Austin Top 25 Restaurants: May 2015

For the first time ever, we welcome Austin to our Top 25 Restaurants by City lineup!

Known for its quirkiness (“Keep Austin Weird!”), arts & music scene, and down-home, finger-lickin’-good barbecue, Austin is all about supporting local. It was also one of the first cities to fully embrace the food truck scene. 

But there’s more to Austin than what meets the eye. Its culinary scene, for one, is more than just joints that require extra napkins per dish. Tucked away in cozy venues are Austin-proud chefs that boast artful dishes that, no matter how refined the ingredient list, still pack a punch of flavor — with or without BBQ sauce.

Breaking in the Top 25 at No. 1 is Josephine House, a fine dining institution and sister restaurant of Jeffrey’s, located in Clarksville. Nestled in a cottage with a clean, refined aesthetic — which can be seen in everything from its dishes to its decor — Josephine’s features an intimate marble bar, dark hardwood floors, and stark white walls. And outside, guests can dine or enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail on the front lawn or patio. Josephine House’s menu, which changes frequently, spotlights eclectic dishes, all made with locally sourced products.

Rounding out this month’s Top 5, in addition to Josephine House, are Noble Sandwich Co., Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Dai Due, and Winebelly.

Check out the full Top 25 ranking for May below! (And to understand how our Top 25 restaurants are ranked each month, you can do so here.)

Gulf Drum with radishes at Josephine House | Yelp, Mai T.

Gulf Drum with radishes at Josephine House | Yelp, Mai T.

Chicken and waffles at Lucy's Fried Chicken | Yelp, Denise F.

Chicken and waffles at Lucy's Fried Chicken | Yelp, Denise F.

The Noble Pig on bacon bread at Noble Sandwich Co. | Yelp, Jessica S.

The Noble Pig on bacon bread at Noble Sandwich Co. | Yelp, Jessica S.

Venison tamales wrapped in collared greens at Dai Due | Yelp, Jenna A.

Venison tamales wrapped in collared greens at Dai Due | Yelp, Jenna A.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Josephine House 174.82  
2 Noble Sandwich Co. 173.88  
3 Lucy's Fried Chicken 172.84  
4 Dai Due 172.16  
5 Winebelly 171.56  
6 Odd Duck 171.53  
7 laV 171.12  
8 Otoko 170.99  
9 Counter 3. Five. VII 170.82  
10 Franklin Barbecue 169.93  
11 Foreign & Domestic 168.65  
12 Arro 167.34  
13 Justine's Brasserie 167.31  
14 Barley Swine 166.38  
15 épicerie 166.31  
16 Second Bar + Kitchen 165.73  
17 Salt & Time 165.37  
18 Juniper 164.62  
19 Swift's Attic 163.74  
20 La Condesa 163.36  
21 Easy Tiger 162.18  
22 Apis 161.79  
23 Max's Wine Dive 161.29  
24 Wink 161.21  
25 Contigo 160.78