Where to Eat in Austin Right Now

From Southern opulence and radiant poke bowls to the best food trucks in town.

Austin isn’t just the capital of Texas, it’s the foodie capital of Texas. No other city statewide can match the influx of culinary cultures diversifying our cacti-laden land. We have it all, from European fine dining to Asian street food to hipster green goodness. The staples are here, too—Tex Mex and BBQ are holding on strong—but now they’re sharing menu space with poke, naan, kimchi, and risotto. If you’re looking for the best of the best, we’ve got you covered. Get busy gettin’ hungry—Texan-sized portions await.

Tiki Tatsu-Ya
Tiki Tatsu-ya | Photo by Jody Horton

Tiki Tatsu-Ya

South Lamar

The gist: Resident ramen king Tatsu Aikawa’s latest venture is already racking up the gold stars. Tiki Tatsu-ya is an ‘island world’ restaurant and bar concept with Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Asian influences.
The food: It wouldn’t be a Tatsu-ya without a delicious helping of Japan. The Spam on a Half Shell uses housemade Spam, mango, shio koji, dandelion, arugula, and hibiscus furikake. Then you have the Maguro Poke (arguably the best in town) with tuna, cucumber, kahuku limu, taro crunch, and kukui nuts. Dessert comes in the form of Butter Mochi, which uses a rich yet light coconut cream, pineapple jam, macadamias, and mint. Of course, you can’t visit without trying their creative and colorful cocktails, worth ordering for the photo-ops alone.
The cost: Starters and shareables $8 - $18, poke bowls $18, musubi $12 - $20, cocktails $15 - $16.

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Mumtaz Market
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Mumtaz Market

Bouldin Creek

The gist: A manifestation of Austin’s beloved G’Raj Mahal, Mumtaz Market is its wildly popular successor—and one of Austin’s top Indian restaurants—blending scratch cooking, South Asian flavors, and a touch of adventure.
The food: Aside from a wide selection of traditional curries from Tikka Masala to Korma, the team puts a creative spin on Indian entrees. The Pork Rechaad is a comforting stewed, spiced, and gingered pork with braised cabbage and candied pineapple, while the Gnocchi Saag, a creamed curry spinach with potato dumplings, is a vegetarian’s dream. Lunch specials include the Tikka Masala plate and Lamb Burger and Fries, best enjoyed with Mango Lassi.
The cost: Lunch specials $14 - $16, starters $8 - $10, entrees $19 - $42, curries $14 - $18.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
40 North
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40 North

Downtown

The gist: Austin’s beloved pizza joint has finally reopened after a year and a half out of the picture, and fans have been savoring their pies like a long-awaited Adele record.
The food: Pizza toppings may seem a little on the quirky side, but trust us, they work. There’s the sweet and spicy Hot Honey, laden with tomato sauce, ricotta, Grana Padano, Salumeria Biellese Coppa, fresno peppers, and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the Kale, with mozzarella and house sausage, plus a funky LA BBQ collaboration called the Spicy Pickle, piled with mozzarella, Fontina Fontal, Grana Padano, LA BBQ pickles, pickled garlic, fresno peppers, and fresh dill. 40 North recently launched a natural wine list so add a bottle of Pinot to the mix while you’re at it.
The cost: Pizzas $10.40 - $18.40, salads $11.40, sweets $7.40 - $8.40, wine by the glass $10 - $12.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via ChowNow.

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Geraldine's
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Geraldine's

Downtown

The gist: Geraldine’s is classic Austin, with live music, a buzzing bar, and delicious Southern recipes making their way to the table. Opt for a rooftop igloo during the winter season for an extra cozy experience.
The food: This is a sharing situation here, with plates that get bigger the farther you dive into the streamlined menu. Nibble on Grilled Texas Quail and the Hamachi Crudo to start, then go for the Half Roasted Chicken (you’ll fight over the crispy potatoes, btw) and Smoked Short Rib alongside veggie sides like the sweet, fish sauce-spiked Brussel Sprouts or Smoked Carrots. Oh, and snag a reservation that coincides with the live music program for sure-fire date night bliss.
The cost: Plates $7 - $41, desserts $11.

