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Uchi

Sushi 93 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

World renown sushi restaurant in Texas, odd but true. — Not For Tourists

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

East and West collide beautifully at this top-notch South Austin sushi joint run by owner and executive chef Tyson Cole. — Lonely Planet

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

Vespaio

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

This swear-by-it Italian dining room still buzzes like it’s brand new. Golf clap for the high-quality seafood and melt-in-your-mouth pasta. — BlackBook

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

Vespaio is one of the few restaurants in town that can claim fifteen years of success with no sign, no advertising budget, and no publicist, just customer loyalty and good word of mouth. — Austin Chronicle

Homemade pasta, excellent vino, best dessert on SoCo. — Not For Tourists

It's quaint, it's local, it's delicious&;&. what else could you ask for? ! This laid back Bistro in South Congress will win you over with it's impressive cold cuts, desserts and... — Afar Magazine

Franklin Barbecue

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

In less than two years, Aaron Franklin opened a small trailer dispensing barbecue that then evolved into a brick-and-mortar eatery. — Gayot

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

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

If Central Texas is the hub of the state's best barbecue, then Franklin Barbecue is the gold standard. — Fodor's

Originally a trailer, this brick-and-mortar BBQ joint in East Austin is "giving the big names a run for their money" with some of the "finest brisket in the entire state". — Zagat

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

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

"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

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

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

Upscale BBQ with a nice patio and live music upstairs. — Not For Tourists

Chase your bbq with a hoppy Lost Gold IPA from Blanco, Texas. The brisket is textbook: super-wet and judiciously smoked. — Travel + Leisure

Barley Swine

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

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

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

From a metal trailer to a brick and mortar restaurant, Bryce Gilmore, owner and head chef at Barley Swine, has elevated food truck cuisine to not only compete with the best restaurants in... — Afar Magazine

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

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

Hudson's on the Bend

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

If you're game for game, served in a civilized setting, come to Hudson's. — Frommer's

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

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

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

A good way to get closer as a couple is to try something new together—like, say, Hudson's rattlesnake cakes. (Don't worry—they’re delicious and don’t look at all snake-y). If you’re up... — Travel + Leisure

Jeffrey's Restaurant

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

The pricey re-envisioned menu is protein-heavy, with steaks and old-school sides, and the classy interior reminds customers that it’s a special occasion. — Zagat

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

Service is paramount at this understated exemplar of fine dining. — BlackBook

This little bistro in the old Clarksville neighborhood west of downtown has been a destination for food lovers for over 25 years. — Frommer's

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

Guero's Taco Bar

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

This SoCo stop attracts "masses" of locals and visitors alike for "no-nonsense" Mexican grub and "margaritas that'll take the enamel off your teeth". — Zagat

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

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

Best margaritas / fish tacos in Austin, Quentin Tarentino wasn't wrong. — Not For Tourists

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

Fonda San Miguel

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

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

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

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

So worth the time/money- even the $40 (all in) brunch! — Not For Tourists

The gorgeous building is drenched in the atmosphere of old Mexico, with folk-inspired art, and this place has been serving interior Mexican cooking for over 25 years. — Lonely Planet

Shady Grove

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

Take in some “authentic Austin” at this longtime Zilker American (think cheese fries and green-chile burgers). — Zagat

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

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

Live music & comfort food. Mind the condo yuppies. — Not For Tourists

Austin's longest running free concert series; 20 years of free, live music with the likes of Bob Schneider and Charlie Mars! — Afar Magazine

Uchiko

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

The menu changes faster than the weather, but you can always bank on a selection of both hot and cool items that fuse traditional with progressive. — BlackBook

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

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

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

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

Olivia

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

The appealing Italian-inspired menu is also a culinary gauntlet that challenges diners to expand their flavor palates with dishes such as the plump and savory lamb's tongue fricassee. — Fodor's

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

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

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

The most famous dish here is called SOS 2014, after the military slang for "Stew on a Shingle." — Travel + Leisure

Hoover's Cooking

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

One of Austin's best comfort-food oases, blending mama's home cooking, diner short-order specials, Tex-Mex favorites, and Cajun influences. — Fodor's

The brave, spicy taste leaves you salivating for more. But the gigantic size, enough for two, makes you wish you’d eaten less. — BlackBook

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

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

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

South Congress Cafe

Cafés 84 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

The curvy ceiling, open floor plan, and retro trim would make the Jetsons feel at ease. The menu is a fusion of Mexican, Southwestern, and seafood. — BlackBook

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

Hands down... my favorite place for Sunday brunch in Austin is the South Congress Cafe (note that they serve brunch every day of the week). The restaurant is also a great place for lunch... — Afar Magazine

Consistent and popular since 2003, this spot is good any time of day. — Travel + Leisure

Salt Lick BBQ

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

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

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this park-like place off US 290. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

La Condesa

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

La Condesa never disappoints when looking for a reliable downtown dining locale to please all palates. — Fodor's

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

Tacos in Austin are like pizza slices in New York. They’re everywhere. I dined at La Condesa restaurant in buzzing downtown Austin to learn more about quintessential TexMex cuisine.... — Afar Magazine

An eye-poppingly gorgeous space that's colorful, supermodern and artsy, with a dazzling mural taking up an entire wall. — Lonely Planet

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

Salty Sow

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

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

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

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

This...gastropub in the midst of East Manor’s burgeoning food scene... sports a range of pig illustrations and artwork on their walls, but their contemporary farmhouse cuisine extends far beyond pork. — Fodor's

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

Chez Nous

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

"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

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

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

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

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Eastside Cafe

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

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

This was one of the earliest eateries to open in this rapidly changing area just east of the university. — Frommer's

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

"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

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

Parkside

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The bustling array of bars and nightclubs that lines Austin's famed 6th Street welcomes a new upscale restaurant for urban-chic and late-night diners. — Fodor's

Here's where people who think they know oysters aim to impress their friends. — BlackBook

An "oasis of sanity amid the drunken antics of Sixth Street", this moderately priced Downtown American from chef Shawn Cirkiel is known for its "innovative" small plates. — Zagat

Chef Shawn Cirkiel'€™s dedication to fresh, seasonal ingredients and boldly forward-thinking (yet not overreaching) creations yields a menu to match the lively setting. — Gayot

This casual eatery, supported by owners of the upscale Eddie V's steakhouse chain, calls itself a "nose-to-tail" café. — Frommer's

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