Where to Eat in Austin Right Now
From date night swank to muscle tee dank.
Who doesn’t know someone that’s moved to Austin in the last year? The city is surging with new bodies relocating for better weather, better living, and better working spaces, and subsequently, they’re all biting into the local food scene, hard. While Austin is best known for Tex-Mex food trucks and big juicy burgers that give you the meat sweats, it’s also a melting pot of international flavors. You can absolutely impress your date with velvety risotto, slurp on brothy authentic ramen, or experience plant-based goodness in a majestic garden patio. The choices are varied, exciting, and, the best part—most restaurants are now open for both indoor and outdoor dining. From classic Texas-sized steaks to fancy French-inflected fare, here’s where to find the most delicious eats in Austin.
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 food: Star plates 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 totally Michelin-worthy (they may have just opened, but it’s only a matter of time). Dessert wise, the chocolate shaved ice is the ideal antidote to Austin’s summer heat.
The cost: Dinner shareables $9 - $30, desserts $8 - &15, cocktail and wine prices vary.
How to reserve/order: Call 512-817-5200 or book via OpenTable.
The gist: Chef Nic Yanes takes classics from Northern Italy and sprinkles them with farm-to-fork Central Texas flare plus 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 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 reserve/order: Call 512-220-9421 or book via OpenTable and order take-out via Toast.
The gist: Chef Tatsu Aikawa’s ramen skills have developed a devoted following in Austin, and you can now enjoy his famed Japanese soul food in the north, east and south corners of the city (sorry, west siders).
The food: It’s all about that broth—the team simmers those bones for hours on end to produce a rich and creamy tonkotsu. The original is our go-to, with chashu pork belly, ajitama egg, wood ear mushrooms, and scallions. There’s also a veggie option for those that don’t want to pig it, made with soy and mushroom broth, tofu, and a variety of dirt-grown goodies. Extra toppings are available for the extra hungry, so why not slap on a bonus of naruto maki (swirled fish cakes), pickled ginger, and enticingly briny seaweed?
The cost: Sides and appetizers $4 - $6, ramen $11 - $14.50.
How to reserve/order: Book via Resy and order take-out via Toast.
The gist: An open-concept kitchen, Texas Post Oak flame-grilled dishes, and a sexy wood-paneled private dining room combines for a much-needed excuse to get all dressed up.
The food: Entrees off the grill include a (potatoless) Parisienne Gnocchi with scallops and a juicy pink Wagyu Eye of Ribeye with charred broccoli. The Tater Tots (not potatoless) are heaven—especially if you love cheese and black truffle (who doesn’t?). The beverage list spans select cocktails, wine, and beer curated to complement the fancy digs. Spaces are limited to allow for social distancing, so make sure book ahead.
The cost: Starters and sides $7 - $100, mains $28 - $120, cocktails $16 - $24, wine and beer prices vary.
How to reserve/order: Call 512-600-2000 or book via OpenTable.
La Tunita 512
The gist: Armed with an Instagram feed full of crispy red tortillas, tender beef birria, and melty cheese that sell out daily, chef-owner Gerardo "Jerry" Guerrero 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.
How to reserve/order: Order online for take-out.
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 (think: an oniony potato hash brown) to the classic JewBoy burger—a ⅓-pound freshly ground beef patty perched atop diced grilled onions, stacked with double cheese, steamed to melty perfection, topped with lettuce, pickles, and mustard, and served on a 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 hearty serving of Texas-style queso.
The cost: Burgers and hot dogs $3 - $12.50, burritos $4.50 - $8, sides $2.50 - $6, beer and wine $4 - $14.
How to reserve/order: Stop by for dine-in service, order take-out via Toast, or order delivery via Grubhub and Favor.
The gist: Chef Edgar Rico applies Mexican traditions and his culinary know-how to the humble taco for a bill of heirloom corn tortillas filled with textures and colors you’d expect to see in a fine dining establishment, served in a neighborhood setting.
The food: Tacos and tostadas begin with fresh masa made in-house 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 take-out dessert—it’s a popsicle made with pineapple, mango, and lemon dipped in chamoy and lime zest. Bueno.
The cost: Tacos and tostadas $4 - $10, desserts $5.50 - $9, soft drinks $3 - $6, beer and wine $3 - $50, pantry items $9 - $11
How to reserve/order: Stop by for dine-in service, call 512-551-3855 and order online for take-out, or order delivery via Grubhub, Postmates, and Favor.
