The 33 Finest Eating places in Austin

April 12, 2021


There’s little doubt that Austinites take their food game significantly. And as our metropolis’s inhabitants has exploded over the previous couple of years, we’ve gone well past the Tex-Mex and barbecue joints that initially put Austin’s culinary scene on the map. Foodies flock from all around the nation for Japanese eats (Uchi, Ramen Tatsu-ya), elevated farm-to-table fare (Hestia, Lenoir), and wholesome meals in a hipster setting (Swedish Hill, Cafe No Se.) The previous couple of years have introduced wonderful Mediterranean, Korean, and inside Mexican eating places to the desk, so our 2021 information of one of the best eating places in Austin contains these thrilling additions. And don’t fear, we’ve nonetheless bought loads of one of the best tacos and pork ribs, too.

As passionate Austinites and restaurant lovers, we’ve tried nearly every part and narrowed them all the way down to one of the best of one of the best.

Scroll on for our 2021 checklist of the 33 greatest eating places in Austin divided by brunch and dinner, informal and fancy, in keeping with the Camille Types group.

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Two Hands

“I attempted this restaurant for the primary time in NYC and was so excited when their laid-back, vibrant cafe idea was dropped at Austin. We’re large followers of the founders, too, and even did a function story on them you’ll be able to examine here. When you’re searching for a restaurant that has one thing for everybody, Two Arms is your spot. They’ve bought a wide selection of toasts, bowls, salads and to please any eater for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I like happening the weekends and sitting outdoors on their patio to look at the motion on South Congress.” – Michelle

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Swedish Hill

Swedish Hill is an previous Austin fave that bought a significant revamp a pair years in the past – and it may be my most frequented spot on the town. This all-day café from the MMH peeps has every part I need in a neighborhood hang-out: fresh-baked bread, nice espresso, avocado toast, fascinating veggies and salads to eat there or take with you. Plus there’s house-made gelato and a terrific little grocery part that I hit up after I must make a cheese plate additional particular. And did I point out it’s nice for dinner, too? Order a pizza from their brick oven, and pair it with a few salads and a bottle of excellent wine for the laid-back, scrumptious meal I’m at all times craving. SH, you actually examine all of the containers. — Camille

no reservations // outside seating accessible

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BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Easy Tiger

“When you ask me to call my favourite neighborhood spot to pop in for a snack or drink, it’s Straightforward Tiger. Slide into the bakeshop between 7am-2pm for pastries and low, or tuck into the basement or patio to order off the complete menu. I’m a idiot for the pretzel with beer cheese and the roast beef sandwich, however you actually can’t go improper with any of the wonderful eats. I’m getting hungry now simply serious about it…” — Chanel

large party and event reservations only // outside seating accessible

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BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Hillside Farmacy

“That is my favourite brunch in Austin due to two phrases: cheddar grits. The wasabi bloody mary’s are on level, and the breakfast menu options scrumptious eggs from an natural farm in Lockhart. You’ll be charmed by the Instagram-worthy house (suppose recent old-school pharmacy) and eclectic combine of lovely hipsters and scruffy musicians who’re at all times there.” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

JuiceLand

“I actually can’t think about my life with out JuiceLand – nor do I need to. Pickup one of the best smoothie on the go (I am going for the Wundershozen), a shot for when you may use a lift, a freshly squeezed juice, or agua fresca for a mid-day deal with. Plus, their ever-expanding menu of grab-n-go meals is all vegan and surprisingly scrumptious.” — Camille

no reservations // outside seating varies by location

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BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Tacodeli

“Taco Deli is a locals spot, particularly in the case of breakfast tacos! There’s definitely no scarcity of tacos on this city, and whereas some could argue over which is greatest, Tacodeli is the clear winner for me! With places throughout Austin popping in is straightforward, however pick-up’s even higher. Morning favorites embrace – Freakin Vegan, Jess Particular, and any of the Frontera Fundido tacos. Utilizing premium meats and native and natural after they can, Taco Deli has sides and salads which are nearly pretty much as good because the tacos. Virtually. The reality- my absolute favourite merchandise on the menu is their Salsa Dona, a creamy jalapeno sauce that they’re well-known for.  I am going by a lot of it that I’ve to purchase it in bulk from Entire Meals!” — Stephanie

no reservations // outside seating varies by location

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BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Joann’s Fine Foods

