Photo by Jasmin Porter, courtesy of Diner Bar

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The 10 Restaurants That Defined Austin Dining in 2022


In a strong year for dining, what were the absolute standouts?  We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top 10 dining experiences from this year in their city — restaurants and meals that left an impression, and helped to define the state of American dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

2022 was an exciting time to be in Austin. Indoor dining came back in full force, and the restaurant industry responded with a level of enthusiasm you could really feel — and taste. Restaurants pulled out all the stops and gave us the best they had to offer. For new spots like Diner Bar, “best” looked like indulgent Port City Southern cuisine with a Texan twist. At Birdie’s, it came in the form of invented-on-the-spot dishes and the one of the best by-the-glass wine lists in town.

Here, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite spots of 2022. These restaurants span many cuisines, neighborhoods, and vibes, but they all have one thing in common: They’re the places we find ourselves coming back to over and over. You’ll find spots like Suerte, where we bring all our friends who visit town; Sazan, where we go every time we have a free evening and feel like treating ourselves; and Eldorado Cafe, the go-to for Tex-Mex comfort food. Each has an intangible quality that makes you feel like you’re exactly where you’re meant to be. So without further ado, here’s our Best of The Hit List for Austin.