Before the days of the major tech boom that Austin has experienced over the last two decades, long time Austinites only had a handful of “good” restaurants to select from. Nowadays, whether you’re an old school Austinite or a newbie from one of the coasts, one of the things that might be keeping you in town, other than your job, family, friends, and the collection of amazing events, is our selection of restaurants. Prove me wrong!
When I say this city isn’t what it used to be, I’m primarily talking about the restaurant scene (and the traffic). With vast economic change, comes the heavy responsibility of offering better dining options. After a rapid influx of population growth and the exceedingly high cost of living, Austin’s dining scene has become plentiful and internationally recognized.
At its core, Austin has always thrived on a plethora of taco joints, Tex-Mex cantinas, and BBQ smokehouses, all of which have seen an evolution to a modern service model. Nowadays, area restaurants are receiving national notoriety for their excellence in modern farm-to-table offerings, omakase seatings, and even authentic Northern Italian dishes. No matter your preference in style of cuisine, we crave flavor, atmosphere, and the perception of value that builds our confidence to share each moment with our friends, family, and audience.
The restaurant industry is sometimes unpredictable, and as the changes in menu offerings, openings, and closings occur in the industry, we will do my best to update this guide every quarter. The restaurants you see in this guide is listed because we think they are particularly noteworthy in their given section. If you don’t see your favorite spot or business listed, there are dozens of other dining guides linked below, and more coming in the future which might include your favorite. For now and for your consideration, we offer you our selections of the best restaurants, food trucks and eateries in Austin.
3235 E Cesar Chavez St | Jacoby’s boasts an unbelievable ranch-style dining experience next to the Colorado River, offering a menu of locally sourced farm and ranch ingredients. The breathtaking outdoor dining area is a beautiful green oasis making it the perfect place to enjoy dinner and drinks while taking in the views of the river and breaking bread with friends. Photo by Courtney Pierce
SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St UNIT 110 | Helmed by Owner and Executive Chef Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye brings cuisine that is rustic and seasonally inspired to Rainey Street. Emmer & Rye opened in late 2015, and Chef Fink was quickly named one of FOOD & WINE Magazine’s “Best New Chefs” and one of the “Best New Restaurants 2016” by Bon Appetit. Fink was named a 2018 James Beard semifinalist and 2019 finalist for “Best Chef Southwest” and in 2017 he received the StarChefs Rising Star award. Photo by Courtney Pierce
1917 Manor Road | Widely known as one of Austin’s most popular happy hour spots boasting a casual and atmospheric patio scene, Salty Sow is has been a go-to destination for friendly meet-ups, shared plates, and first dates for the last 8 years. Share a plate of their infamous salty duck fat fries, honey rosemary fried chicken and biscuit, and crispy brussles sprout leaves while sipping on one of the signature craft cocktails. Photo by Hayden Walker
Commodore Perry Estate | Lutie’s features ingredient-forward fare prepared with an elevated approach as influenced by husband-and-wife chef team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu’s experiences cooking in acclaimed restaurants around the world. The ever-changing, seasonal menus spotlight local farmers and ranchers and reflect the chefs’ celebration of ingredients through preparation rooted in understated simplicity. Named after the estate matriarch Nannie Lewette “Lutie” Perry, the namesake restaurant melds warm hospitality with the convivial spirit of the property’s Jazz Age legacy, transporting guests to a contemporary garden retreat overlooking lush estate grounds. Photo by Hayden Walker
Two Locations | District Kitchen is a suburban neighborhood restaurant located in Southwest Austin. The new American-style concept is lead by co-owners and chefs Amir and Ali Hajimaleki, boasting chef-inspired dishes, creative cocktails and a relaxing indoor space with a massive patio. The happy hour is unbeatable with $5-6 craft cocktails and appetizers, along with $3 domestic beers (included Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap) and $5 glasses of wine with a daily featured half-priced bottle. Photo by Hayden Walker
315 Congress Avenue | Located downtown, on Congress Avenue, Executive Chef Donnie Forehand and team serves up modern, whimsical takes on classic American dishes and craft cocktails with worldly influences. and craft cocktails that bring in Austinites and visitors alike. From The Attic Roll with Sirloin Steak, Kimchi Rice, Red Miso Aioli, and Galbi Sauce to Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Feta, Orzo Horitaki, and Charred Fennel to their infamous Burger Mondays. Enjoy their generous daily happy hour specials and their creative Bloody Mary bar during Sunday brunch, in the character and charm of their historic space. Photo by Jesse Drohen @ austinpixels.com
2406 Manor Rd. | Dai Due started in a farmer’s market stand and a hyped pop-up dinner series, lead by chef/owner Jesse Griffiths before finally opening his brick and mortar restaurant. Enjoy multi-course meals or a la carte entrees with locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients prepared in an open kitchen and butcher shop, allowing all guests to see how the sausage is made. Photo by Hayden Walker
306 E 53rd St | Executive chef-owners Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley, took over at F&D in 2017 continuing the legacy of the restaurant as one of the best and original modern farm-to-table restaurants in Austin. The duo offers a creative and approachable take on elevated, modern cuisine, focusing on local ingredients from farmers and purveyors. Photo by Hayden Walker
1610 San Antonio St. | Owned by 2018 and 2019 James Beard finalist Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie serves a modern interpretation of traditional Southern classics with cuisine focused on seasonality and locality inspired by celebrated Southern chefs. Olamaie offers produce from growers no farther than two hundred miles away, as well as Texas beef and chicken, and sustainable seafood. Photo by Hayden Walker
607 W. 3rd St | Hestia, named after the “Greek goddess of the hearth,” is a live-fire, modern-day grill house integrating a chef-focused service to provide a more intimate look into the food. The restaurant lead by Executive Chef Kevin Fink and partner Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. This modern grill house will integrate chef-focused service to provide a more intimate look into the food. Photo credit – Hestia Instagram
2115 Holly Street | Launderette is an East Austin café located in the heart of the Holly neighborhood. Launderette features an inviting menu elevated by the vibrant and global flavors from Chefs Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki.
