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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Austin

The OpenTable team

Austin is evolving at a rapid pace. It’s a city where creative and curious people go to experience interesting things and unique innovations are showcased and prized.There’s lots of experimentation and cuisine cross pollination, which is deliciously easy to appreciate in the food scene here. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find incredibly designed eateries with big helpings of old Southern charm, the chic sort of Sushi spots dreams are made of, and copious amounts of Texas meats—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Le Politique, Mattie's at Green Pastures, June's All Day
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, South Austin
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Le Politique

$$$$·French·
Downtown
730 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
From the lights hanging over the bar to the sherbet color palette (with bright pops of blue), you’ll instantly feel all of your senses get excited for the French flavor show that aRead more
83% recommended
15 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Mattie's at Green Pastures

$$$$·American·
Downtown
387 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This lush Southern property from the 1800s is very unique. Nestled in the Green Pastures, is a very charming Victorian mansion that’s been converted into a restaurant and event spaRead more
89% recommended
25 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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June's All Day

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Austin
393 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
This adorable gold and peach-colored cafe, with black and white checkered floors, will take you back in time. It’s from the same team behind Lambert's, Perla’s, and Clark’s (the laRead more
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin
9 people mentioned the Chicken Sandwich

Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,266 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This loft-type space—with rough frescos on exposed concrete walls, metal piping, and steel beams—is a creative juxtaposition to the very classic Italian food they’re serving up herRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
27 people mentioned the Garlic Bread
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Uchi

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
3,236 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Everything is special about this James Beard Award-winning Japanese restaurant housed in what looks like a little home. The contrast of a cottage exterior with a chic interior of rRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
57 people mentioned the Omakase
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Clark's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
783 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The team behind Perla’s and June’s All Day—both on this list—is shucking and serving up some mighty tasty (but pricey) oysters, in a fresh, beachy-looking, casual space. They have Read more
96% recommended
Best Food in Austin
25 people mentioned the Oyster Bar
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Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,270 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
E & R offer an American menu of locally-sourced small plates that changes every day, plus a roaming dim sum cart (with unusual offerings) that you can order other items from. In adRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin
14 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Il Brutto

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
346 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Simple (but delectable) Italian food made in a simple space, with a variety of seating areas to choose from, including an outdoor patio. Start with the burrata and prosciutto, and Read more
91% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Austin
5 people mentioned the Beef Tenderloin

The Brewer's Table

$$$$·American·
East Austin
316 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Local Ingredients
  • Bar Seating
This massive, yet charming, restaurant is driven to connect beer and food very naturally. They’re not just pairing their beer and food, but making sure the two actually feed off eaRead more
Vibrant Bar Scene in Austin
7 people mentioned the Ice Cream Cone

Pitchfork Pretty

$$$$·Contemporary American·
East Austin
202 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
This American restaurant has a mostly Southern focus—with tasty dishes like giant beef ribs and BBQ chicken—but one night a week, they change things up entirely. Every Monday, theyRead more
94% recommended
23 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
3,568 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
This sister restaurant to the incredible Uchi (also on this list) is actually very similar menu-wise, even sharing some of the same dishes, like the Shag roll, which is a staple atRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
63 people mentioned the Omakase
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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Anniversaries
Perla’s (from the same family as Clark’s and June’s All Day, among others) has a phenomenal space with a gorgeous deck area and huge menu for you to enjoy. Soaking up the sunshine Read more
94% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Austin
59 people mentioned the Redfish
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Eberly

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,278 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Eberly is an enormous place, with really beautiful design and a variety of areas to eat and drink in, including dining rooms, a study, and both an indoor and rooftop bar. Also, on Read more
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Austin
22 people mentioned the Redfish

Olamaie

$$$$·Southern·
Central Austin
870 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
If you didn’t know any better, you could easily mistake Olamaie’s for someone’s adorable private residence. Inside this white house—with a wraparound porch, window shutters, and beRead more
93% recommended
29 people mentioned the Hush Puppies

Dai Due

$$$$·American·
South Austin
869 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The folks at Dai Due know how to beautifully marry the old and the new. This rustic place feels traditionally Texan, with enough novelty to keep things interesting. Everything on tRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin
37 people mentioned the Wild Boar

North Italia - Austin 2nd Street

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
512 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Special Occasion
This modern Italian restaurant has several locations around the country, but don’t let that worry you, they’ve grown because they’re great. They use seasonal ingredients and make aRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Austin
8 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

True Food Kitchen - Woodlands

$$$$·American·
The Woodlands
361 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and with all the copious amounts of delicious meat available here, sometimes your body needs some lean greens to balance things out. This place is defRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Houston
6 people mentioned the Flourless Chocolate Cake

Jeffrey's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
804 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Since 1975, Jeffrey’s has been an iconic Austin eatery, delivering great fine dining experiences that are ideal for a special occasion.The wood floors, blue velvet chairs, and whitRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Austin
21 people mentioned the Seafood Risotto
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ATX Cocina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
857 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Hot Spot
The extensive use of light birchwood throughout ATX’s space—mixed with curved wooden ceilings—makes it feel light and reminiscent of a scene from Noah’s Ark. The menu features a loRead more
93% recommended
Hot Spot in Austin
12 people mentioned the Short Rib

Fixe

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,530 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Fixe is serving upscale Southern food in a modern yet homey space, with a variety of environments to enjoy. From an elegant and open main room—with an adjoining indoor porch—to thrRead more
90% recommended
92 people mentioned the Fried Chicken