Where to Eat in Austin Right Now

Date night-worthy bistros, intoxicating ramen joints, and Texas-style comforts for the win.

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The Well | Photo courtesy of TLC
The Well | Photo courtesy of TLC

There are two foods folks generally associate with Austin: tacos and barbecue. Understandable (there’s plenty of that here), but what if we told you that Austinites can do a lot more with beef than jamming it into a tortilla or dredging it in dry rub and slow-smoking it? You best believe we can sous vide, roast, and stew with just as much creative gusto as all those hot shots up north.

That’s because Austin is quickly diversifying, and over the last decade, we’ve seen amazing European, Asian, and Latin fare join the growing dining scene. This may be Texas, but in Austin, everyone’s well represented. Whether you’re a vegan, ramen fanatic, or simply love wining and dining, you’ll be more than satisfied with what’s on offer. Hungry yet? Here are the absolute best restaurants in Austin right now.

Sazan

Highland
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The gist: Situated on Airport Blvd—AKA Asian feast central—Sazan debuted in 2020 and has already become Austin’s most popular and beloved ramen outpost.
The food: Obviously, it’s all about the noodles here. Their signature bowl is the Paitan Ramen, a steaming hot creamy broth bubbling with arugula, umami egg, and chicken or pork. The Paitan is available in Spicy or Vegan versions, too—if you can handle a little heat, definitely try it, as it’s laced with a delicious nutty cream to soften the burn. Also on the menu are Indomitable Chicken Wings (seasoned with curry rub and cilantro), Osaka-worthy Takoyaki octopus balls, mochi desserts, and a brilliant selection of Japanese-inspired craft cocktails (the Shun-Sational Old Fashioned is pure perfection), plus sake and beer.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Uber Eats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Ciclo
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Ciclo

Downtown
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The gist: One of the city’s fanciest restaurants, Ciclo is modern Texan with a Latin touch. Choose between the gorgeous indoor dining room or brunch out on the flourishing Oak tree-covered patio overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
The food: If it’s been a couple of years, make a beeline for the recent menu additions. They’re all superb (and beautifully presented, in case you’re after content for the gram), with standouts such as the Charred Octopus, Beef Tiradito and Birria Rack of Lamb. Fear not, the mainstays are still here, if you’ve been dreaming of their Ceviche Amarillo or Flambéed Texas Wagyu Tomahawk. Pro Tip: Say yes to the House Bread, a mini cast iron of four of the most delectable and shiny parker house rolls you’ll ever taste, complete with pots of local butter and good flow honey. If there’s ever an unforgettable breadbasket, this is it. As for dessert, the Caramel Corn Pudding with its creamy, crunchy sweetness, should do the trick.

Available for Reservations
Super Thai Cuisine
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Super Thai

South Lamar
$$$$

The gist: As far as Austin’s Thai community is concerned, this casual little eatery is unparalleled. And we couldn’t agree more. Everything, including the sauces, is homemade, and best of all? It's super affordable and of excellent quality (all the vegetables are organic, for example).
The food: For anyone who ever vacationed in Bangkok, this place will instantly bring back street food memories. Menu items include Pad Thai, Gaeng Keow Wan green curry, and Tamarind Duck. Of course, it wouldn’t be Texas without a Thai Taco (roti wrap with crispy pork belly, yellow onion, and bell pepper tossed in sweet Thai basil sauce). Another thing we love about this place is that a set gratuity is automatically added, meaning no need to fumble with your cell calculator after one too many Singhas.
How to book: Call 512-284-7004 to reserve.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

TLC Austin

South Lamar
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The gist: A family-friendly indoor-outdoor space serving coastal Texan fare and over 30 beers on tap, TLC is all the Southern comforts rolled into one restaurant. Expect large portions, great prices, sports on the screens, and patrons clad in smiles and flip-flops.
The food: Bring your party to TLC’s boil experience, where you’ll choose a crack of a catch like Texas Gulf Shrimp or Littleneck Clams, customize it with your choice of flavoring and sauce, and devour it alongside Texas corn and red potatoes. Other menu highlights include Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs, Mac & Cheese, Redfish & Crab, and of course, a Cowboy Ribeye. As for dessert, sweet spots go to the Giant Milkshakes or the Season Fruit Cobbler. They're big enough to share, but you’ll still need elastic waistbands… things will be expanding.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Toast.

