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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Austin

The OpenTable team

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in Austin where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Olamaie, Uchi, Emmer & Rye
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Southern, Sushi, American
Neighborhoods:Central Austin, Downtown
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Olamaie

$$$$·Southern·
Central Austin
892 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
92% recommended
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Uchi

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
3,271 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,304 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,296 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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Jeffrey's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
817 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
92% recommended
Best Food in Austin
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Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
3,593 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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Stories Fine Dining Establishment at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Cedar Creek
287 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
When you enter this upscale, rustic-feeling steakhouse, you’ll pass through a foyer called Kesselus Hall (named after local author Ken Kesselus), which is filled with shelves of boRead more
88% recommended
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Lambert's Downtown BBQ

$$$$·Barbecue·
Downtown
1,402 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Housed in a quaint brick building in the warehouse district, you’ll find something of an anomaly in Lambert’s Downtown… it’s upscale BBQ. While this may sound odd, have no doubt, tRead 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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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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