Restaurants in Austin

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Recently and beautifully renovated, 1886 Café & Bakery at the Driskill Hotel is a good way to get a taste of the Driskill's old-fashioned Texas... Read More

Now a national chain, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema—known for its food, quirky events and strict rules against talking and texting during movies—was born... Read More

Chef and owner Taylor Hall is devoted to more than just fine cuisine on his beautiful six-acre property along the Pedernales River: Apis is a sanctuary... Read More

The Arlo’s food truck serves up fun, messy burgers and tacos—perfect for fueling a night of bar-hopping in the Red River District. As a matter of fact,... Read More

Rainey Street, near downtown, is Austin’s trendiest area for bar-hopping, but once you arrive at Bangers, you might not make it to any more stops. The... Read More

In addition to chef Bryce Gilmore's 13-course tasting menu, à la carte dining is now offered to guests; indulge in unpredictable delicacies like pig... Read More

Vegetarian Mexican food? No problem. But until recently, vegetarians and vegans got shut out of the other food category that Central Texas is best known... Read More

This retro restaurant and bar evokes Rat Pack–era Palm Springs; the ... Read More

Open 24 hours a day, Bennu is there any time your caffeine craving strikes. Those extended hours and its proximity to the University of Texas make it... Read More

Bess translates an idealized French bistro into western terms (pewter bar; encaustic tile; distressed mirrors). Yes, it serves killer steak frites, but... Read More

This updated version of the traditional diner concept is not, in fact, a cafeteria at all but a sit-down restaurant popular for its take on traditional... Read More

Matching all of your mental images of a laid-back, indie Austin, Bouldin Creek is a vegetarian restaurant and coffee house that will keep your omnivore... Read More

Vegans aren't shut out of all the breakfast taco goodness in Austin. Among the excellent options: Bouldin Creek's veggie chorizo with tofu scramble, and... Read More

Seasonal dishes and Spanish delicacies (jamón ibérico, made-to-order paella) should be ordered a few at a time until everyone in your party is stuffed... Read More

Since 1979, the Cactus Café, located inside the Texas Union, has played host to a who’s who of roots and acoustic artists, including Lyle Lovett,... Read More

The décor in pale aqua and white is as sweet as the vegan treats here. The "fauxstess" cupcake uncannily evokes the chocolatey childhood snack. Kolaches... Read More

As condos spring up around Barton Springs Road, nearby Casa de Luz just keeps doing what it's always done: serving up three vegan, organic, gluten-free... Read More

My favorite burger—indeed, one of my favorite things on this Earth—comes from this dark bar on Sixth Street. It's three-quarters of a pound of fresh... Read More

You might not be familiar with the Mexican martini, a generous margarita-style cocktail served around Austin. According to legend, this bar introduced... Read More

Opened in 2012, Cenote is another stylish spot with options to suit your every beverage mood. The coffee, beer and wine are paired with a food menu that... Read More

The café at the mega-gourmet grocery has outdoor seating with plenty of running-around room for the youngsters, as well as a kids' menu. Besides the... Read More

The Hula Hut serves large portions of Tex-Mex cuisine with Polynesian touches (typically involving pineapple slices), often accompanied by pitchers... Read More

An open kitchen greets patrons at this petite and popular Clarksville spot. Cozy up in a booth inside or on the pecan-shaded deck, and enjoy a... Read More

Even the most laid-back of towns needs a certifiably fancy restaurant or two. Since 2010, Congress has been making its mark in Austin thanks to... Read More

Contigo—the mostly-outdoor East Austin restaurant—is modeled after Contigo, the ranch in South Texas. Contigo describes its fare as “fresh, quality bar... Read More

Stop by for grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, cult-favorite Coca-Cola from Mexico, and a stellar burger topped with crumbly cheddar. Read More

I love the savory and satisfying biscuit bowl Counter Culture serves at brunch—and as a former Georgian, I take my biscuits and gravy very seriously. It... Read More

The frozen-avocado margarita is the most famous option at this consistently good Interior-Mexican spot in South Austin, but I’m more a fan of the light... Read More

This roving supper club has taken off in popularity in recent years among Austin foodies and is active in spring and fall, with events held outdoors... Read More

Ready for some of the most history-rich burgers you can get in Austin? This little stand near the University of Texas has been serving up burgers,... Read More

