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Where Chefs Eat in Austin

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by Phaidon
Updated December 15, 2023

You’re in luck. The world’s best chefs are sharing their favorite places to dine out in Austin. We’ve partnered with Phaidon’s Where Chefs Eat, the best-selling restaurant guidebook with over 7,000 recommendations across the globe, to create a list of restaurants in Austin where chefs love to eat. Grab your copy of this must-have guide, and get 30% off, just for being an OpenTable diner.

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4.7
4.7 (1633)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
"This is one of the first good restaurants to open, when Austin was still a sleepy college town. It's laid-back and neighborhood-y but they have great food and bartenders." – Larry McGuire
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Everyone who worked there was absolutely amazing everything was portioned very well. Food was delicious. Great service. 
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4.8
4.8 (986)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Austin
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chef Kevin Fink from Emmer & Rye
Top review
TerranceH
Dined 7 days ago
I recently visited June's All Day in Austin, TX for brunch and was blown away by the entire experience. The restaurant combines a chic, casually elegant ambiance with a touch of Parisian charm. Inside, it's bright and airy, with a long marble bar, checkered tile floors, cozy banquette seating, and a vintage jukebox that adds a nostalgic feel. The outdoor patio is perfect for enjoying the Austin weather and people-watching, giving it a lively yet relaxed vibe. The service was impeccable. The staff were prompt, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu. Their recommendations were spot on and really enhanced our dining experience. The food was outstanding. The brunch menu features a modern take on American and French dishes, and everything we tried was delicious. Highlights included the Wagyu steak tartare, which was perfectly seasoned, and the fried chicken sandwich, which had a great crispy texture and unique flavor. Each dish was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked. Overall, June's All Day offers a fantastic dining experience with its stylish setting, excellent service, and delicious food. I would definitely recommend it and look forward to visiting again. If you're in Austin, it's a must-try for brunch or any meal.
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4.9
4.9 (5956)
$50 and over
Sushi
Central Austin
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chef Kevin Fink from Emmer & Rye
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Food was excellent. We made our server aware that we had to be out by a certain time in order to make a comedy show and he was totally on top of it without making us feel rushed. Each dish was a delight both in its presentation and taste. Can’t wait to go back!
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4.6
4.6 (256)
$30 and under
Mexican
East Austin
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chef Jesse Griffiths from Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
Top review
dorrinef
Dined today
delicious food. but that green salsa this time was WAY TOO HOT! good paloma’s ! al pastor was great. and a nice large portion enough for two ! very loud and pretty hot inside .
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4.7
4.7 (3594)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
"Great, simple seafood and oysters. Very consistent, with good service and fun wines." – Jesse Griffiths
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was wonderful as always! This is my go to for client lunches, never ceases to impress.
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$30 and under
Pizzeria
East Austin
About the restaurant
"I don't even like pizza and I LOVE this pizza. Chewy, crunchy, cheesy. Get it baked extra crispy. Detroit-style pizza – who knew!" – Sarah Mcintosh
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