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The lobster bisque at Garbo’s.
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Where to Warm Up With Comforting Soups in Austin

Chicken noodle, menudo, ramen, gumbo, pho, French onion, lobster bisque, and so much more warming bowls

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The lobster bisque at Garbo’s.
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Winter/fall, cold weather, and/or rain all mean it’s time for warming bowls of comforting soup. Nothing beats the liquid concoctions filled with vegetables, meats, noodles, and whatever else of your choosing. There are plentiful options and styles found in the city, from ramen to pho to caldos to tortilla to bisque to good ol' chicken soup.

Austin’s best bowls of soups include the therapeutic broths of Ramen Tatsu-Ya, weekend menudo at Tacorrido, pho from Pho Saigon, caldos from Joe’s Bakery, French onion soup at Epicerie, gumbo from Cypress Grill, and many others.

For similar dishes, check out Eater’s guide to the best ramen, birria, beef noodle soups, and hot pot/shabu shabu destinations.

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Chen's Noodle House

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The hand-cut noodles in the Barrington Oaks Chinese restaurant’s soups amplify the bowls to the next level. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Garbo's

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The Parmer Point seafood restaurant has three stellar soups available: clam chowder, lobster bisque, and roasted tomato. There’s a second location on North Lamar between downtown and Clarksville; takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Ramen del Barrio

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It’s the best of both worlds at this Mexican Japanese food stall within the Hana World Market supermarket’s food court in the Scofield Farms neighborhood. Look no further than the menudo tonkotsu. There are indoor dine-in areas.

Pho Saigon

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For some of the best pho in Austin, check out the Austin location of the Houston-based mini-chain in the North Lamar neighborhood. The Vietnamese restaurant serves up consistent giant bowls of beef and chicken pho. Takeout orders can be placed online; here are indoor dine-in services.

Tan My Restaurant

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The North Austin restaurant is all about Vietnamese noodle soups, like pho and hu tieu mi (clear noodle soup with chicken broth). There is indoor dine-in services.

House of Three Gorges

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The soups — hot and sour, egg drop, spicy wonton, and spicy rice noodles with brisket — are highly recommended at this Sichuan restaurant in North Austin. There are third-party takeout and delivery orders via DoorDash and Uber Eats; there are indoor dine-in services.

Ramen Tatsu-ya

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The ramen is so good at Ramen Tatsu-ya that people still crave the slurpable bowls during the depths of summer. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Korea House

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For fantastic Korean stews, look no further than this North Shoal Creek restaurant. There are bone broth-based ones like the sullungtang with thin brisket slices and glass noodles; the vegetable broth-based kimchi jjigae; and the miyukguk, a bone broth-seaweed soup. For a larger party, opt for the giant budae jjigae, which comes full of Spam, hot dogs, tofu, ground beef, rice cakes, ramen, cheese, etc. etc. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

JewBoy Sub Shop

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The El Paso-slash-Jewish sandwich shop and deli has a perfect matzo ball soup on deck. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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The matzo ball soup at JewBoy Sub Shop.
JewBoy Sub Shop

Yeni's Fusion

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The Indonesian food trailer with two locations — this one in Brentwood at the Aristocrat Lounge and the second new one down in Bouldin Creek — has a bunch of warming, soothing soupy dishes. There’s the empal gentong, a creamy coconut soup with smoked brisket; the iconic bubur ayam, a chicken porridge; and keep an eye out for specials. Takeout orders for Brentwood can be placed online; there are also in-person takeout orders; Brentwood features indoor and outdoor dine-in areas and Bouldin Creek has outdoor dine-in areas.

Soupleaf Hot Pot

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It’s right there in the name: this Cantonese all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant in Highland has really great base soups, like the spicy mala or the flavorful miso dashi. Add in the unlimited buffet with noodles, seafood, vegetables, etc., plus a la carte meats, and you’ve got the best deal for a very warm meal. There are indoor dine-in services.

Epicerie café & grocery

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The Rosedale French-New Orleans restaurant’s soup offerings include the ooey-gooey French onion. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Mongers

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Of course, the Hyde Park market and restaurant would dish out a rich and worthy seafood chowder, made with potatoes and bacon. Plus there’s gumbo. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Julio's Cafe

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The Hyde Park Mexican restaurant's chicken soup is chock-full of vegetables. Remember it's cash-only. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Xian Sushi & Noodle

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Xian dishes up noodle soups with choices of kinds of pastas. A sure-fire bet is the red braised beef noodles. Pickup orders can be placed online for all locations; there are indoor dine-in services.