This restaurant found throughout the previous Austin Motel serves up every part from huevos rancheros to patty melts to avocado smoothies to hen fried steak. The all-day California Tex-Mex menu has one thing for everybody and each temper. Its basic diner vibes function a shiny indoor eating room, colorful skylight, cubicles, and a counter with marquee signage. Out on the patio is the dressed-up palapa-style bar with an in depth menu of boozy concoctions. Include mates, include household, come on a Tuesday morning to get some work finished over a basic breakfast and a robust cup of espresso. Everyone seems to be family and friends at Joann’s. — Kat

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Little Ola’s Biscuits

When you’ve ever been to Olamaie (briefly closed for the second), you know they’re well-known for making one of the best biscuits in Austin. They have been off-menu, however these within the know ordered them asap upon seating. Fortunately, the Olamaie group has channeled their abilities right into a biscuit-centric takeout shopt known as Little Ola’s. Now we will all take pleasure in their biscuits every time we’d like, whether or not sandwiched with fried hen or just recent from the oven and slathered with honey butter.

Comply with Little Ola’s Instagram for updates on new places and ordering availability.

LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Carpenters Hall

Each time I stroll into Carpenters Corridor, situated within the retro-hip Carpenter Lodge, I exclaim “Why aren’t there extra spots on the town like this?” It’s informal but cool, and the meals is unfussy but reliably delish. You may get each a quinoa bowl and a strong burger on the identical menu, and convey children with out feeling such as you’re at a “child restaurant.” I particularly love the intense and ethereal house for a weekday lunch—order the tuna tartare tostada and seize an almond latté from the resort’s very lovable espresso store. — Camille

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Elizabeth Street Cafe

“Elizabeth Avenue Café embodies the quirky, colourful, and scrumptious experiences that Austin is thought for! My favourite menu objects: Home Baked Brioche French Toast, Texas Akaushi Beef Carpaccio, Cha Ca Purple Fish, and a Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s tasty for any meal of the day, providing French baked items with espresso and tea for breakfast, to artfully crafted pho, bun and banh mi for lunch and dinner, and to not point out the macaroons! The pastry cooks have created a whole bunch of flavors for these pleasant treats that match the aesthetic of your complete place – snag a field and take some dwelling!” — Megan

reservations for 8 or more // outside seating accessible

LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

June’s

“Grasp sommelier June Rodil has been a beloved fixture of the Austin restaurant scene for greater than a decade, so when the MMH group opened her namesake café we knew it will have one of the best wine checklist on the town. What we didn’t know was that the meals could be adequate to garner Meals & Wine’s coveted “Finest New Restaurant in America” title in 2017. The tremendous vibey South Congress hotspot has actually turn out to be a neighborhood hangout, the place any given evening you’ll spot Austin luminaries, energy gamers, and funky children. Go for the comfy, energetic ambiance and order one in all our favorites—the matzo ball caldo or the fried hen sandwich.” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Pool Burger

“Assume scrumptious hamburgers, crinkle fries, comfortable serve, and tiki drinks, all served in a joy-sparking retro surf shack (however like, the flamboyant form.) When the climate’s proper, day or evening, there’s no place we’d reasonably be than Pool Burger. Moist post-swim hair inspired.” — Chanel

no reservations // outside seating accessible

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LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Café No Se

“Café No Se is my favourite spot to convey out-of-towners for brunch as a result of it checks ALL the containers! Situated just under the ever-trendy South Congress Lodge, the inside is meticulously curated, with overgrown crops and hipster magazines for looking. Most frequently I’m with individuals which are up for sharing, and parts are lots large to take action. My favorites? Completely poached eggs over greens and grains, English pea beignets, shaved veggie salad, and ricotta hotcakes—yum! Crisp white wine usually follows scrumptious lattes and serves as gas for a day of exploring South Austin on foot! Purchasing follows the feast since among the best boutiques on the town are simply across the nook.” — Stephanie

