Two big restaurant openings heat up Austin’s hottest district

Nicole Raney | Associate Editor
Source: Austin Culture Map

New restaurants keep pouring into Domain Northside. The latest? Two concepts from Dallas-based restaurant group Lombardi Family Concepts that will bring a taste of Europe to the entertainment district.

Austin’s second outpost of Taverna will open by the end of December. The popular Italian eatery will serve the same menu as the downtown Austin location. Expect classics from seasoned chef Renato de Pirro, like risotto, pasta, and pizza for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The beverage list highlights cocktails and wine, with a special emphasis on Italian selections.

The second restaurant, Toulouse Cafe and Bar, is slated to debut in late January 2017. The Parisian-inspired bistro, which has locations in Dallas and Houston, pairs a carefully curated wine selection with authentic entrees crafted by French chef Yoann Lardeux. The menu will be similar to the Dallas and Houston locations, with some new additions specific to Austin.

These two concepts will join several new restaurants at Domain Northside. Culinary Dropout and Flower Child recently debuted to much acclaim; Sway, Sprinkles, and Paul Martin’s Austin Grill will start serving diners soon.