Restaurants in Austin

50% Off Coffee and Tea at Café Crème

Austin

$4 $2

(13)

Baristas whip up steaming cups white chocolate mocha, lattes, and frozen specialties such as caramel frappé, while customers enjoy free wifi

43% Off Modern Southwestern Cuisine at Corazon at Castle Hill

Old West Austin

$30 $17

(190)

Southwestern and Mexican flavors weave through plates of potato-corn sope with wild mushrooms and new york strip steak with red-wine sauce

Half 50% Off Ethiopian Food at Habesha Restaurant & Bar

Windsor Park

$30 $15

(59)

Traditional Ethiopian vegetarian and meat dishes served with injera, a type of flatbread used to scoop up bites of food

$10 for Buffet Food at Indian Palace

Northwest Hills - Far West

$10 $5

(119)

Fresh dinner and lunch buffets lead culinary journeys through northern India with dishes tossed in rich curry or smoked in a tandoor oven

$10 for Pub Food at RC Fowlers

Northwest Austin

$20 $10

Family-friendly sports bar features wings with more than 25 sauces such at atomic buffalo, as well as burgers, pizzas, and salads

$6 for Mexican Food at Jalisco's Restaurant & Bar

Sweetbriar

$12 $6

(92)

Orange-tinged walls and live music evoke a pastoral cantina as diners feast on dishes such as beef enchiladas, chicken mole, and carne asada

Up to 53% Off Persian Fare at Shandeez Grill Restaurant

Northwest Austin

$15 $7

(98)

Saffron-infused kebabs and stews accompany hookahs and live music

Up to 50% Off Coffee and Café Fare at It's a Grind Coffee House

Milwood

$8 $4

(73)

Baristas blend drinks with coffee beans that are harvested from rainforest-friendly farms and roasted in small batches to maximize flavor

Up to 40% Off at Dickey's Barbecue Pit

620/Anderson Mill Road

$20 $11.99

(41)

Brisket, pulled pork, and racks of ribs smoked in-house

Half Off Mexican Seafood at Mariscos Tampico

North Lamar

$30 $15

Micheladas complement freshly shucked oysters, siete mares soup, and ceviche in colorful eatery with karaoke nights.

$5 for Mexican Food at Jalapeno's Taco Bar

Govalle

$10 $5

Large menu of Mexican favorites including fajitas, huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, burritos, and tortas

50% Off Brisket, Ribs, and Sausage

Austin

$16 $8

Texas-style barbecue comes in the form of slow-smoked ribs, sausage, and brisket

45% Off at Pizza Fresh Italian Eatery

Austin

$10 $5.50

Cooks assemble ready-made pizzas and slices, as well as take-and-bake pies to prepare at home

45% Off Mexican Cuisine at El Sol y La Luna Restaurant

Downtown

$20 $11

(336)

Iconic Mexican restaurant serves traditional and modern takes on the classics; occasional live entertainment

Up to 45% Off Mexican Food at Guero's Taco Bar

South Congress

$20 $11

Mexican dishes—including vegan and gluten-free options—such as enchiladas crowned with a fried egg, shrimp fajitas, and 12 types of tacos

50% Off Sushi and Pan-Asian Cuisine at Imperia

Imperia Asian Kitchen + Sushi

$30 $15

(311)

Acclaimed sushi chef rolls creative seafood in colorful combinations to go with Asian salads, edamame, pad thai, and more

Up to 46% Off Oaxacan Dinner at El Naranjo

Rainey Street

$60 $36

(143)

Restaurant owners bring their Oaxacan cuisine to Austin and anchor it in moles, poblano sauces, and rich meats

Up to Half Off at Big Bad BBQ

Bouldin

$10 $5.50

Memphis- and Texas-style barbecue, including brisket smoked for 12 hours, slow-smoked chicken and pulled pork, and housemade sides

45% Off

Austin

$11 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Blimpie – Up to 50% Off

Austin

$10 $5

National sub shop fills bellies with sandwiches and wraps that feature freshly sliced meats and quality toppings

Up to 53% Off at Molcas Mexican Restaurant

Spicewood Office Park

$15 $7

Recently remodeled eatery brimming with homemade tortilla soup, savory tamales, and Yucatán specialties

Up to Half Off at Shore Club Restaurant & Bar

Northwest Travis

$21 $11

(19)

Restaurant along Lake Travis boasts lobster mac 'n' cheese, bourbon chops, and habanero-barbecue-shrimp tacos served alongside live music

Up to 50% Off Southern Comfort Food at TenOak

Downtown

$20 $11

Crispy chicken and waffles, pulled-pork sliders, and small-batch bourbon served amid polished wood tables and sturdy metal chandeliers

40% Off at Oishi Japanese Fusion

Dobie Mall, 1st Floor

$20 $12

Sushi rolls with prawn, spicy crab, mango sauce, and shrimp tempura alongside dishes of spicy chicken and teriyaki beef

$10 for Sub Sandwiches at Subs Plus

Windsor Hills

$10 $5

Stop in for a lunchtime sub featuring deli meats, gyro meat, and meatballs

Half Off Espresso and Italian Café Cuisine at Lavazza Espression

Downtown

$5 $2.50

(15)

Espresso, gelato, ciabatta-bread sandwiches, and torta salata served alongside dessert coffee innovations

50% Off Asian-Polynesian Fusion Food at Rockadive Austin

Native South Food Park (Next to Moontower Saloon)

$20 $10

Food truck blends Asian, Polynesian, Filipino, and Latin flavors into dishes such sweet pulled pork, fish tacos, Spam sandwiches, and lumpia

$10 for Dinner at Alborz Persian Cuisine

North Shoal Creek

$20 $10

Kitchen staff crafts traditional platefuls of meaty kebabs, house stews, and vegetarian dishes

Up to 39% Off Pizzeria Cuisine at Craig O's

Lakeway

$18 $11

Chefs make dough, meatballs, sauces, and pasta all from scratch, including some gluten-free items

Half Off Tasting Menu for 2, 4, or 6 at Hudson's on the Bend

Austin

$110 $55

(797)

Chefs add innovative sauces to wild-game dishes lauded in an Austin Chronicle reader poll; served on a rustic garden patio

45% Off Indian Food at Royal India

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

A tandoor oven roasts chicken and ground lamb; eight types of curry season meats; vegetarian options feature housemade cheese

48% Off at Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant

Austin

$21 $11

(188)

Sumptuous portions of traditional stews and vegetarian dishes fill one of Texas Monthly’s Top 10 Places to Eat in Central Austin

The Frisco – Up to 51% Off Diner Lunch or Dinner

Brentwood

$55.75 $29

Chicken-fried steak, meatloaf sandwiches, and coconut-cream pie voted Austin's best by the Chronicle at a retro diner open since 1953

50% Off Burgers, Pizza, and Ice Cream at Big River Grill

Spring Branch

$10 $5

Menu can satisfy any craving with a selection that includes pepperoni pizza, caramel apple pie ice cream, cheeseburgers, and gyro wraps

50% Off Southwestern Cuisine at Chisos Grill

Hill Country Galleria

$30 $15

(69)

Southwest-inspired cuisine includes steaks, burgers, fresh seafood, and a menu 80% naturally gluten free

40% Off Argentinean Dinner Cuisine at Buenos Aires Café

Hills Country Galleria

$30 $18

(113)

Empanadas filled with spiced beef and raisins, housemade cinnamon-pumpkin gnocchi, and roasted pork tenderloin topped with chimichurri

40% Off at The Green Mesquite BBQ & More

Round Rock

$20 $12

(20)

Barbecue cooked over slow-burning mesquite wood, including smoked wings, brisket, and pork ribs, plus cheesesteak tacos and catfish plates

Austin Restaurant Guide

If it can be tossed on a grill and slathered in barbecue sauce, it probably can be found at one of the many Austin restaurants that keep things classically Texas. But even though the city may have made its culinary name with sweet, smoky briskets and ribs, new and not-so-new cooking styles have made Austin a foodie destination.

Thanks to the popularity of “Tex-Mex” cuisine, Matt’s El Rancho on South Lamar has managed to become an Austin institution for more than 60 years. Since that time, Tex-Mex dining in Austin has gone uptown with Nuevo Mexican restaurants such as Manuel’s, an upscale Mexican eatery located in downtown Austin, and Garrido’s, a Warehouse District spot that marries traditional Mexican cooking with modern techniques. Foodies who consider eating an adventure are flocking to newcomers on the Austin dining scene including The Afin Modern Japanese Tapas Bar on North Lamar Boulevard, which turns out stunning sushi creations, and Foreign & Domestic, on East 53rd Street, where they utilizes local ingredients to reinvent classic American dishes at this updated take on the diner. Newcomers Asia Café (Sichuan), Indian Spicy Kitchen (Indian) and Mi Kefcito (Cuban) are also worth checking out.

Still, barbecue reigns supreme among Austin food worshippers and one of the newest places is Franklin Barbecue on East 11th Street, recently named the best barbecue restaurant in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Lines form early here (about 10 a.m.) and Franklin only serves lunch, so plan accordingly. Other places where the barbecue is popular include Live Oak Barbecue on East 2nd Avenue and longtime Austin favorites Stubbs, (located on Red River Street), Sam’s BBQ (on East 12th Street), and Ironworks BBQ (downtown Austin). From traditional Texas chow to unique Southwestern twists on international dishes, Austin is now one of the top favorites for unique taste adventures.

