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18 Terrific Lunch Options in Downtown Austin

Midday restaurant meals in the center of the city

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Lunch deserves more attention — it’s what gets us through the day. Nowhere is that more important than in the constantly changing high-rise maze that is downtown Austin. Set aside those sad desk sandwiches and salads, duck out of the office for some fresh air, and head to these recommended lunch spots for a chance of pace.

Downtown offers classic barbecue from Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Neapolitan pies from the Backspace, healthier bites from Koriente, the fun edible-filled array of Whole Foods Market, smorgasbord offerings of Fareground, and more. This update adds Super Burrito, Flower Child, Malibu Poke, and P. Terry’s.

For more neighborhood eats, there is Austin’s downtown map and best restaurants around the Austin Convention Center.

Eater’s previous lunch maps have covered campus, East Side, and North Austin for more neighborhood midday meal needs. Plus there are Austin’s best lunch specials to explore.

If Eater is missing your favorite downtown lunch restaurant, or you have suggestions for other neighborhoods we should cover next, let us know through the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Whole Foods Market

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525 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 542-2200
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Head to the Whole Foods’s flagship market and food court, offering a buffet of various options, from sushi, barbecue, tacos, sandwiches, olives, seafood, burgers, and more. There’s a vegan burger restaurant too.

Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market
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2. Walton's Fancy and Staple

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609 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3380
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The sandwich haven that is Walton's makes it a handy lunch spot — don’t miss out on the popular Turkey Sweet on a croissant. Plus, take advantage of late breakfast, which is served until 2 p.m., with challah French toast and shrimp and grits.

The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
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3. Super Burrito

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817 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 443-8226
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The western downtown truck serves up really great, simple lunchtime tacos and burritos. The Tejana with carne asada is a good bet.

4. Holy Roller

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509 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 502-5119
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For an easygoing fun lunch, opt for the punk rock diner on Rio Grande. Holy’s daytime menu features a whole bunch of fries (including ones topped with Stiles Switch brisket), salads, salads with fries, sandwiches, and that epic queso-topped migas kolache.

Holy Roller’s Caesar salad with fries
Holy Roller’s Caesar salad with fries
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5. Wu Chow

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500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-2469
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Sadly, soup dumplings aren’t available for lunch, but the rest of Wu Chow’s modern Chinese menu is still available.

Lunch from Wu Chow
Lunch from Wu Chow
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6. P. Terry's Burger Stand

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515 Congress Ave #130
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-8722
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Easy burgers and chicken sandwiches? P. Terry’s is there for ya.

P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
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7. Malibu Poke

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211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 609-8510
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Some of the city’s finest poke can be found at the Austin location of the Dallas-based chain. The menu was after all created by lauded chef Matt McCallister.

Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl
Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl
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8. Turf N' Surf Poboys

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407 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 276-2763
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Fish tacos, fried chicken baskets and shrimp po’ boys make for a quick and easy lunch from Turf N' Surf Po-Boy.

9. Koriente Restaurant

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621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 275-0852
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Koriente serves healthy and delicious Asian dishes like curries, noodles, and a variety of bowls.

Food at Koriente
Food at Koriente
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10. The Backspace

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507 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9899
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Head to tiny Backspace restaurant for lunchtime pizza, charcuterie boards, meatballs, and more.

Backspace’s pizza
Backspace’s pizza
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11. Flower Child

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500 W 2nd St #133
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 777-4132
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For healthier fare, opt for Flower Child, where the menu features vegetable-filled plates, wraps, and bowls with add-ons like chicken, steak, salmon, tofu, and more.

Greens and beer from Flower Child
Greens and beer from Flower Child
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12. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 614-4972
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The bakery/beer garden/sausage shop is a popular choice for a quick beer, pretzel, and sandwich. Pair it with a coffee and baked good from the bakery for a quick pick-me-up, too.

Muffuletta from Easy Tiger
Muffuletta from Easy Tiger
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13. Swift's Attic

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315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-8200
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Swift’s Attic lunch features inventive dishes like squid fries, Korean barbecue strip steak, and other staples (sandwiches, soups, salads).

Fish and chips at Swift’s Attic
Fish and chips at Swift’s Attic
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14. Numero 28

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428 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-5510
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The fast-and-friendly Italian restaurant has panini, salads, and plenty of pasta, along with espresso for the afternoon slump.

Sandwich from Numero 28
Sandwich from Numero 28
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15. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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Mexican restaurant La Condesa is perfect for nicer sit-down lunches with tortas, ceviches, and tacos.

Tacos from La Condesa
Tacos from La Condesa
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16. Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

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217 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4227
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Barbecue for lunch, because it’s Austin.

Barbecue from Cooper’s
Barbecue from Cooper’s
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17. Fareground

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

For a little bit of everything from some of Austin’s top restaurants, check out the city’s first real food hall. There are chickens and burgers from Contigo; tacos from Dai Due; hummus from TLV; bowls, salads, and wraps from Henbit; sushi and chicken-based ramen at Ni-Kome, and more.

