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The 42 Best Restaurants in Austin: An Essential Guide (2023)

The 42 Best Restaurants in Austin: An Essential Guide (2023)

As Austin continues to develop and broaden, so does the town’s standout culinary scene. There are loads of cooks and groups carving out names for themselves, and in consequence, there’s no scarcity of Austinite foodies who’ve acquired native and nationwide accolades—Best New Restaurant, Emerging Chefs, Austin Tastemakers, and Top 20 lists all included. That’s why, when it got here to naming 2023’s greatest eating places in Austin, it wasn’t exhausting to spotlight our favourite picks.

But to be clear, we didn’t got down to title each single final superb Austin restaurant. Nor did we purpose to additional hype up the already hyped-up spots. As proud Austin locals who like to eat, our purpose is to share our go-to eating places which have carved out their very own spot in the Austin meals scene—and earned prime billing in our food-loving hearts. The Camille Styles crew has eaten at, beloved, and gone again a number of instances to all of the spots under. So, in fact, we needed to share not solely the fundamentals but additionally our go-to orders that assure an unforgettable meal.

We approached this information as we might if we have been recapping final evening’s *unbelievable* meal over at this time’s brunch. From the environment to the culinary secrets and techniques solely locals know—take into account this the insider’s information to the very best eating places in Austin. Whether you’re on the lookout for brunch, rooftop eating, or one thing to pique your curiosity (and palate)—you’ll get all of it under. Read on for our prime picks.

The Best Restaurants in Austin: Top 25 for 2023

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Sushi: Otoko

While this South Congress hot spot typically requires making a reservation three months in advance, trust us when we say that Otoko is worth the wait. The 12-seat Japanese kaiseki omakase-style spot is tucked in the South Congress Hotel with an attached and intimate Japanese-inspired cocktail bar, Watertrade (which doesn’t require a reservation to sit down on the bar, however does take them for his or her cocktail tables if you happen to like planning forward). Chef Yoshi makes the expertise so enjoyable, and if you happen to’re fortunate, you may get to see him break down an entire tuna. 

Expert Tip: Reservations open on a rolling three-month foundation on the primary of each month at 12 pm and e book up fast! Book a reservation at Watertrade once you want that Otoko-esque fast repair with out the prolonged wait.

    What to Order: The great thing about Otoko is that you simply don’t even have to consider ordering! The chef leads you thru a 20-course omakase expertise that features nigiri, sashimi, and cold and hot Japanese dishes. Everything is perfection, however the ocean trout with ponzu and Asian pear has by no means left me. Trust me after I say that you simply received’t go away hungry.
    Price: $$$$
    Cuisine: Omakase
    1603 S Congress Ave | (512) 994-0428 | website | instagram

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Images above: Nixta Taqueria by Dimitri Staszewski

Must-Have Mexican: Nixta Taqueria

Chef Edgar and Sarah have been featured in The New York Times discussing how their Iranian and Mexican backgrounds influenced their standout rice pudding (which additionally occurs to be one in every of our fave dishes). Nixta Taqueria all the time has a line out entrance and for good cause: the meals is unbelievable. Take a bunch and order the whole menu. We want we have been kidding. 

    What to Order: Never skip the particular.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: Mexican
    2512 E twelfth St | no cellphone | website | instagram

Street-Style Tacos: Cuantos Tacos

For the very best Mexico City street-style tacos, look no additional than Cuantos Tacos. As far as Austin eating places go, that is the very best spot if you need a chill outside picnic desk vibe, however completely unbelievable meals. Your transfer: the cachete tacos, champiñones tacos, and the revuelta quesadilla.  

    What to Order: The three decisions above all the time ship.
    Price: $
    Cuisine: Mexican
    1108 East twelfth St | (512) 903-3918 | website | instagram

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Images above: June’s All Day

Vibey Lunch: June’s All Day

Master sommelier June Rodil has been a fixture of the Austin restaurant scene for more than a decade (and now in Houston!). So when June’s All Day opened, we knew it would have the best wine list in town. What we didn’t know was that the food would be good enough to garner Food & Wine’s coveted “Best New Restaurant in America” title in 2017.

