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!
Location: 1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
El Alma, located in the heart of Austin, Texas, offers a captivating blend of Mexican and modern cuisine. Their menu features delightful dishes, like tableside guacamole, Tacos de Pescado with grilled fish, slaw, and chipotle aioli, and the rich and flavorful Mole Poblano Enchiladas. Don't miss their signature El Alma Margarita. This restaurant embodies the spirit of Austin's diverse food scene, promising a memorable dining experience.
Location: 12233 Ranch Rd 620 N suite 105, Austin, TX 78750
Interstellar BBQ in Austin, Texas, is a celestial barbecue haven. Their Smoked Brisket, tender and smoky, and the spicy Jalapeño Sausage are standout menu items. With a cosmic theme and stellar service, it's a must-visit for barbecue enthusiasts.
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Location: 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!
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Location: 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 its 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.
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Location: 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 highlight 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!
Terry’s Black Barbecue
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Location: 1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Food and recipes passed over generations are some 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 depending on the day from 9 pm to 9:30 pm.
Location: 1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Suerte, Austin's culinary gem, offers modern Mexican cuisine that's a must-try. The menu includes unique appetizers and standout Suadero Tacos. With an inviting ambiance and expertly crafted cocktails, Suerte is a food enthusiast's dream in Austin.
Veracruz All Natural
Locations: 2505 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702 | 4208 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704 | 2401 Winsted Ln, Austin, TX 78703
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!
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
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Location: 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
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!
Location: 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Dai Due in Austin is a farm-to-table haven, dedicated to sourcing locally and offering a dynamic menu. For the latest offerings, visit their website and social media pages to experience the true taste of Austin's food culture.
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Location: 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.
Location: 1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 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.
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Location: 8557 Research Blvd Suite 146, Austin, TX 78758
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.
Juan in a Million
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Location: 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.
Fonda San Miguel
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Location: 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.
Where to Eat in Austin, Texas?
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