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The 10 Best Restaurants In Zilker, Austin

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Zilker, Austin is known for its variety of outdoor activities, from running one of the many trails to swimming in Barton Springs. Whether you’re kayaking or playing frisbee in Zilker Park, you’re bound to get a little hungry. Here’s our guide to the 10 best restaurants in the scenic, adventurous neighborhood of Zilker.

Chuy’s

Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
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Chuy’s, Barton Springs Road
Chuy’s, Barton Springs Road | Zach Copley/ Flickr

Chuy’s

Located on Barton Springs Road you’ll find the original Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex chain restaurant that is now open in 12 other states. While all Chuy’s are similar, there’s really nothing like the original. From enchiladas and nachos to quesadillas and tacos, Chuy’s has perfected the Tex-Mex cuisine that all Austinites love.

1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 474 4452

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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Shady Grove

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Shady Grove, Austin
Shady Grove, Austin | QuesterMark/ Flickr

Shady Grove

In the shade of a tall pecan grove, Shady Grove serves a variety of great food like grilled chicken tacos, burgers, sandwiches, gumbo, and cheese fries. The restaurant also entertains guests with live music, so the seating inside is just as great as the outside patio.

1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 474 9991

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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Green Mesquite BBQ

Restaurant, BBQ, Barbeque, $$$
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Green Mesquite BBQ, Barton Springs Road
Green Mesquite BBQ, Barton Springs Road | Ann Larie Valentine/ Flickr

Green Mesquite BBQ

This barbecue restaurant with outdoor seating is affordable and delicious. While the barbecue is the the most popular choice, Green Mesquite BBQ also offers po-boys, sandwiches, burgers, and sides like fried okra and onion rings.

1400 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 479 0485

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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Juliet Ristorante

If you’re looking for Italian food by Zilker Park, look no further. Juliet Ristorante prides itself on its delicious Italian cuisine, which combines modern and classic to create the traditional favorites. You can dine inside or outside on a shaded patio. Stop by for brunch and try the Beef Tenderloin Meatballs or call in for dinner and enjoy the Winter Squash Agnolotti, you’ll leave happy and satisfied.

1500 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 479 1800

Casa de Luz

Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
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Casa de Luz

Casa de Luz is an organic and gluten-free restaurant that serves delicious vegan food. Once you walk in, you pay a very reasonable fixed price, and seat yourself. It’s self-serve at the beginning: you can eat as much salad and soup as you like and enjoy a mug of herbal tea. Once seated, you will then be served your entrees by waiters. Every day has a different set menu — all delicious.

1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 476 2535

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Sun:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat:
7:00 am - 8:30 pm

El Alma

Bar, Bistro, Mexican, $$$
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El Alma

El Alma has been named one of Austin’s Best Mexican Restaurants. If you love margaritas, they have serve some of the best ones around. Try one of the many taco options, the Duck Enmoladas, or the Shrimp and Crab Relleno, everything on the menu tastes great and is made with fresh ingredients and tasty sauces.

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 609 8923

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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Modern, Outdoors
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Uncle Billy’s

Beer and slow-smoked Texas barbecue is the order of the day at Uncle Billy’s. It also boasts a huge shaded patio. There’s a variety of smoked barbecue options like brisket, pulled pork, chopped beef, and pork ribs to sandwiches like the Fried Oyster Po-Boy and the Billy Club. Uncle Billy’s also serves signature beers that are brewed from scratch.

1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 476 0100

Baby Acapulco

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Baby Acapulco

This Mexican restaurant, which is often called ‘Baby A’s,’ is a local chain with two other locations. Alongside their great Mexican cuisine, they also offer burgers and salads, and their margaritas are simply delicious. Be careful — they limit you to two drinks. After your first one, you will see why.

1628 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 474 8774

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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sandy’s Hamburgers

Big juicy burgers at a very affordable price — that’s what Sandy’s has to offer! You’ll also find delicious ice cream and root beer floats. If you’re not in the mood for burgers then try one of their delicious corn dogs. Guests can order at a walk-up window or the drive-thru, and if they’re on foot, they can then walk around to sit at one of the outdoor tables.

603 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 478 6322

Uchi Restaurant

Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, $$$
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Uchi Restaurant

This contemporary Japanese and sushi restaurant is unlike any other. This restaurant has a lot of hype surrounding it, but it is well worth it. The menu is delicious: choose from options like sushi or try one of their hot dishes.

801 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 916 4808

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Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm