2021 Best Places to Eat in Austin: Food, Drinks, and Neighborhood Guides!

A collection of guides to the best food in Austin, according to top food bloggers in Central Texas.



Looking for the best places to eat in Austin, including the top restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in Austin? You’re in the right place. We’ve got guides including hundreds of recommendations from top local bloggers who know food. Whether you want to discover new food and drink, stay up-to-date on the Austin food scene, or find the perfect spot for a special occasion, we’ve got you covered.

From pizza, to poke, to paella, and everything in between – we’ve got a little something for everyone. We can also help you find a brunch spot, somewhere to take the kids, or a spot for a memorable date night … whether you’re downtown,  south of the river, or way up north. For all of this and much more, check out the comprehensive Austin food guides below (updated for 2021).

This guide is brought to you by the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission of supporting Austin-based bloggers. Support the organization by keeping the conversation going with the hashtag #ATXBestEats on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.


Image Credit: ATX FYI

Austin Food Guides by Dish or Cuisine

Acai Bowls –  by Her Modern Kitchen

Asian Food – by A Taste of Koko

BBQ – by ATX FYI

Biscuits – by ATX Bites 

Breakfast Tacos – by So Much Life

Burgers – by A Taste of Koko

Burgers for Takeout – by ATX Bites

Charcuterie and Cheese Boards – by Dawn the Gourmand

Chicken Wings – by Big World Small Girl

Cinnamon Rolls – by So Much Life

Cookies – by ATX Bites

Cupcakes – by Fearless Captivations

Donuts – by Kitchen Concoctions

French Fries – by A Taste of Koko

Fried Chicken Sandwiches– by ATX Bites

Ice Cream – by Discovering ATX

Juice and Smoothies – by Kitchen Concoctions

Matcha Desserts – by Discovering ATX

Milkshakes – by Phat Phoodies

Paella – by Wine with Lisa

Pasta Dishes – by Phat Phoodies

Pastries – by Fearless Captivations

Pizzas – by So Much Life

Poké – by Sushi in the ATX

Queso – by So Much Life

Ramen – by Her Modern Kitchen

Sandwiches – by Phat Phoodies

Sandwiches – by ATX Bites

Sushi – by Sushi in the ATX

Sushi To Go – by Sushi in the ATX

Tacos – by Kitchen Concoctions


Image Credit: Big World Small Girl

Guides to the Best Drinks in Austin

Beer: Breweries and Brewpubs – by Big World Small Girl

Cider in Austin – by Big World Small Girl

Coffee Shops – by A Taste of Koko

Coffee Shops to Work From – by ATX Bites

Craft Beer Bars (Not Breweries or Brewpubs) – by Craft Beer Amethyst

Distillery Taprooms – by Craft Beer Amethyst

Honky Tonks – by Vino & Thyme

Margaritas – by A Taste of Koko

Old-Fashioned in Austin – by Her Modern Kitchen

Secret Bars – by A Taste of Koko

Spirits – by Big World Small Girl

To-Go Cocktails – by ATX FYI


Image Credit: A Taste of Koko

Austin Restaurant Guides for Special Diets

Gluten-Free in Austin – by The Weekly Menu

Vegan Restaurants – by A Taste of Koko

Vegan and Dairy-Free Friendly Ice Cream – by ATX FYI


Image Credit: ATX Bites

Austin Food Guides by Occasion or Genre

Brunch Spots – by A Taste of Koko

Culinary Classes – by Fearless Captivations

Date Night Restaurants – by So Much Life

Desserts – by Fearless Captivations

Dog Friendly Restaurants – by Big World Small Girl

Drive-Thru Restaurants – by So Much Life

Food Trucks – by So Much Life

Happy Hours – by A Taste of Koko

Healthy Restaurants – by A Taste of Koko

Kid-Friendly Restaurants – by A Taste of Koko

Large Group Dining – by So Much Life

Patios – by ATX FYI

Prix Fixe and Tasting Menus – by Her Modern Kitchen

Weekend Happy Hours – by ATX Bites


Image Credit: Phat Phoodies

Austin Food Guides by Neighborhood

Austin Day Trips – by Big World Small Girl

Deep South Austin – by Phat Phoodies

East Austin – by ATX_Bites

Lake Travis Restaurants – by Dawn the Gourmand

North Austin – by Fearless Captivations

South Austin New Restaurants – by South Austin Foodie

South Austin Sweet Shops – by South Austin Foodie

South First Street Eats – by So Much Life


Thanks for checking out the latest edition of the Austin City Guide, which was created thanks to contributions by members of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Please show them some love by visiting, commenting on, and sharing their posts. Also, to learn more about great eats in Austin, make sure to check out our food guides from previous years and use the hashtag #ATXBestEats on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook all year round to discover even more delicious food in Austin.