SXSW: Where to Eat in Downtown ATX

A culinary guide for navigating your way through the city, from a late-night taco truck to a modern tequila bar. 

March 2012By , and Comments

Amy’s Ice Creams
Famous local chain with quirky decor and unique flavors
1012 W. 6th, 512-480-0673
amysicecreams.com
Follow @AmysIceCreams
Location: Downtown
Categories: Sweet Tooth, Late Night

Annies Café and Bar
Eclectic bistro serving American, sandwiches, and breakfast
319 Congress, 512-472-1884
anniescafebar.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Late Night

Austin Daily Press (Late Night)
Pressed sandwiches in a downtown food cart
900 Red River, 512-644-2959
austindailypress.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Backspace
Wood-fired pizzas at this joint tucked behind Parkside
507 San Jacinto, 512-474-9899
thebackspace-austin.com
Follow @backspaceaustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Bacon
Cheerful house dishing up fried chicken and all things bacon
900 W. 10th, 512-322-9777
baconaustin.com
Location: Downtown

The Belmont
Classic American cuisine and cocktails in a retro atmosphere
305 W. 6th, 512-457-0300
thebelmontaustin.com
Follow @belmontaustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Bess Bistro
Casual, elegant French bistro and bar in a historic setting
500 W. 6th, 512-477-2377
bessbistro.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Big Top Dogs
New York–style hot dog cart in the heart of downtown
201 E. 6th, 512-484-0050
bigtop-dogs.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Late Night

Borboleta Gourmet
Cozy vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods cafe
1221 W. 6th, 512-828-7404
Location: Downtown
Category: Veggie Delight

Brick Oven
Italian and thin-crust pizzas in a casual setting
1209 Red River, 512-477-7006
brickovenrestaurant.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Comfy Cafes

Café Josie
Relaxed, tropical vibe; New American
1200 W. 6th, 512-322-9226
cafejosie.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Upscale

Casino El Camino
Gritty, late-night bar serving burgers and the like
517 E. 6th, 512-469-9330
casinoelcamino.net
Location: Downtown
Category: Late Night

Chez Nous
Cozy, country feel French bistro
510 Neches, 512-473-2413
cheznousaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Upscale, Comfy Cafes

Chinatown
Chinese, sushi, and dim sum; warm and romantic
107 W. 5th, 512-637-8888
chinatown-downtown.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Romantic

Coal Vines
A Dallas import featuring thin-crust pizza
314 W. 2nd, 512-473-2744
coalvinesoftexas.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Congress
Ambitious fare in a glamorous setting
200 Congress Ave, 512 827 2760
congressaustin.com
Follow @CongressAustin
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Upscale

Corazon at Castle Hill
Cheerful and romantic spot serving American and interior Mexican
1101 W. 5th, 512-476-0728
corazonatcastlehill.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Romantic

Counter Café
Eclectic American breakfast and lunch; burgers; organic
626 N. Lamar, 512-708-8800
countercafe.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Tried & True, Comfy Cafes

Driskill Grill
Fine dining in a beautiful, historic hotel
604 Brazos, 512-391-7162
driskillgrill.com
Follow @driskillhotel
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Upscale

Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille (Downtown)
Upscale seafood; spacious, sophisticated dining room
301 E. 5th, 512-472-1860
eddiev.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

El Sol y La Luna
Cozy, colorful Latin American soul food
600 E. 6th, 512-444-7770
elsolylalunaaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

Finn and Porter
Upscale steaks, seafood, and sushi with a bar perfect for lounging
Hilton Hotel, 500 E. 4th, 512-493-4900
finnandporter.com/austin
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Fogo de Chao
Traditional Brazilian steakhouse
309 E. 3rd, 512-472-0220
fogodechao.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria
New York–style pizza; funky and fun
508 West Ave, 512-472-3534
hutsfrankandangies.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Frank Restaurant
Artisan hot dogs, unique drinks; retro feel
407 Colorado, 512-494-6894‎
hotdogscoldbeer.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Comfy Cafés, Cheap Eats

Galaxy Cafe (Central)
Modern American in a sleek and comfortable setting
1000 West Lynn, 512-478-3434
galaxycafeaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Comfy Cafes

Garrido’s
Modern Mexican; casual patio
360 Nueces, 512-320-8226
garridosaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

