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918 Congress Ave. (512) 478-3663. www.ciborestaurant.com .Seats: 60.Cuisine: Italian.Specialties: potato gnocchi with braised oxtail and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; braised Berkshire pork belly grilled to order and served with cannellini beans all’uccelletto, rosemary-mint pesto and spiced salt; whole grilled Mediterranean sea bass stuffed with rosemary, thyme and lemon, with grape tomato, parsley and lemon salad.Main courses: $24-$38.Chef-owner Will Packwood.

Jasper’s [3]

11506 Century Oaks Terrace (512) 834-4111. www.jaspersrestaurant.com/austin .Seats: 328.Cuisine: gourmet backyard.Specialties: blue-cheese potato chips; Texas peach barbecued pork tenderloin with bourbon creamed corn and scallion twice-baked potato; slow-smoked baby-back ribs with creamy baked potato salad.Main courses: lunch $9-$16; dinner $19-$40.Chef-owner: Kent Rathbun.


407 Colorado St. (512) 374-9012. www.starliteaustin.net .Seats: 110.Cuisine: contemporary American.Specialties: warm spinach salad with blue Camembert cheese, roasted potatoes and bacon-cherry vinaigrette; rare tuna au poivre with cauliflower gratin and truffled spinach; diver scallops with green curry butter and tabbouleh salad.Main courses: $20-$31.Chef-co-owner: Joshua Hines.Co-owner: Michael Terrazas.

Three Forks

111 Lavaca St. (512) 474-1776. www.iiiforks.com .Seats: 300.Cuisine: steakhouse.Specialties: crab cake St. Francis; USDA Prime [4] steak with potato, vegetables, tomatoes and green onions; blue cheese and garlic crown.Main courses: $20-$50.Chef: Jaime Guttierrez.Owner: Consolidated Restaurant Operations.


801 South [5] Lamar (512) 916-4808. www.uchiaustin.com .Seats: 108.Cuisine: Japanese fusion small plates.Specialties: maguro sashimi and goat cheese with pump-kinseed oil, cracked blacked pepper and Fuji apples; Bond roll, or sun-dried tomatoes and avocado wrapped in white soy paper; white fish carpaccio with tangerine oil and sanbaizu.Small plates: $2.25-$30.Chef-owner: Tyson Cole.