Just steps from the Four Seasons hotel, this upscale lakeside restaurant has one of Austin's most intimate terraces (a fine place to watch sunset bat flight). Chef Scott Szekretar presents nightly seafood variations that might include seared sea scallops with pistachio-goat cheese polenta, or roasted salmon served with a cashew crust and orange-Dijon butter. Meat lovers enjoy robust Texas platters like chicken-fried venison with mashed potatoes and green-chili gravy, and
ancho-cured half rack of lamb with roasted sweet potato and amontillado demi-glace. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows provide a commanding view of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake). For a real taste of Texas, try the huge chicken-fried steak (served at lunch only); it's one of the best versions you'll find.