By Ashley Randall
A modern architectural jewel that’s become the eye catcher of the northern strip in the Rainey Street district, is easily deserving to be called the historic neighborhood’s most romantic restaurant. No Va Kitchen & Bar has intangible sex appeal with a prismatic, bright ambiance that is warmed with a hint of sensual hues in the restaurant’s plush interior. The impressive array of interior and exterior settings include a private dining room and a spacious balcony, setting the stage for an enchanting evening that’s not to be missed. The thing that is most prescriptive about NoVa is the way it comfortably handles the sit-and-chat bar crowd while maintaining its upscale charm for a romantic dinner for two.
The interior provides a surprisingly spacious setting with a two story dining area that’s much more upscale and modern than it’s neighbors. The adorable patio on the 2nd floor balcony provides an excellent observation deck to catch all the action from a not-too-close but not-so-far distance on Rainey Street. The modern building stands out as a fine piece of architectural elegance among the more craftsman style bars in the neighborhood.
What to Eat
Executive Chef Brad Sorenson serves up a wonderful selection of small and large plates, with a more than respectable yet eclectic drink menu including crafted cocktails, spirits and beer. For many families, the Sunday supper is an important tradition filled with amazing food, drinks, and the fellowship among family and friends. No Va’s Sunday family-style supper is a celebration of a quintessential southern tradition, mixed with a bit of modern day elegance. Every bite has the potential to bring back those childhood memories while you satiate every little nook and cranny of your belly while stuffing your face. The spread is comfort-leaning and a bit adventurous with an outstanding mac & cheese that will easily become your favorite dish of the restaurant.
An extraordinary level of attention and detail is well served in every cocktail as its fine-tuned with silver jiggers all while poured from brass strainers. The bar is as refined and sophisticated as it is beautiful, stocked with some of the classiest selection of spirits along with a respectable beer selection. Allow your imagination no limits, as the bar provides an extensive collection of classics and new libations that will tickle your taste buds with the ultimate delight.
Every relationship has it’s highs and lows, but NoVa’s rich gastronomic experience is impossible not to adore. Whether you’re looking to dine on your first date or celebrate an anniversary, you’ll experience a modern take on intimate dining that’s certain to make your sweetie’s heart beat a little faster as he, or she feasts on the goodness of Chef Sorenson’s labor of love.
Address: 87 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701Phone:(512) 382-5651