Hottest Restaurants in Austin

From a Filipino gastropub to a BBQ-inspired diner
November 10, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Get ready to make reservations or get in line early: Our monthly hottest restaurants update highlights Austin's hippest dining destinations, from a Cesar Chavez hangout for "Hill Country cuisine" to an Allandale destination for creative Filipino fare — and bring a group Downtown to split a cocktail served in a watermelon. Here are 15 spots to try right now. 

Le Politique
French · Downtown · $$$

Floor-to-ceiling curtains shield diners from the busy outside world in this bright French brasserie, café and patisserie in downtown Austin. The menu is classic French with seafood and meats along with decadent desserts and a thoughtful wine list.
Be More Pacific: Filipino Kitchen and Bar
Filipino · Allandale · $$

Light wood, clean lines and a huge astroturf patio greet diners at this Filipino spot in Allandale serving classic and fusion dishes. The menu features everything from lumpia to brisket kare kare, adobo chicken to tots topped with longanisa sausage, cheese and spicy plantain sauce along with craft beer, wine and cocktails. PS They also do Kamayan dinners for large groups.
Soto South Lamar
Japanese · Zilker · $$$

Grey walls, modern seating and a sleek wooden bar lend a sophisticated air to this urbane Japanese restaurant in the Lamar Union complex on South Lamar. Diners can opt for a multi-coursed omakase or order off the menu which features noodles, maki, nigiri, and chef-driven creations along with sake, wine, beer, Japanese whiskey and craft cocktails.
ATX Cocina
Mexican · Downtown · $$$

Though the space is predominately white, light woods and well-placed greenery warm up the atmosphere at this modern Mexican eatery in Downtown Austin with both indoor and outdoor seating. Mezcal and tequila cocktails are served alongside fresh seafood and a contemporary take on classic interior dishes like barbacoa.
Holy Roller
Diner · Downtown · $

With a huge portrait of Iggy Pop, wide-armed crosses and the lighted-sign from now-defunct Club de Ville, the decor at this funky female-fronted Downtown diner can best be described as punk rock meets religion. Brunch is an all day affair here and the menu is comfort food with a splash of tex-mex, craft cocktails, draft beers and a bubbles-heavy wine selection. PS Open late on weekends.
Pitchfork Pretty
American · East Austin · $$

The distinctive pitched roof, grand patio and picture windows of this Cesar Chavez restaurant lend a distinctly open feel to the dining experience. Their "Hill Country Cuisine" features seasonal and local ingredients, including some sourced from their own on-site garden, and beer, wine and cocktails are also on offer. PS Breakfast and dinner only.
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
Japanese · East Austin · $$

The acclaimed team from Ramen Tatsu-Ya blends Japanese and Texan influences in every aspect of this casual eatery, from the barbecue smoke-stained walls to the sake-heavy bar program. Shareable smoked meats, izakaya classics and ramen are on offer, along with brews, spirits and wine from both cultures.
French · Allandale · $$

With red leather banquettes, an open kitchen and a menu full of classics-with-a-twist, this French-American diner on Burnet Road merges modern with mom-and-pop. Steak bavette, smoked salmon Reuben, banana profiteroles and the pommes rosti are standouts from a veritable laundry list of imaginative fusion takes on no-frills fare. P.S. They also have cocktails.
Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen
Cafe · East Austin · $$

With low slung chairs, exposed brick walls and funky modern touches, this eatery in an East Austin upscale youth hostel is a sweet spot for both day and night. Craft cocktails, live music and American fare like burgers, grilled pimento cheese and deviled eggs are on the menu for trendy travelers and locals alike. PS Open late night.
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
Bakery · Mueller

Exposed beams, limestone walls and lots of natural light give this bakery, taproom and retail store a homey stay-awhile vibe. Beer and baking are the thing here with craft beer available on draft and in the bottle along with sweet and savory Czech-style kolaches. P.S. Check out their weekly collaborations with other local businesses.
Leroy And Lewis Barbecue
South Austin · $

Precursor to a brick-and-mortar, this food truck in a parking lot in South Austin deviates from the barbecue norm by focusing on smoked meats and game. Duck confit, oxtail and beef belly bacon are on offer during the week while more traditional items like turkey, sausage and brisket will be served Saturday. P.S. Locally sourced seasonal sides are always available.
Phoebe's Diner
Diner · South Austin

Step back in time (kind of) at this diner-inspired spot in South Austin with green checkered floors, retro look decor and counter-style seating. The menu is classic diner breakfast and lunch plus barbecue along with craft coffee, seasonal juices, beer, wine and breakfast beverages. PS Their smoker is appropriately named FlapJack.
Asian · South Austin · $

Find pan-asian offerings and fusion fare at this unassuming food trailer parked in the dog- and kid-friendly Yard at St. Elmo's brewing company. Diners can order craft beer inside and dine al fresco in the beer garden on snacks and heartier items like pho-tine, Som Tam and Sambal wings. PS Dinner only.
Killa Wasi
Peruvian · East Austin

Blink and you'll miss this bright blue food bus parked off of Airport serving colorful dishes for breakfast, lunch and brunch. Both Peruvian and Texan influences are evident in items like the Texas brasa, the boar benedicto and the pachamama sandwich with chorizo.
Honest Mary's
Organic · Great Hills · $$

This brightly lit fast-casual spot in the Arboretum is minimalist in its design with basic black and white decor plus some succulents. The menu is all customizable grain bowls and responsibly-sourced proteins like non-GMO tofu and hormone-free beef along with Youpon tea, kombucha and wine on draft.