Favorite Restaurants

So here is the ever expanding list of restaurants that we have tried that are local to the Austin area. Click on the name of the restaurant to go to their website to find where they are located. For a comprehensive list of all of the restaurants in Austin, try this website.

And please, if you have suggestions of restaurants to try, make a comment below! We love trying new places!

Fav Restaurant Cuisine Style Price Rating Must Haves
219 West Tapas Trendy/Casual $ 7 Mini Burgers
* 34th Street Cafe American Special Occassion $$$ 7
* Alamo Drafthouse American Casual/Movie House $$ 8 Spicy Bleu Burger with veggie patty, Latin Kisses
Amy’s Ice Cream Dessert Casual $ 8 Shiner Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, Milk Chocolate Shake
* Aquarelle French Special Occasion $$$ 8
* Asti Italian Trendy $$$ 8
Austin Java Coffee, Breakfast, Variety Casual $ 8 Goat Cheese and Spinach Quesadillas
Austin Land and Cattle Steakhouse Casual $$$ 2
* Austin Pizza Garden Pizza Casual $$ 9
Austin Scoops Dessert Casual $ 8 Cappuccino Gelato,
Bellagio’s Italian Special Occasion $$$ 7
* Bess Bistro Upscale Home Cooking Classics Trendy $$ 7 Fish and Chips,
Bistro 88 International Trendy $$$ 6
Botticelli’s Italian Special Occasion $$$ 8
Brick Oven (Original) Pizza Casual $ 9
Chango’s Tacos Casual $ 7 Fresh Corn Torillas
Cafe Mangu Carribean Casual $$ 7
Chez Nous French Special Occasion $$$ 2
* Chez Zee Eclectic Casual/Trendy $$ 7 Gorganzola Chicken Pizza
Chuy’s Mexican Casual $ 8
* Cipollina West Austin Bistro Local Casual $$ 8
Conan’s Pizza Pizza Casual $ 3
County Line on the Lake/o n the Hill BBQ Casual $ 7
Cuba Libre Bar Trendy $ 6
Dirty Martin’s Burgers Casual $ 6
Doc’s Backyard Eclectic Casual $ 7 Chicken Fried Avocado, Chipotle Blackened Fish and Shrimp
* Driskill Grill Fine Dining Special Occasion $$$$ 10 Chef’s Tasting Menu
East Side Cafe Local Casual $$ 9 Brunch
El Arroyo Mexican Casual $ 6
El Mercado Mexican Casual $ 6
Enoteca Italian Casual $ 7 Calamari Sandwich
* Fino Small Plates, Mediterranean Trendy $$ 10 Fried Goat Cheese, Goat Cheese Cake, Fried Olives
Flip Happy Crepes Crepes Casual $ 8 Crepes!
Fleming’s Steakhouse Trendy $$$ 8 Steak!
* Fonda San Miguel Interior Mexican Special Occasion $$$ 10 Chile Relleno, Duck Enchiladas
* Frank Hot dogs Casual $ 10
Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria Pizza Casual $$ 7
Freddie’s Place Eclectic Casual $ 6 Portabella Sandwich
Galaxy Cafe Eclectic Casual $ 6
Green Pastures French Special Occasion $$$ 8
Highball Diner/Bar Trendy $ 8
Hickory Street Patio Cafe & Drinkery Burgers Casual $ 6
Homeslice Pizza Pizza Casual $ 7
Hoover’s Cooking Home Cooking Casual $ 6
* How Do You Roll? Sushi Casual $ 8 Customize your own sushi
* Hyde Park Bar & Grill American Casual $ 7 French Fries
* Imperia Chinese/Sushi Trendy $$$ 8 Happy Hour
Iron Cactus Mexican Casual $$ 6 Lobster Tacos
* Jaspers’s Upscale Backyard Trendy $$$ 6 Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp and Grits
* Jo’s Coffee Casual $ 7
Justine’s Brasserie French Trendy $$$ 5
Kenichi Sushi Trendy $$$ 5
* Kenobi Sushi Trendy $$$ 8 Kobe Beef Hibachi, Sea Bass Citrus, Lickety Split, u & i
* Kerbey Lane Cafe Breakfast Casual $ 8 Migas, Blueberry Pancakes, Tortilla Soup
La Condessa Interior Mexican Trendy $$$ 8
Leaf Salad Casual $ 7
Maiko Sushi Trendy $$ 8
Mangieri’s Pizza Pizza Casual $ 8
Matt’s El Rancho Mexican Casual $ 6 Bob Armstrong Dip
Mikado Sushi Trendy $$ 8
* Mighty Fine Burgers Casual $ 9 Burgers, Shakes, Fries
Milaga Tapas/Wine Trendy $$ 6 Cheap Wine Flights
Moonshine Bar & Grill Casual $$ 7
* Mozart’s Coffee Casual $ 7
Natural Planet Grill Organic Casual $$ 8
North By Northwest Brewery & American Casual $$ 8
Nuevo Leon Mexican Casual $ 7 Top Shelf Margaritas
Olivia Local Trendy $$$ 8 In Season Specials
Opal Divine’s Bar & Grill Casual $ 5
P Terry’s Burgers Casual $ 8 Veggie Burger, Chicken Burger
Paciugo Gelato Casual $ 8
Polvo’s Interior Mexican Casual $ 8
* Parkside Pub Casual $$$ 8 Raw Bar
Ranch 616 Eclectic Casual $ 7
* Roaring Fork Grill Special Occasion $$$ 7
* Saba Bluewater Tapas, Seafood Casual $ 8 Happy Hour
Sagra Italian Trendy $$$ 6
* Saltlick BBQ Casual $ 7
Sam’s Boat American Casual $ 1
* Satellite Bar & Bistro American Casual $$ 7 Orchid Chicken, Crab Cakes
Sazon Mexican Casual $ 7
Scooter’s Coffee Casual $ 5
Serrano’s Cafe & Cantina Mexican Casual $ 7
* Shady Grove American Casual $ 7 Hippie Sandwich
South Congress Cafe American Casual $$ 7
Spicy Pickle Deli Casual $ 8 Yard Bird
* Starlite American Contemporary Trendy $$$ 7 Out of business 😦
Stubbs BBQ Casual $ 8
* Sushi Japon Sushi Casual $$ 8 Tiffany Roll, Misha Roll, Escolar
* Sushi Sake Sushi Casual $$ 7
* Taco Deli Tacos Casual $ 9 (Breakfast) Jess Special, Sirloin Egg & Cheese, (Lunch) Scallop Tacos, Cowboy Taco, Heather Taco
* Thai Fresh Thai Casual $ 9 Pad Sea Ew, Mango Ice Cream and Sticky Rice
The Grove Kitchen and Wine Bar Wine/Pizza Casual $$ 5
The Oasis Mexican Casual $$ 2
Thundercloud Subs Sandwiches Casual $ 5
Tilted Kilt Pub Casual $$ 1 Compare to an Irish Hooter’s
Tomo Sushi Sushi Trendy $$$ 7
Trudy’s Mexican Casual $ 7 Mexican Martini
* Uchi Sushi/Asian Fusion Trendy $$$$ 9
* Uncle Billy’s BBQ BBQ Casual $ 8
Ventanas Culinary School Casual $$ 6
* Vespaio Italian Trendy $$$ 8
* Waterloo Icehouse Burgers Casual $ 6 Chili
* Woodland Restaurant Burgers/Sandwiches Casual $$ 7
Yogurt Spot Yogurt Casual $ 7
* Z Tejas Southwestern Casual/Trendy $$ 8 Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas, Seared Tuna, Blackened Catfish Tacos, Chorizo Pork Tenderloin, Crispy Salmon, Pan Fried Snapper, Chipotle Beef Tenderloin
* Zax Pints & Plates American Casual/Trendy $$ 8 Scallops
* Zoot American Contemporary Special Occassion $$$$ 10 Everything! *Chef’s Tasting Menu*

