Your go-to guide for nav­i­gat­ing Austin’s din­ing scene; the re­open­ing of Celis Brew­ery; Sec­ond Bar + Kitchen ex­pands; and more.

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Apis Restau­rant & Api­ary

Many trusted lo­cal food­ies will tell you that Austin’s best restau­rant is out­side the city lim­its, tucked away in the Hill Coun­try along the Ped­er­nales River. Trust us: The 30-mile drive to this fine-din­ing gem is more than worth it. 23526 Texas High­way 71, Spice­wood, 512.436.8918, apis­restau­ $$$$

Bar­ley Swine

Un­der the helm of na­tive Austin chef Bryce Gil­more (Food & Wine best new chef, class of 2011), this warm and attentive restau­rant gets it right ev­ery time with its 10-course tast­ing menu show­cas­ing the best of lo­cal farms. Take it up a notch with the pair­ing menu, which fea­tures a craft beer se­lec­tion along with de­light­fully sur­pris­ing wine choices. 6555 Bur­net Road, Ste. 400, 512.394.8150, bar­ $$$

Boiler Nine

With three op­tions for eat­ing and drink­ing, each with its own menu—the sub­ter­ranean Boiler Room cock­tail bar, the rooftop Deck Nine Ob­ser­va­tory Bar and the main act, the Boiler Nine Bar + Grill— the for­mer Sea­holm Power Plant has been trans­formed into one of the hottest night spots in town. 800 W. Ce­sar Chavez St., 512.220.9990, boil­er­ $$$


Chef Shawn Cirkiel pays homage to au­then­tic Span­ish cui­sine, from clas­sics like a tor­tilla with caramelized onion to tempt­ing seafood plates such as prawns and branzino crudo, all served in a modern set­ting. 4807 Air­port Blvd., 512.474.2029, bull­ $$

Café No Sé

One of the most charm­ing spots along SoCo, the South Congress Ho­tel’s con­ti­nen­tal cafe is ideal for lunch or brunch. Go light with the big­eye tuna poke bowl or go all in with the sat­is­fy­ing cheese­burger. 1603 S. Congress Ave., 512.942.2061, $$

Clark’s Oys­ter Bar

Con­sid­ered the lit­tle sib­ling to McGuire Moor­man’s other seafood spot, Perla’s, this in­ti­mate eatery fea­tures a wellap­pointed raw bar and other menu items meant to trans­port you in­stantly to the coast. 1200 W. Sixth St., 512.297.2525, clark­soys­ter­ $$$

Counter 3. Five. VII

Set­tle in for an in­ti­mate chef-diner ex­pe­ri­ence at this up­scale down­town restau­rant. En­joy its sig­na­ture seven-course prix fixe menu at the 25-seat chef’s counter, or choose from the re­cently added small- and large-plate op­tions or a smaller cours­ing menu in the newly ren­o­vated lounge with ad­di­tional seat­ing. 315 Congress Ave., 512.291.3327, counter3­five­ $$$-$$$$

Dai Due

Chef-owner Jesse Grif­fiths show­cases the best of Texas at break­fast and lunch (same menu), and din­ner. Nightly op­tions in­clude an a la carte menu and sup­per club menu, which nods to the restau­rant’s ori­gins as a sought-af­ter sup­per club. Fri­day nights, the sup­per club menu is built around a Gulf seafood din­ner for two. 2406 Manor Road, 512.524.0688, $$$


Named af­ter An­gelina Eberly, who fired the can­non to help stave off Sam Hous­ton, Eberly fea­tures sev­eral

beau­ti­ful spaces for din­ing, loung­ing and drink­ing. It is home to the his­toric 50-foot ma­hogany bar once in Cedar Tav­ern of Green­wich Vil­lage. Be­ware: When im­bib­ing at the beau­ti­ful, 150-yearold bar, you’re sit­ting in front of a se­cret two-way mir­ror! 615 S. La­mar Blvd., 512.916.9000, $$$

Em­mer & Rye

Chef Kevin Fink’s grain­based menu has upped the culi­nary ante on Rainey Street. Se­lect a few items off the dim sum cart and you’ll know why Bon Ap­pétit named Em­mer & Rye one of the 50 best new restau­rants of 2016. 51 Rainey St., Ste. 110, 512.366.5530, em­ $$