1201 S Lamar Blvd. | Founded by acclaimed chef Bryce Gilmore, Odd Duck is one of Austin’s most celebrated restaurants shaped by a craftsmen’s approach to cooking, with a culture of creativity from the staff and products from amazing local farmers. Locally sourced ingredients shape the seasonal, ever-changing menu, accompanied by creative cocktails, craft beers and approachable wines. Photo by Hayden Walker
Domain NORTH | Second Bar + Kitchen combines seasonal ingredients with local artisan products to create a sublime experience. Second Bar + Kitchen offers small plates for sharing, locally-recognized salads, delicious pizzas, entrees and desserts to enjoy. Second Bar + Kitchen is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. From the bar, Second Bar + Kitchen offers a wide selection of finely crafted cocktails by Director of Bars + Beverage Jason Stevens, an approachable wine program, and a selection of local and eclectic beers. Photo by Hayden Walker
301 E 6th St. | In 2008 chef-owner Shawn Cirkiel opened Parkside, in its chic urban space on East 6th Street, downtown. With its innovative kitchen and local farm-to-table initiatives, the restaurant quickly became the go-to spot in Austin which set the stage for the city’s exciting dining scene. Today the restaurant still embraces the city’s soul, energy, and good vibes with its take on modern, fresh cuisine. Photo by Hayden Walker
5520 Burnet Rd #100 | Eric Silverstein’s southern-Asian-inspired food truck – turned brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allandale has been an Austin mainstay for 11 years, offering a delightful menu full of comfort food options like Hainan chicken, kimchi arancini balls; tacos, noodles and rice bowls. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online, and the restaurant has reopened for indoor and patio dine-in services. Photo by The Peached Tortilla
1319 Rosewood Avenue | Discada has managed to become one of the most impressive taco trucks in town. Using their traditional method based out of Northern Mexico which has been used for generations, Discada prepares their tacos using a “Cowboy-wok”, which is a tractor plow disc providing even heat displacement to all of the ingredients during the cooking process. After all of the ingredients are prepared they’re placed in eight small corn tortillas topped with chopped pineapple, cilantro and onions. Photo by Hayden Walker
1704 East Cesar Chavez | What started as a modest sno-cone stand in 1989, eventually lead to one of Austin’s most exceptional taco trucks and restaurants in town. Their famous Migas Taco features a flour-dusted tortilla filled with a mishmashed medley of soft-scrambled eggs, melted cheese and sliced avocado and your choice of salsa. Photo by Hayden Walker
2512 E. 12th Street | This tiny taqueria, on East 12th, has become the taco go-to spot of East Austin. Their new-school style of tacos and tostadas showcases chef Edgar Rico’s inventive skills and culinary creativity that will make anyone a return customer. Photo credit – Nixta Facebook Page
1700 E 2nd St. | It’s an eclectic taco shop featuring a menu of playful, West Coast-inspired adaptations of classic Mexican food and tacos. The cocktails emphasize agave spirits—mezcals and tequilas. Reunión 19 is the collaboration of four friends and their varied cultures including Executive Chef Christopher Haydostian and Chef Esdras Ochoa, a semi-finalist in the acclaimed Netflix program The Final Table. Located on Austin’s Eastside, the restaurant vibe is relaxed and family-friendly. The vibrant #tacolover light fixture across the back wall says what this shop is all about. Photo by Hayden Walker
2001 S. First St. | If we were ranking who made the best tacos in Austin, El Primo would undoubtedly be in the top 3. For a little food truck sitting on S. 1st, El Primo produces some of the finest tacos this side of the Colorado River. Boasting about migas anywhere else would normally be a formality, but El Primo crushes it. Photo credit – El Primo Facebook page
Multiple Locations in Austin | Not only are the Tacodeli’s tacos on point but that green (D sauce! Since opening in 1999, Tacodeli has been one of Austin’s most prolific spots for tacos that one could truly blame on the success of its infamous creamy Doña sauce as well as their incredible best-selling Cowboy taco (made with beef tenderloin, grilled corn, onions, roasted poblano, guacamole, and queso fresco) and Frontera Fundido taco as well as over a dozen daily and weekly specials loaded with beef, pork and seafood. Photo by Hayden Walker
2400 Burleson Rd. | Austin’s most glorious Birria taco is made by chef Gerardo Guerrero at La Tunita 512 taco truck. Gerardo Guerrero. Their tacos are filled with stewed beef, topped with onions, cilantro with their signature consomé. Additional signature menu items include their griddled quesotaco, offering a beautiful combination of grilled tortilla with Monterey Jack cheese. Photo credit – La Tunita 512 Facebook
2027 Anchor Ln. | When the weather is not blazing hot or at the point of freezing, Austin has a plethora of excellent patio dining spots. Since 2013, Contigo has been one of Austin’s most popular spots for an al fresco experience. Their sprawling backyard and deck offer casual and comfortable southwest ranch-style dining paired with refreshing craft cocktails, shareable bites and plenty of space for events or yard games. Photo by Hayden Walker
4710 E 5th St, Austin | Ask nearly anyone that’s been living in Austin longer than 5 years and they most likely have at least one story that involves a fun night of mischief at Justine’s. The patio and interior proudly boast its old-world French-inspired bungalow, meshed with the liveliness of New Orleans bar to set the mood for a fun night. The incredibly playful service team, coupled with a delicious menu of French snacks and creative cocktails will keep you and your friends coming back for the party. Photo credit: Justine’s Facebook
79 Rainey St. | This casual spot on Rainey Street offers a fun and easy-going dining experience with lots of outdoor seating. Founder Ben Siegel and chef Ted Prater offers an impressive selection of housemade sausages, from Chinese BBQ, currywurst, jalapeno cheddar brat, and drunk chicken, to the state’s largest selection of draft beers, the restaurant has become a haven for locals and visitors alike. Photo: Banger’s Facebook.