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 generous Monday through Friday afternoon happy hour with dollar-off brews, $7 cocktails, and $7 snacks sweetens the deal.
The cost: Starters and sides $2 - $12, dinner mains $7 - $12, brunch mains $4.50 - $12, cocktails $7 - $12, beer and wine by the glass $4 - $10.
How to reserve/order: Stop by for dine-in service or call 512-373-8430 and order via Toast for take-out.
The gist: An in-house masa program and top-notch mezcal selection leads 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, but their corn tortillas are always made using heirloom grains. Dinner highlights include the Suadero tacos with confit brisket and oak-smoked pork chop 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 our poison). 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, dessert $8 - $9, cocktails $8 - $15.
How to reserve/order: Call 512-953-0092 or book via Resy and order take-out via Toast.
LeRoy & Lewis
The gist: With a rotating selection of smoked BBQ 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. Expect 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 ½ pound $10 - $18, sides $5, sandwiches and combo plates $8 - $20, dessert $6.
How to reserve/order: Stop by for counter service and call 512-945-9882 or order online for take-out.
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 its 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 reserve/order: Call 512-770-6880 to book, order take-out online, and order delivery via UberEats.
TLV Israeli Food
The gist: Austin went nuts for chef Berty Richter’s former food truck, Hummus Amongus, and the legend continues with this brick-and-mortar stunner.
The food: Try the hummus with chicken thighs coated in an irresistible Yemenite spice blend and served with onion, green tahini, amba (AKA spiced pickled mango), schug (AKA spicy garlic pepper sauce), and pita—it’s easily two meals worth of food. Also great? The grilled minced beef and lamb kofta wrap with cooling tzatziki and fresh-cut herbs.
The cost: Salads sides $4 - $11, sandwiches and plates $10 - $15, desserts $4 - $5, pantry items $4 - $18, soft drinks $2.50 - $5.50.
How to reserve/order: Order take-out and delivery via Toast, DoorDash, and Favor.
Spicy Boys Fried Chicken
The gist: This ambitious food truck hawks its Asian-inspired, delectably crispy fried chicken sandwiches, wings, and endlessly buttery, curry-laden roti from its post at St. Elmo Brew Co. and Zilker Brewing.
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 $1.99 - $4.99, mains $7.99 - $11.99.
How to order: Stop by for counter service, order take-out online, and order deliver via Favor.
The gist: Chef Davis Turner cut his teeth with top local chefs before returning to his Southern coastal roots with Huckleberry, a food truck peddling Gulf Coast-inspired comforts out of Circle Brewing’s lot.
The food: Go big with favorites like the Gulf Coast Fish Sandwich (fried Gulf Black Drum, Barton Springs Mill cornmeal challah bun, pickles, tomato, lettuce, onions, lemon caper remoulade), po’boys stuffed with fried shrimp or fried oysters, or the Thursday-only Angus smash burger guaranteed to sell out in a flash. On-theme sides like fried green tomatoes, bean dip, and coleslaw round things out.
The cost: Starters and sides $3 - $15, mains $12 - $36.
How to order: Stop by for counter-service or call 512-900-5818 for take-out.
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 Portugese 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 maestro’s 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.
Cost: Tacos $2, quesadillas $3 - $5, soft drinks $2.
How to order: Stop by for counter-service, call 512-903-3918 for take-out, and order delivery via Grubhub and Postmates.
The gist: Known for Neapolitan-style pies marked by an utterly addictive blistered crust, this Eastside pizza project sees chefs Tony and Max smothering hand-tossed dough with seasonal ingredients before firing them in a massive Italian wood-burning oven.
The food: Pillowy 12-inch pies come in all forms, from the classic Bob-A-Rita (red sauce, herbs, fresh mozzarella, basil) to creative flavor bombs like the Green-Go (garlic cream, smoked mozzarella and provolone blend, spicy pork sausage, roasted onions, broccolini, secret green sauce). If you’ve got a plant-based bud in tow, try the Vegan Bombero, a vegan red sauce pizza topped with cashew ricotta and herbs that doesn’t compromise on flavor.
Cost: Extras and sides $1 - $10, pizzas $12 - $18.
How to order: Stop by for counter-service, call 972-316-7478 and order online for take-out, or order delivery via Grubhub and Favor.