The super vibey South Congress hotspot has become a true neighborhood hangout, where on any given night you’ll spot Austin luminaries, power players, and cool kids. Go for the cozy, energetic atmosphere and stay for every single last incredible dish.

All-Day Café: The Meteor

We love this laid-back espresso store and café based by two friends and avid cyclists. Not solely is the espresso and pastry choice top-notch however we’re additionally obsessive about their well-curated pure wine choices ( you, Scotty Boy). The Meteor is a superb spot to seize a bottle of wine and pizza and sit on the patio a bit out of the busy South Congress rush.  

    What to Order: This is without doubt one of the uncommon espresso retailers that additionally has wonderful meals choices. The breakfast tacos are strong, however I normally go for the Sunup Salad with potatoes, avocado, and a fried egg. Oh, and the espresso, in fact.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: American
    2110 S Congress Ave | (512) 351-9541 | website | instagram

The Best BBQ In Town: Leroy & Lewis BBQ (At Cosmic Coffee)

There’s no scarcity of BBQ spots in Austin, however Leroy & Lewis BBQ is one in every of our favorites. Go on the weekend for the Akaushi Brisket and check out the Kale Cesar Slaw and House Made Kimchi. There’s even a burnt cauliflower dish that vegans and meat-eaters alike will love. You could have caught the burger on Somebody Feed Phil and gasped (rightfully so). The smoked brisket patty is roofed with cheese, grilled onions, pickles, and sauce all between the softest toasted potato bun. It’s simply top-of-the-line burgers in Austin.

    What to Order: You can’t go unsuitable with the L and L Burger. Just be sure to’re ordering with an urge for food.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: BBQ
    121 Pickle Rd | (512) 945-9882 | website | instagram

Modern Steakhouse: Maie Day

The latest enterprise of Michael Fojtasek, Maie Day has all of the makings for a enjoyable dinner out with mates. According to Fojtasek, “very similar to the traditional custom itself, Maie Day is a each day competition of meals and neighborhood. It’s all of the issues we love about steakhouses and all the time a celebration.” We’re a fan of all the things on the uncooked bar menu, the smoked fish dip, the plain salad (which is completely dressed!), and really all the things in the chophouse part, particularly that grilled rooster.

    What to Order: The New York Strip won’t ever disappoint, but additionally don’t skip out on the massive scrumptious salads for the desk to share.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: Steakhouse
    1603 S Congress Ave | (512) 942-0823 | website | instagram

Date Night: Emmer & Rye

If you’re a fan of cacio e pepe, fermentation, and unbelievable wine, then look no additional than Emmer & Rye. From the identical workforce behind Canje, Kalimoxto, Hestia, TLV and extra opening in San Antonio, we love this spot for date evening, celebrations, or just saddling as much as the bar for a number of bites and a great glass of wine. The menu adjustments seasonally, and we love how experimental the cooks are with in-season components.

    What to Order: The spaghetti cacio e pepe is out-of-this-world.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: American
    51 Rainey St UNIT 110 | (512) 366-5530 | website | instagram

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Mediterranean & Aesthetic: The Peacock

I’ll never forget the first time I tried the crispy shallot hummus at The Peacock, the Kelly Wearstler-designed Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor of the Austin Proper Hotel. Unbelievably creamy with layers of flavor, I could have easily made that hummus, scooped onto fresh-from-the-oven pita bread, my entire dinner. But then I would have missed the Oak Grilled Octopus and the Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs—and the Baklava! I quickly noted for future reference: this is a restaurant that’s best for sharing, since I will want to sample as many menu items as possible. The Peacock is equally perfect for family brunch or a date night, and I particularly love meeting a friend at the bar for cocktails… and of course, that hummus.

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Image above: Comedor

Modern Mexican: Comedor

Chef Phil Speer’s Modern Mexican restaurant Comedor isn’t only a great place for food—the design and interior are stunning, too thanks to designer Olson Kundig. This is a great spot for date night, made even more fun by ordering the Bone Marrow Tacos and using the bone as a luge for your mezcal. Trust us!

