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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Austin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Justine's Brasserie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (805)
$31 to $50
French
East Austin
About the restaurant
Bienvenue à Justine's!
Our art filled dining room and winter tent are all available for walk-ins. We only take reservations for parties of 6 or more.

Guests waiting for tables are invited to have a cocktail, indulge in a caviar bump from the raw bar & lounge beneath the blue neon of our garden pagoda and meet friends old and new.
If you think you've gone too far ... keep going!

Top review
AngelaBvip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Amazing food and service. Loved the music vibe and the mussels , cheese, charcuterie, Bolognese, all were excellent!! Can’t wait to go back!!
A photo of Store House Market and Eatery restaurant
4.8
4.8 (174)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Bastrop
About the restaurant
Sonya Cote, the James Beard Foundation WEL alum and Texas chef known for Eden East, now adds Store House Market & Eatery in downtown Bastrop to her portfolio.  A proponent for local purveyors and a pioneer of using locally-grown ingredients for both nutritional and environmental purposes, Cote transformed a nearly 175-year-old, historic two-building property at the corner of Main and Pine into a seasonally-driven restaurant and market that will showcase the local area’s bounty. The a la carte menu features rotating mains and sides, using ingredients sourced from Eden East Farm and other Bastrop producers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Visited for brunch. I like the dinner menu a bit more but the food was no bad, the drinks were good and the service was better.
A photo of Aviary Wine & Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (259)
$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!

Top review
sxswHATER
Dined 7 days ago
We’ve been here a few times. Menu has always been on the smallish side but today was very limited. Apps were great. Entrees were mediocre. Sommelier and service are on point in a relaxed, comfortable space. Happy hour 4-6 is worth leaving work early.
A photo of Boa Steakhouse - Austin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (15)
$50 and over
Steak
Downtown
About the restaurant
Dry aged, medium rare and new to Austin, TX. BOA Steakhouse unites the elements of signature steak & seafood selections, hip ambiance and trendy cocktails while offering unparalleled hospitality.
Top review
Genevievevip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
One of the best dining experiences we have had in Austin. From the beginning we were treated to excellent service that was only matched by the excellence in the food. Our server Will was very attentive and had great recommendations. The manager stopped by just to say hello. Even the hostess from the beginning was warm and friendly. Perfect night all the way around
A photo of Sazan restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7)
$30 and under
Asian
Allandale
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO THE SAZAN RAMEN!

“The skill behind ramen is a practiced art and I wanted the interiors to reflect the craft that goes into the creation of a perfect bowl. The aesthetic of the space takes Japanese modern interiors with a nod to Scandinavian hygge and French architecture to create an inviting space. An aside cocktail bar gives the space intimacy and a comfortable area for diners to relax before being seated.”

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Outstanding service, they called me at my reservation time to let me know my table was ready, when ordering the appetizer it was accidentally forgotten, which they made up for it by still bringing it and taking it off the tab, very well handled! To top it off I believe the manager that was there that night had brought us mochi for dessert on the house as well. A1 service and the ramen was perfect as always. Will definitely be coming back
A photo of Prélude restaurant
4.7
4.7 (81)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Chef Mathew Peters, the first American to win the prestigious Bocuse d'Or in 2017, is bringing his culinary expertise to the heart of Austin with the opening of Prelude, an elevated cocktail bar and lounge set in a historic home in West Austin.

Prelude will offer a unique Austin experience, combining innovative cocktail creations with elevated small bites. The menu will feature a curated selection of small plates, designed to complement the bar programs signature cocktails and highlight Chef Peters' culinary artistry.

Top review
TobiTvip
Dined 6 days ago
Marta, Eddie, Manny, & Jacob were all very welcoming & demonstrated impeccable customer service skills.
A photo of The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen - Northwest Hills restaurant
4.7
4.7 (64)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
So glad to have The Grove in NW Hills. We were celebrating my husband and son’s birthdays. Service was impeccable, food was yummy and it was a fun ambiance.
A photo of Love Supreme Pizza Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (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 on Jul 13, 2024
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 Llama Queen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (50)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
East Austin
About the restaurant
Peruvian restaurant, Llama Queen, re-opened in Austin fall of 2023. The restaurant is found at 4620 East Cesar Chavez Street in the Govalle neighborhood and its aiming to become the best Peruvian restaurant in Central Texas.


Top review
Bgsmithvip
Dined 5 days ago
My husband I love our meal. Everything was fresh and reminded us of delicious meals we’ve enjoyed in Peru. Our server was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Codependent restaurant
4.5
4.5 (56)
$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.
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