UPDATED December 2015
Everyone knows the rumor that 110 people are moving into Austin every day. Well, I heard in passing that over 100 new restaurants are opening in Austin this year. I didn’t believe it so I did my research, and it’s true. Check out the 100+ new restaurants that opened in Austin this year, sorted by neighborhoods.
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DOWNTOWN AUSTIN RESTAURANTS
This walk-up window at the JW Marriott Hotel offers a modern counter for flat top, handcrafted burgers, fries & shakes. Try the turkey burger with lemon aioli and cheese fries!
110 E 2nd St, burgerbaraustin.com
Upscale, airy Italian restaurant within the JW Marriott Hotel, featuring housemade pastas & more.
110 E 2nd St, osteriaprontoaustin.com
Modern restaurant & bar in the JW Marriott Hotel featuring Texan menus, cocktails & a clubby vibe.
110 E 2nd St, cornerrestaurantaustin.com
Cooper’s barbecue of Llano coming to downtown Austin serving pit-cooked BBQ cafeteria-style in basic digs.
217 Congress Ave, coopersbbq.com
Counter 3 Five VII Centered around a 24-seat chef’s counter, Counter 3 Five VII is focused on direct diner-and-chef interaction. The prixe fixe tasting menu features three, five, or seven contemporary seasonal course options tailored to your appetite. 315 Congress Ave
Eureka!, a California-based restaurant chain, serves fancy burgers, craft beers and artisan cocktails but also includes more gourmet items on the menu such as like osso bucco riblets, beer braised duck and chicken Saltimbocca.
200 E. Sixth St, eurekarestaurantgroup.com
Upscale Southern eatery for grits, biscuits & creative seafood & steak options in chic dining rooms.
500 W 5th St, austinfixe.com
Gourdough’s Public House Modern diner space & patio with cocktails & a menu starring donuts in both savory dishes & desserts. 209 W 5th St, gourdoughs.com
Highly anticipated rustic Italian restaurant Italic has officially opened its doors in downtown Austin at Sixth and Colorado Streets, serving up rustic and Italian comfort food.
123 W. Sixth Street, italicaustin.com
Top Chef Tim Love opens his second location of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro where Kenichi use to be. The Fort Worth restaurant is heavily decked out in taxidermy with a menu that showcases wild game dishes like rattlesnake-rabbit sausage, wild boar ribs and antelope carpaccio nachos, plus a gigantic wagyu tomahawk ribeye steak that clocks in at a cool $145. (Eater)
419 Colorado St, lonesomedovebistro.com
Lucky’s Puccias Lucky Puccia opens its brick and mortar restaurant serving up authentic wood-fired Italian sandwiches and pizzas. 1611 W. 5th St.
Rustic mini-chain for Neapolitan pizzas & antipasti in cozy digs with a wood-fired oven & a patio. The cauliflower pizza is so good!
452 W. Second St, numero28austin.com
Prelog’s From Austrian chef Florian Prelog, this European concept takes over the old Garrido’s location. 360 Nueces St
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
Thin-crust pizza & New American eats accompany the wine list at this relaxed hangout with a patio.
800 W. Sixth St, grovewinebar.com
The team behind Swift’s Attic has finally launched Wu Chow, the authentic, fresh, modern Chinese food to the heart of downtown Austin, offering dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine as well as dim sum service on Saturdays and Sundays.
500 W. 5th, wuchowaustin.com
Portland’s iconic Voodoo Doughnut expands to Austin’s dirty sixth street, taking over the old Bourbon Girl location.
212 E. Sixth St, voodoodoughnut.com
Geraldine’s, the first Austin restaurant concept from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants located at Hotel Van Zandt. In homage to its location, the restaurant is named after Rainey Street’s famous former resident, Geraldine the guinea fowl. In addition to its contemporary Austin menu and cocktail program, Geraldine’s features daily live music and breathtaking views of Lady Bird Lake. The menu, curated by Chef Frank Mnuk, offers seasonally-driven dishes inspired by the flavors of the city. Designed as a shared dining experience, Geraldine’s encourages customers to socialize, taste and share bites from a variety of small plates and select large-format dishes.
605 Davis St, geraldinesaustin.com
Emmer & Rye
Best restaurant of the year goes to Emmer & Rye! Emmer & Rye contemporary American cuisine that is rustic and seasonally inspired to Rainey Street with a dim-style service and weekly changing menu.
51 Rainey Street
SOUTH CONGRESS AVE RESTAURANTS
Café No Sé
Café No Sé, the all-day neighborhood café featuring California-inspired American dining, located inside South Congress Hotel on South Congress Ave has officially opened, and I’ve absolutely fallen heads over heels.
