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29 Comforting Soups in Austin

Ramen to menudo to chicken noodle to gumbo to French onion

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Fall, cold weather, and/or rain means it’s time for warming bowls of comforting soup. Nothing beats the liquidy concoction 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, borscht from Russian House, and many others.

For similar dishes, check out Eater’s guide to the best ramen and the best birria.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each shop is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the shop themselves.

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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. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Garbo's

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The seafood restaurant has three stellar sups available: the clam chowder, lobster bisque, and roasted tomato. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Balkan Cafe & Grill

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The Balkan restaurant's beef and vegetable stews, the gulaš and djuveč, are the perfect warming comfort dish. Don’t want to pick between the fillings? Opt for the combo gudju. It comes with bread and white rice too. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Pho Saigon

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For some of the best pho in Austin, check out Pho Saigon. The Houston-based mini-chain serves up consistent giant bowls of beef and chicken pho. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

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The soup offerings from the Korean restaurant are very warming, from the loaded spicy rice cake hot pot (add the cheese) to the spicy ramen to the dumpling soup. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Tan My Restaurant

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Tan My is all about Vietnamese noodle soups, like pho and hu tieu mi (clear noodle soup with chicken broth). Orders can be placed in person; there is dine-in available.

House of Three Gorges

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The soups — hot and sour, egg drop, and spicy wonton — are highly recommended from this Sichuan restaurant. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

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. To-go orders for all locations (the others on South Lamar and East Sixth) can be placed online. The restaurants are open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Ramen Tatsu-ya’s ramen
Ramen Tatsu-ya’s ramen
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Biderman's Deli

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The Jewish-style deli offers up a giant matzo ball as part of its matzo ball soup. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person, the restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Matzo ball soup from Biderman’s
Matzo ball soup from Biderman’s
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épicerie café & grocery

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The French-New Orleans restaurant’s soup offerings include French onion. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Mongers

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Of course, the market and restaurant would dish out a rich and worthy seafood chowder, made with potatoes and bacon. Plus there’s gumbo. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

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. Pickup orders can be placed in person. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Xian Sushi & Noodle

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Xian dishes up noodle soups with choices of kinds of pasta. A sure-fire bet is the red braised beef noodles. Pickup orders can be placed online for all locations. All restaurants are open for 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. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Russian House

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For comforting borscht, the downtown Russian restaurant is the answer. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is opened for dine-in service.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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Bth locations of the seafood restaurant offers several takeout soups. The kettle versions include a cioppino is made with a rotating market offering. Then there’s clam chowder and seafood gumbo. Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Round Rock) can be placed online. The restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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Enjoy some serious cold-weather comfort food at Gourmands: broccoli beer cheese soup, made with Shiner Bock, in a bread bowl. Pickup orders can be placed online; deliveries are available. The pub is open for dine-in service with a patio.

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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The Mexican restaurant serves both menudo and beef caldo, with options to add additional meat as well as hominy. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor tables available.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina

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The South Austin Mexican restaurant’s soup option is the soothing crema de elote, made with a corn and poblano pepper chowder and queso panela, available in a larger family-style size as well as cups and bowls. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

The corn soup at El Alma
The corn soup at El Alma
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Justine's

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French-loving Justine’s offers a classic gooey French onion soup. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

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Really great vegan soups can be found at the South Austin vegetarian restaurant, such as the chickpea tortilla. Place pickup and DoorDash delivery orders online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with an outdoor area.

June’s meshes Jewish and Mexican fare with the matzo ball caldo, which comes loaded with chicken, vegetables, avocado, and the dumpling. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service and there is a patio.

June’s matzo ball caldo
June’s matzo ball caldo
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Soup Peddler

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As is the name, Soup Peddler offers many soups from the vegan- and gluten-free-friendly tomato basil to daily specials. Pickup orders for all locations can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries too. There are typically outdoor areas for dine-in service.

Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
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El Tacorrido

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While the drive-thru menudo soup is only available on weekends from all of its locations, the tripe-filled dish is worth the wait. Place to-go orders through the drive-thrus.

Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine

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The soup options from Sap's are wide-ranging, from the various fillings (duck, beef, chicken, shrimp) to spiciness levels. Pickup orders for both locations (the other on Burnet Road) can be placed online. Both are open for dine-in services.

888 Vietnamese Restaurant

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The East Riverside restaurant has giant bowls of soup, from tom kha to pho. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

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. Pickup orders can be placed online, in person, or over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

El Borrego De Oro

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The South Austin Mexican restaurant’s soup lineup includes birria, caldo de macaron, and menudo. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant is reopen for dine-in service.

