Where to Eat in Austin

Navigating the crowds and lines at SXSW can be tiresome and frustrating. To make life a little easier, we've put together a list of some of our favorite places to eat in the Capital City. Bon appétit.

The Top 10 Places to Eat in Central Austin

Wink
Tiny, mod, small portions, best scallops, New American
1014 N. Lamar Blvd, 512-482-8868
inkrestaurant.com
Location: Central
Category: Trendy

Fabi + Rosi European Kitchen
Cool cottage, outdoor dining, bistro
509 Hearn, 512-236-0642
fabiandrosi.com
Location: Central
Categories: Upscale, Romantic, Trendy

Fino
Modern, outdoor lounge scene, tapas
2905 San Gabriel, 512-474-2905
astiaustin.com/fino/
Location: Central
Category: Trendy

Asti Trattoria
Modern, open kitchen, hipsters, Italian
408 E. 43rd, 512-451-1218
astiaustin.com
Location: Central
Category: Trendy

Vino Vino
Cavernous yet cozy, smart staff, wine, New American
4119 Guadalupe, 512-465-9282
vinovinotx.wordpress.com/
Location: Central
Category: Romantic

House Pizzeria
Casual, homemade root beer, unusual toppings
5111 Airport Blvd., 512-600-4999
housepizzeria.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant
Casual, Ethiopian
2804 N. I-35, 512-469-5966
astersethiopian.com
Location: Central
Categories: Comfy Cafes

Food Heads
Outdoor space, specialty sandwiches, vegetarian options
616 W 34th St, 512-420-8400
foodheads.com
Location: Central
Categories: Veggie Delight, Tried & True

Dirty Martin’s Place
Small, greasy, old-fashioned burgers
2808 Guadalupe 512-477-3173
dirtymartins.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Casual, Hyde Park mainstay, Southern
4206 Duval, 512-458-3168
hydeparkbarandgrill.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

The Top Ten Places to Eat in Downtown

The Driskill Grill
Historical building, formal, New American
604 Brazos, 512-474-5911
driskillgrill.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Upscale, Romantic

Jeffrey’s
Quiet, fine dining, New American
1204 West Lynn, 512-477-5584
jeffreysofaustin.com
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

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

Aquarelle
Lovely, quiet, French
606 Rio Grande, 512-479-8117
aquarellerestaurant.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

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

Lambert’s Downtown Barbeque
Live music, historic building, steaks and barbecue
401 W 2nd, 512-494-1500
lambertsaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Trio
Hotel restaurant, view of the lake, seafood and steaks
98 San Jacinto Blvd, 512-685-8300
fourseasons.com/austin/dining.html/
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

Jezebel
Formal yet modern, romantic, American
914 Congress, 512-499-3999
restaurantjezebel.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Upscale

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

The Top Ten Places to Eat on the East Side

Nubian Queen Lola’s
Share tables, comfort and cajun food
1815 Rosewood Ave, 512-474-5652
Location: East Side
Category: Comfy Cafes

Eastside Café
Tiny house, big garden, organic and vegetarian
2113 Manor Rd., 512-476-5858
eastsidecafeaustin.com
Location: East Side
Category: Veggie Delight

Sam’s BBQ
Small joint, late-night service, barbecue
2000 E. 12th, 512-478-0378
Location: East Side
Category: Cheap Eats

Justine’s
Hip, French
4710 E. 5th,512-385-2900
justines1937.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trailers

East Side King
On the patio of the Liberty Bar, quirky, Asian fusion
1618 1/2 E. 6th
eastsidekingaustin.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

East Side Show Room
Funky, wine in mason jars, revamped eclectic
1100 E 6th, 512-467-4280
eastsideshowroom.com
Location: East Side
Category: Veggie Delight

Vivo
Colorful, exotic patio, Mexican
2015 Manor Rd., 512-482-0300
vivo-austin.com
Location: East Side
Category: Cheap Eats

