Best restaurants in North Austin? From intimate Italian restaurants to bustling BBQ joints or Tex-Mex food trucks, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
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Here’s my list the best North Austin restaurants that are well worth a visit (or if you want to stay home, takeout, or deliver)!
The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla has developed an exceptional dining experience for Austin residents that offers the best contemporary Asian comfort food with a Southern twist. They started from a single food truck and have expanded to numerous brick-and-mortar restaurants, a full-service catering business, a venue space, and an airport unit over the years. At Peached Tortilla, they are all about creating a unique and memorable experience for their guests, whether it’s dinner and cocktail or their plated service wedding catering. They do a fried chicken and whiskey day every Wednesday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Ramen nights every Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm, and social hour on their patio every Tuesday to Sunday, 5 pm to 7 pm.
5520 Burnet Rd, Suite 100, thepeachedtortilla.com
Fonda San Miguel
If you’re looking for an excellent Mexican food experience in Austin, TX, look no further than Fonda San Miguel. This award-winning restaurant has been open since 1975 and features classic regional Mexican cuisine prepared with authentic recipes and the freshest ingredients. Fonda San Miguel is known as one of the finest dining establishments in the city, with an interior Mexican cuisine that has garnered national and international acclaim. Happy Hour happens on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 5 and 7 pm with appetizers half off on Quesadillas, breakfast Tacos al Pastor, Ceviche las Brisas and Tostada Compuestas. They also serve the best ice cream! Whether you’re planning to hold a large party or meeting or want to enjoy delicious enchiladas and margaritas, Fonda San Miguel is worth checking out.
2330 W. North Loop, Austin, TX fondasanmiguel.com
Stiles Switch is one of my favorite barbecue restaurants in Austin – the meat is always tender, and the sides are so good. Don’t miss the oak smoked chicken wings, Texas frito pie, and the St. Louis pork ribs.
6610 N Lamar Blvd, stilesswitchbbq.com
Little Ola’s Biscuits
Little Ola’s Biscuits is one of Austin’s best places to get biscuits. The biscuit sandwiches are top favorites, and you can build your own with whatever toppings you want. The cookies are also perfect and have a great selection of house-made spreads. The beverages are sourced from local Texas growers, so you know they’re fresh and delicious. If you’re ever in North Austin, check out Little Ola’s Biscuits! They are open Thursday to Monday, 7 am to 3 pm.
14735 Bratton Ln. #310, Austin, TX littleolasbiscuits.com
Ramen Tatsu-ya in North Austin is one of the best places to get authentic ramen. They specialize in regional styles of ramen, with pork, chicken, and veggie broth options. The no-frills approach is efficient and friendly, and the food is fantastic. The Hatch Chile Miso Ramen is a must-try, with wok-fired corn, hatch chiles, and chicken Karaage. It’s the perfect meal for anyone looking for something hearty and filling!
8557 Research Blvd, #126, Austin, TX ramen-tatsuya.com
Andiamo is a fine authentic Italian cuisine in Austin. In 2009, this Italian treasure was restored to its former glory as a shining example of Italian culture. The menu was updated with classic, seasonal Italian food based on local, fresh ingredients and time-tested recipes. Soon, Andiamo was featured on local news and gained attention for its authenticity on a national scale. Some bestsellers are Capesante con Basilico, pan-seared sea scallops, orange zest, basil, and green onions in a brandy orange cream sauce, and the Insalata di Finocchio which is shaved fennel, walnuts, and goat cheese in truffle olive oil.
2521 Rutland Drive, Austin, TX andiamoitaliano.com
Barley Swine first opened in 2010, and its goal is to use the products of local farmers and ranchers in every dish they serve. Executive Chef Bryce Gilmore is the source of inspiration for the restaurant’s ever-changing menu. Barley Swine is a place to gather with friends for a unique dining experience inspired by the friendliness and enthusiasm of the restaurant’s staff. They also collaborate closely with ZeroFoodprint, a non-profit devoted to assisting eateries and diners in understanding and minimizing their impact on climate change. Barley Swine is a place to celebrate good food and drink. One of the bestseller meals is the Rainbow Trout which is poached rainbow trout, sweet corn dashi, chile crisp marinated cherry tomatoes, pickled & grilled okra, and garden basil. Service begins at 5 pm, Thursday to Sunday.
