21 Best New Restaurants In Austin Of 2018

December 23, 2018

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So many new restaurants have opened in Austin this year – everything from a Japanese smokehouse to ramen. Don’t forget, last year 93 new restaurants opened in Austin!

SEE ALSO: Top Restaurants In Austin

With all the new openings, I’ve tried them all and here are the best new restaurants in Austin TX and what to order at each spot.


Domo Alley-Gato


Coolest bar in Austin award goes to Domo Alley-Gato by the guys behind Ramen Tatsu-ya. You’ll feel transported to Japan with the iconic pillars and dozens of red lanterns while sipping on a frozen Kirin Ichiban lager with frozen foam cap.

What To Order: Ban ban dog, O.G. wings, katsu curry, and Kirin Ichiban lager.

1600 E 6th St B, Austin, TX



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Fellow carb lovers rejoice – ThoroughBread Bakery bakes their bread and cookies from scratch every morning. And when I say cookies, these are not ordinary cookies. STUFFED COOKIES. Banana cookies stuffed with Nutella (my fav), chocolate chip cookies (second fav), and peanut butter cookies stuffed with jelly!

What To Order: banana Nutella cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and a loaf of bread

1709 Bluebonnet Ln, Austin, TX


Last Straw Bar in Austin


I LOVE Last Straw – the tiki vibes, tiki drinks, and tiki space. The drinks are solid. I do want to come back and try more of the food.

1914 E 6th St suite c, Austin, TX


Malibu Poke

Malibu Poke

To be honest, I never really liked poke in Austin so I didn’t have high hopes when Malibu Poke opened but it’s seriously SO good. Something about the flavors makes me crave the poke bowls and they serve wine too!

What To Order: coconut curry hamachi, chimichurri shrimp, and classic tuna poke bowl.

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115, malibupoke.com


Snowy Village

Snowy Village

Snowy Village is the new dessert cafe that just opened in Austin that serves different kinds of patbingsu (also known as bingsu) and taiyaki. It’s SO good! Make sure you go to the location in North Austin at Parmer Ln and not the one on Airport Blvd.

What To Order: mango cheesecake bingsu, green tea binsu, and ingeolmi & red bean bingsu

1700 Texas Suite 244, W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX


House of the Rising Tanuki-san

House of the Rising Tanuki-san

There’s a new Chinese restaurant that serves Asian fusion with some stellar dishes.

WHAT TO ORDER: Chinese chicken & waffles, Mongolian beef, Udon-even-Know Cashew Noodles, Rising Sun Blistered Shishito Peppers, and Princess Mononoke Miso Braised Clams.

120 W 5th St, Austin, TX, tanukiaustin.com


Darcy's Donkey

Darcy’s Donkey

Get a taste of Ireland at Darcy’s Donkey on Barton Springs Rd with fish & chips, meat pies, Irish chowder bread bowl

What To Order: Irish chowder bread bowl, Guinness and Steak pie, and garlic parmesan truffle fries.

1608 Barton Springs Rd, darcysdonkey.com


She's Not Here

She’s Not Here

There’s a new sushi restaurant in town and it’s called She’s Not Here in downtown Austin. Happy hour is 4-7:30PM daily.

What To Order: Galbi style pork rib, adobe pork shank, spicy tuna temaki, and sake toro sushi.

440 W 2nd St, Austin, TX, snhaustin.com




Easy Tiger finally opened their fourth location at The Linc in Central Austin with a dog-friendly spacious patio and drive-through window!

What To Order: 

6406 N IH 35 #1100, Austin, TX, easytigerusa.com


Lady Quackenbush's Cakery

Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery

Bribery Bakery closed earlier this year and has now been replaced with Lady Quackenbush by the owners of the beloved Quack’s in Hyde Park. If you’ve been to Quack’s, the baked goods are delicious but the space is quite run down and not cute at all. Lady Quackenbush is super cute and Instagrammable with pastel walls and jars of sprinkles on the table tops.

WHAT TO ORDER: all the cookies & cupcakes

1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX, quacksbakery.com


Bacchus and Brown

Bacchus and Brown

If you’re needing hangover food, Bacchus and Brown will be your savior. Bacchus and Brown serves up everything fried – fried beignets, fried beignet sliders, and French fries.

