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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Austin

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems in Austin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of 34th Street Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (219)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Central Austin
About the restaurant
A local, cozy restaurant, 29 years in the making! We pride ourselves on being a neighborhood staple with great food, great service, and great wine.

Lunch is served daily from 11am to 3 pm with counter service. Dinner begins daily at 5:00pm and is full table service. We are closed on Sundays.

House favorites include our Chinese Hack Chicken Salad and the famous Chicken Picatta .

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 Feb 2024
This neighborhood cafe never disappoints! Great wine and delicious entrees. Attentive waitstaff. A favorite!
A photo of Cipollina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1109)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Cipollina is a neighborhood bistro serving Italian, locally-sourced food. Our seasonal menu features salads, small plates, large plates and wood-fired pizzas. We’re open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted and walk-ins also welcome.
Top review
incomprise4
Dined on 20 Feb 2024
Came here for a late Valentine's Dinner. The ambiance is very romantic. There are no tvs. Just restaurant, food, and great conversations. I would only recommend that candles be placed on the tables because it was hard on the eyes when reading. The food and wine were awesome. I would return and recommend it.
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4.8
4.8 (1870)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Central Austin
About the restaurant
We are a bustling neighborhood restaurant in the heart of north loop. We are one of Austins oldest farm to table concepts. Our menu is foreign in style, while domestically sourced. Our menus change with the season, farm availability, & on chefs whim. Join us for our nose to tail tasting menu nightly if you appreciate whole animal usage. Our wine program is aimed toward biodynamic natural small production wines. If you'd like to have pre or post dinner cocktails, our awesome neighbors include the tigress bar & drink.well.
Please note that we have a 15 minute grace period on reservation arrival times. Should you find yourself running late, please give us a call or the table may be released to a waiting guest.
Tables of 1-2 guests will be reserved for 1.5 hours, tables of 3-4 will be reserved for 1 hour and 45 minutes, tables of 6+ will be reserved for 2 hours. These times reflect standard dining times of our guests. Should you feel that you need additional tim

Top review
KevinP
Dined 5 days ago
The food is always great, tonight was just perfect. Tuesday oysters and half off chilled wine made for an outstanding night with my wife.
A photo of Pecan Square Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (402)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Pecan Square Café, located in the heart of Clarksville, serves simple, seasonal food inspired by our home in Austin. With a focus on market driven ingredients and an evolving roster of dishes, the menu is straightforward but elevated. The beverage program delivers dynamic variations on classic cocktails, with an approachable and sophisticated wine selection. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner seven days a week. Service is easygoing, warm, and casually elegant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food wonderfully polite staff, love the ambience.
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4.6
4.6 (683)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Nightcap was originally conceived as a place for sweet sustenance and sparkling cocktails. Since then, we have evolved into so much more. Our space is now known as a late night, date night spot for guests and friends alike. The cozy atmosphere is welcoming, romantic and is also a great place to dine solo. It’s a space to make new friends, enjoy some incredibly tasteful food and cocktails that aim to please. Nightcap carries an old school Austin vibe that is hard to be classified as a bar or restaurant. We like to consider ourselves as a nightly dinner party at your friends house. The idea is to come over, have a great time and let us clean up afterwards. On special occasions, glitter is our favorite color that is often paired with bubbles. We hope you join us for any occasion and truly enjoy your evening.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Love this spot! Great food, drinks and service in an intimate cozy setting,
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4.6
4.6 (296)
$31 to $50
Indian
North Central
About the restaurant
Saffron serves an eclectic mixture of traditional Indian Cuisine punctuated by the flavors of the Himalayas. Our food stand true to its roots and origin while we source most of our produce locally. All dishes, sauces, naans and desserts are made in house from scratch. We are proud to be the first restaurant in Austin with a dedicated Nepalese menu. Nepal is a land of many flavors, while many of its dishes are indigenous and indicative of its culture and people, while few are inspired by its immediate neighbors, India and China. Our Nepalese menu is a thoughtful mix of both.
Top review
LisaCvip
Dined on 8 Feb 2024
Excellent food and service. They have a liquor license now, selling beer and wine. You can bring your own bottle of wine for a corkage fee.
A photo of Mour Cocina | Bodega restaurant
4.6
4.6 (304)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
East Austin
About the restaurant
Inspired by vibrant Mexican-Indian flavors and Austin’s unique vibe, Mour Café offers meals that taste amazing with locally-sourced, planet-friendly ingredients. From breakfast to dinner, and special weekend brunches, we’re all about inclusivity. Beyond food, discover our handpicked wines from small-batch, organic producers. Dine-in or take away, but always expect a warm, friendly experience
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Loved the food and service! Great wine offerings and their menu and kitchen has never disappointed. Highly recommend
A photo of Easy Tiger South Lamar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (32)
$30 and under
Beer Garden
South Austin
About the restaurant
You do not need a reservation to enjoy Easy Tiger, but you are welcome to make one if you wish. Located in Austin, Texas, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden was founded by James Beard nominee, David Norman. We bake pastries and artisan breads daily. Our beer gardens have over 30 beers on tap, we source our coffee locally (Little City Coffee) and all of our meats are cured locally. We are known for our giant pretzels, we make them by hand every few hours and they sell out almost immediately. You'll also find our breads and pretzels around town, at HEB, Whole Foods and Austin FC's Q2 stadium. Each of our locations is unique, South Lamar boasts one of the best sunsets in the city, with open air views over Austin’s Greenbelt. We also have a shaded outdoor park with a kids zone and a cozy, European-style interior, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. Dogs are welcome, parking and WiFi are free.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
We had great service and food was good. We did receive a couple other tables food so we ended up with extra food. Our bar order took almost as long as the food order for our party of 18.
A photo of Tadashi restaurant
4.4
4.4 (117)
$30 and under
Japanese
Bee Cave
About the restaurant
Tadashi invites you to explore Japanese cuisine beyond sushi. Our specialty is Japanese-style seasonal plates, for sharing and pairing with wine or sake. Savor the dishes of Japan and enjoy the harmony of subtle & bold flavors.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Sushi was excellent! Good quality! Kitchen Chicken Katsu was good too!
A photo of Frog & The Bull restaurant
3.8
3.8 (76)
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Austin
About the restaurant
Step into our 4-year-old American Gastropub, born from Iberian roots, now celebrated in Austin's dining scene. Voted a top-five steakhouse, relish woodfired Neapolitan pizza and standout tapas. Whether family-friendly with a playscape or a classy date night, our upscale-casual vibe caters to all.

Open Monday-Thursday 4-10 PM, Friday-Saturday 11 AM-11 PM, Sunday 11 AM-9 PM. The bar extends its welcome until 11 PM (Mon-Thurs), 1 AM (Fri-Sat), and 10 PM (Sun).

Happy hours: 4-6 PM (Mon-Thurs), 11 AM-12 PM (Fri-Sun), and 3-6 PM (Fri-Sun). Reverse happy hour: 9-10 PM (Mon-Sat).

Founded by a Navy SEAL, our commitment to excellence extends to every culinary creation. Secure your reservation for a gastronomic journey blending tradition, innovation, and American allure.

Top review
DelosWvip
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Great neighborhood haunt near Lake Travis. Big portions and cool view of pizza oven as they make yours.
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