When rain threatens, consider one of these cozy restaurants. More restaurants broken down by category here.
Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano.com. Authentic Italian in North Austin with a family-owned vibe.
Austin Land & Cattle. 1205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-1813, alcsteaks.com. No pretense, just good steaks, a fun mood and a bar that serves strong drinks and excellent happy hour specials, such as a filling steak sandwich.
The Backspace. 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, thebackspace-austin.com. Neapolitan pies from Parkside chef’s small restaurant that also delivers charcuterie and a nice roster of antipasti.
Barlata Tapas Bar. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-473-2211, barlataaustin.com. About 10 variations of paella, two dozen hot small plates and a convivial atmosphere at this Spanish tapas restaurant owned by chef Daniel Olivella.
Bartlett’s. 2408 W. Anderson Lane. 512-451-7333, bartlettsaustin.com. This warmly lit restaurant has changed little since its transition from Houston’s, and that’s a good thing. You can still expect dishes like the popular French dip, am applewood-smoked pork chop and others.
Botticelli’s South Congress. 1321 S. Congress Ave. 512-916-1315, botticellissouthcongress.com. Intimate Italian dining on bustling South Congress. Try the homemade ravioli with butternut squash in a brown butter and sage sauce.
Buenos Aires Café. 1201 E. Sixth St., 13500 Galleria Circle in Bee Cave. 512-382-1189, buenosairescafe.com. A taste of South America in East Austin and out west 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.
Chez Nous. 510 Neches St. 512-473-2413, cheznousaustin.com. A little bit of French class amidst the boozy grumble and stumble of Sixth Street. Try the duck confit or housemade charcuterie.
Easy Tiger. 709 E. Sixth St. 512-614-4972, easytigeraustin.com. A brick-lined subterranean hideout on the fringe of Sixth Street’s shot bars.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen. 7720 Texas 71. 512-852-8558; 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512-215-0372, jackallenskitchen.com. Farm-to-table comfort food such as bacon-wrapped quail and crispy salmon, as well as a massive weekend brunch, have made this place a hit down south and now up north, as well.
Jeffrey’s. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. A posh escape from the city and one of the coziest bar areas in town.
Lenoir. 1807 S. First St. 512-215-9778, lenoirrestaurant.com. Chef Todd Duplechan’s romantic bungalow restaurant takes local ingredients to replicate flavors of hot climates (Africa, Spain, Southeast Asia) from around the world.
Michi Ramen. 6519 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-386-1908; 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-394-6350, michiramen.com. Enjoy a variety of ramens, including one for vegans, along with dishes like Chashu Don (burnt ends over steamed rice and topped with bonito flakes).
El Naranjo. 85 Rainey St. 512-474-2776, elnaranjo-restaurant.com. Tucked into the Rainey Street chaos is this exceptional example of interior Mexican food from chef Iliana de la Vega.
Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. This refined Southern restaurant feels like retreating into the comfort of a (wealthy) friend’s private manse.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya. 8557 Research Blvd. 512-339-0855; 1234 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-893-5561, ramen-tatsuya.com. Restorative soup will keep you cozy at these two locations that serve the best ramen in town.
Wink. 1014 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-482-8868, winkrestaurant.com. The hospitable farm-to-table trailblazers have created a restaurant that manages to feel like both a fine dining and neighborhood restaurant?