Must Eats

Casual Spots Perfect for Dates in Austin, TX


Nixta Taqueria $$

A more romantic setting with patio seating and delicious artisan tacos. The tortillas are made from scratch and this spot has plenty of dietary options. The beet tartare is a must, a must spot for vegetarians.

Location: 2512 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702

Bird bird biscuit $

A perfect spot for a date who just wants really good comforting food. Bird Bird is adorable and has indoor and outdoor seating.

Multiple Locations (Manor Location): 2701 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Patrizi's $$

Another spot that has amazing food and made from scratch Italian food. The Patrizi red sauce is really tasty and one of my favorites. Everything here is delicious and they also have a brick and mortar!

Location: 1705 Cuernavaca Dr N, Austin, TX 78733

Location: 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Sazan Ramen $

Sazan Ramen is has a really neat modern interior with cute plating and tasty ramen. Their ramen is chicken and pork based! Indoor seating only with daily deals and happy hour specials.

Location: 6929 Airport Blvd #146, Austin, TX 78752

Sour Duck Market $$

The sister restaurant of Odd Duck and they make everything from scratch, including the bread. Everything costs 10‑20 bucks and is really tasty. The burger is life changing. Patio seating available.

Location: 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702

Uroko $‑$$

A lovable food stand in a hip shopping area. There are plenty of neat boutique stores around with indoor and outdoor seating. This shop specializes in hand rolls.

Location: 1023 Springdale Rd Bldg 1 Suite C, Austin, TX 78721

Jewboy Burgers $

For the date who loves large portions for cheap. This is your spot. Their burgers and latkes are really good. They have indoor and outdoor seating and amazing service.

Location: 5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking $$‑$$$

An affordable seafood spot for special occasions that are good for all ages. Even kids. They have a huge extensive seafood menu including fish and chips to lobster rolls. A delicious spot.

North Location: 2850 N Interstate Hwy 35, Round Rock, TX 78681

South Location: 1101 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood $$

If your date loves crawfish and eating with their hands then this is the spot. They have indoor seating but make amazing Vietnamese crawfish. They also serve a really good fried calamari.

North Location: 701 W Louis Henna Blvd, Austin, TX 78728

South Location: 4211 S Lamar Blvd C-1, Austin, TX 78704

Blue Dahlia Bistro $$

A instagrammable cute spot with really good French cuisine. They have open faced sandwiches tartines and baked goods. Good for a brunch date.

Location: 3663 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, TX 78746

SPREAD & CO. $‑$$

Spread & Co is a spot with really good charcuterie boards and sandwiches. They’re good for lunch and brunch and have really instagrammable seating arrangements. They have indoor and outdoor seating and a case with all the cheeses you can pick and baked goods. Their avocado toast is to die for.

Location: 1601 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78731

Seoulju $$

A spot that serves plenty of Korean comfort food. The food here is shareable so that makes it extra intimate. But it’s a fun bar setting and everyone is here to have a good time. Their stove top stews and KFC are a must.

Location: 9515 N Lamar Blvd Suite 230, Austin, TX 78753

Lima Criolla $$

For the date that likes ceviche and trying new things. Their lomo saltado is really really good and their ceviche is huge and fresh. This spot serves Peruvian food.

Location: 6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Ste 1550, Austin, TX 78752

Garbo's $$‑$$$

An Austin gem that serves lobster rolls and seafood. Their menu features classics like fish and chips and clam chowder.  Their food is delicious and very affordable for fresh lobster. Try their warm Connecticut lobster roll or their cold Maine lobster roll.

Location: 12709 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78727

Location: 823 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Old Thousand $$

If you want a more upscale Chinese food experience that still doesn’t break bank. Check out old thousand with its char siu and delicious brisket fried rice. The food here is tasty but definitely not the most authentic. Char siu is currently not on the menu. But the brisket fried rice and general tso chicken is tasty along with the popcorn.

Location: 1000 E 11th St Ste 150, Austin, TX 78702

Mour cafe $‑$$

A nice little cafe and grocery shop serving tasty fusion food. The chicken flautas with curry sauce is impressive and I’m a fan of it. They are very affordable and have nice service. They have patio and indoor seating.

Location: 1414 Shore District Dr building 3 suite 120, Austin, TX 78741

Vic and Al's $$

A new spot opened by the team behind Patrizi's, this spot serves Cajun food. Their sandwiches are huge and they also stress high quality ingredients. They locally sourced a lot of their ingredients. Their blackened catfish was my fav.

Location: 2406 Manor Rd D, Austin, TX 78722

Sugar Pine $‑$$

Sugar Pine serves really good Japanese food. They have set plates with side dishes and delicious rice balls. They also have ice cream, baked goods, and tasty drinks.

Location: 8578 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758