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Where to Eat Near Zilker During ACL

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The Austin City Limits Festival is a sacred time in Austin, a wild rumpus of day drinking, booty shaking, and standing in line for... everything. But there is a better way, at least when it comes to dining. Eater presents a map of the best places to eat and drink near Zilker for out-of-towners and Austinites alike. Whether it's time to leave the festival and find some grub, or waiting in line for Mighty Cone has just become too much, some of Austin's best cuisine is within striking distance. As always, if a favorite restaurant is missing, chime in on the tipline or in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Magnolia Cafe

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2304 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-8645
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The handy pedestrian bridge across Lake Austin will lead you to 24-hour goodness, just a little ways uphill. And let's face it: you're going to need those tacos at some point.

[Photo: Sarah M./Yelp]

2. Fabi + Rosi

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509 Hearn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 236-0642
This under-the-radar French and German spot is close enough to the fest to be reached on foot, but off the beaten path enough that you might actually get a table.

[Photo:Harald M./Yelp]

3. Deep Eddy Cabaret

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Have an after-fest beer or five far from the sixth street crowds. Another easy walk across the pedestrian bridge.

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4. Counter Cafe

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626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 708-8800
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If you're an early riser/concert arriver, check out this classic Austin breakfast spot before walking over to the Republic Square shuttles or crossing the Lamar bridge.

[Photo: Edwin L./Yelp]

5. 24 Diner

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600 N Lamar Blvd #G
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5400
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It will be packed. But ACL is a weekend that calls for a couple good 24-hour options, and 24 Diner serves breakfast any time and cocktails, too.

6. Frank Restaurant

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407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-6894
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This fancy hot dog joint will be serving inside the fest, but their brick and mortar location features strong, tasty drinks. Even better - they pull a mean espresso in the mornings.

7. Juan Pelota Café

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400 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-0222
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This cafe near Republic Square serves up Stumptown Coffee, fancy breakfast tacos from Fresa's, and on the weekends they feature gluten-free pastries - real pastries, like eclair-level pastries - from Blackbird Bakes. Good for a pre-shuttle breakfast.

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8. Hut's Hamburgers

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807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-0693
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Cheap eats aren't the easiest to come by in downtown Austin. At Hut's Hamburgers, open since 1939, diners can spring for the huge pile of onion rings without up all that precious, precious beer money. They have gluten free buns, too.

9. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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Enjoy what very well might be Austin's best margaritas and their high-end tacos for a perfect post-fest night. They'll have a truck inside the festival grounds as well, but their hip-yet-inviting space is worth experiencing.

10. Casa de Luz

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1701 Toomey Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 476-2535
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This tucked-away vegetarian haven offers the perfect detox for all those illicit substances and/or Amy's Ice Cream. The chill atmosphere is the perfect auditory detox, too.

11. Chuy's

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1728 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-4452
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Do you want some Tex Mex? Do you not want to walk far? Chuy's is here for you, and everyone else at ACL. Sometimes a big plate of enchiladas is worth the wait.

[Photo: Krissy K/Yelp]

12. El Alma Cafe y Cantina

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1025 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
El Alma is the higher-end cousin to the Austin Tex-Mex mini-chain El Chile. Their rooftop patio is an ideal space to share post-fest guacamole and cocktails

13. Sandy's Hamburgers

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603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 478-6322
Are these the best hamburgers in Austin? Who knows. Do they hit the spot and come with a side of frozen custard? Hell yes.

[Photo: Mary O./Yelp]

14. Paggi House

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200 Lee Barton Dr
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-3700
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Paggi House will probably be packed right after the festival lets out, but off hours might offer the opportunity to enjoy what is routinely listed as one of the city's best patios.

15. Luke's Inside Out

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1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 589-8883
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This sandwich truck outside the Gibson Bar is open until midnight on weekends and serves up weird and wonderful takes on comfort food like fish fingers, pulled pork sandwiches, and burgers.

[Photo:Kristy O./Yelp]

16. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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This message is for the out-of-towners: if you're feeling really lucky or really patient, this Austin standout is within walking distance of Zilker. Get there early if you want any hope of a table. Austinites: why on earth would you go to Uchi during ACL? You live here.

17. Barley Swine

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2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 394-8150
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Out-of-towners: this other Austin dining destination is a bit of a hike from Zilker, but it is technically doable. Early arrivals could even make a reservation for Thursday night. Austinites: see the previous entry about Uchi.

18. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana

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1502 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 605-9696
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La Barbecue's brisket is mentioned in the same breath as Franklin's these days, and the lines are (for now) much shorter. It's a bit of a hike to Zilker by foot, but for those on bikes or with a ride, it's an easy jaunt.

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1. Magnolia Cafe

2304 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
The handy pedestrian bridge across Lake Austin will lead you to 24-hour goodness, just a little ways uphill. And let's face it: you're going to need those tacos at some point.

[Photo: Sarah M./Yelp]

2304 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

2. Fabi + Rosi

509 Hearn St, Austin, TX 78703
This under-the-radar French and German spot is close enough to the fest to be reached on foot, but off the beaten path enough that you might actually get a table.

[Photo:Harald M./Yelp]

509 Hearn St
Austin, TX 78703

3. Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Have an after-fest beer or five far from the sixth street crowds. Another easy walk across the pedestrian bridge.

[Photo:Turtle S./Yelp]

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

4. Counter Cafe

626 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
If you're an early riser/concert arriver, check out this classic Austin breakfast spot before walking over to the Republic Square shuttles or crossing the Lamar bridge.

[Photo: Edwin L./Yelp]

626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

5. 24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd #G, Austin, TX 78703
It will be packed. But ACL is a weekend that calls for a couple good 24-hour options, and 24 Diner serves breakfast any time and cocktails, too.
600 N Lamar Blvd #G
Austin, TX 78703

6. Frank Restaurant

407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
This fancy hot dog joint will be serving inside the fest, but their brick and mortar location features strong, tasty drinks. Even better - they pull a mean espresso in the mornings.
407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Juan Pelota Café

400 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701
This cafe near Republic Square serves up Stumptown Coffee, fancy breakfast tacos from Fresa's, and on the weekends they feature gluten-free pastries - real pastries, like eclair-level pastries - from Blackbird Bakes. Good for a pre-shuttle breakfast.

[Photo:Michelle C/Yelp]

400 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Hut's Hamburgers

807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Cheap eats aren't the easiest to come by in downtown Austin. At Hut's Hamburgers, open since 1939, diners can spring for the huge pile of onion rings without up all that precious, precious beer money. They have gluten free buns, too.
807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

9. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
Enjoy what very well might be Austin's best margaritas and their high-end tacos for a perfect post-fest night. They'll have a truck inside the festival grounds as well, but their hip-yet-inviting space is worth experiencing.
400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

10. Casa de Luz

1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704
This tucked-away vegetarian haven offers the perfect detox for all those illicit substances and/or Amy's Ice Cream. The chill atmosphere is the perfect auditory detox, too.
1701 Toomey Rd
Austin, TX 78704

11. Chuy's

1728 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Do you want some Tex Mex? Do you not want to walk far? Chuy's is here for you, and everyone else at ACL. Sometimes a big plate of enchiladas is worth the wait.

[Photo: Krissy K/Yelp]

1728 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

12. El Alma Cafe y Cantina

1025 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
El Alma is the higher-end cousin to the Austin Tex-Mex mini-chain El Chile. Their rooftop patio is an ideal space to share post-fest guacamole and cocktails
1025 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

13. Sandy's Hamburgers

603 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Are these the best hamburgers in Austin? Who knows. Do they hit the spot and come with a side of frozen custard? Hell yes.

[Photo: Mary O./Yelp]

603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Paggi House

200 Lee Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78704
Paggi House will probably be packed right after the festival lets out, but off hours might offer the opportunity to enjoy what is routinely listed as one of the city's best patios.
200 Lee Barton Dr
Austin, TX 78704

15. Luke's Inside Out

1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
This sandwich truck outside the Gibson Bar is open until midnight on weekends and serves up weird and wonderful takes on comfort food like fish fingers, pulled pork sandwiches, and burgers.

[Photo:Kristy O./Yelp]

1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
This message is for the out-of-towners: if you're feeling really lucky or really patient, this Austin standout is within walking distance of Zilker. Get there early if you want any hope of a table. Austinites: why on earth would you go to Uchi during ACL? You live here.
801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Barley Swine

2024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Out-of-towners: this other Austin dining destination is a bit of a hike from Zilker, but it is technically doable. Early arrivals could even make a reservation for Thursday night. Austinites: see the previous entry about Uchi.
2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

18. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana

1502 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
La Barbecue's brisket is mentioned in the same breath as Franklin's these days, and the lines are (for now) much shorter. It's a bit of a hike to Zilker by foot, but for those on bikes or with a ride, it's an easy jaunt.
1502 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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