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Franklin Barbecue

Barbecue 94 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

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

America’s best BBQ—and the whole world knows it. — Bon Appétit

This truly is the best BBQ in Texas, and maybe in the country. — The Infatuation

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

Uchi

Sushi 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Housed in a charming bungalow, his sleek restaurant serving exquisite Japanese cuisine is now an Austin mainstay. — Tasting Table

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

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

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

Lambert's serves intelligent updates of American comfort-food classics – some might call it 'uppity barbecue' – in a historic stone building run by Austin chef Lou Lambert. — Lonely Planet

All of a sudden, what was once known as “the warehouse district” filled with charming brick buildings has mostly vanished and been replaced by newer, sexier development — The Infatuation

"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

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

Justine's 1937

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

It’s hard to find traditional French food in Austin, but Justine’s hits the mark — The Infatuation

EAT HERE. Thank us later. — Not For Tourists

Tucked among the trees and humble houses of this quiet East Austin neighborhood, you'll find expertly executed French brasserie cuisine — Tasting Table

Super sexy late-night dining (with a side of steak frites). — Bon Appétit

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

Guero's Taco Bar

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

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

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

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

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

Guero’s is the rare tourist destination (especially among those who consider themselves in the know) that Austin locals still love, too — The Infatuation

Salt Lick BBQ

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

Barbecue isn’t just a food group — The Infatuation

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

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

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

Hudson's on the Bend

American 89 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

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

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

“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

Shady Grove

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

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

If any one restaurant defines the laid-back, somewhat goofy Austin aesthetic, it's probably Shady Grove. — Fodor's

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

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

This is a place known for its ambiance, destined for day-drinking or evening-chilling glory while being surrounded by all that is good in the state of Texas. — The Infatuation

Vespaio

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

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

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

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

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

Fonda San Miguel

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

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

It’s true south-of-the-border around here, from the homemade interior Mexican food to electric folk-art paintings. — BlackBook

This celebrated villa-style North Loop spot combines sophisticated ambience with a seasonal menu of authentic Mexican classics. — Fodor's

"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

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

Odd Duck

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

The food trailer-turned-restaurant from highly esteemed chef Bryce Gilmore celebrates local Texas food and drinks. — Condé Nast Traveler

Gourmet food served out of a funky trailer. BYOB. — Not For Tourists

Where Austin goes to eat the next big thing. — Bon Appétit

This food truck turned brick and mortar was an early trailblazer of the city’s farm to table movement, thanks to chef Bryce Gilmore’s inventive take on locally sourced, modern American cuisine. — Fodor's

Bryce Gilmore's brick-and-mortar version of Odd Duck, his food truck, showcases a seasonal menu featuring only ingredients sourced from local farms. — Gayot

Uchiko

Japanese 87 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

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

Uchi’s sister restaurant Uchiko is very similar in terms of cuisine, but different in that it feels less like a sushi restaurant and more like a farm-to-table spot — The Infatuation

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

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

Contigo Austin

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

Contigo—the mostly-outdoor East Austin restaurant—is modeled after Contigo, the ranch in South Texas. — Travel + Leisure

This "rustic" find in the new Mueller development takes its inspiration from the owners' ranch in South Texas with low-cost Eclectic fare that pairs with "seasonal cocktails" and beer. — Zagat

This Texas ranch-inspired restaurant practically epitomizes Austin with its outdoor, communal seating and laid-back vibe — Tasting Table

East Austin’s favorite “ranch to table” outdoor restaurant. — Bon Appétit

The predominantly outdoor layout of Texas ranch-inspired Contigo consistently draws a steady evening crowd—even when summer temps are well over 100 degrees. — Fodor's

Barley Swine

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

Small plates. Tantalizing flavors. Locally sourced. Changing menus. Snout-to-tail culinary creations. — Lonely Planet

Barley Swine has cornered most of the buzz in Austin these days, but locals will tell you it's all well-deserved...The menu? Offbeat and ever-changing. — Frommer's

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

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

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

Homegrown restaurateur Larry McGuire recently revitalized Clarksville’s beloved Jeffrey’s steakhouse this year and rave reviews of the French American haunt have been rolling in since its reopening. — Fodor's

If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of meat, Jeffrey’s has you covered — The Infatuation

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

Curra's Grill

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

Curra’s is a perfect blend of interior Mexican cuisine and greasy Tex-Mex located just off the main vein of South Congress on Oltorf — The Infatuation

Tantalizing chorizo-and-eggs breakfast tacos. Heavenly Oaxacan coffee. — BlackBook

If you're looking for authentic Mexican food at an affordable price (read: cheaper than Fonda San Miguel), then head to Curra's. — Fodor's

This plain, unassuming restaurant has a strong local following for its large menu of interior Mexican dishes and moderate prices. The tortillas are handmade. — Frommer's

The frozen-avocado margarita is the most famous option at this consistently good Interior-Mexican spot in South Austin. — Travel + Leisure

Olivia

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Street Cafe

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

Elizabeth Street serves everything from baguettes, nice hot curries, coffee, and phở, to The New York Times and cold beer. — Frommer's

From the folks behind Lambert's and Perla's, this Bouldin Creek spot serves French pastries and coffee in the mornings followed by upscale takes on Vietnamese dishes. — Zagat

A sensory delight, Elizabeth Street Cafe is equal parts Vietnamese street food purveyor, New Orleans cafe and French bakery. — Gayot

Fresh shrimp spring rolls, spicy pork meatball banh mi on a fresh baguette, and spicy beef and pork bun with thick, soft airy noodles are safe bets. — Fodor's

File Under: Probably the cutest place you’re going to eat this year — The Infatuation

South Congress Cafe

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

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

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

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 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

Ranch 616

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

You can really taste the chipotle chilies in the tartar sauce that comes with some of the best crispy oysters this side of the Mason-Dixon line. — Frommer's

Ranch 616 is Texas diner-gone-designer with shiny black booths, a leather bar and funky Southwestern art. — Gayot

Ranch 616 is the kind of place where you can enjoy yourself at full volume — The Infatuation

This Downtown "favorite" has "tons of character", from its setting loaded with Texana oddities to its "enticing" Southwestern menu. — Zagat

Texas style meat and two veg done right. — Not For Tourists

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