The 38 Essential Restaurants in Austin

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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Austin

Roast chicken from Austin Rotisserie. | Austin Rotisserie

What are the best restaurants in Austin, those essential spots that should not be missed? Eater Austin’s Eater 38 aims to show you where to eat across the Texas city, with restaurant recommendations fit for any situation. The list spans numerous cuisines and budgets, collectively satisfying every need from food trucks to fine dining spots. These are the 38 restaurants and food trucks that truly define Austin.

Every quarter, Eater Austin updates the map to add pertinent restaurants, whether it’s because they have become newly eligible (our standard is a spot must have been open for at least six months) or revamped their menus or services. The aim is always to keep the list inclusive and reflective of the Texas city. The spring 2024 update adds seafood restaurant Garbo’s and French cafe spot Austin Rotisserie.

For a running list of past featured restaurants, head to the Eater Austin 38 archive. For other Austin picks, check out the heatmap, a collection of the city’s hot new dining options.

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Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process. If you buy something or book a reservation from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

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