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Austin Restaurant Guide

Austin Restaurant Reviews and More

Welcome to the Austin Restaurant Guide section of this site. Scroll down for quick descriptions of local restaurants grouped by menu along with links to full reviews.

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Austin Restaurant Guide - American & Eclectic

The Frisco - Officially called The Frisco Shop, this diner is the last survivor of a chain of 7 Night Hawk restaurants opened by the late (and one time Mayor) Harry Akin. The first Night Hawk opened during the Great Depression in 1932.

Houston's - Affiliated with the Hillstone Restaurant Group, Houston's Restaurant in Austin is one of thirty or so Houston's across the United States. Houston's in Austin opened in 1986 and is independently owned and operated. It offers an eclectic American menu in an upscale but warm and friendly environment. One of my favorite places in Austin to enjoy a premium steak dinner.

The Omelettry - An under the radar institution since 1978, The Omelettry Restaurant is one of Austin's marvelous hippie/slacker/artist jewels. Perfect for weekend breakfasts/brunches with friends or just for people watching. Known for their omelets (of course) and their gingerbread pancakes.

The Oasis - Self-described Sunset Capital of Texas, and one of those places Austinites love to take their out of town visitors, The Oasis makes anyone's top ten list of Austin places to eat. The food hasn't historically received rave reviews, but the view of Lake Travis is one of the best around.

Shady Grove - From the makers of popular local Tex-Mex Chuy's, comes Shady Grove. Laid back (of course) with an American style menu, the restaurant was designed with a 1940s state park look and feel in mind. Hosts the popular free weekly summer concert series, Unplugged at the Grove.

Threadgill's - This Austin landmark features great Southern style comfort food, live music, full bar, and a rich history going back to 1933. Two locations, including the original on North Lamar where Janis Joplin famously honed her craft.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Asian

Suzi's China Grill & Sushi Bar - Suzi's China Grill and Sushi Bar is a perfect example that classy and casual can go hand in hand. And classy doesn't have to mean expensive either. Two locations down south and one up north.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Barbecue

Artz Rib House - One of my favorite Austin spots, Artz packs a triple punch: great food, great atmosphere, and great music. The must try menu item: Mesquite Smoked Baby Back Ribs.

Stubb's BBQ - Stubb's BBQ in Austin, the namesake of the late Lubbock legend, C.B. Stubblefield (1931-1995), is one of the great landmarks of Austin. Famous for both its barbecue as well as its live music, Stubb's is a true Texas treasure.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Burgers and Sandwiches

Burger Tex - Best burgers in Austin (that's the Real Austin Texas official position anyway). Four locations in Austin, including the downtown location right on the drag across from the University of Texas. Buns baked fresh daily on site.

Hut's Hamburgers - With roots going back to 1939, Hut's is one of the best places in Austin to eat a burger.

Katz's Deli and Bar - New York style deli sandwiches in Austin, Texas. Katz's Deli first opened in downtown on the corner of 6th and Rio Grande back in 1979.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Italian and Pizza

Roppolo's Pizzeria - Authentic Sicilian style pizza sold whole and by the slice. A 6th Street favorite since the late 1980s. Also features a secluded outdoor patio and deck.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Mexican and Tex-Mex

Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) - Popular Austin Tex-Mex restaurant since the 1980s with 2 original locations in South Austin and 3 locations in North Austin. Famous for its Baby A's Soup (tortilla soup) and its lethal Purple Margarita.

Chuy's - A tacky Tex-Mex original and one of Austin's most successful and popular establishments. Four locations in Austin (two down south, two up north), ten others state wide, and now even one in Nashville, Chuy's brings kitsch to a new level ("An Elvis Shrine At Every Location").

El Arroyo - Long time Austin Tex-Mex favorite famous for its above average food and humorous/controversial letterboard sign out front (at original South Austin location). Also operates a second location in Northwest Austin.

Enchiladas Y Mas - Enchiladas Y Mas may never win any awards for style or ambiance, but eating here is a treat. Plain and simple - this is good Tex-Mex.

Garcia's Mexican Restaurant (Round Rock) - One of those wonderful places that only the locals know about. Operated in an old (and small) house just up Interstate 35 in Round Rock, the food here is worth the drive.

Jalisco's Restaurant and Bar - Reasonably priced Tex-Mex in a warm, clean, and inviting setting and a convenient South Austin location on South Congress near William Cannon. The restaurant also features Mariachi music on Thursday nights.

La Feria - A solid Tex-Mex choice with three locations (the South Lamar location features Mariachis on Thursday nights). Good Margaritas and Mexican Martinis.

Matt's El Rancho - Family owned and operated since 1952, Matt’s El Rancho is one of Austin’s oldest restaurants. It’s also one of its most popular Mexican restaurants.

Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurant - Family owned Mexican restaurant in East Austin since 1982. Good Tex-Mex, low prices, and Mariachis on Friday nights.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Seafood

Sam's Boat - An interesting seafood choice. The only Austin location of a mostly Houston-based seafood and bar chain of 7 restaurants, Sam's Boat in Austin seems to attract a loyal, if not entirely respectable, following. Depending on how much alcohol is flowing, meals here can be memorable.

Austin Restaurant Guide - Steaks and Steakhouses

Cool River Cafe - Cool River Cafe in Austin (there are two other locations - one in Dallas and one in Denver) has a lot to offer. Not only is it a popular upscale steakhouse with a large, high ceiling, semi-formal dining room, the other half of the restaurant consists of a popular bar in its own right. Popular choice for corporate and special events as well.