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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Cafe at The Four Seasons Restaurant Review: Austin's landmark scenic hotel restaurant gazes across sparkling and serene Town Lake. We find distinguished ability in the kitchen here, with innovative, high-quality American cuisine touched by fresh Texas influences. Veteran executive chef Elmar Prambs proves that consistency at the helm is the key to success. Start right with seared Hudson Valley foie gras in blackberry compote, blackened Gulf shrimp with Shiner Bock glaze or tuna sashimi with soba noodles. We like such robust main courses as the portobello-and-eggplant enchiladas with serrano salsa or the juicy Texas charred beef tenderloin with poblano potatoes, both of which can be paired with a wine from the 300-bottle list. At lunch, quench your thirst on purple hibiscus tea chilled with ice cubes made of tea instead of plain water. The frequently changing menu leans toward healthful and locally procured ingredients. Witness microgreens from nearby Dripping Springs, locally grown heirloom tomatoes blended in the chilled gazpacho, and Texas goat cheese crowning salads. Talented pastry chef Judy Marts designs star power desserts; order ahead for the signature soufflés. Sunday brunch is extravagant with a raw bar, mounds of shrimp, a carving station and free-flowing mimosas.