1603 South Congress
SEE ALSO: Weekend Brunch At Café No Sé
SOUTH 1ST RESTAURANTS
This wood-fired pizza trailer located on South 1st Street specializes in Neapolitan-style pies cooked in a wood-fired oven. It’s soo good.
1502 South First St, 40northpizza.com
Alcomar Aside from a beautifully designed space (reminiscent of a contemporary beach house), Alcomar’s lunch and dinner is on point with lobster, soft shell crab, snapper, gulf oysters, shrimp, scallops, as well as steak, and chicken. Happy hour is daily from 3-6pm, with discounted appetizers and drinks. 1816 South 1st St
SEE ALSO: Alcomar, Austin’s Seaside Escape
Zilker Park goers now have a new restaurant to wine and dine on Barton Springs Road! Juliet is Austin’s newest modern and classic Italian restaurant featuring casual dining with a relaxed atmosphere.
1500 Barton Springs Rd, juliet-austin.com
SOUTH LAMAR RESTAURANTS
Austin’s top food truck has finally set up shop on South Lamar featuring their original kimchi fries, tacos, burgers, rice bowls, Korean fried chicken, and bunchi.
1509 S. Lamar Blvd, chilantrobbq.com
The critically acclaimed Ramen Tatsuya launched its 2nd location in the buzzing South Lamar district. After months of planning and building out their new space at 1234 South Lamar Blvd., the nationally recognized ramen slingers are finally ready to serve their dedicated fans and newcomers south of the river.
1234 S. Lamar Blvd
VOX Table Small plates with Spanish and French influences will be served at one of the first restaurants to open in the Lamar Union complex. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd
Cantine The latest outing from Emmett and Lisa Fox (Asti, FINO) arrives in 2015 at the Lamar Union center. Look for pizzas, pastas and rotisserie meats as menu mainstays. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd
Danny Meyer’s opens his first-ever Shake Shack restaurant to Texas in Austin.
1100 S. Lamar Blvd, shakeshack.com
Austin’s original specialty coffee shop opens it’s fourth location that features a prominent bar, which includes and large espresso machine, pastry and cold beverage displays and bar seating. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, Medici on South Lamar offers 12 rotating beers on tap.
1100 S. Lamar Blvd, caffemedici.com
In-N-Out, the California chain with a cult following and growing local presence, sets up shop at 3701 South Lamar Blvd.
3701 South Lamar Blvd, in-n-out.com
Patika has a curated wine list and an evolving menu of seasonal and year-round beers available, in addition to a morning pastry program and evening bites. Patika’s in-house baking program features a rotating selection of six to eight sweet and savory pastry items each day, including mushroom, leek, and bleu cheese foldovers; chipotle, bacon, and corn muffins; blueberry basil muffins; lemon lavender cookies; browned butter, chocolate chunk cookies; and a mixed berry breakfast cake. During the evening, Patika features charcuterie and cheese plates served with Easy Tiger bread, classic bar snacks like nuts and popcorn, flatbreads, spreads, and desserts like Crème Brûlée.
2159 S. Lamar Blvd, patikacoffee.com
EAST AUSTIN RESTAURANTS
Paperboy is the new food trailer and breakfast destination in East Austin serving a selection of delectable sandwiches, sweet and savory open-faced toasts, and hearty breakfast bowls.
1203 E 11th St, paperboyaustin.com
Spun Ice Cream Indulge in liquid nitrogen ice cream at Spun Ice Cream! Each order is made in front of you with base ingredients – including organic cream and local milk – transforming from bottle to scoop in minutes. We loved the kettle corn ice cream! 1912 E 7th St, Ste D,
Spartan Pizza creates fresh, flavorful New York-style pizzas with fresh-made dough and unique toppings. With the move to the brick and mortar, Spartan Pizza now has an expanded menu, which includes sandwiches, salads, appetizers and has increased their delivery area to bring handmade pizza to even more people in Austin.
1007 E 6th St, spartanpizzaaustin.com
This Northern Italian restaurant and bar from Nicholas Yanes (former creative director at Uchi) should opens on East Cesar Chavez. The bar serves unique and hard-to-find gins, while the Austin American-Statesman mentioned in 2014 that the food will focus on dishes from Piedmont, Lombardi and Emilia Romagna.
2400 E. Cesar Chavez, juniperaustin.com
Casa Columbia will reopen in East Austin featuring home-cooked food from a special blend of Colombian herbs and spices in a pleasant South American environment.
