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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Austin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Austin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Fabrik restaurant
4.9
4.9 (186)
$50 and over
Vegan
East Austin
About the restaurant
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Fabrik is the intersect of fine dining and mom & pop restaurant hosted in an intimate micro restaurant space. We offer a 5 and 7-Course tasting at 6pm, and a 7-Course tasting at 8:30pm Wed-Sun. Fabrik's current menu focuses on Japanese, Nordic, and Italian flavor profiles. Fabrik is 100% independently owned and operated.

Led by Executive Chef-Owner Je Wallerstein, Fabrik is Austin’s first 100-percent plant-based tasting restaurant featuring curated menus that highlight the seasonality and diversity of plant-based cuisine in an upscale, sophisticated setting. With sustainability as a priority in our approach, we source produce and ingredients from local growers and provisioners wherever possible. We offer an eclectic selection of vegan, biodynamic and organic wines, including an optional wine pairing. Fabrik also offers saké as well as a range of non-alcoholic options.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Loved each and every item on the menu. The dessert was mind blowing. Totally recommend.
A photo of Nori restaurant
4.8
4.8 (245)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Old West Austin
About the restaurant
Plant-based Japanese Cuisine serving sushi, ramen and crafted cocktails. Cozy romantic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating available. Come try our best seller Volcano Roll and handmade Shiitake Gyozas.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers and all sushi rolls. We even tried the caramel chocolate mocktail and it was delicious. The sushi rolls were amazing and fresh. Just enough crunchy and creamy on both mixed with the perfect amount of spice. I would highly recommend anyone to visit. It is all plant-based, but our non-vegan friends loved it too!
A photo of Uchiba Austin restaurant
4.8
4.8 (107)
$50 and over
Sushi
Downtown
About the restaurant
:: ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE ON RESTAURANT WEBSITE ::

Uchibā, loosely "Uchi Bar" in Japanese, is Uchi's izakaya‑inspired cocktail bar and restaurant delivering a vast selection of Japanese whiskies, unique cocktails, yakitori grill items and Uchi classics. Reservations are encouraged and can be booked online up to 1 month in advance. Walk-in bar seating is available and is subject to wait times. Patio seating is weather permitting and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. We look forward to serving you, Kanpai!

Top review
smfoodie
Dined 6 days ago
A fabulous meal! Such a fun meal. Spencer was an excellent server!
A photo of Emmer & Rye restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3336)
$50 and over
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house made pastas, breads, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on site, and an extensive in house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the off season.

We accept reservations 60 days in advance. For event inquiries, please visit our website.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Loved it so much! Everything was great from service to food. Wish we had saved room for dessert!
A photo of El Naranjo - South Lamar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1134)
$31 to $50
Traditional Mexican
South Austin
About the restaurant
El Naranjo is an Austin, TX restaurant that is proud to serve up high quality, fresh Mexican cuisine that has an authentic traditional favor. You can always find something interesting on the menu and those who visit often will find that it changes regularly.



Some of the typical items you will find on the menu at El Naranjo include guacamole, empanadas, ceviche. In addition, you can enjoy the homemade moles, all of which are made from scratch. El Naranjo is the place to dine for authentic flavor.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Food and service was excellent as usual. We had a great night. Thanks to Jay for his friendly and knowledgeable service!
A photo of Prélude restaurant
4.7
4.7 (81)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Chef Mathew Peters, the first American to win the prestigious Bocuse d'Or in 2017, is bringing his culinary expertise to the heart of Austin with the opening of Prelude, an elevated cocktail bar and lounge set in a historic home in West Austin.

Prelude will offer a unique Austin experience, combining innovative cocktail creations with elevated small bites. The menu will feature a curated selection of small plates, designed to complement the bar programs signature cocktails and highlight Chef Peters' culinary artistry.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Very much enjoyed my visit. Excellent cocktails, wine, and bites in a beautiful setting with top notch service and attention to detail.
A photo of Vinaigrette - Austin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (29)
$30 and under
American
South Austin
About the restaurant
Vinaigrette is a chic and green bistro that raises the "salad bar" with bold and delicious entrée salads. Featuring innovative flavor combinations and the option to add savory protein accompaniments like diver scallops, lemon-herb chicken or grilled hanger steak, these tantalizingly hearty yet healthy creations allow for guiltless and delicious eating at the same time. The restaurant strives to source local and organic ingredients. As one local publication put it "Eating well never tasted so good."
Top review
Eatininwheatonvip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Impressive menu of diverse salad choices. We loved the”nachos”. It’s hard to make kale soft and , but they have it down. Both salads we ordered were delish. The Asian chop by far the tastiest. Drink special was yummy. Recommend it. Gorgeous patio.
A photo of Space Cowboy restaurant
4.6
4.6 (267)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
East Austin
About the restaurant
Where the whimsical child comes back to life with each sip and bite of adventure.

Chef, Juan Diego, who has had extensive culinary experience from Madrid, London, HongKong, and Mexico had the idea of combining global flavors & techniques that come together. He now wields his creativity at Space Cowboy making his experiences and techniques work together for this new modern American concept. With experiences of working with word renowned chefs, hotels, and opening various restaurants of his own, now brings it all together at Space Cowboy. Experience our perfectly braised, fall off the bone beef short rib delivered to your table by our hardworking little robot spaceships. Taste our best selling “Spaceballs” and experience a flavor explosions under a cosmic dream.


Top review
TheEejvip
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
It was a great experience- our server recommended the hamachi, tartar, shishito pepper and deftly helped us navigate my date’s dietary needs. The food was extremely good as were the drinks - the octopus was a stand out.
A photo of Bacalar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (110)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bacalar is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. Located on Lady Bird Lake in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District, the restaurant was created by Bravo Top Chef Winner, Chef/Partner Gabe Erales and the team at Urbanspace Hospitality. Our thoughtfully-designed space is an immersive experience inspired by nature, accompanied by a menu that highlights the nuances of the diverse global influences of the Yucatan region. We welcome you and your family of all ages for a relaxed and fun dining experience of unique Mexican flavors. Our covered patio encompasses views of the newly renovated Lady Bird Lake trail activation directly across from the restaurant.

Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcomed any day of the week (closed Mondays).

Top review
WholeDiner
Dined 4 days ago
What a treat! The food was fantastic and the suggestion to go family style and share different dishes by our waitress Ashley was a good one! We tried several dishes and the resounding (unsuspecting) favorite was the sweet potato with labaneh. It was incredible. Also loved all that we tried from the chicken to the octopus. Everything (including the cocktails) was delicious and we will definitely be back.
A photo of Punch Bowl Social - Austin Domain restaurant
4.2
4.2 (81)
$30 and under
American
Arboretum
About the restaurant
Punch Bowl Social, Proud Hosts of the Unexpected, brings people together for one-of-a-kind food, fun, first-rate hospitality, and entertainment. Scratch kitchens, craft cocktails, social gaming, DJs, and live music in eclectic and creatively designed spaces provide the perfect setting for exceptional experiences. Whether you’re looking to have a fabulous night out with friends or want to host an unforgettable event, Punch Bowl Social has got it covered.
Top review
Kingrains
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Had drinks and appetizers and it was all very good. Great service as well.
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