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MAX's Wine Dive Austin

  0.05 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chefs who try to fancify lowbrow food warrant suspicion but not immediate dismissal. Max’s Wine Dive in Austin is a perfect example of why checking it out is smart. Advertised awkwardly... — Travel + Leisure

This "cool" mini-chain matches "unique", "tasty" Eclectic small plates with "affordable wines", yielding "fun" combos like fried chicken and champagne. — Zagat

Champagne and chicken fried steak. — Not For Tourists

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Hank's Garage

  0.05 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gastropubs are in these days. And what's not to like? It's event dining all cozied up with dark paneling, craft beers, and chef-prepared comfort cuisine. Austin's newest gastropub is... — Austin Chronicle

This hip craft-cocktail bar is tucked within an actual parking garage in the McGarrah Jesse building. The bar’s midcentury-modern vibe is complemented by a small, curated menu featuring... — Zagat

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Cedar Door

  0.05 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 69 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Think 'Cheers' with a redwood deck in downtown Austin. In spite of the fact that it keeps changing location -- it's moved four times in its more than 26-year history -- the Cedar Door... — Zagat

"Famous" Mexican martinis, late night happy hour. — Not For Tourists

You might not be familiar with the Mexican martini, a generous margarita-style cocktail served around Austin. According to legend, this bar introduced it in the U&-&S&-& almost 30 years... — Travel + Leisure

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TRIO Restaurant

Steakhouses   0.12 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The remake of the former European-style menu by veteran executive chef Elmar Prambs is anchored by the classics: fresh seafood, Prime steaks and fine wine---hence the name TRIO. — Gayot

Steak, seafood, and wine are the three focal points (thus the name) of this sophisticated oasis. — Fodor's

"Celebrities and power players" fill up this "expensive" New American in the Four Seasons Downtown boasting "lovely patio dining" with views of Lady Bird Lake. — Zagat

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Sweetish Hill Bakery

Bakeries   0.12 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An “Austin legend” for over 35 years, this “quaint” bakery duo in Clarksville and Downtown bakes up “delicious” European-style pastries, “fresh” breads, “can't-beat” special-occasion... — Zagat

Sweets, breads, pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches. — Not For Tourists

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Congress Restaurant

American   0.14 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef David Bull's intimate new resto, complete with lofty chandeliers, is a praiseworthy display of modern elegance, set adjacent to the laid back Second Bar + Kitchen. — BlackBook

An evening here is no regular weekday affair...this restaurant is ideal for special occasions. — Fodor's

"Hands down" among the "best" in town proclaim fans of this "upscale" Downtown restaurant spotlighting chef David Bull's "over-the-top", "no-holds-barred" New American creations. — Zagat

Chef David Bull, formerly of Driskill Grill and most recently Bolla in Dallas, returned to Austin to orchestrate the opening of an ambitious triple-establishment affair. — Gayot

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Swift's Attic

American   0.14 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Downtown Eclectic features a playful, midpriced menu of small and large plates from chef Mat Clouser that feature a range of international influences. — Zagat

Set in a century-old warehouse, with a mesquite bar, and hunter green booths, restaurant and bar Swift's Attic brings a comely masculinity and Moroccan feel to the downtown Austin scene. — BlackBook

You can't go wrong from the moment you walk through the door. — Gayot

Impressive small plates loaded with umami flavors, with a variety of international influences and an emphasis on housemade everything. — Austin Chronicle

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Second Bar + Kitchen

Cafés   0.15 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With all the high-class sophistication you get from Chef/owner David Bull his brasserie-style restaurant is his answer to presenting diners with a more relaxed style of food. — Fodor's

Second, the less-formal (but still sharp) sibling to the acclaimed Congress restaurant next door, has earned plenty of accolades of its own. — Travel + Leisure

David Bull’s “casual” but “classy” offshoot of Congress in the Second Street District dishes “expertly prepared” and “wonderfully inventive” seasonal and locally sourced New American fare. — Zagat

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La Traviata

Italian   0.16 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you're tired of Italian restaurant clichés, you'll love this cozy, Euro-chic trattoria, with textured limestone walls complementing the hardwood floors, sleek bar, and sunny yellow... — Frommer's

This “cozy nook” in the “heart of Downtown” offers an “outstanding” Italian menu alongside wines by the glass and bottle; tables are set between a limestone wall and long wooden bar, a... — Zagat

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Manuel's Downtown

Mexican   0.17 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For a good introduction to the kitchen's capabilities, we recommend the tortas de papa --- masa cakes with house-made venison chorizo and black beans with a fiery roasted onion coulis. — Gayot

Manuel's excellent presentation of regional Mexican cuisine has made it a Down­town mainstay for more than 25 years, and a reliable Arboretum-area dining destination since 1998. — Austin Chronicle

The "creative" interior Mex ("not Tex-Mex") fare is "reason enough alone" to love these Austin "reliables" also prized for their modest bills and boozy Sunday brunch with "live music." — Zagat

It’s immaculately clean. It embraces smart design. And the plates aren't cheap. Even for suits on a work lunch. — BlackBook