3 Locations in Austin | Enjoy Easy Tiger’s outdoor spaces with their award-winning dining experience with artisan bread and pastries, pretzels, signature sandwiches plus craft beer and cocktails. Photo by Hayden Walker
406 Walsh St | Better Half probably offers the best happy hour and reverse happy hour in the city featuring this beautiful burger for only $5! It comes stacked with a thick beef patty topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Dijonnaise, cheese and pickles. Be smart, add bacon!
5811 Berkman Dr
| Opened by husband-and-wife team Andy Means and Jessie Katz in 2018, Hank’s is a neighborhood, all-day eatery located in Windsor Village. Hank’s all-day menu includes accessible neighborhood fare like burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups, pastas, pastries, and a kids’ menu, along with a full bar and cocktail menu, catering, and a drive-thru cafe component.
| Opened by husband-and-wife team Andy Means and Jessie Katz in 2018, Hank’s is a neighborhood, all-day eatery located in Windsor Village. Hank’s all-day menu includes accessible neighborhood fare like burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups, pastas, pastries, and a kids’ menu, along with a full bar and cocktail menu, catering, and a drive-thru cafe component.
2027 E Cesar Chavez St. | Masterfully smoked meat, that’s always perfectly moist and flavorful is the only way to explain La Barbecue’s stake in Austin’s massive BBQ scene. From all-natural prime brisket to pork and beef ribs, house made smoked sausage, pulled pork, and delicious sides, the legend of the Bobby Mueller family continues with LeAnn Mueller and Ali Clem at La Barbecue, now open at their new East Ceasar Chavez brick and mortar location. Photo by Hayden Walker
6610 N Lamar Blvd. | Stiles Switch you’ll arrive for the daily specials and stay for their brisket, ribs and sides which has seen an evolution of being good to absolute greatness. The BBQ Jewel of north Austin has been a consummate staple in the city since 2012 lead by pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick, who trained under legendary Bob Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor. Photo by Hayden Walker
900 E 11th St. | Aaron Franklin has been changed the entire state of the BBQ game since opening in 2009 and they have the infamously long lines to prove it. He’s the first pitmaster to a James Beard Award and has received many nods from Bon Appétit, Esquire and Texas Monthly Magazine. If you have time to stand in line for 3-4 hours and a solid investment in their sweet smoked meat, you’ll become a believer.
11500 Manchaca Rd | If you’re in the South Austin area, Valentina’s is the go-to spot for the best brisket south of Hwy 71. Their super moist, perfectly smoked brisket is exceptional, but add a few of their homemade flour tortillas (instead of white bread) and you’ll find may find a new religion. Photo by Hayden Walker
121 Pickle Rd. | Pitmaster Evan LeRoy offers the new school flavor of Texas BBQ with a rich menu of classic offerings and game like, duck confit, oxtail, beef cheeks, beef belly and Wagyu burgers are all offered on the menu with traditional Texas BBQ offerings like brisket and sausage is offered for dinner on Saturday.
1309 Rosewood Ave. | Pitmaster Tom Micklethwait has built a reputation of offering a fun and creative menu while offering some of the most outstanding traditional options like their highly-lauded post-oak-smoked brisket, which spends up to 14 hours on the pit. They’ve garnered a sizable and loyal following and have received many notable accolades from multiple publications since beginning operations in 2012.
12233 Ranch Road 620
Chef John Bates, formerly of Noble Sandwich, serves deliciously crafted small batch Central Texas-style BBQ with a few additional new school items you’re not likely to find at many other well-known spots. You’ll also enjoy some of the most delicious sides, like Shells N Cheese, smoked charro beans, housemade slaw, and even tacos.
5111 Airport Blvd | What began as a popular food truck, has become a prospering brick-and-mortar restaurant in Central Austin. Jewboy’s griddled burgers, chili dogs and El Paso-style burritos are influenced by a mix of south Texas and Jewish culture with a heavy non-kosher focus on fresh beef, on hatch green chile, queso, and latkes. Photo by Courtney Pierce
Multiple Locations in Austin | Hopdoddy is an Austin original and notorious for its long lines, for a good reason! Every burger is generously prepared to order with nearly any topping you could ever want. From beef, salmon and bison, Hopdoddy will have you coming back just so you’ll try everything in the menu. If you’re a serious burger lover, you’ll do just that!
