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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 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 587 reviewsTripadvisor (587)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    4404 W William Cannon Dr Suite L, Austin, TX 78749-1401
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  • #2
    Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    #2 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2306 reviewsTripadvisor (2306)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    301 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3615
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  • #3
    Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    #3 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 251 reviewsTripadvisor (251)
    $$ | American, Seafood, International
    9400B Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759-6392
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  • #4
    Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab
    #4 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1193 reviewsTripadvisor (1193)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    400 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701-2919
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  • #5
    Terry Black's Barbecue
    #5 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1430 reviewsTripadvisor (1430)
    $ - $$ | American, Southwestern, Barbecue
    1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1148
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  • #6
    Bouldin Creek Cafe
    #6 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 443 reviewsTripadvisor (443)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-4254
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  • #7
    Uchi
    #7 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1338 reviewsTripadvisor (1338)
    $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
    801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-1509
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  • #8
    Veracruz All Natural
    #8 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 173 reviewsTripadvisor (173)
    $ | Mexican
    1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702-4402
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  • #9
    Red Ash
    #9 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 246 reviewsTripadvisor (246)
    $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    303 Colorado St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701-4653
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  • #10
    Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
    #10 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripadvisor (240)
    $$ | American, Southwestern
    419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701-2918
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  • #11
    Home Slice Pizza
    #11 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1865 reviewsTripadvisor (1865)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2434
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  • #12
    Franklin Barbecue
    #12 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1682 reviewsTripadvisor (1682)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue, Grill
    900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
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  • #13
    True Food Kitchen
    #13 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 241 reviewsTripadvisor (241)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy
    222 West Avenue Suite HR100, Austin, TX 78701
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  • #14
    Torchys Tacos
    #14 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 645 reviewsTripadvisor (645)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food
    1822 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704
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  • #15
    Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
    #15 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3028 reviewsTripadvisor (3028)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Grill
    303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701-4130
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  • #16
    Fonda San Miguel
    #16 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 737 reviewsTripadvisor (737)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756-2360
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  • #17
    Torchy's Tacos
    #17 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripadvisor (201)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern
    2809 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
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  • #18
    Gourdough's Big Fat Donuts
    #18 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 746 reviewsTripadvisor (746)
    $ | American
    1503 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-3042
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  • #19
    Hopdoddy Burger Bar
    #19 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1858 reviewsTripadvisor (1858)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1400 S Congress Ave Ste A190, Austin, TX 78704-2487
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  • #20
    Micklethwait Craft Meats
    #20 of 3,969 Places to Eat in Austin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripadvisor (233)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702-2024
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