Austin has always been known as something of a melting pot for different flavors — and downtown is no exception. You can find restaurants offering food from all over the world, at a much closer proximity to each other than hopping hemispheres. It’s not all fancy, though there are plenty of upscale restaurants to choose from. These are simply some of the best restaurants in downtown Austin!
Colorado Tower, 303 Colorado St #200, Austin, TX 78701
Red Ash is by far one of the best Italian restaurants in Austin, let alone downtown. The restaurant gives you a cuisine tour of Italy, from North to South, paired with an astoundingly extensive wine list that will take you from appetizers to desserts.
1011 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Having opened just last year, Chicago-based Aba has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants downtown for Mediterranean fare. The ambiance is impeccable and the mezze-style shared plates will have your mouth watering as soon as they arrive; they have six different types of hummus, and the freshest house-made frozen Greek yogurt around.
607 W 3rd St #105, Austin, TX 78701
Hestia is a really spectacular concept, with amazing food. The centerpoint of the restaurant is a 20-foot custom hearth where you’ll find chefs bustling around grilling over the open flame. When they’re not cooking up incredible small plates and entrees, the chefs stop by the tables to discuss the food, adding to that sort of intimate dining experience. It’s very cool.
111 Congress Ave p400, Austin, TX 78701
Have a big group or just can’t decide what to eat? Fareground is the answer! There are six eateries within the hall featuring a variety of different, and delicious, dishes. You’ll also find two bars with great drinks, and the all-important drink of professionals: coffee.
621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Koriente is a family-owned Asian inspired restaurant in the Red River District downtown, focusing on keeping dishes light, fresh, and healthy. Everything tastes fantastic and the dishes are all highly customizable, so you’ll be able to get exactly what you want!
508 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Taquero Mucho is a spectacular taco place that is absolutely dripping in pink, right down to the tortillas and margaritas! The whole place is highly Instagram-able, and while their menu has a relatively small selection, every single dish is made to perfection. Plus their cocktails are wonderful!
Swift Building, 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Swift’s Attic is located in a historic building downtown and their farm-to-table style cooking features an ever-changing menu with a huge global influence. Along with their innovative dishes, they have a lovely selection of craft cocktails, lots of beer, and wine!