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Vespaio

Italian 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sink your fork into a bowl of plump gnocchi bathed in garlicky tomato-arrabiata sauce, or nibble on a slice of classic Margherita pizza studded with garden-fresh basil. — Fodor's

Austin isn't really known for its Italian food, but when Austinites want Italian, this is their preferred destination. — Frommer's

Stroll down South Congress Avenue after dinner at this warm and reliable Italian restaurant. — Travel + Leisure

"Long waits" are par for the course at this midpriced SoCo Italian, "hands down one of the best in Austin" thanks to its "superb" cooking, "wonderful wines" and a warm setting. — Zagat

This cozy Italian restaurant gets high marks for its fresh, authentic, seasonal menus. — Lonely Planet

Uchi

Sushi 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Faithful sushi lovers migrate to this crimson-colored, cozy house for quality sushi and imaginative Japanese fusion fare. — Gayot

A red-wallpapered, organic-glam interior is like a backdrop from a Design Star set. Splurge on an omakase-style banquet feast. — BlackBook

Uchi, which occupies a softly-lit bungalow on South Lamar about five minutes from downtown, celebrates the art of unconventional thinking when it comes to sushi. — Travel + Leisure

High-end creative sushi doesn’t get any better than James Beard Foundation-winning chef Tyson Cole and this South Lamar restaurant has had them lining up for years for its foie gras... — Condé Nast Traveler

You've heard the term "extreme sports"? Uchi is "extreme sushi". — Fodor's

Franklin Barbecue

Barbecue 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pork ribs & peppery brisket. It's good. — Not For Tourists

Line up at 10 a.m. with the other ’cue worshippers at Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, run by trailblazing pit master Aaron Franklin. — Travel + Leisure

Aaron and Stacy Franklin have been serving food out of this trailer since winter 2010, and word of their old-style barbecue has spread like wildfire. — Frommer's

Don't wait till you're hungry to find out whether it's worth the insane amount of hype. — Lonely Planet

Proprietor Aaron Franklin is to barbecue as homebrewers are to beer. He has created his own niche with craft brisket on par with the dispensaries in legendary Lockhart. — BlackBook

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Barbecue 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This hip eatery next door to City Hall attracts throngs of downtown worker bees, politicos and the food cognoscenti looking for real Austin food. — Gayot

Exercise your taste buds at this self-described “fancy barbeque” restaurant that puts a modern twist on the old Texas staple. — Rough Guide

On an up-and-coming block near City Hall, Lamberts draws businessmen, Web types, trenchermen, and foodies for its "fancy barbecue," aka stylish twists on Texas classics. — Fodor's

"Fancy barbecue" is the forte of this "classy" 'cue stop set in "gentlemanly" digs in the "historic" Schneider Brothers Building in the Second Street District. — Zagat

"Fancy barbecue" is not an oxymoron. So shows this brother of the sister who owns the eminently popular Jo's Hot Coffee. — BlackBook

Hudson's on the Bend

American 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From start to finish, it'€™s an experience of indulgence at this Hill Country cottage by Lake Travis. — Gayot

“Exotic food” is the draw at this “innovative” “wild game”–focused veteran restaurant located in an old farmhouse in Lakeway. — Zagat

The quintessential Austin experience... Chef-owner Jeff Blank wows foodies and good ol' boys alike with his inventive use of wild game. — Concierge

Exemplary service and captivating paintings await inside the limestone farmhouse. The Southwestern fare is otherworldly. — BlackBook

Owner/chef Jeff Blank and executive chef Robert Rhoades are kings of imaginative, gutsy cuisine, serving serve up exotic, unique, seasonal dishes. — Fodor's

Barley Swine

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the "hottest" places in town, this "amazing" "locavore" American in South Lamar from chef Bryce Gilmore provides "truly memorable" small plates made for sharing. — Zagat

Cozy gastropub is consistently crowded, thanks to chef Bryce Gillmore's loyal crowd of foodies, who have followed from Odd Duck restaurant. — BlackBook

The strictly seasonal, locally-sourced daily specials blend the artistic style of Japanese sushi with the familiarity of Southern comfort food. — Fodor's

Barley Swine's entire menu is comprised of small plates, meant for sharing. But calling these "tapas" is like calling Van Gogh a doodler. — Gayot

In addition to chef Bryce Gilmore's 13-course tasting menu, à la carte dining is now offered to guests; indulge in unpredictable delicacies like pig skin noodles with shrimp dumplings. — Travel + Leisure

Jeffrey's Restaurant

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visiting celebrities, politicos and epicureans are spellbound by the innovative contemporary Texas cuisine that defines Jeffrey'€™s. — Gayot

Serving delicious oysters, steak & chocolate cake for over 30 years. — Not For Tourists

