There’s no doubt that Austinites take their food game seriously. And as our city’s culture has exploded along with its population over the last few years, we’ve gone way past the Tex-Mex and barbecue joints that put Austin’s culinary scene on the map. Foodies flock from all over the country for Japanese eats (Uchi, Ramen Tatsu-ya), elevated farm-to-table fare (Dai Due, Lenoir), and healthy food in a hipster setting (Juice Society, Cafe No Se.) And don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty of great tacos and pork ribs, too.

As passionate Austinites and restaurant lovers, we’ve tried just about everything and narrowed them down to the best of the best.

Scroll on for our 2019 list of the27 best restaurants in Austin (in no particular order), according to the Camille Styles team.

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Easy Tiger

“If you ask me to name my favorite neighborhood spot to pop in for a snack or drink, it’s Easy Tiger. Slide into the bake shop between 7am-2pm for pastries and coffee, or tuck into the basement or patio to order off the full menu. I’m a fool for the pretzel with beer cheese and the roast beef sandwich, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the amazing eats. I’m getting hungry now just thinking about it…” — Chanel

large party and event reservations only // outdoor seating available

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Hillside Farmacy

“This is my favorite brunch in Austin because of two words: cheddar grits. The wasabi bloody mary’s are on point, and the breakfast menu features delicious eggs from an organic farm in Lockhart. You’ll be charmed by the instagram-worthy space (think fresh old-school pharmacy) and eclectic mix of beautiful hipsters and scruffy musicians who are always there.” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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JuiceLand

“I really can’t imagine my life without JuiceLand – nor do I want to. Pickup the best smoothie on the go (I go for the Wundershozen), a shot for when you could use a boost, a freshly squeezed juice, or agua fresca for a mid-day treat. Plus, their ever-expanding menu of grab-n-go foods are all vegan and surprisingly delicious.” – Camille

no reservations // outdoor seating varies by location

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Tacodeli

“Taco Deli is a total local secret, especially when it comes to breakfast tacos! There’s certainly no shortage of tacos in this town, and while some may argue over which is best, Taco Deli is the clear winner for me! With locations all over Austin popping in is easy, but pick-up’s even better. Picnic in the park or a brunch with friends, you will be a hero if you show up with Taco Deli! Morning favorites include – Freakin Vegan, Jess Special, and any of the Frontera Fundido tacos. Using premium meats and local and organic when they can, Taco Deli has sides and salads that are almost as good as the tacos. Almost. The truth- my absolute favorite item on the menu is their Salsa Dona, a creamy jalapeno sauce that they are famous for.  I go through so much of it that I have to buy it in bulk from Whole Foods!” — Stephanie

no reservations // outdoor seating varies by location

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Joann’s Fine Foods

The new restaurant found within the old Austin Motel serves up everything from juevos rancheros to patty melts to avocado smoothies to chicken friend steak. The all-day California Tex-Mex menu has something on it for everyone, and every mood. 50’s diner feels are felt throughout with a bright indoor dining room, a colorful skylight, booths, and a counter with marquee signage. Out on the patio is the dressed up palapa-style bar with an extensive menu of boozy concoctions. Come with friends, come with family, come on a Tuesday morning to get some work done over a classic breakfast and a strong cup of coffee. Everyone is friends and family at Joann’s. –Kat

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Bird Bird Biscuit

I have a fine appreciation for fast-casual counter-service restaurants (especially on Saturday morning after a late night). The no fuss service is quick, easy, and reliable, making Bird Bird Biscuit one of my favorite weekend go-tos. Serving up golden brown biscuit sandwiches in a space that looks like a retro art popup, Bird Bird’s menu is simple, classic, and delicious. My personal favorite? The Queen Beak –a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken thighs, cayenne-black pepper honey, and bacon-infused chipotle mayonnaise, as well as oh so sweet “dough-doughs” –mini donut holes tossed in cinnamon sugar. –Kat

no reservations -(fast-casual counter-service) // limited outdoor seating available

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Elizabeth Street Cafe

“Elizabeth Street Café embodies the quirky, colorful, and delicious experiences that Austin is known for! My favorite menu items: House Baked Brioche French Toast, Texas Akaushi Beef Carpaccio, Cha Ca Red Fish, and a Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s tasty for any meal of the day, offering French baked goods with coffee and tea for breakfast, to artfully crafted pho, bun and banh mi for lunch and dinner, and not to mention the macaroons! The pastry chefs have created hundreds of flavors for these delightful treats that match the aesthetic of the entire place – snag a box and take some home!” — Megan

reservations for 8 or more // outdoor seating available

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June’s

“Master sommelier June Rodil has been a beloved fixture of the Austin restaurant scene for more than a decade, so when she finally opened her own eponymous café we knew it would have the best wine list in town. What we didn’t know was that the food would be good enough to garner Food & Wine’s coveted “Best New Restaurant in America” title in 2017. The super vibey South Congress hotspot has truly become a neighborhood hangout, where any given night you’ll spot Austin luminaries like Liz Lambert and Larry McGuire. Go for the cozy, energetic atmosphere and order one of our favorites – the matzo ball caldo or the fried chicken sandwich.” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Dai Due