G’Raj Mahal Café
Fun and casual Indian; delivery available
91 Red River, 512-480-2255
Location: Downtown
Categories: Veggie Delight, Trailers, Cheap Eats

Haddingtons
Pub feel; American fare
601 W. 6th, 512-992-0204
thehaddington.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Hoboken Pie
Jersey-inspired, locally owned late-night pizza joint
718 Red River, 512-477-4256
hobokenpie.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True, Late Night

Hot Dog King
Downtown hot dog trailer
8th & Red River
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailer, Cheap Eats

Hut’s Hamburgers
Greasy, old-fashioned burgers in a casual diner
807 W. 6th, 512-472-0693
hutsfrankandangies.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Tried & True, Cheap Eats

Iron Cactus
Trendy Tex-Mex and margaritas; relaxed bar atmosphere; always packed
606 Trinity, 512-472-9240
ironcactus.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

Iron Works BBQ
Rustic joint with outdoor patio on Waller Creek
100 Red River, 512-478-4855
ironworksbbq.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

Jeffrey’s
Quiet; fine dining; New American
1204 West Lynn, 512-477-5584
jeffreysofaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Jo’s (2nd Street)
Hipster hangout; sandwiches and local coffee; live music
242 W. 2nd, 512-469-9003
Location: Downtown
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Tried & True

Kebabalicious (Dinner)
European-Turkish street food
7th & Trinity, 512-418-1065
austinkebab.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Kebabalicious (Lunch)
European-Turkish street food
2nd & Congress, 512-418-1065
austinkebab.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Kenichi
Trendy; contemporary pan-Asian and sushi
419 Colorado, 512-320-8883
kenichiaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Koriente
Health-conscious Korean; gluten-free options
621 E. 7th, 512-275-0852
koriente.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Veggie Delight, Tried & True

La Boite
Macaroons, croissants, and sandwiches in a shipping container
1700 S. Lamar, 512-377-6198
laboitecafe.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers, Sweet Tooth

La Casa del Fuego
Late-night taco truck
402 Lavaca
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Late Night

La Condesa
Hip, modern Mexican and tequila bar
400 W. 2nd, 512-499-0300
lacondesaaustin.com
Follow @LaCondesaAustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

La Traviata
Quaint, romantic; creative Italian comfort food
314 Congress, 512-479-8131
latraviata.net
Location: Downtown
Categories: Upscale, Trendy

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
Steaks and barbecue in a historic building; live music upstairs
401 W. 2nd, 512-494-1500
lambertsaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Leaf Salad
Local, fresh, made-to-order salads
419 W. 2nd, 512-474-5323
leafsalad.com
Follow @LeafSalad
Location: Downtown
Categories: Tried & True, Veggie Delight

Malaga Tapas & Bar
Popular tapas and wine bar
440 W. 2nd, 512-236-8020
malagatapasbar.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Mama Fu’s
Casual pan-Asian diner
100 Colorado, 512-637-6772
mamafus.com
Follow @mamafus
Location: Downtown
Category: Comfy Cafes

Manuel’s
Upscale Tex-Mex and seafood
310 Congress, 512-472-7555
manuels.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Maria Maria
Carlos Santana’s modern Mexican concept; large bar
415 Colorado, 512-687-6800
mariamariarestaurants.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Romantic, Trendy

Max’s Wine Dive
Gourmet comfort food and wine bar
207 San Jacinto Blvd, 512-904-0111
maxswinedive.com/austin
Follow @MaxsWineDiveATX
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Mmmpanadas (Daytime)
Fresh artisan empanadas
2nd & Congress, 512-788-2228
mmmpanadas.com
Follow @mmmpanadas
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Mmmpanadas (Late Night)
Fresh artisan empanadas
4th & Guadalupe, 512-788-2228
mmmpanadas.com
Follow @mmmpanadas
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Upscale Southern comfort food in a warm and relaxed setting
303 Red River, 512-236-9599
moonshinegrill.com
Follow @MoonshineGrill
Location: Downtown
Category: Comfy Cafes

Mulberry
Small, intimate, and tragically hip wine bar serving New American cuisine
360 Nueces, 512-320-0297
mulberryaustin.com
Follow @mulberryaustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Opal Divine’s Freehouse
International and American pub food
700 W. 6th, 512-477-3308
opaldivines.com
Follow @OpalDivines
Location: Downtown
Categories: Tried & True, Late Night

