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Discover Trending Restaurants in Austin

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated 15 December 2023

Austin has an incredible dining scene. Locals get to eat a range of cuisine from late-night bites downtown to gourmet prix fixe at trendy spots around the edges of Brentwood and Rosedale. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Enjoy one of the widest varieties of food in the world, from the South Lamar sushi delights of Uchi to South Austin’s Dai Due with its farm-to-table ethos, where they even source the cooking oils locally. This list is the perfect guide to navigating the multitude of trendy restaurants in Austin.

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4.6
4.6 (682)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Sometimes, it’s the basics that keep people coming back again and again: good service, good atmosphere, and good food. Nightcap has all of these, plus a mission to create a cozy and intimate space for all diners, whether a couple on a date night or a group of friends celebrating a special occasion. Share some small, savory plates such as roasted shishito peppers or their famous kimchi fries. A bustling and cheerful venue with staff who make it their mission to look after hungry and happy diners.
Top review
phillips
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
Noisy, but food, drinks and service were awesome. Very intimate and comfortable location
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4.7
4.7 (3234)
$50 and over
American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
In 2018, one critic hailed Emmer & Rye as the best restaurant in Austin right now, saying their dishes are "a study in flavor and textures." The name refers to two grains not so widely used these days, as the restaurant loves to explore using "relic," or heirloom, grains for their bread, pasta, and even dessert. The menu changes daily based on whatever fresh ingredients are available, and one of the most exciting ways to dine here is to sample the circulating dim sum carts. These carts hold around 10 different dishes each night, and servers are happy to recommend dishes and suitable wine pairings.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a great experience last night! Food was amazing and the hospitality was fantastic! We celebrated our 5 year anniversary at the chef’s counter and couldn’t be happier with the overall presentation.
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4.9
4.9 (2156)
$31 to $50
American
East Austin

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About the restaurant
Dai Due is taking the farm-to-table ethos the furthest it can go, by sourcing as many ingredients locally as possible. Seasonal ingredients get pickled or preserved, smoked or fermented, to create a menu of exciting dishes that keeps diners coming back for more. Even the wines and beers are from Texas, and non-alcoholic drinks are all made in-house. Dai Due appeals to both old-school Austinites with its lack of pretention, and fans of trendy dining thanks to the enticing, seasonal offerings and "Supper Club" menu, including a mixed grill unlike any other.
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NancyL
Dined 3 days ago
I love the food at Dai Due. They’re interesting and novel. I had the nilgai lettuce wraps and they were delicious.
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4.5
4.5 (1558)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
The desirably placed Arlo Grey boasts stunning views over Town Lake and a chance to catch a sight of the famous Congress Bridge bats in flight. Once diners get over the amazing scenery, the menu wows them even more. Listed from the lightest to the heaviest dishes, Top Chef winner Kristen Kish’s dishes explore French and Italian influences, utilizing the bounty of Texan ingredients in new and exciting ways. Enjoy a satisfying brunch or a fine dinner in a sleek and contemporary setting. For a quirky extra, look out for Kristen’s story painted across a corner wall.
Top review
Daniel
Dined 1 day ago
The Buratta... Amazing! Recommend ordering multiple dishes and sharing with the table. Service was top-notch and the noms even better. Will definitely book another reservation in the foreseeable future.
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4.7
4.7 (2278)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Downtown Austin is full of busy people looking for a cool place to grab a drink and a bite to eat after a hard day at work. Wink welcomes food lovers with open arms, and offers superb wines and a menu that has made the restaurant "a vital piece of the Austin dining landscape," according to one critic. Diners looking for a trendy spot to enjoy some top cuisine should check out the chef’s tasting menus, with delights such as beef tataki, Hamachi sashimi, and grilled venison with bok choy. Truly one of the most trendy restaurants in Austin today.
Top review
JeffreyH
Dined 2 days ago
Service is excellent, the food is very good and the portions are very small.
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4.6
4.6 (2487)
$31 to $50
Italian
East Austin

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About the restaurant
With former Uchi creative director Nicholas Yanes involved, it’s no surprise that Italian -inspired restaurant Juniper is making waves in the trendy Austin dining scene. The outside is smart and fairly unassuming, with a small seating area for al fresco dining. Inside, the décor is cool and contemporary, with a menu to match. Dishes range from small plates of smoked whitefish spread and roasted beets, to pan-roasted fish with pea ragu. When booking for a special occasion, let the staff know as they might provide a special surprise.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food and environment were amazing!! I will absolutely be going back!!
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4.8
4.8 (1867)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Central Austin

