Austin and Tex-Mex are like peanut butter and jelly; they just go together. You’ll find more Austin original Tex-Mex restaurants than probably any other type of cuisine, the delicious result of Tejano influence on our city. For real, most Austinites would do anything to sip on margs and enjoy house-made chips and salsa. These restaurants are perfect for literally any meal, so here our the best Tex-Mex restaurants we could find in Austin.
14611 N Mopac Expy #103, Austin, TX 78728
Ramos is a family owned Tex-Mex restaurant where you can grab something yummy for any meal of the day! From breakfast to happy hour and dinner — they’ve got it all. Their menu options have a super homey feel, and the whole place has that cute neighborhood shop vibe.
2938 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
El Patio has been around for what feels like the beginning of time. The Tex-Mex restaurant opened on the Drag in 1954 and is frequented by college kids and working professionals alike. Their dishes are classic, ingredients are fresh, and everything is delicious!
1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Chuy’s is another iconic Austin Tex-Mex establishment — we’d recognize that fish in sunglasses anywhere! Their menu is massive and their portions are even bigger. It’s especially a great place to go if you have a big group!
2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Another oldie, Matt’s El Rancho opened back in 1952, but its founder began his career in the restaurant business selling tamales outside the Capitol in 1923! If you’re looking for the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin, everything on the menu is made from scratch — from the tortillas to the margaritas.
4516 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
La Cocina actually started up as a fundraiser, then a catering company. Now they have a bomb restaurant, but they still cater! They open at 7 am every weekday with a menu full of breakfast burritos, soups, flautas, enchiladas, and more. The menu at this place also changes around a bit depending on how the chef is feeling.
1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
At El Chile you’ll find a little bit of everything — enchiladas, chalupas, a queso that has been featured in many a queso-off around Austin, a signature red mole sauce, it goes on. If you’re searching for the best Tex-Mex destinations in Austin, this is definitely the place to go.
2608 W 7th St, Austin, TX 78703
Maudie’s is an Austin original Tex-Mex joint, but it wasn’t always serving up the fajitas, nachos, and quesadillas we all know and love. Before the place was run by a woman named Maudie who made homestyle biscuits and gravy, and chicken and dumplings — very different styles of food, but the mark she made remains.