Do you love Southwestern food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Southwestern cuisine in Austin. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Austin restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Cool River Cafe Steakhouse and Southwestern Grille, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill. We also point out good neighborhoods for Southwestern restaurants in Austin - North Austin, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

Warehouse District
Ranch 616

The specialty of Ranch 616 is not a specific food. It is more so the entire concept of the restaurant. "The food is not Tex-Mex. It's not Southwestern either. The special concept of the restaurant is South Texas Ice House: not a typical tag line...  Read More

South Congress Avenue
South Congress Café

Centrally located and subtly elegant, moderately priced South Congress Café is a crowd-pleaser, especially for Sunday brunch. Here, you'll find young professionals nursing Bloody Marys, empty nesters enjoying crab cakes and seafood parfait, and...  Read More


Wildfire has garnered raves from big-city types, and its blue corn-crusted catfish even earned a nod from a national magazine. If that doesn't entice you to make the trek to Georgetown, perhaps Southwestern seafood chowder will. Or maybe...  Read More

Chez Zee was almost instantly loved when it opened in 1989, and its popularity has never waned. Part of the appeal is due to a leafy central courtyard, local art, and live piano music several nights a week. Lunch and dinner consist of casual...  Read More

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Comfortable, casual Mother's Cafe is an Austin mainstay, and it's quite a force on the local culinary scene. The food is top-quality, and all of it is vegetarian or vegan (much of it is organic too). The most popular dishes are mushroom...  Read More

Congress Avenue

The ambience at Roaring Fork can best be described as "upscale cowboy." The menu follows suit, with Southwestern, Mexican, and Southern influences. A fun starter is the New Mexico Fondue Pot, accompanied by little lamb chops, chile-pecan bread,...  Read More

Backstage Steakhouse & Garden Bar

Owned by former caterers who fed well-known acts like ZZ Top and Willie Nelson, Backstage offers quite an incentive to visit the little town of Spicewood – framed memorabilia alone is worth the 45-minute drive from Austin. But if the...  Read More

Cool River Cafe Steakhouse and Southwestern Grille

At over 24,000 square feet, Cool River is one of the biggest restaurants in Texas. Enjoy a leisurely dinner in its upscale dining rooms, and then visit the cigar and cognac lounge to indulge in its offerings or take in live music or shoot pool...  Read More

Austin's original location of the small Southwestern chain, this casual spot is invariably popular. Set in a converted home with bright Southwestern decor and garage doors that open to expose diners to the great outdoors, it builds its...  Read More