Austin Restaurants

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  • 1. Barley Swine

    $$$$ | South Austin | American

    The 36-seat eatery recently abandoned their no-reservation policy, which can now be made a month in advance, but there is a new 8-seat communal...Read More

  • 2. Clark's Oyster Bar

    $$ | Clarksville | Seafood

    The fifth of local restaurateur Larry McGuire's white-hot portfolio, which includes Jeffrey’s, Lamberts, and Elizabeth Street Café, Clark’s...Read More

  • 3. Congress

    $$$ | American

    An evening here is no regular weekday affair. As Chef/partner David Bull intended with this crisply elegant fine dining concept, this restaurant...Read More

  • 4. Contigo

    $$ | East Austin | American

    The predominantly outdoor layout of Texas ranch-inspired Contigo consistently draws a steady evening crowd—even when summer temps are well over...Read More

  • 5. Driskill Grill

    $$$ | Sixth Street District | American

    Dominated by shiny, dark paneling and etched glass, this would-be cattle baron's club inside the Driskill Hotel recalls the palatial restaurants...Read More

  • 6. Enoteca Vespaio

    $$ | South Congress District | Italian

    It’s been a while since Vespaio's casual kid sister harnessed the lion's share of popularity on South Congress. Known for its tantalizing deli...Read More

  • 7. Franklin Barbecue

    $ | East Austin | Barbecue

    If Central Texas is the hub of the state's best barbecue, then this place has become its favorite darling. This food truck-turned-full-fledged...Read More

  • 8. Hudson's on the Bend

    $$$ | Lake Travis | American

    In a restored ranch house near Lake Travis, 30 minutes outside of town, Hudson's on the Bend has been Austin’s best destination for elevated...Read More

  • 9. Komé

    $$ | Hyde Park | Japanese

    This North Austin sushi joint is the best place to find superior sashimi, sushi rolls, and Japanese cuisine without the daunting prices of Uchi...Read More

  • 10. Lamberts

    $$ | Barbecue

    Smack in the middle of Second Street, Lamberts draws a broad range of downtown business crowds, local foodies, and tourists, for its stylish...Read More

  • 11. Lenoir

    $$$ | South Austin | American

    Bouldin Creek’s best date night destination might have limited dining space, with only 34 seats, but the seasonal prix fixe selections and shabby...Read More

  • 12. Sway

    $$ | South Austin | Thai

    Based on a distinctive Australian-style Thai cuisine, Sway has provided Austin with an injection of modern Thai fusion in a chic, sexy setting...Read More

  • 13. The Salt Lick

    $$ | Barbecue

    When Texans argue about the relative merits of barbecue joints, the Salt Lick usually winds up at or near the top of the heap. Getting here...Read More

  • 14. Uchi

    $$ | South Austin | Japanese

    You've heard the term "extreme sports"? Uchi is "extreme sushi." Respectful of traditional sushi and sashimi methods—but not limited by them...Read More

  • 15. 24 Diner

    $$ | Clarksville | American

    The upscale breakfast fare and comfort food of this Clarksville favorite might carry an unconventional price tag for a diner, but the quality...Read More

  • 16. Arro

    $$$ | French

    Fans of classic French fare have flocked to Arro on West Sixth since its opening last year. The atmosphere is intimate but approachable and...Read More

  • 17. Asia Café

    $$ | Chinese

    This no-frills favorite of off-duty chefs recently changed owners this fall, but the same staff and menu has remained, which has, thus far,...Read More

  • 18. Bess Bistro

    $$ | American

    In the restored cellar of a 1918 brick building on the more sedate end of 6th is this casually chic boîte owned by actress Sandra Bullock (but...Read More

  • 19. Bouldin Creek Café

    $ | South Austin | Vegetarian

    A vegetarian-only restaurant might sound like a bland option at first, but even devoted carnivores frequent this hip South First neighborhood...Read More

  • 20. Bufalina

    $$ | East Austin | Pizza

    A bevy of new pizza places debuted in Austin over the past couple of years and one of the best is this hip eastside eatery, specializing in...Read More

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