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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Austin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Geraldine’s restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2285)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Downtown
About the restaurant
Offering a bat's-eye-view of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline, Geraldine's is named after the famed guinea fowl that once roamed Rainey Street. Respect for Austin's history and culture seeps into every part of the restaurant, from the local ingredients featured in our Chef's contemporary menu to the nightly concert lineup-because there is no Austin without live music. Take shelter from the Texas sun at our adjacent rooftop lounge, complete with private cabanas and outdoor seating.
Top review
GusM
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food and waiter was so kind and attentive.
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 Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Austin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (696)
$30 and under
Sushi
Arboretum
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food was great. Server was the best! Definitely be back.
A photo of Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden restaurant
4.7
4.7 (67)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The name really says it all. With 202 beer taps and over 20 house-made sausages we have one of the largest selections in the country. We are equally committed to quality, serving up the most delicious sausages we can make and the best craft beers we can source. In addition to beer and sausage we also operate an onsite smokehouse with a variety of offerings centered on slow smoking and open fire cooking.

At the end of the day, Banger's is all about being a wonderful place to eat, drink and hangout. Not too rowdy, not too laid back, just a good old fashioned good time.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Best backyard vibes on Rainey! One of the few left, unfortunately. Country Music blasting, big patio, big fans, big Yeti full of ice water!! Grab a brat sandwich, a beer (selection is incredible) and a boudin ball, you’ll be full for hours! LIVE music starting @ 7pm Fri-Sun, don’t miss this Austin staple!
A photo of The Quill Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (35)
$50 and over
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Tucked away on the second floor of the Austin Proper Hotel is The Quill Room, an intimate music lounge with stunning views of the iconic Butterfly Bridge. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the space is a balance between Southern charm and refined modernism, with inspired, original furnishings sourced from Europe as well as the famed Round Top Antiques Market that reflect design through the ages. A menu of elegant, Texas-inspired small bites, creative cocktails and curated, live music performances reflect the city’s vibrant culture.

*Note that operation hours and dates may vary due to private events*

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
We came here, not knowing what to expect, we are just staying at the hotel and had stumbled upon some live music. It was a super intimate vibe. Incredible service. Low light, lounge feel. Cocktails were incredible. Would definitely come back if you’re looking for a chill vibe and craft cocktails. Can’t rave enough about the service.
A photo of Sushi Roku - Austin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (39)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Japanese sushi concept new to Austin, Texas, unites the elements of inventive fusion dishes, hip ambiance and trendy cocktails while offering unparalleled hospitality. Making it a favorite for Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas tastemakers as well as guests from around the world.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Chad was awesome! He made our experience so fun for the birthday girls 
A photo of Gangnam Korean BBQ restaurant
4.6
4.6 (44)
$31 to $50
Korean
South Austin
About the restaurant
Soft Opening Now!
Largest AYCE, all-you-can-eat, Korean BBQ restaurant & bar with widest selection of meats, prepared sides, appetizers, & soups/ramens available in Austin!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Quality meat selection and sides were all delicious. Drinks too! Service was great for AYCE. We will definitely be coming back with friends.
A photo of The Guest House Austin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (99)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Guest House – A new dining destination in downtown Austin. We are redefining the dining experience, infusing timeless classics with a modern twist. Our restaurant is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a casual meet-up, business meeting, or a special celebration.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing spot!!! 11/10 would go again! Love the ambiance
A photo of Arriba Abajo restaurant
4.4
4.4 (27)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Nestled on the 4th floor of our iconic establishment, Arriba Abajo emerges as a haven where flavors dance amid panoramic views and leisurely ambiance. From sizzling fajitas to handcrafted tacos bursting with flavor, each dish tells a story of tradition, innovation, and unparalleled quality. Our bartenders shake cocktails better than a rattlesnake shakes its tail. Experience the fun and ease of the Mexican lifestyle in our little slice of paradise. Heat up or cool down poolside in one of our daybeds or cabanas with a margarita in hand.

Top review
BrittanyM
Dined 4 days ago
Super relaxed vibe, great service all around from every single employee we spoke too or saw interact with other tables. Food was great and margaritas were too! Overall a great experience.
A photo of Gabriela's Downtown restaurant
4.0
4 (21)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Our Michoacán inspired family recipes demand we make nearly everything on the menu fresh daily and we never use artificial flavorings or enhancers. All of our drinks and margaritas are made with fresh squeezed lime juice and fruits that we ate growing up like tamarindo, mango, and grapefruit that we would just pick from our grandmother’s trees.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
We’re visiting from Vegas and found this spot near our hotel. The food was phenomenal, better than anything we’ve had at home. We will be back!
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