Dining in Austin is more than just a meal it’s almost an obligation . . . or at least that what some believer. Foodies love Austin restaurants. We have put together just a small sample of some Austin restaurants to get you started but don’t stop here. Explore what dining in Austin is about and have fun.
The Cheesecake Factorywww.thecheesecakefactory.com 10000 Research Blvd Suite 4602 Austin TX 512-241-0777
The Cheesecake Factory took up residence in what was formerly the Arbor 7 Movie Theatre in the Arboretum Shopping Center so it should come as no surprise that this restaurant is big measuring 12200 sq.ft. and capable of seating 400 hungry diners. The Cheesecake Factory serves so much more than just its world-famous cheesecake desserts. Diners can choose from a wide and varied menu that includes pizza pastas fish and seafood steaks and salads. The Cheesecake Factory also hosts a delicious Sunday Brunch until 2 p.m. that includes such breakfast delights as Belgian Waffles and a Smoked Salmon Platter.
Chuy’s4301 W. William Cannon Austin TX 512-899-2489 1728 Barton Springs Road Austin TX 512-474-4452 11680 N. Research Blvd. Austin TX 512-342-0011 10520 N. Lamar Austin TX 512-836-3218 2320 N. IH-35 Exit 254 Round Rock TX 512-255-2211 www.chuys.com
It started in 1982 and hasn’t stopped since. With a unique décor and a menu of some of the most savory and delectable tex-mex food around – to say nothing of the ubiquitous Elvis Shrine – Chuy’s cult following has garnered a reputation as a fun and friendly dining spot where a great time can be had at a great price.
Cool River Café Steakhouse and Southwestern Grille4001 Parmer Lane Austin TX 512-835-0010 www.coolrivercafe.com
A restaurant experience like no other in Austin Cool River Café features a rich and varied menu from smoked prime rib quesadillas to their shrimp lobster and blue crab stuffed empanada ventana. Large banquet facilities make the perfect location to host that next office dining party and the cigar lounge keeps cigar aficionados happy. Check the Cool River Café website for the latest live entertainment listings.
Cover 213701 Research Blvd. Austin TX 512-506-9935 www.cover-2.com
Cover 2 – Cover 3’s “little brother” – has arrived in northwest Austin! Local Austinites and owners Matt Dodson and Doug Young wanted to open a smaller version of the popular sports bar and restaurant – hence the name Cover 2. The 5500-square-foot Cover 2 opened at in March 2012 and is true to the restaurant’s goal of being a premier sports bar with 26 TVs 80-inch flat screens and a sound system to match. Restaurant goers can expect to enjoy the same great quality food they’ve always appreciated at Cover 2 in an upscale casual dining setting including such “pub grub” favorites as wings flatbread sandwiches and salads. Cover 2 also offers a full bar with a large selection of spirits 25 draft beers two chilled liquor taps and a great selection of wines available by the half bottle.
Cover 32700 W. Anderson Lane #202 Ausitn TX 512-374-1121 www.cover-3.com
Is it a restaurant? Is it a sports bar? Who says it can’t be both? Cover 3 strives to provide its clientele with its holy trinity of great nightlife—dining spirits and sports—in an atmosphere that is friendly and caters to the diverse Austin dining community. Enjoy a fine drink from the premium bar or an elegant meal from the kitchen as you watch your favorite team ride the path to glory.
Eddie V’sDowntown: 301 E. 5th Austin TX 512-472-1860 Arboretum: 9400-B Arboretum Blvd Austin TX 512-342-2642 www.eddiev.com
Bringing together an award-winning combination of the freshest seafood prime steaks and live music Eddie V’s is sure to please. Specializing in Gulf Coast Cuisine Eddie V’s is famous for their oysters gulf snapper fresh tuna and lobster. Enjoy live music while you dine at the downtown location while The Arboretum location offers breathtaking hill country views and patio dining.
Fado Irish Pub214 West 4th Street Austin TX (between Colorado & Lavaca) 512-457-0172 www.fadoirishpub.com/austin
Fadó Irish Pub is an Austin favorite for its traditional Irish pub atmosphere great beer selection classic pub food and the best St. Patrick’s Day party in town every March 17. Enjoy such class Irish pub favorites as fish & chips corned beef and cabbage and boxty as well as delicious versions of American bar food such as Smithwick’s ale-flavored Mini-Burgers with Guinness mayo pickles onions and melted cheese and Guinness barbeque wings. Fadó – which is Gaelic word for “long ago” – is also Austin’s undisputed headquarters for catching the latest international soccer matches with plenty of big screen televisions and special events around big games and tournaments like the FIFA World Cup.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine BarDowntown – 320 E. 2nd Street Austin TX 512-457-1500 11600 Century Oaks Terrace 512-835-9463 www.flemingssteakhouse.com
Known for their cooked-to-perfection steaks Fleming’s also offers a superb wine list boasting more than 100 wines available by the glass and another 100 available by the bottle. Wine lovers agree that an evening at Fleming’s leaves them feeling a bit like kids in a candy store. The darkly elegant atmosphere makes Fleming’s the perfect place to linger over dessert and order an after-dinner cappuccino.
