Choosing where to eat lunch in Austin should be an easy task, but with so many options deciding can feel mind-boggling. From steakhouses in Austin to upscale Mexican eateries, downtown diners to Round Rock cafes, foodie culture is as diverse as the city and lunch specials are the best part of the day. Whether you have work or a day off, lunch is always one of the best meals of the week.

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Take a quick break and check out one of the best lunch restaurants in Austin perfect for when you need a bite during the most important hours of your day. For more of the best restaurants in Austin, 512Area is your go-to guide for all local things to do and places to eat.

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Estância Brazilian Steakhouse
5.0  5 Rating (1)
10000 Research Blvd. Set B, Austin TX, 78759
Estância Brazilian Steakhouse has a delicious executive lunch that is a tremendous deal for the value. Endless salads and side dishes with a choice of picanha, fraldinha, salmon, chicken breast with bacon, or leg of lamb(*6-8 oz portions), all for just $21 to $26.
Jack Allen's Kitchen (RR)
2500 Hoppe Trl, Round Rock TX, 78681
At Jack Allen's Kitchen, you will find refined Southern-inspired flavors, crossed with the spice of southwestern cuisine that come together to create plates...
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
4.6  5 Rating (2)
303 Red River St, Austin TX, 78701
Operating out of the historical Waterloo Compound, we’re serving up great American comfort food with a bit of a modern twist to it. Moonshine Patio Bar...
Odd Duck
4.7  5 Rating (2)
1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin TX, 78704
The brick and mortar reincarnation of the famed trailer that brought chef Bryce Gilmore to the forefront, featuring intensely local, seasonal fare. Reservations:...
Restaurant $$
1900 S 1st St, Austin TX, 78704
Veggie restaurant with table service, a friendly casual vibe, and a full espresso menu.. Vegetarian menu with lots of vegan as well as gluten-free options,...
Launderette Austin
Restaurant $$
2115 Holly St, Austin TX, 78702
Launderette is an East Austin café located in the heart of the Holly neighborhood.
Holy Roller
4.3  5 Rating (3)
509 Rio Grande St., Austin TX, 78701
Our downtown diner will serve up a mishmash menu of nostalgic breakfast and brunch-centric fare, will turn out fresh, hot biscuits and pastries, mouthwatering...
Restaurant $$
35 Brazos Street, Austin TX, 78701
Forthright offers honest food, prepared well. There’s a leafy patio and free surface parking.
Wu Chow Austin
Restaurant $$
500 W 5th St, # 168, Austin Tx, 78701
Wu Chow brings authentic, farm-fresh, modern Chinese food to the heart of downtown Austin, offering dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese...
Restaurant $$
621 East 7th Street, Austin TX, 78701
Healthy, msg free, low calories, balanced meals with affordable prices.
Walton's Fancy and Staple
Restaurant $
609 W. 6th St., Austin TX, 78701
Walton's fancy and staple is a gourmet deli/bakery serving up the freshest ingredients to Austin-ites far and wide. Enjoy coffee, scones, deli sandwiches...
Easy Tiger
5.0  5 Rating (1)
709 E 6th St, Austin TX, 78701
Bake shop is open from 7 am to 2 am; beer garden is open from 11 am to 2 am.
Swift's Attic
Bar & Restaurant $
315 Congress Ave, Austin TX, 78701
Our Cuisine, influenced by a passion for farm to table offerings billed as "Modern American Small Plates" Not holding to any particular cooking genre or style,...
La Condesa Austin
Restaurant $
400 W 2nd St, Suite A, Austin TX, 78701
James Beard-nominated Modern Mexican in the heart of Downtown Austin.
Fareground at One Eleven
Restaurant $$
111 Congress Avenue, Austin TX, 78701
Part park, part eatery hall, and entirely Austin. Located at the corner of Congress Avenue and 2nd Street. See you 2017.
Veracruz All Natural
Restaurant $$
111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX, 78701
Simple trailer with picnic tables for tacos with spit-grilled meats or veggie options, plus migas.
Cypress Grill
Restaurant $$
4404 W William Cannon Dr, Ste L, Austin TX, 78749
Cypress Grill is a traditional Louisiana Cafe - the neighborhood place you'd see in Baton Rouge or New Orleans.
4.2  5 Rating (1)
1421 South Congress, Austin Tx, 78704
We offer our homemade, hand tossed, bona fide pies for either dine in or carry out.