This is one of the few moderately priced holdouts to be found in a downtown dining scene that's been steadily heading uptown. — Frommer's

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Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Steakhouses   0.18 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This "vibrant" chophouse chainlet – tied for Most Popular in Austin – "stands out" with "super" steaks and "excellent" "seafood without gimmicks." — Zagat

This downtown destination reels in guests seeking polished service, fresh upscale fare and topnotch entertainment. — Gayot

This swanky restaurant in the Arboretum mall is one of the hottest dinner spots in northwest Austin. — Frommer's

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Russian House

International   0.18 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A hefty list of “incredible infused vodkas” ranging from elderflower and orange to juniper and garlic gets the party started at this Downtown Russian, where the food tastes as though... — Zagat

There is something conspicuously ironic about Russian House. Maybe it is the fact that it is equal parts nightclub and restaurant. To get to the food, you must thread your way through the... — Austin Chronicle

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Iron Works

Barbecue   0.21 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's "carnivore heaven" at this practically "ancient" BBQer set in Downtown digs like "someone's backyard shed" with a "wide variety" of "bold" smoked beasts. — Zagat

Follow the deliciously smoky aroma to this rustic former ironsmith’s shop near the convention center for smoked pork loin, huge beef ribs and an all-you-can-eat salad bar. — Lonely Planet

From its creekside perch in the shadow of the Austin Convention Center, this spot caters to name-tagged conference attendees, construction workers, and thoroughly starched office workers. — Fodor's

Some of the best barbecue in Austin is served in one of the most unusual settings. — Frommer's

Downtown's best BBQ. Forearm-sized beef ribs. — Not For Tourists

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Backspace

Italian   0.22 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Look for “thin, crispy” Neopolitan-style pies and a “fantastic wine selection” at Shawn Cirkiel's Downtown pizzeria tucked around the corner from big sister Parkside; though it’s “cozy”,... — Zagat

This stylish pizzeria, another hit from chef/restaurateur Shawn Cirkiel (of parkside and olive & june fame), is one of Austin’s best bets for classic Neapolitan pizza and authentic... — Fodor's

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Finn & Porter

Japanese   0.23 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located Downtown in the Hilton Hotel, this upscale restaurant offers “excellent” “quality and flavor” across its broad seafood-centric menu, which also includes sushi and plenty of steak... — Zagat

Finn & Porter Restaurant Review: The Prime grade steaks have solidified Finn & Porter's reputation as a carnivorous favorite, thanks to 28 days of aging and the kitchen’s expert... — Gayot

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Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Steakhouses   0.23 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As the name might suggest, Moonshine is all about downhome fare and good drinks. — Gayot

Set in a "lovely historic home" Downtown across the street from the convention center, this well-priced charmer serves "dressed-up" Southern-American cuisine with "modern" touches. — Zagat

Dating from the mid-1850s, this historic building is a remarkably well preserved homage to Austin's early days. — Lonely Planet

This historic building is one of Austin's oldest. A carriage-house bar out back and the preponderance of bourbon on the drink menu contribute to a genteel old-South vibe. — BlackBook

Good dinner, really good brunch! — Not For Tourists

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Sullivan's Steakhouse

Mexican   0.24 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

10+ ways to eat a steak. They serve lunch, too. — Not For Tourists

Sullivan's Steakhouse Restaurant Review: With its 1940s-style Chicago-steakhouse aura, Sullivan's is determined to show you a good time. The mammoth 20-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip is... — Gayot

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Parkside

Seafood   0.24 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An "oasis of sanity amid the drunken antics of Sixth Street", this moderately priced Downtown American from chef Shawn Cirkiel is known for its "innovative" small plates. — Zagat

Here's where people who think they know oysters aim to impress their friends. — BlackBook

The bustling array of bars and nightclubs that lines Austin's famed 6th Street welcomes a new upscale restaurant for urban-chic and late-night diners. — Fodor's

This casual eatery, supported by owners of the upscale Eddie V's steakhouse chain, calls itself a "nose-to-tail" café. — Frommer's

Chef Shawn Cirkiel'€™s dedication to fresh, seasonal ingredients and boldly forward-thinking (yet not overreaching) creations yields a menu to match the lively setting. — Gayot

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The Bonneville

American   0.25 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This downtown restaurant keeps it classy casual near Lady Bird Lake with expensive New American cuisine. — Zagat

Another upscale New American eatery hit downtown this year, with an impressive culinary and cocktail program led by husband-and-wife chefs. — Fodor's

The strength of the Bonneville lies in the talent of the chefs and the expertise of the kitchen staff. — Austin Chronicle

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Cru Wine Bar

French   0.25 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A wine-bar chain, yes, but a superbly situated one with sidewalk seating along well-traveled 2nd St. People-watch over flights and reminisce about your semester abroad in Paris. Clothes... — BlackBook

Cru A Wine Bar Restaurant Review: Expect a fresh Mediterranean menu at this cool European-style wine bar in the revitalized downtown Second Avenue district. Perhaps it’s the shiny... — Gayot

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