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The gist: This casual eatery within Lone Star Court is a chance to escape the city—without actually escaping the city. Expect a breezy outdoor setting, Hill Country vibes, and a menu fit for a real-life cowboy.
The food: It don’t get more Texan than this. Appetizers include tasty Chicken Birria Tacos and Chili Con Queso, while mains err on the barbecue side (ribs, brisket, and burgers). Cowboy Bread Pudding and Praline Pecan Pie round up dessert. All courses require clean fingers and a lot of napkins—unless your focus lies squarely on the Lone Star beers on draft.
The cost: Mains $18, sides $5 - $8, dessert $8, beers $4 - $7.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Birdie's

East Austin

The gist: This adorable family-run neighborhood gem on the corner of 12th and Harvey serves a rotating menu of clean American comforts inspired by the cooking and eating styles of France and Italy. Bring your pooch and tuck in on the patio.
The food: It all depends on the weather when it comes to the highly seasonal menu, however sample dishes include Casarecce Pasta with pork sausage, mustard greens, and fennel pollen, and Snapper, served heavy with field peas, sungold tomatoes, hakurei turnips, and basil pistou. As for the bar tab, Birdie’s shops a mix of classic and new winemakers with a focus on mindful farming and minimal intervention in the cellar.
The cost: Snacks $6 - $10, small plates $12 - $19, large plates $28 - $32, desserts $6 - $7.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Thai Kun

The Domain

The gist: This food truck-slash-casual sit-down restaurant serves Austin’s most authentic Thai cuisine. Bangkok-born chef Thai Changthong has racked up rave reviews and awards nationwide, and rightly so—his work more than lives up to the accolades.
The food: Staples like pad Thai and Thai green curry are cooked up to perfection, but it’s the rarities that will blow your mind. You may not have heard of khao moo dang (it’s not typically featured on western menus), but trust, it’s the clear winner, showcasing the juiciest homemade Thai BBQ pork, soaked in rich and brothy gravy and topped with Chinese sausage and boiled egg.
The cost: Appetizers $7 - $14, mains $13 - $20, wine by the glass $12 - $14, cocktails $10 - $13.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.

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The gist: Helmed by Peruvian native chef Diego Sanchez, Simi Estiatorio brings Greek fine dining to Austin, with a focus on ocean-fresh seafood. It’s on the pricey side, but you’re paying for quality ingredients brought in daily from both land and sea.
The food: You can’t leave without trying the pristine seafood, of course. There’s charcoal-grilled Maine lobster if you’re in a celebratory mood, otherwise the whole fish range includes fangri, a Mediterranean white snapper, and lavraki, a prized lean white fish that’s mild and sweet. There are land options too, like Kotopoulo, AKA roast chicken with lemon potatoes. The drinks menu features cocktails, domestic and Greek wines, as well as baller bubbles like Perrier Jouet, Cristal, and vintage Dom Perignon.
The cost: Appetizers and salads $14 - $32, mains $28 - $98, beer and wine by the glass $9 - $25, cocktails $17 - $25.

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The Well

Downtown

The gist: Here for the eco-conscious, The Well incorporates nutrition, local and sustainable farming, and naturally bold flavors into a wellness studio-style dining room. Everything on the menu is non-GMO, free of soy, gluten, peanut, corn, and refined sugar, and cooked with olive, coconut, or avocado oil. If Gwyneth Paltrow were Texan, this is where you’d find her.
The food: Signatures include the vegan (but fishy-textured) Watermelon Crudo with black pearl onion and lemongrass dashi. The Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto is a black truffle-laced sensation, and don’t feel bad about indulging afterward—desserts are designed around fruit, nuts, and seeds, and cocktails are crafted using stunners like cold-pressed organic juices and sweetened with natural sugars like agave, honey, and dates. Go for the Majik Matcha, packed with smoky mezcal, blue majik spirulina, matcha tea, raw organic honey, sparkling water, and aquafaba (AKA vegan egg whites). Feel-good brunch is now served on weekends 8 am to 3 pm.
The cost: Starters and shareables $8 - $17, salads and mains $15 - $45, cocktails $12 - $16, wine by the glass $10 - $17.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

