As Austin continues to develop and broaden, so does town’s standout culinary scene. There are loads of cooks and groups carving out names for themselves, and consequently, there’s no scarcity of Austinite foodies who’ve obtained native and nationwide accolades—Best New Restaurant, Emerging Chefs, Austin Tastemakers, and Top 20 lists all included.
The awards span informal outside eating spots to limited-menu secret gems to sit-down pre-fixes requiring superior planning and reservations. That’s one of many particular issues about Austin eating places, we’ve bought a little bit of all of it in nearly each delicacies you may think about.
Because there’s no scarcity of scrumptious, ingenious dishes to find, we’ve made issues a bit simpler with this final information to Austin eating places. Whether you’re in search of brunch, late-night eating, or one thing to pique your curiosity (and palate)—you’ll get all of it under. Read on for our prime picks.
Best Brunch in Austin
Here in Austin, we take brunch very significantly. When the climate is beneath 90 levels, it’s undoubtedly sport on. Whether you’re in search of a chill patio with the classics, an intimate setting the place you may put on your “weekend best,” or an elevated expertise—we’ve bought you coated.
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails (West Austin)
This is a good place to take a bunch for a simple outside brunch on picnic tables, nestled subsequent door to Hold Out Brewing. They do an ideal breakfast sandwich, waffle iron hash browns, and epic cauliflower tots. Expert tip: Don’t skip their burgers!
image above: Better Half
Foreign & Domestic (North Loop)
It gets the Andrew Zimmern seal of approval for a reason. Chefs Sarah and Nathan call Foreign & Domestic “Austin’s original nose-to-tail, farm-to-table dining experience.” You’re going for Sunday brunch and ordering the pancakes with peach jam, forged iron frittata, and the crispy pork and grits. They even have an unimaginable wine menu with a number of bottles of Pet Nat to pick out from.
Josephine House (Clarksville)
There’s a cause this tiny home in Clarksville books up quick—three phrases: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Known by locals as “JoHo,” Josephine House is a good spot to have fun an important day, particularly when the climate is beautiful as the majority of the seating is outdoors. We suggest the cured lox, large chopped salad, or burger when you have an enormous urge for food. It’s probably the greatest on the town!
Launderette (East Austin)
We love Launderette for his or her enjoyable and sharable menus not only for brunch, however lunch and dinner, too. Chef Rene Ortiz and the staff have one thing for everybody, together with a Rainbow Bowl, Benny Toast, and a Fried Chicken Sammie. We’d suggest ordering just a few Potato Latkes and maybeeeeee a brief stack of pancakes for the desk when you’re actually hungry.
Lin Asian Bar & Dim Sum (West Austin)
If you’re fortunate to snag a desk at Lin Asian Bar & Dim Sum or a reservation for brunch, think about your self profitable the weekend. While we’re a fan of primarily each steamed bun on the menu, the basil rooster dumpling and scallion pancakes are a must-order. Expert tip: Book a desk prematurely on OpenTable.
Images above: Paperboy courtesy of the restaurant
Paperboy (East Austin)
If we could recommend the entire Paperboy brunch menu, we would. That’s how hard it is to pick a favorite. Your move here: any of the toasts, migas, and the kale salad with a soft-boiled egg. OK, and a side of cheesy hash browns. Expert tip: This is the perfect spot if you want to brunch and leisurely shop along East 11th.
Elizabeth Street Cafe (South First)
Elizabeth Street Cafe embodies the quirky, colourful, and scrumptious experiences that Austin is thought for. My favourite menu gadgets: House Baked Brioche French Toast, Texas Akaushi Beef Carpaccio, Cha Ca Red Fish, and a Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s tasty for any meal of the day, providing French baked items with espresso and tea for breakfast, artfully crafted pho, and bun and banh mi for lunch and dinner. Expert tip: Don’t dare move up the macarons. The pastry cooks have created tons of of flavors of those pleasant treats that match the aesthetic of your complete place. Snag a field and take some house!
picture above: Otoko
Best Sushi in Austin
When you consider Texas, you in all probability consider BBQ and tacos, however don’t sleep on our sushi scene. We’ve bought every little thing from small and intimate omakase spots, strip mall joints, and classics which were so well-liked, that they’ve expanded outdoors of Texas.
We love Kome for their selection of rolls, bento boxes, donburi bowls, and ramen—not to mention their selection of Japanese snacks on the menu. Our favorites: the Sunshine Roll, Katsu Chicken, Kinoko chashu tama-don, and the Miso Ramen.
images above: Otoko
While this South Congress hot spot typically requires making a reservation 3 months in advance, trust us when we say that Otoko is worth the wait. The 12-seat Japanese kaiseki omakase-style spot is tucked in the South Congress Hotel with an attached and intimate Japanese-inspired cocktail bar, Watertrade (which does not require a reservation to sit at the bar, but does take them for their cocktail tables if you like planning ahead). Chef Yoshi makes the experience so fun, and if you’re lucky, you might get to see him break down a whole tuna. Expert Tip: Reservations open on a rolling 3 month basis on the first of every month at 12pm and book up quick! Book a reservation at Watertrade when you need that Otoko-esque quick fix without the lengthy wait.
Tomodachi (North Austin)
If you’re looking for an easy strip-mall kind of sushi hang, Tomodachi is it. With roll names like Who’s Your Daddy and Ex-Girlfriend, you already realize it’s going to be a enjoyable and non-fussy spot.
picture above: Sushi Bar ATX by Liam Brown.
Snagging tickets to SushiBar ATX will take some severe and stealth dedication, nevertheless it’s nicely well worth the effort. This small and intimate 17-course omakase idea is helmed by Head Chef Ambrely Ouimette and each chew consists of background on the fish and the inspiration behind the dish. Expert tip: This is a enjoyable spot to ebook your complete place for a birthday or celebration.
Uchi + Uchiko (South Lamar + North Lamar)
Uchi + Uchiko have turn into Austin establishments and are so beloved there are actually areas in Houston, Dallas, and outdoors of Texas, together with Denver and Miami. Both spots ebook up quick however are nicely well worth the wait. Expert tip: Don’t skip their Happy Hour daily from 4 to six:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve).
picture above: June’s All Day
Best South Congress Restaurants
With the current Austin Music Lane improvement opening, South Congress has turn into the primary vacation spot for vacationers and residents to spend a day purchasing, consuming, and consuming. While the majority of our solutions is newer, we’ve bought just a few OG spots that you should add to your listing.
If you’re within the temper for Mediterranean, Aba hits the spot. Book the patio for fun people-watching and make sure to order the smoky garlic hummus, whipped feta, shawarma-spiced skirt steam, and the crispy potatoes. Reservations are hard to come by, so book in advance or call the restaurant directly.
images above: Aba
We love this laid-back coffee shop and cafe founded by two pals and avid cyclists. Not only is the coffee and pastry selection top-notch, but we’re also obsessed with their well-curated natural wine options (looking at you, Scotty Boy). The Meteor is a great spot to grab a bottle of wine and pizza and sit on the patio a bit out of the busy South Congress rush.
Home Slice Pizza
While the crew at Home Slice Pizza does an genuine NY-style pizza by the pie or slice, don’t miss out on the Italian Sub. Arguably probably the greatest sandwiches in Austin. Home Slice is a good place to seize a pie and take it to Zilker Park, seize a slice and stroll round South Congress, or on your subsequent pizza celebration grasp.
images above: June’s All Day
June’s All Day
Master sommelier June Rodil has been a fixture of the Austin restaurant scene for more than a decade (and now in Houston!). So when June’s All Day opened, we knew it could have the perfect wine listing on the town. What we didn’t know was that the meals can be ok to garner Food & Wine’s coveted “Best New Restaurant in America” title in 2017.
The tremendous vibey South Congress hotspot has turn into a real neighborhood hangout, the place on any given night time you’ll spot Austin luminaries, energy gamers, and funky children. Go for the comfortable, energetic environment and order one among our favorites—the matzo ball caldo or the fried rooster sandwich.
picture above: Odd Duck by Richard Casteel.
Best South Austin Restaurants
South Austin is not to be missed. Whether you’re planning a dinner and a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse, a day on the Wildflower Center, a present on the Saxon Pub, or a hike on the Greenbelt, we’ve bought just a few good spots to reinforce your plans.
What started as a food trailer in 2009 has turned into one of our favorite spots in Austin with the most innovative and unique dishes. Odd Duck takes pleasure in supporting and showcasing native farmers and producers. Our favourite dishes are the fried kale beignets, roasted beets, and the dry-aged wagyu burger.
Leroy & Lewis BBQ (at Cosmic Coffee)
There’s no scarcity of BBQ spots in Austin, however Leroy & Lewis BBQ is one among our favorites. Go on the weekend for the Akaushi Brisket and take a look at the Kale Cesar Slaw and House Made Kimchi. There’s even a burnt cauliflower dish that vegans and meat-eaters alike will love.
