Best restaurants and bars on Austin’s East Side

Austin’s East Side has seen a steady increase in bars and restaurants over the past two years, making the area a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The heavily pedestrianized neighborhood is densely packed with food and drink hotspots, making it a dream for those who like to move from place to place.

Let’s talk drinks. Shangri-La is a popular dive bar, offering cheap drinks. Want to fancy? Whisler’s offers craft cocktails with ample patio space to spread out. Beer and coffee are a popular paired offering, with Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Lazarus Brewing both serving espresso drinks with beers and IPAs (the latter has a kitchen that also produces great tacos).

Food on the east side runs the gamut, from the famous barbecue (La Barbecue) to one of the best taco trailers in town (Las Trancas). Upscale options include the new Caribbean restaurant Canje, the ever-bustling Mexican restaurant (Suerte), and a butcher-slash restaurant with massive steaks to share (Salt & Time).

For the purposes of this map, the East Side of Austin is considered between downtown and Holly, from I-35 to Robert Martinez Jr. Street, from East Cesar Chavez Street to East Seventh Street. Also check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are any updates on current offerings and service models, as things are constantly changing. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and if ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.

Health experts consider eating out to be a high risk activity for unvaccinated; this may pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with high COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidelines are here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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