Favorite Local Restaurants in Austin

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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:June's All Day, Red Ash Italia, Uchi Austin
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Italian, Sushi
Neighborhoods:South Austin, Downtown
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

June's All Day

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Austin
611 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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 latter two are on this...

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Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,192 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 here (that happens to b...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Uchi Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
4,375 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 red walls and honey l...

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Best Food in Austin
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Clark's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,256 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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 local seafood, of co...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,252 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 addition to great serv...

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Il Brutto

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
809 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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 then share some of t...

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Uchiko Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,754 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 at both spots. The des...

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Best Food in Austin
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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
3,114 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 and great cocktails,...

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Seafood in Austin
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Olamaie

$$$$·Southern·
Central Austin
1,036 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 beautiful shrubbery—th...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,279 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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 the menu is made in-h...

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North Italia - Austin 2nd Street

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
942 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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 all of their house-ma...

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True Food Kitchen - Woodlands

$$$$·American·
The Woodlands
584 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch

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 definitely health-focus...

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Jeffrey's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
1,240 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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 white tablecloths give t...

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Notable Wine List in Austin
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ATX Cocina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
1,527 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 lot of shareable dishe...

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Fixe

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
2,151 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

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 three private dining ro...

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