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1807 S. First St. (Annie St.) Send to Phone
Quintessential modern Austin: fine dining in a laid back setting with a sustainable philosophy.

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Lenoir, Austin, TX

Lenoir Restaurant Review

: The charm of this quaint little space begins with reclaimed furnishings that are best summed up as French-farmhouse-chic. Intimacy is par for the course with only 30-some seats, though a pleasant wine garden serving small plates relieves some of the pressure to make room for the next eager guests. It's not often that a noted fine dining restaurant offers great value, but the $48 three-course prix-fixe menu at Lenoir achieves that rarity. There are always twelve options --- three selections in each of four categories of Field, Land, Sea and Dream --- but the reliance on locally sourced ingredients dictates always-changing options. On one visit, the tandoori Texas quail in blackberry soy and corn purée, plus the striped bass ceviche with avocado purée and crispy shallots were standout selections, though other encounters have us pining for the milk-braised rabbit or the fried soft-shell crawfish. Whatever you choose, the expertly curated wine list, heavy on European châteaus, offers excellent pairing opportunities. When it comes to the Dream category, aka desserts, the ginger-and-fig sponge cake with chocolate mousse or the peach and almond tart with garam masala chèvre are fitting finales.


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