2409 East 7th St, casa-colombia.com
James Beard Award–nominated chefs and local culinary stars Rene Ortiz and his partner in crime – renowned pastry chef Laura Sawicki – have opened Launderette, the long-awaited East Austin neighborhood café. The converted washateria serves simple, and everyday fare with a Mediterranean influence.
2115 Holly St
Gardner East Austin’s restaurant from Contigo’s Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart focuses on emphasizing quality ingredients, simply and straightforwardly prepared. 1914 E 6th St
Mongers Market + Kitchen
Seafood eatery featuring creative takes on Southern fare & a market offering Gulf fish & shellfish.
2401 E Cesar Chavez St, mongersaustin.com
The restaurant is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving the same menu at the Lamar Boulevard original, as well as fried oysters. (Austin Statesman)
1914 E 6th St
Located in the old Wet Whistle building with full selection of smoothies, juices, snacks, and vegetarian pre-packed meals.
1900 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, juicelandaustin.com
Gemelli makes gelato in small batches and sources only the best ingredients; this method preserves the integrity of the product. Gemelli also serves Negroni, Amari and other fine spirits as well as espresso drinks sourced from Tweed Coffee.
1009 E 6th St
Burn Pizza + Bar If you love thin and crispy pizza, you’re going to love Burn Pizza + Bar – the newest concept from Dunlap ATX. Showcasing, straight-forward Italian fare — with a special focus on Roman-style pizza — and scratch cooking paired with craft cocktails and a robust wine and beer selection. 1802 E 6th St
AIRPORT BOULEVARD RESTAURANTS
Bullfight Bullfight is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by Spain, the perfect mélange of great food, fresh design, and inviting vibe. 4807 Airport Blvd
Sala and Betty
Family-friendly, locally sourced lunch and dinner offerings.
5201 Airport Blvd, salaandbettyatx.com
All-day breakfast menu with signature omelets & pancakes, plus lunch standards since 1978.
4631 Airport Blvd
MUELLER AREA RESTAURANTS
The French-inspired eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with options such as soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and French specialties.
1201 Barbara Jordan Boulevard
MOD Pizza serves up individual artisan-style pizzas and salads made on demand. MOD also offers milkshakes, house-made iced teas and lemonades, locally sourced draft beer and wine.
1801 E 51st St, modpizza.com
SOUTH AUSTIN RESTAURANTS
VIA 313 serves it’s famous Detroit style pizzas with craft beers, and cocktails.
6705 U.S. 290, via313.com
Pinthouse Pizza was founded by five guys who share a passion for craft beer. Their goals are to serve award-winning beer and hand-crafted pizza in a warm and casual setting.
4236 S. Lamar, pinthousepizza.com
Authentic Mexican cuisine.
4625 W. William Cannon Drive, floresmexican.com
BURNET ROAD RESTAURANTS
Chi’Lantro launches their second brick and mortar on Burnet Road!
5222 Burnet Road, chilantrobbq.com
Lick Ice Creams
Local ice cream shop will also join Barley Swine and Bufalina in the same shopping center.
6555 Burnet Road, ilikelick.com
416 Bar & Grille Relaxed restaurant for comfort eats, from fried chicken to deconstructed nachos & other local fare. 5011 Burnet Rd #150
NORTH AUSTIN RESTAURANTS
Quick and easy to grab prepared meals available for in-store or curbside pickup.
10526 West Parmer Lane
Located in northwest Austin, Oasthouse offers diners elevated, German pub fare, craft beer and seasonal cocktails in a modern farmhouse setting. Executive Chef and Owner Amir Hajimaleki will prepare items from Oasthouse’s menu, paired with cocktails that highlight the freshest, locally sourced ingredients.
8300 North FM 620, oasthouseaustin.com
Fast-fire’d custom-built artisanal pizzas.
14009 North Research Blvd., Suite 103, blazepizza.com
Papalote Taco House
The interior Mexican tacos at Papalote are a hit in South Austin, so construction has commenced on a second branch at 13265 Research Blvd. The new spot is due to open sometime in the first half of 2015.
13265 Research Blvd, yumpapalote.com
Jenna’s Asian Kitchen Jenna’s Asian Kitchen has opened it’s doors in North Austin serving Korean and Chinese comfort food. 12300 RR 620 N.
JuiceLand has opened its 12th location, at 12226 RM 620 across from Lake Creek Village Shopping Mall.