Fogo de Chao Churrascaria309 E. 3rd Street Austin TX 512-472-0220 www.fogodechao.com Quickly becoming Downtown Austin’s most popular dining destination recently opened Fogo de Chao an authentic Southern Brazilian Steakhouse offers a prix-fixe menu. The menu includes an unlimited selection of over 30 salads vegetables and cheeses from around the world several side dishes as well as the main course… 15 cuts of meat served tableside by Brazilian Gaucho Chefs! In addition to exceptional food and service the elegant dining room and award winning wine list have helped make dining at Fogo de Chao an experience that can’t be missed.
Iron CactusSixth Street: 606 Trinity Austin TX 512-472-9240 North: 10001 Stonelake Boulevard Austin TX 512-794-8778 South: 13420 Galleria Circle Austin TX 512-263-7636 www.ironcactus.com
Known for their variety of margaritas and tequila drinks the Iron Cactus has been named one of the top ten tequila bars in the country with over 80 selections of the best in Mexican tequila. All of their restaurants feature excellent Southwestern cuisine with influences from Southern Mexico to Southern Utah. Call the north location for special events hosted weekly or check their website.
Magnolia Café2304 Lake Austin Boulevard Austin TX 512-478-8645 1920 S. Congress Avenue Austin TX 512-445-0000 www.themagnoliacafe.com
The sign says “Sorry! We’re Open!” But when you step inside you won’t be sorry and you’ll see why “Everyboy knows everybody goes” to the Magnolia Café. Its menu runs the gambit of great food from light fare to classic burgers and sandwiches to Mexican dishes there’s something there that sate even the more ardent apetite. And let’s not forget the Café’s famous 24-hour breakfast! The restaurant is a famous Austin dining institution.
Maudies Tex-Mex2608 W. 7th Street Austin TX 512-473-3740 1212 S. Lamar Austin TX 512-440-8088 10205 N. Lamar Austin TX 512-832-0900 9911 Brodie Lane Austin TX 512-280-8700 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy Austin TX 512-306-8080 12506 Shops Pkwy Bee Cave Austin TX 512-263-1116 www.maudies.com
Maudie’s Café has been a tradition in Austin since the early 50’s serving the best home-style cooking around. Faithful clientele stand in long lines for breakfast and lunch. Maudie’s has won numerous awards over the years for its Tex-Mex food and fresh-squeezed margaritas. With six successful city restaurants Maudie’s has become a true tradition in Austin.
The Melting Pot13343 U.S. Hwy. 183 N. Suite 350 Austin TX 512-401-2424 www.meltingpot.com
As Cole Porter would say “Do that fondue that you do so well.” At the Melting Pot fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience where patrons can “Dip into something different.” Guests enjoy a choice of four different fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees combined with special dipping sauces that they can cook at their own table. Upscale and intimate The Melting Pot is the perfect location for that romantic date or even a corporate dinner party.
Mighty Fine Burgers Fries and Shakes5601 Brodie Lane (Sunset Valley) Austin TX 512-735-2800 10515 N Mopac Expy Suite 205 Austin TX 512-524-2400 201 University Oaks Blvd Suite 1380 Austin TX (Round Rock) 512-381-3310 1335 E Whitestone Blvd Building #AC Suite #100 Cedar Park TX 512-528-5421 www.mightyfineburgers.com
The name says it all! Quality is everything at Mighty Fine where they serve up burgers dogs fries and shakes in the classic Texas style. All ingredients are fresh and carefully chosen to bring out that “bold” Texas taste. Burgers start with fresh all-natural chuck ground on-site and hand-formed into classically thick patties right out in the open. Shakes are hand-dipped with Blue Bell ice cream and lemonade is made every two hours from fresh lemons. There are burgers and then there are Mighty Fine burgers. One taste and you will be hooked.
NXNW10010 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin TX 512-231-8157 www.nxnwbrew.com
Located in North Austin’s so-called “Golden Triangle” Arboretum/ Gateway area NXNW brews tasty delights for those with a real appreciation of the care and craftsmanship that goes into brewing a good pint of beer. Those with a taste for more solid fare will appreciate NXNW’s Mediterranean and Asian-influenced menu (wood-fired oven pizzas! Mmmmm!). NXNW is a large restaurant capable of seating 300 but the warmth of the design and the attention to atmospheric detail makes this restaurant seem much cozier.
The Oasis6550 Comanche Trail Austin TX 512-266-2442 www.oasis-austin.com
“The Sunset Capital of Texas” is the claim made by The Oasis and after one visit you’ll see why. Most people come to watch the sun go down from this fantastic vantage point on one of 40 decks perched 450 feet over Lake Travis but what makes them stay is the relaxed atmosphere and the unpretentious fare-seafood steaks and fajitas.
