Mar 20, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Family-owned restaurant with authentic Mediterranean food and a legendary lunch buffet.

Bella on the River

Dec 3, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Tucked away beneath the Esquire Bar, Bella on the River is overlooked by most River Walk diners, except for those in the know (and those with reservations). The cozy, table-packed interior seems less like a building than a cave or grotto—maybe an underground cafe in a city far older than…


Sep 11, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A mainstay for special occasions for nearly two decades, Bernard evokes Tuscan ristorantes of vacations past. We started with delicately seasoned escargots maison, with the usual garlic butter sauce and herbes de Provence. Continuing the shell theme, we chose pasta aux fruits de mer, a lovely concoction of shrimp, scallops,…

Cedars Mediterranean Mezza & Grill

Feb 27, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Here you’ll find an array of dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious: hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, dolmades, roasted cauliflower, moussaka, coriander potatoes—we drool just thinking about them. Beef, chicken, or lamb wrapped in warm pita is another crowd pleaser.

Fig & Olive

Dec 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

This sleek newcomer to the Galleria offers sophisticated Mediterranean fare.

Istanbul Grill

Jul 17, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Sundance Square’s newest addition offers dishes that manage that magical balance of exquisite flavors and lovely appearance. The meze platter serves as a perfect survey of appetizers, with smoky-tart eggplant in the baba ghanoush; dill-wal- nut-infused yogurt in the haydari; and finely chopped tomato, cucumber, onion, and pomegranate in the…

La Zona

Feb 16, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Italy meets Spain in a hip cocktail lounge and coffee bar with satisfying tapas and pizza.


Jun 9, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Summer doesn't get any better than alfresco dining at this chic East Austin brasserie.


May 1, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A gracious setting for a wide-ranging menu in the Hotel Alessandra.

Manara Cafe

Dec 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Manara Cafe’s new location is an improvement on the old spot, warmer and more welcoming. Thankfully, their menu is the same delicious fare that has made them a staple in town. If your party is big enough, we recommend ordering the vegetable platter entrée as a starter, so you can…

Mediterranean Turkish Grill

Jun 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Turkish cuisine rivals other Old World culinary traditions with its tabletop of nibbles, complex stews, and pilafs. This modestly furnished family-owned restaurant has an impressive menu illustrating the A to Z of Turkish cookery, each dish nicely portioned for a table of friends to share. We started with a meze…

Next Bistro

Jan 22, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A swanky remodel highlights chef Ying Aikens's contemporary renditions of elegant dishes.

Ouzo Bay

Sep 30, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Greek-inspired seafood draws the crowds to this hot spot in the River Oaks District.


Jan 30, 2020 By Texas Monthly

Upscale Mediterranean in the heart of the Medical Center.


Feb 25, 2020 By Texas Monthly

Casual Mediterranean fare in Rice Village’s Politan Row.


Oct 21, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This unpretentious South Austin spot, its walls adorned with pithy wine quotes and artsy empty frames, has a great neighborhood feel. A cozy L-shaped interior leads to a perfect wine-drinking patio out back, where you can sample small(ish) plates from the Mediterranean-inflected menu, like blistered shishito peppers under a snowy…

Zino’s Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine

Oct 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Chef Zino Souikni has expanded and remodeled his west side restaurant to double its original size. Arched doorways, light blue walls, and tiled light fixtures bring a distinctly Greek flavor to the interior. Famous for its fall-off-the-bone osso buco braised in a richly thick red wine sauce, the menu also…

Zoukis Mediterranean

Jan 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The culinary culture has expanded with the addition of this lovely Greek-inspired cafe. We arrived hungry and started with the Zoukis Nachos, gigantic pita chips topped with hummus, feta, avocado, and a tangy garlic sauce. We were also delighted with the delicious steak shawarma with roasted potatoes.