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Austin restaurants: Late-night dining

Matthew Odam

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Late-night dining. All of these places are open until at least 11 p.m., with most open much later. Find more late-night choices at and more restaurants listed by category at

(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at or leave a comment below and I will add it to our online listings.)

24 Diner. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5400, Farm-to-table comfort food in a diner setting that leaves off all the chrome and fluorescent lighting.

888 Pan Asian Restaurant. 2400 E. Oltorf St. 512-448-4722, From Thai to Chinese and Vietnamese, the culinary options run the gamut at this East Austin spot.

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar. 4800 Burnet Rd. 512-371-1600, Well executed seasonal fare at this neighborhood wine bar. Try the scallops with curry and soba noodles.

Arro. 601 W. Sixth St. 512-992-2776, The folks behind Easy Tiger and 24 Diner bring comforting French dishes such as steak frites and croque monsieur to the West Sixth entertainment district. Open until the bars close on weekends.

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, Get your vegetarian (and coffee) fix until midnight daily at South Austin’s home to the hip and crunchy.

Buenos Aires Café. 1201 E. Sixth St., 512-382-1189, A taste of South America in East Austin at this charming café that started on South First Street years ago. The selection of empanadas (spinach, beef, chicken and tuna) are not to be missed. Neither is the steak sandwich with a vibrant chimichurri. Open until 11 p.m. six nights a week.

Chinatown. 107 W. Fifth St. 512-637-8888, The downtown location of Ronald Cheng’s Chinese empire is open until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Contigo. 2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, A short drive to East Austin feels like an escape to the country at this ranch-inspired restaurant that serves an excellent burger and great cocktails.

El Taquito. 1713 E. Riverside Dr. 512-851-8226, Classic Mexican dishes like tacos al pastor are served until very late daily. There are also locations in Pflugerville and Round Rock.

Frank. 407 Colorado St. 512-494-6916, Fancy dogs like the Jackalope (made with smoked antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage, and topped with cranberry compote) and this fun spot in the middle of the Warehouse District.

Gourdough’s Public House. 2700 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-912-9070, Spawned from a trailer, this restaurant has an entire section of entrees – like fried chicken — served atop donuts. Perfect for sopping up booze or putting you to sleep.

Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, The best New York City-style slices in Austin and one of the best Italian subs, as well. Neighboring More Home Slice is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends.

Justine’s. 4710 E. Fifth St. 512-385-2900, A blend of style and grace, Justine’s offers a unique dining experience, whether you’re sitting at a small table in the dimly lit intimate dining room listening to vinyl or out under the trees and twinkle lights. The party goes late here.

Kerbey Lane. Multiple locations. 512-447-3767, An Austin original that has been interested in conscientious sourcing since before it was popular.

La Mexicana. 1924 S. First St. 512-443-6369, Barbacoa tacos on fluffy homemade tortillas and Mexican pastries make for a great late-night one-two punch at this all-night spot.

Magnolia Cafe. 1920 S. Congress Ave., 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-445-0000, Funky and fun, this place is a testament to the fact that pancakes and omelets tastes good any time of the day or night. So do quesadillas.

Max’s Wine Dive. 207 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-904-0111, It’s always the right time for fried chicken and champagne.

Mulberry. 360 Nueces St. 512-320-0297, Beef, fish and bar snacks make up most of the menu at this small wine bar at the bottom of a downtown condo tower.

Peche. 208 W. Fourth St. 512-494-4011, Prohibition-era cocktails to go with dishes such as rabbit and duck cacciatore with pasta and seared scallops at this high-ceilinged Warehouse District bar-restaurant.

Second Bar + Kitchen. 200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2750, New American on Congress Avenue puts you right in the middle of downtown, and the patio is great for dining and people watching if the weather is decent. (Recommend: pepperoni soup; seared trout; fried pickles; seared scallops; cheeseburger; bleu cheese, pork belly and medjool date pizza.)

Texas Chili Parlor. 1409 Lavaca St. 512-472-2828, This Austin institution has been serving up bowls of chili and plates full of burgers and fries since 1976. Open until 2 a.m. most nights.

Trudy’s. Multiple locations. With restaurants located north, south and central, this home to Tex-Mex fare has your late-night cravings covered.