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Where Chefs Eat in Austin

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by Phaidon
Updated December 15, 2023

You’re in luck. The world’s best chefs are sharing their favorite places to dine out in Austin. We’ve partnered with Phaidon’s Where Chefs Eat, the best-selling restaurant guidebook with over 7,000 recommendations across the globe, to create a list of restaurants in Austin where chefs love to eat. Grab your copy of this must-have guide, and get 30% off, just for being an OpenTable diner.

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4.7
4.7 (1594)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
"This is one of the first good restaurants to open, when Austin was still a sleepy college town. It's laid-back and neighborhood-y but they have great food and bartenders." – Larry McGuire
Top review
BillP
Dined 6 days ago
Jamie was good! He was unaware that we were on a time crunch to get to a concert. We should have said something earlier. We were also 15 minutes late due to traffic..But, service was great, wine (2 bottles) was perfect and food was great as well. Thank you for another great night at Vespaio!
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4.8
4.8 (972)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Austin
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chef Kevin Fink from Emmer & Rye
Top review
katavip
Dined 4 days ago
The artichoke appetizer was yummy ! The Matzo Ball soup was delicious as was my friends burger & fries ! The service is excellent! It’s a small business but great as always !! One of my austin go to’s
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4.9
4.9 (5921)
$50 and over
Sushi
Central Austin
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chef Kevin Fink from Emmer & Rye
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Always a wonderful experience at Uchiko. We dined on Monday and our server was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She made wonderful suggestions and kept us moving at a nice pace. Our usual server Tammy (and Tyler) even stopped by and made the experience even better. Can’t wait to visit again bc I dream about the golden osetra!!!
A photo of Licha's Cantina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (247)
$30 and under
Mexican
East Austin
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chef Jesse Griffiths from Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Such amazing food. The service was so good and the drinks were to die for! Thanks for hosting our bachelorette
A photo of Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3537)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
"Great, simple seafood and oysters. Very consistent, with good service and fun wines." – Jesse Griffiths
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Incredible food, great service, proper martinis and Fresh oysters. A little pricey but what isn’t these days
A photo of Via 313 - East Side restaurant
$30 and under
Pizzeria
East Austin
About the restaurant
"I don't even like pizza and I LOVE this pizza. Chewy, crunchy, cheesy. Get it baked extra crispy. Detroit-style pizza – who knew!" – Sarah Mcintosh
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