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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.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hmart Austin

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11301 Lakeline Blvd
Austin, TX 78717
(737) 717-6900
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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
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2. Foxhole Culinary Tavern

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13995 US-183
Austin, TX 78717
(512) 386-1354
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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
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3. Soto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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11066 Pecan Park Blvd #402
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 257-0788
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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
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4. Midori Sushi

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13435 US-183 #301
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 257-1411
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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
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5. Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine

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6001 W Parmer Ln #140
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 770-1104
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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

6. Fat Dragon

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 258-7587
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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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7. Chen's Noodle House

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #127
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 336-8889
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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

8. UZeat Restaurant

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd suite 119
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 992-0128
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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

9. Kanji Ramen

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12636 Research Blvd C101
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 250-8400
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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

10. Caspian Grill

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12518 Research Blvd Ste. J
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 382-1454
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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
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11. Pour House

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11835 Jollyville Rd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 270-4740
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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
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12. Poke House Austin

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11150 Research Blvd #216
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 291-6986
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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
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13. Honest Mary's

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9828 Great Hills Trail #300
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 953-8427
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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
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14. NXNW Restaurant & Brewery Stonelake

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10010 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 467-6969
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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.

15. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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9400 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 342-2642
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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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16. Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill | Arboretum

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9400 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 346-3506
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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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17. Haru Sushi

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9503 Research Blvd #500
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 795-8666
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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
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18. Baby Acapulco Restaurant

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9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 795-9000
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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
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1. Hmart Austin

11301 Lakeline Blvd, Austin, TX 78717
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.

11301 Lakeline Blvd
Austin, TX 78717

2. Foxhole Culinary Tavern

13995 US-183, Austin, TX 78717
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.

13995 US-183
Austin, TX 78717

3. Soto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

11066 Pecan Park Blvd #402, Cedar Park, TX 78613
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.

11066 Pecan Park Blvd #402
Cedar Park, TX 78613

4. Midori Sushi

13435 US-183 #301, Austin, TX 78750
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.

13435 US-183 #301
Austin, TX 78750

5. Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine

6001 W Parmer Ln #140, Austin, TX 78727
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.

6001 W Parmer Ln #140
Austin, TX 78727

6. Fat Dragon

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109, Austin, TX 78759
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.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109
Austin, TX 78759

7. Chen's Noodle House

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #127, Austin, TX 78759
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.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #127
Austin, TX 78759

8. UZeat Restaurant

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd suite 119, Austin, TX 78759
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.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd suite 119
Austin, TX 78759

9. Kanji Ramen

12636 Research Blvd C101, Austin, TX 78759
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.

12636 Research Blvd C101
Austin, TX 78759

10. Caspian Grill

12518 Research Blvd Ste. J, Austin, TX 78759
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.

12518 Research Blvd Ste. J
Austin, TX 78759

11. Pour House

11835 Jollyville Rd, Austin, TX 78759
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.

11835 Jollyville Rd
Austin, TX 78759

12. Poke House Austin

11150 Research Blvd #216, Austin, TX 78759
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.

11150 Research Blvd #216
Austin, TX 78759

13. Honest Mary's

9828 Great Hills Trail #300, Austin, TX 78759
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.

9828 Great Hills Trail #300
Austin, TX 78759

14. NXNW Restaurant & Brewery Stonelake

10010 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78759

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

10010 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78759

15. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

9400 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
Surf and turf from Eddie V’s
Surf and turf from Eddie V’s
Eddie V’s/Yelp

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.

9400 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

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16. Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill | Arboretum

9400 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
A margarita and cornbread from Z’Tejas
A margarita and cornbread from Z’Tejas
Z’Tejas/Facebook

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.

9400 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

17. Haru Sushi

9503 Research Blvd #500, Austin, TX 78759
Uni at Haru Sushi
Uni at Haru Sushi
Haru Sushi/Facebook

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.

9503 Research Blvd #500
Austin, TX 78759

18. Baby Acapulco Restaurant

9505 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
The purple margarita from Baby Acapulco
The purple margarita from Baby Acapulco
Baby Acapulco/Facebook

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

9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

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