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Stiles Switch

“I can depend the variety of ‘greatest BBQ joints in Austin’ on two palms, however to me, none examine each field fairly like Stiles Swap. About quarter-hour north of Downtown, Stiles serves up wonderful ‘cue and actually scrumptious sides in a fuss-free, laid-back house. And better of all? None of that wake-up-at-6am-to-get-in-line mumbo jumbo.” — Chanel

no reservations // outside seating accessible

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LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Launderette

“It’s powerful to discover a spot that’s informal sufficient for an early dinner with children and particular sufficient for a four-hour date evening feast… and Launderette is all that and extra. We wish to get there early and break up a bottle of rosé whereas we look forward to our desk on the patio. And there shall be a wait since nearly everybody else on the town can have the identical plan on a sunny weekend. Nevertheless it’s so value it for Chef René Ortiz’s completely executed however unfussy small plates: fried oysters with coriander & jalapeno, crab & avocado toast with caper-mint French dressing, and (my fave) charred octopus with chorizo and fried parsley. No matter you do, don’t miss pastry chef Laura Sawicki’s famed birthday cake ice cream sandwich.” — Camille

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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LUNCH / CASUAL DINNER

Nixta Taqueria

“I first tried Nixta final summer season and was so blown away by the flavors that I went again that very same evening to order extra. My go-to’s are the Tuna Tostada—a yellowfin tuna completely marinated in citrus and topped with furikake, and the Cauliflower Taco—the combo of the roaster cauliflower paired with the Spanish Romesco on their heirloom tortilla is unbelievable. They do veggie dishes so properly, that I nearly desire them over meat. The whole lot is so recent, balanced, and completely dressed. I’ve taken benefit of their curbside to-go orders and the meals stays good on the drive dwelling. Professional-tip: don’t sleep on their selfmade salsa macha, and if I have been you, I’d order a aspect of their recent heirloom tortillas to make use of on tacos all through the week. Nixta opened simply 4 months previous to the pandemic hitting, however have shortly established themselves as leaders in the neighborhood, being one of many first to host the ATX Free Fridge Project, opening their fridge to the general public final August.” — Kelly Krause

SLIGHTLY FANCIER DINNER / GROUP DINING

The Peacock

The Peacock, situated contained in the Austin Correct Lodge, is without doubt one of the first upscale actually Mediterranean spots we’ve bought in Austin, with a menu full of colourful, wholesome dishes impressed by North Africa, Greece, Israel & Lebanon—all meant for sharing. Immediately I discover myself consuming falafel and muhammara on the reg. When you can, snag a seat on the insanely lovely Goldie’s bar subsequent door, which is meant to be a non-public spot for resort friends and residences. And individuals who wish to sneak in when nobody is trying. Orrrr you’ll be able to simply head as much as the rooftop and seize tacos at La Piscina (extra on that under.) — Camille

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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SLIGHTLY FANCIER DINNER / GROUP DINING

La Piscina

“If you’d like enjoyable vibes, nice meals, strong tequila, and good dialog, look no additional than this rooftop restaurant on the Correct Lodge. You possibly can dine of their vibrant indoor house or hang around poolside in a cabana-style enclave that seems like a non-public room large enough to suit 12 of your mates. From tostadas to fish tacos, they serve up among the greatest fashionable Tex-Mex meals on the town. It’s a bit pricier, however this restaurant checks the entire containers for me.” — Michelle

