Restaurants That Are Now Open For Dine-In In Texas

    Post-coronavirus, restaurants are slowly reopening in various stages — which started with takeout and delivery and has evolved into partial capacity for dine-in— in order to ensure a safe experience until the days of everyone operating at full capacity. We are just as excited as you to get out of our own messy kitchens and back into a restaurant enjoying food and drink crafted by someone else along with new and old friends. Here is a comprehensive list of restaurants that you can enjoy dine-in eating now in Austin, Texas, and surrounding towns.

    Restaurants open in Austin:

    Carve American Grille

    CARVE American Grille is a concept of Perry’s Restaurants, paying tribute to its butcher shop beginnings more than four decades ago. Reinventing the American grille experience, CARVE harnesses wood, live-fire, and smoke—with hand craftmanship—to harmoniously meld fresh and eclectic ingredients into an unforgettable creation experience


    Z’Tejas opened its doors three decades ago in a small Victorian house-turned-restaurant in Austin, Texas. The setting offered an intimate experience, where hand-made food blended with a curated environment. Pouring our hearts into every recipe, we were inspired by guest feedback, which validated the original Z’Tejas promise to use the freshest ingredients in every authentic and delicious Southwestern dish

    Andiamo Ristorante 

    Andiamo Ristorante is quickly becoming known among discerning Austin connoisseurs for authentic Italian cuisine. Locally owned by native Italian Daniela Marcone, Andiamo features classic, seasonal Italian fare inspired by local ingredients and Marcone’s own time-honored family recipes.

    Emmer & Rye

    Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house-made pastas, breads, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on-site, and an extensive in house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the offseason. 

    Juliet Italian Kitchen

    Juliet Italian Kitchen, located in the heart of Austin’s beloved Zilker Park neighborhood, strives to be that destination for anyone seeking a relaxed Italian spot for a date night, business lunch, or casual weekend brunch. Juliet embodies community and camaraderie through shared meals between friends and family.

    Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

    Loro Asian Smokehouse and Bar features a menu created by Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin. It is centered around a wide variety of dishes that balance South East Asian Flavors with the rich textures of traditional Texas BBQ, and offers craft beer, batched cocktails, wine, and sake on tap.

    Mour Cafe

    Mour’s menu boasts dishes from around the world, each packed with unforgettable flavors and an Austin sensibility. The ingredients at Mour are sourced responsibly from local farmers and environmentally conscious vendors. Built to infuse the spirit, most dishes are accented by delicious sauces.

    Scholz Garten

    Scholz Garten remains a favorite spot for liberals and conservatives, UT fans, music lovers, and families to enjoy traditional German food, raise their glasses and say, Prost!

    Tiny Boxwoods

    Upscale garden cafe with an open, airy vibe serving American fare and famed for its chocolate chip cookies.


    Everybody needs some TLC. That's why we serve it up all year long. We're a family-friendly, indoor-outdoor space with over 30 beers on tap and outrageously good regional Texas food-without the pretense. If you're looking for small plates with big price tags, we suggest you look elsewhere. Drop your guard. Relax, reboot, and experience South Austin at its best. So, what does TLC stand for? We'll let you decide.

    Vince Young Steakhouse

    The Vince Young Steakhouse is a locally owned and operated fine dining restaurant in the heart of Austin, Texas. Serving USDA prime steaks, elegantly composed entrees, and house-made desserts, no matter what the occasion, the Vince Young Steakhouse is sure to impress. Surround yourself in our elegant dining room, maybe by the fireplace with your guest, or in an intimate booth for a romantic evening. Whatever the occasion, at the Vince Young Steakhouse we look forward to providing you with an exceptional dining experience that you are sure to remember.

    Bob’s Steak & Chop House

    Bob’s Steak & Chop House specializes in serving big, flavorful steaks that are hand-selected from the top two percent of USDA prime beef along with Texas-sized portions of our award-winning sides. Our mouth-watering, legendary seafood and cuts of meat are absolutely delicious as we use homemade and local ingredients to enhance the flavor of our signature menu items.

    Restaurants open in Houston:

    Le Colonial

    Le Colonial is a celebration of the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of the 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia, located in the heart of one of America’s largest and most diverse cities. Designed to capture a bygone era of sophistication and opulence, celebrated restaurateurs Rick Wahlstedt and Joe King deliver on exquisite attention to detail in a luxurious escapist oasis in The River Oaks District.

    Backstreet Cafe

    Backstreet Cafe's menu is a perfect reflection of diverse Houston, with Southern, Cajun, Creole, Hispanic and Asian influences, among others. The menu changes seasonally to capture the freshest flavors, with a nod to local and sustainable ingredients. Backstreet Café is famous for its Sunday brunch, complete with live Jazz, great food, and eye-opening cocktails!

    Restaurants open outside the city:

    Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar - New Braunfels, Texas

    Situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, this spectacular restaurant nestled under the shade of towering oak tree has been the perfect getaway for a unique casual dining experience for thirty years. Situated on the banks of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels between Austin and San Antonio, the Gruene cotton gin processed crops raised by area farmers until the wooden structure burned to the ground in 1922. All that remains of the water-powered mill today is the three-story brick boiler room – now the GristmillRiver Restaurant

    Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille - Grapevine, Texas

    Perry's excels at the unexpected. Our standout style impresses from start to finish with Flaming Desserts and exquisite celebratory touches. Extraordinary service professionals uphold our tradition of excellence, creating a rare 

    Whiskey Cake - Plano, Texas

    We're serving up tasty farm-to-kitchen dishes & cocktails out of our 'from scratch only' kitchen and bar. Microwave? Never heard of it. We use slow-cooking methods on our live wood grill, smoker, and spit because everything tastes better that way. And all this goodness is served to you as you kick your feet up in one of our rocking chairs, dine at a fancy table, or relax out on the porch.

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    Author: Rachel Mazzola