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Images above: Paperboy courtesy of the restaurant

Breakfast: Paperboy

If we could recommend the entire Paperboy brunch menu, we would. That’s how hard it is to pick a favorite. Your move here: any of the toasts, migas, and the kale salad with a soft-boiled egg. Okay, and a side of cheesy hash browns. This is the perfect spot if you want to brunch and leisurely shop along East 11th. 

Seasonal Southern Comfort: Olamaie

Owner Michael Fojtasek’s elevated Southern consolation spot just lately employed Amanda Turner as the latest chef, and the menu has advanced to replicate her fashion of cooking. But honestly, we’re completely happy to nonetheless see the biscuits on the Olamaie menu—there’s a cause the hashtag #AlwaysGramTheBiscut exists.

    What to Order: Don’t miss essentially the most well-known biscuits in city.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: Southern consolation
    1610 San Antonio St | (512) 474-2796 | website | instagram

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images above: Lutie’s by Mackenzie Smith Kelley

Special Occasion: Lutie’s

Lutie’s was named after Lutie Perry, a distinguished socialite and host of many backyard social gathering soirées on the Commodore Perry Estate in the Twenties. The area definitely displays that period and style of entertaining. We love that chef duo Bradley and Susana took a veggie-forward method to the menu, including to the listing of Austin eating places that supply lighter choices in the Texas warmth. Our favorites: the sunchoke falafel, chickpea and inexperienced corn salad, delta blues rice, and you must order a spherical of Estate Bread for the desk.

    What to Order: Indulge in the Kouign Amann Ice Cream for dessert.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: Texan regional fare
    4100 Red River St, Austin | (512) 675-2517 | website | instagram

Late-Night: Sammie’s Italian

If you’re on the lookout for a darkish and comfortable late-night Italian spot with all of the classics, Sammie’s is it. Italian chopped salad, rooster parmigiana, and bolognese, plus 90s hip-hop enjoying in the background is a complete vibe. Plus, the waiters put on old-school Italian fits, so you may relaxation assured you’ve discovered the proper spot for an evening out. We like happening Fridays for his or her wine lunches and reside music, however don’t inform our boss! 

    What to Order: Pasta is the best way to go at Sammie’s. On my final go to, I particularly beloved the paccheri with braised lamb and castelvetrano olives.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: Italian
    807 W sixth St | (512) 474-2054 | website | instagram

Modern Caribbean: Canje

When we are saying “Canje is a vibe” we imply it—down to each final element. The area, décor, music, workers apparel, and meals makes you’re feeling such as you’re at one massive enjoyable household dinner in the Caribbean. Canje is an homage to proprietor Tavel Bristol-Joseph’s Guyanese roots. Every dish is a love letter to residence.

    What to Order: The grilled pink shrimp, Tilefish, and candy potato are top-notch.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: Caribbean
    1914 E sixth St Suite C | (512) 706-9119 | website | instagram

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Image above: Suerte courtesy of the restaurant

Eastside Tacos: Suerte

Eat at Suerte once and you’ll be a fan for life. Everything Chef Fermin Nunez creates on the menu is masa-based and full of so much flavor you’ll be tempted to order seconds. Your move: the Suadero tacos and washed down with a Don Dario. Psst… Suerte now sells the Magic Chili Oil they use on the Suaderos, so don’t leave without one. 

French: Justine’s

Justine’s wins the award for the sexiest restaurant in Austin—palms down. If you’re a Francophile, that is your spot. The menu at Justine’s has each French hitter you may think about, together with among the freshest oysters you’ll discover in city. This is your greatest wager for date evening or a ladies’ evening out.

    What to Order: The fries (clearly) and the fish particular all the time hits.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: French
    4710 E fifth St | (512) 385-2900 | website | instagram

Korean: Oseyo

A complete new world of Korean meals emerged in Austin the day Oseyo opened. I used to be virtually a Okay-food virgin, so I used to be grateful to strive it first with mates who have been well-versed in ordering because of their a few years of touring to Asia. I fell in love with the bibimbap, bulgogi, and spicy-sweet fried rooster all impressed by proprietor Lynn Miller’s mom’s recipes. This Eastside spot can also be stylish—the natural supplies, earthy stoneware, and “chandelier” made from rustic baskets make this spot date night-worthy.

