A Guide to Our Favorite Austin Spots to Hit During SXSW
Get ready to indulge in the flavors of Austin during SXSW! As the city comes alive with creativity and innovation, there's no better time to explore its eclectic culinary landscape. From trendy cafes to cozy diners and upscale eateries, Austin offers a feast for every palate.

Join us as we embark on a culintary adventure, discovering the must-visit restaurants and hidden gems that make Austin a foodie haven during SXSW.
110 San Antonio St, Ste R140, Austin, TX, 78701
Austin's newest upscale restaurant bodes delicious New-American cuisine & cocktails served amid a social dining & wine garden atmosphere.
400 Colorado St. , Austin, TX, 78701
Located right off of 4th St, this upscale cocktail lounge exudes quirkiness and fun. With shareable bites ranging from seafood towers to burgers & fries, go for a quick bite and drink between SXSW events or head there after the day for a more refined night out.
501 W 6 St, Austin, TX, 78701
If you're looking for an upscale sushi experience, look no further than TenTen. This modern Japanese restaurant located on the first floor of the building, with Mayfair just above, highlights exceptional shareable dishes, from the freshest sashimi and sushi, to flavor-forward robata and Japanese-style grilled meats and vegetables. Bonus: They also have a great Friday lunch deal with specials on both food and drinks.
501 W 6th St Ste. 300, Austin, TX, 78701
Located right above TenTen, this rooftop nightlife venue is a good place to stop by after your SXSW functions. Head there for a night of drinking and dancing, and be sure to try one of their signature cocktails.
720 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78701
Step into this social space for a drink and a bite, or a night out after your busy day. Higher Ground is equipped with enlightened spirits for creative cocktails, good food for bar bites, and elevated entertainment and music.
500 W 6th St, Austin, TX, 78701
Head underground to this cozy, moody cocktail bar. There you can find classic shareable Mediterranean dishes and signature cocktails. If you find yourself there on a Tuesday night, you're in for a treat with their Tuesday Social that includes live jazz music and specials on food & drinks.
440 W 2nd St, Austin, TX, 78701
The Well is a great one-stop-shop for nutrient dense options whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They also have exceptional juices, teas, and cocktails. Make your way down to 2nd Street to sit amidst the chic bohemian ambiance and enjoy a meal.
800 W Cesar Chavez St, Ste PP110, Austin, TX, 78701
Stop by Ember for Austin's premier Josper oven experience. With bold, Latin flavors, Ember has anything from crudo to a twenty eight day-aged ribeye to crispy beef potatoes. After you enjoy your meal, head downstairs to their underground agave bar for craft cocktails
201 W 3rd St., Austin, TX, 78701
If you're a New Yorker, you already know about this iconic dim-sum restaurant. With exceptional cocktails and shareable bites, this is the perfect spot for an exceptional fine dining experience
110 E Riverside, Austin, TX, 78704
If you're looking for a night out full of dancing, this is the place for you. Open Thursday through Saturday, Superstition channels the energy of the 1970s combining world class entertainment including DJs and live performances, with elevated bottle service and exclusive VIP spaces in the largest dance club in downtown Austin.
1011 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78704
At Two Hands, you can get the best of both worlds. Visit their walk-up window for a tea, juice, or coffee if you're on-the-go or grab a table inside for their dine-in service. Known for their brunch and dinner items, this Australian-inspired restaurant will fuel you up with fresh, delicious food, cocktails, and coffee.
51 Rainey St, Austin, TX, 78701
If you're enjoying the festivities on Rainey Street, be sure to grab a bite at Salvation Pizza. There they serve Neapolitan-influenced New Haven-style pizza known for its thin, hand-pounded crust. It's also a great spot to catch the big game and enjoy a round of craft beers.
1500 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX, 78704
Located right by Zach Scott Theatre, this italian kitchen serves modern and classic Italian fare & drinks in a spacious, multi room setting with luxe flourishes. Go for their delicious dishes, stay for the ambiance both inside and outside on their patio.
2026 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, 78704
Elementary is a new-age restaurant concept that unconventionally combines high level execution with playful service. Most of their dishes are seasonal, so snag a reservation there to check out their latest items. Next door is their natural wine bar concept, Hopscotch, which is a great place to have a drink before dinner or enjoy happy hour.
1203 E. 11th, Austin, TX, 78702
This Austin staple for breakfast and brunch also has both sit-down and to-go options. If you're looking to explore the east side of Austin, head there for traditional brunch classics alongside pastries, and beautifully crafted cocktails and coffee.
500 San Marcos St. #102, Austin, TX, 78702
A wine bar that features South African wineries, Cape Bottle Room aims to eliminate the pretense people associate with wine and focus purely on its enjoyment and the uniqueness South Africa brings. They want to encourage wine drinking as a casual experience: low pressure and good times.
1806 E 12th Street, Austin, TX, 78702
If you're looking for a spot to catch sports games, this 70s-inspired retro sports bar is a great spot. This neighborhood joint has vintage classic cocktails and lots of outdoor seating complete with a comfort food truck.
1211 5th St, Austin, TX, 78702
Also located in east Austin, Industry has a 100% scratch menu with many healthy options, large bar and beer garden, and is open late for those late-night cravings.
2206 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704
Give a warm welcome to Austin's newest diner, The Toasty Badger. Nestled on Austin's iconic South Congress Avenue, the casual diner offers an inviting '70s ambiance where you can enjoy oversized pancakes, towering French toast, and other beloved diner classics.
1506 S First St, Austin, TX, 78704
With Austin's spring already in full swing, we recommend checking out Nômadé's cozy outdoor seating. Their menu celebrates the Mexican gulf coast, with elevated seafood plates and innovative Mexican cuisine.
1816 S.1st Street, Austin, TX, 78704
If you're looking for a more casual dining experience, Dovetail is the place for you. It's a neighborhood pizza joint serving pizzas in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere focused on good food and good times.
1600 S 1st St., Austin, TX, 78704
Also located in South Austin, Underdog is a wine-forward restaurant serving high-quality sustainable New American cuisine with a Korean twist paired with up-and-coming and all-natural wines.
Multiple Locations
An Austin staple that's been around since 1980, Kerbey Lane Cafe has served local, homemade comfort food prepared from natural ingredients and spiced with a healthy dose of imagination. From fun pancake flavors to their iconic Kerbey Queso, there is a little something for everyone on their menu.

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