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Austin’s Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated December 15, 2023

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Austin dining scene. Here are Austin’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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4.9
4.9 (5299)
$50 and over
Sushi
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Everything is special about this James Beard Award-winning Japanese restaurant housed in what looks like a little home. The contrast of a cottage exterior with a chic interior of red walls and honey lighting sets the stage for the impressive meal ahead. They have exceptional sushi that they fly in fresh from Japan each day, accompanied by masterful service. This is definitely a place fit for a special occasion. Everything is outstandingly good, so a great option is to go for their very unique “Sake Social” menu—offered on weeknights from 5-6:30—where you can get things from the regular dinner menu for nearly half the price.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Great food & experience. Second visit in 6 months & it was better
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4.8
4.8 (5509)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Eddie V’s has classic written all over it. They’ve thought of everything and work diligently to deliver on all of it. From a robust menu of delicious food options, a wine list curated by a Master Sommelier, and a live jazz band to set the mood, this is a great restaurant for a special occasion or big night out. Though they’re known for sumptuous seafood like swordfish steak, a wildly popular chilean sea bass dish, and a plethora of oysters (with champagne pairings), caviar, and shellfish, they also make great steaks. If you can’t decide between surf or turf, you can have both and get their filet mignon and lobster tail combo. In addition, they have devilishly decadent sides—like potatoes au gratin, lobster mashed potatoes, and truffle mac n cheese—so while that might make it hard to make a decision, don’t fret, it’s all top-notch here.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Great quick meal before the Texas basketball game. In the bar right by the piano. Seating a tad tight!! Otherwise wonderful.
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4.7
4.7 (1406)
$31 to $50
Southwest
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Bring your gang here if you’re looking for a fun, indulgent, and boisterous night out. Decorative character and big flavors are abundant, so there’s lots to observe and delight in. You’ll see an enormous neon pistol festooning their front patio, and some pretty unique options on their menu. Guests rave about their fried oysters and frog legs, and also really enjoy the quail and trout dishes served in a “divorced” style (meaning they prepare each protein two ways and place sides down the middle to separate the two). On the cheesier side of things, they have goat cheese mashed potatoes and a baked tomato stuffed with arugula, brie, and Boursin cheese! This is definitely not a meal to count calories at, and while they do have salads and vegetable options, you’re coming here to let loose and get a little zany.
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KristinaWvip
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
I love the new menu and the salmon salad was delicious! Love you Ranch 616, thank you for the hospitality and a great lunch!
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4.6
4.6 (4774)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Though the outside of this two-story warehouse-style building might look a bit industrial, inside it’s filled with a myriad of elegantly-set tables with white linens and floor-to-ceiling windows offering great sunset views. Their crab—sourced from their own fisheries—is definitely the star of the show here and (aside from entré options) it finds its way into many delicious dishes, from crab claws and crab cakes to crab mac n cheese and crab fried rice. Truluck’s has earned several accolades for their great food and superior service, and because of the upscale experience they offer, they maintain a business casual dress code for their guests, so take the opportunity to dress up a little and make it a really special night!
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LaurieD
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
What an amazing place to dine-from the service to the food every thing was wonderful. Highly recommend the tomato bisque and yellowfin tuna crudo.
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4.7
4.7 (1995)
$30 and under
Italian
Midtown

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About the restaurant
The husband and wife team behind this comfortable and cozy Italian spot are experts at making people feel right at home. Their charming little restaurant is perfect for a low-key dinner for two or even a night to catch up with friends, which is why this adorable trattoria is such a beloved neighborhood gem. Their semolina fried calamari and white bean purée (irresistible with truffle oil) are great ways to rev your engine before getting into their pastas and pizzas (all of which can be made with gluten-free dough). When you’re served freshly baked bread and breadsticks, your mind can quickly jump to the delicious sauces you’ll get to wipe up with them, and their rigatoni with pork ragu and chili flakes (we recommend adding the sausage to it) and seafood & saffron risotto (with four types of seafood) are perfect for that.
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LauraMvip
Dined 4 days ago
As always, both the food and the service were excellent. Jennifer is knowledgeable and so friendly and a delight, as well as being attentive as a server. Our pasta dishes and wine were terrific. The food is so fresh and authentic. The chef, sommelier, and the whole team do a great job and they make us feel special. We had a wonderful night.
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4.7
4.7 (4356)
$30 and under
American
Northwest

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About the restaurant
Can you think of a more delicious way to start your day than with complimentary warm croissants and strawberry butter? We can’t either, and at Chez Zee, brunch is the name of the game. The dining room is adorably inviting, with glowing little lights strung overhead and a wall full of French Doors. Another French delight is their creme brulee French toast (which is definitely a commitment to sweetness), but they’re known for it and it’s outrageously good! On the more savory side, they have eleven different benedicts to choose from, and a slew of great egg dishes and salad options. To top it all off, they have a large selection of mimosas and bloody marys.
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CarolineB
Dined 4 days ago
Such a fun place to eat. Great food and friendly service.
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4.8
4.8 (2276)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
This elegant and simply-designed restaurant is plating up inventive and seasonally-inspired dishes for their guests. Wink is often chosen as a special occasion destination, but it doesn’t feel overly fancy at all. While their à la carte menu has a host of delicious options, many of our favorites also show up on their five and seven-course tasting menus, so those are both great options. In particular, their hamachi ceviche with sweet potato, scallops with somen noodles, and duck breast with potato confit are strong standouts that you’ll see on all three menus. End things on a sweet note with their lemon meringue or the dessert sampler (why pick only one, if you don’t have to).
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DinahMvip
Dined 7 days ago
What a hidden gem! We had the 5 course tasting menu and wine pairings - a great experience. Unlike most places, we were allowed to make a substitution on one of the courses. Our server was knowledgeable about wines, and the food was phenomenal. If we lived in Austin, we’d be back.
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4.8
4.8 (3923)
$31 to $50
Steak
Downtown

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About the restaurant
It’s unique to have a steakhouse with the size and upscale presentation to match their food. The grandeur and handsome interiors of their space feels impressive, and they have eight different dining rooms for guests to choose from, each with a different theme and historic artwork to bring it to life. As a prime destination for steak, you can get anything from a six-ounce filet mignon to a 32-ounce Tomahawk ribeye and cover it with a variety of different “butters & crowns.” If you’re not a steak-lover, they also have a seafood section to their menu (with a great chilean sea bass), some other meat and pasta options, and stellar side dishes (like off-the-cob cream corn).
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BizMarketingGuruvip
Dined 4 days ago
Another great meal at lll Forks! Great service, perfect steak and a nice birthday dessert
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4.7
4.7 (7258)
$31 to $50
Italian
Driftwood

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About the restaurant
When you arrive at Trattoria Lisina, you can’t help but envision it amidst Italy’s rolling hills and beautiful greenery, because their picturesque grounds will transport you there before the authentic flavors of their food does. The country-style menu—with handmade pastas, house-cured meats, and pizza from a wood-burning oven—is a perfect match for their exclusively Italian wine list. They’ve managed to make some of the most delicious Italian classics even better, like serving a caprese with burrata and topping their grilled asparagus salad with two types of pesto, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette! Also, their fettuccini alfredo with prosciutto and mushrooms is pretty divine, and they make a very tender osso bucco served over risotto milanese.
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KellySvip
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
All around excellent ! We will definitely go back soon.
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