    What to Order: I like the japchae: candy potato noodles with seasonal veggies.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: Korean
    1628 E Cesar Chavez St | (512) 368-5700 | website | instagram

Rooftop: La Piscina At The Proper Hotel

Where else would you wish to eat ceviche, fajitas, and limitless quantities of margaritas than subsequent to the pool on the Proper with a view of downtown Austin? La Piscina is the spot for a pre/post-dinner present at ACL Live. If you may get into the Goldie’s, the lodge’s foyer bar, do it! 

    What to Order: The Gulf snapper tacos rock.
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: Mexican
     600 W 2nd St | 512-628-1415 | website | instagram

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Images above: Birdie’s by John Davidson

Fine-Casual: Birdie’s

You realize it’s good when there’s a line to get in on a weekday, however that’s what makes Birdie’s so enjoyable. Grab a glass or bottle of wine whilst you watch for a desk and meet up with your friends. We love chef Tracy’s pasta dishes which change typically (and don’t skip the tender serve topped with olive oil!). This is the proper spot for a bigger group to sit down outdoors and share a bottle of wine and small plates. 

    What to Order: We wish to order actually all the things below “snacks”—and all the time finish with the very best vanilla tender serve you’ve ever tasted.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: New American
     2944 E twelfth St Unit A | no cellphone | website | instagram

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Images above: Pecan Square Cafe

Seasonal Charm: Pecan Square Café

Pecan Square Café replaced the old Cafe Josie but in true MML fashion, the charm remains. We love their fresh pasta and pizza dishes, and their wine list is impressive. Take advantage of their snack hour from 3-5 pm every day, along with their happy hour which runs 3-5 pm Monday through Friday. (We’re talking $8 spritzes and 25% off all bottles of wine—heck yes!) And don’t dare skip their pizzas.

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Image above: Better Half

All Day Outdoor: Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

This is a great place to take a group for an easy outdoor brunch on picnic tables, nestled next door to Hold Out Brewing. They do an ideal breakfast sandwich, waffle iron hash browns, and epic cauliflower tots.

    What to Order: The Chicken Biscuit is impeccable.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: Elevated informal
    406 Walsh St | (512) 645-0786 | website | instagram

Farm to Table: Foreign & Domestic

It will get the Andrew Zimmern seal of approval for a cause. Chefs Sarah and Nathan name Foreign & Domestic “Austin’s authentic nose-to-tail, farm-to-table eating expertise.” You’re going for Sunday brunch and ordering the pancakes with peach jam, forged iron frittata, and the crispy pork and grits. They even have an unbelievable wine menu with a number of bottles of Pét-Nat to pick out from.

    What to Order: Try the elevated tackle Fried Chicken. And the popovers!
    Price: $$$
    Cuisine: New American
    306 E 53rd St | (512) 459-1010 | website | instagram

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Vibrant & Global: Launderette

We love Launderette for its fun and sharable menus not just for brunch, but for lunch and dinner, too. Chef Rene Ortiz and the team has something for everyone, including a Rainbow Bowl, Benny Toast, and a Fried Chicken Sammie. We’d recommend ordering a few Potato Latkes and maybeeeeee a short stack of pancakes for the table if you’re really hungry. 

Quirky & Fun: Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe embodies the quirky, colourful, and scrumptious experiences that Austin is thought for. My favourite menu objects: House Baked Brioche French Toast, Texas Akaushi Beef Carpaccio, Cha Ca Red 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, artfully crafted pho, and bun and banh mi for lunch and dinner. Don’t dare go up the macarons. The pastry cooks have created a whole bunch of flavors of those pleasant treats that match the aesthetic of the whole place. Snag a field and take some residence! 

    What to Order: Grilled Chicken Thigh Bún—you received’t be sorry.
    Price: $$
    Cuisine: Vietnamese
    1501 S 1st St | (512) 291-2881 | website | instagram

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