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About the restaurant
Billed as a "nose to tail, farm to table dining experience," Foreign & Domestic is an intimate, neighborhood restaurant frequented by locals and tourists alike. The nose to tail tasting menu perfectly demonstrates the restaurant’s ethos, with dishes such as sweetbread roulade and seared lamb heart. A real treat for the adventurous diners out there! More standard fare includes gnocchi, braised pork, and the ever-popular popovers. Tuesday to Saturday diners should look out for happy hour at 5:30 p.m.
Top review
Sarahcurrievip
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible food and service as always! Would absolutely go back
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4.3
4.3 (1676)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Although technically a gastropub, Sixth Street’s Parkside is a hot destination for diners looking for the best range of raw oysters and a dramatic yet seasonal menu. Exposed brickwork and unadorned lightbulbs add to the contemporary vibe, while dishes such as braised oxtail agnolotti and marrow bones with herb salad keep diners coming back for more. Reviewers get very excited about the crispy calamari and garlic fries. This trendy restaurant in Austin is a great place to celebrate with friends and fine food.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 Sept 2022
Always a winner
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4.9
4.9 (5304)
$50 and over
Sushi
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Why is Uchi consistently hailed as one of the top trendy restaurants in Austin, and even the whole of America? It could be chef and sushi master Tyson Cole’s mission to get customers to be as fanatical about Japanese food as he is. Or maybe it’s the intriguing combinations of flavors like salmon and blueberries, or yellowtail with Asian pear. It could even be the simple wood and striking floral panels that bring a touch of Japanese culture to South Lamar. Brave, bold, and always trying new things, Uchi is bound to be an Austin hot spot for many years to come.
Top review
Ginivip
Dined 6 days ago
Dining at Uchi is an excellent culinary adventure of the senses. We dined recently for my daughter birthday! We enjoyed the delicious dishes of sakana , the shag roll broccoli katsuanothrr fish dish and the outstanding complimentary dessert! The staff is so friendly and helpful. Overall, it was a delightful experience
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4.7
4.7 (2063)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Farm to table is a phrase that really means something at Wu Chow, the home of authentic, modern Chinese food in the middle of downtown Austin. Both the executive and dim sum chefs trained in China, and all eight styles of Chinese cuisine appear on the extensive menu. One of the most exciting weekly events at Wu Chow is the Sunday dim sum brunch, where waiters serve potstickers and dumplings as fast as diners can eat them. Wash the meal down with a refreshing Tsingtao shandy, with added lime and ginger for a more Oriental twist.
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ManuR
Dined 6 days ago
great service. made our birthday girl feel like the the princess she is :-)
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4.6
4.6 (2094)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Austin has always been famous for Tex-Mex fare, but for those who want to try some hip yet traditional Mexican food, La Condesa delivers this in a truly urban setting. The stunning mural across the back wall is a riot of color and joy, while the patio allows for some professional people-watching and a chance to soak up the bustling atmosphere of the city. Diners enjoy the carne asada and the detailed and flavorful cocktail menu. Check out happy hour for half-price bar snacks and the famous guacamole sampler.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The tuna frido and lamb tacos (on a special 15 year anniversary menu) were outstanding!! And the short rib quesadilla and rib eye tacos and drinks were also very good. Music is loud but my husband and I didn’t have trouble hearing each other. We’ll be back!
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4.8
4.8 (5890)
$50 and over
Sushi
Central Austin

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About the restaurant
The sister restaurant to the popular and very cool Uchi, Uchiko is another brainchild of Tyson Cole. This restaurant has a little less focus on the sushi, making for a more well-rounded menu. Uchiko dedicates itself to sustainability; ideal for ethical eaters. The 10-course tasting menu is a big hit with diners who want to take their time and really enjoy the experience. Servers are happy to advise on the menu and make recommendations. Look out for the quirky ham and eggs roll and coffee bacon.
Top review
EmilieAvip
Dined 3 days ago
Fabulous food, a bit noisy. But overall it was divine.
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4.8
4.8 (3732)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
East Austin

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About the restaurant
Manor Road is a bit of a go-to spot in Austin right now for exciting food and drink. The Salty Sow stands out from the crowd with its quirky décor and outdoor dining area known as the Pig Pen. There’s no mistaking what’s on the menu here. Images of pigs are everywhere, just to remind diners of the star of the show. There’s plenty of "non-sow" options though, from green chile grits to crispy chicken thighs. A fun and vibrant restaurant with an excellent happy hour.
Top review
Gigi53vip
Dined 4 days ago
The food was great and the server brought us complimentary champagne to toast our nephew's engagement. I only wish that we were told how big the salads were - we definitely would have split the delicious brussels sprouts caesar salad! A very good experience for our first time in Austin!
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