FoodHeads

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The sandwich shop’s soup game is very strong, offering everything from a vegan tomato-coconut to a Tuscan white bean to green chile chicken pozole. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Mum Foods

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Another great bet for matzo ball soup is found at this Pecan Springs-Springdale deli from the famed farmers market stand. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Vic and Al's

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The Cherrywood Cajun restaurant’s gumbo is a favorite, a classic mix with sassafras rice and chicken thighs. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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Both locations of the seafood restaurant offer two soups: clam chowder and seafood gumbo. Takeout orders for both locations (the other in Round Rock) can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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The Mexican restaurant serves both menudo and beef caldo, with options to add additional meats, vegetables, and hominy. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

El Alma

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The South Austin Mexican restaurant serves up a soothing crema de elote soup at both of its locations — this one in Bouldin Creek and the other further down in Westgate. It’s made with a corn and poblano pepper chowder and queso panela. There’s also the sopa Azteca, a spicy tomato soup with chicken and tortilla strips. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Justine's

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The very French East Austin restaurant offers a classic gooey French onion soup. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

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Really great vegan soups can be found at the Bouldin Creek vegetarian restaurant, such as the chickpea tortilla. Takeout orders and delivery orders online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A fusion-y sou meshing Jewish and Mexican cuisines is available at the Boulin Creek wine restaurant. The matzo ball caldo is loaded with chicken, vegetables, avocado, and the dumpling. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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June’s matzo ball caldo.
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1618 Asian Fusion

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Find all the pan-Asian soups and noodle soups a person could watch at the East Riverside restaurant. There are Thai (tom yum), Chinese (roasted duck with wontons), and Vietnamese (pho, hủ tiếu mì). Takeout orders can be placed online; there are third-party deliveries (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub); and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Soup Peddler

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As is the name, the Austin fast-casual chain offers many soups from vegan- and gluten-free-friendly tomato basil to the superb mulligatawny to daily specials. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online in person; there are Favor deliveries too; and there are typically outdoor areas for dine-in service.

El Tacorrido

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While the menudo soup is only available on weekends from all of locations of the Mexican fast-casual drive-thru restaurant, the tripe-filled dish is worth the wait. Takeout orders can be placed in person via the drive-thru.

Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine

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The soup options at the Westgate Thai restaurant are wide-ranging, from the various fillings (duck, beef, chicken, shrimp, noodles) to spiciness levels. Takeout order can be placed online or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

888 Pan Asian Restaurant

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The East Riverside restaurant has giant bowls of soup, from tom kha to pho. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Hecho en Mexico

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The sopa Azteca is made with an ancho chile-based broth for a hotter kick. Spicy chicken soup lovers should try calda tlalpeno. Takeout and delivery orders for both locations, this in Oak Hill and the other in Montopolis, can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

El Borrego De Oro

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The Dawson neighborhood Mexican restaurant’s soup lineup includes birria, caldo de camaron, and menudo. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Cypress Grill

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The Louisiana-styled restaurant in Oak Hill naturally has gumbo, both seafood and chicken-sausage. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Evangeline Café

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For Cajun gumbo, look to this far south Austin restaurant , where it comes with Gulf Coast oysters, shrimp, and crab, served with white rice. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Austin Rotisserie

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The French spot with two locations — this food truck at the Far Out Lounge in far south Austin and the food hall stall within the Fareground in downtown — offers lentil soup and chicken bone broth. Takeout orders can be placed online for the Fareground or in-person for both; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Chen's Noodle House

The hand-cut noodles in the Barrington Oaks Chinese restaurant’s soups amplify the bowls to the next level. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Garbo's

The Parmer Point seafood restaurant has three stellar soups available: clam chowder, lobster bisque, and roasted tomato. There’s a second location on North Lamar between downtown and Clarksville; takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Ramen del Barrio

It’s the best of both worlds at this Mexican Japanese food stall within the Hana World Market supermarket’s food court in the Scofield Farms neighborhood. Look no further than the menudo tonkotsu. There are indoor dine-in areas.

Pho Saigon

For some of the best pho in Austin, check out the Austin location of the Houston-based mini-chain in the North Lamar neighborhood. The Vietnamese restaurant serves up consistent giant bowls of beef and chicken pho. Takeout orders can be placed online; here are indoor dine-in services.

Tan My Restaurant

The North Austin restaurant is all about Vietnamese noodle soups, like pho and hu tieu mi (clear noodle soup with chicken broth). There is indoor dine-in services.

House of Three Gorges

The soups — hot and sour, egg drop, spicy wonton, and spicy rice noodles with brisket — are highly recommended at this Sichuan restaurant in North Austin. There are third-party takeout and delivery orders via DoorDash and Uber Eats; there are indoor dine-in services.

Ramen Tatsu-ya

The ramen is so good at Ramen Tatsu-ya that people still crave the slurpable bowls during the depths of summer. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Korea House

For fantastic Korean stews, look no further than this North Shoal Creek restaurant. There are bone broth-based ones like the sullungtang with thin brisket slices and glass noodles; the vegetable broth-based kimchi jjigae; and the miyukguk, a bone broth-seaweed soup. For a larger party, opt for the giant budae jjigae, which comes full of Spam, hot dogs, tofu, ground beef, rice cakes, ramen, cheese, etc. etc. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

JewBoy Sub Shop

The El Paso-slash-Jewish sandwich shop and deli has a perfect matzo ball soup on deck. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A soup with a giant matzo ball in it.
The matzo ball soup at JewBoy Sub Shop.
JewBoy Sub Shop

Yeni's Fusion

The Indonesian food trailer with two locations — this one in Brentwood at the Aristocrat Lounge and the second new one down in Bouldin Creek — has a bunch of warming, soothing soupy dishes. There’s the empal gentong, a creamy coconut soup with smoked brisket; the iconic bubur ayam, a chicken porridge; and keep an eye out for specials. Takeout orders for Brentwood can be placed online; there are also in-person takeout orders; Brentwood features indoor and outdoor dine-in areas and Bouldin Creek has outdoor dine-in areas.

