The Best Brunch Restaurants in Austin

It’s no exaggeration to say that Austinites take brunch seriously. Diners can indulge in fried chicken with pickles and slaw or head east for a dim sum brunch platter at one of Austin’s top Chinese restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best brunch spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From breakfast tacos to prickly pear margaritas, these Austin restaurants have all your brunch needs taken care of.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Josephine House, Wu Chow, Caroline Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Central Austin, Downtown
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Josephine House

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
564 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch

Eclectic yet relaxing, Josephine House is the sister to fine dining restaurant, Jeffrey’s. Housed in a Clarksville cottage, there’s an elegant marble coffee bar, a shady outdoor patio, and even a gras...

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Great for Brunch in Austin
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Wu Chow

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown
1,445 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Wu Chow is the home of fresh, contemporary Chinese food and now opens at 11 a.m. for Sunday brunch. Wu Chow is proud of their farm fresh food and partnerships with local ranches, and their food repres...

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Caroline Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
566 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View

Caroline is a hot meeting spot in downtown Austin and a favorite place to take a date. As well as people-watching and intimate dinners, Caroline opens for coffee, juice, and breakfast every day of the...

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Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,214 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club uses only local ingredients. They love to work on how to make the most of what’s seasonal by incorporating dried and preserved foods throughout their meals. They a...

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Fit for Foodies in Austin
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Arlo Grey by Kristen Kish

$$$$·American·
Downtown
873 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Billed as one of the hottest restaurants in Austin, Top Chef winner Kristen Kish’s restaurant is part of the lakeside Line Hotel. Serving breakfast and brunch in a sleek marble and black setting, dine...

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Ranch 616

$$$$·Southwest·
Downtown
1,039 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Billed as a South Texas Style Icehouse, Ranch 616 is the brainchild of Austin local Kevin Williamson. Kevin has cooked all over America, eventually returning to Texas and setting up Ranch 616 in 1998...

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True Food Kitchen - Austin

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,756 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options

As soon as diners walk into True Food and see the striking mural of vegetables on the wall, it's clear they're in for some fresh, tasty produce. With the slogan “Eating well is always in season,” nutr...

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Healthy in Austin

North Italia - Austin 2nd Street

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
895 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

Billed as a love letter to Italy, North Italia is about indulging in amazing food and savoring every last bite. North Italia encourages sharing and appreciating the touch and feel of food, as well as ...

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Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,639 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Sleek leather booths and soft lighting contrast with bare brickwork and a roaring fire at this Austin wood-fired cooking joint. The aim of Roaring Fork is to preserve the spirit of the Old West, with ...

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Contemporary American in Austin

Geraldine’s

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Downtown
1,374 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music

Look out for the chandelier reminiscent of upside-down wineglasses and an arched ceiling that speaks of being underground, even though the restaurant is four stories up. Geraldine’s is something a bit...

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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

$$$$·Barbecue·
Downtown
1,684 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Comfort Food

Famous for “fancy barbecue,” Lambert's puts a new twist on some Texan classics. Housed in a beautifully restored historic commerce building that was once the J. P. Schneider store, Lambert’s has a wee...

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Stella San Jac

$$$$·American·
Downtown
901 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food

A contemporary interior with a casual, friendly atmosphere awaits diners at Stella San Jac in downtown Austin. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. Monday to Thursday and includes staples such as steel cut oats...

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Rosewood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
East Austin
587 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

An East Austin restaurant showcasing South Austin flavors, Rosewood is full of delightful contradictions and delicious surprises from the moment of arrival. Housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century ...

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Steakhouse in Austin
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The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen - Downtown

$$$$·American·
Downtown
650 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date

The Grove is an Austin cult classic that continues to go from strength to strength. The focus here is on enjoying great food and wine, and creating a space for people to meet up, celebrate, and enjoy ...

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Notable Wine List in Austin
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La Condesa

$$$$·Mexican·
Central Austin
1,730 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Bright and colorful inside, with plants hanging from the ceiling and a cool, contemporary outdoor space, La Condesa brings Mexican dining right up to date. They have one of the most exclusive tequila ...

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Cipollina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
725 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

Inspired by the traditional Italian bistro, Cipollina prides themselves on being “special but not stuffy.” With a welcoming atmosphere paired with great Italian cuisine, this neighborhood bistro is a ...

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Neighborhood Gem in Austin
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Hillside Farmacy

$$$$·American·
East Austin
265 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Open from 9 a.m. daily, Hillside Farmacy is a great spot to recharge the batteries and grab a quick breakfast or a leisurely brunch. Originally a family drugstore, the building was carefully restored ...

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Neighborhood Gem in Austin
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Chez Zee

$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,804 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch

Hailed as one of the best brunch restaurants in America, the whimsical walls of Chez Zee have been welcoming hungry Austinites since 1989. Full of fun and warmth, fairy lights and board games bring a ...

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Great for Brunch in Austin
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34th Street Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Central Austin
74 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

Brunch and lunch run until 4 p.m. at this relaxed dining joint, making 34th Street great even for late starters. This restaurant aims to keep food simple and fresh, and to prove that smaller, independ...

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Neighborhood Gem in Austin
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Le Politique

$$$$·French·
Downtown
846 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

For diners who dream of buttery croissants and flaky pain au chocolat, a trip to a French restaurant should be on the menu is just the thing. Bright, light and colorful, Downtown Austin’s Le Politique...

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