Peaceful vibes, warrior poses, and barbacoa bowls.
Claire Smith's redo of Shade gives the Heights a new rising star.
Top Chef winner Kristen Kish helms the kitchen at the Line Hotel.
A morning mecca for coffee, baked goods, and eggs Benedict.
You could eat like a bird here, but you won't want to.
Chef Bryce Gilmore is as inventive as ever at this barn-wood-clad enclave.
Remodeled digs and a reimagined menu give this Village mainstay new life.
Big celebrations, buzzy business dinners, romantic trysts—Biga brings the glamour and a menu to match (all the better if you can get a perch on the balcony over the river). Our fave rave this visit: wild game packets on radicchio and Bibb, chicken-fried oysters on beet “noodles,” and an…
Follow the starlight to Bliss, for celebratory dining just south of downtown.
The extensive array of restaurants at Pearl Brewery seems to touch every culinary base, particularly the Boiler House’s eclectic mélange of Texan dishes. Where else in town can you get Dr Pepper tomatillo hog jowls? Or bison tartare? But we were more conservative on this visit and went for an…
Enjoy steaks and seafood under an antler chandelier at old-school Bonnell’s.
Fresh. Fun. Beyond standards.
The cocktails are great and the food better than it has to be in this charming 1800's farmhouse.
This cozy hideaway offers varied selections for lunch and dinner and a brunch menu that will dress up any Sunday morning.
Imagine: A tasting menu without pretense, pressure, or pocket-picking. For $40, you buy the Experience, an eat-what-you-want selection drawn from some twenty small courses. (Desserts, larger, are an additional $9 each.) You can share or not; our group of three not-ravenous diners was perfectly satisfied after five protein courses and…
An urban-chic hotel cafe offering an array of flavorful fare morning, noon, and night.
Eclectic Texas-y dishes in the Carpenter Hotel.
White-tablecloth cuisine in a turn-of-the-century ranch house.
The Four Seasons' revamped restaurant is eclectic but approachable.
The neighborhood goes global at this citrus-fresh Castle Hills spot.
A dining experience to match the town’s superlative art.
Enjoy a Texas ranch–inspired menu on a tree-shaded patio in East Austin.
Côte is the perfect getaway, whether one is staying at High Hill Farm or just taking a drive to Arp for an evening at the resort’s exceptional restaurant. Though definitely a special-occasion venue, the atmosphere is as simple as the food is delightful. Executive chef Erin Willis chooses locally sourced…
A sleek remodel at the Lancaster Hotel.
Elevated Texas fare with a Mediterranean slant.
A true shrine to swine.
Attention, residents of The Woodlands: there’s a reason to stay in town for dinner. Attention, Houstonians: there’s a reason to leave town for dinner! In this posh community 40 miles north of Houston, an extremely ambitious tasting menu is being floated at Cureight, located in a nice (if plain) white-tablecloth…
“Everything is from around here” the menu modestly announces. But even if it didn’t, you’d likely get the picture. A tray of recently harvested heirloom tomatoes sits on the counter, waiting to be chopped up; scattered with venison machacado, bright green (hot!) chiles, and cotija cheese; and bathed…
Chef Mark Holley gives Davis St. new life.
Located on the first floor of the newly opened Hotel Indigo, this hip spot is the brainchild of local restaurateurs John Geske and John Bauer. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the vibrant downtown scene indoors while the interior boasts industrial features like sleek furniture and naked ductwork. Locally sourced ingredients provide the…
This showstopper of a dining room and bar honors Angelina Eberly, the brave woman who shot a cannonball into the night to warn her fellow Austinites that Sam Houston’s minions were making off with the archives of the Republic of Texas, thereby moving the nascent state capital to Houston. Given…
Standards for dining on the historic Hood County Courthouse square have been significantly elevated since chef Michael Watkins took over the kitchen at this lovely retreat. Wrapped in warmth by 1880s-era stone walls, the setting feels right for celebrating an event or just enjoying a weeknight dinner. We’re fond of…
Local products star in elegant dishes served with sides of Southern charm.
We want to try everything on the menu at Rebecca Rather's new spot.
Handsome space with fresh takes on classic dishes.
Innovative Emmer & Rye is an oasis of calm on rowdy Rainey Street.
There's no lovelier setting for an alfresco lunch.
As Dripping Springs grows apace, so do its dining options. Epicure, located in a small strip center, may be tiny, but it makes a serious culinary statement with a varied menu punctuated by Asian and Mediterranean influences. Appetizers include a decadent take on that seventies classic, rumaki (bacon-wrapped dates stuffed…
SPI's new hot spot for "food and beverage."
The talented chefs behind the charming bistro at Fredericksburg Herb Farm are now serving tasty food at every meal. Start the day with crispy chicken and waffles sprinkled with toasted almonds and drizzled with honey or with a cinnamon roll warm from the oven and dotted with golden raisins (hurry,…
Locally sourced and seasonal fare on wheels.
Fauna is reborn under chef Peter Barlow.
Bold Southwestern flavors from legendary chef Dean Fearing.
A big presence in a small space, with lively pop art and European-tinged comfort food.
Nutritious fare served in a happy space.
Serving beguiling nose-to-tail dinners for a decade.
Elevated modern food in a sleek Design District setting.
Expect an imaginative roster of small plates at this handsome, dimly lit space in the Hotel Van Zandt.
A smart, stylish setting pampers a discerning downtown clientele.
We love to gather with friends at this cozy wine bar and share a round of delicious small plates, be they fried brussels sprouts topped with bacon or cabrito nachos or ahi lettuce wraps. If you prefer an entrée have no fear: there are plenty of tempting offerings, like tacos,…