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9 Best New Restaurants This Year In Austin

December 23, 2015

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It’s been an overwhelming year for the Austin restaurant scene, but also an exciting year for the city of Austin. Over 100 restaurants opened and we just hit the 2 million mark in population.

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Here are the 9 best restaurants that opened in Austin this year that haven’t failed the city (I’ve been watching too much Arrow).


Emmer & Rye

Emmer & Rye

If it wasn’t for Emmer & Rye, I wouldn’t have even bothered writing a best of 2015 new Austin restaurants. Best restaurant of the year definitely goes to this newcomer on Rainey Street!

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51 Rainey St #110, Austin, TX, emmerandrye.com


Dining at Alcomar


You know that feeling of love at first sight? Well that’s how I felt when I first walked into Alcomar, El Chile’s newest Latin-inspired seafood restaurant on South 1st St. The restaurant is stunning and the food is delicious. Alcomar opened early this year and has been one of my favorites!

SEE ALSO: Alcomar, Austin’s Seaside Escape

1816 S 1st St, Austin, TX


Wu Chow

Wu Chow

Asian food elevated in Austin? It’s finally happened. Wu Chow serves up Austin’s most authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated setting with tiki drinks. It is pretty expensive but the Asian food is top notch. Order the peking duck and xiao long bao for dim sum.

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500 W 5th St #168, Austin, TX, wuchowaustin.com


Brunch at Cafe No Se

Cafe No Se

Café No Sé, the all-day neighborhood café featuring California-inspired American dining, located inside South Congress Hotel on SoCo is the hot spot for breakfast and brunch.

SEE ALSO: Weekend Brunch At Café No Sé

1603 South Congress, Austin, TX, cafenoseaustin.com


Liberty Kitchen Austin

Liberty Kitchen

With how much I talk about Liberty Kitchen on my Instagram and in person, you’d think we’re exclusively dating. The Shanghai Pan Fried Lobster is finger licking, mind-blownly good, and the Salted Caramel Cake Breakfast Cereal-style Milkshake Spiked With Kahlua cures anything and everything.

SEE ALSO: Weekend Brunch At Liberty Kitchen Austin

507 Pressler St #700, Austin, TX


Burn Pizza + Bar Austin


Thin and crispy pizza is my weakness, and Burn serves the best in Austin. I’m obsessed with Burn’s Roman-style pizza! It’s SUPER thin and SUPER crispy. Order extra because you’re going to want some for leftovers the next day.

SEE ALSO: Best Thin & Crispy Pizza In Austin

1802 E 6th St, Austin, TX 


Italic Restaurant in Austin


Craving spaghetti carbonara, crispy polenta, and prosciutto pizza? Head to Italic to get your Italian fix!

123 West Sixth Street, Austin, TX, italicaustin.com


Paperboy Austin


Just as I thought food trailers scene was dead, Paperboy opens the cutest trailer in East Austin serving up the best breakfast in town. The steak & eggs sandwich is worth waking up for.

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1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX, paperboyaustin.com




This one barely made the list since I just went to Fukumoto last week. The dining experience at Fukumoto is very simple – no frills or smoke coming out of jars like Uchiko. This allows you to focus on each piece of sushi and how fresh the seafood is. We loved the uni (the freshest I’ve had in Austin!) and the pork belly yakitori.

514 Medina St, Austin, TX, fukumotoaustin.com


Thank you for saving the city.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.