Fabi + Rosi

Chef Wolf­gang Murber, a na­tive of Ger­many, stays true to his Euro­pean sen­si­bil­ity at this de­light­ful restau­rant set in a 1903 Crafts­man bun­ga­low with a ro­man­tic pa­tio. Choose from clas­sics with a modern twist, sourced lo­cally, in­clud­ing from the restau­rant’s own gar­den and chicken coop. 509 Hearn St., 512.236.0642, fabi­an­ $$


Nos­tal­gic South­ern cui­sine gets a modern in­ter­pre­ta­tion at this down­town hot spot, from its made-to-or­der bis­cuits and clas­sic fried chicken to its An­son Mills grits served dif­fer­ent ways. 500 W. Fifth St., 512.888.9133, austin­ $$$

Fonda San Miguel

Not only is Fonda San Miguel one of the best in­te­rior Mex­i­can restau­rants in the United States, but it’s an Austin in­sti­tu­tion as well. You can­not be an of­fi­cial Aus­ti­nite un­til you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced its leg­endary Sun­day brunch buf­fet. 2330 W. North Loop Blvd., 512.459.4121, fon­dasan­ $$$

For­eign & Do­mes­tic

In­no­va­tive chef Ned El­liott’s 47-seat main­stay is neigh­bor­hood din­ing at its very best. Ex­pect a va­ri­ety of el­e­gant yet hearty fare that cel­e­brates the best of each sea­son. 306 E. 53rd St., 512.459.1010, fn­ $$$

Franklin Bar­be­cue

Aaron Franklin serves the best bar­be­cue in the coun­try, pe­riod. Wake up early; bring your fold­ing chair; and pre­pare to meet new friends as you wait in that now-leg­endary line for lunch. To help you stay awake, or­der a caf­feinated bev­er­age from the Leg­end Cof­fee Co. trailer in the park­ing lot. 900 E. 11th St., 512.653.1187, franklin­bar­be­ $$


Chef An­drew Cur­ren of ELM Restau­rant Group of­fers ap­proach­able, rus­tic Ital­ian at this modern space down­town. Per­fect for lunch or din­ner, Italic also of­fers a walk-up cof­fee and pas­try counter for those on the go. 123 W. Sixth St., 512.660.5390, ital­i­ $$$

Jef­frey’s/Josephine House

Boast­ing ele­gance and in­ge­nu­ity, Jef­frey’s has at­tracted Austin’s movers and shak­ers for decades. Its charm­ing sis­ter, Josephine House, of­fers an eclec­tic menu for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Josephine House makes Mon­days more tol­er­a­ble with its steak frites night, fea­tur­ing salad or soup, your steak choice and dessert. 1204 W. Lynn St., 512.477.5584, jef­freyso­; josephi­ne­o­ $$$$; $$$

June’s All Day

The Euro­pean cafe con­cept comes to South Congress in the form of McGuire Moor­man’s charm­ing restau­rant and wine bar headed by June Rodil, one of the few fe­male mas­ter som­me­liers in Texas. 1722 S. Congress Ave., 512.416.1722, june­sall­ $$$


Uchi alum Ni­cholas Yanes upped the Ital­ian game in Austin when he opened Ju­niper, which fo­cuses on North­ern Ital­ian cui­sine in an up­scale set­ting. 2400 E. Ce­sar Chavez St., Ste. 304, 512.220.9421, ju­niper­ $$$

Jus­tine’s Brasserie

With an el­e­vated French bistro menu and the best vinyl col­lec­tion in town, the scene at this East Austin restau­rant just gets bet­ter well into the late evening hours. 4710 E. Fifth St., 512.385.2900, $$$

Ke­muri Tatsu-ya

Ja­panese cul­ture col­lides with Texas fare in the most en­ter­tain­ing and in­ven­tive ways at one of the city’s new­est ac­claimed restau­rants. Re­cently named one of GQ’s best new restau­rants in the coun­try and top­ping lo­cal crit­ics’ lists, the wildly sat­is­fy­ing Ke­muri Tatsu-ya is a cul­tural mashup of the best kind, from the sticky rice tamales to a dish that is es­sen­tially oc­to­pus na­chos—be sure not to miss the bar­be­cue boat. 2713 E. Sec­ond St., 512.893.5561, ke­muri-tat­ $$

