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El Alma’s menu includes shrimp flautas.
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The 20 Best Places to Eat Near Austin City Limits Music Festival

Where to grab tacos, cocktails, and barbecue near Zilker Park

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El Alma’s menu includes shrimp flautas.
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Austin City Limits Music Festival is back this weekend, marking the peak of Austin’s events season. Sure, there will be great options inside of Zilker Park (hello, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Tacodeli), but sooner or later, you’re going to need a break from waiting in line for Chi’lantro’s kimchi fries.

Behold Eater’s updated ACL Music Festival dining map in 2021, with the best eating and drinking bets for newcomers and Austinites alike near Zilker Park this year. There are so many options, from the pick-me-up-coffees from Merit Coffee, to barbecue from Terry Black’s BBQ, to cocktails from Roosevelt Room, and, if need be, a nice dinner or even happy hour over at Uchi.

The music festival is so nice that it’s even happening twice: Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3; and then from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. For help navigating the food and drink options at the festival itself, check out Eater’s updated ACL guide.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Deep Eddy Cabaret

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Have an after-fest beer or five far from the Sixth Street crowds. Another easy walk across the pedestrian bridge.

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Deep Eddy Cabaret features an indoor bar.
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2. Pool Burger

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 334-9747
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For tiki cocktails and burgers within walking from the festival grounds, head to Pool Burger, which is open starting at noon until midnight on Friday and Saturday (it closes at 9 p.m. Sunday).

A burger in a paper wrap and fries in a tray on a blue picnic table.
Pool Burger serves up a double burger.
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3. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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The all-day cafe across the river has it all: breakfast and brunch-ready sandwiches and sweet potato pancakes; hearty cheeseburgers and chicken fried steaks; lighter fare like salads and granola bowls; thoughtful espresso and coffee; and carefully curated cocktails, beers, and wines.

Two plates of food, one with a sunny-side-up egg and a broth and a sandwich on the other, with a cup of a latte on a wooden table
Food and coffee at Better Half.
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4. The Roosevelt Room

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307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4094
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Looking for a fancy drink and a cheese board after a day of festival fare? The expert bartenders at the Roosevelt Room, near the shuttle drop-off at Republic Square, make classic cocktails from every decade.

A cocktail in a steel can with a pile of crushed ice and green mint.
A mint julep at Roosevelt Room.
Roosevelt Room

5. Merit Coffee

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222 West Ave #120
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 906-0266
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For coffee across the river, head to Merit, found near both the Lamar-adjacent pedestrian bridge and walking distance of the shuttle drop-off.

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Making coffee at Merit Coffee.
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6. Halcyon Coffee, Bar & Lounge

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218 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9637
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Open from the morning until 2 a.m., Halycon is a great place for a much-needed early morning or way late-night caffeine jolt. It's close to the shuttle at Republic Square.

7. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking Zilker

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1101 S MoPac Expy
Austin, TX 78746
(737) 484-0095
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Jack Gilmore’s seafood comfort restaurant is located near the southwest side of the park for those craving chowder, fish, or a raw bar.

A circular tray of halved oysters and a pile of pink shrimp and ice surrounded by a little bowl with empty oysters shells, condiments, and crackers.
Oysters from Salt Traders.
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8. Chuy's

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1728 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-4452
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Do you want some Tex-Mex? Do you not want to walk far? Chuy's is here for you, and everyone else at ACL. Sometimes a big plate of enchiladas is worth the wait.

An array of plates, one with tortillas and vegetables, another with a pile of beans and a cheese-covered item.
Chuy’s Tex-Mex dishes.
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9. Carpenters Hall

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 675-5020
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Just down the street from the festival grounds are hotel restaurant Carpenters Hall and cafe Hot L Coffee. The former serves up an essentially all-day menu of Austin/Central Texas/German comfort dishes in a bright space and the latter focuses on excellent coffee and expert pastries (don’t miss out on an egg tart or two).

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Pasta from Carpenters Hall at the Carpenter Hotel.
Carpenter Hotel

10. P. Terry's

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404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2217
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A short walk to P. Terry's will yield late-night burgers (and one of the city's popular veggie burgers) until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday. Expect significant lines.

11. El Alma Cafe y Cantina

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1025 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 609-8923
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El Alma is the higher-end cousin to the Austin Tex-Mex mini-chain El Chile. The rooftop patio is an ideal space to share post-fest guacamole and margaritas.