517 E 6th St | “Dirty 6th street” is home to Casino El Camino who stays true to their roots. You’ll find great jukebox and some bad-ass cooks throwing down some of the best burgers in Austin with “Don’t f with me” attitude, perfect for the normally crazed crowd one can expect on E. 6th street! Photo Credit: Forbes.com
FOUR LOCATIONS | Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes sets a high standard of excellence and prides itself on providing guests with only the best ingredients. Mighty Fine has five Central Texas locations and a mobile Mighty Fine Food Truck that changes locations nearly daily, and also offers online ordering.
2808 Guadalupe | StDirty Martin’s has been an Austin staple since 1926, offering classic burgers, fries, onion rings, and sliced fried pickles, along with some fashioned American chow served in their original space on Guadalupe, next to the University of Texas campus. (Photo by Dirty Martin’s Facebook)
7525 Burnet Rd. | Top Notch has been an iconic Austin burger joint since 1971. Guests will enjoy old school, curbside hop service and dine on burgers, onion rings, fried chicken and plate specials. The spot is also famous for being a featured location in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused! Photo by Hayden Walker
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7800 south 1st Street | Chef Ryan Rosen’s food truck is one of the only brunch-only food trucks in Austin, and he absolutely crushes it. With offerings that thrive on 100% locally produced ingredients and original recipes created by chef Ryan, you’ll find a daily changing menu that features popular items like the Fried Chicken and farm-fresh egg sandwich; Barbacoa Breakfast Sandwich; Stuffed French Toast; and Avocado Toast topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled onions, and cherry tomatoes. Photo by Hayden Walker
35 Brazos St | This locally-owned café in downtown Austin is adjacent to Lady Bird Lake and known for its straightforward approach to breakfast and brunch staples like avocado toast, brunch burgers, kale Caesar salad, and house-made craft cocktails. Photo by Hayden Walker
7858 Shoal Creek Blvd | Brothers Amir and Ali Hajimaleki, owners of District Kitchen & Cocktails and Oasthouse Kitchen & Bar, launched Shortie’s Pizza in 2020, serving New Englan Greek-style, pan pizza with heavy oregano flavor. The name is an homage to Ali’s late dog and the concept is reminiscent of food familiar to Amir’s fiancé, who is from Connecticut was missing food from her hometown of Rockville. The pies are prepared in a cast-iron skillet, creating the buttery crust and crispy edges that are reminiscent of the Northeast’s version, but with airy pockets and a perfect crust-to-topping ratio. Photo by Hayden Walker
Multiple Locations in Austin | What happens when two guys from Detroit combine a passion for pizza with entrepreneurial dreams? Mouth-watering glory. Via313’s Detroit-style pies are perfect. The crust is made from cold-fermented dough, is thick, airy, and chewy affording delightful texture from the crunch provided by a caramelized cheese coating that spans all four edges of the pie. This buttery square is topped with two streaks of freshly crushed tomato sauce, drizzled after baking, topping the melted cheese. Each bite is a baker’s triumph and pizza lover’s delight. Photo by Courtney Pierce
1158 Lost Creek Boulevard | The brainchild of native Texan and hospitality veteran, Issac Flores, of Western Grace, Sammataro offers authentic New York-style thin, chewy crust pizza, focusing on quality and responsibly sourced toppings. Each wood-fired pie starts with a 48-hour fermented dough and Bianco Di Napoli tomatoes, then gets finished off with a generous grating of gouda and whole fresh basil leaves.
co-owner Kelsey Hutchins transformed their 24’ long trailer into a welcoming space in an office park in Westlake. Photo by Hayden Walker
6555 Burnet Rd #100 | Bufalina’s pizzas are deliciously delightful and about as authentic as Neapolitan-style pies can get. Their weekend-only Sicilian pizza and the classic Margherita are legendary, as well as their classic Italian side items like the creamy burrata will bring you back for more every time. Oders can be placed online, and reservations can be made for dine-in service. Photo by Hayden Walker
507 San Jacinto Blvd. | Austin chef and mastermind, Shawn Cirkiel, launched “The Backspace” in 2010 and it’s definitely getting better with age. Offering a large selection of Neapolitan pizzas, including the staple Margherita, the Fennel Sausage, the Bianca, with arugula, mozzarella, ricotta and Pecorino Romano; the classic Marinara, with fresh tomatoes, oregano and garlic; and the Chicken Meatball, with ricotta, pepperoni and kale pesto. Photo by The Backspace
Two Locations in Austin | Home Slice is known for their their hospitality, scrumptious New York slices and authenticity, which has earned them a solid reputation attracting throngs of Austinites and tourists alike. Home Slice Pizza has evolved into an Austin institution since establishing their original location on South Congress Ave. Photo by Courtney Pierce
Two Locations | Pinthouse Pizza is a part brewery, part pizza joint that features excellent serve award-winning craft beer and craft-style pizza in an active brewpub, friends-and-family atmosphere. Photo by Pinthouse Pizza
2901 S 1st St UNIT 102 | Toss presents the merging of a Texas pub with casual Italian pizza. With adventurous specialty offerings that include BBQ Brisket, pulled pork and Birria, along with traditional pizza selections. You’ll also enjoy pub favorites like their housemade wings, waffle fries, and craft cocktails. Photo by Hayden Walker
1800 E 6th St | This Mexican-inspired restaurant in Austin, TX boasts a menu centered on house-made masa. While menu items may sound familiar, the ingredients are new, exciting and typically local. The East Austin hot spot has gained major accolades in just a little over a year of business including The New York Times, WSJ, Bon Appetit and Food & Wine Magazine. Photo by Hayden Walker
501 Colorado St. | Named by Esquire Magazine as one of the top ten Best New Restaurants in America for 2019 and Austin Monthly’s Restaurant of the Year, Comedor welcomes guests with the appeal for it’s interior Mexican cuisine as well as the building’s design. The acclaimed restaurant also presents an inventive bar program anchored by a substantial selection of more than 100 mezcals. Photo by Hayden Walker
2330 W N Loop Blvd. | Celebrate at this iconic interior Mexican institution with antojitos like tacos al pastor, lobster ceviche and sopecitos, and of course, their famous Silvercoin Margarita: watermelon infused with Patron Silver, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Photo by Hayden Walker
110 San Antonio St #170 | Housed in the Northshore residences building, ATX Cocina is airy space serving regional modern Mexican cuisine, using tortillas and maize products made in-house from organic, non-GMO, and heirloom corns and supporting local farmers’ markets, sustainable fishing practices, and purveyors of humanely raised meats. Photo by Hayden Walker
110 San Antonio St #170 | La Condesa is an award-winning modern Mexican restaurant located in Austin’s vibrant 2nd Street District. Helmed by Executive Chef Rick Lopez, La Condesa’s menu features Mexico City-inspired dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, plus a renowned bar program with one of the largest collections of 100% blue agave tequila and mezcal in the city.