But even though the city may have made its culinary name with sweet, smoky briskets and ribs, new and not-so-new cooking styles have made Austin a foodie destination.
 

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In 1912, George Kamburis set sail from Patmos, Greece. Once in America, he made his way to Montgomery, Alabama, and began peddling ice cream from a cart. He eventually saved enough money to buy a fruit stand and then a café—the Coffee Pot. Sadly, that eatery burned down, but with the help of his brother, George soon opened a new restaurant, the Normandy Café. Today, George’s grandchildren have recreated his vision, this time giving the restaurant a contemporary name and contemporary cuisine: Satellite Bistro & Bar.

Although the bistro’s menu pays homage to the Kamburis family's Greek roots with Mediterranean dishes such as steak gyros and flaming saganaki cheese, its chefs draw inspiration from around the globe. Entrees of oven-roasted chicken, seared diver scallops, and bone-in french-cut pork chops are glazed in sauces ranging from an orchid beurre blanc to a cognac cream sauce. Latin influences show in fish tacos and enchiladas, and Asian traditions yield thai stir-fry and jumbo shrimp paired with mango and wontons. During weekend brunches, innovative creations such as ice-cream-battered french toast and panko-breaded salmon croquettes grace the table.

These modernized dishes are surrounded by equally modern decor dreamt up by Michael Hsu. Photomurals featuring an astronaut and a cityscape surround diners who perch on azure seats amid cherry-red countertops and stone pillars. On summery days, guests lounge on stuffed couches on the patio and pretend the sun is more than just a giant light bulb screwed into the sky. When the weekend comes round, musicians tickle the ivories on a baby grand in the lounge, evoking Ray Charles and Harry Connick Jr. As they listen, audiences sip wines from California and Argentina or martinis and specialty cocktails.

5900 W Slaughter Ln
Austin,
TX
US

When Ben Googins met Rio de Janeiro native Elias Martins while teaching English in Brazil in 1998, he couldn't have guessed that the two would wind up making pão de queijo—cheese bread—on an episode of the Cooking Channel's FoodCrafters with celebrity chef Aida Mollenkamp. Their journey began as Googins learned more and more about the Portuguese language and the generous, hospitable Brazilian culture via Martins's family and their flavorful cooking. The duo eventually moved to Austin in 2006, bent on realizing their dream of opening their own restaurant. After their handmade foods gained popularity at the downtown farmers' market, their all-natural malagueta sauces appeared in Austin's flagship Whole Foods store. They finally opened Rio's Brazilian Café in 2010, where Googins now makes caipirinhas and Martins creates contemporary and traditional Brazilian recipes from scratch. The last Saturday of every month, Martins treats diners to feijoada, a classic Brazilian stew made with pork, beef, sausage, black beans, and the juice of one soccer ball.

He still, of course, makes the restaurant's renowned cheese bread. The basil variety was the favorite of Fearless Critic, which noted that the restaurant is "one of the few places where carnivores, vegetarians, and gluten-intolerant diners can all happily coexist." The restaurant was also a Critics' Pick for Most Charming Brazilian Outpost in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2011, and has appeared in numerous publications and on TV shows such as Good Day Austin and Fox 7 News. According to Eater Austin, celebrities Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara have noshed at the cozy eatery, whose bright yellow and green exterior and outdoor patio give way to a similarly vibrant and eclectic dining area.

408 N Pleasant Valley Rd.
Austin,
TX
US

Aromas of baking sourdough, amber rye, and brioche bread waft from the ovens of Texas French Bread, winner of the Austin Chronicle's Restaurant Poll Readers award for Best Bread in 2009, 2010, and 2011. For the past three decades, these ovens have been churning out artisan breads, pastries, and desserts made from scratch, and under the helm of brothers Ben and Murphy Willcott, the ovens now cook a dinner menu of local and sustainable rustic French fare, earning a place in the top five on the Growers Alliance of Central Texas's Truly Local 2011 restaurants survey. Yet neither of the brothers set out to be bakers. Murph, a Harvard law-school graduate and lawyer, and Ben, a student of English literature, both enjoyed staying up late, cooking, and coordinating aprons with spatulas so they decided to take over Texas French Bread with the goal of turning it from bakery into bistro because, as Murph claims, "rock star and/or Hollywood movie mogul seemed like a stretch."