12226 RM 620
Bribery Pastry chef and restauranteur Jodi Elliot has open Bribery Bakery offering a wide array of pastries, pies, cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more. Bribery Bakery will serve sweet and savory breakfast items and an extensive coffee program including cappuccinos, lattes and espresso by Casa Brasil coffee. 2013 West Wells Branch Parkway, Suite 109
Inspired by popular street vendors and cafes from Taiwan and Korea, this cozy teahouse offers boba tea, fried chicken, brick toast, and cold-pressed juice.
2525 West Anderson Lane #285
This fast-casual restaurant serves breaded chicken fingers, salads, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes.
4501 U.S. Highway 183A, eatpdq.com
Kerbey Lane Cafe
The new Kerbey Lane Cafe in Round Rock will serve classic American breakfast items such as eggs, pancakes and bacon to Mexican dishes, various burgers and dinner entrees 24/7.
2120 N. Mays St, kerbeylanecafe.com
Fire & Ice Pizza Bar
Counter-serve pizzeria features playfully named pies, plus beer, wine, sports TV & happy hour.
2601 South IH-35, Suite B300
Apis Restaurant and Apiary
Honey bee-inspired restaurant, provides a unique fine dining experience in Austin’s Hill Country. With twenty hives onsite, the apiary actively completes the cycle of sustainability and symbolizes the team’s mission to provide and promote that which is pure, clean, and local.
23526 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669, apisrestaurant.com
Hot Dog on a Stick
Fast-food chain Hot Dog On a Stick plans to open a location at Lakeline Mall serving basically hot dogs.. on a stick.
11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, hotdogonastick.com
Southern’s at PBK Delicious upscale southern comfort food and live music under the helm of Executive Chef Steve Southern in a historic (and supposedly haunted) building with a patio. 111 E Main St, Pflugerville, TX
The Beer Plant
The Beer Plant is a new plant-based Gastropub coming to Austin. Great food, craft beer, wine and full bar.
SEE ALSO: 21 Best Spots For Vegan Food In Austin
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Modern counter-service chain serving Baja-style tacos & other Mexican eats, plus beer & margaritas.
7010 Easy Wind Suite 100, fuzzystacoshop.com
Daito Casual Japanese eatery with an Osaka-style menu of udon & soba noodles, plus sushi & more. 2716 1/2 Guadalupe St
Space Ninety 8
Urban Outfitters has bought out the expired leases of five stores lining Guadalupe Street. Mellow Mushroom, Texadelphia, and Manju’s. They plan on adding two restaurants and a larger selling space.
2406 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Symon’s Burger Joint Chef Michael Symon opens Symon’s Burger Joint, a counter-service-only burger spot in the Urban Outfitters’ Space 24 Twenty complex on the Drag. 2406 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Serves bubble, smoothies, and coffee. $5 for mediocre bubble that’s overpriced. Not great, I’d skip it. (Also reps bad customer service)
2901 Medical Arts St #300
Isla’s Colorful Caribbean eatery serving a range of island fare including fresh seafood & tropical drinks. 208 W 4th St. Austin Texas
Two Austin industry veterans will open a bar with a serious focus on cocktails, wine, and ice downtown. Josh Loving and Brian Stubbs will take over the former Mike’s Pub space on 7th to open Small Victory.
7th Street, Austin Texas
World of Beer
Local craft beer tavern offering music, beers, and more.
3121 South Lamar Blvd, Austin Texas
Steampunk Saloon will take over the former location of Opal Divine’s Freehouse on West Sixth this summer, according to Community Impact. The bar will have a “prohibition 1920s-era theme with industrial aesthetics,” co-owner Clay Woody told the newspaper, hence the name. [Eater]
700 West Sixth Street, Austin Texas
Hip venue for craft cocktails & beer, a stage for live music & comfort eats from Toaster food truck.
1910 E Cesar Chavez, Austin Texas
Vintage-chic bicycle-themed bar with a loungey patio for whiskey cocktails, plus bike tune-ups.
1902 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin Texas
This unassuming cash-only bar hosts shuffleboard tournaments & offers daily happy hour specials.
2034 S Lamar Blvd, Austin Texas
An elegant high-end cocktail bar and performance venue. Located in a stunningly remodeled 3,400 square foot space in the Townsend-Thompson Building, an historical landmark, the Townsend offers exceptional cocktails and tasty food options along with creative performances in an acoustically dynamic setting.
718 Congress Ave, Austin Texas
The newest wine bar in Clarksville will focus on local wines and craft beers, once it is open. Tapas are also on the bill. [Eater]
1611 West 5th Street
South Austin Beer Garden
Not to be confused with the Austin Beer Garden Brewing on Oltorf. South Austin Beer Garden is taking over the two-story house.
10700 Manchaca Road