We get asked a lot about our favorite BBQ and tacos in town, and Valentina’s BBQ is all the time prime of the listing. Expert tip: Whether you’re going for breakfast or lunch, ensure that your taco or sandwich is made with their epic brisket.
picture above: Comedor.
Best Downtown Austin Restaurants
Chances are that when you’re visiting Austin, you’re staying downtown. The under listing of the perfect Austin eating places downtown will assist take the guesswork out of the place to eat. There are just a few which were our favorites for years and a few that opened inside the final 12 months. All stay an important place to take teams or just have fun an important day.
Nestled contained in the Fairmont Hotel, Garrison has quickly become one of our favorite Austin restaurants thanks to the quality of service, attention to detail, and standout dishes including the tuna crudo, Garrison Reserve caviar, all of their steaks, and our absolute favorite: the truffle tots (we may have ordered a few rounds for an appetizer and dessert). Go here for any kind of celebration—the experience is unparalleled.
Emmer & Rye
If you’re a fan of cacio e pepe, fermentation, and incredible wine, then look no further than Emmer & Rye. From the identical staff behind Canje, Kalimoxto, Hestia, TLV and extra opening in San Antonio, we love this spot for date night time, celebrations, or just saddling as much as the bar for just a few bites and a superb glass of wine. The menu modifications seasonally, and we love how experiential cooks are with in-season substances. Did we point out the cacio e pepe?
images above: Comedor.
Chef Phil Speer’s Modern Mexican restaurant Comedor isn’t only a great place for food—the design and interior are stunning, too thanks to designer Olson Kundig. This is a great spot for date night, made even more fun by ordering the Bone Marrow Tacos and using the bone as a luge for your mezcal. Trust us!
Owner Michael Fojtasek’s elevated Southern comfort spot recently hired Amanda Turner as the newest chef, and the menu has evolved to reflect her style of cooking. But truthfully, we’re happy to still see the biscuits on the Olamaie menu—there’s a cause the hashtag #AlwaysGramTheBiscut exists.
If you’re in search of a darkish and comfy late-night Italian spot with all of the classics, Sammie’s is it. Italian chopped salad, rooster parmigiana, and bolognese, plus 90s hip hop enjoying within the background is a complete vibe. Plus, the waiters put on old-school Italian fits, so you may relaxation assured you’ve discovered the proper spot for an evening out. We like occurring Fridays for his or her wine lunches and reside music, however don’t inform our boss!
picture above: Suerte courtesy of the restaurant.
Best East Austin Restaurants
East Austin is filled with all sorts of gems. Restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, workout studios, and many design/branding firms all populate this bustling part of town. You could spend an entire day exploring East Austin restaurants and plan a return trip to hit all our faves. Or, if you’re really trying to cram it all in, we suggest stopping at one restaurant for an appetizer and hitting another for the entrée. You’re welcome.
When we say “Canje is a vibe” we mean it—down to every last detail. The space, décor, music, staff attire, and food makes you feel like you’re at one big fun family dinner in the Caribbean. Canje is an homage to proprietor Tavel Bristol-Joseph’s Guyanese roots. Every dish is a love letter to house. What to order? Wild Boar Pepper Pot, Jerk Chicken, Smoked Avocado Escabeche, and naturally, the Roti.
One time at Suerte and also you’ll be a fan for all times. Everything Chef Fermin Nunez creates on the menu is masa-based and filled with a lot taste you’ll be tempted to order seconds. Your transfer: the Suadero tacos and washed down with a Don Dario. Expert tip: Suerte now sells the Magic Chili Oil they use on the Suaderos, so don’t depart with out one.
Justine’s wins the award for the sexiest restaurant in Austin—palms down. If you’re a Francophile, that is your spot. The menu at Justine’s has each French hitter you may think about, together with a few of the freshest oysters you’ll discover on the town. This is your greatest guess for date night time or a women’ night time out.
Chef Edgar and Sarah were recently featured in The New York Times discussing how their Iranian and Mexican backgrounds influenced their standout rice pudding (which additionally occurs to be our favourite). Nixta Taqueria all the time has a line out entrance and for good cause: the meals is unimaginable. Take a bunch and order your complete menu. We want we have been kidding.