La Con­desa

Con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can is paired with an ex­pan­sive tequila and mez­cal se­lec­tion at this al­wayscrowded Sec­ond Street Dis­trict main­stay. 400 W. Sec­ond St., 512.499.0300, la­con­ $$


Chef Rene Or­tiz and pas­try chef Laura Saw­icki have cre­ated one of the best small-plate restau­rants in town. Al­though it is lively at night, the East Austin restau­rant is an ideal place for lunch meet­ings. 2115 Holly St., 512.382.1599, laun­ $$


Hus­ban­dand-wife team Todd Du­plechan and Jes­sica Ma­her have cre­ated one of the most ro­man­tic am­biances in town. The menu, built around the con­cept of “hot-weather food,” is in­spired by cui­sine with sim­i­lar cli­mates to Austin’s, so ex­pect lighter fare with acid, cit­rus and spice, all made with Tex­as­fresh in­gre­di­ents. Don’t miss the eclec­tic wine gar­den, ei­ther. 11807 S. First St., 512.215.9778 lenoir­restau­ $$$

L’Oca d’Oro

This Mueller gem is packed al­most ev­ery night, at­tract­ing neigh­bors and peo­ple from far­ther out with its cel­e­bra­tory Ital­ian menu. For din­ers with lit­tle ones, L’Oca d’Oro of­fers one of the most in­ven­tive kid menus around. 1900 Si­mond Ave., 737.212.1876, lo­ $$

Lone­some Dove

Chef Tim Love’s sec­ond out­post of his fa­mous Fort Worth restau­rant fea­tures his cel­e­brated wild game and wood-fired dishes along with Austin-in­spired of­fer­ings. 419 Colorado St., 512.271.2474, lone­some­ $$$$


The Mex­i­can menu at this Austin sta­ple is ex­pertly ex­e­cuted. Al­though busi­ness din­ers and tourists alike love the down­town lo­ca­tion, the beau­ti­ful pa­tio at its Great Hills branch is hard to re­sist. 310 Congress Ave., 512.472.7555; 10201 Jol­lyville Road, 512.345.1042, manuel­ $$


The his­toric Green Pas­tures es­tate and event venue, com­plete with beloved pea­cocks, re­opened this spring with the new Mat­tie’s restau­rant, fea­tur­ing sea­sonal cui­sine and gen­uine hospi­tal­ity. The restau­rant’s name isn’t the only throw­back fea­ture. Mat­tie’s cock­tail list, cre­ated by Bev­er­age Di­rec­tor Ja­son Stevens, is in­spired by Green Pas­tures’ long his­tory of rev­elry. Think frosted juleps in pewter cups, bright and con­vivial punches, and the orig­i­nal milk punch recipe dat­ing back to 1965. 811 W. Live Oak St., 512.444.1888, mat­ $$$

Odd Duck

Broth­ers and chef-own­ers Bryce and Dy­lan Gil­more de­light din­ers with un­usual dishes

