The Best Restaurants in Austin

While the city of Austin may be best known for its bustling and vibrant music scene, the wide variety of high-quality restaurants, bistros, cafes, and classic fine dining establishments here are on par with some of the most sophisticated cities in the world. The food scene in Austin varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, with each spot offering something special. What is more, much as food is often paired with a wine, a cocktail, or a beer, people will find that in Austin the food choices and restaurant ambiance mirrors the types of music and culture available in that neighborhood.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:ATX Cocina, Aviary Wine & Kitchen, Central Machine Works Brewery
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Mexican, Contemporary American, Beer Garden
Neighborhoods:Downtown, South Austin, Austin
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ATX Cocina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
1,590 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot

Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso partnered with head chef Kevin Taylor to open ATX Cocina in 2017. The exterior is sleek and industrial, and the floor-to-ceiling windows at this corner location give the ...

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Aviary Wine & Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Austin
112 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Quiet Conversation

Aviary sits in a former home furnishings shop, and owner Marco Fiorilo has kept the feel of that space since he opened in 2006, and has added an eclectic decor to the mix for an open and airy feel. In...

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Best Service in Austin
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Central Machine Works Brewery

$$$$·Beer Garden·
Austin
108 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual

The owners of Central Machine Works Brewery, Andrew Ashmore, Aaron Ashmore, Rosa Santis, and John Scott converted a 1940s building used to build airplane parts into a brewery. They kept the industrial...

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Clark's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,294 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Clark's, opened in 2012 by partners Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman, offers an initial impression most people will never forget. The space is almost entirely white, and the centerpiece is a huge aquariu...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,332 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients

Owners Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield started this restaurant as a local supper club back in 2006. From there, it morphed into an online farmers market stand and butcher shop and was frequently s...

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Best Overall in Austin
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De Nada Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Austin
117 reviews
  • Casual
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem

The owners of the 2 Dine 4 Hospitality Group opened De Nada in the summer of 2021, serving a menu of tacos served on blue corn tortillas. Taco choices include grilled fish, shrimp, chicken, or sweet p...

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El Naranjo - South Lamar

$$$$·Traditional Mexican·
South Austin
325 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

The visionary behind El Naranjo is a 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalist, Iliana de la Vega. The interior of the space has as its focal point a wraparound bar, where patrons can sit on three different...

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Elizabeth St Cafe

$$$$·Asian·
Bouldin Creek
251 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

This unique spot serves Vietnamese dishes with the feel of a French cafe. Opened in 2012 by partners Larry Maguire and Thomas Moorman, the restaurant is ideal for diners both looking to enjoy their fo...

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Healthy in Austin
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Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,322 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Chef Kevin Fink, who has a resume that includes time at the world-famous restaurant The French Laundry, opened Emmer and Rye in 2016. He features a menu offering local, seasonal produce, all animals c...

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Fit for Foodies in Austin
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Foreign & Domestic - Austin

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Central Austin
1,252 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

Originally opened in 2010, this restaurant was purchased in 2018 by Nathan Leslie and Sarah Heard who performed a drastic makeover of both the menu and the decor. People will instantly notice all the ...

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Best Value in Austin
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Garrison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
425 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine

With a location in the prestigious Fairmont Hotel, Garrison opened in 2018 as a spot for elegant dining in a sophisticated setting. Their open kitchen concept lets chef Jakub Czyszczon offer Texas pos...

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Best Service in Austin
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Hestia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
765 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Executive chef Kevin Fink and his partner and executive pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph opened Heista in 2019. Their concept was to focus on the New American approach to grilling. People will see foo...

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Contemporary American in Austin
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Intero

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
657 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

In 2018 co-owners Krystal Craig and her husband and chef Ian Thurwachter opened Intero in the former home of a motorcycle shop. The industrial look of the exterior of the building remains, but the pai...

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Best Value in Austin
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Jeffrey's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
1,263 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

When business partners Ron and Peggy Weiss and Jeff Weinberger opened Jeffrey's in 1975, their goal was to bring a simple and classic cafe to a quiet neighborhood in Austin. In 2012, they updated and ...

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Notable Wine List in Austin
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Joann's Fine Foods

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Downtown
185 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups

In 2018 local hospitality giants Bunkhouse Group and McGuire Moorman Hospitality teamed up to open Joanne's Fine Foods. The interior has a classic mid-century feel with plenty of diner décor, includin...

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Great for Brunch in Austin

Josephine House

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
648 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Larry McGuire created Josephine House in 2013, which sits on a quaint corner in a trendy neighborhood. The bounty of its two on-site gardens is incorporated into their seasonal menu items. The decor a...

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Great for Brunch in Austin
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June's All Day

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Austin
632 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

In 2016 the McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group opened June's All Day. The interior of the space has the feel of a French bistro, including checkerboard tile floors, brass tables, and a brightly lit bar...