P.F. Chang’s Downtown
Upscale pan-Asian; expansive bar
201 San Jacinto Blvd, 512-457-8300
pfchangs.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Romantic

Parkside
Comfortable, elegant; raw bar; fantastically unpredictable
301 E. 6th, 512-474-9898
parkside-austin.com
Follow @parksideaustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille
Over-the-top luxurious; steak
114 W. 7th, 512-474-6300
perrysrestaurants.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Piranha Killer Sushi
Innovative, modern sushi
207 San Jacinto Blvd, 512-473-8775
piranhakillersushi.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Pita Pit (Congress)
Fresh pitas and wraps; chain; delivery available
619 Congress, 512-472-7482
pitapitusa.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

The Roaring Fork
Wood-fired American cuisine in a rugged, upscale atmosphere
701 Congress, 512-583-0000
roaringfork.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Classy, acclaimed steakhouse
107 W. 6th, 512-477-7884
ruthschris.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Second Bar + Kitchen
Small bites for hipsters who want to lounge outside
200 Congress, 512-827-2750
congressaustin.com/second
Follow @CongressAustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Serrano’s
Classic Tex-Mex; casual local chain
1111 Red River, 512-322-9080
serranos.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

Six Lounge & the Tap Room
Hip, comfy lounge offering late-night snacks
117 W. 4th, 512-472-6662
sixlounge.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Late Night

Stony’s Mobile Pizza Kitchen
East Coast pizza truck
6th & Red River, 512-287-0666
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
Rustic and relaxed barbecue joint; live music
801 Red River, 512-480-8341
stubbsaustin.com
Follow @StubbsAustin
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Jazzy, old-school elegance; steaks
300 Colorado, 512-495-6504
sullivansteakhouse.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Sushi Zushi
Swanky, modern sushi and Japanese with some atmosphere
1611 W. 5th, 512-474-7000
sushizushi.com
Locations: Downtown
Upscale: Trendy

Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria
Pizzeria and authentic Italian bistro; lively and comfortable
258 W. 2nd, 512-477-1001
tavernabylombardi.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Thai Passion
Classic Thai food in an artsy atmosphere
620 Congress, 512-472-1244
thaipassion.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Late Night

III Forks
Luxurious steakhouse and lounge
111 Lavaca, 512-474-1776
iiiforks.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Upscale, Tried & True

24 Diner
Updated comfort food and breakfast; sleek and modern
600 N. Lamar, 512-472-5400
24diner.com
Follow @24DinerATX
Location: Downtown
Categories: Late Night, 24 Hour

219 West
Eclectic American paired with a large drink menu; casual lounge vibe
612 W. 6th, 512-474-2194
219west.com
Follow @219WestATX
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Trace
Sleek dining room off the ultra-hip W lounge scene
200 Lavaca, 512-542-3660
traceaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Trendy

Trio (Café at the Four Seasons)
Hotel restaurant with a view of the lake; seafood and steaks
98 San Jacinto Blvd, 512-685-8300
fourseasons.com/austin/dining.html
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Vince Young Steakhouse
Sleek steakhouse
301 San Jacinto Blvd, 512-457-8325
vinceyoungsteakhouse.com
Follow @vysteakhouse
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Walton’s Fancy and Staple
Cozy gourmet deli and bakery
609 W. 6th, 512-542-3380
waltonsfancyandstaple.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Comfy Cafes

Wefuse
Fresh Japanese/French fusion
120 E. 4th, 512-236-1011
wefuse.net
Location: Downtown
Category: Cheap Eats

Whole Foods
Large variety of cuisines in a huge, local organic and all-natural grocery
601 N. Lamar Blvd, 512-476-1206
wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried & True

Z’Tejas (Old West Austin)
Upscale Southwestern; lively and popular with a large bar
1110 W. 6th, 512-478-5355
ztejas.com
Follow @ZTejas
Location: Downtown
Category: Tried and True

Zocalo Café
Light, trendy Tex-Mex; margaritas, sangria
1110 West Lynn, 512-472-8226
zocalocafe.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trendy, Comfy Cafes

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