72 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Austin.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Valentina’s churns out a beautiful fusion of our city’s greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue. It’s absolutely worth the trip to Manchaca.
Nixta Taqueria serves some of the best tacos in the city out of a low-key space in East Austin.
Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Bouldin Creek Cafe is a casual indoor/outdoor spot in South Austin serving some damn good not-meat.
Matt’s El Rancho, home to the famous Bob Armstrong queso dip, is as classic Tex-Mex as it gets.
Vaquero Taquero by campus serves great al pastor and breakfast tacos to UT students who don’t know how good they have it.
Elizabeth St. Cafe isn’t just one of the cutest spots in Austin - it’s also one of the best places for a healthy-ish (or not) meal.
One of our favorite places to spend an afternoon eating in the sun is Lucy’s Fried Chicken, with a bucket of bird, grilled oysters, and beers.
You don’t have to go to Uchi to get great raw fish. Komé is a reasonably-priced, high-quality alternative.
El Chilito has a few locations around Austin, and they’re all reliable spots for tacos and burritos.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya isn’t just Austin’s triendiest ramen spot - it’s Austin’s best ramen spot.