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If it’s not obvious by the valet line of Bentleys, Porsches, and G-Wagons parked in front of Jeffrey’s that you’re about to drop some serious coin on an extravagant dinner, maybe it’ll dawn on you when you look out over the rows of martini-topped white tablecloths across a dining room that looks it could have been the set for My Dinner With Andre. Jeffrey’s has been around in some form or another since 1975, and it’s never really missed a beat in that time. This is a restaurant that went to boarding school in Switzerland and studied fine dining at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris for a while, before eventually deciding to settle down on a quiet street corner in Clarksville. The end result is an impeccable steakhouse experience that sets the bar for fine dining in Austin. 

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The first thing you’ll notice about the dining room here is that it's remarkably cozy. A wood-paneled hallway leads to an open but intimate dining room filled with long rows of red leather booths, decorated with dark green walls and stacks of old books. Servers seem like they have decades of experience, and at any moment, it feels like the candlesticks and clocks will sprout legs and spring into an organ-led rendition of “Be Our Guest.” This is where you want to be when you’re celebrating big milestones—like special anniversaries, promotions, or your car hitting 123,456 miles on the odometer. And if you want something that feels about 10% more casual, you can grab a spot in the lounge, complete with blue velvet couches, a wood-burning fireplace, a few tables, and a bar reserved for walk-ins. 

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The menu is made up mostly of riffs on classic French dishes with a bit of southern flair. Expect to find appetizers like truffled deviled eggs or crispy fried gulf oysters. Much of the food is decadent and indulgent, but not in a way that ever feels like you’re being beaten over the head with a butter bat. These are dishes you’d order if you were celebrating something special, where foie gras and caviar are accent marks on delicately prepared plates of duck breast or lobster. And if you’ve ever wondered what nearly $50 worth of seafood risotto looks like, this is your chance to find out. But a meal here wouldn’t be complete without a steak. They’re grilled over live oak and finished in a broiler at roughly the melting point of aluminum—about 1200°, in case that ever comes up in trivia—and the steaks are tender enough to lead us to believe that these cows never worked a day in their lives.

At the end of your meal, order one of the soufflés for an admittedly indulgent dessert. They take about 20 minutes, which will give you plenty of time to treat yourself to a digestif or one last drink off the martini cart—a by request, tableside cocktail experience with definite James Bond vibes—and soak it all in. Because as expensive as a meal at Jeffrey’s might be, you’ll feel just as special walking out those doors as you did walking in. 

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Food Rundown

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Truffled Deviled Eggs

These are nothing like the deviled eggs you’re used to eating at your aunt’s house. They arrive four (half eggs) to an order, each topped with a thin slice of black truffle that adds in a savory, earthy note. It’s a decadent take on a familiar classic.

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Crispy Fried Gulf Oysters

We’re of the opinion that gulf oysters are at their best when fried, and here they’re fried exceptionally well, with a delicate crispy shell supporting the savory oyster inside. Served with tarragon aioli, grapefruit, and a habanero and lime vinaigrette, it feels like a barrage of strong, punchy flavors served in just small enough quantities that they never overpower each other. This is one of our favorite starters here.

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Pekin Duck Breast "Au Poivre"

If duck breast topped with seared foie gras and black truffles doesn’t sound like the most decadent thing imaginable, we’d like to know where you’ve been eating. It’s rich and indulgent, but not heavy-handed.

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Dry Aged Bone-In Strip Steak

All of the steaks here are excellent, but it’s the dry aged section you’ll want to pay attention to, particularly the large-format cuts. The 32-day dry-aged, bone-in New York strip steak will set you back about $145, give or take, but it’s likely to be among the best steaks you’ll set your eyes on (and hopefully, your mouth). It’s thick cut, tender, and evenly cooked—a perfect medium rare, in our case—with just a hint of dry aged funk. And you can accompany it with all the classic steakhouse sauces, or top it with a “big onion ring.”

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Chocolate Soufflé

There are a couple different soufflés at Jeffrey’s, but we’re powerless to resist the classic chocolate version. Soft and rich on the inside, a server will break open the crispy top and fill it with a rose caramel. It’s served with a side of coffee ice cream.

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