clock menu more-arrow no yes
Falafel grain bowl from MezzeMe
Falafel grain bowl from MezzeMe
MezzeMe/Facebook

Austin’s 18 Best Mediterranean Restaurants

Where to find succulent gyros and fluffy pita

View as Map
Falafel grain bowl from MezzeMe
| MezzeMe/Facebook

Austin might not immediately be thought as a great place to grab some Mediterranean food, but there are a ton of delicious eateries all over town (but mostly up north — sorry South Austin dwellers) to indulge in fluffy pitas and succulent gyros.

From build-your-own-bowls, Chipotle-style at MezzeMe Mediterranean to traditional Persian fare at Pars Deli, there are so many different ways to enjoy the bounty of the Mediterranean cuisine.

Bonus: Several restaurants have BYOB options (like Phara’s Mediterranean Cuisine & Christopher’s Casbah) and festive live music nights (like Troy) — often with belly dancers. And, those looking for a little hookah with their meals are also in luck at Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine.

If a favorite Austin Mediterranean spot is missing below, let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine

Copy Link
12129 Ranch Rd 620 N #450
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 520-8169
Visit Website

This restaurant off of 620 dishes up family recipes from Jerusalem, like slow-cooked leg of lamb and roasted chicken. Don’t skip the hookah lounge.

Almarah’s falafels
Almarah’s falafels
Almarah/Facebook

2. Balkan Cafe & Grill

Copy Link
11800 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(737) 703-5990
Visit Website

Enjoy traditional Serbian fare from owner Živojin Zekic and his family at this North Lamar eatery. Heads up, carnivores—the sudžukice, spicy sausage links, are full of veal and beef and awesome Balkan spices.

Stuffed peppers from Balkan Cafe & Grill
Stuffed peppers from Balkan Cafe & Grill
Balkan Cafe & Grill/Facebook

3. Peace Bakery

Copy Link
11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 386-1152
Visit Website

Peace serves all the classics, from falafel to shawarma, but it’s the house-baked sweets here that reign supreme. Pick up bird’s nest baklava or an assortment of cookies.

Bird’s nest baklava from Peace Bakery
Bird’s nest baklava from Peace Bakery
Peace Bakery-Deli/Facebook

4. Troy Restaurant

Copy Link
8631, 8105 Mesa Dr
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 897-2860
Visit Website

Sip Turkish black tea and order the Troy mix plate with all of the meats.

Mezze from Troy
Mezze from Troy
Troy Restaurant/Facebook

5. Pars Mediterranean Supermarket & Deli

Copy Link
8820 Burnet Rd #502
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-4888
Visit Website

Head to 183 and Burnet for Persian cuisine with dishes like Ghormeh Sabzi, a beef and herb stew with kidney beans. Save room for saffron ice cream.

Shawarma salad from Pars
Shawarma salad from Pars
Pars Austin/Facebook

6. Arpeggio Grill

Copy Link
6619 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 419-0110
Visit Website

This Airport Boulevard spot’s lunch special—with one meat, three sides, a Greek salad, and a drink for $7.95—cannot be beat. 

The array from Arpeggio Grill
The array from Arpeggio Grill
Arpeggio Grill/Facebook

7. Sarah’s Mediterranean Grill

Copy Link
5222 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 419-7605
Visit Website

This bright and fresh eatery is also as a market, so order lunch or dinner at the counter and then peruse the aisles before dining.

8. Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Copy Link
4701 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 323-6770
Visit Website

More grocery store than eatery, this shop sadly closes at 7 p.m., so get your pita fix earlier in the day. Pick up homemade Persian sweets and don’t skip the zatar bread.

A plate from Phoenicia
A plate from Phoenicia
Phoenicia Bakery/Facebook

9. Phara's

Copy Link
111 North Loop Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 632-7067
Visit Website

BYOB at this North Loop gem. Make sure to sit outside and catch the belly dancers while enjoying some hookah. Vegetarians, don’t miss Tenzin’s Famous Aloo Channa with potatoes, garbanzo beans, and coconut milk.

A dish at Phara’s
A dish at Phara’s
Phara’s/Facebook

10. MezzeMe Mediterranean Kitchen

Copy Link
4700 W Guadalupe St Suite#9 The Triangle
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 900-8200
Visit Website

Much like the new CAVA chain and the now-bankrupt Noon, MezzeMe in the Triangle specializes in build-your-own bowls. Select the base, protein, mezzes, and toppings to craft that perfect Mediterranean meal.

Meats and grains and vegetables from MezzeMe
Meats and grains and vegetables from MezzeMe
Ashlyn Allison

11. The Halal Corner

Copy Link
1200 Barbara Jordan Blvd #300
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 480-0048
Visit Website

Fans of Kismet Café can head to Mueller for the same authentic Jordan cuisine—the family still gets their spices from there. Order the Lamb Mashawi, which is grilled over an open fire.