The Driskill Grill, located in the luxury hotel of the same name on the corner of Congress Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Austin, retains in its wood... Read More

It's pretty great that you can eat in a restaurant created by a Top Chef winner for under $10 per entree. Paul Qui co-founded East Side King, which has... Read More

Is it wrong that I daydream about Thai-Kun moving into my backyard, enabling me to eat the Waterfall Pork or Thai Kun Fried Chicken every day? This... Read More

"Bake shop and beer garden" isn't a business description you hear every day, but stick with me: In the morning, pick up coffee and pastry. Later in the... Read More

Order the birria, a hearty Mexican goat stew. The light burgundy broth has an oily sheen, and should be showered with minced jalapeño, onion,... Read More

From an unassuming, tin-roofed structure on Manor Road, across from Interstate 35 and the University of Texas at Austin campus, El Chile serves Tex-Mex... Read More

The frozen margaritas here are some of the best for cooling down on a hot Austin day. Crave something different? Enjoy a spicy orange Chilango margarita... Read More

El Meson, which serves traditional Mexican fare in a non-trendy location in Southeast Austin, has the look and feel of a century-old Southwestern ... Read More

New from the folks behind the popular El Chile Mexican restaurants, El Sapo serves a lineup of burgers with Tex-Mex flavor—thanks to toppings such as... Read More

At this new, buzz-worthy farm-to-table restaurant on Rainey Street, prepare to feast with your eyes as servers bring around a seemingly endless stream... Read More

Fans of the Austin-shot television series Friday Night Lights might recognize this retro-themed restaurant with a big menu of burgers, pizza and lots... Read More

Located off the beaten path in the West Campus neighborhood, this second-story restaurant is known for its Mediterranean small plates and inventive... Read More

Southern stalwarts get an upscale twist at this downtown eatery: buttery biscuits, deviled eggs, and grits to your liking. Read More

Operating out of a vintage Avion trailer, this cash-only crêpe vendor serves sweet and savory variations of the French staple, all of which are... Read More

A perennial brunch favorite in Austin since 1975, Fonda San Miguel has an atmosphere of colorful, old-school elegance and a generously laden buffet. But... Read More

Speaking of Bloodys (a subject almost as dear to my heart as gravy), at Frank they come garnished with a big slice of bacon.  The full Sunday... Read More

This is no ordinary Austin restaurant; it's a rite of passage. The barbecue king is worth the wait: pile your tray high with Aaron Franklin's brisket,... Read More

What you've heard about Franklin is true: It is great, and the lines are crazy. In fact, I've never seen it without one. If you're making your... Read More

On funky South First Street, Freddie's has a playground and ample seating both outdoors and indoors. Outside is where it's at, though, with a small... Read More

I like how they think at the Holy Cacao dessert trailer: They decided it would be a good idea to put cake (choose from chocolate, red velvet, white or... Read More

At this unassuming restaurant in Cherrywood, local chef-owner Hoover Alexander serves Deep South—style comfort food with Tex-Mex, Cajun, and... Read More

OK, so they have kind of a weird line system, but there's a reason there's always a line. Hopdoddy crafts burgers from Angus or Texas Akaushi beef, as... Read More

A good way to get closer as a couple is to try something new together—like, say, Hudson's rattlesnake cakes. (Don't worry—they’re delicious and don’t... Read More

Located in the quiet Clarksville neighborhood, this upscale New American restaurant is a longtime favorite of visiting celebrities and dignitaries. Read More

The Jo's on South Congress Avenue is a hub of that popular area, and it’s also home to the Instagram-able "I love you so much" graffiti. The downtown... Read More

Turkey isn't the marquee meat of Texas barbecue, but John Mueller Meat Co. proves that's an injustice with its peppery-crusted version. (Mueller is... Read More

Previously a private event space as the sister restaurant to Jeffrey's, this idyllic Clarksville cafe popped up three years ago and quickly became the... Read More

The coffee house is adjacent to the Hotel San José and is perfect for iced coffees and people watching. Read More

JuiceLand is your Austin go-to for green juices, protein smoothies and juice shots. Its Hyde Park location is the best one, because it’s also home to... Read More

Located in Austin’s up-and-coming East Side, Justine’s is a fantastic French bistro that attracts a stylish hipster crew, eager for expertly crafted... Read More

