Discover Trending Restaurants in Austin

The OpenTable Team

Austin has an incredible dining scene. Locals get to eat a range of cuisine from late-night bites downtown to gourmet prix fixe at trendy spots around the edges of Brentwood and Rosedale. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Enjoy one of the widest varieties of food in the world, from the South Lamar sushi delights of Uchi to South Austin’s Dai Due with its farm-to-table ethos, where they even source the cooking oils locally. This list is the perfect guide to navigating the multitude of trendy restaurants in Austin.

Restaurants:Nightcap, Emmer & Rye, Dai Due
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, East Austin

Nightcap

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
282 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Sometimes, it’s the basics that keep people coming back again and again: good service, good atmosphere, and good food. Nightcap has all of these, plus a mission to create a cozy anRead more
82% recommended
Late Night Find in Austin

Emmer & Rye

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,743 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
In 2018, one critic hailed Emmer & Rye as the best restaurant in Austin right now, saying their dishes are “a study in flavor and textures.” The name refers to two grains not so wiRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin

Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
1,040 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
Dai Due is taking the farm-to-table ethos the furthest it can go, by sourcing as many ingredients locally as possible. Seasonal ingredients get pickled or preserved, smoked or fermRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin
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Arlo Grey

$$$$·American·
Downtown
709 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
The desirably placed Arlo Grey boasts stunning views over Town Lake and a chance to catch a sight of the famous Congress Bridge bats in flight. Once diners get over the amazing sceRead more
97% recommended
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The Brewer's Table

$$$$·American·
East Austin
406 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
This place is paradise for diners that love beer. The Brewer’s Table aims to provide food as good as the beer and beer as good as the food, with a range of in-house brews plus 26 gRead more
100% recommended
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wink

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,237 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Downtown Austin is full of busy people looking for a cool place to grab a drink and a bite to eat after a hard day at work. Wink welcomes food lovers with open arms, and offers supRead more
100% recommended
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Hillside Farmacy

$$$$·American·
East Austin
215 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Ever been to one of those restaurants that just looks amazing, even before smelling or tasting the food? Hillside Farmacy in Rosewood is one of those. The outside speaks of its druRead more
92% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Austin

Peche Austin

$$$$·French·
Downtown
615 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romantic
With the tagline of “Sinful Cocktails and Cuisine,” Peche is Austin's first Austin bar and boasts an amazing pre-Prohibition-style cocktail menu. This complements a stunning array Read more
85% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Austin
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Juniper

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
1,117 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
With former Uchi creative director Nicholas Yanes involved, it’s no surprise that Italian -inspired restaurant Juniper is making waves in the trendy Austin dining scene. The outsidRead more
94% recommended
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Foreign & Domestic - Austin

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Central Austin
903 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Billed as a “nose to tail, farm to table dining experience,” Foreign & Domestic is an intimate, neighborhood restaurant frequented by locals and tourists alike. The nose to tail taRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin

Parkside

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,614 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Although technically a gastropub, Sixth Street’s Parkside is a hot destination for diners looking for the best range of raw oysters and a dramatic yet seasonal menu. Exposed brickwRead more
85% recommended

Uchi Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
3,895 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Why is Uchi consistently hailed as one of the top trendy restaurants in Austin, and even the whole of America? It could be chef and sushi master Tyson Cole’s mission to get customeRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Austin
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Wu Chow

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown
1,206 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Farm to table is a phrase that really means something at Wu Chow, the home of authentic, modern Chinese food in the middle of downtown Austin. Both the executive and dim sum chefs Read more
95% recommended
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Contigo Austin

$$$$·American·
Austin
226 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Situated on Anchor Lane just by the Southwest Greenway, the first thing diners notice about Contigo is the fantastic open front and huge outdoor dining area. This is because the owRead more
96% recommended
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La Condesa

$$$$·Mexican·
Central Austin
1,682 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Austin has always been famous for Tex-Mex fare, but for those who want to try some hip yet traditional Mexican food, La Condesa delivers this in a truly urban setting. The stunningRead more
85% recommended

Tio Pepe Chicken

$$$$·American·
North Central
2 reviews
The Portuguese specialty of Peri Peri chicken is a relatively new phenomenon in America, but it’s found its way to Austin in the form of Pepe Garcia’s restaurant at The Linc, Tio PRead more
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Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,279 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The sister restaurant to the popular and very cool Uchi, Uchiko is another brainchild of Tyson Cole. This restaurant has a little less focus on the sushi, making for a more well-roRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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The Salty Sow

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
East Austin
2,661 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Manor Road is a bit of a go-to spot in Austin right now for exciting food and drink. The Salty Sow stands out from the crowd with its quirky décor and outdoor dining area known as Read more
90% recommended
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