Various dishes at Fareground
Various dishes at Fareground
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18. Forthright

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98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 300-1948
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Forthright is back and built for daytime weekday dining, with offerings like topped toasts, bagels, soups, salads, bowls, and sandwiches.

A bowl from Forthright
A bowl from Forthright
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1. Whole Foods Market

525 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market/Facebook

Head to the Whole Foods’s flagship market and food court, offering a buffet of various options, from sushi, barbecue, tacos, sandwiches, olives, seafood, burgers, and more. There’s a vegan burger restaurant too.

525 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

2. Walton's Fancy and Staple

609 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
Walton’s/Facebook

The sandwich haven that is Walton's makes it a handy lunch spot — don’t miss out on the popular Turkey Sweet on a croissant. Plus, take advantage of late breakfast, which is served until 2 p.m., with challah French toast and shrimp and grits.

609 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Super Burrito

817 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703

The western downtown truck serves up really great, simple lunchtime tacos and burritos. The Tejana with carne asada is a good bet.

817 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703

4. Holy Roller

509 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701
Holy Roller’s Caesar salad with fries
Holy Roller’s Caesar salad with fries
Holy Roller/Facebook

For an easygoing fun lunch, opt for the punk rock diner on Rio Grande. Holy’s daytime menu features a whole bunch of fries (including ones topped with Stiles Switch brisket), salads, salads with fries, sandwiches, and that epic queso-topped migas kolache.

509 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Wu Chow

500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Lunch from Wu Chow
Lunch from Wu Chow
Wu Chow/Facebook

Sadly, soup dumplings aren’t available for lunch, but the rest of Wu Chow’s modern Chinese menu is still available.

500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. P. Terry's Burger Stand

515 Congress Ave #130, Austin, TX 78701
P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s/Facebook

Easy burgers and chicken sandwiches? P. Terry’s is there for ya.

515 Congress Ave #130
Austin, TX 78701

7. Malibu Poke

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115, Austin, TX 78703
Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl
Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl
Courtesy of Malibu Poke

Some of the city’s finest poke can be found at the Austin location of the Dallas-based chain. The menu was after all created by lauded chef Matt McCallister.

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115
Austin, TX 78703

8. Turf N' Surf Poboys

407 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Fish tacos, fried chicken baskets and shrimp po’ boys make for a quick and easy lunch from Turf N' Surf Po-Boy.

407 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Koriente Restaurant

621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Food at Koriente
Food at Koriente
Koriente/Facebook

Koriente serves healthy and delicious Asian dishes like curries, noodles, and a variety of bowls.

621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

10. The Backspace

507 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Backspace’s pizza
Backspace’s pizza
The Backspace/Facebook

Head to tiny Backspace restaurant for lunchtime pizza, charcuterie boards, meatballs, and more.

507 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

11. Flower Child

500 W 2nd St #133, Austin, TX 78701
Greens and beer from Flower Child
Greens and beer from Flower Child
Flower Child/Facebook

For healthier fare, opt for Flower Child, where the menu features vegetable-filled plates, wraps, and bowls with add-ons like chicken, steak, salmon, tofu, and more.

500 W 2nd St #133
Austin, TX 78701

12. Easy Tiger

709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Muffuletta from Easy Tiger
Muffuletta from Easy Tiger
Easy Tiger/Facebook

The bakery/beer garden/sausage shop is a popular choice for a quick beer, pretzel, and sandwich. Pair it with a coffee and baked good from the bakery for a quick pick-me-up, too.

709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Swift's Attic

315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Fish and chips at Swift’s Attic
Fish and chips at Swift’s Attic
Swift’s Attic/Facebook

Swift’s Attic lunch features inventive dishes like squid fries, Korean barbecue strip steak, and other staples (sandwiches, soups, salads).

315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

14. Numero 28

428 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
Sandwich from Numero 28
Sandwich from Numero 28
Numero 28/Facebook

The fast-and-friendly Italian restaurant has panini, salads, and plenty of pasta, along with espresso for the afternoon slump.

428 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

15. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
Tacos from La Condesa
Tacos from La Condesa
La Condesa/Facebook

Mexican restaurant La Condesa is perfect for nicer sit-down lunches with tortas, ceviches, and tacos.

400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

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16. Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

217 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Barbecue from Cooper’s
Barbecue from Cooper’s
Cooper’s/Facebook

Barbecue for lunch, because it’s Austin.

217 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

17. Fareground

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Various dishes at Fareground
Various dishes at Fareground
Fareground/Facebook

For a little bit of everything from some of Austin’s top restaurants, check out the city’s first real food hall. There are chickens and burgers from Contigo; tacos from Dai Due; hummus from TLV; bowls, salads, and wraps from Henbit; sushi and chicken-based ramen at Ni-Kome, and more.

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

18. Forthright

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
A bowl from Forthright
A bowl from Forthright
Forthright/Facebook

Forthright is back and built for daytime weekday dining, with offerings like topped toasts, bagels, soups, salads, bowls, and sandwiches.

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

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