Austin Restaurants: Ultimate Recommendations Guide

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The Austin Restaurants and Austin Recommendations you need to know. Coffee, restaurants, and bars, oh my…

I have lived in Austin for about four years now and truly pride myself on being a self-proclaimed Austin foodie. I love trying new places and started keeping a list on my phone of my favorites awhile back…my friends started begging me to share it with them! Due to popular demand and since it is my most requested recommendation list, I decided to make an ultimate guide of Austin recommendations right here to share with anyone!

While my other guides will also include things to do in a city, this one focuses all on FOOD. From fancy Austin restaurants to farm-to-table Austin restaurants, split up into several categories, here is my ultimate Austin food guide:

The Ultimate Guide to Austin Restaurants

♥= healthy favorite



-Lucky Lab (local $)
-Cafe Medici (an Austin classic and I live for the turmeric lattes $)
♥Alfred Coffee (new from LA #matcha in the Line hotel $$)
-Merit ($)
-Epoch ($)
-Cosmic Coffee ($)


♥Walton’s Fancy and Staple (succulents and great pastries too $$)
-Annie’s (hidden vibe on Congress $$)
-Tiny Boxwoods (I frequent here and in Houston $$)
♥Blenders and Bowls (acai bowls $)
-Blue Dahlia (the east 11th location is my favorite $)
-Cafe 1886 (In the Driskill Hotel, lovely and historic $$)
♥Elle’s Cafe and Coffee (wellness and health, gf $$)
♥Picnik (healthy, gf, butter coffee $$)
♥Forthright ($$)
-Bouldin Street Cafe (classic vegetarian hippie joint $)
♥Caroline’s (trendy, great lattes $$)
-Arlo Grey (small menu, in the Line hotel $$)
-Texas French Bread (Austin classic in west campus $$)
-Kerbey Lane Cafe (pancakes w/ cinnamon swirl obvi $)
♥High Note (owned by the Kerbey peeps, great keto/paleo options $$)
-Josephine House ($$$)


-Veggie Heaven (vegan, gf comfort food $)
-Homeslice (if you want good pizza, go here $)
♥Wildwood Bakehouse (100% gf, see also WildER wood $$)
♥Thai Fresh (thai food w/ gf bakery and df ice cream $$)
♥True Food Kitchen (healthy $$)
-Hula Hut (fun vibe on the lake $)
♥Malibu Poke (in the Seaholm district, has a Whole30 option $$)
♥The Grove (neighborhood wine bar, bbq pizza to die for $$)
-Graj Mahal (amazing Indian on Rainey St $$)
-Clark’s Oyster Bar (neighborhood seafood classic $$$)
-Colleen’s Kitchen (cute, southern food in Mueller $$)
-Odd Duck (yum, farm to table $$$)
-Pacha (organic $$)
-Loro (Asian smokehouse fusion Uchi + Franklin’s $$$)
♥Koriente (quirky Asian food on sixth street $)
-Elizabeth Street Cafe (so pretty, French Vietnamese $$)
-Old Thousand (swanky Chinese food w/ fun vibe $$)
-Cafe No Se (pretty views on SoCo $$)
-Parkside (nicer, yet great people watching on dirty Sixth $$$)
♥Hillside Farmacy (good for date nights $$)
-Second Bar + Kitchen ($$)
♥Bento Picnik (amazing, fresh healthy Asian boxes $)
-Hopdoddy (my burger of choice $$)
-Lucky Robot (quirky sushi and Asian on Soco $$)
-Peached Tortilla (good food and crazy milkshakes $$)
-Cenote (organic $$)
♥Citizen Eatery (plant based $$)
♥Mother’s Cafe and garden (gf, vegetarian $$)
-Faregrounds (amazing food hall on Congress $$)
♥Vinaigrette (best big salads $$)
-Eberly (pretty brunch and dinner $$)
♥Flower Child (literally my most frequent restaurant $$)
-Sway (upscale Thai $$$)
-Peche (French, good happy hour $$$)
-Manuel’s (nice Mexican $$)
-ATX Cocina (nice Mexican $$$)
-Grizzelda’s (trendy, hip Mexican $$)
-Andiamo (old-school, authentic Italian in an un-assuming area $$)
♥Emmer & Rye (farm-to-table on Rainey Street $$)
-Red Ash (Italian $$$)
-Vespaio (Italian, w/ Enoteca Vespaio $$)
-Uchi (sushi $$$$)
-Wu Chow (upscale Chinese $$$)
-Lin’s (upscale Chinese/dim sum, from Wu Chow $$)
-Perla’s (best seafood $$$$)
-Garrison (in the Fairmont; dank steaks and carrots $$$$)
-Lonesome Dove (unique game $$$$)


-Halcyon (boozy coffee lounge with s’mores $$)
-Here Nor There (if you can find a member to bring you in…$$)
-Opa (casual Greek food and wine $)
-House Wine (casual, fun wine bar w/ live music $)
-St. Genevieve (beautiful bar in the Domain $$)
-Driskill Bar (A Texas classic in the Driskill hotel $$)
-Easy Tiger (craft beers and German food $$)

Non-Alcoholic Drinks:

♥Juiceland (OG, best smoothies $)
♥Juice Society (wellness lattes and adaptogenic juices $$)
♥Steeping Room (tea and gf options $$)
♥Squeezery (smoothies $)


-Subzero (nitrogen ice cream $)
♥Gati (df ice cream as seen at Thai Fresh $)
-Lick (artisan ice cream $)
♥Nada Moo (df ice cream $)
♥Sweet Ritual (vegan ice cream $)
-Milky Way Shakes (vegan milkshakes behind Spider House $)

If you have any Austin recommendations, or are going to one of these places and want a recommendation on what to order, comment below!!

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  1. Chelsea
    April 17, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Bookmarking this for our trip to Austin this summer! So many yummy things to try!

    • April 18, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      Yay! Let me know if you want any recommendations for specific types of things/places in Austin!! I’d be happy to help 🙂

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