7 Places to Refuel While Shopping at the Domain

By Megan Giller  |  December 2, 2013

Christmas shopping: the time is near, and that means you probably have to brave the mall, chain stores and all. The classiest (outdoor!) mall in Austin is the Domain, but it’s such a big place that you can get turned around and accidentally end up at California Pizza Kitchen. Here are seven other tasty options to try that will keep you feeling full until everyone is checked off of your shopping list.

  • Copper

    Earlier this year, Austin Cake Ball rebranded its restaurant as Copper, a restaurant and “dessert lounge.” That means you’ll find grilled cheese fingers and rich tomato soup as well as craft cocktails and as many sweets as you can stomach, including an enormous 10-layer chocolate cake.

    3401 Esperanza Crossing; 512-215-3633

  • Steeping Room

    When you need to refuel and recaffeinate after some serious shopping, skip Starbucks and head to this tea and lunch spot next door. The incredibly long menu proves how serious they are about their tea, but don’t hesitate to ask the informed servers for their recommendations (we especially like the iced teas of the day). The fun brunch, gluten-free options and amazing baked goods make this a must-visit spot every time we hit the Domain.

    11410 Domain Dr.; 512-977-8337

  • North

    Take a break from shopping with some “Italian farmhouse” food. What does that mean? Calamari, grilled artichokes, pizzas and pastas like the chicken pesto with pine nuts and capers for lunch, and mains like grilled pork tenderloin with braised greens, polenta and agrodolce for dinner. The modern, mood-lit interior makes you forget it’s a chain.

    11506 Century Oaks Terrace; 512-339-4400

  • Blackfinn Ameripub

    This outpost of the national chain is designed to be more raucous and fun, like Austin itself. It’s still classy, but the atmosphere and menu are more casual than the Blackfinn American Grille. In particular, we were impressed by the jumbo lump “crowned” crab cakes: traditional crab cakes topped with fresh crab and served with tomato-basil salsa and remoulade sauce.

    11410 Century Oaks Terrace; 512-836-3466

  • Jasper’s

    We’re not sure how chef Kent Rathbun has remained under the radar in Austin. He defeated Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America in 2008, and he owns a host of restaurants across Texas, including this upscale spot in the Domain. The fine-dining locale features down-home dishes made new, like pomegranate-glazed rotisserie chicken and barbecue-spiced sea scallops as well as some mighty fine steaks.

    11506 Century Oaks Terrace; 512-834-4111

  • Gloria’s

    No area of Austin would be complete without a place to eat enchiladas. Gloria’s considers itself Latin cuisine, with delicacies like Salvadoran pupusas and Pescado Acajutla (marinated tilapia with gallo pinto and sautéed vegetables) as well as nachos, chicken flautas and, of course, enchiladas.

    3309 Esperanza Crossing; 512-833-6400

  • Fleming’s

    After a day of walking up and down the streets of the Domain, you need to recharge with some protein. Put on your finest and treat yourself to a nice steak at this upscale locale. Meat not your thing? Go with the lobster tail or the King Crab legs then, and be sure to check out the impressive wine list as well.

    11600 Century Oaks Terrace; 512-835-9463