Mumtaz Market
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Mumtaz Market

Bouldin Creek
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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 belly-warming 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) and a new Sunday Brunch runs from 10 am to 3 pm.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Toast.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
40 North
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40 North

Downtown
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The gist: Austin’s prized pizza joint specializes in Neapolitan pies, burgers, and other casual eats. They also have a great natural wine list.
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. Add a bottle of Pinot to the mix from their stellar wine list while you’re at it.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via ChowNow.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
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.
The food: This is a sharing situation, with plates that get bigger the further you go down the tightly curated menu. We suggest Grilled Texas Quail and the Hamachi Crudo to start, then onto biggies like the Half Roasted Chicken (prepare to fight over the crispy potatoes) and Smoked Short Rib alongside small veg dishes like the sweet fish sauce-laden Brussel Sprouts or Smoked Carrots. Oh, and pick a reservation that coincides with the live music program for the full experience.

Available for Reservations

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.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

The Well

Downtown
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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 Butternut Squash with roasted squash, medjool date, red onion, caper and Moroccan spiced pistachio, and the Kale & Lentil salad which you might fancy pairing with their Roast Purple Potato. There’s no feeling bad about indulging afterward—desserts are designed around fruit, nuts, and seeds, and cocktails are crafted using standout ingredients like cold-pressed organic juices and sweetened with natural sugars like agave, honey, and dates. We recommend the Lovell, with apple and ginger vodka, passion fruit, vanilla, lemon angostura, habanero, and Brut Cava. Feel-good brunch is served on weekends from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
How to order: Order takeout via Toast.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

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.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Lutie’s

Hancock
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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.

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Juniper

East Austin
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The gist: Chef Nic Yanes takes classics from Northern Italy and sprinkles them with farm-to-fork Central Texas sensibility alongside a wine list starring the best of Tuscany and Piedmont. Swoon, indeed.
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 mains, the Pan-roasted Salmon with butternut squash and Chicken Saltimbocca won’t let you down, and for dessert, try the delicately whipped Panna Cotta. Bellissimo. They also offer a range of tasting menus for those looking to sample through the hits in style.
How to order: Order takeout via Toast.

Available for Reservations

Garrison

Downtown
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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 compliment the upmarket digs.

Available for Reservations

La Tunita 512

East Oltorf
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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?

Available for Delivery/Takeout

JewBoy Burgers

Airport Boulevard
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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.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via Favor.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Nixta Taqueria

East Twelfth Street
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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 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 Coco Rico Paleta your go-to dessert—it’s a popsicle made with coconut milk, coconut cream, and toasted coconut chips.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Favor.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Kinda Tropical

East Seventh
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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.
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 with heirloom grains. Dinner picks include Suadero Tacos with confit brisket and Oak-grilled Pork Belly with nixtamalized apple and pecan cinnamon habanero mole, while brunch features an out-of-this-world Kolache heavy 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 festivities.
How to order: Order takeout via Toast.

Available for Reservations

LeRoy & Lewis

South Congress
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The gist: With a rotating selection of smoked barbecue by the pound and a focus on alternative cuts and creative sides made with local 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 housemade Kimchi and Kale Caesar Slaw alongside a deep yellow Cheddar Cheesecake with apple butter that’s far from what you’d expect (in the best way).
How to order: Stop by for counter service.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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.
How to book: Call 512-770-6880 to reserve or get delivery via UberEats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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 location—perfect for game day eats.
The food: While much of the menu falls on the chill side of hot, we can’t stop obsessing over the Boneless Nugs (also available in cauliflower form) 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 sauce for a complete and balanced meal.
How to order: Stop by for counter service or get delivery via Favor.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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.
How to book: Stop by for counter service.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
James Wong is a contributor for Thrillist.