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The Best Bars for Foodies in Austin

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated December 15, 2023

Austin is the cutting-edge, super-hip heart of the Lone Star State, and its dining and drinking scene is just as cool. There are traditional, Texas-style swinging and rocking honky-tonk live-music venues and barbecue joints teeming with family-secret recipes that simmer for hours. But where are the smartest, savviest diners grabbing a drink? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. These spots offer up exciting fusion dishes with cuisines from around the globe, locally-brewed craft beers and spirits, and staggering wine lists.

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4.7
4.7 (2060)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Downtown

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About the restaurant
This downtown Austin institution from chef Ji Peng Chen is the place to go to for authentic farm-to-table Chinese food. Weekends and weeknights are packed with young professionals and locals dining on dishes and washing those down with one of Wu Chow's signature cocktails, many mixing Asian and traditional American flavors. A top-notch spot for dinner and a few drinks with a group of friends.
Top review
ManuR
Dined 1 day ago
great service. made our birthday girl feel like the the princess she is :-)
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4.9
4.9 (5299)
$50 and over
Sushi
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Uchi is a groundbreaking Asian fusion restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole. It's one of Austin's sushi hot spots, with a creative and ever-changing menu for visitors and locals to enjoy. There's also an expansive sake list, a selection of Japanese-influenced cocktails, and a fine beer selection that includes Japanese favorites and local Texas brews
Top review
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 (2151)
$31 to $50
American
East Austin

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About the restaurant
The Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club is a remarkable Manor Road institution right next to the University of Texas at Austin—and its menu is Lone Star down to the core. There's a heavy focus on farm-to-table Texas ingredients at Dai Due. All beer and wine selections are from the state, and in-season ingredients and produce that comes from Texas drive the changing menu.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Absolutely amazing !!!! Food and service were top notch
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4.8
4.8 (5889)
$50 and over
Sushi
Central Austin

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About the restaurant
Uchiko is the little brother of the aforementioned Uchi restaurant, delivering the same type of experimental, tasty fare in its intimate and beautiful Rosedale neighborhood location. It's a fantastic post-work Happy Hour spot, with small plate appetizers and dishes paired with fine sushi and cocktails.
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GwenBvip
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
The Hot Rock and Shag Roll never disappoint. However, the “crispy potatoes” were not, so our server Morgan graciously comped them.
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4.8
4.8 (1943)
$50 and over
American
Central Austin

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About the restaurant
Jeffrey's is the spot to go when looking for a truly upscale dinner. This luxurious wine bar is a mixture of classic American steakhouse and traditional French cuisine, with an excellent bar menu and creative cocktail list—with drinks named after Hollywood classics. For a deluxe bar snack, try something from their large and extravagant caviar menu.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
I’ve been to all the best restaurants in Austin and Jeffrey’s still stands at the top. The one and only!
A photo of Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Austin Downtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4775)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown

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About the restaurant
This reliable chain is renowned for great seafood and fine drinks across the American Midwest and Southwest. Its downtown Austin location is big, beautiful, and perfect for a dinner out—especially when the Florida stone crab dishes are in season. Even when they're not, Truluck's is an excellent spot for a night out or a happy hour venture. Try something from their "Flirty Dozen" wine list or one of their signature cocktails.
Top review
Diggyvip
Dined 3 days ago
We live in Dallas but always loved to visit Austin! This new Trulucks is truly world class in ever since of the word! Loved loved loved our server Cody!
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4.8
4.8 (1709)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Looking for one of the cutest bars in Austin? Go to Clark’s Oyster Bar. The place is gorgeous and has a lovely dining room that's usually lively and packed. Clark's has an unbeatable selection of oysters with offerings that come from New England states, the Gulf, Canada, and elsewhere. Stop by during Clark's Happy Hour for great deals on most of their food.
Top review
Longhornvip
Dined 2 days ago
All the food was good. We had a reservation and was seated very quickly. Parking is difficult, but we found a spot on the road. Service was excellent, and all the staff was very friendly. My friend from Houston loved it!
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4.7
4.7 (3225)
$50 and over
American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Emmer and Rye is a lovely spot on Rainey with a unique food style. Specializing in farm-to-table cuisine, Emmer and Rye focuses on small plates and changes the menu on a daily basis. Go there on different days and sample dozens of different meals. Stop in for dinner, brunch, or a cocktail and local draft beer.
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LouiseN
Dined 3 days ago
Superlative evening with innovative, delicious dishes and caring, attentive service.
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4.7
4.7 (2124)
$31 to $50
Barbecue
Downtown

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About the restaurant
What bar or restaurant tour of Austin would be complete without some barbecue? Lamberts is one of the gold-standard BBQ joints in the city. There's an upstairs bar and lounge to relax, hang out, and put back a few local beers as guests dine on brisket. Don't forget to grab some of the appetizers—try the chicken-fried oysters for a real treat before the meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Authentic Texas bbq with a funky flare! Highly recommend! Great drinks as well
A photo of Bob's Steak & Chop House - Austin restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2153)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Well, the specialties are right there in the name. Bob's is a reliable, delicious chain of steakhouses, with locations across America; the Austin spot advertises "the biggest steaks in Texas." Stop off at the bar for something from the large wine list or a local beer or two in a comfortable, luxurious atmosphere.
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SteveR
Dined 6 days ago
Very good service. Appetizers were exceptional, particularly the lamb lollipops. Beef was very good.
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4.8
4.8 (3374)
$50 and over
Italian
Downtown

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About the restaurant
One of the best Italian restaurants in Austin, Red Ash is a delicious Happy Hour option. All dishes are $7 during that magical time, with a selection of excellent Italian small plates, meats and cheeses, pasta, and crudo. There's a giant wine selection and excellent cocktails on the menu for guests to enjoy while dining in this beautiful, rustic location with an open kitchen.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jan 2, 2023
Food is so good. We sat at a four top in the bar area? Which was a little strange since I made reservations over two months ago. Whatever- food and service were top notch. I had the 30 day aged filet and gnocchi. Best steak in the city. Meatballs were just ok - bread was amazing and the table lived the bone marrow.
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4.7
4.7 (4356)
$30 and under
American
Northwest

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About the restaurant
Chez Zee is a creative American restaurant with the vibe of a French bistro and a diverse menu full of specials. The creme brûlée French Toast is a must-have for dessert or brunch, and the New Orleans pecan chicken and jalapeño cornbread stuffed chicken is as good as they sound. There's also a full bar for fun times, with classic cocktails and a huge wine selection.
Top review
CarolineB
Dined 4 days ago
Such a fun place to eat. Great food and friendly service.
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