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The Hottest New Restaurants in Austin, February 2024

Including Chinese noodles, a South Congress diner, and an omakase with South Texas flairs

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Readers of Eater usually have the same question: Where should I eat right now? As always, the Austin restaurant scene remains as exciting as ever, as new places have continued to open. With all of this in mind, Eater is updating its monthly heatmap (now in its 143rd iteration), highlighting a mix of exciting restaurants, trucks, and food services.

This February 2024 update adds Northern California import restaurant Si Jie Special Noodles, North Austin omakase Tare, Chinese American restaurant Suzi’s Chinese from a lauded restaurateur, downtown New American spot the Statesman, South Congress diner the Toasty Badger, and Sunset Valley hot pot and Korean barbecue destination K Pot.

Know of something new and exciting that should be on our radar? Email the Eater Austin team at austin@eater.com. To see which places were previously on the heatmap, visit the archive. For a look at Austin’s outstanding dining destinations, check out the Eater 38 map.

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Si Jie Special Noodle [Austin]

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The Northern California restaurant mini-chain expanded with its first Texas location in January 2024. The far northwest Austin casual restaurant is the place for trying out loads of Chinese and pan-Asian noodles, noodle soups, dumplings, and kebabs. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Austin’s newest omakase is thisJapanese restaurant hidden within an office building up in North Austin as of January 2024. Co-owners executive chef Michael Carranza and pastry chef Danielle Martinez offer South Texas inflections to the coursed kappo-style meal, which means dishes Japanese shrimp atop a tamale or nigiri with citrusy marinades and sauces. Book reservations online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Suzi’s Chinese

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After a period of retirement, legendary Austin restaurateur Suzy Yi is back doing what she loves: running a Chinese American restaurant. Enter: this new casual Brentwood restaurant. On deck’s an array of standby Chinese American dishes, like General Tso’s chicken, orange beef, and soups. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A plate of saucy chicken bites.
General Tso’s chicken at Suzi’s Chinese.
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

Craft Omakase

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This intimate Japanese restaurant — helmed by three Uchiko alums — opened in the Rosedale neighborhood in December 2023. The thoughtful 20-course omakase spans simple yet exquisite nigiri as well as composed cold and hot dishes like the tuna tartare tart and a shrimp bisque. And rounding out the dishes are sake- and wine-based cocktails, as well as sakes, beers, and wines. Book reservations online; there are indoor dine-in services.

East Meets Wings

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Shuttered FIlipino Vietnamese truck Fil N’ Viet came back as a pop-up restaurant in North Loop in November 2023. East Meets Wings is all about pan-Asian chicken wings in flavors like Indonesian ayam goreng and Thai tamarind-basil, with boneless and rice cake optionsThe six-month pop-up is the first tenant of new restaurant incubator Playground ATX, which means it’ll close up in April 2024. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A tray of chicken wings.
Chicken wings from East Meets West.
Jane Yun

Bureau de Poste at Tiny Grocer

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Specialty grocery store Tiny Grocer paired with chef Jo Chan (formerly of Eberly and a contestant on Top Chef) to create a French bistro in Hyde Park that opened in October 2023. It’s found in the former neighborhood post office complex along with coffee shop/bookstore First Light Book Shop and a forthcoming location of pizzeria Allday. Look for dishes like steak frites, confit duck legs, roast chicken, and brunch. There are indoor and outdoor dining spaces.

The Statesman

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The newest downtown Austin restaurant is all about New American foods in a convivial upscale space — booths feature buttons for Champagne service. Yes, there are seafood towers alongside pizza, pasta, and meats. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The team behind stellar Italian restaurant Intero opened this new Italian cafe inside of the Frances Modern Inn in Central East Austin in December 2023. This means a daytime menu of egg dishes like arancini with poached eggs and Florentine tarts; sandwiches; and dinner-time pastas. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Gina’s on Congress

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Italian spot Gusto expanded with this French Italian restaurant in downtown Austin in December 2023. The menu is full of bistro classics, such as mussels and fries, pastas, and tartare, alongside cocktails with a special Negroni section. There are indoor dine-in services.

