Downtown restaurants

Barbecue in Downtown

Coopers Old Time Pit Bar-B-Cue

The downtown lunch crowd has discovered this new outpost of beloved Cooper's Bar-B-Cue in Llano. Pick your meat at the counter (paid by the pound) then add sides. We're partial to the jalapeño mac-and-cheese, which …
Barbecue in Downtown


Torn between barbecue and fine dining? Lambert's serves intelligent updates of American comfort-food classics – some might call it 'uppity barbecue' – in a historic stone building run by Austin chef Lou Lambert.
Tex-Mex in Downtown

Texas Chili Parlor

Ready for an X-rated meal? When ordering your chili, keep in mind that 'X' is mild, 'XX' is spicy and 'XXX' is melt-your-face-off hot at this Austin institution. There's more than just chili on the menu; there's als…
Mexican in Downtown

La Condesa

Here in slacky Slackerville, decor is often an afterthought, but La Condesa came along and changed all that with an eye-poppingly gorgeous space that's colorful, supermodern and artsy, with a dazzling mural taking u…
American in Downtown

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Dating from the mid-1850s, this historic building is a remarkably well preserved homage to Austin's early days. Within its exposed limestone walls, you can enjoy upscale comfort food, half-price appetizers at happy …
French in Downtown

Chez Nous

This classic Parisian-style bistro has been quietly serving excellent food since 1982. Low-key and casual, Chez Nous is as unpretentious as they come, and has made many a French food lover trés heureux, especially w…