10 Best Austin Restaurants

You know what they say – everything’s bigger in Texas! And that includes Austin’s food scene. If you’re visiting Austin, be sure to bring your appetite.

With so many delicious restaurants in a city where Keeping Things Weird is encouraged, the possibilities are endless and the food will sure make it worth your while!

From Tex-Mex to BBQ, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 Best restaurants in Austin to help you make the best of your time in the Texas’s capitol city.

For delicious experiences you won’t forget, we’ve put together a lineup of the Top 10 eateries around town.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Established way back in 1967 by brothers Harris J. Pappas and Christopher J. Pappas, Pappadeaux has been beloved among Texans for decades.

It’s known for its delicious Cajun-flavored seafood and a wide variety of cocktails and captivates diners with its warm and inviting atmosphere.

Pappadeaux adds a twist on NOLA’s traditional favorites with delightful appetizers like crispy alligator, crab cakes, and raw oysters.

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Franklin’s BBQ

If you’re looking for some delicious BBQ in Austin, look no further than Franklin’s BBQ.

Enjoy tender cuts of brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and juicy turkey grilled to perfection. Get it served by the pound or dressed as a sandwich.

Be sure to end the meal with a slice of the iconic pecan pie. Thank us later.

Warning: You’ll want to make sure that you get here a few minutes before opening. The lines are usually extremely long, and the meals usually sell out within a few hours.

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Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

With over 23 locations throughout Texas, Gloria’s offers all of the staple Salvadorian and Tex-Mex favorites. 

The Domain’s location offers the perfect start to kick off the weekend with the best brunch selections like breakfast tacos, Tres leches waffles, and brisket egg scramble from 11am-3pm. Follow up brunch with stroll in the nearby shopping centers or a quick stop at Sprinkles for dessert.

How to get there:

3309 Esperanza Crossing Suite #100 Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758

Tony’s Jamaican Food

Oxtails, plantains, jerk wings, and generous portion sizes! It doesn’t get any better than Tony’s Jamaican Food Restaurant.

With over 500 5-star reviews on Google, this is a hotspot for those in the mood for authentic Jamaican cuisine. Each dish is curated with Jamaican spices and flavors, served with delicious sides like cabbage and seasoned rice. 

Coupled with mesmerizing Caribbean music as you dine, you will leave this place feeling as though you’ve spent an evening in the middle of Montego Bay itself.

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Food Truck Parks

Food trucks first started popping up in Austin in the early 1990s. Today, you can find an array of amazing food truck fare all across Austin. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide which ones are worth checking out.

The Picnic – Food Truck Park

Looking for a tasty and Instagram-able dining experience? Located less than 2 miles from the infamous Zilker park, The Picnic offers a variety of cuisines from various food trucks with tons of photo ops!

Staying true to the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan, the selections are out of this world, offering everything from Connecticut lobster rolls to chicken cones. With enough options to fuel any type of appetite, this is the perfect way to load up on local Austin food.

How to get there:

1720 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Rainey Street | Day & Night – Food Truck Park

Culinary Dropout

Conveniently located in the heart of Austin’s thriving Domain shopping center, this classic bar is top tier for an after-work happy hour or Sunday football. Each dish is uniquely crafted and presented for an unforgettable experience. Fan favorites include their famous honey fried chicken, 36-hour pork ribs, and fresh pretzel bites served with provolone fondue. 

How to get there:

11721 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758

Ramen Tatsuya

Ramen is considered the “Soul Food of Japan,” and there’s no better place to indulge than Ramen Tatsuya. Offering both vegan and vegetarian options along with the customary selections, each bowl is hot, fresh, delicious, flavor-packed awesomeness.

The amazing staff and hostesses are just added bonuses.

How to get there:

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

If there’s one food item that must be experienced in Austin, it’s steak. Steiner RanchSteakhouse is not only famous for its incredible views overlooking Lake Travis as the restaurant is one of the top steakhouses in the Austin area. Enjoy premium beef cuts of filet mignon, prime rib, ribeye, or New York strip top with a house buttery blend and creamy mashed potatoes or go for something lighter with some of the endless seafood options like lobster and shrimp.

How to get there:

5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd, Austin, TX 78732


Boasting the largest outdoor patio on West Cesar Chavez Street, this oasis has something for everyone for every budget. Handcrafted cocktails and mocktail specials are served Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm along with a creative collection of modern American dishes made with local ingredients. 

Popular menu items include crab croquettes, scallops, oysters, and bread pudding.

How to get there:

304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 100, Austin, TX 78701


Enjoy American comfort food and be entertained with live music, trivia nights, and tequila Thursdays at Irene’s. Start off with quirky appetizers like popcorn & pickles or buffalo cauliflower, then finish off with the signature Irene’s burger (wagyu beef) or pulled pork sandwich. This cool spot is also famous for its signature cocktails and beer.

How to get there:

506 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701


  • I am a mom of 2 who travels a lot for work (I work in the event/conference/tradeshow industry). I grew up  and currently live in Northern California.