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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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4.6
4.6 (2094)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Downtown
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
BryanC
Dined 3 days ago
Took an out of country business guest and my team out to lunch. Food was great as always! Reliably tasty food in an ambience fine for business or friend lunches.
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4.9
4.9 (5326)
$50 and over
Sushi
Downtown
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 6 days ago
Great service, great food!! Totally worth the trip.
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4.8
4.8 (5909)
$50 and over
Sushi
Central Austin
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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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 16, 2024
The girl who served our table was incredible!! Thank you for taking care of us
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4.8
4.8 (2002)
$50 and over
American
Central Austin
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
Sarahvip
Dined 1 day ago
Best meal, best service, best martinis, and best playlist. Wish we lived here, I’d be back weekly.
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.
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CDKlosvip
Dined 2 days ago
Our waiter Colin was great. The food came out fast, the drinks were awesome, the food was amazing. Totally recommend the caviar and scallops.
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4.9
4.9 (1725)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown
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.
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rtclay
Dined 4 days ago
I’ve always loved Clarks overall ever since their inception … But the shoe string french fries that accompany some menu items have got to go. They’re so hard to eat they tend go uneaten.
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4.7
4.7 (3282)
$50 and over
American
Downtown
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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GinaLvip
Dined 6 days ago
Incredible service went for a birthday dinner and they went above and beyond. Great food and experience all around
A photo of Lamberts Downtown Barbecue restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2160)
$31 to $50
Barbecue
Downtown
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 6 days ago
Elle was our server and she was awesome! She provided amazing service and was very attentive. We look forward to dining here again.
A photo of Bob's Steak & Chop House - Austin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2169)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
It was my 51st Birthday dinner date for two and a place I've been wanting to try for years. Since it was a weeknight it was easy to get a desired reservation time. The prime ribeye was cooked medium well just how I like it. I don't drink alcohol or wine and our waiter had them make sweet tea for me. He didn't forget to cap the evening off with a small desert. We both enjoyed it.
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4.5
4.5 (313)
$30 and under
American
East Austin
About the restaurant
A prescription for a great meal, Hillside Farmacy has been adapted from a legendary East Austin drugstore into a hotspot for local dining, giving the location an undoubtedly cool vibe. The menu is creative and mouth-watering, offering up everything from oysters and roasted chicken to the "Tex-Strami.” The drink menu boasts classic cocktails and local craft beers.
Top review
AniseStar
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
Loved it all! Bummer they were out of oysters, but enjoyed everything else we ordered! Thank u!
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4.9
4.9 (3391)
$50 and over
Italian
Downtown
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.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible way to spend our anniversary!!! The chefs table was an amazing experience. This is our new favorite restaurant in Austin. Delicious food, incredible service, and thoughtful touches.
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4.7
4.7 (4395)
$30 and under
American
Northwest
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
LoriL
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent Belvedere Martini’s and drinks arrived just as we had ordered them. Server was helpful and attentive. We had hummus appetizer and salmon entrees. They were excellent. Love the eclectic vibe and will return.
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