Located in the quiet Clarksville neighborhood, this upscale New American restaurant is a longtime favorite of visiting celebrities and dignitaries. — Travel + Leisure

Jeffrey's established itself as Austin's premiere fine dining venue in the Seventies, offering one of the city's first chef-driven, blackboard menus in a charming and historic setting. — Austin Chronicle

The food is hard to categorize, with elements of Latin, Southwestern, and Continental cuisine. Some have called it "New Texan," but we simply call it tasty. — Concierge

Guero's Taco Bar

Mexican 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This spacious south Austin landmark hums with the frantic energy of a loyal lunch crowd seeking a Tex-Mex fix. — Gayot

The epicenter of South Congress. Tourists take taxis straight here from the airport. The queso flameado and tacos al pastor have something to do with it. — BlackBook

This is one of the main hangouts on South Congress. It occupies an old feed store that dates from the time when South Austin was a low-rent area at the margins of the city. — Frommer's

Tacos al pastor are a specialty (about $9) at this busy, sprawling restaurant located across the bridge, south of downtown. — Rough Guide

Oh, Güero's, how we love you. Why must you make us wait? Well, clearly it's because of the three million other hungry people crammed into your bar area. — Lonely Planet

Fonda San Miguel

Mexican 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Colorful and full of beautiful pottery", this Highland Park hacienda has long been "a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds", with "impeccable" interior Mexican fare. — Zagat

This was one of the first restaurants to introduce fine dining a la Mexicana to Texas. — Frommer's

In this striking hacienda, lush with towering foliage and Latin American art, you'll experience authentic interior Mexican cuisine. — Gayot

A perennial brunch favorite in Austin since 1975, Fonda San Miguel has an atmosphere of colorful, old-school elegance and a generously laden buffet. — Travel + Leisure

The haciendalike Fonda San Miguel has been an Austin eating institution for over 30 years and is well worth the detour off South Congress. — Concierge

Shady Grove

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hefty, but healthy, is the hippie sandwich layered with sauteed eggplant and chicken breast smothered in melted cheese, then loaded with all the greens you could ask for. — Gayot

This ironic salute to Americana evokes David Lynch's vision of small town "Twin Peaks," including the corny touches. — Frommer's

Families. Dates. Big, loud, obnoxious groups. All doing their Lone Star and green-chile cheeseburger thing while roots musicians serenade them. — BlackBook

'Do you want inside or out?' Really, what kind of question is that? We came for the shady patio, like everyone else. — Lonely Planet

Named for the expansive pecan trees lining this trendy section of Barton Springs Road, Shady Grove's patio area provides coverage from the hot Texas sun. — Travel + Leisure

Uchiko

Japanese 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Not content to rest on his Uchi laurels, Chef Tyson Cole opened this North Lamar restaurant that describes itself as 'Japanese farmhouse dining.'. — Lonely Planet

Uchiko continues to wow diners. The vibrant energy and casual vibe alone are magnetic. — Fodor's

It's an assemblage of flavors...that's evocative, a little mysterious and a lot of fun. — Travel + Leisure

Sister restaurant to Uchi, Uchiko offers a more rustic take on Japanese cuisine, while still serving several Uchi classics, like the bacon steakie, a version of seared pork belly. — Condé Nast Traveler

The sweet and tart tomatillo perks up the buttery scallop as the crunch of house-made chips counters the soft meat. — Gayot

Olivia

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A "lovely" modern space with "good buzz", this South Lamar spot boasts an "innovative" French-Italian menu that may "change your mind about sweetbreads, lamb tongue and other oddities". — Zagat

Continental with Italian and French influences. Well-priced bar menu. — Not For Tourists

I could write pages of praise for chef Petty’s meltingly tender Wagyu Tri-Tip with roasted marrow mixed with butter. — Austin Chronicle

Owner-chef James Holmes, who did stints in France and at Picholine and Craft in NYC, has crafted a fine blend of sophisticated French and Italian cuisines with down-home Texas products. — Gayot

Olivia is far and away the brightest newcomer to Austin's fine dining scene. — Frommer's

Hoover's Cooking

Barbecue 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At this unassuming restaurant in Cherrywood, local chef-owner Hoover Alexander serves Deep South—style comfort food with Tex-Mex, Cajun, and Jamaican influences. — Travel + Leisure

This is down-home comfort food at its best. — Frommer's

Staples like chicken fried steak and southern fried pork chops can be seen on nearly every server tray coming out of the kitchen. — Gayot

You need to fast for days before eating here. Heavy Southern home cookin. — Not For Tourists

"Comfort food at comfortable prices" sums up this Cherrywood Southern mainstay near the University of Texas campus. — Zagat

Salt Lick BBQ

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When Texans argue about the relative merits of barbecue joints, the Salt Lick usually winds up at or near the top of the heap. — Fodor's