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Jjim BBQ

South Lamar

The gist: South Lamar’s sizzling Korean hot spot is K-BBQ on a mission. Their specialty is jjim, a method of slow-cooking or braising meats until extremely tender, so expect a fall-off-the-bone situation every time.
The food: Newcomers should try the signature Beef Short Rib Jjim, a pile of soft, meaty chunks cooked on cast iron with vegetables in a sweet soy sauce and sided with steamed white rice plus your choice of add-on (kimchi, mozzarella, egg, or glass noodles). It’s big enough for up to three to share, though two hungry stomachs will suit just fine. The Seafood Pancake Jeon is a lighter, crispier take on the traditional, if you want something smaller, and the Seafood Soon Dubu Soup, a hearty combo of silken tofu, clams, scallops, shrimp, and vegetables, feels like it was whipped up by grandma. Drinks-wise, expect a selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and tasty Korean spirits like soju and makgeolli.
The cost: Starters and shareables $8 - $24, barbecue platters $55 - $75, individual mains $18 - $24.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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Lutie’s

Hancock

The gist: Husband-and-wife chef team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu bring fresh, wholesome dishes spotlighting local farmers to the Commodore Perry Estate’s Instagram-perfect gardens. The restaurant has been booked solid since opening earlier in the year, so plan ahead if you’re trying to snag a table.
The food: Star dishes include the grand aioli platter and whole-roasted black sea bass with seasonal greens, but there’s more than enough to keep herbivores happy. Plant-based shareables like garden hand rolls with cucumber dip, grilled beets with dill and garlic, and chickpea and green corn salad are verifiably Michelin-worthy. Dessert wise, the chocolate shaved ice is the ideal antidote to Austin’s year-round heat.
The cost: Dinner shareables $9 - $34, desserts $8 - $14, cocktail and wine prices vary.

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Juniper

East Austin

The gist: Chef Nic Yanes takes classics from Northern Italy and sprinkles them with farm-to-fork Central Texas flare alongside a wine list starring the best of Tuscany and Piedmont. Swoon.
The food: Inside this date night dream, every component is arranged with an artist’s touch, from fluffy potato fingers accompanied by a dollop of dijon cream to the Little Lettuce Insalate's parcel of leaves tucked beneath honey-shallot vinaigrette. For bigger plates, the pan-roasted scallops and sunchoke velouté and chicken saltimbocca won’t let you down, and for dessert, try the delicately whipped panna cotta dusted with zesty blood orange granita. Bellissimo. They also offer a range of tasting menus for those looking to sample through the hits.
The cost: Antipasti and insalate $9 - $40, primi and secondi $19 - $48, dolci $7 - $9, cocktails $9 - $18, wine by the glass $11 - $15, tasting menu and prix-fixe costs vary.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

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Garrison

Downtown

The gist: The open-concept kitchen helmed by renowned Chef Jakub Czyszczon is Austin’s sexiest date spot—dress up and get prepared to be wined and dined.
The food: Entrees off the grill include Roasted Duck Breast Rossini with foie gras, and Whole Grilled Branzino, but it’s the steaks that take center stage (Eye of Rib, Tomahawk or Porterhouse—all incredible). Side anything with Tater Tots, especially if you love cheese and black truffle. The beverage list spans select cocktails, wine, and beer curated to complement the upmarket digs.
The cost: Starters and sides (including caviar service) $8 - $120, mains $23 - $140, cocktails $16 - $24, wine and beer prices vary.

