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Where to Eat and Drink in Northwest Austin

From refined sushi to potent margaritas

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While Central, East, and South Austin may get all the media love when it comes to popular restaurants, dwellers of Northwest Austin have been quietly enjoying some delicious restaurants for years.

In the area (from the Arboretum to 45), there’s gorgeous oysters to slurp at Eddie V’s, comforting pizza and pints at Pour House, and plenty of purple margs to sip at Baby A’s. The healthy food at Honest Mary’s makes for a perfect lunch, while the flavorful Uzbek cuisine at UZeat offers hearty dishes.

There’s a plethora of scrumptious Asian cuisines too, including Indian, ramen, sushi, and Chinese. The original location Soto has incredible sushi, Sangam Chettinad has irresistible parotta bread, and the massive H Mart Market Eatery has every kind of kimchi under the sun.

Neighbors and commuters alike will find old favorites and new dishes to try in Northwest Austin.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hmart Austin

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Austinites rejoiced when beloved H Mart strolled into town just slightly north of 45. Even better, the food mall inside the Asian grocery store is just as incredible. Choose between seven food stalls that include everything from sushi to Taiwanese shaved ice. Do not skip the Korean fried chicken under any circumstances.

H Mart in Austin
H Mart in Austin
Emy A./Yelp

Foxhole Culinary Tavern

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Don’t judge a book by its cover. Also north of 45 lies this normal-looking tavern that actually serves decadent dishes, such as venison meat loaf, stuffed quail, and prime ribeye.

The burger from Foxhole
The burger from Foxhole
Foxhole Culinary Tavern/Facebook

Soto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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The original Soto location is technically in Cedar Park, but it’s so close to Northwest Austin and extremely delicious that it had to be included on this list. This sushi restaurant is dishing up gorgeous cuts of fish on its makimono menu. Save room for green tea tiramisu.

A dish from Soto
A dish from Soto
Soto/Official

Midori Sushi

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Fans of tempura will adore this cozy spot, which boasts more than a dozen sushi rolls featuring fried ingredients—or that are deep fried themselves.

A spread from Midori Sushi
A spread from Midori Sushi
Midori Sushi/Facebook

Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine

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Simple and traditional, as well as spicy and flavorful, meals are served Chettinad style on banana leaves. Don’t skip the parotta bread.

A dish from Sangam Chettinad
A dish from Sangam Chettinad
Anbu S./Yelp

Fat Dragon

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This Chinese eatery off Spicewood Springs offers 12 different types of dumplings, from traditional soup dumplings to kimchi beef dumplings.

Dumplings from Fat Dragon
Dumplings from Fat Dragon
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Chen's Noodle House

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Craving a noodle soup? Head to this small shop—and be sure to get the scallion pancakes.

Chen’s Noodle House’s fried dumplings
Chen’s Noodle House’s fried dumplings
Tomás H./Yelp

UZeat Restaurant

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Choose from a combo of Uzbek, Russian, and Mediterranean fare at this friendly restaurant. The kebabs get high marks, and there are lots of vegetarian options available.

Lamb kebabs from UZeat
Lamb kebabs from UZeat
Drew J./Yelp

Kanji Ramen

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Get crazy and order the Spicy K-Pop Ramen, which is topped with kimchi and a slice of cheese.

Kanji Ramen’s ramen
Kanji Ramen’s ramen
Amanda S./Yelp

Caspian Grill

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The hearty stews at this Persian eatery are perfect for the winter months. Bonus: Vegans will also be very happy here—order the Persian Biryani plate with soy, carrots, green beans, bell peppers, and potatoes served with a lentil soup.

A dessert from Caspian Grill
A dessert from Caspian Grill
Jennifer D./Yelp

Pour House

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With 35 beers and eight wines on tap, this pizza joint is perfect for those who want to drink with a slice—or a pie. Order the potato pizza with parmesan white sauce, caramelized onions, and fresh rosemary.

Pizza from Pour House Pints and Pies
Pizza from Pour House Pints and Pies
Pour House Pints and Pies/Facebook

Poke House Austin

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The poke craze is still alive and well on Research Blvd. Create a custom poke bowl from base to toppings, which include Hot Cheetos.

Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House/Facebook

Honest Mary's

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In search of something super healthy? Head to Gateway for addictive, made-from-scratch grain bowls.

A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
Kate LeSueur

NXNW Restaurant & Brewery Stonelake

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This brewery and restaurant offers classic brewpub fare in a relaxed setting. Pro tip: Order a flight of three beers for $7.50.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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Next to the Arboretum, this seafood hotspot is packed to the gills during its infamous happy hour, which is Tuesday-Friday 4-7 p.m. and all night on Sundays and Mondays. The Kung Pao Calamari is a must-try.

Surf and turf from Eddie V’s
Surf and turf from Eddie V’s
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Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill | Arboretum

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This southwestern restaurant with popular margaritas has dishes from creamy enchiladas to lighter salads. The ancho fudge pie dessert is a legend around town. Bonus: Each dish comes with warm house-made cornbread.