6555 Burnet Road, Suite 400, Austin, TX barleyswine.com
Smokey Mo’s, the neighborhood barbecue joint, just opened in Round Rock at 17280 N FM 620. Popular smoked meats like the brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and jalapeno sausage. Sides like creamed corn, green beans, mac & cheese, buttered potatoes & more. Baked potatoes, Frito pie, Big Mo’s BBQ sandwich, Texas-style whiskey pecan pie, and banana pudding.
17280 N FM 620, Round Rock, Texas, smokeymosbbq.com
Established in 2006, Epoch Coffee serves Austin the best coffee, espresso drinks, loose leaf teas, Iced coffee, Iced Mojo, Iced teas, blended drinks, bottles drinks, East Side Pies, Green Cart sandwiches, and wraps. Epoch Coffee is furnished with various comfortable chairs and oddly shaped tables. There is a wide variety of vintage lighting and plenty of books to browse while drinking your coffee. One of the highlights of Epoch Coffee is they feature local artists’ paintings and artworks in their coffee shop. If you are an artist, you can contact them if you want your artwork displayed at Epoch Coffee.
221 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX epochcoffee.com
Fat Dragon is a humble, unpretentious Asian eatery featuring homemade dumplings, noodles, and fried rice. They specialize in making Chinese soup dumplings which are handmade from scratch. Try their Vegetable Egg Rolls, Crispy Skin Chicken Wings, and Shrimp Tempura. They also have soups like hot and sour soup, egg drop soup, miso soup, seafood tofu soup, and west lake beef soup. When visiting, never miss their handmade dumplings, like the original pork soup dumplings and chicken and napa cabbage dumplings. They also serve ramen, udon, fried rice, and entrees like pork, chicken, veggies, beef, seafood, and lamb. Dry pots, desserts, and drinks are also available in their restaurant.
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #109, fatdragonatx.com
French Quarter Grille
In 2011, French Quarter Grille started serving Gumbo and other traditional Cajun fares in a relaxed setting with artwork that New Orleans influences. They specialize in Gumbo & ÉTOUFFÉE dishes. Appetizers, delicious entrees, pasta, and salads are also available. You can also host your events in the restaurant, whether it’s about entertaining clients, treating out-of-town guests, or just celebrating something in general. They are closed every Monday and Sunday.
13000 I-35 #600 Austin, TX frenchquartergrilleaustin.com
At Huckleberry, they believe in using the finest ingredients to create a delicious and memorable experience for their guests. From corporate events to intimate gatherings, their team of chefs will work with you to choose the perfect menu for your occasion. In June 2020, they opened their food truck which is quickly gaining a reputation for its Gulf Coast-inspired comfort foods. What makes Huckleberry unique, however, is that they highlight ingredients that are sustainably sourced from local farms, ranches, and coastal waters. This commitment to sustainability sets Huckleberry apart from other restaurants in the area and has won them favor with environmentally conscious diners.
Inside of Still Austin Whiskey Co – 440 E St Elmo Rd Unit F, Austin, TX huckleberrytx.com
Balkan Cafe & Grill
The Balkan Cafe and Grill owners restored the property to resemble a European bar and pub. The façade features two beach-sand volleyball courts, a bar, and dog-friendly outdoor seating, while the interior proudly showcases Serbian culture. You can try the feta cheese fries or their Caprese panini as an appetizer, have a burger or sandwich as mains, and finish with a special cake as your dessert. They also serve fresh salads, coffee, teas, and other beverages.
11800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX balkancafeandgrill.com
Picnik is a cafe that specializes in better-for-you beverage and cocktail programs. They accommodate many diets and lifestyles, from paleo to vegan to plant-based. Their entire menu is gluten-free, peanut-free, and refined sugar-free. All of their food is made from scratch using the best possible ingredients. Naomi, the owner of Picnik, opened her first restaurant location in 2016 as a farm-to-table, all-day diner concept with options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as a result of the supportive response from the neighborhood. In 2018, Picnik introduced a range of valuable creamers, which are now offered in supermarkets like Whole Foods Market + Sprouts across the country. Today, you can enjoy their healthy, flavorful foods at any of their three restaurant locations in Austin, Texas. So whether you’re looking for a quick and healthy breakfast on the go or a leisurely meal with friends, Picnik is the perfect spot.
