10 Classic Austin Restaurants

If you’re a local, you know them from their signature dish alone. If you’re visiting, you need to eat at least at one of these or were you even in Austin? Here’s 10 essential, iconic restaurants in Austin, Texas.  

1.Kerbey Lane Café

You know them for their pancakes and breakfast wait. But, it’s 100% worth it. And if you’re getting the pancakes, you must add a cinnamon swirl.


2. Lucky Robot

Quirky restaurants are what makes Austin, well, Austin. And this is one of them. Located in the heart of South Congress, Lucky Robot is a great choice for sushi and Asian food.

3. Texas French Bread

This little brunch spot never consistently hits the spot with its comfortable atmosphere and amazing smells. Plus, great homemade goodies to gift or take for the road ;)  

4. Jeffrey’s

It was hard to choose between Jeffrey’s and any of its sister restaurants, but this Clarksville gem truly takes the cake as THE longtime upscale Austin place.


5. Cisco’s

If you’re seeking authentic Mexican food, Cisco’s small, family joint is your answer. And I grew up in El Paso, Texas, so….trust.

6. Bouldin Street Café

This one’s for the Vegetarians out there! And it’s no secret Austin has many of them. But don’t worry, even the biggest carnivores will equally love this place.

7. Hula Hut

Located right where the sun sets on Lake Austin, Hula Hut offers a tropical scene where boats can pull right up and families can enjoy the view, complimentary chips and salsa, and the strong margs for those of age.


8. Elizabeth Street Cafe

If you’re in the mood for something light, Juiceland’s got your back with the most amazing fresh fruit smoothies, juices, and healthy snacks. Even though it has expanded outside of Austin, the Barton Springs Road first location will always reign supreme.


9. Vespaio

A romantic, neighborhood Italian joint with an easy atmosphere. Looking for something more casual? Pop into Enoteca Vespaio right next door.  

10. Homeslice

Arguably the best piece of pizza in Austin, maybe in all of Texas. Dine-in space is limited, but if you really want to act like a local, get it to-go next door and enjoy on the SOCO sidewalk or at nearby Zilker Park.

Honorable true-to-Austin mentions that just missed the list for various reasons: Fresa’s, Juiceland, and P. Terry’s.
For my detailed, ultimate guide of Austin restaurants split up by category, see this post.

Written by: Natalie Eng


Natalie is about to graduate from her senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a finance major with a certificate in Business Public Policy and is moving to Houston after graduation to work for KPMG.
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