Just like there’s no shortage of people moving to Austin (like 150 or so per day), there are no shortage of new restaurants opening in Austin on a daily basis! From trendy new diners, to great fresh seafood, to fine dining establishments, here are my favorite new restaurants in Austin, in no particular order. Feel free to leave your favorite new restaurants in the comments below, I have a never ending list of new places to try out!!
Opened several weeks ago and now offering brunch, VOX Table serves elevated new-American style food in a beautiful bright setting filled with lovely marble table tops and a fun craft cocktail bar. It’s located in the Lamar Union area, where you’ll also find restaurants like Cantine and Shake Shack. They serve chef-crafted small plates inspired by locally sourced-sourced, in-season ingredients.
Cantine also opened recently in the Lamar Union area, and is managed by the owners of Asti (and the now closed Fino). They market themselves as Italian, but you can also find other non-Italian dishes like blistered shishito peppers, and a delicious nicoise salad. They take limited reservations and welcome walk ins. They are open for lunch and dinner all week, and will be starting brunch on June 6th at 10:30 am.
Opened a few months ago by Chef power team Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, Launderette is the first of many restaurants that the duo will be opening this year. Set in a beautifully decorated, modern looking diner, you can expect a variety of cuisines to be served here in an unpretentious and delicious manner. No matter when you go, make sure to leave room for their incredible desserts. They are open daily for dinner, and are now serving brunch as well. They take reservations for groups of 8 or more.
As mentioned in a previous post, Counter 3 Five VII is a new concept (at least in Austin), offering either a three, five, or seven course tasting menu in a 24 seat restaurant that offers only counter-style dining. To get more detailed info, make sure to read my past post. They’re only open for dinner, and reservations are highly recommended. Make sure to get there early and enjoy a drink in their beautiful new bar before dinner.
If you’re looking to purchase fresh seafood, or enjoy fresh seafood in a nautical setting, Monger’s is the place for you! The market portion of their business is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 till 7:00, and Sunday from 11:30 until 4:00. The restaurant portion is open from 11:30 until 10:00 Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday from 11:30 until 4:00. They’re closed on Mondays. Owned by Shane Stark and Robert San Miguel, they bring us classic and simple seafood dishes in an approachable way, depending on the season and availability of the product.
Another great seafood place, this restaurant is the brain child of the owners of El Alma, and El Chile. The dishes here are inspired by latin seafood dishes such as ceviche, octopus tostadas, red snapper with green mole sauce, and the list goes on and on. To get more info on the restaurant itself, you can check my post on Alcomar here.
What are your favorite new restaurants in Austin? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments section below, as there are countless other restaurants that are not on this list.
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