12. Terry Black's BBQ

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1003 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX

Assuming there's no time to make a barbecue pit stop in Lockhart, Terry Black’s is the next best thing. There is even the opportunity for evening barbecue because the restaurant closes at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday.

13. Sandy's Hamburgers

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603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 478-6322

Are these the best hamburgers in Austin? Who knows. Does it hit the spot and come with a side of frozen custard? Hell yes.

14. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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This message is for the out-of-towners: if you're feeling really lucky or really patient, this Austin standout is within walking distance of Zilker. Get there early if you want any hope of a table. Austinites: Why on earth would you go to Uchi during ACL? You live here.

15. Luke's Inside Out

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1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 589-8883
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This sandwich truck outside the Gibson Street Bar is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday, serving up weird and wonderful takes on comfort food like crinkle fries, brisket banh mi, and burgers.

16. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Like Uchi, the renowned Odd Duck is difficult to get into during ACL (there’s always another time), but it’s worth checking out Bryce Gilmore's Odd Duck for lunch or brunch.

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Odd Duck.
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17. Ramen Tatsu-ya

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1234 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Sure, there’ll probably be a line, but the ramen is restorative, which will fuel festival-goers after late nights filled with music and dancing.

A bowl of light brown broth with a halved boiled egg, a sheet of seaweed, a pile of green sliced green onions, darker brown sauce, and a sliced meat, and vegetables.
Ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya.
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18. Tiki Tatsu-Ya

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1300 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 772-3700
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Want to try your luck getting into the hot new bar in Austin? Tiki Tatsu-ya serves fare like spam on the half shell and fruity drinks in an aggressively tropical space (complete with water features). Walk-ins are accepted for the two available bar tops.

A hallowed-out mango peel filled with diced mangos, spam, and green leaves.
The Spam on a Half Shell at Tiki Tatsu-ya
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19. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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Food~Wine, 2110 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4445
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An absolute dream for the wine drinker, Aviary has an exciting wine selection and the fare to go with it. Try dishes from a cheese plate to squash panzanella to killer desserts in the eclectic interior or on the bright patio.

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Oysters from Aviary.
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20. Loro

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2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4858
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Want barbecue and pan-Asian sides from pitmaster Aaron Franklin and sushi expert Tyson Cole? Head to Asian smokehouse Loro, where the menu incorporates smoked meats with Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Malaysian, touches.

A sausage on a rectangle tray, sliced turkey with an orange sauce on a rectangle tray, a bowl of vegetables and noodles, and a rectangle tray of corn.
Dishes from Loro.
Logan Crable

1. Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
A person sits at a wooden bar with liquor shelves on the other side.
Deep Eddy Cabaret features an indoor bar.
Deep Eddy Cabaret/Facebook

Have an after-fest beer or five far from the Sixth Street crowds. Another easy walk across the pedestrian bridge.

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

2. Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
A burger in a paper wrap and fries in a tray on a blue picnic table.
Pool Burger serves up a double burger.
Chad Wadsworth

For tiki cocktails and burgers within walking from the festival grounds, head to Pool Burger, which is open starting at noon until midnight on Friday and Saturday (it closes at 9 p.m. Sunday).

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

3. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703
Two plates of food, one with a sunny-side-up egg and a broth and a sandwich on the other, with a cup of a latte on a wooden table
Food and coffee at Better Half.
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The all-day cafe across the river has it all: breakfast and brunch-ready sandwiches and sweet potato pancakes; hearty cheeseburgers and chicken fried steaks; lighter fare like salads and granola bowls; thoughtful espresso and coffee; and carefully curated cocktails, beers, and wines.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

4. The Roosevelt Room

307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
A cocktail in a steel can with a pile of crushed ice and green mint.
A mint julep at Roosevelt Room.
Roosevelt Room

Looking for a fancy drink and a cheese board after a day of festival fare? The expert bartenders at the Roosevelt Room, near the shuttle drop-off at Republic Square, make classic cocktails from every decade.

307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Merit Coffee

222 West Ave #120, Austin, TX 78701
Espresso is being made into a cardboard coffee cup.
Making coffee at Merit Coffee.
Merit Coffee/Facebook

For coffee across the river, head to Merit, found near both the Lamar-adjacent pedestrian bridge and walking distance of the shuttle drop-off.

222 West Ave #120
Austin, TX 78701

6. Halcyon Coffee, Bar & Lounge

218 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

Open from the morning until 2 a.m., Halycon is a great place for a much-needed early morning or way late-night caffeine jolt. It's close to the shuttle at Republic Square.

