The Best Places to Eat in Austin

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Dai Due, El Chile Cafe Manor, Wu Chow
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Mexican, Chinese
Neighborhoods:East Austin, Central Austin, Downtown

Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
975 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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, Read more
95% recommended
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El Chile Cafe Manor

$$$$·Mexican·
Central Austin
192 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Lunch
  • Authentic
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 tRead more
100% recommended
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Wu Chow

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown
1,087 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 foodRead more
96% recommended

Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
618 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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 AuRead more
90% recommended
Italian in Austin

The Salty Sow

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
East Austin
2,660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
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 itsRead more
93% recommended
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The Russian House

$$$$·Russian·
Downtown
712 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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. Read more
86% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin

Swift's Attic

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
709 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • 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 architeRead more
92% recommended
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ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,842 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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, theRead more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in Austin

Vince Young Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,293 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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 Read more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Austin