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Short rib pizza from Odd Duck
Short rib pizza from Odd Duck
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Where to Eat and Drink on South Lamar

Exquisite sushi, hearty sandwiches, and some of Texas’s best ramen along one of Austin’s busiest boulevards

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Short rib pizza from Odd Duck
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South Lamar is one of Austin’s busiest stretches in the Zilker and South Austin areas, from numerous restaurants and bars to the Alamo Drafthouse to proximity to Zilker Park. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of options, but Eater is here to help for locals and tourists alike.

Following is Eater’s guide to the best restaurants, food trucks, and bars along South Lamar Boulevard. This includes breakfast and coffee from Patika, stellar food trucks like Luke’s Inside Out, top-notch barbecue from Brown’s Bar-B-Que, restaurants from award-winning chefs like Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Bryce Gilmore (Odd Duck), classic Tex-Mex and queso from Matt’s El Rancho, and more. This update adds Loro and Mandala.

For the purposes of this map, it focuses only on businesses located along South Lamar between West Riverside Drive all the way down to Manchaca Road. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.

Is a favorite South Lamar dining or drinking destination missing? Let Eater know via the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Uchi

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801 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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The Japanese restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole focuses on fresh, sustainable, and responsibly fished ingredients for its sushi and hot and cold dishes. For discounted prices on select food and drink options, get there early. Sake social begins at 5 p.m.

Sushi from Uchi
Sushi from Uchi
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2. Mandala Kitchen & Bar

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1100 S Lamar Blvd #1125
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 386-1038
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The Vietnamese and Thai restaurant serves up the perfectly executed Southeast Asian dishes from curries to fried rice to noodles, along with fun ones like fried white fish doused in pineapple-tamarind sauce. Be sure to indulge in the miniature rice cakes and, if you’re lucky, keep an eye out for the Viet-Cajun crawfish boil.

Thai curry noodles from Mandala
Thai curry noodles from Mandala
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3. Luke's Inside Out

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1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 589-8883
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Parked next to Gibson Bar, this South Lamar food truck cooks up creative sandwich combinations, along with an inventive brunch on Sundays. Be sure to sample the Pressed Pig, comprised of jerk pork, mortadella, Swiss, love mustard, and pickles on a toasted hoagie.

A burger from Luke’s Inside Out
A burger from Luke’s Inside Out
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4. Gibson Street Bar

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1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 386-1345
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With a seat-yourself policy and amply sized patio, Gibson Street Bar is perfect for small and large parties alike. The casual bar serves well-made, classic cocktails, and numerous television screens make it a favorite for those looking to watch sports. Also great: Luke’s Inside Out is parked on the premises.

Gibson Street Bar
Gibson Street Bar
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5. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Enjoy elevated American cuisine in a welcoming environment from notable Austin chef Bryce Gilmore and his team, complete with an open kitchen layout and outdoor patio. Inspired by local, fresh foods and drinks, the menu boasts innovative dishes with seasonal specialities. Don’t skip the restaurant’s daily bread.

Food and drink at Odd Duck
Food and drink at Odd Duck
Odd Duck/Facebook

6. Ramen Tatsu-Ya

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1234 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 893-5561
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Some of the state’s best ramen can be found over at Ramen Tatsu-ya. Choose from ramen made with pork bone broth, chicken shoyu broth, or the soy-and-mushroom combination for a vegan option. Small bites and sides are also available.

Ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya
Ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya
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7. Chi'lantro

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1509 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 428-5269
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Chi’Lantro is known for its original kimchi fries, but the rest of the menu isn’t to be overlooked. Blending Korean and Mexican flavors, diners can opt for starters like street corn and chips, with entrees ranging from a noodle bowl, burger, to tacos.

Food from Chi’lantro
Food from Chi’lantro
Chi’lantro/Facebook

8. Brown's Bar-B-Que

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1901 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 517-8520
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Located in front of Corner Bar, the barbecue truck is known and loved for its ribs, brisket, chicken, and pulled pork. Don’t forget the sides. The homemade potato salad and coleslaw are worth the attention.

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Barbecue and sides from Browns
Barbecue from Brown’s
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9. Tiny Pies

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2032 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 460-9697
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Using family traditions and the local, seasonal ingredients, Tiny Pies bakes its hand-held pies from scratch daily. Seasonal flavors include pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate peppermint cream. The shop also bakes savory pies, too.

Pies at Tiny Pies
Pies at Tiny Pies
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10. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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2110 South Lamar Blvd C
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4445
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For a wine-forward experience with pairable food, the revamped neighborhood restaurant Aviary is your best bet. Explore the lengthy, adventurous wine list (the aptly titled Frank Zappa section dedicated to the “odd/funky/challenging/fun” wines is worth the wander), paired with thoughtful cuisine.

Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
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11. Loro

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2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4858
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Notable Austin chefs Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) teamed up and created a sprawling Asian smokehouse with Texas dance hall vibes. Loro’s food results in smoked meats with pan-Asian inflections, like brisket served with chili gastrique, turkey breast with apricot chutney, and pork ribs with cauliflower pickles.

Food from Loro
Food from Loro
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12. Patika

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2159 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Along with great coffees and baked goods, Patika offers breakfast and lunch daily, plus weekend brunch, all made to order in the food truck out back. Start the day with an avocado toast or breakfast sandwich, or stop in mid-day for the quinoa bowl. Evening visitors can enjoy wine and beer.

Food and coffee at Patika
Food and coffee at Patika
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13. Matt's El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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Dip into Austin history at classic Tex-Mex restaurant Matt’s El Rancho, where the margaritas are plentiful and the iconic Bob Armstrong dip is the ideal queso.

