The Best Bars for Foodies in Austin

The OpenTable Team

Austin is the cutting-edge, super-hip heart of the Lone Star State, and its dining and drinking scene is just as cool. There are traditional, Texas-style swinging and rocking honky-tonk live-music venues and barbecue joints teeming with family-secret recipes that simmer for hours. But where are the smartest, savviest diners grabbing a drink? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. These spots offer up exciting fusion dishes with cuisines from around the globe, locally-brewed craft beers and spirits, and staggering wine lists.

Restaurants:Wu Chow, Uchi Austin, Dai Due
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Chinese, Sushi, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, East Austin

Wu Chow

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown
1,237 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This downtown Austin institution from chef Ji Peng Chen is the place to go to for authentic farm-to-table Chinese food. Weekends and weeknights are packed with young professionals Read more
94% recommended
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Uchi Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
3,951 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Uchi is a groundbreaking Asian fusion restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole. It's one of Austin's sushi hot spots, with a creative and ever-changing menu for viRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,063 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
The Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club is a remarkable Manor Road institution right next to the University of Texas at Austin—and its menu is Lone Star down to the core. There's Read more
100% recommended
Best Service in Austin
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Uchiko Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,355 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Uchiko is the little brother of the aforementioned Uchi restaurant, delivering the same type of experimental, tasty fare in its intimate and beautiful Rosedale neighborhood locatioRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Eberly

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,498 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
One of the loveliest spots in all of Austin. This gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant is warm and welcoming with an extraordinarily beautiful dining room and a menu full of local fRead more
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Austin
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Jeffrey's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
1,083 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Jeffrey's is the spot to go when looking for a truly upscale dinner. This luxurious wine bar is a mixture of classic American steakhouse and traditional French cuisine, with an excRead more
96% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Austin Downtown

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
3,493 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This reliable chain is renowned for great seafood and fine drinks across the American Midwest and Southwest. Its downtown Austin location is big, beautiful, and perfect for a dinneRead more
96% recommended
Best Service in Austin
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Clark's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,065 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Looking for one of the cutest bars in Austin? Go to Clark’s Oyster Bar. The place is gorgeous and has a lovely dining room that's usually lively and packed. Clark's has an unbeatabRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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Midnight Cowboy

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Austin
223 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Everybody's talkin' about the 6th Street bar and restaurant Midnight Cowboy. Describing itself as an oasis in the middle of Austin, Midnight Cowboy doesn't allow many of the modernRead more
91% recommended
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7 Grand

$$$$·American·
Downtown
If you're a fan and want to indulge in style, Seven Grand on East 7th Street is the place to go. It offers a staggering list of whiskeys from locations far and wide—Ireland, ScotlaRead more
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Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,806 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Emmer and Rye is a lovely spot on Rainey with a unique food style. Specializing in farm-to-table cuisine, Emmer and Rye focuses on small plates and changes the menu on a daily basiRead more
97% recommended
American in Austin
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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

$$$$·Barbecue·
Downtown
1,554 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
What bar or restaurant tour of Austin would be complete without some barbecue? Lamberts is one of the gold-standard BBQ joints in the city. There's an upstairs bar and lounge to reRead more
97% recommended
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Bob's Steak & Chop House - Austin

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,595 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Well, the specialties are right there in the name. Bob's is a reliable, delicious chain of steakhouses, with locations across America; the Austin spot advertises “the biggest steakRead more
91% recommended
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Hillside Farmacy

$$$$·American·
East Austin
221 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
A prescription for a great meal, Hillside Farmacy has been adapted from a legendary East Austin drugstore into a hotspot for local dining, giving the location an undoubtedly cool vRead more
Fit for Foodies in Austin
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Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,796 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
One of the best Italian restaurants in Austin, Red Ash is a delicious Happy Hour option. All dishes are $7 during that magical time, with a selection of excellent Italian small plaRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Chez Zee

$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,778 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Chez Zee is a creative American restaurant with the vibe of a French bistro and a diverse menu full of specials. The creme brûlée French Toast is a must-have for dessert or brunch,Read more
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin

Central Standard

$$$$·American·
Downtown
341 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
Right on South Congress, Central Standard is on just about every list of best bars in Austin. It's an ideal spot to hang out and sip from incredible wine selections—they boast 100+Read more
89% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin
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MAX's Wine Dive Austin - San Jacinto Blvd.

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,348 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
Love wine? As one could guess from the name, Max's Wine Dive is the spot in Austin for some of the best vino. The staggering wine selection has something for everyone, and its convRead more
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