“This hipster hangout has it’s own old-school butcher shop where they work with local hunters and ranchers to curate a collection of quail, feral hog, free roaming venison and more. The beautiful shop provides the basis for the Dai Due menu, which is a carnivore’s dream come true. Think wild boar burgers, venison sausage, and grilled quail. Oh, and did I mention everything is cooked over an open flame? Obviously. But don’t worry – vegetarians will be happy too, since the Dai Due Breakfast (gulf coast brown rice and sautéed summer vegetables with housemade kimchi and an egg) is one of our favorite things on the menu. If the weather is nice, ask for a table on the secluded greenery covered patio out back.” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Pool Burger

“Think delicious hamburgers, crinkle fries, soft serve and tiki drinks, all served in a joy-sparking retro surf shack (but like, the fancy kind.) When the weather’s right, day or night, there’s no place we’d rather be than Pool Burger. Wet post-swim hair encouraged.” — Chanel

no reservations // outdoor seating available

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Café No Se

“Café No Se is my number one spot to bring out-of-towners for brunch because it checks ALL the boxes! Located just below the ever-trendy South Congress Hotel, the interior is meticulously curated, with overgrown plants and hipster magazines for browsing. Most often I’m with people that are up for sharing, and portions are plenty big to do so. My favorites- perfectly poached eggs over greens and grains, english pea beignets, shaved veggie salad, and ricotta hotcakes. Yum! Crisp white wine typically follows delicious lattes and serves as fuel for a day of exploring South Austin on foot! Shopping follows the feast since some of the very best boutiques in town are just around the corner!” -– Stephanie

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Stiles Switch

“I can count the number of ‘best BBQ joints in Austin’ on two hands, but to me, none check every box quite like Stiles Switch. About 15 minutes north of Downtown, Stiles serves up amazing ‘cue and really delicious sides in a fuss free, laid back space. And best of all? None of that wake-up-at-6am-to-get-in-line mumbo jumbo.” — Chanel

no reservations // outdoor seating available

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Launderette

“It’s tough to find a spot that’s casual enough for an early dinner with kids and special enough for a 4-hour date night feast… and Launderette is all that and more. We like to get there early and split a bottle of rosé while we wait for our table on the patio. And there will be a wait, since just about everyone else in town will have the same plan on a sunny weekend. But it’s so worth it for Chef René Ortiz’s perfectly executed but unfussy small plates: fried oysters with coriander & jalapeno, crab & avocado toast with caper-mint vinaigrette, and (my fave) charred octopus with chorizo and fried parsley. Whatever you do, don’t miss pastry chef Laura Sawicki’s famed birthday cake ice cream sandwich.” – Camille

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Bufalina

“This cozy, candlelit spot serves the best pizza in town from its inviting East Austin and Burnet Road locations. The menu of woodfired pies reminds me of some of my favorite LA and NYC haunts with that perfectly crispy-on-the-outside chewy-on-the-inside crust topped with inventive flavor combinations. Don’t miss the burrata appetizer, and the Fresca pizza (prosciutto, arugula, lemon, mozzarella) is hard to beat.” – Camille

make a reservation for 8 or more // no outdoor seating

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Perla’s

“This is arguably the best patio in Austin: it’s right on South Congress, so the people watching is great, and the large picnic style tables are perfect for groups (and dogs.) This seafood spot has all the qualities we’ve come to expect from an MMH group restaurant — great design (down to the uniforms), vibey atmosphere, and consistently good food. Watch cute boys shuck east coast oysters at the inside bar, and be sure and order the baked shells and cheese with lobster for the table. It will blow your mind!” — Jenn Rose

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Kemuri Tatsu-ya

“Japanese and Texan cuisine live in perfect harmony inside the walls of this casual east side izakaya joint. I’ll never forget my first time in: I was blown away by the unexpected menu, and better yet, equally impressed by how flawlessly it was pulled off. Wash it all down with Kemuri’s signature matcha pain killer on the patio for an idyllic way to spend a spring day.” — Chanel

make a reservation for up to 7 people // outdoor seating available

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Justine’s

“Ah, Justine’s. What with her twinkling patio, vinyl records, and well, that je n’ais se quoi that epic dinners are made of. There’s simply no better place in town for a night out, and the artsy set in attendance guarantees top notch people-watching and late night friend-making.” — Chanel

make a reservation for 6 or more // outdoor seating available

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Casa Colombia

“If you’re looking for an instagram moment or next level branding, Casa Colombia isn’t the place for you. But if you want insanely delicious South American grub, a super casual atmosphere, and free-flowing tequila cocktails, you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and if you happen to stumble into Casa on the night of a big fútbol match, prepare for the most raucous crowd in town.” — Chanel