In the kitchen, Ben crafts a weekly rotating menu hewn under the guidelines of famed chef Alice Waters, with local, fresh, and simple ingredients from the urban farms of Boggy Creek and Angel Valley, served in season at their peak. Meanwhile, the pastry chef sculpts key-lime tartlets, cupcakes, and cream puffs to accompany cups of coffee or espresso drinks made with locally roasted beans from Anderson's Coffee Company. The house blend combines premium East African beans with a Costa Rican hard bean, barrel-cooked to a medium-brown, full-city roast to jump-start mornings without licking a car battery.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin,
TX
US

“We hold the record for world’s smallest food truck,” Verts Kebap owner Michael declares in a prominent German accent. “They are Smart cars, all three of them. They took a year to develop.” German engineers spent those 12 months retrofitting sinks, refrigeration units, and food warmers into the backs of cars each roughly the size of two stacked bathtubs. But the record-setting vehicles—which each hold 50 sandwiches or one competitive eater who just ate 50 sandwiches—have a greater function. “They are for learning about the city, and teaching the city about our food. That’s how we hope to bring our food to the U.S.”

Verts is a casual-dining concept built around the döner kebap sandwich, which over the last 40 years has became the most popular fast food in Germany. “It doesn’t exist in the U.S.,” Michael explains. “We are wanting to share that.” While pursuing their MBAs, Verts founders Michael and Dominik craved the street food from their native country, inspiring their business concept. Their tasty pita-stuffed sandwiches employ Texas-raised meat, locally made bread, and house-made sauces––all the same composition as those found in Germany. That’s not to mention Turkish-style seasonings of pepper spices, basil, cayenne, and paprika.

The mobile food trucks, while conceptually innovative, are meant to bring people into their stubbornly immobile restaurants. They believe this is their true calling. “We get many people coming from Germany. People who have been in the military or traveled across Europe. Students. They are all happy to have those tastes again. And we are pleased to bring them."

406 Congress Avenue
Austin,
TX
US

The sandwich at the center of Big Daddy's Burgers & Bar’s monster burger challenge certainly earns its title. Atop a three-pound beef patty, Chef Justin Trapani adds a pound of fries or hand-breaded onion and poblano rings, cheese, and three sauces. A place on the wall of fame, a T-shirt, and free meal awaits anyone who can devour the beastly burger in 33 minutes or fewer.

Though not as intimidating as the monster, Justin’s other 24 gourmet burgers likewise cater to hearty appetites. For the Big Lebowski burger, for instance, he stuffs a half-pound of beef with cheddar and pork belly before topping it with wasabi mayo and, upon request, dressing it in sandals and a bathrobe. A fried egg crowns another half-pounder served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Diners can bolster these already loaded burgers with toppings such as house-cured pickled jalapenos or plum-ginger sauce. They can even customize patties and buns; Justin happily switches either with options such as a panko-crusted shrimp patty or a jalapeno-cheddar bun.

To complement Justin’s impressive burgers, which continuously emerge from grills until 1:30 a.m., bartenders serve myriad wines and beers, including 11 Texas brews. Specialty drinks include flights of frozen beverages such as screwdrivers, as well as adult shakes such as Strawberry Fields Forever, a blend of strawberry puree and strawberry-flavored vodka. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. every night, giving patrons ample time to savor libations while enjoying the flat-screen TVs or weekly live entertainment.

9070 Research Blvd, Ste 101
Austin,
TX
US

College is a place that often kindles lasting friendships, as well as lasting eating habits based on haphazard diets of chips and day-old pizza. Chris Sanchez and Patrick Ortiz, proprietors of Simply Fit Meals, have managed to buck the latter part of this trend. The friendship they forged at the University of Houston continued after graduation, even as Patrick pursued a career in hotel management and Chris entered the world of marketing, eventually serving as store marketing director for Whole Foods. Their shared passion for healthy eating brought their disparate career paths together to form Simply Fit Meals, an amalgamation of Patrick's chef skills and Chris's marketing prowess.

The challenge behind each one of Simply Fit Meals' recipes involves finding an equal balance between nutrition and flavor so that clients can stick to a regimen that's easy to maintain, unlike fad diets that involve raw foods consumed only in prime-numbered portions. The science of it, says Chris, is making it taste as if it's been freshly made, even after reheating, and to this end, Chris and Patrick are both avid consumers of their own meals. Chris claims he could eat—and has eaten—their mac 'n' cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The culinary team uses locally raised, free-range meats such as chicken and bison in virtually all of their creations, and concocts fresh-made ingredients whenever possible. The in-house dietitian guides clients toward their own fitness goals, as opposed to those dictated by fashion magazines or sentient elevators, who often lack tact.

2405 Nueces St
Austin,
TX
US