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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Austin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Austin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sp Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
5.0
5 (722)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Bee Caves / Lakeway / Lake Travis
About the restaurant
AUTHENTIC BRAZILIAN CHURRASCARIA MEETS TEXAS HOSPITALITY

SP Brazilian Steakhouse serves an incredible combination of flavors from different cuts of delicious meat, all perfectly cooked to your liking. The service will make you feel like you're the only person in the whole place. With the incredible selection of delicious meats, salad bar, drinks and desserts, it is well worth the price! You are free to enjoy a wide combination of steak, lamb, ribs, chicken and as much as you could eat. That's why SP Brazilian Steakhouse is Lakeway's highest-rated restaurant on Yelp.

Top review
tuoithin
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Great food! Great service! What more can i say.
A photo of Saffron restaurant
4.9
4.9 (304)
$31 to $50
Indian
North Central
About the restaurant
Saffron serves an eclectic mixture of traditional Indian Cuisine punctuated by the flavors of the Himalayas. Our food stand true to its roots and origin while we source most of our produce locally. All dishes, sauces, naans and desserts are made in house from scratch. We are proud to be the first restaurant in Austin with a dedicated Nepalese menu. Nepal is a land of many flavors, while many of its dishes are indigenous and indicative of its culture and people, while few are inspired by its immediate neighbors, India and China. Our Nepalese menu is a thoughtful mix of both.
Top review
daktamvip
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
We had another great meal at Saffron, this time with another couple of friends. We requested and were seated in a comfortable booth, and both the service and food were great. We look forward to many future meals at this neighborhood gem.
A photo of 34th Street Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (229)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Central Austin
About the restaurant
A local, cozy restaurant, 29 years in the making! We pride ourselves on being a neighborhood staple with great food, great service, and great wine.

Lunch is served daily from 11am to 3 pm with counter service. Dinner begins daily at 5:00pm and is full table service. We are closed on Sundays.

House favorites include our Chinese Hack Chicken Salad and the famous Chicken Picatta .

Top review
RandyHvip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
34th Street Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant that is very comfortable, offers great service, and has wonderful food and wine. All for a very fair price. We always run into friends there.
A photo of Vinaigrette - Austin restaurant
4.8
4.8 (28)
$30 and under
American
South Austin
About the restaurant
Vinaigrette is a chic and green bistro that raises the "salad bar" with bold and delicious entrée salads. Featuring innovative flavor combinations and the option to add savory protein accompaniments like diver scallops, lemon-herb chicken or grilled hanger steak, these tantalizingly hearty yet healthy creations allow for guiltless and delicious eating at the same time. The restaurant strives to source local and organic ingredients. As one local publication put it "Eating well never tasted so good."
Top review
Eatininwheatonvip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Impressive menu of diverse salad choices. We loved the”nachos”. It’s hard to make kale soft and , but they have it down. Both salads we ordered were delish. The Asian chop by far the tastiest. Drink special was yummy. Recommend it. Gorgeous patio.
A photo of Cipollina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1159)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Cipollina is a neighborhood bistro serving Italian, locally-sourced food. Our seasonal menu features salads, small plates, large plates and wood-fired pizzas. We’re open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted and walk-ins also welcome.
Top review
Didi
Dined 2 days ago
I always feel welcome and at home here. Everything I’ve eaten has been delicious. I enjoy it best during off hours when it’s quiet and the staff can be more attentive, but it’s great anytime.
A photo of Aviary Wine & Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (257)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
South Austin
About the restaurant

Aviary Wine + Kitchen is a funky, unique wine bar and restaurant on South Lamar. A neighborhood gem that brings international inspiration to the menu via the talents of our Chef team who craft small & large plates alongside our ever rotating selection of oysters and cheese & charcuterie. Pair your meal with a wine from our unique list of low intervention wines and lesser-known wine regions. Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide you! Seating is available both indoors in our socially distanced dining room and outside on our heated patio. Come see us for a night out with friends, a romantic evening for two, or happy hour with a coworker!