Halal Corner’s combinations
Halal Corner’s combinations
Deborah L./Yelp

12. Tino's Greek Cafe

Copy Link
1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd #1230
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 474-9292
Visit Website

With six Austin locations, Tino’s offers diners huge portions during both lunch and dinner. Lunch includes make-your-own platters with three of their wonderful sides, including rice pilaf, spanakopita, and vegetarian moussaka.

A dish from Tino’s Greek Cafe
A dish from Tino’s Greek Cafe
Tino’s Greek Cafe/Facebook

13. Halal Bros

Copy Link
2712 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 284-8105
Visit Website

This eatery offers halal cuts of meat on the Drag. Bonus: They grind their own garbanzo beans in-house for a gorgeous falafel.

Gyro with rice from Halal Bros
Gyro with rice from Halal Bros
Taylor Z./Yelp

14. Abo Youssef Mediterranean Food

Copy Link
2101 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 815-6804
Visit Website

With two locations off Manor Road and Medical Parkway, this food truck is slinging enormous platters of shawarma, gyros, and falafel. Make sure to order the infamous lemon mint tea.

The falafel and gardenia plate from Abo Youssef
The falafel and gardenia plate from Abo Youssef
Abhishek S./Yelp

15. Austin's Habibi

Copy Link
817 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 733-4014
Visit Website

Head to this food truck on West Fifth Street (next to the Tiniest Bar in Texas) to enjoy traditional grilled meats.  

A plate from Austin’s Habibi
A plate from Austin’s Habibi
Austin’s Habibi/Facebook

16. Kebabalicious

Copy Link
1311 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-6562
Visit Website

The beloved food truck turned East Seventh Street brick-and-mortar is still just as delicious as it was while imbibing at Mugshots late at night. Drown your meal in the spicy kabaam sauce.

Lamb and beef with fries from Kebabalicious
Lamb and beef with fries from Kebabalicious
Yelp/P.C.

17. Hummus Among Us ATX

Copy Link
2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(347) 284-7611
Visit Website

Hummus is the star of the show here. Order the brisket shawarma hummus or get crazy on some Jerusalem nachos with Zaatar pita chips, marinated garbanzo beans, boiled egg, fried eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, pickled chili peppers, tahini, and tons of spices.

Falafel from Hummus Among Us
Falafel from Hummus Among Us
Hummus Among Us ATX/Facebook

18. Cafe Malta

Copy Link
3421 W William Cannon Dr #127
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 853-9584
Visit Website

The casual William Cannon bistro takes inspiration from all the countries touching the Mediterranean Sea—Italy, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, and Southern France—so expect everything from hummus to gnocchi.

Shrimp from Cafe Malta
Shrimp from Cafe Malta
Cafe Malta/Facebook

1. Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine

12129 Ranch Rd 620 N #450, Austin, TX 78750
Almarah’s falafels
Almarah’s falafels
Almarah/Facebook

This restaurant off of 620 dishes up family recipes from Jerusalem, like slow-cooked leg of lamb and roasted chicken. Don’t skip the hookah lounge.

12129 Ranch Rd 620 N #450
Austin, TX 78750

2. Balkan Cafe & Grill

11800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Stuffed peppers from Balkan Cafe & Grill
Stuffed peppers from Balkan Cafe & Grill
Balkan Cafe & Grill/Facebook

Enjoy traditional Serbian fare from owner Živojin Zekic and his family at this North Lamar eatery. Heads up, carnivores—the sudžukice, spicy sausage links, are full of veal and beef and awesome Balkan spices.

11800 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

3. Peace Bakery

11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Bird’s nest baklava from Peace Bakery
Bird’s nest baklava from Peace Bakery
Peace Bakery-Deli/Facebook

Peace serves all the classics, from falafel to shawarma, but it’s the house-baked sweets here that reign supreme. Pick up bird’s nest baklava or an assortment of cookies.

11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

4. Troy Restaurant

8631, 8105 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759
Mezze from Troy
Mezze from Troy
Troy Restaurant/Facebook

Sip Turkish black tea and order the Troy mix plate with all of the meats.

8631, 8105 Mesa Dr
Austin, TX 78759

5. Pars Mediterranean Supermarket & Deli

8820 Burnet Rd #502, Austin, TX 78757
Shawarma salad from Pars
Shawarma salad from Pars
Pars Austin/Facebook

Head to 183 and Burnet for Persian cuisine with dishes like Ghormeh Sabzi, a beef and herb stew with kidney beans. Save room for saffron ice cream.

