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Restaurants You Need to Add to Your Austin Bucket List

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South Austin doesn’t play around with keeping Austin both weird and cool. Home to iconic restaurants and new eateries by some of the city’s top chefs populate this energetic neighborhood. Get these fan-favorite South Austin restaurants added to your bucket list today!

Experience cajun and creole dining in a lively atmosphere. You can find live music Monday through Thursday, so get ready to eat, drink, and groove to the beat. 

🗓 MON–SAT | 11AM–9PM

📍 8106 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745 

Enjoy some of the best food Austin has to offer at Elizabeth Street. With both delicious and Insta-worthy food, the restaurant serves to be a great spot to feed your stomach, heart, and spirit. When you’re there, be sure to check out the cocktail and wine menu! 

🗓 MON–FRI | 11AM–10PM
🗓 SAT–SUN | 8AM–10PM

📍 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

If you’re on the search for a good cafe with healthy and delicious eats, Galaxy Cafe is the perfect joint for you. Grab a warm bowl or yummy sandwich to get to feelin’ good. We recommend the Galaxy Chicken Salad Sammie. 


📍 9911 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78748

Grab a Cuban Sandwich and mojito from CUBA512 and you’ll see what you’ve been missing! This delicious but casual cafe will make you feel welcome every time you step inside. 


📍 6800 West Gate Blvd #112, Austin, TX 78745

One of our favorite South Austin restaurants has been open since 1952. Matt’s El Rancho has happily been serving Austin Tex-Mex for the longest time making it an Austin staple. With the best seating, enchiladas, bob dip, and margaritas, everyone’s happy at Matt’s El Rancho. 

🗓 SUN–WED | 11AM–9PM
🗓 THUR–SAT | 11AM–10PM

📍 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Doc’s doesn’t play around with their endless craft beer and spirit menu. With the Texas-sized patio to accompany their daily happy hours, your dining and drinking experience will be top-notch! 

🗓 FRI–SAT | 11AM–10PM

📍 5207 Brodie Ln #100, Sunset Valley, TX 78745

When we say, “come hungry” to Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, we really mean it. Fusing Tex-Mex and Barbecue together might be one of the best things to have happened in Austin, and Valentina’s doesn’t mess around. Grab BBQ tacos or the biggest BBQ sandwich and you’ll be set. 

🗓 WED–FRI | 7:30AM–8PM
🗓 SAT–SUN | 7:30AM–6PM

📍 11500 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748

Our vegetarian and vegan friends will find their home at Bouldin Creek Cafe. With a ton of vegan and vegetarian menu items, this all-day cafe is one of Austin’s must-visit restaurants. To make it even better, the cafe is woman-owned – heck yeah!

The Kool Hummus Sandwich, pictured above, is the perfect menu item for a delicious, clean, yet filling meal. 

🗓 MON–SAT | 8AM–10PM
🗓 SUN | 9AM–9PM

📍 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

One of the top South Austin restaurants, everyone knows and loves Uchi. You’ll find yourself more obsessed with sushi than ever before after dining here. Beautifully created and served by some of the best in the business, your experience at Uchi will be will keep you coming back for more. 

🗓 EVERY DAY | 4PM–8:30PM

📍 801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

10. Loro

If you like Uchi then you are sure to love Loro. This Asian BBQ fusion is all thanks to the chefs behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. Loro is home to a huge patio with plenty of outdoor seating, and Asian fusion eats that are five stars worthy. Grab a group of friends, your furry friend, or a date to dine at one of our favorite South Austin restaurants. 

🗓 SUN–THUR | 11:30AM–10PM
🗓 FRI–SAT | 11:30AM–11PM

📍 2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

For more things to do in Austin each week or to find more guides like the best South Austin Restaurants but in a different area of town check out our Austin City Guide page and start exploring today!

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Mason Yarbrough

Mason Yarbrough

Mason is a blogger and author for the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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