2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085 | In May 2012, Chefs de la Vega and Torrealba opened El Naranjo Restaurant on Rainey Street (now with its only location on South Lamar Blvd) which has been named one of the top 10 best restaurants in Austin by the Austin American Statesman, serving regional-interior Mexican cuisine. Photo by Hayden Walker
2613 S Lamar Blvd. | Matt’s El Rancho has been an Austin scratch kitchen Tex-Mex restaurant since 1952. They’re one of Austin’s highest volume serving restaurants, presenting an outstanding experience to a long and loyal base of guests that return year after year. Matt’s has been recognized by just about every magazine and publication in Austin and countless others around the country. Photo Credit – Matt’s El Rancho Facebook
4807 Airport Blvd | Restaurateur Chris Martinez and longtime friend and local chef Shawn Cirkiel have partnered to develop, ¡Vamonos! , a ranch-style Tex Mex restaurant on Airport Blvd, serving hormone-free products, locally sourced ingredients whenever available, and fresh handcrafted dishes. The restaurant’s curated menu features several classic starters like Queso Blanco Con Carne, the Original Nachos Ignacio, Tacos (three soft tacos with a choice of grilled local vegetables or natural meat, and much more, including the puffy taco special on Tuesdays. Photo by Hayden Walker
1911 W Anderson Ln.
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The name says it all. Enchiladas Y Mas is the go-to spot If you’re looking for the most authentic, waistline-expanding enchiladas in the city. Pair one of their big plate of enchiladas with a margarita that’ll make you forget your name and have you calling for a ride-share.
1707 E 6th St.
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Austin doesn’t get any more Tex-Mex than Tamale House East. This 60-year-old classic family-owned spot is known for its delicious breakfast menu featuring, migas, enchiladas, tacos, and their world-famous tamales.
2305 E. 7th Street | Prepare to wait in a long line because this 75-year-old, Austin Tex-Mex cafe has is well known for its huge, inexpensive breakfast plates, lunch specials, and delicious bowls of Menudo, all based on family reicpies. Photo credit – Joe’s Bakery Facebook
7211 Burnet | Tumble 22 features a menu of chicken-fried specialties with a fiery uniqueness all its own. At it’s core, Tumble 22’s offerings is the chicken itself, which is all-natural, sourced in Texas and contains no additives then fried and coated in Chef Harold’s special secret blend of seasonings. When the chicken meets the sauce, it is dipped in a choice of four chef-made sauces: Wimpy, Hot, Dang Hot and Fire in the Hole. It’s crispy, juicy and second to none. Photo by Hayden Walker
117 San Jacinto Blvd. | Memphis-based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken may not technically be an original local spot, but each piece of chicken is fried to a golden crisp, all while staying perfectly moist and juicy inside with a slight spicy kick to it. Every plate comes with its standard side of beans, coleslaw and white bread just as does in its Tennessee flagship. Photo by Hayden Walker
3 Locations in Austin | Lucy’s is one of Austin’s favorite homegrown restaurants that just happen to be known for its amazing fried chicken where you can literally get a bucket of fried chicken the way our founding fathers intended it to be served (not really). Photo by Lucy’s Chicken
2129 E 7th St. | Flyrite uses fresh local ingredients from better the best possible sources, including all-natural chicken raised without antibiotics. Their delicious sandwiches, wraps, and shakes are fresh and made to order. The crispy chicken breast is served on a toasted whole wheat bun with homemade pickle chips and your choice of sauce. Photo by Flyrite Chicken
2401 E Cesar Chavez St. | Monger’s is famously known in east Austin for their wide selection of fish, shrimp, ceviche, poke and raw dishes. They also offer a small selection of fish market offerings with daily deliveries from the coast. Photo by Hayden Walker
5621 Airport Blvd | Quality Seafood has been Austin’s go-to destination ocean loving eaters with the highest quality fresh and frozen seafood since 1938. The restaurant serves local Gulf favorites, like shrimp, oysters, and crawfish, alongside mouth-watering daily preparations, like Fried, Grilled or Blackened Gulf Drum, salmon, catfish and much more. Photo Credit: Quality Seafood Market Facebook
Two Locations | Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant offers a menu that spans from raw bar offerings, shrimp, fried and blackened fish, to hearty bowls of chowder. Photo by Hayden Walker
Four Locations | Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster offers everything from lobster rolls to fish and chips to lump crab cakes, both in their brick and mortar restaurant and the food truck. Photo by Garbo’s
1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste. #1150 | TLC’s menu is anchored in their fresh seafood boil and specialty sandwiches. Their offerings are wild-caught, local, and sustainably sourced when possible. The restaurant also offers a classic jukebox full of Texas favorites, high-def TVs for a great sports viewing experience, and a game room filled with classic arcade games for both the youngins and the young at heart to enjoy. Photo by Hayden Walker
1200 W 6th St. | Clark’s is has been a favorite go-to spot for Clarksville residents for years. offering oysters, a cold bar, and an array of caviar for those looking to indulge. Clark is Perla’s little brother and is owned and operated by chefs Larry McGuire & Tom Moorman. Photo by Clark’s Oyster Bar.