218 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking Zilker

1101 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746
A circular tray of halved oysters and a pile of pink shrimp and ice surrounded by a little bowl with empty oysters shells, condiments, and crackers.
Oysters from Salt Traders.
Salt Traders

Jack Gilmore’s seafood comfort restaurant is located near the southwest side of the park for those craving chowder, fish, or a raw bar.

1101 S MoPac Expy
Austin, TX 78746

8. Chuy's

1728 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
An array of plates, one with tortillas and vegetables, another with a pile of beans and a cheese-covered item.
Chuy’s Tex-Mex dishes.
Chuy’s/Facebook

Do you want some Tex-Mex? Do you not want to walk far? Chuy's is here for you, and everyone else at ACL. Sometimes a big plate of enchiladas is worth the wait.

1728 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

9. Carpenters Hall

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704
A bowl of long pasta.
Pasta from Carpenters Hall at the Carpenter Hotel.
Carpenter Hotel

Just down the street from the festival grounds are hotel restaurant Carpenters Hall and cafe Hot L Coffee. The former serves up an essentially all-day menu of Austin/Central Texas/German comfort dishes in a bright space and the latter focuses on excellent coffee and expert pastries (don’t miss out on an egg tart or two).

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

10. P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

A short walk to P. Terry's will yield late-night burgers (and one of the city's popular veggie burgers) until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday. Expect significant lines.

404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. El Alma Cafe y Cantina

1025 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

El Alma is the higher-end cousin to the Austin Tex-Mex mini-chain El Chile. The rooftop patio is an ideal space to share post-fest guacamole and margaritas.

1025 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

12. Terry Black's BBQ

1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

Assuming there's no time to make a barbecue pit stop in Lockhart, Terry Black’s is the next best thing. There is even the opportunity for evening barbecue because the restaurant closes at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday.

1003 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX

13. Sandy's Hamburgers

603 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Are these the best hamburgers in Austin? Who knows. Does it hit the spot and come with a side of frozen custard? Hell yes.

603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

This message is for the out-of-towners: if you're feeling really lucky or really patient, this Austin standout is within walking distance of Zilker. Get there early if you want any hope of a table. Austinites: Why on earth would you go to Uchi during ACL? You live here.

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Luke's Inside Out

1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

This sandwich truck outside the Gibson Street Bar is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday, serving up weird and wonderful takes on comfort food like crinkle fries, brisket banh mi, and burgers.

1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The corner of a restaurant bar with stools and someone in the back sitting at the bar.
Odd Duck.
Jessica Pages/Eater

Like Uchi, the renowned Odd Duck is difficult to get into during ACL (there’s always another time), but it’s worth checking out Bryce Gilmore's Odd Duck for lunch or brunch.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Ramen Tatsu-ya

1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A bowl of light brown broth with a halved boiled egg, a sheet of seaweed, a pile of green sliced green onions, darker brown sauce, and a sliced meat, and vegetables.
Ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya/Facebook

Sure, there’ll probably be a line, but the ramen is restorative, which will fuel festival-goers after late nights filled with music and dancing.

1234 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

18. Tiki Tatsu-Ya

1300 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A hallowed-out mango peel filled with diced mangos, spam, and green leaves.
The Spam on a Half Shell at Tiki Tatsu-ya
Nicolai McCrary/Eater Austin

Want to try your luck getting into the hot new bar in Austin? Tiki Tatsu-ya serves fare like spam on the half shell and fruity drinks in an aggressively tropical space (complete with water features). Walk-ins are accepted for the two available bar tops.

1300 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

19. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

Food~Wine, 2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A plate of halved oysters with beers in the background.
Oysters from Aviary.
Aviary/Facebook

An absolute dream for the wine drinker, Aviary has an exciting wine selection and the fare to go with it. Try dishes from a cheese plate to squash panzanella to killer desserts in the eclectic interior or on the bright patio.

Food~Wine, 2110 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

20. Loro

2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A sausage on a rectangle tray, sliced turkey with an orange sauce on a rectangle tray, a bowl of vegetables and noodles, and a rectangle tray of corn.
Dishes from Loro.
Logan Crable

Want barbecue and pan-Asian sides from pitmaster Aaron Franklin and sushi expert Tyson Cole? Head to Asian smokehouse Loro, where the menu incorporates smoked meats with Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Malaysian, touches.

2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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