The Best Restaurants In Downtown Austin, Texas

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Rachel Mauer

When you think “downtown”, you probably think “business district,” but this certainly isn’t the case for Austin. Downtown Austin houses a lively culture and many fine dining and unique restaurants. Check out our selection of its best restaurants here.

Roaring Fork

Roaring Fork is an American cuisine restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel. Located in the middle of downtown Austin, Roaring Fork provides an atmosphere that unites both the city’s business life and its night life. On the menu is another union of cuisine that leads to a combination of upscale yet rugged American cuisine. Roaring Fork uses both wood ovens and open flame grills to give their food the same great American spirit of the Old West.

Second Bar + Kitchen

For dynamic food and an experience to match, look no further than Second Bar + Kitchen. This one-of-a-kind restaurant combines seasonal ingredients and local products to create new and natural American cuisine. From small plates to entrees to their weekend brunch, Second Bar + Kitchen provides the hip and modern dishes to match the style you feel when you walk in.

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue offers an upscale BBQ experience in a relaxed, laidback, and historic Texas environment. Lambert’s serves as both a bar, restaurant, and music venue, using a refurbished general store as their space. On the menu is slow-cooked barbecue and modern Texas cooking for lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill serves the southern comfort food that your grandma would make but with an upscale and contemporary twist that can only be found in downtown Austin. Like Lambert’s, Moonshine is also a refurbished shop from the 1800s, but the two provide completely different experiences. Moonshine makes you feel like family, and so does the classic food with an innovative take.

Wink Restaurant

A beloved Austin favorite, Wink Restaurant has upscale American dining that is inspired by local culture. In addition to a daily menu, Wink offers five-course and seven-course chef’s tasting menus, so you try a different dining experience at Wink. Wink also has a vegetarian tasting menu, and even non-vegetarians can appreciate Wink’s pure and flavorful food.

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