Sammie’s is a little taste of old Italy in downtown Austin. It celebrates the great ‘red sauce’ institution—inspired by old school, legendary Italian-American restaurants. The menu offers classic dishes in a casual but sophisticated, retro-designed space that is both lively and comfortable, capturing the essence of a night out at your favorite neighborhood joint. The space consists of a central dining room overlooking Shoal Creek and 6th Street, polished wood bar, Mildred’s Room (a private dining/wine room), and wraparound patio dining area.
The menu offers riffs on standards including Housemade Mozzarella Sticks, Clams Casino, and Caesar Salad a la Tommy; timeless pastas like Spaghetti with Meatballs, and Linguine Vongole; and Sammie’s Classics: big portions of iconic plates like Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Baked Manicotti. The Griglia section includes Whole Lobster with Garlic-Lemon Butter and Dry-Aged Bistecca alla Fiorentina for two. Cheesecake, cannoli, and gelato round out the meal. The wine program is Italian-focused, the beer Italian, and the cocktail list includes classic and signature cocktails including special Martini and Apetitivo sections.WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
Located on Austin’s vibrant South Congress Ave., Neighborhood Sushi serves Japanese-inspired dishes in a casual & beautiful setting. The reimaged space was home to Lou Lambert’s Liberty Pie & Catering, where Larry McGuire got his start 20 years ago.
Neighborhood Sushi provides guests an approachable sushi experience with influences of Texas flavors, Japanese design and Austin hospitality. Fresh & light soups, salads and small plates follow traditional sushi bar inspirations. Enjoy a selection of crispy seafood and local vegetable tempura with a Hitachino on draft out back on the Congress facing Sake Garden.
Nigiri in classic cuts of Japanese Red Snapper, Sea Bream and Santa Barbara Uni are complemented by vegetarian preparations of Texas Sweet Corn topped with togarashi & serrano, and specialty bites like the Kushi Oyster with mignonette pickle. Rolls and hand rolls round out the menu with original arrangements of Grilled Enoki Mushrooms with yuzu kosho and Tempura Shrimp with coconut macadamia and purple shiso.WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
Inspired by the bustling bakery delis of London, New York and California, Swedish Hill's cases are filled with smoked fish, caviar, artisanal charcuterie, colorful vegetable dishes & hearty salads.
Chefs prepare made-to-order sandwiches from a red-brick pizza oven using quality local meats & cheeses. A curated grocery of house-made dried pasta, jams, olive oils, sauces, local eggs, cook’s pantry and fresh herbs line the shelves while cases of cheese and gelato are available for takeaway. The bar serves Coffee Manufactory and freshly squeezed juice by day while wines by the glass and draft beers are available through the evening.
Pastry director Jen Tucker and baking director Alex Manley oversee an extensive list of pastries and hearth-baked breads and cakes, including morning buns, chewy ginger molasses cookies, lemon tartlets, sweet and savory scones and Manley’s beloved bagels. Celebratory cakes and custom orders are also available.WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
At Lou’s, early risers can enjoy Intelligentsia Coffee and pastries from Swedish Hill. For lunch & dinner, in-house rotisserie is added to the all day offerings, including beef, chicken, and cauliflower, served by the plate or family-style with homemade dipping sauces. Salads, sandwiches and sides round out the offerings, sticky Brussels sprouts and cole slaw, with frozen custard topped with salted caramel, sour cherries, pistachio brittle or warm chocolate mocha for dessert.
Outside, an expansive back patio encourages afternoons of ping pong and live music all while cooling off under the warm Texas sun with a crisp cappellitti spritz. Our drink menu includes horchata and agua fresca along with a selection of wine, beer and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
Joann’s Fine Foods, a new South Congress staple, is a welcome respite for early birds and night owls, outlaws and in-laws, all ways always. Joann is Liz Lambert’s mom, an elegant West Texas woman always in signature red lipstick. This place was made for her, for you, and for everyone. Pull up a seat and celebrate a new heyday at the Austin Motel.
Inspired by California diners and the Mexican fare of Austin, an extensive all-day menu of tacos made with in-house flour and corn tortillas, hearty sandwiches and salads as well as Tex-Mex favorites like house-made tamales with green chorizo & adobe pulled pork and picadillo enchiladas. For breakfast, classic diner plates like French toast and omelets are served alongside Mexican favorites like huevos rancheros, migas and barbacoa. The drink menu includes daily juices with optional boozy add-ins; rojo, verde and rosado sangritas; cocktails emphasizing mezcal and tequila and an extensive beer and wine list. Alongside the restaurant, a courtyard features a walk-up bar, where guests can order shareable bites, beers and cocktails to enjoy on nearby lounge seating.WEBSITE RESERVATIONS INSTAGRAM
Clark’s Aspen is the 2nd location of MML Hospitality’s popular neighborhood oyster bar set in the historic & beloved former Little Annie’s location. The Clark’s team has worked to uphold much of the charm of the previous tenant including fully restoring its mahogany bar. The restaurant also features a bustling open kitchen and alpine version of Clark’s dockside aesthetic.
