43 Best Restaurants In Austin

Confession: I eat out almost every day of the week. Mostly because I need to try new restaurants that are opening and I really just like eating out.

I’ve written several “best of” Austin restaurant lists but not an ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Austin. So here it is, an Austinite’s guide to the best restaurants in Austin!

There are 5 things you have to eat in Austin: tacos, breakfast tacos, barbecue, queso, and margaritas. These are the main five food groups in the city and here are the best spots to go.


This fun Texan Japanese smokehouse izakaya in East Austin specializes in small bites and cocktails for sharing. I love their cute cat cocktails!


I love this cute, intimate seafood restaurant in Clarksville. Clark’s pan-seared burger with shoestring fries is my absolute favorite burger in Austin.


The pepperoni and the margherita pizza by the slice at Home Slice pizza is one of my favorite pizzas in Austin! Bufalina is also popular pick in Austin.


My go-to order: Chimichurri skirt steak, classic queso, crispy Brussels sprouts, grilled cauliflower, Mexican street corn, and frozen prickly pear margarita.


Locally-sourced ingredients shape the seasonal, ever-changing menu, accompanied by creative cocktails, craft beers, and approachable wines.


Modeled after its family’s Texas ranch, Contigo serves fresh drinks and quality New American food, all on an expansive, welcoming patio.

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