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FANCIER DINNER

Comedor

At any time when mates ask if I do know of cool, newish Austin eating places, I normally say “Comedor” earlier than they will end their sentence. It’s every part I need in a restaurant—the breathtaking indoor-outdoor design that makes me really feel like I’m at a Mexico Metropolis scorching spot, and an creative cocktail menu that (for me at the very least) at all times kicks off a particular evening with mates. After which the meals—this isn’t Tex Mex, y’all. The multilayered dishes are good for sharing so you’ll be able to all expertise the thrilling flavors collectively: the Smoked Tuna, Octopus & Shrimp Tostada and Sotol-Grilled Carrots are private faves. Go along with a gaggle of mates so you’ll be able to order one in all every part. — Camille

make a reservation // outside eating accessible

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SLIGHTLY FANCIER DINNER

Oseyo

An entire new world of Korean meals opened up in Austin the day Oseyo opened—I used to be virtually a Ok-food virgin, so we first tried it with mates who have been well-versed in ordering because of their a few years of dwelling in New York and touring to Asia. I fell in love with the bibimbap, bulgogi, and spicy-sweet fried hen all impressed by proprietor Lynn Miller’s mom’s recipes. This Eastside spot can be stylish—the natural supplies, earthy stoneware, and “chandelier” made from rustic baskets make this spot really feel date night-worthy. — Camille

make a reservation 

FANCIER DINNER

Hestia

We hit up this lovely spot with a gaggle of mates after tapas on the neighboring sister bar, Kalimotxo, and TBH my reminiscence of the person dishes is just a little fuzzy (the spritzs subsequent door have been flowing.) However right here’s what has etched in my thoughts from that ridiculously enjoyable evening: a 20-foot fireplace the place all of the meals is cooked over an open hearth, our waiter who was additionally a chef who passionately walked us by each dish on the menu, the shareable small plates that felt fascinating but approachable — just like the charred broccoli topped with edible flowers and the peerlessly succulent New York strip and the Parker Home rolls showered with melt-in-your-mouth tacky butter. Don’t miss the Kakigori, an Instagram-worthy tower of matcha shaved ice that may be a theatric ending to every meal. Simply scripting this jogs my memory how a lot I must get again there, stat. — Camille

make a reservation 

FANCIER DINNER

Jeffrey’s

“With its plush velvet cubicles, brass fixtures, and moody lighting, there’s nowhere else I’d reasonably get cozy and feast on a cold evening. The menu reads old-school steakhouse, and the hyper consideration to element on each ingredient from uniforms to martini cart to one of the best popovers you’ve ever tasted brings it absolutely into 2021. Throughout the pandemic, the group added a row of cute outside tables.” — Camille

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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FANCIER DINNER

Suerte

“Eater known as it among the finest new eating places in America, and it’s gotten the NYT seal of approval, too. For us, it was the housemade tortillas that had us singing Suerte’s praises—one thing that’s more durable to come back by than you’d count on in Austin. The elements are top-notch, and the Mexican menu is executed to perfection. Extremely really useful!” — Chanel

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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FANCIER DINNER

Wu Chow

Wu Chow, a contemporary Chinese language restaurant gives genuine, farm-fresh Chinese language meals proper within the coronary heart of downtown Austin. The family-style eating combined with upscale restaurant vibes creates a enjoyable eating expertise that makes you need to sluggish your roll and keep awhile—particularly on Dim Sum Sundays. The handmade soup dumplings are a must-order, and whilst you need on your dumplings to steam (or on your desk to be prepared on the bar), have the pleasant bartenders serve you up a Texan’s Tiki—their tackle Bali nights gone Tokyo drift, combined with a basic Texas marg. — Kat

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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FANCIER DINNER

Lenoir

“Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher, the chef couple who personal Lenoir, have created a magical house that feels directly elegant and welcoming. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($48) modifications with the seasons, that includes veggie-forward Mediterranean-inspired fare that at all times leaves me feeling the proper quantity of satisfaction.” — Camille

make a reservation for the eating room // outside seating accessible


FANCIER DINNER

Uchi / Uchiko

“If I needed to decide simply one place to go throughout any journey to Austin, Uchi and Uchiko would tie for first. I do know, the concept of world-class sushi in Austin is normally met with a raised eyebrow, however any doubts are silenced with one style of Chef Tyson Cole and group’s modern creations. My favorites on the menu? Yokai Berry (salmon sashimi, kale, Asian pear, yuzu), Maguro Sashimi & Goat Cheese (with bigeye tuna and fuji apple), and gimme all the nigiri on the menu.” — Camille