World-Famous BYOB BBQ. 20 mins from downtown. — Not For Tourists

If, in your mind, Texas + food = barbecue, the Salt Lick is the place for you. — Concierge

This “landmark” bastion of beef in Driftwood (with spin-offs in Round Rock and at the airport) provides a “quintessential Texas BBQ experience.”. — Zagat

This smoky barbecue depot is about a 30-minute ride of town. On the way there you can admire classic Hill Country terrain. — BlackBook

Salty Sow

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This midpriced American along Cherrywood's Restaurant Row offers a snout-to-tail menu that changes daily and includes rich farmhouse fare like braises and stews. — Zagat

This snout-to-tail restaurant advertising 'swine + wine' offers a thoroughly modern take on down-home cooking, including plenty of choices in the non-pork category. — Lonely Planet

Harold Marmulstein’s Manor Road gastro pub strikes the perfect balance between fancy and casual. — On the Grid

Salty Sow has surfaced at the peak of the '€œhumble farmhouse with impeccably exquisite cuisine'€ dining trend. — Gayot

On the whole, I'd recommend Salty Sow for a special evening out with friends. — Austin Chronicle

La Condesa

Mexican 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With La Condesa in Austin's trendy Warehouse District, chef Rene Ortiz brings traditional flavors of the interior of Mexico to Texas. — Travel + Leisure

"Fabulous, bold" takes on Mexican street food and "wonderful margaritas" await at this Second Street District destination set in "stunning", "sophisticated" digs with a patio. — Zagat

La Condesa'€™s well-thought-out mix of Mexican street food and jet-setting sophistication appears to have what it takes. — Gayot

Always a top contender in our former annual Restaurant Poll and a winner of one of our inaugural 2013 First Plates Awards. — Austin Chronicle

True to form Mexican dishes, a taste of Oaxaca. — Not For Tourists

Justine's 1937

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in Austin’s up-and-coming East Side, Justine’s is a fantastic French bistro that attracts a stylish hipster crew, eager for expertly crafted steak frites and garlicky escargot. — Travel + Leisure

Much of the concise menu is occupied by well-executed French classics. — Gayot

This Victorian brasserie could very well be a figment of the imagination. It's located in the furthest recesses of the eastside. Beyond bohemianism. — BlackBook

With a lovely garden setting festooned with fairy lights, Justine's is a top spot for wowing a date. — Lonely Planet

Set in a "seriously industrial" neighborhood in East Austin, this "hip" little bungalow serves an "all-out French" brasserie menu highlighting steak frites and duck confit. — Zagat

Chez Nous

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This downtown landmark offers a slice of Paris with its classic French food and casual bistro ambience, bereft of pretense. — Gayot

"Like a little vacation to Paris", this "cozy" Downtown bistro provides "wonderful", "truly French" fare à la carte or in a "good-value" three-course prix fixe. — Zagat

Low-key and casual, Chez Nous is as unpretentious as they come, and has made many a French food lover trés heureux. — Lonely Planet

This small bistro is a great choice for a quiet lunch or dinner. — Frommer's

Austin's first French bistro, owned by Paris natives, manages to maintain its quiet and cozy atmosphere despite its location mere feet from raucous 6th Street. — Fodor's

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South Congress Cafe

Cafés 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The stylish side of Tex-Mex can be found at this hoppin' little cafe, which seamlessly combines a vintage space with modern architecture. — Lonely Planet

South Congress Cafe'€™s surprisingly affordable menu combines Southwestern flair with more European traditions. — Gayot

Upscale cafeteria style Continental fare; Pretty good cocktails, too. — Not For Tourists

A "local favorite" tucked "amid the hipster hangouts in trendy SoCo", this "convivial" eatery serves Southwestern dishes that range from "good to very good". — Zagat

A small, modern establishment in the heart of SoCo that caters mostly to South Austin's leisure crowd, the cafe opens for brunch and dinner. — Frommer's

Eastside Cafe

Cafés 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Three words: smoked salmon ravioli. But don’t let that stop you from tasting the rest of their outstanding menu. Nearly everything is made from scratch and sourced from the neighboring... — On the Grid

"They grow their own veggies" in the garden out back and source from local farms to compose the "amazing", "affordable" American menu at this "charming, cozy" Cherrywood "gem". — Zagat

Take in a leisurely meal at this cozy 1928 bungalow with little rooms painted in peaceful hues of slate blue and vanilla. — Gayot

Ever-changing menu, occasionally made with stuff grown out back. — Not For Tourists

This veteran of Eastside’s “restaurant row” feeds off its own organic garden. The comfy, converted-bungalow dining room suggests the type of place Mom would swoon over. — BlackBook

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