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Juliet Ristorante

Perfect For: Birthdays Date Night Dinner with the Parents First/Early in the Game Dates Outdoor/Patio Situation
6.2
ATX

Juliet Ristorante

PHOTOS: Juliet/Facebook

Austin restaurants just can’t seem to figure out how to make at least seemingly authentic and reliable Italian food. And while Juliet tends to be yet another example of these issues, we don't write it off completely. The food itself is very mediocre - it will serve its purpose in terms of giving you something relatively flavorful to soak up your sixth glass of Prosecco, but it isn't worthy of a full sit-down meal unless you literally don't care what you're putting in your mouth.

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In terms of atmosphere, though, Juliette nails it. The outdoor space has a wraparound bar with lots of seating and standing room, plus a tented dining area that vaguely looks like the set of Vanderpump Rules (which is actually meant as a compliment, in this scenario). The inside has a South Congress Hotel-like vibe, with multiple areas for drinking, lounging, and eating in small groups or large. The drink list is great too, and there's a solid set of happy hour deals. So, unfortunately, like many Italian places in Austin, we recommend you check out Juliet for the vibe and the booze more than the bites. If you do eat, stick with what you know and what anyone who can turn on an oven can't f*ck up. And that's pizza.

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Pizza

Your safest bet at Juliet is the pizzas. They're not performing any miracles, but they'll do the job.

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