This breezy lake-side destination is the third in a series that seems to be gaining momentum. Cofounders Texan Brian Sneed and Guadalajara architect Chantal Arias debuted Quince—the name means “fifteen” in Spanish—in San Miguel de Allende in 2016. A second location opened in Fort Worth early in 2023 and the Austin edition arrived last fall, taking over Abel’s on the Lake. Three wooden decks, both uncovered and covered, provide seating outdoors; inside are tables and couches amid basket-shaded lights hanging from a tall industrial ceiling. It’s hard to pin down the menu, which the owners describe as “global collective,” but you can expect emphases on Asian fare (especially Japanese) bolstered by steaks, pasta, some Mexican specialties, and a couple of burgers. Presentation is a strong point. From the ceviche verde (a bright blend incorporating avocado, green apple, and red onion) to the tropical Frida Roll (yellowtail sashimi and avocado with spicy Sriracha aioli wrapped in hibiscus-infused rice paper), the dishes we tried were showstoppers. Plump yet light and crispy tempura rock shrimp with Japanese chili aioli was also a table favorite, as was the Panko-crusted Chilean sea bass with ginger and lemongrass bomba rice and a spicy ancho cream sauce. Rich lamb potstickers got a boost from a briny oyster cream.
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Enjoy eclectic fare, with an emphasis on seafood, at a pretty place on the water..