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Odd Duck

“Odd Duck is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion or a casual night out. What began as a trailer in the same location on South Lamar has morphed into a lively brick and mortar serving some of Austin’s most creative small plates. Chef Bryce Gilmore (who has received six James Beard nominations) offers a menu that changes seasonally with dishes like doughy pretzels with chorizo spice mushroom and wagyu short rib pasta. Don’t forget to ask the servers for recommendations and let them guide you in ordering the perfect meal. ” — Caroline

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Fresa’s offers a modern taken on the classic Mexican Chicken al Carbón with colorful Havana nights vibes and a cocktail menu that’s tough to beat. With 2 locations of different serving styles (fast to-go drive-thru on S. Lamar and picnic style ‘stay and hang awhile’ seating on S. 1st), Fresa’s is the ideal choice for sharing with friends and family.

Their menu features a wide variety of wood-grilled meals (the No. 2 Yucatan Spicy Chicken is our goto) traditional rice and beans, and queso and guac, in addition to healthier options like grilled sweet potato and cauliflower, Mexican street corn, and inventive salads.  Whether you’re an ‘eat the whole chicken’ kind of eater, a picky eater, gluten-free, or vegetarian, Fresa’s has something for you at the table. –Kat

no reservations // outdoor seating available

FANCIER DINNERJeffrey’s

“With its plush velvet booths, brass fixtures, and moody lighting, there’s nowhere else I’d rather get cozy and feast on a chilly night. The menu reads old-school steakhouse, and the hyper attention to detail on every element from uniforms to martini cart to the best popovers you’ve ever tasted brings it fully into 2018.” — Camille

make a reservation // no outdoor seating

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Suerte

“Eater called it one of the best new restaurants in America, and it’s gotten the NYT seal of approval, too. For us, it was the housemade tortillas that had us singing Suerte’s praises — something that’s harder to come by than you would expect in Austin. The ingredients are top notch, and the Mexican menu is executed to perfection. Highly recommended!” — Chanel

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Wu Chow

Wu Chow, a modern Chinese restaurant offers authentic, farm-fresh Chinese food right in the heart of downtown Austin. The family-style dining mixed with upscale restaurant vibes creates a fun dining experience that makes you want to slow your roll and stay awhile — especially on Dim Sum Sundays. The handmade soup dumplings are a must order, and while you want for your dumplings to steam (or for your table to be ready at the bar), have the friendly bartenders serve you up a Texan’s Tiki — their take on Bali nights gone Tokyo drift, mixed with a classic Texas marg. –Kat

make a reservation // outdoor seating available

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Lenoir

“Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher, the chef couple who own Lenoir, have created a magical space that feels at once elegant and inviting. The three course prix-fixe menu ($48) changes with the seasons, featuring veggie-forward Mediterranean-inspired fare that always leaves me feeling the perfect amount of satisfied.” — Camille

make a reservation for the dining room // outdoor seating available

FANCIER DINNERUchi / Uchiko

“If I had to pick just one place to go during any trip to Austin, Uchi and Uchiko would tie for first. I know, the idea of world-class sushi in Austin is usually met with a raised eyebrow, but any doubts are silenced with one taste of Chef Tyson Cole and team’s innovative creations. My favorites on the menu? Yokai Berry (salmon sashimi, kale, asian pear, yuzu), Maguro Sashimi & Goat Cheese (with bigeye tuna and fuji apple), and gimme all the nigiri on the menu.” — Camille

Uchi : make a reservation for up to 4 // no outdoor seating

Uchiko : make a reservation // no outdoor seating

FANCIER DINNERFonda San Miguel

“It may not be trendy, but I consider Fonda to be an essential stop on any culinary tour of Austin. Open since 1975, this interior Mexican restaurant boasts vibrant decor that gives it an exotic and playful vibe, but the menu is fine dining Mexican with some of the best mole, rellenos and tortilla soup you’ll ever experience. Go with a group and share tacos al pastor, angels on horseback, and chile rellenos. The margaritas are top notch, too.” — Camille

make a reservation // no outdoor seating

FANCIER DINNEROlamaie

“Everyone took notice when Michael Fojtasek was crowned one of Food and Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in America a few years ago, and for good reason: this is classic Southern food taken to a whole new level. From the famed basket of biscuits to the elevated take on Hoppin’ John to the mouthwatering bone-in pork chop, everything on the menu sounds simple — which is usually the hardest thing to get right. Olamaie nails it every time, and if the weather’s pretty, arrive early and order a Whisky A Gogo to sip on the charming front porch.” — Camille

make a reservation // outdoor seating available