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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Austin

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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 Fabrik restaurant
4.9
4.9 (150)
$50 and over
Vegan
East Austin
About the restaurant
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Fabrik is the intersect of fine dining and mom & pop restaurant hosted in an intimate micro restaurant space. We offer a 5 and 7-Course tasting at 6pm, and a 7-Course tasting at 8:30pm Wed-Sun. Fabrik's current menu focuses on Japanese, Nordic, and Italian flavor profiles. Fabrik is 100% independently owned and operated.

Led by Executive Chef-Owner Je Wallerstein, Fabrik is Austin’s first 100-percent plant-based tasting restaurant featuring curated menus that highlight the seasonality and diversity of plant-based cuisine in an upscale, sophisticated setting. With sustainability as a priority in our approach, we source produce and ingredients from local growers and provisioners wherever possible. We offer an eclectic selection of vegan, biodynamic and organic wines, including an optional wine pairing. Fabrik also offers saké as well as a range of non-alcoholic options.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Best meal ever. The wine pairing was perfect as well. It was a beautiful amazing experience
A photo of Kalimotxo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (308)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Downtown
About the restaurant
Kalimotxo is moving! We are temporarily closed while we re-locate to the Arrive Hotel on East 6th Street later this year. Follow @kalimotxo_atx for updates!
Top review
CesarRvip
Dined on Mar 13, 2024
Food was amazing, the staff were extremely welcoming! Blake made us feel right at home.
A photo of Old Thousand restaurant
4.7
4.7 (18)
$30 and under
Chinese
East Austin
About the restaurant
Old Thousand is a neighborhood Chinese restaurant on Austin's east side. We offer an eclectic and inventive mix of flavors, ingredients, and styles with modern interpretations of classic American-Chinese recipes.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Literally my favorite restaurant in Austin. That brisket fried rice is *chefs kiss*
A photo of Ember Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (127)
$50 and over
Contemporary Latin
Downtown
About the restaurant
Ember is proud to introduce Austin's premier Josper oven experience. Our menu showcases bold, Latin flavors, with impactful dishes cooked over live embers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great service, but waitress tried to push us to order all at once. We were not there for fast food experience so held our ground and politely did it our way. I would go again.
A photo of Uptown Sports Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (16)
$30 and under
American
East Austin
About the restaurant
Large Party Reservations Only: 6 - 12 guests. Please call (512) 551-2103 or email Hello@uptownsports.club for any parties larger than 12.

​In 1949, Uptown Sports Club opened as a neighborhood spot for locals on the Eastside to drink, bet, watch the game and hold court.
Uptown Sports Club has found its second life thanks to Aaron Franklin and a handful of friends united by their deep love for Austin. Same building. Same neighborhood. Same soul. Just thoughtfully reimagined for the East Austin of today.
Uptown is your home base for great food, coffee, cocktails and community. We keep East Austin hours. Open early for coffee & breakfast, serving up a Texan take on Louisiana homestyle brasserie fare and slinging classic cocktails from lunchtime ’til late-night. No rush. No fuss. Come as you are daily or nightly.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 17, 2024
I had a good time seated promptly good food no complaints
A photo of Uchiba Austin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (95)
$50 and over
Sushi
Downtown
About the restaurant
:: ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE ON RESTAURANT WEBSITE ::

Uchibā, loosely "Uchi Bar" in Japanese, is Uchi's izakaya‑inspired cocktail bar and restaurant delivering a vast selection of Japanese whiskies, unique cocktails, yakitori grill items and Uchi classics. Reservations are encouraged and can be booked online up to 1 month in advance. Walk-in bar seating is available and is subject to wait times. Patio seating is weather permitting and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. We look forward to serving you, Kanpai!

Top review
ChanceWvip
Dined 4 days ago
I wanted to express my gratitude for the exceptional service we received during our recent visit. We came in right before closing, but the bartenders and staff were incredibly accommodating and welcoming. The food was, as always, on point. We tried the new whiskey torched tuna, and it was AMAZING! Please consider keeping it on the menu permanently. Thank you for making our evening so enjoyable.
A photo of Powder Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (26)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown
About the restaurant

Step into the secret world of Powder Room, an intimate cocktail lounge that exudes timeless energy. Here, guests are invited to indulge in crafted cocktails in the warmth of an intimate living room setting.

Powder Room caters to individuals in search of refined experiences. Elevate your evenings with table-side mixology, complemented by the rhythmic melodies of live music and artistic performances that embody the essence of this hidden gem.

Top review
localvip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic bar with great ambiance - noise level was fine with good music playing, and still easy to have a conversation. Going back again in 2 days!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Austin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (343)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Central Austin
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
MarkMcS
Dined 6 days ago
Great food and great way to interact with others in grilling your food. Would go back for sure. Service was very good but it starts very slowly. If they quickly served drinks for example I would say 5 stars.
A photo of Space Cowboy restaurant
4.6
4.6 (245)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
East Austin
About the restaurant
Where the whimsical child comes back to life with each sip and bite of adventure.

Chef, Juan Diego, who has had extensive culinary experience from Madrid, London, HongKong, and Mexico had the idea of combining global flavors & techniques that come together. He now wields his creativity at Space Cowboy making his experiences and techniques work together for this new modern American concept. With experiences of working with word renowned chefs, hotels, and opening various restaurants of his own, now brings it all together at Space Cowboy. Experience our perfectly braised, fall off the bone beef short rib delivered to your table by our hardworking little robot spaceships. Taste our best selling “Spaceballs” and experience a flavor explosions under a cosmic dream.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Loved my first dining experience here! The robots are fun, we had great service and were visited by the chef who gave us suggestions how to best eat the space balls which were one of my favorite dishes! They have a nice list of mocktails for those who aren’t drinking as well as several very yummy cocktails! We never felt like we were waiting too long or being rushed and everything was paced out nicely. Contrary to other reviews, we were full after the recommended portions and my meal with a tip was $75 which I found very reasonable. We tried the burrata (yummy!), the space balls (omg!), the hamachi (very unique and a favorite), the sea and land skewers (just ok), the fries (outstanding), and the panna cotta which was also nice and unexpected! Would love to go back and highly recommend for an interesting dinner experience. Thanks to other reviewers, we ubered and so had no issue with parking. Thanks Space Cowboy for a fun GNO!
A photo of Bacalar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (61)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bacalar is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. Located on Lady Bird Lake in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District, the restaurant was created by Bravo Top Chef Winner, Chef/Partner Gabe Erales and the team at Urbanspace Hospitality. Our thoughtfully-designed space is an immersive experience inspired by nature, accompanied by a menu that highlights the nuances of the diverse global influences of the Yucatan region. We welcome you and your family of all ages for a relaxed and fun dining experience of unique Mexican flavors. Our covered patio encompasses views of the newly renovated Lady Bird Lake trail activation directly across from the restaurant.

Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcomed any day of the week (closed Mondays).

Top review
MikeSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Just a spectacular dining experience all around. What Bacalar does is special. Thank you for an incredible dining experience. Beautiful space. Impeccable service. Fantastic recommendations. Food is exceptionally good. Will be back.
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