What To Order: chicken sliders, beignets, and bacchus fries.

1810 E 12th St, Austin, TX, bacchusandbrown.com


Otherside Deli

Otherside Deli

Ever since I had Katz in New York, I often yearn for a really good pastrami sandwich so when Otherside Deli opened I had to go check it out. The Reuben with pastrami on grilled rye was quite messy but I couldn’t stop eating it along with the pickle spear.

WHAT TO ORDER: Reuben with pastrami

1104 W 34th St, Austin, TX


Loro Austin


What happens when Austin’s top two culinary minds, Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, come together? Loro Austin, an Asian smokehouse and bar with a spacious patio.

WHAT TO ORDER: crunchy sweet corn fritters, crispy Szechuan tofu bowl, mango sake slushee, and smoked beef brisket.

2115 S Lamar Blvd, loroaustin.com


Hank's Austin


I almost don’t want to share Hank’s with you guys because it’s been my new favorite spot to work out of and for happy hour. Hank’s is a cute new coffee shop and restaurant with desert vibes designed by my friend, Claire Zinnecker. I love the huge patio with the marble table tops! Happy hour is 3 – 6:30pm.

WHAT TO ORDER: Cheeseboard, mussels, frozen paloma, and frosé.

5811 Berkman Dr #100, hanksaustin.com


Il Brutto


Il Brutto is my favorite new Italian restaurant in Austin because the food is just so good. I need to go back and try more pasta dishes but the Anchovy pizza, kanpachi crudo, and red snapper were delicious. Even the Aperol Spritz was crafted perfectly.

WHAT TO ORDER: Anchovy pizza, kanpachi crudo, Aperol Spritz, and red snapper.

1601 E 6th St, ilbruttoaustin.com


Yoshi Ramen


Yoshi is the new ramen spot in town that not only serves steaming bowls of noodles but also a ramen burger! I like spicy so I go for the Miso Spicy and the Japanese eggplant mazemen is so good.

WHAT TO ORDER: any of ramen, Japanese eggplant mazemen, and spicy Szechuan ramen burger.

3320 Harmon Ave, yoshiramenaustin.com


Guild Austin


Austin’s freshest seafood catch is at Guild. The menu features an extensive fresh raw bar, including fresh oysters, crudo, and ceviches, main entrees with different kinds of seafood, and unique desserts. Grab oysters and bubbles at the bar or enjoy dinner inside or outdoors on the patio, there’s even a human-sized shuffleboard court!

WHAT TO ORDER: halibut, aligot, oysters, and chess pie.

3800 N Lamar Blvd Ste 170, guildaustin.com




There’s a new Mexican restaurant in East Austin and it’s called Suerte. You can’t miss this millennial pink building so head inside for mezcal cocktails and home-made masa dishes.

WHAT TO ORDER: chicken tamal, pastor tacos, and duck egg flan.

1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com


The Brewer's Table


Beer and food come together at the highly anticipated concept, The Brewer’s Table. Beer is incorporated into the food like the warm heirloom grain bowl with a malt soaked hen egg and the venison tartare with toasted brewer’s yeast. The opening beverage menu features 30-tap system with 26 guest beers and four wines on draft. The Brewer’s Table is working on producing six lager beers.

WHAT TO ORDER: larder board, warm heirloom grain bowl, and ice cream cone.

4715 E 5th St, thebrewerstable.com


Intero Italian Austin


Intero serves farm-to-table Italian in a cozy spot in East Austin. You must order the porchetta if it’s on the menu, it’s incredible. Also be sure to try the homemade artisan chocolates.

WHAT TO ORDER: whipped cannellini beans, porchetta, and tartare.

2612 E Cesar Chavez St, interorestaurant.com


Better Half Coffee & Cocktails


Super cute all-day cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night bites. While I don’t love the day menu and the cocktails are quite pricey and there’s always a huge line on the weekend (one-hour wait when I went), it is a cute spot.

WHAT TO ORDER: Better half breakfast sandwich, and savory churros.

406 Walsh St, betterhalfbar.com


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.