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14 Low-Key Awesome Spots to Eat and Drink in Westlake

From casual wine bars to Tex-Mex favorites

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For a neighborhood considered to be glitzy and upscale, Westlake’s dining options are surprisingly low-key. Alternately, maybe citizens of the city (technically separate from Austin) just know how to keep a good thing under wraps. Just don’t expect to find any bars or late-night dining (except for newcomer Sway).

Many Austin favorites have set up spacious outposts on the west side of town. Jack Allen’s Kitchen is a prime spot for people-watching over margaritas and pimiento cheese. The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen works as training grounds for more than one sommelier. Blenders & Bowls is a popular spot for a cold, sweet treat. Even Austin favorite Tacodeli has a location.

Some restaurants are Westlake originals, though. Marye’s Gourmet Pizza serves crispy, golden pizzas with a variety of toppings. Las Palomas shines with delicate, puffy empanadas and other interior Mexican dishes.

Everything below is listed in geographical order, from north to south. If there’s a favorite Westlake spot missing, let Eater know through the tipline, or in the comments.

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Maudie's Milagro

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Maudie’s Milagro paved the way for restaurants in the Davenport Ranch area. After 15 years, the Tex-Mex standby is still celebrated for strong margaritas, a variety of enchiladas, and health-conscious options.

Maudie’s Milagro
Maudie’s Milagro
Maudie’s Milagro/Facebook

Jade Restaurant

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This Chinese restaurant in Davenport Village has excellent dumplings and a full bar.

Steamed sea bass from Jade
Steamed sea bass from Jade
Jade Restaurant/Facebook

Jack Allen’s Kitchen 360

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Arguably the center hub of Westlake dining, Jack Allen’s Kitchen on 360 offers some of the best people-watching in town. The beef shortrib quesadilla is cheesy perfection (and discounted during happy hour, too), and the white chocolate blondie is a dessert everyone can agree on.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen white chocolate blondie
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s white chocolate blondie
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The Grove

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The popular wine bar and kitchen serves until 10 p.m., which is about as late-night as Westlake gets. Explore the substantial wine list with flights and snack on New American dishes. Word of warning: The Grove at Westlake has an abbreviated brunch menu compared to the other locations.

The Grove’s wine and bites
The Grove’s wine and bites
Laura R./Yelp

Tacodeli

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The people of Westlake, like all Austinites, sure love their tacos. The Westlake location draws crowds during lunchtime and on weekends for the breakfast options, beefy Cowboy taco, and infamous Doña salsa.

Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
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Blenders and Bowls

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A popular hangout for students at nearby Westlake High School, Blenders & Bowls serves fruit-filled smoothies and acai bowls.

Acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls
Acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls
Photo: Blenders & Bowls/Facebook

Trianon Coffee

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There are few non-chain places to get coffee in Westlake, but Trianon is one of them. After moving to a new location in 2018, the coffee shop has a menu in the works, too.

Coffee at Trianon
Coffee at Trianon
Trianon/Facebook

Blue Dahlia Bistro

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This charming bistro has a lush patio and European-inspired menu. The all-day breakfast is great for satisfying cravings for waffles or blintzes, or stop by during weekday happy hour for $5 glasses of wine, a $10 cheese board, and other great deals.

Blue Dahlia salad
Blue Dahlia salad
[Photo: Blue Dahlia Cafe/Facebook]

Marye's Gourmet Pizza

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Marye’s has accumulated a legion of die-hard fans during its 20+ years in business. The crispy, chewy crust is highly praised, as well as the freshness of the ingredients, which are often sourced locally. The small restaurant also offers sandwiches, salads, lasagne, and a decent selection of wine and beer.

Marye’s famous crust
Marye’s famous crust
Marye’s Gourmet Pizza/Facebook

One of the few options for a late night in Westlake, this local Thai spot is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays. The tom kha brings the heat and the crispy whole fish is always a great option. Don’t miss the stellar view of downtown from the upstairs patio.

The moo sway at Sway
The moo sway at Sway
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Summer Moon Coffee

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Austin-based chain Summer Moon Coffee is known for wood-fired coffee and sweet moon milk.

Summer Moon Coffee’s winter latte
Summer Moon Coffee’s winter latte
Jenny N./Yelp

Las Palomas

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One of the best hidden gems in Austin, Las Palomas serves interior Mexican cuisine like flaky empanadas, chilaquilas, enchiladas mole, and tres leches. Though the parking lot is currently a construction nightmare, this only means a chance to snag a more intimate table (or, check out the private dining room).

Tres leches at Las Palomas
Tres leches at Las Palomas
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Chinatown

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The original location that started Ronald Cheng’s empire, Chinatown Westlake features dishes from multiple regions of China. The lunch specials and weekend dim sum are popular.

Chinatown’s dumplings
Chinatown’s dumplings
Chinatown/Facebook

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q

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Rudy’s seems to have dropped its former cheeky slogan of “The Worst BBQ in Texas” in favor of “Real Texas Bar-B-Q,” which is decidedly more accurate. The store, which is attached to a gas station, serves succulent, peppery brisket, meaty ribs, all the authentic sides, and some darn good breakfast tacos.

