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Where to Discover Poke in Austin

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The beloved Hawaiian dish poke (pronounced poh-kay) is still having a moment on the United States mainland, and it quickly staked a claim in the Austin food scene from fast-casual expansion Poke Poke, the plethora of shops along the Drag, to higher-end options like Mongers Market and Kitchen.

Traditionally, poke features raw ahi tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and onions as the usual suspects. But this fishy invasion means this classic dish is being served in new ways — a far departure from what’s sold in nearly every grocery store in Hawaii, say, like poke burritos covered in Cheetos from Poke House. Prepare to discover jalapeños, kale, grapefruit, tofu, white truffle sauce, and much more in these Austin versions.

New to poke and unsure where to start? Try pure poke at the Hawaiian-inspired restaurant Ola Poke. The payoff can be big however for those willing to take a risk and build their own bowls. This update adds Malibu Poke, District Kitchen, Poke Austin, and more.

For more fish, check out Austin’s best seafood restaurants, spots with oysters, and sushi places.

If a favorite poke spot is missing from the list, let Eater know on the tipline or within the comments below.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tomodachi Sushi

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4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 821-9472
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Far north neighborhood gem Tomodachi specializes in traditional and fusion fare. Come for the poke on the cold menu. Stay for the friendly service.

2. Poke House

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Among Poke House's poke offerings (rice bowls, salads, tortilla strips) is the poke burrito which can made covered in Cheetos dust.

Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House’s Poke House’s pokerrito
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3. Ola Poke

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6808 N Lamar Blvd #B-110
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 323-0153
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This Brentwood spot offers a build-a-bowl approach to the fast-casual poke experience. Choose a protein, sides, mix-ins (yes, there’s kale), a topping, and sauce. Or make it easy, and opt for pure poke. The restaurant also offers other Hawaiian dishes like loco moco and musubi.

4. Pokeatery

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1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd #1410
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 693-9572
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The California poke chain opened its only Austin shop, boasting of plentiful poke boxes and toasts as well as the ever-popular Dole Whip soft serve.

Pokeatery’s offerings
Pokeatery’s offerings
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5. Poke Bowl

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2828 Guadalupe St Ste 100
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 743-3880
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The casual campus restaurant focuses on customizable bowls, with rice, vegetables, toppings, and seafood picks from raw ahi tuna to marinated spicy scallop to cooked shrimp.

Poke Bowl’s poke
Poke Bowl’s poke
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6. Don Japanese Kitchen

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2716 1/2 St Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78705
(281) 725-3686
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Among Don Japanese’s rice-filled donburi bowls is the poke one, which can be made with tuna or salmon.

7. Poke Bay

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2001 Guadalupe St #A-1
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 350-2419

Another casual Drag shop, Poke Bay offers up simple customizable bowls with all sorts of seafood options from tuna to steamed octopus to sauce-drenched scallops.

8. Malibu Poke

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211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 609-8510
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Eater Dallas’s casual restaurant of the year Malibu Poke upped Austin’s poke game with fresh, thoughtful bowls created by James Beard Award-nominated chef Matt McCallister, found in downtown Austin.

The wasabi-ponzu salmon bowl from Malibu Poke
The wasabi-ponzu salmon bowl from Malibu Poke
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9. Alley Cat Hawaiian Soul Food

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1910 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Mongers chef Shane Stark opened up his own food truck dedicated to Hawaiian-inspired dishes at East Austin bar Stay Gold. Of course this means poke is on the menu

A poke bowl at Alley Cat
A poke bowl at Alley Cat
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10. Mongers Market + Kitchen

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2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 680-5045
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The east side fish market/restaurant’s raw bar includes poke bowls with rotating daily dish options mixed with kukui nuts, avocado, pickled cucumbers, and radish, with an optional egg for an untraditional take.

Monger’s poke bowl
Monger’s poke bowl
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11. Kemuri Tatsu-ya

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2713 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 893-5561
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Kemuri's Texas-Japanese take on poke is the guacapoke, where the tuna is paired with avocado, wasabi, and pickled red onions.

Kemuri’s guacapoke
Kemuri’s guacapoke
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12. Cafe No Sé

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1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 942-2061
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You’ll find the yellowfin tuna poke bowl on the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus at South Congress Hotel’s California-inspired cafe. It includes pickled fresno peppers, spicy yuzu kosho, with a side of spicy rice chips.

13. Poke Poke

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3100 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

As the Venice Beach-based takeout window’s first out-of-state expansion, this South Congress shop features made-to-order bowls and signature bowls like JT's Spicy Poke, made with sambal, jalapeños, ginger, sriracha, chile oil and red pepper. There are tofu- and veggie-based options as well. There are two other locations too, one on Brodie Lane and the other in Hancock.

Poke from Poke Poke
Poke from Poke Poke
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14. Poke Austin

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5601 Brodie Ln Suite 1200A
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 891-8368
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Sunset Valley’s casual poke spot is prepared with signature bowls with plenty of fish and crab (as seen with the Baked Poke bowl, the Jungle with spicy crab salad, and a spam iteration with crab salad).

A poke bowl from Poke Austin
A poke bowl from Poke Austin
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15. District Kitchen + Cocktails

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5900 W Slaughter Ln D
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 351-8436
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The raw bar at both locations of the New American restaurant (the other up in North Shoal Creek) serves up a tuna poke made with taro chips.

16. Hawai’i Nei Cafe

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7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745
(808) 232-8620
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The Hawaiian food truck offers up classic poke, from the shoyu ahi tuna to the spicy to the fishless tofu and baby broccoli.