A person holding a bone-in veal chop on a white plate.
The veal chop at Gina’s.
Jody Horton

Murray’s Tavern

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Austin’s newest bar is an ode to New York City taverns in Central East Austin, courtesy of Nickel City’s Travis Tober, which opened in December 2023. The warm space serves up classic tavern dishes and cocktails, from the hefty prime rib to fish and chips to oysters Rockefeller to Rob Roy drinks. There are indoor dine-in services.

A creamy white soup in a bread bowl on a plate surrounded by other foods on dishes on a table.
Dishes from Murray’s.
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Zoé Tong

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New York City chefs Simone Tong and Matthew Hyland made Austin their new home and opened their own modern Chinese restaurant in the Zilker neighborhood in November 2023. The menu makes ample use of its inherited on-site smoker, which means items like sticky barbecue pork ribs and skewered meats and vegetables. There’s also a centerpiece smoked dry-aged duck with sliced breast meat and a whole duck. Don’t miss out on the noodle dishes either. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Palm Pizza

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Neapolitan pizza specialists Bufalina’s new restaurant Palm Pizza opened in October 2023, focusing on New York-style pizza. Bufalina chef Grae Nonas moved over to develop the menu, which includes thin-crust pies with large slices cooked in gas ovens and chopped salads. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A round pizza pie with red sauce, blobs of white cheese, and green herbs.
Pizza from Palm.
Palm Pizza

Nomade Cocina y Raw Bar

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This Mexican restaurant opened in October 2023 with a gluten-free menu of dishes from Yucatán, like grilled shrimp, sikil pak (a pumpkin seed salsa), and coconut flatbreads. Nomade comes from the team behind popular South Congress sushi spot Lucky Robot. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Toasty Badger

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The new Bouldin Creek diner is a casual destination that opened in January 2024 with daytime breakfast and lunch dishes in a retro space. The menu focuses on the classics such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and desserts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

K Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot [Austin]

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The Korean barbecue and hot pot chain opened its first of two Austin restaurants this January. The Sunset Valley location features both all-you-can-eat barbecue and hot pot. The former includes meats, vegetables, and fruits available to be cooked on the table grills. The latter includes soup bases and all sorts of mix-ins like meats, seafood, noodles, and more. There are indoor dine-in services.

Si Jie Special Noodle [Austin]

The Northern California restaurant mini-chain expanded with its first Texas location in January 2024. The far northwest Austin casual restaurant is the place for trying out loads of Chinese and pan-Asian noodles, noodle soups, dumplings, and kebabs. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Tare

Austin’s newest omakase is thisJapanese restaurant hidden within an office building up in North Austin as of January 2024. Co-owners executive chef Michael Carranza and pastry chef Danielle Martinez offer South Texas inflections to the coursed kappo-style meal, which means dishes Japanese shrimp atop a tamale or nigiri with citrusy marinades and sauces. Book reservations online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Suzi’s Chinese

After a period of retirement, legendary Austin restaurateur Suzy Yi is back doing what she loves: running a Chinese American restaurant. Enter: this new casual Brentwood restaurant. On deck’s an array of standby Chinese American dishes, like General Tso’s chicken, orange beef, and soups. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A plate of saucy chicken bites.
General Tso’s chicken at Suzi’s Chinese.
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

Craft Omakase

This intimate Japanese restaurant — helmed by three Uchiko alums — opened in the Rosedale neighborhood in December 2023. The thoughtful 20-course omakase spans simple yet exquisite nigiri as well as composed cold and hot dishes like the tuna tartare tart and a shrimp bisque. And rounding out the dishes are sake- and wine-based cocktails, as well as sakes, beers, and wines. Book reservations online; there are indoor dine-in services.