Evangeline Café

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For Cajun gumbo, look to Evangeline Cafe, where it comes with Gulf Coast oysters, shrimp, and crab, served with white rice. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

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. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Garbo's

The seafood restaurant has three stellar sups available: the clam chowder, lobster bisque, and roasted tomato. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Balkan Cafe & Grill

The Balkan restaurant's beef and vegetable stews, the gulaš and djuveč, are the perfect warming comfort dish. Don’t want to pick between the fillings? Opt for the combo gudju. It comes with bread and white rice too. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Pho Saigon

For some of the best pho in Austin, check out Pho Saigon. The Houston-based mini-chain serves up consistent giant bowls of beef and chicken pho. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

The soup offerings from the Korean restaurant are very warming, from the loaded spicy rice cake hot pot (add the cheese) to the spicy ramen to the dumpling soup. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Tan My Restaurant

Tan My is all about Vietnamese noodle soups, like pho and hu tieu mi (clear noodle soup with chicken broth). Orders can be placed in person; there is dine-in available.

House of Three Gorges

The soups — hot and sour, egg drop, and spicy wonton — are highly recommended from this Sichuan restaurant. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Ramen Tatsu-ya’s ramen
Ramen Tatsu-ya’s ramen
Ramen Tatsu-Ya/Facebook

The ramen is so good at Ramen Tatsu-ya that people still crave the slurpable bowls during the depths of summer. To-go orders for all locations (the others on South Lamar and East Sixth) can be placed online. The restaurants are open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Ramen Tatsu-ya’s ramen
Ramen Tatsu-ya’s ramen
Ramen Tatsu-Ya/Facebook

Biderman's Deli

Matzo ball soup from Biderman’s
Matzo ball soup from Biderman’s
Biderman’s Deli/Facebook

The Jewish-style deli offers up a giant matzo ball as part of its matzo ball soup. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person, the restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Matzo ball soup from Biderman’s
Matzo ball soup from Biderman’s
Biderman’s Deli/Facebook

épicerie café & grocery

The French-New Orleans restaurant’s soup offerings include French onion. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Mongers

Of course, the market and restaurant would dish out a rich and worthy seafood chowder, made with potatoes and bacon. Plus there’s gumbo. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Julio's Cafe

The Hyde Park Mexican restaurant's chicken soup is chock-full of vegetables. Remember it's cash-only. Pickup orders can be placed in person. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Xian Sushi & Noodle

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

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. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Russian House

For comforting borscht, the downtown Russian restaurant is the answer. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is opened for dine-in service.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Bth locations of the seafood restaurant offers several takeout soups. The kettle versions include a cioppino is made with a rotating market offering. Then there’s clam chowder and seafood gumbo. Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Round Rock) can be placed online. The restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

Enjoy some serious cold-weather comfort food at Gourmands: broccoli beer cheese soup, made with Shiner Bock, in a bread bowl. Pickup orders can be placed online; deliveries are available. The pub is open for dine-in service with a patio.

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

The Mexican restaurant serves both menudo and beef caldo, with options to add additional meat as well as hominy. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor tables available.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina

The corn soup at El Alma
The corn soup at El Alma
El Alma/Facebook

The South Austin Mexican restaurant’s soup option is the soothing crema de elote, made with a corn and poblano pepper chowder and queso panela, available in a larger family-style size as well as cups and bowls. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

The corn soup at El Alma
The corn soup at El Alma
El Alma/Facebook

Justine's

French-loving Justine’s offers a classic gooey French onion soup. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Really great vegan soups can be found at the South Austin vegetarian restaurant, such as the chickpea tortilla. Place pickup and DoorDash delivery orders online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with an outdoor area.

June's

June’s matzo ball caldo
June’s matzo ball caldo
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

June’s meshes Jewish and Mexican fare with the matzo ball caldo, which comes loaded with chicken, vegetables, avocado, and the dumpling. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service and there is a patio.

June’s matzo ball caldo
June’s matzo ball caldo
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Soup Peddler

Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

As is the name, Soup Peddler offers many soups from the vegan- and gluten-free-friendly tomato basil to daily specials. Pickup orders for all locations can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries too. There are typically outdoor areas for dine-in service.

Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

El Tacorrido

While the drive-thru menudo soup is only available on weekends from all of its locations, the tripe-filled dish is worth the wait. Place to-go orders through the drive-thrus.

Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine

The soup options from Sap's are wide-ranging, from the various fillings (duck, beef, chicken, shrimp) to spiciness levels. Pickup orders for both locations (the other on Burnet Road) can be placed online. Both are open for dine-in services.

888 Vietnamese Restaurant

The East Riverside restaurant has giant bowls of soup, from tom kha to pho. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

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. Pickup orders can be placed online, in person, or over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

El Borrego De Oro

The South Austin Mexican restaurant’s soup lineup includes birria, caldo de macaron, and menudo. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant is reopen for dine-in service.

Evangeline Café

For Cajun gumbo, look to Evangeline Cafe, where it comes with Gulf Coast oysters, shrimp, and crab, served with white rice. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

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