Austin’s Great Restaurants

I’m often asked about my favorite restaurants in town. The top of the list changes occasionally but each of those below remains one I recommend. I’m certain I’ve missed a few deserving mentions. Feel free to add yours in the comments.

What is it that makes a great restaurant?  Sure, delicious food.  But also atmosphere, value, service, variety, creativity and more.  For me, great food is adventurous.   When the waiter at Uchi offered to take our menus away and to keep bringing us spectacular sushi until we said stop, I knew we were in for a memorable evening.  When the owner of a bistro in Paris cautioned me that Americans didn’t tend to choose the special, because it was a “strange French delicacy”, it was my immediate entrée choice.  He was right, but it was so good even Jackie abandoned her seafood to help me enjoy it.  So, with this perspective in mind, here we go.  A link is included for to each restaurant with a web site.

  1. Uchi
  2. Parkside
  3. Wink
  4. Mullberry
  5. Tomo Sushi
  6. Mirabelle
  7. Olivia
  8. Hudson’s on the Bend
  9. Jezebel
  10. Clay Pit
  11. Flores
  12. Perry’s
  13. Loui’s 106
  14. Fonda San Miguel’s
  15. Jaspers
  16. Andiamo
  17. Reale’s
  18. Houston’s
  19. Fleming’s Steak House
  20. Bellagio
  21. Eddie V’s
  22. El Chilito
  23. Aquarelle
  24. Din Ho
  25. Trulucks

2 comments to Austin’s Great Restaurants

  • Heather

    Chez Nous, Maudie’s, Curra’s, Fino, Mulberry, Suzi’s, Paggi House (just reopened…I’ve only eaten brunch there so far), Tino’s (for lunch)

    what if I couldn’t do arithmetic?

  • Jesse Deol

    For superb Chinese dim sum — Chinatown (Greystoke/Mopaq) is tops
    For authentic (sometimes greasy) Chinese take-out — Asia Cafe

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