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La Tunita 512

East Oltorf

The gist: Armed with an Instagram feed full of crispy red tortillas, tender beef birria, and melty queso that sells out daily, chef-owner Gerardo "Jerry" Guerrero has officially captured the attention of a taco-obsessed city.
The food: Guerrero slow-roasts his guajillo-based beef brisket until it’s fall-apart tender, serving the flavorful meat in a handful of delicious forms: The birria taco (birria wrapped in a handmade tortilla fried in beef fat), the quesotaco (a birria taco with griddled Monterey jack cheese), the mulita (essentially an overstuffed quesadilla), and the ramen (birria ramen served with Tapatio noodles). Always order a side of consomme, a rich broth made from beef, onion, cilantro, chile, and spices that’s essential for dunking. Oh, and did we mention birria is the ultimate hangover food?
The cost: Tacos $2.50 - $3, ramen $8, mulita $4, consomme $2 - $3.

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JewBoy Burgers

Airport Boulevard

The gist: Shalom y’all! Owner Mo Pittle blends flavors from the El Paso border with Jewish traditions for a unique feast spanning burgers, burritos, and all kinds of fried sides.
The food: The Yenta Burger adds a crunchy latke to the classic JewBoy burger—a third-pound of freshly ground beef perched atop diced grilled onions, stacked with double cheese, steamed to melty perfection, topped with lettuce, pickles, and mustard, and served on a squishy Martin's potato roll. The Puro Picadillo Burrito is the ultimate Jewish-Tex-Mex mashup: A giant tortilla stuffed with seasoned ground beef, grilled onions, hatch green chiles, chopped latkes, and of course, a hefty serving of Texas-style queso.
The cost: Burgers and hot dogs $3 - $12.50, burritos $4.50 - $8.50, sides $2.50 - $6, beer and wine $4 - $16.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via Favor.

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Nixta Taqueria

East Twelfth Street

The gist: Chef Edgar Rico harnesses Mexican tradition and his culinary know-how to elevate the humble taco, dishing up a bill of heirloom corn tortillas filled with textures and colors you’d expect to see in a fine dining establishment, all served in a neighborhood setting.
The food: Tacos and tostadas begin with fresh masa made inhouse from heritage corn. The vegan Beet Tartare Tostada is a must-try, a crisp shell topped with earthy roasted beets, salsa macha aioli, avocado crema, horseradish, and lime for a one-two punch of flavor and texture. Make the Tropical Sueño your go-to dessert—it’s a popsicle made with pineapple, mango, and lemon, then dipped in chamoy and lime zest for an extra kick.
The cost: Tacos and tostadas $4 - $10, desserts $7 - $8, soft drinks $3 - $6, beer and wine $3 - $50, pantry items $9 - $11.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, or get delivery via Favor.

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Kinda Tropical

East Seventh

The gist: A former filling station finds new life as a colorful café complete with a full bar, all-day dining, and a breezy patio filled with brunching patrons sporting band tees and flip-flops.
The food: Those on a health kick can opt for a vegan Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich or saucy Sesame Salad, while their naughtier pals can indulge in a Maple CBD Waffle washed down with a frozen cocktail. They also peddle boozy ice pops in four yummy flavors. A Monday through Friday afternoon happy hour with dollar-off brews, $7 cocktails, and $7 snacks sweetens the deal. Thursdays go even further, with half-off bottles of wine.
The cost: Starters and sides $2 - $12, dinner mains $7 - $12, brunch mains $4.50 - $12, cocktails $7 - $12, beer and wine $4 - $13.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.