Uncorked Tasting Room
Cool spot, view of downtown, wine bar, New American
900 E. 7th, 512-524-2809
uncorkedtastingroom.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

Buenos Aires Café East
Casual, limited Argentine menu
1201 E. 6th, 512-444-7770
buenosairescafe.com
Location: East Side
Category: Romantic

El Chile Eastside
Hip, loud, interior Mexican
1809 Manor Rd, 512-457-9900
elchilecafe.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

The Top 10 Places to Eat on South Congress

Enoteca Vespaio
Italian grocery, limited outdoor dining, pizza, pasta
1610 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-6100
austinvespaio.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Trendy

Vespaio
Cool space, buzzing bar, Italian
1610 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-6100
austinvespaio.com
Location: S Congress
Categories: Upscale, Trendy, Romantic

Perla’s
Airy space with aquarium, killer patio, seafood
1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-291-7300
perlasaustin.com
Location: S Congress
Categories: Trendy, Upscale

Home Slice Pizza
Casual counter service, small, classic and unusual pizza
1415 S. Congress Ave., 512-444-7437
homeslicepizza.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Tried & True

South Congress Café
Casual, loud, crowded, Southwestern
1600 S. Congress Ave., 512-447-3905
southcongresscafe.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Trendy

Botticelli’s
Intimate, simple Italian
1321 S. Congress, 512-916-1315
botticellissouthcongress.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Romantic

Woodland
Hipster hangout, upscale comfort food
1716 S. Congress Avenue, 512-441-6800
oodlandaustin.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Trendy

Southside Pizza
South Austin staple, thin-crust pizza
2206 S. Congress, 512-442-4246
southsideflyingpizza.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Comfy Cafes

Snack Bar
Modern, quirky, tapas and the like
1224 S. Congress Ave., 512-445-2626
snackbaraustin.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Trendy

The Mighty Cone
Trailer, Hudson’s on the Bend offshoot, eclectic
1603 S Congress Ave., 512-383-9609
mightycone.com
Location: S Congress
Category: Trailers

The Top Ten Places to Eat in the South Lamar/Barton Springs Area

Uchi
Ultra-hip, fresh, sushi
801 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-916-4808
uchiaustin.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Trendy, Upscale

Olivia
Modern, great patio, French and Mediterranean
2043 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-804-2700
olivia-austin.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Upscale

Zax Pints and Plates
Casual, New American, large selection of beer on tap
312 Barton Springs Rd, 512-481-0100
zaxaustin.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Trendy

Artz Rib House
Live music, barbecue
2330 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-442-8283
artzribhouse.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Tried & True

Flip Happy Crepes
Trailer vibe, hearty and sweet crêpes
400 Josephine, 512-552-9034
fliphappycrepes.com.
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth

Paggi House
Romantic, outdoor deck, New American
200 Lee Barton Dr, 512-473-3700
paggihouse.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Trendy

Romeo’s
Cozy, Italian
1500 Barton Springs Rd, 512-476-1090
romeosrestaurants.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Romantic

Shady Grove
Hippie spot, groovy patio, burgers and the like
1624 Barton Springs Rd, 512-474-9991
theshadygrove.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Tried & True, Comfy Cafés

P. Terry’s
Organic take on classic burgers
404 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-473-2217
pterrys.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats

Threadgill’s World Headquarters
Austin landmark, live music, homestyle grub
301 W. Riverside Dr., 512-472-9304
threadgills.com
Location: S Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Tried & True

The Best Places to Eat on the Cheap

888
Casual, pan-Asian
2400 E. Oltorf, 512-448-4722
888panasian.com
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats

Austin Daily Press (Late Night)
Food cart, pressed sandwiches
900 Red River, 512-644-2959
austindailypress.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Austin Frigid Frog
Casual, Hawaiian shaved ice stand
1219 S. Lamar Blvd, 512-825-6464
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Sweet-Tooth, Cheap Eats

Bananarchy
Casual, frozen banana food

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