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Where to Eat and Drink in Austin's East Side

Barbecue, tacos, Mexican, and booze

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Austin’s East Side has seen a surge in bars and restaurants in the past couple of years, causing the area to become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The highly walkable neighborhood is densely packed with food and drink hotspots, making it a dream for those who love to hop around from place to place.

Let’s talk drinks. Shangri-La are popular dive bars, with offering cheap drinks and delicious food from a truck. Feeling fancy? Whisler’s has craft cocktails with ample patio space to spread out. Beer and coffee are a popular paired offering, with Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Lazarus Brewing both serving espresso drinks along with ales and IPAs (the latter has a kitchen that turns out some great tacos, too).

Food on the east side runs the gamut from famous barbecue (La Barbecue) to two of the city’s best taco trailers (Veracruz and Las Trancas). Higher end options include , or opt to dine at hot Mexican restaurant (Suerte) and a butcher-shop-slash-restaurant with massive steaks to share (Salt & Time).

For the purposes of this map, Austin’s East Side is considered between downtown and Holly, from I-35 to Robert Martinez Jr. Street, from East Cesar Chavez Street to East Seventh Street. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.

If there’s a favorite East Side spot missing, let Eater know through the tipline or in the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Shangri-La

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1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-4291
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With an impressive menu of frozen drinks, a spacious patio, and Cajun food from the Baton Creole truck out back, Shangri-La is a popular place to hang out. Happy hour lasts until 9 p.m. too.

Shangri-La exterior
Shangri-La exterior
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2. Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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Brew & Brew offers high quality coffee and beer selections. The cafe and bar also offers food from popular local purveyors, like Easy Tiger chocolate croissants and bagels from Rosen’s Bagel Co.

Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
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3. Buenos Aires Café

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1201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1189
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Fill up on Argentinian fare like empanadas with chimichurri and mixed grill plates. The restaurant also houses a tapas speakeasy, The Milonga Room, downstairs. Reservations are encouraged for that.

Empanadas from Buenos Aires Cafe
Empanadas from Buenos Aires Cafe
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4. Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

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1600 E 6th St B
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 893-5561
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Next door to Ramen Tatsu-ya’s East 6th location is the noodle shop team’s Japanese patio bar serving up highballs and curry inspired by the East Asian country.

Domo Alley-Gato
Domo Alley-Gato
Julia Keim

5. Cisco's Restaurant

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1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-2420
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With all the bars on the east side, a hangover breakfast spot is essential. Cisco’s is known for Mexican fare like migas and diner favorites like biscuits, served all day long.

A restaurant with varying tables and seats with two people seated at a table against the left wall and one person seated at the counter on the right
Cisco’s
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6. Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
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This butcher shop and grocery also has tables and a bar where people can enjoy its ever-changing menu. Try to snag one of the succulent large roasts to share, or go for the house-made pasta. Tip: During happy hour, a tray of Reissdorf Kolsch is only $10.

Salt & Time
Salt & Time
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7. The White Horse

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500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 553-6756
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The honky-tonk is famous for its dancing two-stepping patrons and cheap drinks, which makes for great people-watching.

8. Suerte

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1800 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 953-0092
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The Mexican restaurant is one of the biggest hits of Austin lately, where its masa-obsessed menu features all sorts inventive and fun tacos, tacos, quesadillas, tamals, etc.

Tacos at Suerte
Tacos at Suerte
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9. Whisler's

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-0781
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The odds of bumping into a friend at the giant patio at Whisler’s are very high on weekends. The cocktail bar has fancy drinks and punch, while the mezcaleria upstairs is a more intimate setting.

Whisler’s
Whisler’s
Mark Weatherford

10. Lazarus Brewing Co.

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1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-7620
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Lazarus by day is a freelancer’s haven, with free Wi-Fi, a full espresso bar, and tasty street tacos. By night, the focus turns to the beer (and wine) selection, like the Amandus, a golden ale named for the patron saint of bartenders.

11. Apt 115

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2025 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 333-0780
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The cozy wine bar on East 7th Street is the place to go to explore all sorts of wines both familiar and unexpected, and the cheese and meat plates don’t hurt, either.

Bottles of wine at Apt 115
Bottles of wine at Apt 115
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12. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504
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Tamale House East is the embodiment of Austin Tex-Mex history from the famed Valera and Vasquez families, full of tacos, tamales, and good vibes.

Dishes from Tamale House East
Dishes from Tamale House East
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13. Cenote

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1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1311
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There’s more than just great coffee at this neighborhood spot. Breakfast tacos, sandwiches, and a strong selection of beer and coffee are available on the patio or inside the bright blue cafe. Bonus: the building also houses Paper Route Bakery, with cakes by the slice, scones, and other sweet treats.

A dish from Cenote
A dish from Cenote
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14. Las Trancas Taco Stand

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1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 701-8287
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One of the city’s best taco trucks dishes up simple and cheap tacos from its giant trailer with patio on East Cesar Chavez, from the basics like pastor and asada to offal ones like beef tripe and pork stomach.

Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
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15. Veracruz All Natural

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1704 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 981-1760
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Home to some of the best tacos in Austin, Veracruz’s differentiator is homemade corn and flour tortillas. The poblano migas taco is a must-try.

Veracruz taco
Veracruz taco
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16. Kerlin BBQ

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2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 412-5588
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In addition to plates of sausage, brisket, and pork shoulder, Kerlin also uses the smoked meats to make kolaches.

17. la Barbecue

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2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 605-9696
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Expect a line for owner LeAnn Mueller’s famous brisket, considered some of the best in Texas. Luckily, the location at the Quickie Pickie has air conditioning.

1. Shangri-La

1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Shangri-La exterior
Shangri-La exterior
Shangri-La [Official]

With an impressive menu of frozen drinks, a spacious patio, and Cajun food from the Baton Creole truck out back, Shangri-La is a popular place to hang out. Happy hour lasts until 9 p.m. too.

1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew/Facebook

Brew & Brew offers high quality coffee and beer selections. The cafe and bar also offers food from popular local purveyors, like Easy Tiger chocolate croissants and bagels from Rosen’s Bagel Co.

500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

3. Buenos Aires Café

1201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Empanadas from Buenos Aires Cafe
Empanadas from Buenos Aires Cafe
Buenos Aires Cafe/Facebook

Fill up on Argentinian fare like empanadas with chimichurri and mixed grill plates. The restaurant also houses a tapas speakeasy, The Milonga Room, downstairs. Reservations are encouraged for that.

1201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

1600 E 6th St B, Austin, TX 78702
Domo Alley-Gato
Domo Alley-Gato
Julia Keim

Next door to Ramen Tatsu-ya’s East 6th location is the noodle shop team’s Japanese patio bar serving up highballs and curry inspired by the East Asian country.

1600 E 6th St B
Austin, TX 78702

5. Cisco's Restaurant

1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
A restaurant with varying tables and seats with two people seated at a table against the left wall and one person seated at the counter on the right
Cisco’s
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

With all the bars on the east side, a hangover breakfast spot is essential. Cisco’s is known for Mexican fare like migas and diner favorites like biscuits, served all day long.

1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Salt & Time
Salt & Time
Salt & Time [Official]

This butcher shop and grocery also has tables and a bar where people can enjoy its ever-changing menu. Try to snag one of the succulent large roasts to share, or go for the house-made pasta. Tip: During happy hour, a tray of Reissdorf Kolsch is only $10.

1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. The White Horse

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702

The honky-tonk is famous for its dancing two-stepping patrons and cheap drinks, which makes for great people-watching.

500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Suerte

1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Tacos at Suerte
Tacos at Suerte
Suerte/Facebook

The Mexican restaurant is one of the biggest hits of Austin lately, where its masa-obsessed menu features all sorts inventive and fun tacos, tacos, quesadillas, tamals, etc.

1800 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Whisler's

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Whisler’s
Whisler’s
Mark Weatherford

The odds of bumping into a friend at the giant patio at Whisler’s are very high on weekends. The cocktail bar has fancy drinks and punch, while the mezcaleria upstairs is a more intimate setting.

1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Lazarus Brewing Co.

1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Lazarus by day is a freelancer’s haven, with free Wi-Fi, a full espresso bar, and tasty street tacos. By night, the focus turns to the beer (and wine) selection, like the Amandus, a golden ale named for the patron saint of bartenders.

1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Apt 115

2025 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Bottles of wine at Apt 115
Bottles of wine at Apt 115
Apt 115/Facebook

The cozy wine bar on East 7th Street is the place to go to explore all sorts of wines both familiar and unexpected, and the cheese and meat plates don’t hurt, either.

2025 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Dishes from Tamale House East
Dishes from Tamale House East
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Tamale House East is the embodiment of Austin Tex-Mex history from the famed Valera and Vasquez families, full of tacos, tamales, and good vibes.

1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
A dish from Cenote
A dish from Cenote
Cenote/Facebook

There’s more than just great coffee at this neighborhood spot. Breakfast tacos, sandwiches, and a strong selection of beer and coffee are available on the patio or inside the bright blue cafe. Bonus: the building also houses Paper Route Bakery, with cakes by the slice, scones, and other sweet treats.

1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Las Trancas Taco Stand

1210 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
Las Trancas/Facebook

One of the city’s best taco trucks dishes up simple and cheap tacos from its giant trailer with patio on East Cesar Chavez, from the basics like pastor and asada to offal ones like beef tripe and pork stomach.

1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Veracruz All Natural

1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Veracruz taco
Veracruz taco
Photo: Veracruz All Natural/Official

Home to some of the best tacos in Austin, Veracruz’s differentiator is homemade corn and flour tortillas. The poblano migas taco is a must-try.

1704 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Kerlin BBQ

2207 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

In addition to plates of sausage, brisket, and pork shoulder, Kerlin also uses the smoked meats to make kolaches.

2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

17. la Barbecue

2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Expect a line for owner LeAnn Mueller’s famous brisket, considered some of the best in Texas. Luckily, the location at the Quickie Pickie has air conditioning.

2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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