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Austin Restaurants


Welcome to the Austin Restaurants page. This page includes Austin Restaurant reviews of an eclectic and subjective list of noteworthy restaurants and eating establishments in Austin, Texas.

For a larger (and ever growing) list of Restaurants in Austin, directory style, be sure to check out this site's Austin Restaurant Guide.



Austin Restaurants Some on this page are definitely very casual and very Austiny while others are a little more upscale. The common denominator is that all these restaurants have something going for them, regardless of their individual menus and atmosphere.

And even though this is a subjective list, I still include restaurants that I may only rarely visit (if at all). I recognize my taste buds and aesthetic preferences are far from universal. If there's something noteworthy or unique or in any other way impressive about an establishment, even though it may not appeal to me personally, I still plan to include it here.

Finally, for your convenience, the individual Austin, Texas restaurants are sorted by geography. In instances where a restaurant has multiple location, the same link will be included in each relevant region.

Austin Restaurant Reviews

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN RESTAURANTS

Burger Tex - Best burgers in Austin (that's the Real Austin Texas official position anyway). Four locations in Austin, the downtown location is 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.

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.


SOUTH AUSTIN RESTAURANTS

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.

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.

Burger Tex - Best burgers in Austin (that's the Real Austin Texas official position anyway). Four locations in Austin. The south location is in the Oak Hill area. Buns baked fresh daily on site.

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.

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.

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.

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.


NORTH AUSTIN RESTAURANTS

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

Burger Tex - Best burgers in Austin (that's the Real Austin Texas official position anyway). Four locations in Austin, two of them in North Austin. Buns baked fresh daily on site.

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").

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


NORTHWEST AUSTIN RESTAURANTS

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.

El Arroyo - 2nd Austin location of local Tex-Mex favorite. Original location on W. 5th Street has been operated since 1987.

La Feria - A solid Tex-Mex choice with three locations (Northwest location is in nearby Cedar Park). Good Margaritas and Mexican Martinis.

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.



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