1144 Airport Blvd Ste 220 | Mr. Catfish is a down-home, easygoing Southern cafe serving Gulf coast catfish, seafood plates as well as a terrific lunch buffet. Photo by Hayden Walker
5011 Burnet Rd | Vegans and vegetarians may rejoice, because Citizen Eatery was wholly designed with you in mind. If you’re looking for a healthy plant-based meal, Citizen Eatery features a sustainable, meat-free menu and bar that serves scratch-made vegetarian and vegan cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meat eaters will even find several items that are suitable for your palate, like the vegan burger with a side of fries. Photo by Hayden Walker
3110 Windsor Rd | The Beer Plant is known as the world’s first plant-based, modern gastropub that offers craft beer, wine and cocktails with on 100% plant-based menu. Dishes are offered in a farmhouse pub atmosphere, focused on healthy eating and drinking.
2324 East Cesar Chavez | If you’re a meat eater and you just happened upon The Vegan Nom food truck, ate every taco they serve, but had no idea it was a vegan based menu, you’d walk away with a huge, satisfying not-so-bloated smile. Everything on the menu is 100% vegan and incredible if you’re looking to fulfill your comfort food cravings. Photo by Hayden Walker
Savor spicy, modern, Thai cuisine and refreshing drinks at both the Domain NORTHSIDE and Westlake Hills locations of Sway. Inspired by an Australian style of Thai cooking, Sway is an interpretation of a traditional northern Thai-style lanna house. Sway’s West Lake Hills location features a rooftop bar with sleek outdoor patio adorned with modern wooden tables and lush greenery – giving you stunning city views without the hassle of downtown Austin traffic. Photo by Hayden Walker
906 E Cesar Chavez St | Dee Dee is an East Austin food truck serving up she spicy flavors of Northerm Thailand. Get your fill of rice bowls, filled with mangos, chicken, and delicious veggies. Open Wednesday – Sunday.
11601 Rock Rose Ave. | Thai-Kun offers authentic Thai food conceptualized by Thai Changthong and Moto Utsunomiya. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, chef Thai brought his O.G. style of Thai food to Austin with a street food focus. The Rock Rose restaurant is a spin-off of the East Side King food truck. Photo by Hayden Walker
2310 South Lamar, Suite #101 | This O.G. food truck started a movement in Austin and has been a staple for bar hoppers that like to stay out until the wee hours of the night, especially if you’re in the mood for their famous pork belly buns or the fried chicken sandwich. Photo by Hayden Walker
909 W Mary St. | Thai Fresh is another Austin staple that focuses on delicious traditional Thai offerings based on local, sustainable ingredients in the heart of South Austin. Guests will find popular offerings and dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photo by Hayden Walker
1000 E 11th St Ste 150 (original location) | The East Austin “dope Chinese” joint serves Dim Sum Brunch from 11am-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu includes small bites like crab and leek shumai, cubano spring rolls, and pork soup dumplings, all served on roaming dim sum carts. House specialties are made to order and include Duck Fat Chicken and Waffles and Crispy Pork Steam Buns, among others. Photo credit, Hayden Walker
A culinary exploration of Asia’s diverse food landscape, 1618 Asian Fusion serves affordable, high-quality fusion in a unique, thoughtfully designed space. Focusing on the bright, bold, diverse flavors of Asia, 1618’s menu spans the continent – offering diners a taste of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Singaporean and Southeast Asian food. Photo by Julia Keim
Jade is a neighborhood restaurant in the Westlake area boasting an upscale environment, and specializing in Chinese, Dim Sum, and Sushi by their owner and Master Chef trained in Hong Kong. The restaurant has become a go-to
destination for lunch and dinner in the Westlake area. Photo by Hayden Walker
500 W. 5th #168 | Wu Chow brings authentic, farm-fresh, modern Chinese food to the heart of downtown Austin, offering dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine. Photo by Hayden Walker
| Wu Chow brings authentic, farm-fresh, modern Chinese food to the heart of downtown Austin, offering dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine.