Uchi : make a reservation for up to 4 // outside seating accessible

Uchiko : make a reservation // outside seating accessible

FANCIER DINNER

Fonda San Miguel

“It will not be stylish, however I think about Fonda to be a necessary cease on any culinary tour of Austin. Open since 1975, this inside Mexican restaurant boasts vibrant decor that offers it an unique and playful vibe, however the menu is ok eating Mexican with among the greatest mole, Rellenos, and tortilla soup you’ll ever expertise. Go along with a gaggle and share tacos al pastor, angels on horseback, and chile Rellenos. The margaritas are top-notch, too.” — Camille

make a reservation // no outside seating

FANCIER DINNER

Olamaie — *ed observe: Olamaie’s anticipated reopening date is in Could!

“Everybody took discover when Michael Fojtasek was topped one in all Meals and Wine journal’s Finest New Cooks in America a couple of years in the past, and for good purpose: that is basic Southern meals taken to an entire new degree. From the famed basket of biscuits to the elevated tackle Hoppin’ John to the mouthwatering bone-in pork chop, every part on the menu sounds easy—which is normally the toughest factor to get proper. Olamaie nails it each time, and if the climate’s fairly, arrive early and order a Whisky A Gogo to sip on the charming entrance porch.” — Camille

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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COOL DINNER / GROUP DINING

Kemuri Tatsu-ya

“Japanese and Texan delicacies dwell in good concord contained in the partitions of this informal east aspect izakaya joint. I’ll always remember my first time in: I used to be blown away by the surprising menu, and higher but, equally impressed by how flawlessly it was pulled off. Wash all of it down with Kemuri’s signature matcha ache killer on the patio for an idyllic solution to spend a spring day.” — Chanel

make a reservation for up to 7 people // outside seating accessible

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COOL DINNER / GROUP DINING

Justine’s

“Ah, Justine’s. What together with her twinkling patio, vinyl information, and properly, that je n’ais se quoi that epic dinners are made from. There’s merely no higher place on the town for an evening out, and the artsy set in attendance ensures top-notch people-watching and late-night friend-making.” — Chanel

make a reservation for 6 or more // outside seating accessible

COOL DINNER / GREAT PATIO / GROUP DINING

Perla’s

“That is arguably one of the best patio in Austin: it’s proper on South Congress, so the people-watching is nice, and the big picnic-style tables are good for teams (and canine.) This seafood spot has all of the qualities we’ve come to count on from an MMH group restaurant—nice design (all the way down to the uniforms), vibey ambiance, and persistently good meals. Watch cute boys shuck east coast oysters on the inside bar, and make sure and order the baked shells and cheese with lobster for the desk. It should blow your thoughts!” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

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GROUP DINING

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Fresa’s gives a contemporary tackle the basic Mexican Rooster al Carbón with colourful Havana nights vibes and a cocktail menu that’s powerful to beat. With 2 places of various serving types (quick to-go drive-thru on S. Lamar and picnic-style ‘keep and cling awhile’ seating on S. 1st), Fresa’s is the best selection for sharing with family and friends.

Their menu options all kinds of wood-grilled meals (the No. 2 Yucatan Spicy Rooster is our goto) conventional rice and beans, and queso and guac, along with more healthy choices like grilled candy potato and cauliflower, Mexican avenue corn, and creative salads. Whether or not you’re an ‘eat the entire hen’ form of eater, a choosy eater, gluten-free, or vegetarian, Fresa’s has one thing for you on the desk. — Kat

no reservations // outside seating accessible

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GROUP DINING

Odd Duck

“Odd Duck is the proper spot to rejoice a special day or an informal evening out. What started as a trailer in the identical location on South Lamar has morphed right into a full of life brick and mortar serving a few of Austin’s most inventive small plates. Chef Bryce Gilmore (who has acquired seven James Beard nominations) gives a menu that modifications seasonally with dishes like doughy pretzels with chorizo spice mushroom and wagyu brief rib pasta. Don’t neglect to ask the servers for suggestions and allow them to information you in ordering the proper meal. ” — Caroline

make a reservation // outside seating accessible

no reservations // outside seating accessible

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