A margarita and cornbread from Z’Tejas
A margarita and cornbread from Z’Tejas
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Haru Sushi

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Formerly Hanabi, this Gateway sushi spot is crafting inventive rolls, like the Crush on You, which has shrimp tempura, spicy tuna topped with blackened tuna, honey wasabi, and goat cheese.

Uni at Haru Sushi
Uni at Haru Sushi
Haru Sushi/Facebook

Baby Acapulco Restaurant

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Make sure to fill up on delicious Tex-Mex grub in order to imbibe the infamous Purple Margarita.

The purple margarita from Baby Acapulco
The purple margarita from Baby Acapulco
Baby Acapulco/Facebook

Hmart Austin

H Mart in Austin
H Mart in Austin
Emy A./Yelp

Austinites rejoiced when beloved H Mart strolled into town just slightly north of 45. Even better, the food mall inside the Asian grocery store is just as incredible. Choose between seven food stalls that include everything from sushi to Taiwanese shaved ice. Do not skip the Korean fried chicken under any circumstances.

H Mart in Austin
H Mart in Austin
Emy A./Yelp

Foxhole Culinary Tavern

The burger from Foxhole
The burger from Foxhole
Foxhole Culinary Tavern/Facebook

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Also north of 45 lies this normal-looking tavern that actually serves decadent dishes, such as venison meat loaf, stuffed quail, and prime ribeye.

The burger from Foxhole
The burger from Foxhole
Foxhole Culinary Tavern/Facebook

Soto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

A dish from Soto
A dish from Soto
Soto/Official

The original Soto location is technically in Cedar Park, but it’s so close to Northwest Austin and extremely delicious that it had to be included on this list. This sushi restaurant is dishing up gorgeous cuts of fish on its makimono menu. Save room for green tea tiramisu.

A dish from Soto
A dish from Soto
Soto/Official

Midori Sushi

A spread from Midori Sushi
A spread from Midori Sushi
Midori Sushi/Facebook

Fans of tempura will adore this cozy spot, which boasts more than a dozen sushi rolls featuring fried ingredients—or that are deep fried themselves.

A spread from Midori Sushi
A spread from Midori Sushi
Midori Sushi/Facebook

Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine

A dish from Sangam Chettinad
A dish from Sangam Chettinad
Anbu S./Yelp

Simple and traditional, as well as spicy and flavorful, meals are served Chettinad style on banana leaves. Don’t skip the parotta bread.

A dish from Sangam Chettinad
A dish from Sangam Chettinad
Anbu S./Yelp

Fat Dragon

Dumplings from Fat Dragon
Dumplings from Fat Dragon
Fat Dragon/Facebook

This Chinese eatery off Spicewood Springs offers 12 different types of dumplings, from traditional soup dumplings to kimchi beef dumplings.

Dumplings from Fat Dragon
Dumplings from Fat Dragon
Fat Dragon/Facebook

Chen's Noodle House

Chen’s Noodle House’s fried dumplings
Chen’s Noodle House’s fried dumplings
Tomás H./Yelp

Craving a noodle soup? Head to this small shop—and be sure to get the scallion pancakes.

Chen’s Noodle House’s fried dumplings
Chen’s Noodle House’s fried dumplings
Tomás H./Yelp

UZeat Restaurant

Lamb kebabs from UZeat
Lamb kebabs from UZeat
Drew J./Yelp

Choose from a combo of Uzbek, Russian, and Mediterranean fare at this friendly restaurant. The kebabs get high marks, and there are lots of vegetarian options available.

Lamb kebabs from UZeat
Lamb kebabs from UZeat
Drew J./Yelp

Kanji Ramen

Kanji Ramen’s ramen
Kanji Ramen’s ramen
Amanda S./Yelp

Get crazy and order the Spicy K-Pop Ramen, which is topped with kimchi and a slice of cheese.

Kanji Ramen’s ramen
Kanji Ramen’s ramen
Amanda S./Yelp

Caspian Grill

A dessert from Caspian Grill
A dessert from Caspian Grill
Jennifer D./Yelp

The hearty stews at this Persian eatery are perfect for the winter months. Bonus: Vegans will also be very happy here—order the Persian Biryani plate with soy, carrots, green beans, bell peppers, and potatoes served with a lentil soup.

A dessert from Caspian Grill
A dessert from Caspian Grill
Jennifer D./Yelp

Pour House

Pizza from Pour House Pints and Pies
Pizza from Pour House Pints and Pies
Pour House Pints and Pies/Facebook

With 35 beers and eight wines on tap, this pizza joint is perfect for those who want to drink with a slice—or a pie. Order the potato pizza with parmesan white sauce, caramelized onions, and fresh rosemary.

Pizza from Pour House Pints and Pies
Pizza from Pour House Pints and Pies
Pour House Pints and Pies/Facebook

Poke House Austin

Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House/Facebook

The poke craze is still alive and well on Research Blvd. Create a custom poke bowl from base to toppings, which include Hot Cheetos.

Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House’s pokerrito
Poke House/Facebook

Honest Mary's

A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
Kate LeSueur

In search of something super healthy? Head to Gateway for addictive, made-from-scratch grain bowls.

A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
Kate LeSueur

NXNW Restaurant & Brewery Stonelake