Spicewood/183 Center| Head up to north Austin for Asia Cafe. I promise it’ll be a worthwhile trip if you’re up for the food coma you’ll have to endure on the way back. Not only do they have the best Chinese food in Austin, but they also provide incredibly generous portions at an affordable price. They also have the friendliest staff you’re likely to find anywhere in town. Photo by Hayden Walker
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #109 | This low-key Chinese cafe is well known for generous offerings of their homemade dumplings, fried rice, noodles, and various classic Chinese dishes again in North Austin. There’s also a cool display of anime action figures and comics, collected by the owner. Photos by Hayden Walker
801 S Lamar Blvd. | Perfection in Sushi and Japanese cuisine in Texas has reached its paramount at the hands of Executive Chef/Owner Tyson Cole. Prepare to spend your hard-earned dollars at what has been the most popular restaurant in Austin for the last 10 years. Photo Credit Erica Wilkins
2713 E 2nd St.| Kemuri Tatsu-Ya offers ample comfort and adventure for guests seeking both. A reflection of owner and chef Tatsu Aikawa’s Japanese background and central Texas upbringing, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, inspired by the word “smoke” in Japanese, is a full service, full bar restaurant serving smoked meats, yakitori, ramen and izakaya classics. Photo by Hayden Walker
2115 S Lamar Blvd. | Opened in Austin in April 2018, features a variety of dishes created by James Beard Foundation Award-winners Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin that balance Southeast Asian flavors with the rich texture of traditional Texas BBQ. The bar program serves signature boozy slushies, batch cocktails, beer, wine, and sake. Photo by Hayden Walker
501 W Sixth St | Grab some friends and head downtown for an evening of fresh sushi and sashimi, tasty shareable bites and Japanese-inspired cocktails at Austin’s hippest new spot in town. Want to impress your clients? Make sure and check out the $225 24oz. ribeye featured on their A5 Wagyu Beef Menu. With outstanding signature dishes like their hamachi carpaccio, giant tiger prawns, and a5 wagyu premium nigiri, plus cocktails like the wabi-sabi and the sansho old-fashioned. Photo by Hayden Walker
5301 Airport Blvd Suite 100 | Kome offers home-style Japanese food and sushi with a relatively large menu, featuring a sushi bar, ramen, miso-glazed chicken wing, gyoza, and yakitori. Happy hour is Monday to Thursday, from 5pm – 6pm with $5 izakaya cocktails, $5 well drinks, and discounted sushi. Photo credit, KOME Facebook page.
1628 E Cesar Chavez St. | Oseyo’s menu features authentic Korean small plates, rice and noodle dishes, and wood-grilled items, in addition to extra-small plates, called banchan. With traditional Korean dishes at the forefront of the Oseyo menu, Diaz and the culinary team collaborated with Miller’s mom along with friend Rene Ortiz to develop the restaurant’s recipes. Oseyo draws inspiration directly from owner Lynn Miller’s family recipes. Photo by Oseyo
2700 W Anderson Ln Ste 501 | Korea House has been a local favorite since 1988 as the first Korean restaurant in Austin. The restaurant has become a favorite among locals for Korean BBQ staples, like japchae, bibimbap, and budae jjigae. It’s also one of the most fun and interactive spots, offering a true Korean BBQ experience, allowing guests to grill their own meat on a table fire pit. Photo by Tokki Creates
Six Locations in Austin | Chi’lantro might have the distant honor as being one of Austin’s all-time favorite casual restaurants. With its origin beginning as a food truck, owner Jae Kim has grown a flourishing business model to 6 brick and mortar restaurants in Austin. The menu boasts Korean barbecue offered in four types of protein that can be served in your choice of spicy noodle bowls, rice bowls, burritos, a salad, and their infamous kimchi fries. They also offer Gangam glazed chicken wings, perfect for an appetizer or a meal on its own. Photo by Hayden Walker
Braised BBQ restaurant differs from the
BBQ most people know that is cooked at the table. Jjim is braised and cooked in the kitchen as Galbi Jjim — braised beef short ribs, served with carrots, shishito peppers, potatoes, king oyster mushrooms and scallions, as well as offerings with pork and oxtail. To take the experience to the next level, mozzarella cheese can be added on top of any jjim dish, and customers can add optional rice, glass noodles, and various banchan side dishes. Photo by Hayden Walker1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste 2140 | TheBraised BBQ restaurant differs from theBBQ most people know that is cooked at the table. Jjim is braised and cooked in the kitchen as Galbi Jjim — braised beef short ribs, served with carrots, shishito peppers, potatoes, king oyster mushrooms and scallions, as well as offerings with pork and oxtail. To take the experience to the next level, mozzarella cheese can be added on top of any jjim dish, and customers can add optional rice, glass noodles, and various banchan side dishes.
888 PAN ASIAN RESTAURANT
2400 E Oltorf Street
888 is an Austin mainstay and perhaps the most popular Pan Asian restaurant in South East Austin, focusing on Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Going on weekends might have you waiting in line, but you’ll find out that it’s well worth it. The roasted duck tacos, Pho Oxtail, and grilled lamb rack red curry keeps me coming back. They also have a full buffet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as an appetizer bar, Tuesday and Thursday.
ELIZABETH STREET CAFE
1501 S 1st St. | Elizabeth Street Cafe is what one might consider an elevated “Austin-y” experience when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine offerings. The price point is a bit high, but the jovial atmosphere and their creative menu will make you a repeat customer, especially if you enjoy patio dining, inventive craft cocktails, and beautiful dishes that will make an excellent addition to your social media feed. Photo Credit – Elizabeth Street Cafe Facebook
Colorado Tower, 303 Colorado St #200 | Red Ash features a variety of authentic wood-fired Italian recipes highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients and the best culinary traditions of the many regions of Italy, accompanied by an extensive international wine list and whimsical cocktail menu. Photo by Hayden Walker
2612 E Cesar Chavez St. | Intero is a sustainability-focused, farm-to-table Italian restaurant with house-made pasta and artisanal chocolate. Intero translates to “whole” or “entire” in Italian, and its zero food-waste kitchen exemplifies its name. You will be tempted to fill up on delicious pasta and fresh veggies, grown just outside of Austin, but you can NOT miss out on the handcrafted chocolate truffles. If you simply can’t eat another bite, don’t worry, you can always take truffles to go. Bonus, the extensive wine list pairs perfectly with Intero’s sweet and savory offerings. Photo by Hayden Walker
Austin’s favorite classic Italian since 2004, presents authentic Italian cuisine without the fancy downtown atmosphere in their North Austin location. Enjoy their delicious house-made bread, handmade pasta, and classic dishes with select wine pairings for a wonderful Italian experience. Their new lounge, Restare, invites guests to relax and unwind in a cozy lounge with wine, snacks, and great company.