An entire new world of Korean meals emerged in Austin the day Oseyo opened. I used to be virtually a Ok-food virgin, so we first tried it with buddies who have been well-versed in ordering due to their a few years of dwelling in New York and touring to Asia. I fell in love with the bibimbap, bulgogi, and spicy-sweet fried rooster all impressed by proprietor Lynn Miller’s mom’s recipes. This Eastside spot can be stylish—the natural supplies, earthy stoneware, and “chandelier” product of rustic baskets make this spot date night-worthy.
Patrizi’s menu is small however mighty. If you’re a fan of fresh-made pasta, bread, and sauces coming from previous household recipes, you’re sure to be a fan. We’d nudge you towards the Pomodoro and Karah’s Diavolo—add Meatballs.
Best Rooftop Restaurants in Austin
Perhaps probably the greatest components of our rooftops in Austin are the nice views you get of our rising skyline, and when you’re fortunate, the sundown over Lady Bird Lake. While Texas can get sizzling, you merely can not beat a Texas sundown with a cocktail in hand.
La Piscina at The Proper Hotel
Where else would you need to eat ceviche, fajitas, and infinite quantities of margaritas than subsequent to the pool on the Proper with a view of downtown Austin? La Piscina is the spot for a pre/publish dinner present at ACL Live. If you may get into the Goldie’s, the resort’s foyer bar, do it!
P6 at The Line Hotel
We love P6 for each the environment and the unimaginable view of Lady Bird Lake. This is a enjoyable spot to seize drinks and watch the sundown, and naturally, preserve an eye fixed out for the well-known Austin bats.
Wax Myrtle’s at Thompson Hotel
The latest rooftop restaurant and bar to open, we love Wax Myrtle’s small plates and drinks. It’s the proper spot if you wish to seize a chew or drink as you discover downtown Austin.
Best New Restaurants in Austin
When we say we are *thrilled* about the newest additions to Austin’s restaurant scene, we mean that we visit these establishments at least once a week. Not only is the food incredible, but the talent behind these Austin restaurants (from chefs to owners, to staff, GM’s, and everyone in between) are who also make the experience so special. There’s a reason these spots require a bit of advanced planning to visit, but trust us: they’re completely worth it.
For the best Mexico City street-style tacos, look no further than Cuantos Tacos. As far as Austin eating places go, that is the perfect spot if you need a chill outside picnic desk vibe, however completely unimaginable meals. Your transfer: the cachete tacos, champiñones tacos, and the revuelta quesadilla.
You know it’s good when there’s a line to get in on a weekday, but that’s what makes Birdie’s so enjoyable. Grab a glass or bottle of wine whilst you look ahead to a desk and meet up with your buddies. We love chef Tracy’s pasta dishes which change usually (and don’t skip the delicate serve topped with olive oil!). This is the proper spot for a bigger group to sit down outdoors and share a bottle of wine and small plates.
The latest enterprise of Michael Fojtasek, Maie Day has all of the makings for a enjoyable dinner out with buddies. According to Fojtasek, “much like the ancient tradition itself, Maie Day is a daily festival of food and community. It’s all the things we love about steakhouses and always a party.” We’re a fan of every little thing on the uncooked bar menu, the smoked fish dip, the plain salad (which is completely dressed!), and actually every little thing within the chophouse part, particularly that grilled rooster.
Lutie’s was named after Lutie Perry, a outstanding socialite and host of many backyard celebration soirées on the Commodore Perry Estate within the Twenties. The house definitely displays that period and style of entertaining. We love that chef duo Bradley and Susana took a veggie-forward method to the menu, including to the listing of Austin eating places that provide lighter choices within the Texas warmth. Our favorites: the sunchoke falafel, chickpea and inexperienced corn salad, delta blues rice, and it’s a must to order a spherical of Estate Bread for the desk.
Pecan Square Cafe
Pecan Square Cafe changed the previous Cafe Josie however in true MML vogue, the appeal stays. We love their contemporary pasta and pizza dishes, and their wine listing is spectacular. Take benefit of their snack hour from 3-5 p.m. daily, together with their Happy Hour 3-5 p.m. Monday via Friday with $8 spritzes and 25% off all bottles of wine. And don’t skip their pizzas!
picture above: Home Slice Pizza courtesy of the restaurant.
Bonus: Best Late Night Food in Austin
While Austin hasn’t hit NYC status in late-night dining (yet), we’re getting there! Thanks to several downtown venues with shows running into the late night (ACL Live, Moody Center, Waterloo Greenway), we’re happy to have a few tried-and-true spots to grab a post-show drink and bite.
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails (review above)
Home Slice Pizza (review above)
Sammie’s Italian (review above)
This publish was initially revealed on February 28, 2020, and has since been up to date.