A pair of hands holding onto a bowl of yellow cheese dip with dollops of ground meat and guacamole on top of a placemat that notes information about Matt’s El Rancho
The Bob Armstrong dip at Matt’s El Rancho
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14. Papalote Taco House

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2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-2474
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Solid tacos can be found over at Papalote Taco House, where breakfast and lunch-time ingredients ranch from al pastor to lengua to cactus.

1. Uchi

801 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
Sushi from Uchi
Sushi from Uchi
Logan Crable/Uchi/Official

The Japanese restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole focuses on fresh, sustainable, and responsibly fished ingredients for its sushi and hot and cold dishes. For discounted prices on select food and drink options, get there early. Sake social begins at 5 p.m.

801 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

2. Mandala Kitchen & Bar

1100 S Lamar Blvd #1125, Austin, TX 78704
Thai curry noodles from Mandala
Thai curry noodles from Mandala
Mandala/Facebook

The Vietnamese and Thai restaurant serves up the perfectly executed Southeast Asian dishes from curries to fried rice to noodles, along with fun ones like fried white fish doused in pineapple-tamarind sauce. Be sure to indulge in the miniature rice cakes and, if you’re lucky, keep an eye out for the Viet-Cajun crawfish boil.

1100 S Lamar Blvd #1125
Austin, TX 78704

3. Luke's Inside Out

1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A burger from Luke’s Inside Out
A burger from Luke’s Inside Out
Luke’s Inside Out/Facebook

Parked next to Gibson Bar, this South Lamar food truck cooks up creative sandwich combinations, along with an inventive brunch on Sundays. Be sure to sample the Pressed Pig, comprised of jerk pork, mortadella, Swiss, love mustard, and pickles on a toasted hoagie.

1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

4. Gibson Street Bar

1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Gibson Street Bar
Gibson Street Bar
Gibson Street Bar/Facebook

With a seat-yourself policy and amply sized patio, Gibson Street Bar is perfect for small and large parties alike. The casual bar serves well-made, classic cocktails, and numerous television screens make it a favorite for those looking to watch sports. Also great: Luke’s Inside Out is parked on the premises.

1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

5. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Food and drink at Odd Duck
Food and drink at Odd Duck
Odd Duck/Facebook

Enjoy elevated American cuisine in a welcoming environment from notable Austin chef Bryce Gilmore and his team, complete with an open kitchen layout and outdoor patio. Inspired by local, fresh foods and drinks, the menu boasts innovative dishes with seasonal specialities. Don’t skip the restaurant’s daily bread.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

6. Ramen Tatsu-Ya

1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya
Ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya
Ramen Tatsu-Ya/Facebook

Some of the state’s best ramen can be found over at Ramen Tatsu-ya. Choose from ramen made with pork bone broth, chicken shoyu broth, or the soy-and-mushroom combination for a vegan option. Small bites and sides are also available.

1234 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

7. Chi'lantro

1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Food from Chi’lantro
Food from Chi’lantro
Chi’lantro/Facebook

Chi’Lantro is known for its original kimchi fries, but the rest of the menu isn’t to be overlooked. Blending Korean and Mexican flavors, diners can opt for starters like street corn and chips, with entrees ranging from a noodle bowl, burger, to tacos.

1509 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

8. Brown's Bar-B-Que

1901 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Barbecue and sides from Browns
Barbecue from Brown’s
Chris B./Yelp

Located in front of Corner Bar, the barbecue truck is known and loved for its ribs, brisket, chicken, and pulled pork. Don’t forget the sides. The homemade potato salad and coleslaw are worth the attention.

Photo:

1901 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Tiny Pies

2032 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Pies at Tiny Pies
Pies at Tiny Pies
Tiny Pies/Official

Using family traditions and the local, seasonal ingredients, Tiny Pies bakes its hand-held pies from scratch daily. Seasonal flavors include pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate peppermint cream. The shop also bakes savory pies, too.

2032 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

2110 South Lamar Blvd C, Austin, TX 78704
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

For a wine-forward experience with pairable food, the revamped neighborhood restaurant Aviary is your best bet. Explore the lengthy, adventurous wine list (the aptly titled Frank Zappa section dedicated to the “odd/funky/challenging/fun” wines is worth the wander), paired with thoughtful cuisine.

2110 South Lamar Blvd C
Austin, TX 78704

11. Loro

2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Food from Loro
Food from Loro
Logan Crable

Notable Austin chefs Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) teamed up and created a sprawling Asian smokehouse with Texas dance hall vibes. Loro’s food results in smoked meats with pan-Asian inflections, like brisket served with chili gastrique, turkey breast with apricot chutney, and pork ribs with cauliflower pickles.

2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Patika

2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Food and coffee at Patika
Food and coffee at Patika
Patika/Facebook

Along with great coffees and baked goods, Patika offers breakfast and lunch daily, plus weekend brunch, all made to order in the food truck out back. Start the day with an avocado toast or breakfast sandwich, or stop in mid-day for the quinoa bowl. Evening visitors can enjoy wine and beer.

2159 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

13. Matt's El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A pair of hands holding onto a bowl of yellow cheese dip with dollops of ground meat and guacamole on top of a placemat that notes information about Matt’s El Rancho
The Bob Armstrong dip at Matt’s El Rancho
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Dip into Austin history at classic Tex-Mex restaurant Matt’s El Rancho, where the margaritas are plentiful and the iconic Bob Armstrong dip is the ideal queso.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Papalote Taco House

2803 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Solid tacos can be found over at Papalote Taco House, where breakfast and lunch-time ingredients ranch from al pastor to lengua to cactus.

2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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