Top Restaurants in Austin
Collected by Matthew Odam, AFAR Local Expert
At the forefront of the food truck boom and the craft beer movement, Austin continues to lead in all manner of restaurants and bars. Bespoke cocktails in a parking garage? Tex brisket in a Mex taco? It all tastes good in Austin.
1000 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Two veteran chefs from Austin's popular Uchi restaurant empire draw from various traditions for this modern take on Chinese cuisine. You will find inspiration from the Philippines in a chicken and rice congee dish fragrant with cilantro,...
2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Great DJs can take two disparate musical tracks from different genres and find a way to combine them into one seamless groove. Great chefs can do the same thing with cuisine. So it makes perfect sense that DJs and chefs Tatsu Aikawa (Tokyo...
1722 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The McGuire Moorman Hospitality group has proven time and again that it knows how to develop a concept and deliver it in a stunning thematic package—from the coastal seafood vibes of Perla’s to the handsome brawn of Lamberts Downtown...
1905 Aldrich St #120, Austin, TX 78723, USA
The J.T. Youngblood’s fried chicken operation had a large presence in Texas up through the middle of the 20th century, with dozens of locations scattered throughout the state. Chef Todd Duplechan, chef and owner of Lenoir, one of...
23526 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669, USA
Some of the most thoughtful and refined cooking in Austin doesn’t actually take place in the city but out in the small town of Spicewood. Head out to the almost–Hill Country town for cured fish, a charcuterie menu sourced from a ranch...
SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110, Austin, TX 78701, USA
The sheaves of wheat that decorate the interior of Emmer & Rye signal one of the staples of chef Kevin Fink’s kitchen: heritage grains. The restaurant mills its own flour to make ribbons of pappardelle and robust spaghetti...
3016 Guadalupe St #100, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Austinites had seen pizzas come in square or rectangular shapes before brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt arrived from Michigan, but they may not have associated the style with Detroit. Cooked in replicas of metal pans used on...
5350 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
Chef-owner Philip Speer made a name for himself and collected a slew of James Beard semifinalist nods while working for the Uchi restaurant group. But the pastry chef and culinary director decided to step away from Japanese food when he...
811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Few Austin businesses, much less restaurants, have a history that stretches back as far as that of Mattie’s at Green Pastures. Before it opened as a restaurant in 1946, the elegant Victorian was a private home. A successful Austin...
1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Bufalina owner Steven Dilley once lived in New York City, where he taught himself how to cook pizza in his subsequently overheated apartment. He was a good teacher and a good student. The University of Texas alumnus became one of the...
85 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Yes, Austin is home to some serious stick-to-your-ribs Tex-Mex food, but as the city has grown, so have its pure-Mexican culinary offerings. Chef Iliana de la Vega operated a restaurant in El Naranjo for about a decade before moving to Austin,...
1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
The Vazquez sisters moved from Veracruz to Austin in 1989 and started their empire with a modest fruit and sno-cone stand. When they expanded to a food truck, it gave them a bigger stage from which to showcase their skills. In a...
2404 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
The Vietnamese banh mi offers everything you’d ever want in a sandwich. It is an explosion of flavors and textures: tangy, crunchy, spicy, and savory. Chef Tebi Nguyen creates this culinary alchemy in an East Austin trailer: He...
2500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Just because food is served from a truck, you shouldn’t consider it fast food. Lakana Trubiana doesn’t simply make a bunch of sauce and cook meat and then play mix-and-match from inside Dee Dee's black truck in East Austin. She...
108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
The tiny cocktail bar Small Victory opened in a sequestered nook of a parking garage (you read that correctly), replacing divey Mike’s Pub. Mike’s undoubtedly had its fans, but finding cocktails made with such care and so little...
2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA
You want locally sourced? The sourdough starter at this East Austin restaurant was made using wild grapes foraged from a nearby alley and a recipe from the Chez Panisse cookbook. That should tell you almost all you need to know about Dai...
2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Part of keeping Austin weird means you might end up eating a five-star meal in an old gas station and laundromat. The 10-foot paintings of speakers aren't the only things that blow your mind. The food is delicious—especially the fried olives...
7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752, USA
Owned and managed by a cooperative made up of its workers and the community, Black Star Co-op supports fair wages, sources its ingredients from local farms, and elects its governing board democratically. Sound strident? It isn't: It manages...
1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Find smoked meat worth waiting for at this Austin trailer and picnic table setup. While standing in line, keep your fingers crossed that there will be brisket left when you reach the counter, as each party in front seems to...
11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, USA
When you take the time to smoke a brisket for 14 hours you usually don't do much else to it, but the folks at Valentina's have figured out the perfect fusion of Tex-Mex and barbecue. Located in a gas station parking lot, this family-run smoker and...
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