Best New Restaurants in Austin (Free Map!) – December 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

New Lazarus Brewing Location #2

(Opened Nov 2022)

Lazarus Brewing New Location
Lazarus Brewing New Location

Lazarus Brewing opened their second location in Austin in the space that used to be I Luv Video on Airport Blvd. It's a beautiful (massive!) space with a two-story interior, a long indoor bar, a big outdoor patio with bistro lights and heaters, and their traditional beer + Mexican street taco offerings.

WEBSITE | 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

BBQ Ramen Tatsu-Ya

(Opened Oct 2022)

Bbq Ramen Tatsu-ya

The old Contigo space in east Austin (RIP...) has officially reopened under the ownership of the Tatsu-ya team. They have quite the list of restaurants now! (Ramen Tastsu-ya, Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Tiki Tatsu-ya, DipDipDip Tatsu-ya, Domo Alley Gato Tatsu-ya, and DipDipDip Ice Cream.)

The space itself hasn't changed too much. It's still a phenomenal outdoor space with heaters and a fire pit, as well as indoor tables and a wood-burning fireplace. It's a great place to dine with a group or go for a big birthday celebration.

The restaurant functions as a counter-service place, similar to their other ramen restaurants. But the menu features lots of appetizers, craft cocktails, and smoked meats in the more creative bowls of ramen.

Try the Beeeeeean Dip with miso white cheddar sauce, the scrumptious RB Sliders, and the Texas Torisho ramen with brisket and smoked chicken broth.

WEBSITE | 2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723

Industry East Austin

(Opened Oct 2022)

Industry

Industry is now open in East Austin! They've had a successful location in San Marcos for a while, but this is the first Industry location in Austin. Stop by to enjoy all-day fare like tacos, sandwiches, bowls, and kid-friendly food, as well as cocktails on draft, local beer.

It's a counter-service restaurant with lots of big tables, so it's a good option if you're looking for a casual place to dine with a big group in Austin.

Industry is located on the ground floor of a mixed-used building and they offer parking validation for two hours in the adjacent parking garage.

WEBSITE | 1211 E 5th St. Ste 150, Austin, TX 78702

Marufuku Ramen

(Opened Oct 2022)

Best New Restaurants In Austin
Best New Restaurants In Austin

With eight locations throughout California, Texas and New York, this well-known San Francisco-based brand is brining authentic Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen to the Mueller district in Austin.

The ramen bar is located in the ground floor of one of the new high rise buildings in Mueller. It's a trendy space with counter seats facing all the action in the kitchen, bar stools at a white marble bar top, and several 2- and 4-top tables throughout the restaurant.

The menu includes both pork tonkotsu and chicken paitan ramen, as well as shareable apps like Japanese steamed buns, chicken karaage, and 7-piece gyoza potstickers.

WEBSITE | 1900 Aldrich St. Suite 180, Austin, TX 78723

Proud Mary Cafe

(Opened Sep 2022)

Best New Restuarants in Austin: Proud Mary
Best New Restuarants in Austin: Proud Mary

G'day, mate! This Australian cafe is the newest restaurant in Austin! Do you remember Olivia restaurant on South Lamar? It closed several years ago and the building has been empty while 4-story buildings pop up around it. Well, it's officially has a new concept!

Proud Mary is one of the newest restuarnats in Austin. Originally based in Australia, this Austin location is the second one in the States, after PDX. It's a weekday breakfast spot, coffee shop, and all-around cozy little spot to meet up with a friend or do a solo work sesh. And if you're having trouble finding it, you're not alone: Proud Mary intentionally didn't put up a sign because they want this to be a "word of mouth" type of place.

The breakfast and lunch dishes are incredible. Think: curried scrambled eggs with fried roti, and ricotta hotcakes with miso and rye crumble. They roast their own coffee, and you can get "Australian" bevs that aren't in typical United States coffee shops, like a Flat White or a Piccolo.

WEBSITE | 2043 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Este

(Opened Sep 2022)

Best New Restuarants in Austin: Este

This Mexican seafood restaurant from the team behind Suerte is finally open! It's in the space the used to be Eastside Cafe, and there has been LOTS of anticipation for this new east Austin restaurant.

The award-winning team behind Suerte has been building up the concept and transforming this darling little building into Este, a Mexican seafood restaurant that draws inspiration from the coastal cuisine and charcoal cooking that you find throughout Mexico.

As expected (based on Suerte's success...) reservations are hard to get right now. But the Este team is reserving a number of tables for walk-up guests.

WEBSITE | 2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Oye Chico (Temporarily Closed)

(Opened August 2022)

Oye Chico

This fun little sandwich shop is a great place to stop by when you're wanting to get work done during lunch...it's parked outside Better Half Bar! Grab a Cuban sandwich and sit outside on the coffee shop patio with your laptop.

They offer a pretty small menu, but the Cuban sandwich is a delicious one: pork butt, ham, Swiss, and mustard and bolillo roll that's pressed and grilled to a crunchy texture.

WEBSITE | 406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

Casper Fermentables

(Opened June 2022)

Casper Fermentables bagel

This new restaurant/bakery in Sunset Valley started as a booth at the farmers market, and they recently opened a new brick and mortar in Sunset Valley (right next to Stouthaus Coffee Pub.)

Stop by for all sorts of delicious fermented foods, like sourdough bread, chewy bagels, all sorts of fermented veggies, and kombucha brewed in house. Note: the hours seem to be pretty limited right now, and they're only open Thurs-Sun.

WEBSITE | 4715 S Lamar Blvd #101A, Sunset Valley, TX 78745

Ski Shores Cafe

(Opened June 2022)

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Ski Shores Cafe is a waterfront restaurant in Austin that's been open for decades, and here's the short of it: the new facelift and ownership (by MML Hospitality, one of the biggest restaurant groups in Austin) means old Austinites are pissed about the nearly 2X prices, and new Austinites are in love with the aesthetically pleasing space. So you can kind of use that to decide where you'll land...

It is a really beautiful, fun space, and there's no better place to enjoy a few cold cocktails and a delicious burger during your sunshine-filled day on the lake. If you can go into it expecting the MML prices, you'll probably have a wonderful time. {Photo Ski Shores Cafe}

WEBSITE | 2905 Pearce Rd, Austin, TX 78730

Local Foods

(Opened June 2022)

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

(Opened June 2022)

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

Maie Day

(Opened May 2022)

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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

Summer Revival Wine Co

(Opened May 2022)

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

(Opened May 2022)

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

Diner Bar Austin

(Opened April 2022)

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

Wax Myrtle's

(Opened Feb 2022)

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

(Opened Jan 2022)

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

The Grey Market

(Opened Jan 2022)

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

Koko's Bavarian

(Opened Dec 2021)

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

Saddle Up

(Opened Nov 2021)

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

Canje

(Opened Oct 2021)

Canje
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

Looking for more places to eat in Austin? Here are a bunch of food posts. Need some ideas of fun things to do in Austin? Check out these 25 ideas of fun things to do in ATX.

Oh, and if you're visiting San Antonio any time soon, we have a guide to the Best Restaurants in San Antonio, too!

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