The shoyu ahi bowl at Hawai’i Nei Cafe
The shoyu ahi bowl at Hawai’i Nei Cafe
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1. Tomodachi Sushi

4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E, Austin, TX 78727

Far north neighborhood gem Tomodachi specializes in traditional and fusion fare. Come for the poke on the cold menu. Stay for the friendly service.

4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E
Austin, TX 78727

2. Poke House

Austin, TX 78759
Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House’s Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House/Facebook

Among Poke House's poke offerings (rice bowls, salads, tortilla strips) is the poke burrito which can made covered in Cheetos dust.

3. Ola Poke

6808 N Lamar Blvd #B-110, Austin, TX 78752

This Brentwood spot offers a build-a-bowl approach to the fast-casual poke experience. Choose a protein, sides, mix-ins (yes, there’s kale), a topping, and sauce. Or make it easy, and opt for pure poke. The restaurant also offers other Hawaiian dishes like loco moco and musubi.

6808 N Lamar Blvd #B-110
Austin, TX 78752

4. Pokeatery

1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd #1410, Austin, TX 78723
Pokeatery’s offerings
Pokeatery’s offerings
Pokeatery/Facebook

The California poke chain opened its only Austin shop, boasting of plentiful poke boxes and toasts as well as the ever-popular Dole Whip soft serve.

1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd #1410
Austin, TX 78723

5. Poke Bowl

2828 Guadalupe St Ste 100, Austin, TX 78705
Poke Bowl’s poke
Poke Bowl’s poke
Poke Bowl/Facebook

The casual campus restaurant focuses on customizable bowls, with rice, vegetables, toppings, and seafood picks from raw ahi tuna to marinated spicy scallop to cooked shrimp.

2828 Guadalupe St Ste 100
Austin, TX 78705

6. Don Japanese Kitchen

2716 1/2 St Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

Among Don Japanese’s rice-filled donburi bowls is the poke one, which can be made with tuna or salmon.

2716 1/2 St Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78705

7. Poke Bay

2001 Guadalupe St #A-1, Austin, TX 78705

Another casual Drag shop, Poke Bay offers up simple customizable bowls with all sorts of seafood options from tuna to steamed octopus to sauce-drenched scallops.

2001 Guadalupe St #A-1
Austin, TX 78705

8. Malibu Poke

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115, Austin, TX 78703
The wasabi-ponzu salmon bowl from Malibu Poke
The wasabi-ponzu salmon bowl from Malibu Poke
Malibu Poke [Official]

Eater Dallas’s casual restaurant of the year Malibu Poke upped Austin’s poke game with fresh, thoughtful bowls created by James Beard Award-nominated chef Matt McCallister, found in downtown Austin.

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115
Austin, TX 78703

9. Alley Cat Hawaiian Soul Food

1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
A poke bowl at Alley Cat
A poke bowl at Alley Cat
Alley Cat/Facebook

Mongers chef Shane Stark opened up his own food truck dedicated to Hawaiian-inspired dishes at East Austin bar Stay Gold. Of course this means poke is on the menu

1910 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Mongers Market + Kitchen

2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Monger’s poke bowl
Monger’s poke bowl
Mongers/Facebook

The east side fish market/restaurant’s raw bar includes poke bowls with rotating daily dish options mixed with kukui nuts, avocado, pickled cucumbers, and radish, with an optional egg for an untraditional take.

2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Kemuri Tatsu-ya

2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702
Kemuri’s guacapoke
Kemuri’s guacapoke
Kemuri/Facebook

Kemuri's Texas-Japanese take on poke is the guacapoke, where the tuna is paired with avocado, wasabi, and pickled red onions.

2713 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Cafe No Sé

1603 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704

You’ll find the yellowfin tuna poke bowl on the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus at South Congress Hotel’s California-inspired cafe. It includes pickled fresno peppers, spicy yuzu kosho, with a side of spicy rice chips.

1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704

13. Poke Poke

3100 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Poke from Poke Poke
Poke from Poke Poke
Poke Poke/Facebook

As the Venice Beach-based takeout window’s first out-of-state expansion, this South Congress shop features made-to-order bowls and signature bowls like JT's Spicy Poke, made with sambal, jalapeños, ginger, sriracha, chile oil and red pepper. There are tofu- and veggie-based options as well. There are two other locations too, one on Brodie Lane and the other in Hancock.

3100 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

14. Poke Austin

5601 Brodie Ln Suite 1200A, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
A poke bowl from Poke Austin
A poke bowl from Poke Austin
Poke Austin/Facebook

Sunset Valley’s casual poke spot is prepared with signature bowls with plenty of fish and crab (as seen with the Baked Poke bowl, the Jungle with spicy crab salad, and a spam iteration with crab salad).

5601 Brodie Ln Suite 1200A
Sunset Valley, TX 78745

15. District Kitchen + Cocktails

5900 W Slaughter Ln D, Austin, TX 78749

The raw bar at both locations of the New American restaurant (the other up in North Shoal Creek) serves up a tuna poke made with taro chips.

5900 W Slaughter Ln D
Austin, TX 78749

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16. Hawai’i Nei Cafe

7800 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745
The shoyu ahi bowl at Hawai’i Nei Cafe
The shoyu ahi bowl at Hawai’i Nei Cafe
Hawai’i Nei Cafe/Facebook

The Hawaiian food truck offers up classic poke, from the shoyu ahi tuna to the spicy to the fishless tofu and baby broccoli.

7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745

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