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The Most Exciting New Austin Restaurants of 2023, as Picked by Local Food Experts

Casual French comfort food, all-you-can-eat hot pot, and New York-style pizza slices

A table of food.
Dishes at Bureau de Poste.
Mackenzie Smith Kelley
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

As is the tradition as we near the end of 2023, Eater asked a trusted group of friends, industry types, and local bloggers for their takes on the past culinary year in Austin. All answers will be revealed before the year ends — cut, pasted, (mostly) unedited, and in no particular order. Question number one:

What were your regular go-to destinations in 2023? What newcomer on the scene excited you this year?

Darcie Duttweiler, freelance writer and Eater contributing writer

I know I said this last year, but it’s still true: I’m constantly craving a good meal to accompany a delicious bottle of wine, so I tend to find myself at Birdie’s more often than I feel comfortable admitting. Hopfields is an underrated gem that I also frequent for wine and their escargot dumplings.

When I’m not in the mood for wine and am craving a beer and some tacos, I always head to Celis Brewery for Con Todo’s excellent bistec.

If I’m absolutely truly lazy, ordering from Austin Rotisserie is always a good time — I like to save the verde sauce to douse on homemade breakfast tacos with the leftover roasted potatoes. And, because I love a good deal, the Silver Medal’s two-for-one dog night on Thursdays is just too good to pass up.

In terms of newcomers, I’m low-key obsessed with Uchiba. I’ve had a couple of amazing meals (and service) at Ezov. Bureau du Poste is great for lunch or dinner. Uptown Sports Club is always my speed and vibe. Murray’s Tavern is so very new, but I can see myself enjoying a lot of prime rib and Rob Roys here.

Chris Hughes, features editor, Texas Highways

Underdog, Mum Foods, Casper Fermentables, Uptown Sports Club, and Allday Pizza at Flo’s Wine Bar.

Madeline Hollern, editor-in-chief, Austin Monthly

Uptown Sports Club and Bill’s Oyster were go-tos for me. I really loved Elementary as a newcomer.

Pat Sharpe, restaurant critic, Texas Monthly

I’m besotted with Bureau de Poste. I love this little French bistro in Hyde Park. I would eat the pommes dauphine — golden-brown potato croquettes topped with trout roe and creme fraiche — every day if I wouldn’t gain a thousand pounds. The restaurant is located in the remodeled neighborhood post office in the same building with specialty foods store Tiny Grocer.

I was also impressed by my one visit to Fabrik, a highly innovative vegan gourmet micro-restaurant — it has just a handful of tables. They serve darling beet tarts, lovely sourdough focaccia, and coffee-maple soft serve “ice cream” that’s every bit as good as one made with dairy products.

Lenny Dewi, @eats_n_noods

I was most excited about Mom’s Special Cooking because we finally have Burmese food. Another one was Soupleaf Hot Pot because I have watched them build and waited to finally have an all-you-can-eat hotpot place.

My regular go-to in 2023 are Hunan Bistro, Ros Niyom Thai, and Fresh Tofu.

Raphael Brion, Texas senior editor, the Infatuation

I found myself drawn the most to Epicerie this year. It’s a combination of many things: a best-in-class croissant and pastry program, the fact that the place finally has a full bar with excellent cocktails, superb charcuterie like the mind-bending boudin blanc, a charming patio, and possibly the jiggliest quiche in all of Austin.

For new spots: Zoé Tong, Ramen del Barrio, Underdog, Fabrik, Holiday, and P. Thai’s Khao Khao Man Gai are all such promising newcomers. I cannot wait to see these places grow and evolve. Uptown Sports is really coming into its own.

Jane Ko, blogger, A Taste of Koko

Sazan Ramen, Thai Fresh, Soupleaf Hot Pot, Yamas, and Asahi Imports (I go here for the onigiri). Soupleaf — all-you-can-eat hot pot for $25? Thank you.

Eric Webb, culture writer and Eater contributing writer

I was a creature of habit in 2023, and my regular spots were all old friends: Better Half, Counter Cafe (in North Campus), Bufalina, Mi Madre’s, Hi Wings, Pacha, Home Slice (on North Loop), and Little Thailand. I also visited two strip mall spots for the first time that I’ve added to my recommendation roster: Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant and Ng Cafe. For coffee shops, Epoch and Genuine Joe ruled my life.

Honestly, the newcomer I find myself thinking of most fondly is Cosmic Saltillo. The taco counter is great.

Erin Russell, associate editor, Eater Austin

My go-tos are Birdie’s (due to food and ambiance excellence) and Home Slice (due to ease and proximity), as well as a variety of caffeine purveyors (did I mention I’m a new mom?) but especially Epoch and Double Trouble.

In terms of new places that excited me, I have loved the combination of Flo’s and Allday (see: Eater Awards), I’m so excited there’s a great gelato place near me (Gelatoro), I appreciate the playfulness of Elementary, and I feel like I will stop into Wolf and Wheat.

