Keeping track of every brand-new restaurant in Austin is enough to make someone’s head spin, which is exactly why our team has put together this guide to all the new restaurants that people are loving. These are the best new restaurants in Austin that we simply can’t get enough of!
Think of an iconic rooftop patio for you and your gals to gather, Mediterranean mezze fare, and craft cocktails. I mean it truly does not get much better than that. Aba has quickly become one of the most popular spots for delicious food and drinks that is a must-have on your list of new restaurants in Austin to check out.
They have a multi-level patio, terrace and bar that is perfect to enjoy on a gorgeous Austin day. The menu is full of delicious options for lunch, dinner and even brunch. I would highly recommend trying the Smoky Garlic Hummus, Tamarind Braised Short Rib, Grilled Spanish Octopus and Orange Blossom Crème Brulee Pie.
Two Hands is an Australia-inspired cafe located on South Congress near Riverside, in the new Muse complex. This new restaurant in Austin currently has three additional locations, but this is their first expansion into Texas.
They’re open all day with a menu featuring yummy items like avocado toast and waffles in the morning and heartier food like sandwiches and bowls for lunch and dinner. Some of the most loved menu items are the banana walnut bread, frozen acai, Two Hands seasonal scramble, and chicken schnitzel. There is something for everyone on this menu!
sweetgreen is known for its salads and bowls with grains, greens, proteins (roasted or blackened chicken, Cajun shrimp, roasted sesame tofu), and other vegetables, fruits, and dressings all combined into one perfect bowl. There are signature and seasonal combinations, as well as a build-your-own option so you can get as creative as you want with your meal.
Both Sweet Green locations partner with local Texan vendors and local farms using fresh sourced ingredients. sweetgreen now has two Austin locations!
This fancy salad chain was so popular in Austin, that they had to expand to add another location near the University of Texas campus! This restaurant offers both takeout and dine-in services.
One of the warm bowls that I would recommend from this menu is the Chicken Pesto Parm which comes with warm quinoa, baby spinach spicy broccoli, tomato, za’atar breadcrumbs, roasted chicken, shaved parmesan, pesto vinaigrette, and sweet green hot sauce. They also have other amazing salads/ other custom items to create for your taste buds to enjoy!
Island Thyme Grill is a very cute and quaint place that everyone quickly came to love in Austin! Upon first entering the restaurant, you are greeted with bright and pastel colors. Food-wise, Island Thyme’s menu is simple and oh so delicious!
They have customizable rice bowls, salads, and wraps, with various meats, sides, and dressings. Think jerk chicken and steak, mojo pork, coconut curry beef, and lots of beans, roasted peppers, and pineapple. There are also vegetarian and vegan options with Beyond Beef Crumbles, and plantains.
Verbena ATX is another great option to have on your list of new restaurants in Austin for lunch or dinner, and they just came out with their new spring menu! They also offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour is from 3PM to 6PM on weekdays where Tito’s martinis are $6 and east coast oysters are $2 each.
What is so unique about this restaurant is that they have a specific culinary program that focuses on seasonal ingredients which means throughout the year, different seasonal options are featured on the menu!
Qi Austin is a popular new restaurant in Austin known for its modern Asian food. The restaurant works with a local farm for a farm-to-table approach, and the menu features high-end ingredients like caviar, lobster, and truffle.
There is also a dim sum brunch menu on the weekend that is perfect for trying multiple small bites like lobster dumplings, scallion pancakes, and bao just to name a few!
In Downtown Austin lies Little Ola’s Biscuits, a casual takeout shop dedicated to making all things biscuits! Just imagine a biscuit-based sandwich with fillings such as fried chicken thighs with honey; tomato/egg/cheese. We did a taste-test of the best biscuits in Austin, so we can definitely tell you that these are some of the best in town!
They also offer delicious food items such as salads, peach-vanilla jam, honey butter, and house-made chips. My mouth is practically watering just from typing this. They also have other biscuit-dough based dessert goodies so make sure to leave some extra room when ordering.
Smokin Beauty is a restaurant on North Lamar that combes Texas barbecue with Vietnamese food. On top of plates packed with barbecue, there’s a smoked brisket banh mi, a cheeseburger, and then even a banh mi cheeseburger. Afterall, what is better than Asian fusion food?!
Another Vietnamese restaurant in Austin is Sip Pho! This restaurant is a newer fast-casual restaurant in an impressive, unique space. Food is served under gorgeous architecture and vaulted ceilings. It is one of my personal favorites as they serve delicious meals such as pho, bun bo hue, vermicelli bowls, and banh mi.
Armadillo Den is a new two story bar in South Austin located on 3 acres of property. They have live music, cold beer on draft, food trucks, and are dog friendly! The natural creek adds to the amazing atmosphere as well! They also plan to have two stepping in the future, which we are greatly looking forward to.
Austin’s beloved Easy Tiger has now opened another location just blocked from their original bakery! the large outdoor space is filled with picnic tables and is both kid and dog friendly. Enjoy their classic sandwiches and pastries with cocktails and craft beer and stay awhile!
We are so excited about Love Supreme Pizza Bar coming to Manor Road! From the looks of it, they’ll have to-die-for pizza, as well as wings and snacks, and of course, beer and cocktails! Stay on the lookout for this one!
New Restaurants in Austin
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