4801 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX picnikaustin.com
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Komé Sushi Kitchen
Komé Sushi Kitchen is Austin’s premier sushi destination, offering an extensive traditional and innovative Japanese cuisine menu. The restaurant is led by Executive Chef Paul Qui, a James Beard Award-winning chef featured on the Cooking Channel, Food Network, and Bravo’s Top Chef. Komé Sushi Kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal with friends or family. The restaurant offers wide sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri, an impressive selection of hot and cold dishes, and even sushi bento boxes.
There is something for everyone at Komé Sushi Kitchen, making it the perfect spot for a casual night or special occasion. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it at Komé Sushi Kitchen. So come on in and experience the best that Austin has to offer!
5301 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX kome-austin.com
Garbo’s Lobster is the answer if you’re looking for fresh seafood with an Austin twist. This seafood restaurant has been serving delicious lobster rolls to happy customers 50,000 times and counting. You can enjoy your food in the restaurant, take it out, or have them cater an event for you. And if you’re lucky enough to catch one of their pop-ups in your neighborhood, try one of their specialties, the Caviar Dog or the Pink Lady. Garbo’s is owned by two sisters whose father is a lobsterman. They grew up eating great seafood and want to share that experience with as many people as possible. So whether you’re looking for a relaxed meal with friends or a fun catering option for your next event, Garbo’s is a perfect choice.
12709 N. Mopac Expressway, Austin, TX garboslobsteratx.com
Ng Cafe in north Austin is a great place to enjoy delicious food. The cafe serves its signature specialty sandwiches and Thai-inspired cuisine, which are handmade by Nguyet every morning. The down-to-earth atmosphere and strip-mall location make this eatery an excellent choice for those looking for classic Thai and Vietnamese flavors. Be sure to try the latest cake flavor while it’s still available – fresh strawberry basil cake – the perfect summer treat!
13000 North Interstate 35, #200, Austin, TX ngcafeatx.com
Quality Seafood Market
Quality Seafood Market has been an Austin institution since 1938 when it started as a stall in Starr’s Fruit and Vegetable Market. Today, Quality Seafood Market is a renowned seafood restaurant known for its fresh and delicious seafood dishes. The experienced and talented catering team at Quality Seafood Market can make any event special, from weddings to corporate parties. And every Wednesday, you can enjoy Chef’s Selection Seafood Tacos and $1 off Big Waves Draft Beer. So whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a delicious meal or have your next event catered, check out Quality Seafood Market in North Austin.
5621 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX qualityseafoodmarket.com
Workhorse Bar in North Austin is a great new addition to the area’s best restaurants. The barn-style eatery offers a rustic-chic vibe with tree-stump chairs and 50 beers on tap. A new addition to their menu is a burger with grilled Grass-fed Beef on top of a Jalapeño Onion Goat Cheese, topped with grilled Canadian Bacon and Spicy BBQ Marinated Grilled Pineapple. Sweet Potato Fries are also a must-try. The bar is open until midnight every day (even on holidays) and has a full range of spirits, wine, and beer. There’s also street parking available all day. Workhorse Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and relax with friends.
100 E. North Loop Suite B, Austin, Texas workhorsebar.com
Titaya’s Thai Cuisine
If you’re in the mood for some sumptuous Thai food, you need to head over to Titaya’s Thai Cuisine in North Austin. This popular restaurant serves up both traditional and fusion dishes that are sure to please your taste buds. Some mouth-watering menu items include fresh bites, soups, refreshing dishes, fried rice, curry, noodles, stir-fry, and desserts. And if you’re looking for something to finish your meal with, they also have a great selection of beverages. So next time you’re in the mood for some good Thai food, check out Titaya’s Thai Cuisine.
5501 North Lamar Blvd Ste C101, Austin TX titayasthaicuisine.com
Nervous Charlie’s restaurant in North Austin is one of the best places to go for a delicious and simple bagel. The bagels are made with only the best ingredients, and they also have a variety of cream cheeses and sandwiches that are perfect for breakfast or brunch. A must-try is the bagel with flavored cream cheese. The atmosphere at Nervous Charlie’s is low-key and family-friendly, making it the perfect place to eat for a quick bite. Whether you’re looking for breakfast before work or a leisurely lunch with friends, Nervous Charlie’s is the spot for you.