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NoraLvip
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Great smash burgers & warm cookies on Mondays and Happy Hours
A photo of Codependent restaurant
4.7
4.7 (55)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Serving up cocktails, coffee, and serious design - without taking itself too seriously.

The brain child of Urbanspace's Kevin Burns, CEO and Merrill Alley, Principal - Codependent is a conceptual cocktail and coffee bar inspired by Italian luxury, aperitivo culture and the belief that beautiful design should be enjoyed by all. Think of it as a high-end design showroom meets Austin hospitality.

Located on the ground floor of the Independent condo tower, Codependent is designed for duality. Where day meets night. Dark meets light. And iconic Italian furniture is best appreciated with a glass of wine.

We welcome design aficionados and cocktail connoisseurs, the local and the far flung, friends and neighbors to come for sustenance, fun, and for a bit of the unexpected.

Top review
rach
Dined on May 25, 2024
I didn't try to food but the best espresso martini I've had in awhile! So foamy and perfect to start the night or a little night cap. The vibes are so cute here! Would recommend for GNO, birthdays, etc.
A photo of Love Supreme Pizza Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (93)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
East Austin
About the restaurant
Love Supreme is currently offering counter service on our expansive outdoor patio and cosy indoor dining room.

LARGE GROUPS of 10+, please reach out to us by phone or through reservations@lovesupremepizzabar.com to request a reservation.

Love Supreme is a family friendly 'New School' pizza bar coming to you from the McElroy brothers! Co-owners of Thunderbird Coffee and Bird Bird Biscuit. Located in East Austin on Manor Rd. Love Supreme is a pizza bar focused on classic and seasonal appetizers and a thin crust Neapolitan/NY style inspired pizza, courtesy of our Executive Chef, Russell Victorioso. Our bar hosts our house special cocktails, natural wine, and all Texas-made beers.
We hope to see you soon for great pizza and good vibes!

Top review
AbigailMvip
Dined 1 day ago
This was a great spot for our family of 9 adults and 2 kids to eat! Easy to make a large reservation and the food was great!
A photo of The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen - Northwest Hills restaurant
4.7
4.7 (54)
$30 and under
American
Northwest
About the restaurant
The Grove is a labor of love, centered around the simple notion that great food and wine are for everyone to enjoy. We’ve built a delicious menu with something for every taste, and our accessible, yet sophisticated, wine program has all your favorites along with cool finds you’ve never heard of. The amazing Grove staff brings this great concept to life every day. For nearly two decades, we’re proud to say the Grove has earned a reputation as one of Austin’s cult classics. It’s a food and wine haven where our neighborhood regulars and out-of-towners alike come to meet, visit, celebrate or just grab a casual drink and bite to eat.
Top review
BJRWvip
Dined 3 days ago
The Grove has been a favorite of mine since the first location opened on Bee Cave Road. This new location is closer to my home, and I LOVE it! Their menu is diverse, and the wine selections are outstanding. Many of the staff have been with The Grove for years, and are well trained and knowledgeable.
A photo of District Kitchen and Cocktails - Anderson Lane restaurant
4.5
4.5 (122)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
North Central
About the restaurant
Here at District we are passionate about quality food and partnering with local farms and businesses. To bring you only the freshest ingredients, whether they come from the bar or the kitchen. We also partner up with fishermen to bring you the freshest, in-season, sustainable seafood. We do a little bit of everything here - after all, who doesn’t like choices! Our motto is to source the freshest ingredients and create something delicious with it, alongside a perfectly made classic cocktail, a delicious craft beer or a glass of wine that will make everything come together. So come in, relax, grab a drink and some food and hang out with friends in what we like to call New American Cuisine. After all, great food and great drinks go best with great company!
Top review
KimS
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
Great happy hour and fun atmosphere. First time to this location and will return.
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