Dining Guide for the New Year

Our dining guide lists some of our favorite restaurants in town, and in our December issue, we give you a sneak peek into some of the most anticipated openings for 2015.

416 Bar & Grill

  • 5011 Burnet Rd. #150
  • (512) 230 8222

This family owned and operated neighborhood bar and grill is soon to open. Expect American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.


1816 S. 1st St.

A Latin Coastal Kitchen from the team behind El Chile. The new concept will takeover the current El Chile and transform the space with a rustic beach house ambiance. Until the early 2015 opening, get a taste of the forthcoming restaurant with weekly specials that they serve as test dishes.

Boiler Nine

800 Cesar Chavez St.

A culinary destination from top to bottom, this new project from chef David Bull will feature a cocktail garden, a restaurant focused on local ingredients, and a hip basement bar.


East Austin (78702)

Jodi Elliott of Foreign & Domestic brings her expertise in pastry creation to her new pastry and cocktail bar, Bribery. Expect all the sweetness of familiar baked favorites with a modern spin. Bribery's Facebook page has been teasing us with snaps of Pineapple Brown Butter Brownies and more.


Airport Blvd.

A new tapas restaurant from chef Shawn Cirkiel. For a dining excursion to southern Spain, look no further than Airport Boulevard sometime in April 2015.

Counter 3 Five VII

315 Congress Ave. Ste. 100

Like its name suggests, this new concept from former TRACE chef Larry Kocurek will feature three, five, and seven course meal selections.

Easy Tiger

The team at Easy Tiger is looking forward to an upcoming expansion in late 2015. The new north location will be three times as large as their current spot on East 6th, ideal for their wholesale bakery.


  • 500 W 5th St
  • (512) 954 3493

The revival of Southern cuisine claims continues to sweep Austin with Fixe, a new restaurant coming to West 5th Street. Find Southern favorites with contemporary culinary innovations.

Gelateria Gemelli

  • 1009 E 6th St
  • (512) 318 1321

Someone noticed East 6th was in need of a gelato spot. Cue Andrew Sabola and Meghan Erwin. The duo learned how to craft gelato while studying in Italy and will bring imaginative flavors like Raspberry Sage, Basil/Toasted Pine Nut, and Bourbon Peach to the neighborhood.


  • 6800 Westgate Blvd, #112
  • (512) 287 0872

Mojitos and Cubanos will soon grace South Austin at Guantanamera. Few details are available as of now, but expect a Cuban culinary destination sometime in the coming year.


121 W 6th St

Andrew Curren of 24 Diner brings Italian pizza, pastas, and steaks to the Starr Building lobby. Expect a well curated Italian wine list and deliciously crafted cocktails, as well.


2400 E Cesar Chavez St

Nicholas Yanes, former chef and creative director at Uchi, will open his own Italian restaurant in Austin next spring. Called Juniper, the East Austin establishment will focus on Northern Italian cuisine, and serve cocktails and wine, highlighting gin.


2015 Holly St

We can't wait to see what chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki have in store for this much anticipated new project. The new addition to Holly Street will feature a menu with pasta, oysters, and grill selections.

Nuns and Lovers

1802 E 6th St

Bridget Dunlap, the queen of Rainey Street behind Lustre Pearl, Clive, and Mettle, will bring simple Italian fare with Nuns and Lovers to Chicon and East 6th.

Odelay & Upper East Side

  • 5811 Berkman Dr
  • (512) 377 1120

Slated for an early 2015 opening, this duo will offer farm-to-table bistro food with a Texas twist at Odelay and serve up a cup of joe at adjacent coffee shop The Upper East Side.

Sala & Betty

5201 Airport Blvd

From chef Teresa Wilson, the helm of former French restaurant Aquarelle, comes a new destination for "slow food fast."

Small Victory

108 E 7th St

Small Victory doesn't shy away from the word "fancy", in fact, they embrace it. Expect fancy drink selections in a minimalistic setting, open late for a more refined alternative to bar hopping.

Vox Table

  • 1100 S Lamar Blvd
  • (713) 584 9767

Coming to South Lamar January 2015, Vox Table promises small American plates and cocktails. Chef Joe Anguiano from Uchi and Eleven Plates & Wine has been teasing some of his creations on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Wu Chow

  • 500 W 5th St
  • (512) 482 8200

The team from Swift's Attic brings a new Chinese spot to downtown. Head over for dinner seven nights a week and dim sum on the weekends.

Youngbloods Fried Chicken

Airport Blvd W of I-35

Alums from Lenoir, Jeffrey's, and Four Seasons are joining together to revitalize a chain of fried chicken restaurants that once claimed thirty stores across Texas. The menu boasts fried chicken, oak-roasted rotisserie chicken and homemade sides.

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