East Meets Wings

Shuttered FIlipino Vietnamese truck Fil N’ Viet came back as a pop-up restaurant in North Loop in November 2023. East Meets Wings is all about pan-Asian chicken wings in flavors like Indonesian ayam goreng and Thai tamarind-basil, with boneless and rice cake optionsThe six-month pop-up is the first tenant of new restaurant incubator Playground ATX, which means it’ll close up in April 2024. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A tray of chicken wings.
Chicken wings from East Meets West.
Jane Yun

Bureau de Poste at Tiny Grocer

Specialty grocery store Tiny Grocer paired with chef Jo Chan (formerly of Eberly and a contestant on Top Chef) to create a French bistro in Hyde Park that opened in October 2023. It’s found in the former neighborhood post office complex along with coffee shop/bookstore First Light Book Shop and a forthcoming location of pizzeria Allday. Look for dishes like steak frites, confit duck legs, roast chicken, and brunch. There are indoor and outdoor dining spaces.

The Statesman

The newest downtown Austin restaurant is all about New American foods in a convivial upscale space — booths feature buttons for Champagne service. Yes, there are seafood towers alongside pizza, pasta, and meats. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Poeta

The team behind stellar Italian restaurant Intero opened this new Italian cafe inside of the Frances Modern Inn in Central East Austin in December 2023. This means a daytime menu of egg dishes like arancini with poached eggs and Florentine tarts; sandwiches; and dinner-time pastas. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Gina’s on Congress

Italian spot Gusto expanded with this French Italian restaurant in downtown Austin in December 2023. The menu is full of bistro classics, such as mussels and fries, pastas, and tartare, alongside cocktails with a special Negroni section. There are indoor dine-in services.

A person holding a bone-in veal chop on a white plate.
The veal chop at Gina’s.
Jody Horton

Murray’s Tavern

Austin’s newest bar is an ode to New York City taverns in Central East Austin, courtesy of Nickel City’s Travis Tober, which opened in December 2023. The warm space serves up classic tavern dishes and cocktails, from the hefty prime rib to fish and chips to oysters Rockefeller to Rob Roy drinks. There are indoor dine-in services.

A creamy white soup in a bread bowl on a plate surrounded by other foods on dishes on a table.
Dishes from Murray’s.
Consumable Content

Zoé Tong

New York City chefs Simone Tong and Matthew Hyland made Austin their new home and opened their own modern Chinese restaurant in the Zilker neighborhood in November 2023. The menu makes ample use of its inherited on-site smoker, which means items like sticky barbecue pork ribs and skewered meats and vegetables. There’s also a centerpiece smoked dry-aged duck with sliced breast meat and a whole duck. Don’t miss out on the noodle dishes either. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Palm Pizza

Neapolitan pizza specialists Bufalina’s new restaurant Palm Pizza opened in October 2023, focusing on New York-style pizza. Bufalina chef Grae Nonas moved over to develop the menu, which includes thin-crust pies with large slices cooked in gas ovens and chopped salads. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A round pizza pie with red sauce, blobs of white cheese, and green herbs.
Pizza from Palm.
Palm Pizza

Nomade Cocina y Raw Bar

This Mexican restaurant opened in October 2023 with a gluten-free menu of dishes from Yucatán, like grilled shrimp, sikil pak (a pumpkin seed salsa), and coconut flatbreads. Nomade comes from the team behind popular South Congress sushi spot Lucky Robot. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Toasty Badger

The new Bouldin Creek diner is a casual destination that opened in January 2024 with daytime breakfast and lunch dishes in a retro space. The menu focuses on the classics such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and desserts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

K Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot [Austin]

The Korean barbecue and hot pot chain opened its first of two Austin restaurants this January. The Sunset Valley location features both all-you-can-eat barbecue and hot pot. The former includes meats, vegetables, and fruits available to be cooked on the table grills. The latter includes soup bases and all sorts of mix-ins like meats, seafood, noodles, and more. There are indoor dine-in services.

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