Suerte

East Sixth

The gist: An in-house masa program and top-notch mezcal selection lead the way for a celebrated lineup of modern Mexican fare made with locally sourced ingredients.
The food: Hailed as the best Mexican restaurant in Austin, the menu here changes regularly to reflect only the freshest, seasonal produce from local farmers, while their corn tortillas are always made using heirloom grains. Dinner highlights include Suadero Tacos with confit brisket and Oak-smoked Pork Chop with fennel-quesillo salsa, while brunch features an out-of-this-world Kolache with pineapple and queso. Of course, these should all be accompanied by Suerte’s legendary cocktails (Don Dario is their classic). Lucky hour (AKA happy hour) is available daily to heighten the festive vibes.
The cost: Starters, pastries, and sides $6 - $18, dinner mains $11 - $36, brunch mains $12 - $18, desserts $8 - $9, cocktails $8 - $15.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

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LeRoy & Lewis

South Congress

The gist: With a rotating selection of smoked barbecue by the pound and a focus on alternative cuts and creative sides made with locally sourced ingredients, this is food truck gold.
The food: Known for his innovative takes on Texas ‘cue, pitmaster Evan LeRoy incorporates elements of fine dining and scratch-made cooking into every aspect of his menu-on-wheels. Look forward to brisket, ribs, and sausage, plus flavorful and creative sides like Cauliflower Burnt Ends and Kale Caesar Slaw alongside a deep yellow Cheddar Cheesecake with apple butter that’s far from what you’d expect (in a good way).
The cost: Meat and veggie mains by the half-pound $10 - $18, sides $3 - $8, sandwiches and entrees $8 - $14, desserts $6.
How to book: Stop by for counter service.

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Fukumoto

East Sixth

The gist: Chef Kazu Fukumoto’s masterful approach to yakitori and sushi plus the knowledgeable, friendly staff makes this Japanese standby a perennial top pick.
The food: In addition to an expansive array of nigiri and sashimi, skewers grilled over charcoal, and mouth-watering maki, this beloved izakaya packages prime bento boxes for take-out and delivery only. Standouts include the King salmon skewers, the YST roll (smoky yellowtail, shiso, tomato, Thai chili mayo), fried chicken karaage, and a palate-pleasing chef’s choice sashimi platter.
The cost: Starters $4.50 - $13, mains and yakitori $3-$14, maki, sashimi, and nigiri $3 - $25.
How to book: Call 512-770-6880 to reserve or get delivery via UberEats.

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The gist: This ambitious food truck hawks its Asian-inspired, delectably crispy Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Wings, and endlessly buttery, curry-laden Roti from its posts at St. Elmo Brewing, Zilker Brewing, and Fairweather Cider—perfect for gameday eats.
The food: While much of the menu falls on the chill side of hot, we can’t stop obsessing over the mouth-numbing Lemon Sichuan Wings and fiery Hot Gai Chicken Sandwich (spicy fried chicken, Massaman mayo, Swiss cheese, Thai basil, pickles). Throw in a side of tots tossed with your choice of wing sauce for a complete and balanced meal.
The cost: Starters and sides $3.49 - $7.99, mains $8.99 - $13.99.
How to book: Stop by for counter service or get delivery via Favor.

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Cuantos Tacos

East Oltorf

The gist: Stationed inside his cartoonishly cute bright yellow truck, chef Beto Robledo regularly sells out of his game-changing lineup of Mexico City-style street tacos.
The food: Suadero (braised, crisped brisket), Cachete (beef cheek), Buche (pork stomach), Carnitas (pulled pork), and Longaniza (chorizo-like Portuguese sausage) are all cooked to perfection on a vertical rotisserie or trompo. And while each cut sports its own unique textures and flavors, Robledo’s masterful touch makes them all equally appealing, especially when double-wrapped in fragrant nixtamal corn tortillas and topped with cilantro, onion, homemade salsas, and a squeeze of lime. For a few bucks more, you can get your filling of choice in griddled quesadilla form.
The cost: Tacos $2, quesadillas $5 - $7, soft drinks $3.
How to book: Stop by for counter service.

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James Wong is a contributor for Thrillist.