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Jon S./Yelp

Maudie's Milagro

Maudie’s Milagro
Maudie’s Milagro
Maudie’s Milagro/Facebook

Maudie’s Milagro paved the way for restaurants in the Davenport Ranch area. After 15 years, the Tex-Mex standby is still celebrated for strong margaritas, a variety of enchiladas, and health-conscious options.

Maudie’s Milagro
Maudie’s Milagro
Maudie’s Milagro/Facebook

Jade Restaurant

Steamed sea bass from Jade
Steamed sea bass from Jade
Jade Restaurant/Facebook

This Chinese restaurant in Davenport Village has excellent dumplings and a full bar.

Steamed sea bass from Jade
Steamed sea bass from Jade
Jade Restaurant/Facebook

Jack Allen’s Kitchen 360

Jack Allen’s Kitchen white chocolate blondie
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s white chocolate blondie
Matthew L./Yelp

Arguably the center hub of Westlake dining, Jack Allen’s Kitchen on 360 offers some of the best people-watching in town. The beef shortrib quesadilla is cheesy perfection (and discounted during happy hour, too), and the white chocolate blondie is a dessert everyone can agree on.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen white chocolate blondie
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s white chocolate blondie
Matthew L./Yelp

The Grove

The Grove’s wine and bites
The Grove’s wine and bites
Laura R./Yelp

The popular wine bar and kitchen serves until 10 p.m., which is about as late-night as Westlake gets. Explore the substantial wine list with flights and snack on New American dishes. Word of warning: The Grove at Westlake has an abbreviated brunch menu compared to the other locations.

The Grove’s wine and bites
The Grove’s wine and bites
Laura R./Yelp

Tacodeli

Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli/Facebook

The people of Westlake, like all Austinites, sure love their tacos. The Westlake location draws crowds during lunchtime and on weekends for the breakfast options, beefy Cowboy taco, and infamous Doña salsa.

Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli/Facebook

Blenders and Bowls

Acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls
Acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls
Photo: Blenders & Bowls/Facebook

A popular hangout for students at nearby Westlake High School, Blenders & Bowls serves fruit-filled smoothies and acai bowls.

Acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls
Acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls
Photo: Blenders & Bowls/Facebook

Trianon Coffee

Coffee at Trianon
Coffee at Trianon
Trianon/Facebook

There are few non-chain places to get coffee in Westlake, but Trianon is one of them. After moving to a new location in 2018, the coffee shop has a menu in the works, too.

Coffee at Trianon
Coffee at Trianon
Trianon/Facebook

Blue Dahlia Bistro

Blue Dahlia salad
Blue Dahlia salad
[Photo: Blue Dahlia Cafe/Facebook]

This charming bistro has a lush patio and European-inspired menu. The all-day breakfast is great for satisfying cravings for waffles or blintzes, or stop by during weekday happy hour for $5 glasses of wine, a $10 cheese board, and other great deals.

Blue Dahlia salad
Blue Dahlia salad
[Photo: Blue Dahlia Cafe/Facebook]

Marye's Gourmet Pizza

Marye’s famous crust
Marye’s famous crust
Marye’s Gourmet Pizza/Facebook

Marye’s has accumulated a legion of die-hard fans during its 20+ years in business. The crispy, chewy crust is highly praised, as well as the freshness of the ingredients, which are often sourced locally. The small restaurant also offers sandwiches, salads, lasagne, and a decent selection of wine and beer.

Marye’s famous crust
Marye’s famous crust
Marye’s Gourmet Pizza/Facebook

Sway

The moo sway at Sway
The moo sway at Sway
Courtney Pierce/EATX

One of the few options for a late night in Westlake, this local Thai spot is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays. The tom kha brings the heat and the crispy whole fish is always a great option. Don’t miss the stellar view of downtown from the upstairs patio.

The moo sway at Sway
The moo sway at Sway
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Summer Moon Coffee

Summer Moon Coffee’s winter latte
Summer Moon Coffee’s winter latte
Jenny N./Yelp

Austin-based chain Summer Moon Coffee is known for wood-fired coffee and sweet moon milk.

Summer Moon Coffee’s winter latte
Summer Moon Coffee’s winter latte
Jenny N./Yelp

Las Palomas

Tres leches at Las Palomas
Tres leches at Las Palomas
Las Palomas/Facebook

One of the best hidden gems in Austin, Las Palomas serves interior Mexican cuisine like flaky empanadas, chilaquilas, enchiladas mole, and tres leches. Though the parking lot is currently a construction nightmare, this only means a chance to snag a more intimate table (or, check out the private dining room).

Tres leches at Las Palomas
Tres leches at Las Palomas
Las Palomas/Facebook

Chinatown

Chinatown’s dumplings
Chinatown’s dumplings
Chinatown/Facebook

The original location that started Ronald Cheng’s empire, Chinatown Westlake features dishes from multiple regions of China. The lunch specials and weekend dim sum are popular.

Chinatown’s dumplings
Chinatown’s dumplings
Chinatown/Facebook

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Jon S./Yelp

Rudy’s seems to have dropped its former cheeky slogan of “The Worst BBQ in Texas” in favor of “Real Texas Bar-B-Q,” which is decidedly more accurate. The store, which is attached to a gas station, serves succulent, peppery brisket, meaty ribs, all the authentic sides, and some darn good breakfast tacos.

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Jon S./Yelp

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