Favorite Local 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:Mattie's at Green Pastures, June's All Day, Red Ash Italia
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, South Austin

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
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June's All Day

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Austin
486 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Austin

Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,610 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
99% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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Uchi Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
3,787 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 rRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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Clark's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
997 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,649 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 adRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin

Il Brutto

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
548 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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The Brewer's Table

$$$$·American·
East Austin
406 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended
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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
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Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Food in Austin

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
3,003 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Most Booked in Austin
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Eberly

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,436 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
89% recommended
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Olamaie

$$$$·Southern·
Central Austin
1,013 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
86% recommended
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Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,007 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
Best Value in Austin

North Italia - Austin 2nd Street

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
713 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • 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
93% recommended
Italian in Austin

True Food Kitchen - Woodlands

$$$$·American·
The Woodlands
447 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Healthy
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
92% recommended
Healthy in Houston

Jeffrey's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
1,030 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 whitRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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ATX Cocina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
1,142 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 loRead more
96% recommended

Fixe

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,786 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin
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Le Politique

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