When visiting South Lamar Boulevard, you'll find tons of places to eat, patios to enjoy year 'round, and a laid-back nightlife scene that locals and visitors love. Make time to visit the neighborhood during your next visit for good eats, live music and a mix of unique attractions that are truly Austin - all within a short distance to South Congress and Downtown Austin.

Small pizza with tomatoes and spinach in front of a tulip beer glass and a green salad at Pinthouse Pizza
Pinthouse Pizza. Credit Charles Eck.

South Lamar Restaurants

With a restaurant on every corner, South Lamar is perfect for foodies. The South Austin neighborhood is home to beloved Tex-Mex restaurants like Maudie's, so make time to try some breakfast tacos, queso or tasty margaritas during your visit. Head over to Kerbey Lane Cafe for delicious pancakes and diner staples (don't miss the lemon poppy seed pancakes!). Grab an extravagant doughnut from Gourdough's Public House, the iconic food truck's brick and mortar restaurant.

Equipped with a beautifully designed rooftop bar and exquisite interior decor, this luxe New American restaurant is perfect for a date night or drinks with friends. A favorite for brunch and dinner, don't miss the chocolate pavlova on their extensive dessert list.Patio with two tables and chairs below a neon sign reading Maudie's Tex-Mex. There is a tree and part of the downtown Austin skyline in the background

El Naranjo
Eschew Tex-Mex for traditional Mexican specialties like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles at El Naranjo's Sunday Brunch. 

This Asian smokehouse and bar is brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chefs Tyson Cole (Uchi and Uchiko) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue). Enjoy the large selection of beer, wine and cocktails on the spacious and shaded patio.

Matt’s El Rancho
Opened in 1952, this popular restaurant was one of the originators of Austin Tex-Mex. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Matt's has a large patio that's perfect for enjoying a drink and the can't-miss Bob Armstrong Dip. We suggest trying the Matt’s Knockout Martini and chile rellenos.

Maria’s Taco Xpress
Two words: gospel brunch. As eccentric as Austin itself, Maria’s looks like a mix between a junkyard and an amusement park; on Sundays, from noon to 3 p.m., order some of Austin’s favorite breakfast tacos and listen to the soulful sounds of live local gospel bands. It’s enough to convert even the staunchest skeptic.

Pinthouse Pizza
Pinthouse Pizza marries award-winning beer with delicious, hand-crafted pizza. Need we say more?

Tiny Pies
You’ll be tempted to eat more than one of the adorable baked goods served up by Tiny Pies, known for its hand-held pies that come in yummy flavors like Texas pecan and chocolate cream.

Grab some wild-caught seafood with a comfort flare at this laid-back spot. Schuck back some oysters while watching a football game on the big screen or playing one of the in-house arcade games.

Red neon sign reading "Saxon Pub" above a indoor bar. In the background, two guitars are visible sitting on a stage
Saxon Pub. Credit Joe Ables.

South Lamar Music & Nightlife

Just like the nearly-unlimited dining choices, the South Lamar nightlife scene does not disappoint. Catch a movie quote-a-long at the Alamo Drafthouse, or try a cocktail at the dark and sexy Golden Goose cocktail bar. Dance the night away at iconic venues like the Broken Spoke. This authentic Texas dancehall, open since 1964, has seen performances from George Strait, Dolly Parton and many more country music superstars.

Baker St. Pub and Grill
Check out the happy hour at this Sherlock Holmes-themed pub. Grab a beer or have a plate of their award-winning fish and chips

Gibson Street Bar
Located in the heart of the South Lamar neighborhood, choose from a large list of craft beers, cocktails and wine. The bar also has an on-site food truck and offers live music on the patio each weekend.

The Highball
Located next to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, this bar offers private karaoke rooms and a full bar. Plus, expect weekly cover bands playing all of your favorite hits - the party is never hard to find at The Highball.

This Greek cafe offers the perfect blend of old Austin and new. Their patio is shaded by a tall oak tree and is ideal for enjoying a glass of wine or a cool iced coffee. Stop in most evenings for live music and Mediterranean bites.

The Saxon Pub
Around since 1990, this has been a popular concert space with free weekday happy hour shows and daily performances.

two blonde wood shelves with various products like soaps, sprays, oils and leather bags at the Noah Marion store in Austin Texas
Noah Marion. Credit Logan Lepper.

Shopping & More Things to Do on South Lamar

There's plenty of fun to be had on South Lamar, from morning 'til night. Find upscale shopping and family-friendly activities, all within walking distance to Zilker Park and the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

Peter Pan Mini Golf
Classic fun for the entire family, Peter Pan Mini Golf has been a South Austin neighborhood staple since 1948. The course is BYOB.

ZACH Theatre
Check the calendar at this thriving theater for concerts, musicals, original works and children's performances.

MOSS Designer Consignment
Check out MOSS Designer Consignment for hand-selected, high-end and popular contemporary labels from seasons past.

Noah Marion
Visit the South Lamar flagship store to shop Noah Marion's premium handmade leather goods. Plus, be sure to snap a photo with the branded vintage Volkswagen Beetle out front.

Alyssa Jarae HeadshotPhoto courtesy of Maudie's Tex-Mex. Article contributed by Alyssa Jarae.
Alyssa Jarae is a native Austinite, and wedding and lifestyle photographer in the area. She enjoys exploring the multiple coffee shops around town and anything to do with Willie Nelson.