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Austin has long been known for their live music, but their reputation should be updated to include their food. Downtown Austin offers a wide array of restaurants that residents and tourists should try.

Before deciding on a restaurant, take a moment to think about what kind of experience you're looking for. Austin is known for their world-famous barbeque and their nightlife on 6th street, but don't be afraid to venture away from these staples. From authentic French and Italian to Austin oddities, there are plenty of restaurants to try.

Sample one of the 15 best restaurants in Downtown Austin, and you'll be sure to agree that that it's one of the best meals you've had in the Capitol City

Franklin Barbecue
4.8  5 Rating (6)
900 E 11th St, Austin TX, 78702
512area welcomes Franklin's BBQ, one of the best BBQ's restaurants in the United States to 512 website. More about Franklin's: Aaron Franklin's parents...
Lonesome Dove Austin
4.4  5 Rating (1)
419 Colorado St, Austin TX, 78701
"I truly believe that Austin is one of the greatest cities in the country. The music, the architecture, the culture, and of course, the food, is out of this...
5.0  5 Rating (1)
510 Neches St, Austin TX, 78701
Authentic and unique casual French bistro that brings its heritage to Austin.
III Forks Steakhouse Austin
4.6  5 Rating (3)
111 Lavaca Street, Austin TX, 78701
My favorite steakhouse in Austin right now. Excellent service, good decor, nice sides and really good steaks. Wine menu is extensive.
Slake Cafe
4.5  5 Rating (3)
120 East 7th St, Austin TX, 78701
Slake: (verb) to Satisfy or Quench one's Hunger or Thirst We are in the kitchen cooking the way our grandparents used to do it. Whole roasted meats, sides...
5.0  5 Rating (1)
214 E. 6th Street, Austin TX, 78701
Happy Chicks is a restaurant with killer chicken tenders, sides and sauces. Open until 2am Thursdays through Saturdays.
Restaurant $$
500 W 5th St, Austin tx, 78701
Upscale Southern eatery for grits, biscuits & creative seafood & steak options in chic dining rooms.
Holy Roller
4.3  5 Rating (3)
509 Rio Grande St., Austin TX, 78701
Our downtown diner will serve up a mishmash menu of nostalgic breakfast and brunch-centric fare, will turn out fresh, hot biscuits and pastries, mouthwatering...
Restaurant $$$
1610 San Antonio St, Austin TX, 78701
Modern Southern Cuisine . Olamaie is a modern Southern food restaurant set to open in Austin, Texas in 2014. In anticipation of moving into her permanent...
Bar & Restaurant $$$
616 Nueces St., Austin TX, 78701
Ranch 616 is a South-Texas themed restaurant specializing in Tex-Mex inspired cuisine and cold, delicious drinks. Stop in and enjoy a variety of menu...
Roaring Fork | Downtown
5.0  5 Rating (1)
701 Congress Ave, Austin TX, 78701
Follow us on Twitter: RF_Austin 2 locations in Austin: Stonelake Blvd, and Congress Ave. Happy hour all night Downtown, Sun and Mon; 4-7pm every day....
Via 313 Pizza
Restaurant $
6705 Hwy 290 No. 503, Austin TX, 78735
Via 313 Pizza proudly serves authentic Detroit Style Square Pizza by the slice or whole pies out of our trailers located at the Violet Crown Social Club...
Red Ash
5.0  5 Rating (1)
303 Colorado Street, Austin TX, 78701
Red Ash is a wood-fired-oven Italian restaurant featuring authentic, simple Italian fare: wood-fired specialties, house-made pasta and family-style dishes....
Stubb's Austin
5.0  5 Rating (1)
801 Red River St, Austin TX, 78701
Authentic Texas Bar-B-Q, Cold Beer and Live Music Authentic Texas Bar-B-Q, Cold Beer and Live Music | Snapchat: stubbsaustin