Best New Restaurants in Austin (Free Map!) – July 2022

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY FABULOUS NEW RESTAURANTS IN AUSTIN...

...and it’s hard to keep up with it all! That’s where this list comes in: these are some of the best new restaurants in Austin, and they’re all listed out on a map so you can find one that’s convenient for you. 

Every restaurant on this list has opened in the past 12 months. (So some are *brand* new and some are just new-ish.) They’re all absolutely fantastic and worth a visit. 

Psst: and if you don’t care about the hottest restaurants in Austin and you just want to find some tried-and-true restaurants in Austin that have been among the best for years, here are the 10 best places to eat in Austin.

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Best New Restaurants in Austin, Texas

Maie Day

Maie Day restaurant on South Congress

This new steakhouse on South Congress is located inside the South Congress Hotel in the space that used to be Central Standard. It's from the New Waterloo Group and MaieB Hospitality.

Super fun spot for cocktails, raw bar, delicious apps (try the smoked fish dip with homemade “ritz” crackers), and locally sourced high-quality steaks.

It’s a fun, festive ambiance! Austin doesn’t have a lot of steakhouses (except for national chains…which are fine, but sometimes you want something a bit more unique) so this is a fun addition to the ATX dining scene!

WEBSITE | 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Local Foods

Local Foods opens in Austin

Local Foods, a Houston-based restaurant with four Houston locations, opened their first Austin restaurant in June 2022. It's located in the 2nd Street District of downtown.

The menu is full of THEE most delicious salads and sandwiches you've ever tasted. They work with local farmers and butchers to provide locally-sourced food, so you're getting farm-fresh cuisine at a approachable, fast-casual restaurant.

The space was designed by Michael Hsu and it's a beautiful, modern 2-story restaurant. There's a small sidewalk patio outside.

Super fun spot for cocktails, raw bar, delicious apps (try the smoked fish dip with homemade “ritz” crackers), and locally sourced high-quality steaks.

It’s a fun, festive ambiance! Austin doesn’t have a lot of steakhouses (except for national chains…which are fine, but sometimes you want something a bit more unique) so this is a fun addition to the ATX dining scene!

WEBSITE | 1454 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Neighborhood Vintner

Neighborhood Vintner

There's a new wine bar and bottle shop on Bee Caves Rd, and it's way more than just an adorable place to sip a glass of rosé.

Two certified sommeliers have stocked more than 1,000 wines from around the globe in this beautiful Westlake shop. They're there to educate you on all things wine. Whether you're a total pro or you know nothing about wine, they'll meet you where you are and help you select a fun bottle.

There are about 20 wines by the glass available. But you can also purchase a bottle and enjoy a glass at the bar and take the rest home with you - no corkage fee.

If you're feeling snacky, they offer cheese and meat boards from Antonelli's. The food and beverage options are fairly limited in Westlake, so this is a much-needed addition to Austin's wine scene.

WEBSITE | 3663 Bee Caves Rd #4D, Austin, TX 78746

Diner Bar Austin

Diner Bar Austin

Upscale southern restaurants Diner Bar Austin is now open in downtown. This is where you go for oysters and caviar, cocktails, and elevated southern cuisine.

From the Grey Spaces team, Diner Bar is the sister restaurant to The Grey in downtown Savannah (led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Mashama Bailey.)

Kristine Kittrell is chef de cuisine of this new Austin restaurant. She was formerly at El Chile in Austin, and she has competed on Bobby Flay's namesake tv show...and was the first woman to ever beat him.

Diner Bar could swing casual or upscale. Check out the picture above and you'll see that the ambiance works for flip-flops and shorts or a nice take-the-parents-out sort of restaurant.

WEBSITE | 500 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Summer Revival Wine Co

Summer Revival Wine Co

Dripping Springs is now home to Summer Revival Wine Co., a fabulous new tasting room pouring flavorful, playful natural wines.

Some of their wines are made with 100% Texas-grown grapes, others (from their Oregon label) are made with 100% PNW grapes.

Stop in for a flight of wines with very creative, yet accurate, tasting notes (like "orange nerds, grapefruit soda, and margarita salt") as well as a "drinking snack" from their food menu.

Try their cheese plate and tinned fish plate, along with one of the most delicious rosés around. On your way out, pick up some yummy snacks or fresh flowers to take home at Picnic House, the sweet little market inside the main entrance.

WEBSITE | 665 US-290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Pecan Square Cafe

Pecan Square Cafe
Pecan Square Cafe

Pecan Square Cafe is the newest concept from the MML Hospitality group (which now has a whopping SIXTEEN restaurants in Austin!). It's in the shuttered Cafe Josie space, just behind Clark's Oyster Bar (also owned by MML Hospitality.)

It's a cute, quaint cafe that feels like an upscale place to go out to lunch (a perfect place to impress a client or bring your mom for her birthday). The food and branding are, per usual for MML, completely beautiful.

They offer menus for lunch, snacks (the time of day in-between lunch and dinner), and dinner. Expect lots of fresh, summer-y flavors, fresh pastas, golden squash pizzas, local lettuces and foie gras mi cuit, and larger dishes like a 44 farms bavette.

