Austin Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Austin

A city formerly overrun with barbecue joints and chophouses, Austin has since welcomed a more diverse dining scene featuring more upscale restaurants as well as a wide array of international cuisine. However, the traditional barbecue joints continue to thrive alongside sushi bars and European bistros. Many say you'll find the best smoked meats in the city at Lamberts, but head to Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew if you want your barbecue served with a side of craft beer. Unsurprisingly, Tex-Mex is also popular thanks to Austin's proximity to Mexico, which has ushered in the infiltration of south-of-the-border specialties, such as tacos (a city-wide favorite available any time of day), burritos and fajitas. Local establishments recommended by both locals and visitors include Veracruz All Natural, Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop and La Condesa.

For a tasty meal on a budget, head straight for one of the city's food trucks. It's estimated that there are more than 1,000 mobile food vendors roaming Austin's streets, so you'll likely have no trouble finding a truck that tantalizes your taste buds. Several websites, including FoodTrailersAustin.com, offer a directory of each trailer's location and cuisine. Pinpointing the best food trucks would be an exhaustive task, but according to visitors and residents, Luke's Inside Out, Churro Co., Thai Kun and Patrizi's are among the top mobile vendors in the city. Tagging along on one of the city's best food tours is another great way to discover the city's top food trucks.

Along with its impressive food truck scene, Austin's craft beer landscape is equally lauded. Several tour companies, including Austin Brewery Tours and Bike and Brew ATX, offer tours of the city's best breweries, but you can also branch out on your own to popular spots like Austin Beerworks, Jester King Brewery and St. Elmo Brewing Company.

Find the Best Restaurants in Austin

  • #1
    Cypress Grill
    #1 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 549 reviewsTripAdvisor (549)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    4404 W William Cannon Dr Suite L, Austin, TX 78749-1401
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  • #2
    Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    #2 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2297 reviewsTripAdvisor (2297)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    301 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3615
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  • #3
    Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse
    #3 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1189 reviewsTripAdvisor (1189)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    400 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701-2919
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  • #4
    Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    #4 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 248 reviewsTripAdvisor (248)
    $$ | American, Seafood, International
    9400B Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759-6392
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  • #5
    Uchi
    #5 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1333 reviewsTripAdvisor (1333)
    $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
    801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-1509
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  • #6
    Terry Black's Barbecue
    #6 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1397 reviewsTripAdvisor (1397)
    $ - $$ | American, Southwestern, Barbecue
    1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1148
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  • #7
    Bouldin Creek Cafe
    #7 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 443 reviewsTripAdvisor (443)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-4254
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  • #8
    Red Ash
    #8 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    303 Colorado St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701-4653
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  • #9
    Veracruz All Natural
    #9 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 169 reviewsTripAdvisor (169)
    $ | Mexican
    1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702-4402
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  • #10
    Franklin Barbecue
    #10 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1671 reviewsTripAdvisor (1671)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue, Grill
    900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
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  • #11
    Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
    #11 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Southwestern
    419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701-2918
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  • #12
    True Food Kitchen
    #12 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 237 reviewsTripAdvisor (237)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy
    222 West Avenue Suite HR100, Austin, TX 78701
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  • #13
    Torchy's Tacos
    #13 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 642 reviewsTripAdvisor (642)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food
    1822 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704
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  • #14
    Whole Foods Market
    #14 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 640 reviewsTripAdvisor (640)
    $ - $$ | American
    525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703-5411
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  • #15
    Home Slice Pizza
    #15 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1855 reviewsTripAdvisor (1855)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2434
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  • #16
    Fonda San Miguel
    #16 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 736 reviewsTripAdvisor (736)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756-2360
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  • #17
    Hopdoddy Burger Bar
    #17 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1855 reviewsTripAdvisor (1855)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1400 S Congress Ave Ste A190, Austin, TX 78704-2487
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  • #18
    Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
    #18 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3014 reviewsTripAdvisor (3014)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Grill
    303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701-4130
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  • #19
    Torchy's Tacos
    #19 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 200 reviewsTripAdvisor (200)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern
    2809 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
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  • #20
    Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
    #20 of 3,975 Places to Eat in Austin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Barbecue
    11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748-2712
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