Roaring Fork701 Congress Avenue Austin TX 512-583-0000 10850 Stonelake Boulevard Austin TX www.eddiev.com
A member of the Eddie V’s family of restaurants Roaring Fork offers its patrons outstanding American cuisine through wood-fired grilling roasting or rotisserie cooking. Its impeccable selection of prime meats and fish coupled with top-of-the-line service and atmosphere makes the Roaring Fork dining experience unforgettable.
Shore Club Restaurant and Bar16107 FM 2769 Volente TX 512-258-5110 www.shoreclubtx.com
Shore Club located on the shores of Lake Travis is a fine dining casual restaurant featuring hand-cut steaks and seafood with a Cajun twist. Enjoy beautiful sunsets viewed from inside the restaurant or out on the patio deck. Make date night into a weekend getaway by staying in one of the waterfront cabins. Check their website for details on the cabins as well as great food and drink specials. Open year-round.
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse5425 Steiner Ranch Boulevard Austin TX 512-381-0800 www.steinersteakhouse.com
With its gorgeous location overlooking the beautiful Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse serves up more than just an evening of fine dining to its patrons. Established on land owned at one time by the Steiner family for which the steakhouse is named the restaurant is the proud owner of a legacy as big and wide as the blue skies of Texas and is known for its down home hospitality and excellent fare. USDA prime steaks top a menu that features seafood poultry venison and other items that offer the best of Texas and guaranteed to please the palate.
Texas Land & Cattle Company6007 N. I-35 Austin TX 512-451-6555 1101 S. MoPac Austin TX 512-330-0030 5510 S. I-35 Austin TX 512-442-6448 14010 N. Hwy. 183 Austin TX 512-258-3733 www.texaslandandcattle.com
There are three Texas Land & Cattle Company restaurants that do their best to answer the age-old question “Where can I get a good steak around here?” Known for their excellent and attentive wait staff and friendly atmosphere Texas Land & Cattle Company is known for serving the best in Texas beef. Signature drinks include the Trail Boss Margarita a 16-ounce frozen Margarita made with Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila and a special lime mixture; and Branding Iron Margaritas hand-shaken sipping margaritas featuring a choice of top-shelf tequilas. For sheer dessert decadence try the Jack Daniels pie.
Texican Cafe11066 Pecan Park Blvd. Cedar Park TX 512-506-9900 11940 Manchaca Road Austin TX 512-282-9094 4141 Capital of Texas Hwy Austin TX 512-707-1733 www.texicancafe.com
Since 1988 the Texican Cafe has been serving up its own signature style of “Santa Fe meets El Paso meets Austin” – much to the appreciation of Tex-Mex lovers everywhere! And it’s not just the locals who are raving about the great plates of delicious steaks fajitas chile rellenos and seafood served up big and hearty here. The Texican Cafe has won numerous awards and accolades over the years including “Best Cabrito” by Texas Monthly magazine “Best Queso” by the Austin Chronicle and “Best Enchiladas” by the Austin American-Statesman.
Truluck’s400 Colorado Austin TX 512-482-9000 10225 Research Blvd Suite 4000 Austin TX 512-794-8300 www.trulucks.com
Known for their famous stone crabs Truluck’s is the place to come for the best in steaks and seafood. With their attentive wait staff and excellent wine menu Truluck’s is a top notch dining experience.
Vince Young Steakhouse301 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin TX 512-45-STEAK (78325) www.vinceyoungsteakhouse.com
Named after the former Longhorn NCAA National Champion quarterback the eponymous Vince Young Steakhouse makes every occasion a great one. Serving only the finest food—including its signatrure steaks— drinks in the middle of Austin’s lively downtown atmosphere it strives to leave you with the memory of an exceptional dining experience.
Z’ Tejas Southwestern Grill1110 W. 6th Street Austin TX 512-478-5355 9400-A Arboretum Blvd. Austin TX 512-346-3506 10525 W. Parmer Lane Austin TX 512-388-7772 www.ztejas.com
Born in 1989 in an old Victorian home on Sixth Street Z’ Tejas now has three locations in the Austin Area. The menu largely influenced by the owner’s southern backgrounds exemplifies the flavors of Arizona California Louisiana New Mexico and Texas. All Z’ restaurants share the same passion and soul characterized by their award-winning food signature margaritas and an unpretentious atmosphere. The founding corporate chef is a genius in creating complex blends of spices ingredients and techniques. The result is a menu selection that includes seafood pork beef and chicken dishes that will keep you coming back to try them all.
Enjoy Happy Hour Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm with half-price appetizers dollar-off margaritas and mixed drinks and 50¢ off beer and house wine. Lunch and Dinner served every day Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.