegant interiors, the inviting venue is an idyllic host to a stylish dinner soiree with your nearest, no matter the occasion.
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Central Standardlearn more

Central Standard is the kind of chic, urban hotspot that makes South Congress so popular. Their extensive wine program features selections of more than 100 labels, curated by certified Sommelier Mandi Nelso. To dine, savor the nostalgic plates of prime rib, cheese dip, and devil’s food cake. Also, check out the private dining room and wrap-around patio to find your favorite seat!
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Café No Sélearn more

This breezy, Instagram-worthy eatery exudes an easygoing essence you’ll want to experience yourself. In addition to breakfast and weekend brunch, the cafe also has a dinner menu of West Coast-inspired eats. For larger group dinners, you can wow your guests with custom chef menus and communal dining at the large table in the center of the dining room. 
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