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Contemporary American in Austin
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Justine's Brasserie

$$$$·French·
East Austin
512 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

The husband-and-wife team of Justin Devillier and Mia Freiberger-Devillier opened Justine's Brasserie in 2019 in the historic May and Ellis building. This is a 200-seat grand-hall-style restaurant was...

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Late Night Find in Austin
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Licha's Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
East Austin
113 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

In 2014 Daniel Brooks opened Licha's Cantina in a 1920s bungalow. His goal was to showcase the rustic dishes common in his native Mexico City in a traditional cantina. Diners can order shareable botan...

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Best Food in Austin
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Lonesome Dove Western Bistro Austin

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,208 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals

This restaurant, which opened in 2015 under the direction of celebrity chef Tim Love, has the look and feel of the old west, with sheepskin backrests in the booths and antlers over the bar. The space ...

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Contemporary American in Austin
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Lucky Robot

$$$$·Japanese·
South Austin
547 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Adam Weisberg opened Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen in late 2012 offering a unique Japanese dining experience, drawing inspiration from the colorful Harajuku culture. The menu features several gluten-fr...

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Neighborhood Sushi

$$$$·Sushi·
South Austin
352 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Executive chef Jorge Garcia brought Neighborhood Sushi to life in 2020 as a casual sushi restaurant experience, offering items that are sure to please any sushi lover. The interior of the space has a ...

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Hot Spot in Austin
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Paperboy

$$$$·Breakfast·
Downtown
102 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

Paperboy went from being a food truck to a fixed location in 2020 and it sits at the same spot where their food truck first parked in 2015. The menu, created by Chef Patrick Jackson, offers customer f...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Domain Northside

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Arboretum
2,769 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

This steakhouse was opened in 2019 by owner Chris Perry, which is his second location after the first was a huge success in Houston. The exterior of the building has a smooth and silken feel with gold...

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Most Booked in Austin
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Plate By Dzintra

$$$$·Continental·
Bee Caves / Lakeway / Lake Travis
1,056 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Plate By Dzintra was opened by a reality television star and chef Dzintra Dzenis in 2011. While people might be surprised by what they find inside, given the fact that the restaurant sits in a strip m...

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Notable Wine List in Austin

Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,286 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Opened by chef and owner John Carver in 2016, Red Ash Italia features a menu of Italian dishes prepared on top of a custom-built grill, oven, and plancha combo that emits red ash, giving the restauran...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Rosewood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
East Austin
643 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

The opening of Rosewood in 2019 was unique because it took a Victorian-style 1890s Queen Anne home and turned it into an elegant dining space. Chas Spence, Jesse DeLeon, and Jeb Russell created a spac...

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Neighborhood Gem in Austin

Soto - South Lamar

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
980 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Soto opened in the summer of 2013 as the brainchild of chef and owner Andy Chen. He likes to say that he offers sushi with a touch of French influence. In developing his menu, he takes ingredients fro...

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The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen - Westlake

$$$$·American·
Bee Caves / Lakeway / Lake Travis
497 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

When owner Beth Selby Lassiter opened the Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen in 2013, she wanted to make sure that she could offer impressive views wherever customers sat in the restaurant. The space offers p...

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The Roosevelt Room

$$$$·Cocktail Bar·
Downtown
666 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasion

Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis took their backgrounds as award-winning local bartenders to open The Roosevelt Room in 2015. This craft cocktail bar has the feel of a true cocktail lounge with red vel...

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Late Night Find in Austin
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Toss Pizzeria & Pub - South 1st

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Downtown
62 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual

When managing partner Justin De La Cruz opened Toss Pizzeria and Pub in 2016, his goal was to make it the most popular hangout on South First Street. They offer outdoor seating with a turf floor — ide...

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Good for Groups in Austin

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Austin Arboretum

$$$$·Seafood·
Arboretum
3,660 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Truluck's, owned by Patti Rurner and Stuart Sargent has been in business since 1992, and their Austin location received a major facelift in 2014. The restaurant offers fresh seafood and the finest ste...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Uchi Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
4,457 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The Japanese word Uchi means house, and the name is no surprise when people see the exterior of this location, which is a house converted into an elegant sushi restaurant. They complete the look with ...

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Best Food in Austin
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Uchiko Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,842 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Uchiko, owned by one of the few American sushi masters chef Tony Cole, who is also a James Beard Award winner, offers people a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere filled with wood tones and inviting lighti...

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Best Overall in Austin
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Vespaio Austin

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
725 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

This restaurant, owned by Alan Lazarus, Scott Bolin, and Claude Benayoun, opened its doors in 1998 before this neighborhood became the bustling shopping and dining promenade it is today. The kitchen c...

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