Because you can't live on tacos alone (listen, I've tried), Kebabalicious has been serving up tasty food including meat and falafel kebabs since they... Read More

This high-end downtown sushi spot in the warehouse district is marked by blue neon lighting that runs along the edge of the building. Inside, the dark,... Read More

If you're in town for a convention, or just staying downtown, it's easy to stumble into overpriced, so-so food. Koriente, though, will feed you well and... Read More

Just east of Interstate 35, the La Barbecue truck serves up obsession-inspiring brisket (and I'm not even really a brisket fan), tender turkey, sausage,... Read More

With La Condesa in Austin's trendy Warehouse District, chef Rene Ortiz brings traditional flavors of the interior of Mexico to Texas. Don't expect Tex... Read More

It's not technically a margarita, but El Cubico—a cocktail that blends flavors including tobacco, vanilla, pineapple, lemon and saffron—is perhaps the... Read More

Dinner at the contemporary Mexican restaurant La Condesa feels like a visit to a beautiful, tropical-modern resort—but you’re really in the middle of... Read More

This little Tex-Mex restaurant is little ways southwest of Central Austin, so set your GPS. Order a couple of the a la carte tacos for under $2 each: I... Read More

I had never heard of tres leches cake—a sponge cake soaked in different kinds of milk—before I moved to Austin in 1999, but with the first bite, I... Read More

Family-owned La Mexicana isn't fancy, but it is delicious — and essential if you want to experience the real flavor of Austin. You'll be drawn to the... Read More

All of the new, artfully designed bars in Austin, with their artisanal cocktails and such, are well and good, but there's just something about a dark,... Read More

The postmodern barbecue joint, housed among mid-construction condo buildings in an airy, historic brick warehouse, delivers outstanding barbecued... Read More

Easily one of the year's hottest openings, chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki recently received a James Beard nod for this bright eatery, which... Read More

The restaurant looks and feels like a farmer's market and supports local farmers and business. It uses only biodegradable, compostable, or recycled... Read More

How romantic is this? Lenoir was opened in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal prix-fixe menu amid... Read More

You won't see flavors like Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey, or Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil & Sea Salt on the flavor list at just any ice cream shop —... Read More

From her East Austin chocolaterie, chef Maggie Callahan uses premium Venezuelan chocolate for her whimsical artisan designs. The resulting confections... Read More

Don’t let the pedestrian name fool you: Maria's Taco Xpress is not a fast-food joint. Rather, it is a characteristically offbeat South Austin... Read More

The Pete's Tantalizing Taco, with egg, sausage, potato, serrano peppers and onions, is one of my favorite breakfast tacos in town, but don't go for it... Read More

Chefs who try to fancify lowbrow food warrant suspicion but not immediate dismissal. Max’s Wine Dive in Austin is a perfect example of why... Read More

Stop by Mi Madre’s on a weekend morning to pick up some breakfast tacos to go and you'll see why this is such a popular spot for the restaurant's East... Read More

You can’t get much more Austin than a barbecue trailer started by an ex-rock ‘n’ roller. That's the backstory on Micklethwait's, a friendly place that... Read More

If you pick up some brisket, sausage, ribs, or other to-go meats from this trailer a few minutes from downtown, they'll give you careful instructions on... Read More

The folks behind the Alamo Drafthouse opened this modern speakeasy in 2012. The location is a former—ahem—house of ill repute. Today it’s a serious... Read More

The draw at this Austin mainstay is the setting.  The spacious deck overlooking Lake Austin is a scenic spot to savor your beverage, snack on... Read More

Recently recognized with a James Beard Award, this upscale, modern Southern restaurant impresses outsiders with a bevy of farm-fresh cuisine. Read More

The most famous dish here is called SOS 2014, after the military slang for "Stew on a Shingle." (At least that's the polite version.) But at Olivia,... Read More

Since the first P. Terry's opened in 2005, eight more have sprung up around town, which tells you just how much Austinities love the burgers (beef,... Read More

There’s no better place to go for burgers and shakes, especially since this casual joint with great outdoor seating and a big playground is... Read More

This is another local chain with serious Austin cred: It's from the folks behind the beloved Amy's Ice Creams, and Phil's burgers are named after the... Read More

When I lived in the Hyde Park area near the University of Texas, I spent many a weekend morning in this easygoing neighborhood spot.  Their salty... Read More

