The Best Places to Eat in Austin

Austin is an island of weirdness in the middle of the Lone Star State. It’s an oasis of funky vibes, great music, and extraordinary food. It’s home to legends like Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey, and also home to some legendary food like breakfast tacos and queso. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Check out our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From trendy new restaurants to ones that have been around for decades, these restaurants sport some of the best dishes Austin knows. Check out these spots when looking for a memorable Austin meal.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Dai Due, El Chile Cafe Manor, Wu Chow
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Tex-Mex, Chinese
Neighborhoods:East Austin, Central Austin, Downtown
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Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,332 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients

Chef Jesse Griffiths and his partner Tamara Mayfield have created an intensely seasonal and local menu featuring regional fare primarily from local ranchers and farmers. They dry, pickle, candy, and s...

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Best Overall in Austin
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El Chile Cafe Manor

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Central Austin
257 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

El Chile boasts a colorful atmosphere with food to match. Bolivian-born owner Carlos Rivero focuses on the kind of freshness found only in homemade, from-scratch cooking, down to tortillas made in-hou...

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Wu Chow

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown
1,555 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

There was much anticipation built up prior to Wu Chow’s opening in 2015, fueled by some very successful pop-ups and an insatiable appetite for authentic, farm-to-table Chinese food and dim sum. Chef J...

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Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
880 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

Nestled in a historic building from 1876 near the Texas State Capitol, Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria feels rustic, but with a touch of old glamour and something inherently Austinian. The menu fe...

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Italian in Austin

The Salty Sow

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
East Austin
2,874 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Unpretentious, but elegant, Salty Sow is the destination for hearty and modern gastropub fare, local drafts, and one of the best happy hours in Austin. The food here speaks for itself and this is the ...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Austin
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The Russian House

$$$$·Russian·
Downtown
756 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating

Russian House evokes the grandeur of 20th-century Moscow with all the kitsch to match. The atmosphere, the food, the drinks, even the chefs are all authentically Eastern European. A collection of over...

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Fit for Foodies in Austin
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Swift's Attic

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
862 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine

This 1905 building once housed Swift’s Premium Food Co. and its present day inhabitants have reimagined it as a contemporary space, while remaining faithful to the historic architecture. Swift’s Attic...

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ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,075 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Austin Land and Cattle, ALC Steaks for short, stand firm in their philosophy that they aren’t trying to be anything but delicious. Serving up some of the best steaks in Austin, they claim to be the ci...

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Steakhouse in Austin

Vince Young Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,565 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Laura and Philip Brown envisioned an intimate, fine-dining spot in downtown Austin. These plans sort of blew up once a friend (beloved Longhorns quarterback Vince Young) overheard them. He became a co...

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Steakhouse in Austin
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