Heading to a game or show at the Moody Center and wondering where to eat beforehand? The goal of this guide is to connect you to local Austin restaurants nearby the University of Texas campus! (Map included below.)
Since this arena is on UT’s campus, most of the nearby places to eat and drink will be on the east side of I35. But there are a few on the northern end of downtown that are walking distance (or a quick ride share) to the Moody Center.
Of course, if you decide to eat at the game or concert, there are some stadium options in the main and upper concourses of the Moody Center.
About The Moody Center
The new Moody Center is a $375 million multi-use arena at the University of Texas at Austin.
It opened in Spring 2022. In the first few weeks, hundreds of thousands of concert-goers showed up to see headliners like John Mayer, Bon Jovi, and George Strait.
It can host 15,000+ people for concerts and 10,000 basketball fans.
The arena is also home to the University of Texas Longhorn women's and men's basketball teams, so this space will be packed year-round. It’s a beautiful venue!
If you want to find out where to eat near the Moody Center, here are some ideas:
Where To Eat Near The Moody Center
Dinner Restaurants Near The Moody Center
Aster's Ethiopian // small hole-in-the-wall Ethiopian restaurant with classic dishes. WEBSITE | 2804 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78705
Salty Sow // American restaurant with cocktails and beer, plus a really great happy hour. WEBSITE | 1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Sour Duck Market // farm-to-table Austin food, large outdoor seating area, cocktails. WEBSITE | 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
Clay Pit // contemporary northern Indian cuisine. WEBSITE | 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
Dai Due // locally sourced, game-forward food + a butcher shop. One of the highest regarded restaurants in Austin. WEBSITE | 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Haymaker // really great sandwiches inspired by global cuisines, burgers, and lots of local craft beer. WEBSITE | 2310 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Hoover's // southern Texas cooking. WEBSITE | 2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Hopfields // casual French fare + a tap wall of beer and craft cocktails. WEBSITE | 3110 Guadalupe St #400, Austin, TX 78705
Olamaie // upscale and modern southern cuisine made with local ingredients. James Beard semifinalist for "Best New Restaurant " in 2015. WEBSITE | 1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Where To Pregame And Drink Near The Moody Center
Brew & Brew // industrial bar and cafe with 39 taps, cocktails, and destroyer sandwiches. WEBSITE | 500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
Central District Brewery // a local craft brewery that won a gold GABF medal in its first year of being open. WEBSITE | 417 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Crown & Anchor Pub // no-frills pub food, beer, and patio that's popular among UT students. WEBSITE | 2911 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
Scholz Garten // the oldest restaurant in Texas. Biergarten + German food, and this place is always packed before a UT football game. WEBSITE | 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Food Trucks Near The Moody Center
Cuantos Tacos // delicious Mexico City-style tacos. Order at least 6. WEBSITE | 1108 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Patrizi's // housemade pasta and other Italian favorites. WEBSITE | 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Sammataro // thin crust NY-style pizza with 48-hour fermented dough baked fresh in a custom brick oven. WEBSITE | 1108 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Quick Lunch Spots Near The Moody Center
Austin Daily Press // craft-made sandwiches, paninis, and tortes. WEBSITE | 1900 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd B, Austin, TX 78702
Snarf's Sandwiches // a Boulder-based chain with made-to-order sandwiches. WEBSITE | 2901 Medical Arts St #2, Austin, TX 78705
Sweetgreen // DC-based salad shop with fresh and healthy hot or cold dishes. WEBSITE | 2234 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Where To Eat Inside The Moody Center
Koko’s Bavarian // german-style food. Koko's Bavarian restaurant is located in east Austin and features a brewery and outdoor Biergarten. If you’re looking for Koko’s Bavarian in the Moody Center, you’ll find it on the Upper Concourse.
Stubb’s Barbecue // an Austin favorite for bbq + live music, located on Red River. If you’re looking for Stubb’s Barbecue in the Moody Center, you’ll find it on the Main Concourse.
Tony C’s Pizza // NY-style pizza + beer garden located in north Austin. If you're looking for Tony C’s in the Moody Center, you’ll find it on the Main Concourse.
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