Located in the Warehouse District, Ranch 616 specializes in South Texas cuisine, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast seafood, wild game, and bold spices. The... Read More

This barbecue institution began as a small addition to a general store in the Texas Hill Country town of Leon Springs. Since then, it has expanded to... Read More

You can eat like a true Texan without leaving the airport, thanks to the sauce-smothered sandwiches of Austin’s venerable barbecue franchise. Be... Read More

Second, the less-formal (but still sharp) sibling to the acclaimed Congress restaurant next door, has earned plenty of accolades of its own, including... Read More

Named for the expansive pecan trees lining this trendy section of Barton Springs Road, Shady Grove's patio area provides coverage from the hot Texas sun... Read More

If you visit in Austin during the warmer months (a.k.a. most months), a stop at this shaved-ice truck on Barton Springs Road is mandatory. The delicate... Read More

You're on vacation—you can brunch on Tuesday if you want to! And if you do, South Congress Café is always there. Consistent and popular since 2003, this... Read More

If you've seen Richard Linklater's classic "Dazed and Confused," you might recognize the shopping center that's home to Stiles Switch as one of the... Read More

Every Sunday, this barbecue restaurant and live music venue serves up its Gospel Brunch at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings of spirit . The singers... Read More

The Scene: Despite their demanding day jobs, Hannah Calvert and her business partner, Tasso, opened SUG in 2006 as a way to exorcise their deep desire... Read More

A local favorite, TacoDeli has its own storefronts but also supplies breakfast tacos to many coffee shops around town. Try one or two of the 10 house... Read More

The lineup of margaritas (and other cocktails) here is uniformly tasty and affordable. I usually go with the house Mexican martini for $5.50—a worthy... Read More

The Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Co. has only been around since 2013, but it's already a fixture. They brew their own beers, which you can enjoy... Read More

Long adored by locals who seriously love beer, the Ginger Man in downtown Austin has a wide selection, a pub feel and a cozy patio.  Walk over here... Read More

Pass through this dark, dive-y bar on East Sixth Street to the outdoor picnic tables and you’ll be greeted with a beautiful sight: an East Side King... Read More

The Mighty Cone serves breaded chicken, shrimp or avocado in a tortilla with ancho sauce. For years, the cones were available only at Austin City Limits... Read More

What It’s Like: The layout of this Austin favorite is a marvel in itself; 40 tiered decks—that can hold up to 2,200 people—jut out... Read More

The flavors of Austin intersect with those of Asia and the Deep South at the Peached Tortilla.  That means you can make a meal of a banh mi burrito... Read More

Whatever you're doing in Austin, chances are that there's a Torchy's location nearby. Be nonpartisan in your menu choices: Both the Democrat (beef... Read More

Torchy’s Tacos is the little taco trailer that made a name for itself, and is now not only a taco stand in the hipster enclave of South Austin,... Read More

American-born chef Tyson Cole crafts fusion suhsi cuisine with such creations as the smoked yellowtail—flown in daily from Tokyo—served with candied... Read More

“Fried milk” may sound like it belongs at the State Fair of Texas, but it's actually right at home at the hip and stylish Uchiko. It's an assemblage of... Read More

As the name implies, delicious, fresh pizzas are the main attraction in this new addition to East Austin. Read More

The slow-cooked barbacoa tacos at this truck are so luscious that they’ll ruin you for anyone else's. For breakfast, the migas tacos are justly revered... Read More

When Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said his favorite breakfast tacos came from a fast-food chain, Mando Rayo, co-author of "Austin Breakfast Tacos,"... Read More

Stroll down South Congress Avenue after dinner at this warm and reliable Italian restaurant. Opened in 1998, Vespaio still draws healthy crowds, so if... Read More

Sandra Bullock owns this flower shop, bakery, and deli where the motto is Perishable, cherishable, fetishable. Read More

Despite its unassuming strip mall location, this New American restaurant is often lauded as one of the best in the city. The dining room is intimate and... Read More

Coffee and craft beer co-star at this hip and handsome space just east of downtown Austin. You can even get a shot of espresso served alongside a beer.... Read More

Authentic Chinese cuisine has arrived in downtown Austin. Shanghai-style soup dumplings are a must, as are the Sichuan dry-fried green beans. On Sundays... Read More

This tacqueria in Old West Austin—one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods, with shady streets and eclectic family-owned shops and... Read More

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