WEBSITE | 1200 W 6th St #B, Austin, TX 78703

Wax Myrtle's

Wax Myrtle's Austin
Wax Myrtle's

When someone mentions a “downtown Austin hotel restaurant” to me, I go in with some reservations. My expectations are: overpriced “craft” cocktails (that are actually watered down batched cocktails), the expected classics like a burger, a steak, a chicken dish, and a few menu items that sell well (overpriced brussels sprouts, I’m lookin’ at you.) But Wax Myrtles (get this…) is actually realy good

Yep, the ambiance alone of this restaurant inside the newly-opened Thompson Hotel could sell it. But on top of the poolside dining and sweeping rooftop views of the Frost Bank Tower, you’re going to get top-notch cuisine created by a chef who was previously at Aba. (Yep, the other restaurant that could sell on looks alone.) 

This is one of those places that you could visit for a quick happy hour drink at the bar, a full-blown dinner, or some combo of the two. (Psst: try the Spiced Roasted Half Chicken.) 

WEBSITE | 506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

Llama Kid

Llama Kid
Llama Kid Austin

This little Peruvian restaurant is located at the east Austin building that used to house Austin Daily Press. It’s a teeny space, but the patio is a fun place to pop by for a lunch date. Peruvian food isn’t too common in Austin, but Llama Kid does it really well. (As they should, considering their chef and co-owner is a native Peruvian.) 

Expect the most DELICIOUS cebiche menu, lots of seafood, soft and flavorful rice, plenty of fried yucca, and a fun cocktail list. 

WEBSITE | 4620 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Sushi by Scratch Restaurants

Sushi by Scratch Restaurants
Sushi by Scratch Restaurants

Yep, it’s a drive out to the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, but whether you’re staying for an overnight stay or just going for a dinner date, a ticket at this intimate tasting counter is a rare treat. Sushi By Scratch at the Hyatt is the third location of this restaurant. (Their location in California has a Michelin Star…Michelin hasn’t come out to Texas yet, but these Texas chefs are trained under the same Michelin-rated team.) 

Chef Phillip Frankland Lee (Sushi | Bar and Pasta | Bar) created this impressive 17-course tasting with optional sake pairings. There are three seatings per night, so my one complaint is that it moves along a pretty fast pace. 

WEBSITE | 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Fierce Whiskers Distillery

Fierce Whiskers Distillery
Fierce Whiskers Distillery

While it’s labeled as a distillery (and they are!), Fierce Whiskers is really a full specialty cocktail lounge. The difference is that they also distill their own spirits: whisky, gin, agave spirit (not technically tequila because it’s not from Mexico), and rum. The tasting room is drop-dead GORGEOUS, and the property sits against a hilly Texas backdrop with cedar trees and quiet space as far as the eye can see….despite its just being 4 miles from the Austin airport. This distillery is a must-try for cocktails. The fun thing about this new distillery in Austin is that in few more years when their bourbon has aged, it will be a completely different experience. 

WEBSITE | 5333 Fleming Ct, Austin, TX 78744

The Grey Market

The Grey Market in Austin

If you can’t make it up to the rooftop restaurant at the Thompson Hotel (Wax Myrtles), stop by this first floor diner for a quick burger and beer, or a grab-and-go chicken salad sandwich. Part bodega, part southern diner, this is a great place to stop in for a quick breakfast or meet a friend for lunch.

The Grey Market is linked to to The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, run by chef Mashama Bailey who co-wrote Black, White, and Grey

WEBSITE | 501 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Saddle Up

Saddle Up Austin

If you love GREAT Austin barbecue, huge outdoor spaces in east Austin, and craft beer, you’ll find all three at Saddle Up. Micklethwait Craft Meats food trailer has been parked at this location for years, but the bungalow house in front of the bbq trailer was recently converted into an all-day drink station with espresso, scratch-made pastries, beer and wine, and bevs to go.

There’s 10,000 sq ft of shaded space in the backyard where you can enjoy yoru drinks. Oh, and Taco Bronco has a location there, so if you’re not into bbq you can grab some of the best tacos in Austin. 

WEBSITE | 1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

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Canje

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Canje

This is the newest restaurant from the team behind Emmer & Rye, Hestia, and Henbit. Canje is a Caribbean-style restaurant with an upscale feel to it. The interior is absolutely stunning. (You could certainly pop in just for a cocktail at the bar, if you’re wanting a quick visit.)

But if you have time to indulge in the entire menu, the jerk chicken is a customer favorite. It’s PACKED with flavor, one of the spiciest things on the menu, and will definitely be one of the most memorable things you’ve eaten lately. Another fun item is the black cake…it looks like a chocolate cake, but it’s not! It’s a Caribbean classic made from dried, macerated fruits like prunes, raisins, and cherries, topped with cream cheese frosting. Definitely a unique item that’s worth a try. 

WEBSITE | 1914 E 6th St ste c, Austin, TX 78702

Koko's Bavarian

Koko's Bavarian

Part brewery, part German biergarten, part restaurant, Koko’s Bavarian is a fun, family-friendly restaurant in east Austin! It’s named after one of its partners, who is a literal prince in Bavaria, Koko’s takes over the space that used to be The Brewers Table.

Koko's has a pretty classic Bavarian menu, but with some Texas twists: bratwurst, a giant pretzel (with queso!), german schnitzel, and the like. The outdoor space is a great place to bring young kids! 

WEBSITE | 4715 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

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