Downtown Austin Lunch Restaurants: 50 Ideas + A Map

Think of this as a brainstorming session to find a good downtown Austin lunch restaurant. These aren’t necessarily narrowed down to the best lunch restaurants in Austin. Rather, we’re providing a big, broad list + map of places you can eat lunch in downtown Austin so you can find a location near you and the type of food you’re craving. 

Use the map below to find a downtown Austin lunch spot near you.

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Downtown Austin Lunch Restaurants: 50 Ideas + A Map

1. Local Foods

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Super fresh menu items made with locally sourced ingredients. Big yummy sandwiches and salads, indoor/outdoor dining. WEBSITE | 454 W 2nd St, Austin TX 78701

2. True Food Kitchen

A casual and eco-friendly restaurant with cold drinks and savory (yet healthy!) fare. WEBSITE | 222 West Ave Ste HR100, Austin, TX 78701

3. Better Half Bar

An all-day café serving good food that is highly influenced by global cuisine.Coffee, craft cocktails, wine, craft ciders, and beer. WEBSITE | 406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703 

4. Hold Out Brewing

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Brewery within downtown Austin that serves delicious craft beer and a terrific burger. WEBSITE | 1208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78703

5. Swedish Hill

A bakery that serves baked sweets, bread, and lunch cuisine and has a comfortable atmosphere with outdoor seating. WEBSITE | 1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

6. Pecan Square Cafe

Pecan Square Cafe

A modest cafe with a seasonal menu for lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch on weekends. The food and drink menu is influenced by the cuisines of Texas, the Mediterranean, and California. WEBSITE | 1200 W 6th St #B, Austin, TX 78703

7. Malibu Poke

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Poke restaurant uses sashimi-grade fish that has been carefully sourced, combined with homemade sauces, fresh produce from nearby farms, and herbs. WEBSITE | 211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115, Austin, TX 78703

8. Walton’s Fancy and Staple

A bakery, deli, and flower shop with brick walls, a vintage décor, and a selection of curated goods. WEBSITE609 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

9. The Grove Wine Bar

A wine bar that also freshly prepared, locally sourced New American cuisine. Good stop for a cappuccino, or some wine during lunch or dinner. WEBSITE | 800 W 6th St #100, Austin, TX 78701

10. Tacodeli

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Award-winning tacos and salsas, made with organic and local ingredients. WEBSITE | 301 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

11. North Italia

Italian food with upscale seating and excellent service for a reasonable price. Charcuterie, cocktails, pizza, pasta, and salads. WEBSITE | 500 W 2nd St #120, Austin, TX 78701

12. Wu Chow

Asian restaurant in a modern setting, dim sum brunch on the weekends, and classic Sichuan cuisine. WEBSITE | IBC Bank Plaza, 500 W 5th St #168, Austin, TX 78701

13. Fareground

Fareground Food Hall in Austin

Downtown food hall with multiple food vendors. Indoor seating and an outdoor patio, as well as 2 bars. Expect things like farm-to-table burgers, rotisserie chicken, wings, & tacos. WEBSITE | 111 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

14. Taquero Mucho

Trendy Mexican restaurant with classic Mexican favorites, cocktails, and tacos served in a vibrant setting with pink accents. WEBSITE | 508 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701

15. Favorite Pizza

favorite pizza | downtown Austin lunch restaurants

Small corner restaurant serving full pies, slices, subs, salads, beer on tap, wines by the glass and bottle, frozen drinks, and gelato. Has outdoor seating, drink food rails, and an interior sit-down bar. WEBSITE | 801 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

16. 24 Diner

A classic diner restaurant, serving wine, beer, and large portions of farm-to-table comfort cuisine. WEBSITE | 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

17. Qi Austin

Dumpling at Qi Austin | downtown Austin lunch restaurants

Trendy, upscale eatery serving enhanced Chinese food and dim sum, farm-to-table. WEBSITE | 835 W 6th St Unit 114, Austin, TX 78703

18. Whole Foods Market

A grocery store chain that carries mostly organic and natural food with a large serve-yourself food hall inside. WEBSITE | 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

19. Snap Kitchen

A range of chef-crafted entrees, salads, snacks, desserts, and more that you can purchase and heat at home in the microwave. Simple, freshly made healthy meals for busy people. WEBSITE | 1014 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

20. Numero 28

Neapolitan pizza and antipasti in a comfortable setting with a wood-fired oven and a patio. A mini-chain restaurant. WEBSITE | 452 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

21. Koriente

Pan-Asian cuisine with vegan and gluten-free options in a relaxed, comfortable restaurant with a patio. WEBSITE | 621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