and Dy­lan Gil­more de­light din­ers with un­usual dishes like the beef tongue Reuben at this hot spot for both lunch and din­ner. Ser­vice is attentive and ex­tremely knowl­edge­able, and the cock­tail of­fer­ings are a rev­e­la­tion. 1201 S. La­mar Blvd., 512.433.6521, odd­duck­ $$$ Ola­maie From the charm­ing old home to the re­fined but hearty menu steeped in tra­di­tion, Ola­maie is South­ern din­ing at its finest. Don’t for­get to ask for the off­menu bis­cuits. 1610 San An­to­nio St., 512.474.2796, ola­ $$$$ Otoko This ex­clu­sive omakase ex­pe­ri­ence is tucked in­side the South Congress Ho­tel. Co­con­cep­tor Paul Qui and head chef Yoshi Akai thought­fully cu­rate each bite of sushi and kaiseki to the sea­son’s best in­gre­di­ents and your par­tic­u­lar tastes. The 12-seat chef ’s counter is as in­ti­mate as din­ing gets. 1603 South Congress Ave., 512.920.6405, $$$$ Paul Martin’s Austin Grill Restau­rant con­cept king Paul Flem­ing (P.F. Chang’s and Flem­ing’s) and part­ner Brian Ben­nett have brought their Paul Martin’s Amer­i­can Grill to Domain North­side, but with a lo­cal twist in the name. With an em­pha­sis on New Amer­i­can cui­sine, the menu fea­tures clas­sic dishes for lunch and din­ner. 3120 Palm Way, Ste. 130, 512.953.8800, paul­martins amer­i­can­ $$$ Perla’s Its top-notch oys­ters are served on an ex­pan­sive pa­tio along South Congress with share­able menu se­lec­tions and en­trees built on a fresh se­lec­tion of seafood. Brunch is among the best in town. 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512.291.7300, per­ $$$$ Red Ash Owner and ex­ec­u­tive chef John Carver draws rav­en­ous crowds al­most ev­ery night of the week with a blend of North­ern and South­ern Ital­ian fare. Opened just last year, this up­scale down­town restau­rant is al­ready a lo­cal fa­vorite with hand­made pas­tas and lo­cally sourced meats pre­pared in the restau­rant’s custom-built wood-burn­ing grill, oven and plan­cha. 303 Colorado St., Ste. 200, 512.379.2906, $$$ Sec­ond Bar + Kitchen In­ven­tive bites and a smart cock­tail pro­gram have drawn a stylish crowd down­town for years, and now the same thing is hap­pen­ing at Domain North­side, where chef David Bull has opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion at the Archer Ho­tel. 3121 Palm Way; 200 Congress Ave., 512.827.2750, sec­ond­bark­ $$ Swift’s At­tic Whim­si­cal small plates plus cre­ative cock­tails are the name of the game at this bustling sec­ond-floor gas­tropub in the heart of down­town. 315 Congress Ave., 512.482.8842, swift­sat­ $$ The Townsend This beau­ti­fully ap­pointed down­town es­tab­lish­ment of­fers a rare com­bi­na­tion in Austin: It’s an im­pres­sive cock­tail bar that also of­fers de­lec­ta­ble food. Try the hot curry chicken for an up­scale ver­sion of the fried fa­vorite. 718 Congress Ave., 512.887.8778, $ Uchi Chef Tyson Cole com­bines his ex­ten­sive Eastern knowl­edge with ex­otic, high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents at this land­mark restau­rant, which sets the stan­dard for in­no­va­tive din­ing in Austin and at­tracts ev­ery­one from celebri­ties to fam­i­lies. 801 S. La­mar Blvd., 512.916.4808, uchi­ $$$ Uchiko De­signed to mimic a Ja­panese farm­house, Uchi’s sis­ter restau­rant is pop­u­lar for its veg­e­tar­ian tast­ing menu and fried-milk dessert. Ex­pect to see one of the more stylish crowds in town. 4200 N. La­mar Blvd., 512.916.4808, $$$ Vino Vino This neigh­bor­hood gem is much more than a wine bar. The so­phis­ti­cated spot in Hyde Park of­fers ev­ery­thing from bites and thought­ful cheese plates to ac­com­pany your wine to bistro clas­sics like steak and pork ten­der­loin for a hearty meal. 4119 Guadalupe St., 512.465.9282, vi­novi­ $$ Wink Tucked away in his­toric Clarksville, Wink em­braces lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents in its New Amer­i­can menu. De­cid­edly up­scale, it is ideal for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, so splurge on its mul­ti­course chef’s tast­ing menu and toast to the night with the added wine pair­ing. 1014 N. La­mar Blvd., Ste. E, 512.482.8868, winkrestau­ $$$ Wu Chow From the cre­ative minds be­hind Swift’s At­tic, Wu Chow brings au­then­tic farmto-ta­ble Chi­nese food to down­town. An­other fa­vorite for vis­it­ing celebs, this spot has a so­phis­ti­cated yet laid-back vibe. 500 W. Fifth St., Ste. 168, 512.476.2469, wu­ $$

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