The Best Restaurants in Austin, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in Austin for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in Austin—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

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

Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
975 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Head chef Jesse Griffiths and owner Tamara Mayfield have created a unique eatery featuring only locally sourced ingredients. Seafood from the Gulf, wild game, and fresh vegetables Read more
95% recommended
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Uchi Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
3,682 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Uchi is one of the best places to eat in Austin, and its popularity shows it. With one look at the incredible dishes, it's easy to see why head chef, Tyson Cole, is a James Beard ARead more
95% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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El Chile Cafe Manor

$$$$·Mexican·
Central Austin
192 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Lunch
  • Authentic
El Chile Cafe y Cantina serves up fresh Tex-Mex daily, making sauces and tortillas in-house, and using fresh limes for the margaritas. This casual spot offers a food menu that inclRead more
100% recommended
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Wu Chow

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown
1,087 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This farm-to-table Chinese restaurant features menu items representing all eight of the traditional Chinese styles. Not surprising since executive chef Ji Peng Chen and his dim sumRead more
96% recommended

Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,033 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Uchiko means “child of Uchi,” so it's no surprise it's owned and operated by chef Tyson Cole. This restaurant is similar to Uchi but takes a broader stance on Japanese comfort foodRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Geraldine’s

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Downtown
1,057 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Geraldine's offers restaurant-goers a relaxed atmosphere right in the middle of Rainey Street with a view of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake. Executive chef Stephen Bonin useRead more
98% recommended
Hot Spot in Austin

The Capital Grille - Austin

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,157 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This elegant, yet relaxed restaurant is one of the best in Austin. It’s known for exceptional Wagyu steaks that are dry-aged for at least 18 days on site. The lunch and dinner menuRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasion in Austin

Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
618 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Located in a historic building minutes from the capitol, Quattro Gatti is a family-owned spot offering traditional Italian favorites, including seafood and pasta dishes. The chefs Read more
90% recommended
Italian in Austin

Eddie V's - 5th Street

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
4,493 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
When looking for some of the best food in Austin, check out Eddie V's. Located in the heart of downtown with live jazz in the lounge and outstanding seafood—this is the place to beRead more
97% recommended
Romantic in Austin

Eddie V's - Arboretum

$$$$·Seafood·
Arboretum
3,224 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
So good it made our list twice! This Eddie V's location is in the Arboretum shopping center, making it convenient for diners on the north side of Austin. Seafood dishes include GulRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Austin

The Salty Sow

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
East Austin
2,660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
You've heard of farm-to-table, but Salty Sow is a head-to-tail restaurant as well, offering pig roasts and more. Partner and executive chef Harold Marmulstein uses locally sourced Read more
93% recommended
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Siena Ristorante Toscana

$$$$·Italian·
Northwest
1,444 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
One of the most romantic restaurants in Austin, Siena Ristorante transports you to a Tuscan farmhouse with its atmosphere and Northern Italian cuisine. Executive chef Harvey HarrisRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Austin

The Russian House

$$$$·Russian·
Downtown
712 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
The Russian House is said to be the only Russian restaurant and bar in Austin, but even if there are others—this one is definitely best. The restaurant's decor and menu reflect theRead 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
Located on the second floor in a historic downtown building, Swift's Attic is one of the best places to eat in Austin. It features modern American cuisine and small plate dining frRead more
92% recommended
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Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Austin Downtown

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
3,319 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
As the name implies, Truluck's is a great place for seafood, steaks, and crab. Head chef, Daniel Hatcher, and managing partner, Riley Hutton, invite guests to enjoy fresh crab entrRead more
96% recommended
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Vince Young Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,293 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Owned by former NFL and UT quarterback Vince Young, this steakhouse is an upscale venue with an eclectic menu. With an emphasis on great steaks, head chef Phillip Brown has createdRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Austin

ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,842 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
ALC, also known as Austin Land and Cattle, is a family-owned restaurant specializing in delicious aged steaks served. From ribeyes to bone-in NY strips with specially crafted steakRead more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in Austin

Maggiano's - Austin

$$$$·Italian·
Northwest
3,638 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Enjoy traditional Italian dishes just like Nonna used to make at Maggiano's. With handmade pasta and recipes handed down through generations, it’s like a feast at an Italian grandmRead more
85% recommended
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The Melting Pot - Austin - Northwest

$$$$·Fondue·
Northwest
1,610 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This gourmet fondue restaurant lets guests experience their meal, not just eat it. It's great for a group or an intimate dinner for two. Choose everything about the meal—starting wRead more
100% recommended
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