Austin Restaurants

Though Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbecue are the default cuisines, everything from Brazilian to Pacific Rim fusion has made headway here, and there are strong vegetarian and natural-food followers.To find the best barbecue, local consensus tends to be that you've got to head out of town to Lockhart, Luling, or Llano, in the Hill Co
Though Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbecue are the default cuisines, everything from Brazilian to Pacific Rim fusion has made headway here, and there are strong vegetarian and natural-food followers.To find the best barbecue, local consensus tends to be that you've got to he
Though Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbecue are the default cuisines, everything from Brazilian to Pacific Rim fusion has made

Though Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbecue are the default cuisines, everything from Brazilian to Pacific Rim fusion has made headway here, and there are strong vegetarian and natural-food followers.

To find the best barbecue, local consensus tends to be that you've got to head out of town to Lockhart, Luling, or Llano, in the Hill Country. Nevertheless, there are several fine options within the city limits, the bulk of them simple places.

In some venues the music and food share nearly equal billing, like Threadgill's, whose massive chicken-fried steak is as much of a draw as the well-known blues and rock acts on stage. Stubb's Bar-B-Q hosts a popular gospel brunch on Sundays.

Austin is a casual city, and the dress code is almost always "come as you are"; a few restaurants require a jacket for men. Tips are generally 20%. Smoking is prohibited inside restaurants and bars, though some allow smoking on their outdoor patios.

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  • 1. Chavez

    $$ | American

    Downtown’s Radisson hotel finally ousted an outdated TGI Fridays location on their ground floor and made way for yet another hit from chef and...Read More

  • 2. Counter Café

    $$ | East Austin | American

    Fans of Austin’s iconic Counter Café got a lot of good news this year, when the beloved (but tragically tiny) diner on North Lamar unveiled...Read More

  • 3. Dai Due

    $$$ | East Austin | American

    This Manor Road newcomer hangs their hat on seasonal local cuisine, with an emphasis on farmers’ markets, Texas beer and wines—even ingredients...Read More

  • 4. Fork & Taco

    $$ | North Austin | Mexican

    Far from the expected price tag of the myriad street and trailer tacos that abound throughout the city, this new Burnet Road eatery boasts a...Read More

  • 5. Fork & Vine

    $$$ | North Austin | American

    North Austin’s Anderson Lane and Burnet neighborhood has welcomed several new restaurants over the past few years, with one of the most notable...Read More

  • 6. Gardner

    $$ | East Austin | Vegetarian

    The second restaurant from the team behind Contigo, the popular meat-focused farm-to-table operation, is a trendy new endeavor with a heavy...Read More

  • 7. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

    $$ | East Austin | American

    The “ranch to table” cuisine of this new east side hotspot speaks to Austinite’s southern comfort cravings, with savory classics like stuffed...Read More

  • 8. Josephine House

    $$$ | Clarksville | American

    The adorable little sister of Jeffrey’s occupies a beautifully restored, light-filled bungalow next door to the Clarksville fine dining institution...Read More

  • 9. Odd Duck

    $$$ | South Austin | American

    This food truck turned brick and mortar was an early trailblazer of the city’s farm to table movement, thanks to chef Bryce Gilmore’s inventive...Read More

  • 10. Olamaie

    $$ | American

    Pronounced “oh-la-may,” this upscale twist on traditional Southern cuisine has been turning heads since debuting in the fall of 2014 in a renovated...Read More

  • 11. Salt & Time

    $$ | East Austin | American

    Sure, it’s become a hipster-certified option for locally sourced charcuterie, meatball subs and an intimate (and meat-heavy) dinner service...Read More

  • 12. Sawyer & Co.

    $$ | East Austin | American

    This new Cajun diner attracted attention for its stylish, retro interior, complete with vintage booths and an AstroTurf rear patio, before Austinites...Read More

  • 13. St. Philip Pizza Parlor & Bakeshop

    $$ | South Austin | Pizza

    Named after the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, this South Austin pizza parlor is indeed heavenly. And the divine selections extend...Read More

  • 14. Terry Black's BBQ

    $$ | South Austin | Barbecue

    Another heavy hitter has arrived on Austin’s barbecue scene, but its newcomer status is bolstered by generations of pitmasters hailing from...Read More

  • 15. The Bonneville

    $$ | American

    Another upscale New American eatery hit downtown this year, with an impressive culinary and cocktail program led by husband-and-wife chefs....Read More

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