8820 Burnet Rd #502
Austin, TX 78757

6. Arpeggio Grill

6619 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
The array from Arpeggio Grill
The array from Arpeggio Grill
Arpeggio Grill/Facebook

This Airport Boulevard spot’s lunch special—with one meat, three sides, a Greek salad, and a drink for $7.95—cannot be beat. 

6619 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

7. Sarah’s Mediterranean Grill

5222 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

This bright and fresh eatery is also as a market, so order lunch or dinner at the counter and then peruse the aisles before dining.

5222 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

8. Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

4701 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
A plate from Phoenicia
A plate from Phoenicia
Phoenicia Bakery/Facebook

More grocery store than eatery, this shop sadly closes at 7 p.m., so get your pita fix earlier in the day. Pick up homemade Persian sweets and don’t skip the zatar bread.

4701 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

9. Phara's

111 North Loop Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751
A dish at Phara’s
A dish at Phara’s
Phara’s/Facebook

BYOB at this North Loop gem. Make sure to sit outside and catch the belly dancers while enjoying some hookah. Vegetarians, don’t miss Tenzin’s Famous Aloo Channa with potatoes, garbanzo beans, and coconut milk.

111 North Loop Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751

10. MezzeMe Mediterranean Kitchen

4700 W Guadalupe St Suite#9 The Triangle, Austin, TX 78751
Meats and grains and vegetables from MezzeMe
Meats and grains and vegetables from MezzeMe
Ashlyn Allison

Much like the new CAVA chain and the now-bankrupt Noon, MezzeMe in the Triangle specializes in build-your-own bowls. Select the base, protein, mezzes, and toppings to craft that perfect Mediterranean meal.

4700 W Guadalupe St Suite#9 The Triangle
Austin, TX 78751

11. The Halal Corner

1200 Barbara Jordan Blvd #300, Austin, TX 78723
Halal Corner’s combinations
Halal Corner’s combinations
Deborah L./Yelp

Fans of Kismet Café can head to Mueller for the same authentic Jordan cuisine—the family still gets their spices from there. Order the Lamb Mashawi, which is grilled over an open fire.

1200 Barbara Jordan Blvd #300
Austin, TX 78723

12. Tino's Greek Cafe

1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd #1230, Austin, TX 78723
A dish from Tino’s Greek Cafe
A dish from Tino’s Greek Cafe
Tino’s Greek Cafe/Facebook

With six Austin locations, Tino’s offers diners huge portions during both lunch and dinner. Lunch includes make-your-own platters with three of their wonderful sides, including rice pilaf, spanakopita, and vegetarian moussaka.

1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd #1230
Austin, TX 78723

13. Halal Bros

2712 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Gyro with rice from Halal Bros
Gyro with rice from Halal Bros
Taylor Z./Yelp

This eatery offers halal cuts of meat on the Drag. Bonus: They grind their own garbanzo beans in-house for a gorgeous falafel.

2712 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

14. Abo Youssef Mediterranean Food

2101 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
The falafel and gardenia plate from Abo Youssef
The falafel and gardenia plate from Abo Youssef
Abhishek S./Yelp

With two locations off Manor Road and Medical Parkway, this food truck is slinging enormous platters of shawarma, gyros, and falafel. Make sure to order the infamous lemon mint tea.

2101 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

15. Austin's Habibi

817 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703
A plate from Austin’s Habibi
A plate from Austin’s Habibi
Austin’s Habibi/Facebook

Head to this food truck on West Fifth Street (next to the Tiniest Bar in Texas) to enjoy traditional grilled meats.  

817 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703

Related Maps

16. Kebabalicious

1311 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Lamb and beef with fries from Kebabalicious
Lamb and beef with fries from Kebabalicious
Yelp/P.C.

The beloved food truck turned East Seventh Street brick-and-mortar is still just as delicious as it was while imbibing at Mugshots late at night. Drown your meal in the spicy kabaam sauce.

1311 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Hummus Among Us ATX

2207 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Falafel from Hummus Among Us
Falafel from Hummus Among Us
Hummus Among Us ATX/Facebook

Hummus is the star of the show here. Order the brisket shawarma hummus or get crazy on some Jerusalem nachos with Zaatar pita chips, marinated garbanzo beans, boiled egg, fried eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, pickled chili peppers, tahini, and tons of spices.

2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

18. Cafe Malta

3421 W William Cannon Dr #127, Austin, TX 78745
Shrimp from Cafe Malta
Shrimp from Cafe Malta
Cafe Malta/Facebook

The casual William Cannon bistro takes inspiration from all the countries touching the Mediterranean Sea—Italy, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, and Southern France—so expect everything from hummus to gnocchi.

3421 W William Cannon Dr #127
Austin, TX 78745

Related Maps