Nadia Chaudhury, editor, Eater Austin

For the purposes of this question, I’ll stick to absolute newcomers and new-to-me places (my general favorites can be seen through previous Year in Eater answers):

  • Obviously, all of the Eater Award winners: As soon as I had a bite of Ramen del Barrio’s mole tsukemen in February, I knew that the restaurant would be a ginormous hit; the Este team knows how to make food fun and fancy (see both the hella messy camarones and the beautifully plated and creamy trout a la pulla); the fantastic melding of Egyptian and Texan flavors of KG BBQ; why are all of the cocktails so perfect at Holiday?; and also pizza + wine = the recipe to Nadia’s heart, especially with Allday Pizza + Flo’s.
  • I’m so excited to see how Murray’s Tavern grows, that prime rib + Rob Roy is a classic combination already and the vibes are New York without being too New York.
  • I love how Parisian and casual Bureau de Poste feels with equally as great food.
  • On a similar note, I’m also excited see more people experience Craft Omakase because the service and the food was so so great.
  • Palm Pizza makes me happy because I love Bufalina
  • I’ve been happy for nicer-than-casual South Austin restaurant openings: Underdog, Zoé Tong, and El Raval.
  • I was blown away by the vegan tasting menu of Fabrik.
  • I’m lucky that my hair stylist is walking distance from Choo Sando for my new favorite treat-myself routine: getting my hair done and then walking over for an ebi sandwich and hopefully a box of sushi if one is still available.
  • Daydreamer because Ramos gin fizzes forever.
  • And finally, I am so impressed and awed by the magic of Veracruz All Natural’s new restaurant Veracruz Fonda. It’s so awesome to see and taste how the Vazquez sisters stretch their culinary expertises beyond their famous tacos.

Thai Fresh

909 West Mary Street, , TX 78704 (512) 494-6436 Visit Website

Pacha

4618 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (512) 420-8758

Little Thailand

4315 Caldwell Lane, , TX 78617 (512) 551-9930 Visit Website

Sazan Ramen

6929 Airport Boulevard, , TX 78752 (512) 432-5474 Visit Website

Uptown Sports Club

1200 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 551-2013 Visit Website

Underdog

1600 South 1st Street, , TX 78704 (512) 367-2441 Visit Website

Allday Pizza

3111 West 35th Street, , TX 78703 Visit Website

Bufalina

2215 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 394-5337 Visit Website

Flo’s Wine Bar & Bottle Shop

3111 West 35th Street, Austin, Texas 78703 Visit Website

Bill's Oyster

205 West 3rd Street, , TX 78701 (512) 363-5769 Visit Website

Veracruz Fonda & Bar

1905 Aldrich Street, Austin, Texas 78723 Visit Website

Mom's Special Cooking

2307 West Parmer Lane, , TX 78727 (737) 931-7001 Visit Website

Counter Cafe

603 West 29th Street, , TX 78705 (512) 383-5451 Visit Website

Epoch Coffee

221 West North Loop Boulevard, , TX 78751 (512) 454-3762 Visit Website

NG Cafe

13000 North Interstate Highway 35, , TX 78753 (512) 491-8859 Visit Website

Birdie's

2944 East 12th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Uchiba [Austin]

601 West Second Street, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 916-4808 Visit Website

Soupleaf Hot Pot

, , TX 78752 (512) 373-3378 Visit Website

Daydreamer

1708 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

KG BBQ

3108 Manor Road, , TX 78723 (512) 586-9624 Visit Website

Este

2113 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 522-4047 Visit Website

Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe Street, , TX 78705 (512) 537-0467 Visit Website

Casper Fermentables

4715 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78745 Visit Website

Mum Foods

5811 Manor Road, Austin, Texas 78723 Visit Website

Home Slice Pizza

1415 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 444-7437 Visit Website

epicerie

2307 Hancock Drive, , TX 78756 (512) 371-6840 Visit Website

Habesha Ethiopian restaurant and bar

6019 North Interstate Highway 35, , TX 78723 (512) 358-6839 Visit Website

Holiday

5020 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Hunan Bistro [Austin]

10700 Anderson Mill Road, Suite105, Austin, Texas 78750 Visit Website

Zoé Tong

1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

The Silver Medal

7100 East Highway 290, , TX 78723 (512) 786-3634 Visit Website

Craft Omakase

4400 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite 102, Austin, Texas 78756 (512) 887-8889 Visit Website

Better Half

25 North Fremont Street, , OR 97227 (971) 347-3152 Visit Website

Asahi Imports

3005 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 453-1850 Visit Website

Hi Wings

2525 West Anderson Lane, , TX 78757 (512) 334-9004 Visit Website

Con Todo

10001 Metric Boulevard, , TX 78758

CHOO SANDO

5222 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 Visit Website

Double Trouble

103 North Loop Boulevard East, , TX 78751 (512) 270-1955

Yamas

5308 Balcones Drive, Austin, Texas 78731 Visit Website

Palm Pizza

1701 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Bureau de Poste

4300 Speedway, Austin, Texas 78751 (512) 375-3320 Visit Website

P. Thai Khao Man Gai

8557 Research Boulevard Suite 130, Austin, TX 78758 Visit Website

Mi Madre's Restaurant

2201 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 322-9721 Visit Website

Austin Rotisserie

111 Congress Avenue, , TX 78701 (512) 358-4009 Visit Website

Fresh Tofu Food To Go

10901 North Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78753 (512) 491-9757

Ezov

2708 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 305-1118 Visit Website

Elementary

2026 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (737) 349-9531 Visit Website

Gelatoro

4500 Duval Street, Austin, TX 78751 (737) 296-5941 Visit Website

El Raval

1500 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 473-2211 Visit Website

Fabrik

1701 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite 102, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Cosmic Saltillo

1300 East Fourth Street, Austin, Texas 78702 (512) 763-7216 Visit Website

Murray’s Tavern

2316 Webberville Road , Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Ramen del Barrio

1700 Farm to Market Road 734, , TX 78754 Visit Website