Soupleaf Hot Pot

It’s right there in the name: this Cantonese all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant in Highland has really great base soups, like the spicy mala or the flavorful miso dashi. Add in the unlimited buffet with noodles, seafood, vegetables, etc., plus a la carte meats, and you’ve got the best deal for a very warm meal. There are indoor dine-in services.

Epicerie café & grocery

The Rosedale French-New Orleans restaurant’s soup offerings include the ooey-gooey French onion. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Mongers

Of course, the Hyde Park market and restaurant would dish out a rich and worthy seafood chowder, made with potatoes and bacon. Plus there’s gumbo. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Julio's Cafe

The Hyde Park Mexican restaurant's chicken soup is chock-full of vegetables. Remember it's cash-only. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Xian Sushi & Noodle

Xian dishes up noodle soups with choices of kinds of pastas. A sure-fire bet is the red braised beef noodles. Pickup orders can be placed online for all locations; there are indoor dine-in services.

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FoodHeads

The sandwich shop’s soup game is very strong, offering everything from a vegan tomato-coconut to a Tuscan white bean to green chile chicken pozole. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Mum Foods

Another great bet for matzo ball soup is found at this Pecan Springs-Springdale deli from the famed farmers market stand. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Vic and Al's

The Cherrywood Cajun restaurant’s gumbo is a favorite, a classic mix with sassafras rice and chicken thighs. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Both locations of the seafood restaurant offer two soups: clam chowder and seafood gumbo. Takeout orders for both locations (the other in Round Rock) can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

The Mexican restaurant serves both menudo and beef caldo, with options to add additional meats, vegetables, and hominy. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

El Alma

The South Austin Mexican restaurant serves up a soothing crema de elote soup at both of its locations — this one in Bouldin Creek and the other further down in Westgate. It’s made with a corn and poblano pepper chowder and queso panela. There’s also the sopa Azteca, a spicy tomato soup with chicken and tortilla strips. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Justine's

The very French East Austin restaurant offers a classic gooey French onion soup. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Really great vegan soups can be found at the Bouldin Creek vegetarian restaurant, such as the chickpea tortilla. Takeout orders and delivery orders online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

June's

A fusion-y sou meshing Jewish and Mexican cuisines is available at the Boulin Creek wine restaurant. The matzo ball caldo is loaded with chicken, vegetables, avocado, and the dumpling. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A matzo ball soup with corn.
June’s matzo ball caldo.
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

1618 Asian Fusion

Find all the pan-Asian soups and noodle soups a person could watch at the East Riverside restaurant. There are Thai (tom yum), Chinese (roasted duck with wontons), and Vietnamese (pho, hủ tiếu mì). Takeout orders can be placed online; there are third-party deliveries (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub); and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Soup Peddler

As is the name, the Austin fast-casual chain offers many soups from vegan- and gluten-free-friendly tomato basil to the superb mulligatawny to daily specials. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online in person; there are Favor deliveries too; and there are typically outdoor areas for dine-in service.

El Tacorrido

While the menudo soup is only available on weekends from all of locations of the Mexican fast-casual drive-thru restaurant, the tripe-filled dish is worth the wait. Takeout orders can be placed in person via the drive-thru.

Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine

The soup options at the Westgate Thai restaurant are wide-ranging, from the various fillings (duck, beef, chicken, shrimp, noodles) to spiciness levels. Takeout order can be placed online or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

888 Pan Asian Restaurant

The East Riverside restaurant has giant bowls of soup, from tom kha to pho. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Hecho en Mexico

The sopa Azteca is made with an ancho chile-based broth for a hotter kick. Spicy chicken soup lovers should try calda tlalpeno. Takeout and delivery orders for both locations, this in Oak Hill and the other in Montopolis, can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

El Borrego De Oro

The Dawson neighborhood Mexican restaurant’s soup lineup includes birria, caldo de camaron, and menudo. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Cypress Grill

The Louisiana-styled restaurant in Oak Hill naturally has gumbo, both seafood and chicken-sausage. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Evangeline Café

For Cajun gumbo, look to this far south Austin restaurant , where it comes with Gulf Coast oysters, shrimp, and crab, served with white rice. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Austin Rotisserie

The French spot with two locations — this food truck at the Far Out Lounge in far south Austin and the food hall stall within the Fareground in downtown — offers lentil soup and chicken bone broth. Takeout orders can be placed online for the Fareground or in-person for both; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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