A Guide to the 16 Best Places to Eat in Austin, Texas

Austin has a great number of delicious restaurants and food trucks around the city. It is known for its traditional barbecue, mouth watering Tex-Mex dishes, and a fusion of different cultures in a plate! Not sure where to start? Here’s a guide to the top places to eat in Austin, Texas!

Our guide consists of some of the top-rated restaurants and food trucks in Austin. Get to know more about them below!

1. Chez Zee American Bistro

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Photo from Chez Zee American Bistro Website

5406 Balcones Dr

Austin, TX 78731 - $$

The family-friendly American restaurant was established in 1989 and is known for its amazing desserts and weekend brunch! They also have a bakery for your pastries and bread. Chez Zee American Bistro specializes in food that is made from scratch in their house daily. They have a nice patio if you want to sit outside. If you are looking for a place to hold your event, Chez Zee American Bistro has a large space great for parties and events!

2. Rosewood Austin

Photo from Rosewood Facebook Page

1209 Rosewood Ave

Austin, TX 78702

East Austin - $$$

If you are looking for a familiar and surprising South Texas cuisine that is both a restaurant and a bar, visit Rosewood Austin! They have an in-house butcher and daily menu changes. Rosewood Austin also has fresh seafood coming from the Gulf Coast every morning. Their bright and clean interior aesthetic is loved by their customers. The restaurant boasts East Austin’s largest lawn overlooking Downtown.

3. Odd Duck

Photo from Odd Duck Facebook Page

1201 S Lamar Blvd,

Austin, TX 78704 - $$$

Chow down on the locally sourced New American choices and drinks in a contemporary setting in Odd Duck! Locals and people outside Austin name it as one of the best places for brunch. They locally source their ingredients from farm to table in Austin. A perfect place for groups. They serve lunch, dinner, beer and cocktails, and brunch on Sundays. Make sure you get a reservation before visiting!


4. Franklin Barbecue

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900 E 11th St,

Austin, TX 78702 - $$

Texas Monthly reviewed them as serving the best barbecue in the known universe. Franklin Barbecue is known for its delicious BBQ brisket and their awesome team and founder, Aaron Franklin. Expect long lines when coming to Franklin Barbecue, some wait for 3 to 5 hours and some even line up as early as 7AM! They are open from 11am-3pm and closed on Mondays.

5. Loro

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2115 S Lamar Blvd,

Austin, TX 78704 - $$

Talk about fusions, Loro is a bar and Asian smokehouse meets texas barbecue. Brought to you by James Beard Award winners, Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. The menu focuses on combining Texas and Asian influences that highlights sides, cocktails, craft beer, and smoked meats! They are open daily from 11am-10pm, and happy hours at 2-5pm! Check out our Loro Austin Review!

6. Terry’s Black Barbecue

Photo from Terry Black's Barbecue Facebook Page

1003 Barton Springs Rd,

Austin, TX 78704 - $$

Food and recipes passed over generations are one of the best, such as Terry’s Black Barbecue! A family-owned business that brings one of the best BBQs in Austin. They’re a great casual stop for pit-smoked meats and housemade sides from the 4th generation pitmasters. They are open from 11 am and closing hours depend on the day from 9 pm to 9:30 pm.


7. Veracruz All Natural Food Truck

Photo from Veracruz All Natural Food Truck Facebook Page

1704 E Cesar Chavez St

Austin, TX 78702

East Austin - $

A family-run business founded in 2008 by sister Reyna and Maritza Vazquez. Some of their recipes are passed down to generation. Specialties are Mexican food made from fresh ingredients and organic juices and smoothies. Some of the must-tries are their Mango Fresca and Breakfast Tacos!

8. Bistro Vonish

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701 E 53rd St

Austin, TX 78751 - $$

In 2013, Bistro Vonish started as a supper club and pop up events. Now they serve seasonal menus at its trailer showcasing the freshest local produce and flavors from Central Texas! They offer modern vegan meals made from local ingredients. Check out their area, they have a fire pit and picnic tables too.

9. Soursop

Photo from Soursop Facebook Page

440 E St Elmo Rd g2,

Austin, TX 78745 - $

Soursop specializes in Pan-Asian specialties. A food trailer located in South Austin that is intended to complement the diverse beer offerings of St. Elmo Brewing Co. A must-try are their chicken wings and burgers!


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10. Bouldin Creek Cafe

Photo from Bouldin Creek Cafe Facebook Page

1900 S 1st St

Austin, TX 78704

Bouldin Creek, So-Fi (S. 1st St. District)

78704 (South Austin) - $$

Bouldin Creek Cafe offers wholesome vegetarian and vegan food to Austin since 2000. Truly one of the best places to eat in Austin. It’s a great go-to spot for if you are looking for quality and fresh food and coffee! Aside from their bohemian aesthetic, they also have rotating art shows every month. Visit them from 7am-12am on weekdays and 8am-12am on weekends!

11. Leaf Austin

Photo from Spyglass Realty's Leaf Review

115 W 6th St,

Austin, TX 78701 - $

For a quick, healthy, and fresh alternative to the Austin restaurant scene, visit Leaf! They offer large, customized, made to order salads with fresh produce and premium ingredients! Leaf is open from Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm. Watch our review for Leaf!

12. Uchi

Photo from Uchi's Website

801 S Lamar Blvd,

Austin, TX 78704 - $$$$

The original Uchi is located in a refurbished South Austin bungalow. Uchi is brought to you by the Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole. His signature on non-traditional take on Japanese food delighted Austin’s diverse dining since 2003. If you are looking for sushi plus creative hot and cold dishes in a stylish, sophisticated setting, Uchi is a place you have to add to your list.

13. Ramen Tatsu-Ya

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1234 S Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78704

Bouldin Creek, South Lamar District, 78704 - $$

Austin, Texas may be hot but it won’t stop the locals and visitors from having a hot bowl of ramen. Ramen Tatsu-Ya is named as one of the best ramen in Texas. This Japanese soul food found in the heart of Texas offers a quick serve of authentic ramen. They also have branches in North and East Austin and as well as in Houston.

14. Sushi Hi

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2912 Guadalupe St,

Austin, TX 78705 - $

Sushi Hi offers a combination of three different cuisines from Korean, Japan and Hawaii. Their menu consists of ramen, poke bowls, nigiri and sushi rolls, miso soup, korean pickles, and more! The interior gives a spectacular vibe to customers. Get your sushi and ramen fix on Sushi Hi on Mondays to Saturdays from 11am-10pm, and Sundays from 12pm-9pm.

15. Juan in a Million

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2300 E Cesar Chavez St,

Austin, TX 78702 - $

Juan in a Million has been serving Mexican breakfast and lunch in East Austin since 1990. Opened by two school teachers, Juan and Myrna Meza, the restaurants provides homemade recipes to their customers. If you’re visiting ATX, this restaurant is definitely a place you should never miss! It is surely one of the best places to eat in Austin. Try out their Enchiladas, Con Queso Breakfast, Migas and Menudo.


16. Fonda San Miguel

Photo from Fonda San Miguel Website

2330 W N Loop Blvd,

Austin, TX 78756 - $$$

Fonda San Miguel takes on traditional Mexican cuisine served in their vibrant, hacienda-style setting. Some of their popular dishes are Carne Asada A La Tampiquena, Chile Con Queso, and the Cochinita Pibil.

We hope that this blog about the best places to eat in Austin has helped you figured out where to spend your next breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner at! Liked this blog? Share it to your foodie friends and family! (And if ever you loved the local food scene so much that you’ve decided to move here, check out our listings for your new Austin home!)


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