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17 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, healthier bites from Koriente, the fun edible-filled array of Whole Foods Market, smorgasbord offerings of Fareground, and more. This update adds Cava, the Well, North Italia, Polvo’s, and two great taco options: Vaquero Taquero and Veracruz.

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

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID 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.

Whole Foods Market

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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.

Walton's Fancy and Staple

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Walton's makes it a handy lunch spot — don’t miss out on the popular Turkey Sweet sandwich on a croissant. Plus, take advantage of late breakfast, which is served until 2 p.m., with challah French toast and shrimp and grits. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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

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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. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Wu Chow

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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 for midday dining. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl of colorful vegetables next to a smaller bowl of sliced greens.
Lunch dishes from Wu Chow.
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The fast-casual Mediterranean grain bowl chain is a great way to grab something quick. Build a bowl with options like braised lamb, lamb meatballs, falafel, or grilled vegetables — and try the crazy feta, infused with jalapeno. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Malibu Poke

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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. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A white shallow bowl of diced fish, grains, and vegetables with a pair of chopsticks in a paper wrapper on top of it next to a stemless wine glass of pink rose wine on a white picnic table.
Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl.
Malibu Poke

Polvo's Downtown Central

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This local Mexican spot has dishes like carne guisada, fajitas, chile rellenos, tacos, and more. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Koriente

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Koriente serves healthy and delicious Asian dishes like curries, noodles, and a variety of bowls. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are third-party deliveries; and the patio is available for on-site dining.

A black and red bowl with grains and vegetables and a sunny-side fried egg on a red-and-white checkered picnic table.
A dish from Koriente.
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Vaquero Taquero

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Gooey Oaxacan cheese makes all the difference at the downtown location of the taco spot with straightforward offerings. Options range from tinga tacos to steak quesadillas to breakfast tacos. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Flower Child

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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. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A place of meat and vegetables next to a fork and knife on a napkin with a glass of beer.
A plate from Flower Child.
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North Italia

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A nice choice for a sit-down lunch, North Italia offers pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and cocktails. Try the salty-sweet prosciutto pizza with fig and goat cheese. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Numero 28

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The fast-and-friendly Italian restaurant has panini, salads, and plenty of pasta, along with espresso for the afternoon slump. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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A sandwich from Numero 28.
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The Well

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This trendy cafe offers a menu of salads, scrambles, toasts, smoothies, and green juices — and everything is gluten-free. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

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Barbecue for lunch, because it’s Austin. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A tray of barbecued meats.
Barbecue from Cooper’s,
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Fareground

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For a little bit of everything from some of Austin’s top restaurants, check out the city’s first real food hall. There’s hummus from TLV; bowls, salads, and wraps from Henbit; dumplings from Little Wu, great sandwiches from Austin Rotisserie, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Various dishes at Fareground
Various dishes at Fareground.
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Veracruz All Natural

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Tucked inside the Line Hotel, Veracruz serves excellent tacos like the popular migas and migas poblanas, quesadillas, and smoothies. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Forthright

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Forthright is great for an early lunch, with offerings like topped toasts, bagels, soups, salads, bowls, and sandwiches. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl from Forthright.
A bowl from Forthright.
Forthright/Facebook

Whole Foods Market

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.

Walton's Fancy and Staple

The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
Walton’s/Facebook

Walton's makes it a handy lunch spot — don’t miss out on the popular Turkey Sweet sandwich on a croissant. Plus, take advantage of late breakfast, which is served until 2 p.m., with challah French toast and shrimp and grits. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
The Turkey Sweet sandwich from Walton’s
Walton’s/Facebook

Super Burrito

The western downtown truck serves up really great, simple lunchtime tacos and burritos. The Tejana with carne asada is a good bet. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Wu Chow

A bowl of colorful vegetables next to a smaller bowl of sliced greens.
Lunch dishes 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 for midday dining. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl of colorful vegetables next to a smaller bowl of sliced greens.
Lunch dishes from Wu Chow.
Wu Chow/Facebook

Cava

The fast-casual Mediterranean grain bowl chain is a great way to grab something quick. Build a bowl with options like braised lamb, lamb meatballs, falafel, or grilled vegetables — and try the crazy feta, infused with jalapeno. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Malibu Poke

A white shallow bowl of diced fish, grains, and vegetables with a pair of chopsticks in a paper wrapper on top of it next to a stemless wine glass of pink rose wine on a white picnic table.
Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl.
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. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A white shallow bowl of diced fish, grains, and vegetables with a pair of chopsticks in a paper wrapper on top of it next to a stemless wine glass of pink rose wine on a white picnic table.
Malibu Poke’s red miso salmon bowl.
Malibu Poke

Polvo's Downtown Central

This local Mexican spot has dishes like carne guisada, fajitas, chile rellenos, tacos, and more. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Koriente

A black and red bowl with grains and vegetables and a sunny-side fried egg on a red-and-white checkered picnic table.
A dish from Koriente.
Koriente/Facebook

Koriente serves healthy and delicious Asian dishes like curries, noodles, and a variety of bowls. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are third-party deliveries; and the patio is available for on-site dining.

A black and red bowl with grains and vegetables and a sunny-side fried egg on a red-and-white checkered picnic table.
A dish from Koriente.
Koriente/Facebook

Vaquero Taquero

Gooey Oaxacan cheese makes all the difference at the downtown location of the taco spot with straightforward offerings. Options range from tinga tacos to steak quesadillas to breakfast tacos. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Flower Child

A place of meat and vegetables next to a fork and knife on a napkin with a glass of beer.
A plate 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. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A place of meat and vegetables next to a fork and knife on a napkin with a glass of beer.
A plate from Flower Child.
Flower Child/Facebook

North Italia

A nice choice for a sit-down lunch, North Italia offers pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and cocktails. Try the salty-sweet prosciutto pizza with fig and goat cheese. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Numero 28

A sandwich with a lot of vegetables on a plate.
A 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. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A sandwich with a lot of vegetables on a plate.
A sandwich from Numero 28.
Numero 28/Facebook

The Well

This trendy cafe offers a menu of salads, scrambles, toasts, smoothies, and green juices — and everything is gluten-free. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

A tray of barbecued meats.
Barbecue from Cooper’s,
Cooper’s/Facebook

Barbecue for lunch, because it’s Austin. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A tray of barbecued meats.
Barbecue from Cooper’s,
Cooper’s/Facebook

Fareground

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’s hummus from TLV; bowls, salads, and wraps from Henbit; dumplings from Little Wu, great sandwiches from Austin Rotisserie, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Various dishes at Fareground
Various dishes at Fareground.
Fareground/Facebook

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Veracruz All Natural

Tucked inside the Line Hotel, Veracruz serves excellent tacos like the popular migas and migas poblanas, quesadillas, and smoothies. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Forthright

A bowl from Forthright.
A bowl from Forthright.
Forthright/Facebook

Forthright is great for an early lunch, with offerings like topped toasts, bagels, soups, salads, bowls, and sandwiches. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl from Forthright.
A bowl from Forthright.
Forthright/Facebook

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