Clark’s Aspen is open year-round offering the country’s very best oyster & caviar selections from its marble raw bar, freshly baked sourdough, overflowing lobster rolls, delicious burgers, steaming bowls of chowder & cioppino and more. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Happy Hour every day!WEBSITE RESERVATIONS INSTAGRAM
Pool Burger is a burger trailer and tiki bar located right above Deep Eddy Pool and below the Cabaret. Pool Burger's 1968 Airstream serves griddled all-natural, hormone-and-antibiotic-free wagyu beef on homemade buns. The island-vibe yard and decor are inspired by the group's favorite beachside hangouts.
The full-bar features classic tiki cocktails including a traditional Mai Tai, a frozen Hurricane, and a mezcal Depth Charge. Simple selections of draft and can beer and Rosé are also available.WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
June’s All Day is a neighborhood cafe and bar offering breakfast, brunch, grab-and-go pastries & coffee by morning, and an all day bistro menu late into the evenings.
The food is complemented by a frequently changing wine & bar program. The restaurant has a petite patio, ideal for people watching and hanging with your pup. June’s made Food & Wine’s 2017 Best New Restaurants list, it was named Best Neighborhood Café by Culture Map in 2017, and it was listed in Bon Appetit’s Top 50 Finalists for their Best Restaurants list for 2017.WEBSITE RESERVATIONS INSTAGRAM
Partners Ron & Peggy Weiss and Jeff Weinberger opened Jeffrey’s in 1975 to bring a simple café to the quiet, historic Clarksville neighborhood in Austin.
Completely re-imagined & renovated in 2012 by the MMH team, Jeffrey's boasts beautiful dining rooms, classic fine dining, wood fired steaks and one of the state's best wine programs. The charming neighborhood location, old world service & multiple private dining options make Jeffrey's a true Austin gem. Jeffrey's was named “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” in the country by Bon Appetit magazine in 2013.Website Reservations Instagram
The sister restaurant to Austin institution Jeffrey’s opened in 2013 and offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday Steak Frites night.
The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. The chefs prepare an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced produce. A bustling weekend brunch now spills out onto the front lawn. The restaurant also hosts frequent Guest Chef dinners with well-known chefs from around the US as well as an annual Kentucky Derby Party with Fried Chicken and Mint Juleps.Website Reservations Instagram
Clark’s is a small, chic West Austin neighborhood spot with a great raw bar, house baked sourdough, fresh fish, lobster rolls, pan roasted hamburgers and tasty libations.
The restaurant has an indoor marble & pecan bar, banquettes in the cozy dining room, and comfortable outdoor seating with an awning under the tree-shaded deck for lunch, brunch, happy hour and dinner.Website Reservations Instagram
Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery. The restaurant features sunny dining rooms and a shady garden patio for breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, and dinner. The full restaurant menu is also available for takeout.
Elizabeth Street Café offers homemade croissants, fresh baked banh mí baguettes, spring rolls, steaming bowls of phô, spicy curries and daily changing macaron flavors. Stumptown coffee, Kronenberg on tap, creative cocktails & fruity boozy punch, and a fun kids menu are all available.Website Reservations Instagram
Perla’s was founded in the spring of 2009 by chefs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman Jr. with the goal of establishing a great oyster bar & seafood joint on Austin's beloved South Congress Avenue. Perla’s offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and simple, clean preparations.
Perla’s is home to Austin’s prettiest oak-shaded patio and a comfortable airy dining room featuring a huge saltwater fish tank, poured concrete oyster bar and open kitchen. Perla’s hosts an annual anniversary crawfish boil every April.Website Reservations Instagram
Located in the carefully restored & historic Schneider Brothers Building, Lamberts serves up slow smoked BBQ & modern Texas cooking with local beers, classic cocktails and new world wines. Situated in the heart of bustling 2nd Street Lamberts has a fun laid back atmosphere and warm professional service. Our upstairs bar and lounge features live music nightly and is available for special events and parties.
Lamberts was established in 2006 by Larry McGuire, Thomas Moorman Jr, Will Bridges, Louis Lambert, and a talented group of Austin friends and investors.Website Reservations Instagram