22. Desano Pizzeria

Neapolitan-style pizza and wood-fired Italian dishes and drinks. WEBSITE | 8000 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

23. Onetaco

Onetaco | downtown Austin lunch restaurants

A casual, lively counter service that serves breakfast and a carefully curated menu of inventive tacos and other Tex-Mexsides. WEBSITE | Little Woodrow's, 520 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

24. Juiceland

Superfood bowls, smoothies, juices, healthy lattes, and healthy take-out meals. WEBSITE | 120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

25. Veracruz All Natural

Excellent place to get tacos with meat or vegetarian options, agua fresca, and chips and guac. WEBSITE | 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

26. Forthright

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New American café staples are available during the day, along with coffee and cocktails. WEBSITE | 35 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

27. Lamberts

Barbecue restaurant with an upstairs pub with live music in a refurbished general store. WEBSITE | 401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

28. Torchy’s Tacos

Popular taco chain offering creative tacos and other food, including breakfast tacos, salads, and queso. WEBSITE | 110 San Antonio St #120, Austin, TX 78701

29. Taverna

A laid-back Italian chain restaurant serving pizza, risotto, and sidewalk dining. WEBSITE | 258 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

30. Modern Market

Modern Market | downtown Austin lunch spots

Counter-service cafe with vegan and vegetarian alternatives, along with salads, sandwiches, and pizza. WEBSITE | 401 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

31. P Terry’s

A laid-back Austin burger chain serving all-natural beef burgers, shoestring fries, milkshakes, and breakfast. WEBSITE | 515 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

32. Corner Restaurant

Contemporary bar and restaurant in the JW Marriott Hotel with a club-like ambiance, Texas cuisine, and cocktails. WEBSITE | 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

33. Jo’s Coffee

Specialty drinks, snacks, and coffee in a casual, friendly setting. WEBSITE | 242 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

34. Phoebe’s Downtown

Phoebe's Diner

Local diner serving burgers and sandwiches, as well as contemporary breakfast favorites. WEBSITE | 408 W 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

35. Texas Chili Parlor

Classic chili restaurant with a wide variety of chili that ranges in heat from moderate to extremely hot. WEBSITE | 1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

36. Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden

Rainey Street restaurant serves housemade sausages and beers on tap served in a rustic-chic restaurant and large outdoor beer garden. WEBSITE | 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

37. Irene’s

A cozy restaurant with a patio and vintage décor serving American comfort cuisine and strong cocktails.  WEBSITE | 506 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701

38. Perfect Strangers

A vibrant restaurant inside a hotel that has a bar as well as breakfast and lunch food. WEBSITE | 400 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

39. Caroline

Caroline Restaurant in downtown Austin

American restaurant featuring drinks, craft beer, and wine, as well as breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner food. WEBSITE | 621 Congress Ave. Suite 101, Austin, TX 78701

40. Chi’lantro

A trendy fusion restaurant is known for its Korean BBQ tacos, rice bowls, kimchi fries, and other Mexican-Korean cuisines. WEBSITE | 303 Colorado St #100, Austin, TX 78702

41. Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Downtown bbq restaurant and concert venue with a renowned Sunday gospel brunch, beer, and brisket with downtown music. WEBSITE | 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

42. Moonshine Grill

Downtown bbq restaurant and concert venue with a renowned Sunday gospel brunch, beer, and brisket with downtown music. WEBSITE | 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

43. Rosen’s Bagels in Republic Square Park

Bagel restaurant with a variety of bagels, schmears, lox, and bagel sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, as well as beverages like beer and wine. WEBSITE | 422 W 5th St C, Austin, TX 78701

44. The Peacock Mediterranean Grill

Casual Eastern Mediterranean restaurant serving mezze and wood-grilled food in the Austin Proper Hotel. WEBSITE | 600 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

45. Flower Child

Flower Child

Boho, health-conscious cafe serving soups, grain bowls, and salads made to order with proteins that are all free of additives. WEBSITE | 500 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

46. The Well

A sophisticated, modern restaurant with an outdoor patio offering farm-to-table meals and happy-hour specials. WEBSITE | 440 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

47. Trace

burger at Trace in downtown Austin

Upscale hotel restaurant at The W with a patio serving locally sourced American plates. WEBSITE |  200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

48. Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen Salad

Counter-service restaurant chain specializing in organic salads and bowls. WEBSITE | 200 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

49. Velvet Taco

Globally-inspired tacos made in-house with bold flavors and locally-sourced ingredients. WEBSITE | 522 Congress Ave Suite 100, Austin TX 78701

50. Cookbook Bar and Café

Grab-and-go counter service eater located inside the Austin Public Library with a menu inspired by books. WEBSITE |710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78701 

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