5501 N Lamar Blvd Ste. B101, Austin, TX nervouscharlies.com
Slab BBQ & Beer
Slab BBQ & Beer is one of the perfect restaurants in all North Austin restaurants. It was founded on bringing you new flavors that may be a break from your traditional Texas BBQ. The restaurant combines the flavors of the South into a comprehensive menu. They pride themselves on offering all kinds of regional barbecue flavors, from savory St. Louis pork ribs to spicy Texas barbecue sandwiches. The restaurant also has great catering services, so you can bring their delicious barbecue to your next work event! And with a food truck and a sit-down restaurant available, you can drop by wherever it pleases you. Stop by for lunch or dinner today!
9012 Research Blvd C4, Austin, TX dopebbq.com
CAVA Mediterranean at the Domain
The CAVA Mediterranean Restaurant is a great spot for a quick, casual meal. Their menu offers something for everyone: customizable greens, grains bowls, pitas, and salads. There are also a variety of dips and spreads sold in-store, all made fresh daily in small batches. These products are free of additives and preservatives, and they’re also vegetarian-friendly and low in calories, fat, and sodium. The CAVA Mediterranean Restaurant is excellent for a healthy, tasty meal.
10808 Domain Drive, Austin, TX cava.com/locations/the-domain-tx
Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood
Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood is a casual seafood eatery serving fresh oysters, sandwiches, fried comfort food, ice cold beer & wine in quirky surroundings. The restaurant was launched in the North Austin – Round Rock area in 2010 with the concept of creating a family atmosphere with moderately priced seafood and still bringing their friends a laid-back casual dining experience. At Deckhand Oyster Bar, you’ll find not only the freshest oysters from the Third Coast but the finest seafood, whether you like it Asian, Cajun, Thai-style or American; boiled, grilled, and fried. So come by and enjoy a meal with friends or family at this fun and unique spot!
701 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin, Texas deckhandoysterbar.com
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille at the Domain is the perfect place to enjoy a nice meal with family, friends, or business associates. The steaks are of unparalleled quality, and the service is top-notch. Not to mention, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop is a must-try! Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner for two or an ample gathering space for a special event, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has you covered. Make sure to swing by next time you’re in town!
11801 Domain Blvd., Austin, TX perryssteakhouse.com/locations/tx/austin/domain-northside
Korea House Austin
Korea House restaurant in North Austin is known for its delicious, healthy Korean food. The executive chef takes great care in preparing each dish, ensuring that the natural flavors are brought out through fermentation, marinating, and other processes. Lunch specials include signature pork bulgogi and deonjang jjigae (soybean paste stew). Parking is available through Office Depot. Korea House is an excellent choice for those looking for a tasty, healthy meal.
2700 W. Anderson LN #501, Austin, TX koreahouseaustin.com
Home Slice Pizza
If you’re looking for a delicious slice of New York-style pizza, then Home Slice Pizza is the place for you. This pizzeria is open for indoor and outdoor dining as well as takeout, and they serve up some of the most authentic NY-style pizza in town. Plus, their original location on South Congress is an Austin institution, so you know it’s good!
501 E 53rd St, Austin, TX homeslicepizza.com/location/north-loop
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Revelry on the Boulevard
Did you know we have NOLA food in Austin? The food is terrific, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant is locally owned and operated, and the ingredients are all locally sourced and made from scratch. Their menu features American, Cajun & Creole, and Bar cuisine, with options for both lunch and dinner. The bestseller for lunch is the Angus BLVD Burger, but the Migas Omelet and Brussels a la BOH are also very popular. In addition to the fantastic food, Revelry on the Boulevard also offers a great selection of wine and beer. If you’re searching for an excellent place to eat and drink in North Austin, Revelry on the Boulevard is worth checking out.
6215 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX revelryboulevard.com
If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable culinary experience, look no further than Culinary Dropout. This trendy restaurant offers a delicious menu of classic meals done right, along with ice-cold craft beer or a killer house-made cocktail. Stick around for games and free live music with a laid-back vibe – Culinary Dropout is open daily for dine-in, takeout, and online ordering.
11721 Rock Rose Ave Ste #100, Austin, TX culinarydropout.com/locations/austin-tx
Regardless of your craving, North Austin neighborhoods check off all the boxes. New American fare, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, or fine dining with some of the nation’s renowned chefs, such as Paul Qui or Bryce Gilmore, are just a few of the abundant options in the Alamo City’s world of food.