1900 Simond Ave.| L’Oca d’Oro is a contemporary Italian restaurant that opened in June 2016 in the AMLI at Mueller. Helmed by Chef Fiore Tedesco and General Manager Adam Orman, the restaurant blends old-world tradition with modern technique. Emphasizing family-style dining and refined cuisine, the restaurant provides a comfortable environment for groups of all sizes. Photo Hayden Walker
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304 | This sleek and modern east Austin spot serves up some of the finest Northern Italian cuisine in the city. The Pan Roasted Halibut and Chicken Saltimbocca dishes on the ala carte menu is something of genius and will keep you coming back for more.
Two Locations | Juliet Italian Kitchen, located in the heart of Austin’s beloved Zilker Park neighborhood, strives to be a destination for anyone seeking a relaxed Italian spot for a date night, business lunch or casual weekend brunch. Juliet embodies community and camaraderie through shared meals. Photo by Hayden Walker
1911 Aldrich St STE 100 | Colleen’s Kitchen is a southern-inspired eatery that offers dishes reminiscent of your favorite family recipes served in a down-home Austin environment. Located on Aldrich Street, in the heart of Mueller, Colleen’s Kitchen is a neighbor to Austin’s best parks, the Thinkery and Alamo Drafthouse.
500 W. Fifth St. | Fixe offers an elevated Southern dining experience served nightly in a warm and spirited atmosphere. Enjoy grits creative seafood & steak options, and some of the best biscuits in Austin in a chic setting.
1209 Rosewood Ave.
Rosewood has come a very long way since its original opening, to becoming one of the most beautiful dining settings in East Austin with a toothsome menu. The restaurant celebrates the traditions and inspirations of Southern Texas with offerings of Gulf Coast chophouse style cuisine and from their historic 1890 home on Rosewood Ave. They work with local farmers, ranchers, and Gulf Coast fish suppliers, who supply the provisions served in their menu.
2002 Manor Rd | Hoover’s Cooking is honest-to-goodness good Texas home cooking and soul food, for 15 years running in the heart of east Austin. Photo by Hayden Walker
8106 Brodie Ln. | Evangeline Cafe is a Louisiana-inspired restaurant offering delicious hot seafood gumbo, po-boys, fried fish and other seafood comfort style food. Photo credit: spothopper.com
2701 Manor Rd | Helmed by co-owners, Ryan McElroy and chef Brian Batch, Bird Bird Biscuit is dedicated to serving the best possible biscuits and biscuit sandwiches to the people of Austin. Photo by Hayden Walker
Multiple Locations | Turf-N-Surf offers delicious bayou-inspired seafood platters, po-boys and salads, sourcing from the freshest Gulf seafood available with three locations in Austin. Photo credit: Turf-N-Surf
4827 East Cesar Chavez St. | Sawyer’s expansive patio in a classic diner atmosphere, which has been a hit with Austinites since opening in 2014. They offer traditional Southern dining with a full bar, and New Orleans-inspired breakfast, lunch & dinner menu choices. Photo by Hayden Walker
1011 S. Congress Ave. | Mediterranean restaurant Aba at Music Lane on South Congress Avenue boasts a gorgeous multi-level outdoor patio and terrace that accommodates up to 130 guests and lives under the canopy of a 100+-year-old native Heritage Oak tree, studded with glass and metal lanterns from Morocco and the Middle East. The patio features a semi-private raised deck, with a vibrant living plant wall and a 10-seat outdoor bar with a white plaster finish to evoke a Mediterranean look and feel.
111 Congress Ave | Located inside of Fareground, offering authentic Israeli street food featuring traditional hummus plates, iconic street sandwiches like falafel and sabich, roasted cauliflower, sufganiyot (Israeli donuts), borekas/burek, homemade pickles, homemade spice blends, the highest quality imported tahini, and real Israeli pita from Angel Bakery. Photo by Giant Noise
111 E Cesar Chavez St | P6 recently debuted their brand new rooftop space at The LINE Austin downtown. The rooftop bar offers panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake and serves as one of the best new hangouts for dining, drinks, and games. The menu features Mediterranean shared plates by Executive Chef Justin Ermini and cocktails shaken (or stirred) by Beverage Director Brian Floyd. Photo by Hayden Walker
73 Rainey St.
| Photo by G’raj Mahal
G’Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge offers authentic and innovative Western Indian cuisine in the heart of Rainey street on a large, gorgeous wooden deck patio. All dishes are made to order with free-range and locally sourced beef and pork. The lamb, chicken, and goat are also grass-fed and Halal blessed.
The 100 Best Restaurants and Eateries in Austin
From modern farm-to-table restaurants, taco joints, food trucks, and the city's top BBQ spots, we present the 100 best restaurants in Austin.
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