Places still to try (make suggestions!):

Artz Rib House

Azul Tequila

Blue Dahlia Bistro

Cafe Mundi

Carmelo’s

Cisco’s Bakery

Clay Pit

Clementine

Crave Thai and Sushi

Davine Foods

East Side Pies

Eddie V’s

Evitas Bontanitas

Green Mesquite

Hills Cafe

Hill-Berts Burger

Hudson’s on the Bend

Jardin Corona

Jeffrey’s

Magnolia Cafe

Mandolas

Mother’s Cafe

mmmpanadas

Mulberry Wine Bar

Paggi House

Roy’s

Satay

Shuggies

Torchy’s Tacos

Tom’s Tabooley

Uncorked Tasting Room

Upper Crust Bakery

Wink

Zocalo Cafe Taqueria Fresca

11 Comments

  1. Claire Patrick
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Eastside Cafe is great…and y’all would probably like Blue Star Cafeteria as well.

    I’ve wondered about Sam’s Boat. Guess we’re not going there. (:

  2. Claire Patrick
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Aaah. I’m probably going to comment 50 times on this list. Crud Crud Crud.

    Add Mother’s Cafe to your list…
    And…Go to Magnolia sooooon! (it’s best for a late late late night meal).

  3. elizabethcarroll
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks Claire! I updated the ‘to try’ list.

  4. Posted September 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Another addition for you is Jardin Corona in Northwest Austin, The best margaritas in town. And excellent salsa.

  5. Elizabeth
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks Chance – if we’re ever up in Cedar Park, we’ll check it out!

  6. Amanda
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi! You totally need to try Hey Cupcake! too! Soooo good.

    • Elizabeth
      Posted May 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I hate to say it but I’ve had Hey Cupcake and it’s just not my favorite! I love their concept and I love the air stream trailer. . . I just think I’d pick Tiff’s Treats over Hey Cupcake any day!

  7. Erin
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    To add something about cupcakes, the last time I was down in Austin I found a place called polkadots. It’s a bakery but they mainly do the cupcake thing and they were delicious! They have a website and everything and I am a fan of theirs on fb. I think it’s at 28th 1/2 and Rio Grande, but I am not 100% sure. But, I think you would really like it! Btw, love your blog, even though I don’t cook or sew or do crafty stuff like you do, I still think it’s really neat!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted August 24, 2009 at 9:50 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Erin! I’ll check it out!

  8. Rachael B
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    Found a new restauraunt that you must try when you are back down south. Jack Allen’s Kitchen opened recently, and the food is wonderful! I heard the chef used to work at ZTejas. It’s located on hwy 71 right near the Y in Oak Hill, and prices are very reasonable. I’d say 10-20 for an entree. AND, if you go before 7, all appetizers are 1/2 off. Try the ravioli! and nachos!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink | Reply

      Awesome, thanks!

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