Top 24-Hour Restaurants in Austin You Need to Try

October 11, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
Yelp

Are you a night owl looking for a new hangout spot? Luckily for you, Austin is home to plenty of 24-hour restaurants. Whether you want to refuel after a night out on the town or you just want a spot where you can enjoy an early breakfast, you’ll find plenty of 24-hour spots in this bustling Southern city. Check out our picks of the top nine 24-hour restaurants in Austin now!


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1. 24 Diner

Contemporary diner specializing in farm-to-table comfort food

600 N Lamar Blvd, Suite 200 | Clarksville, Downtown | 24diner.com

24 Diner keeps things simple and delicious. This chic diner offers a modern twist on the classic, 50s-style diners you see in TV shows and films. Inside, you’ll find a sleek, contemporary dining area filled with happy customers and the scent of hearty comfort dishes like Fried Chicken Biscuits and Bacon Avocado Burgers. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available to accompany your meal.

Since it’s open 24 hours a day, you can pop in at any time. No need to wait until the next morning to get your fill of pancakes or waffles. Would you prefer to eat at home for the night? No worries. 24 Diner also offers pick-up and delivery. You don’t have to travel far from your couch to enjoy 24 Diner’s famous comfort food. 

“This place was sweet! The atmosphere included a welcoming family/friend vibe that created a smooth experience. 24 Diner also has TVs and a full bar to sit at and watch sports games (which is my favorite thing to do). I came here with some friends after golfing and the service was impeccable.” - Yelp Review

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2. Magnolia Cafe

Local eatery known for its hearty Tex-Mex cuisine and fresh vegetarian dishes

Fill yourself up with one of their signature breakfast dishes. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1920 S Congress Ave | South Austin | magnoliacafeaustin.com

If you ever visit Texas, you need to try some of the state’s famous Tex-Mex food at least once during your trip. The Magnolia Cafe, which opened in 1979, is one of the best destinations for Tex-Mex food in Austin. Throughout the years, both locals and visitors have flocked to this charming cafe to enjoy its hearty Tex-Mex dishes. 

When you enter, you have the choice between dining outside on the patio or inside. Both dining areas offer all-day breakfast entrees, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, and even vegetarian dishes. Not sure what to order? We recommend trying the Tropical Turkey Tacos or Magnolia Stir Fry and pairing it with one of the restaurant’s many delicious cocktails. 

“I love Magnolia so much! The food is always superb and the wait staff is always friendly. I didn't get any pics of our food this time but I did snap a photo of the mimosa stand outside! Scan the QR code to be added to the waitlist and buy yourself a morning beverage while you wait for your table.” - Yelp Review

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3. Tyson's Tacos

Neighborhood taco joint located in Austin’s Airport Corridor

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Enjoy a meal outside on the restaurant’s gorgeous patio deck. Image courtesy of Yelp.

4905 Airport Blvd | Austin | tysonstacos.com

If you’re craving tacos, you’ll want to hit up Tyson’s Tacos. Located in the Airport Corridor of Austin, Tyson’s Tacos is a popular restaurant among locals. The restaurant was founded after Tyson and Cherry Blankemery moved their family from Monterrey Mexico to Austin, Texas. It was here that they learned and perfected the art of making tacos. 

So, what does this 24-hour restaurant offer? You’ll find dozens of different breakfast, brunch, and dinner tacos from the Bond Girl taco to the Fried Egg & Brisket taco. If none of the tacos on the menu piques your interest, you can build your own instead! Savory ingredients such as bacon, chorizo, fried avocado, and more can all be added to your custom taco. 

“Hot take: Tyson's Tacos has the best breakfast tacos in Austin. I know everyone has strong opinions here but I will always suggest Tyson's as my top pick for anyone that asks...Also, it's open 24/7 so you can literally get breakfast tacos any time you want. What more could you need?” - Yelp Review

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4. Kerbey Lane Cafe

Cozy cafe that has served savory homemade comfort dishes since 1980

3704 Kerbey Ln | Austin | kerbeylanecafe.com

Since 1980, Kerbey Lane Cafe has served delicious made-from-scratch comfort food from its cozy 1930’s bungalow. To this day, Kerbey Lane Cafe remains family-owned and is dedicated to providing high-quality meals at a low price. Whenever possible, Kerbey Lane Cafe sources its ingredients from local partners and self-sustaining, environmentally-friendly farms. 

The menu features numerous sections, including starters, breakfast plates, light bites, platters and more. You’ll quickly find that it offers something for everyone, whether you are a strict vegan or die-hard steak fan. Coming with kids? Kerbey Lane has a full kid’s menu filled with breakfast plates, frites, mac & cheese, burgers, and more. Eat up!

“Everybody says food in Texas is delicious and after some trips to the state, I totally agree. This time in Austin, visiting some local restaurants make me feel so warm and happy. This place is wonderful. The atmosphere is fantastic. Personnel are so kind and welcoming. Food is a gift to the heart. Totally recommend it. Also, pricing is great.” - Yelp Review

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5. La Mexicana Bakery

Family-owned bakery specializing in Mexican pastries and cakes

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La Mexicana Bakery is a popular destination for enjoying authentic Mexican food. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1924 S 1st | Bouldin Creek 

Dealing with a sweet tooth that demands to be satisfied? We’ve been there. Why don’t you try a pastry at La Mexicana Bakery? If your taste buds are calling for something both sweet and savory, you can also order one of the bakery’s many Mexican entrees like the Huevos Rancheros, Flautas, or Beef Fajita Taco. 

Located in South Austin, La Mexicana Bakery is known for its traditional “pan dulce,” or sweet bread, from Guanajuato and Queretaro. The Tres Leches cake and chocoflan are also extremely popular among guests. We wouldn’t be surprised if you tried a little bit of everything. 

“Overall, La Mexicana Bakery was a gem I'm so relieved I came across. This place was definitely one of my favorite parts of Austin and I absolutely fell in love with the chocoflanes I had. If you want some good dessert, get over to this place!” - Yelp Review

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6. Bennu Coffee

24-hour coffee shop that specializes in high-quality, fair-trade coffee

515 S Congress Ave | South Austin | bennucoffee.com

Who needs sleep when you can have caffeine? Bennu Coffee is a locally-owned 24-hour coffee shop with numerous locations around Austin. On the menu, you’ll find a fine selection of high-quality, fair-trade coffees and locally-sourced food. Personal French press service is offered as well as gourmet mochas, customizable espresso drinks, fresh-brewed iced teas, and cold brew.

Working on a big assignment or project with a looming deadline? Bennu Coffee offers free Wi-Fi and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. You’ll be able to crank out your report in no time with some coffee and a snack. 

“Plenty of seating and outlets, a nice team who makes great drinks, adequate parking, and warm lighting. This is a great spot to get some work done or meet a friend. It's a more chill spot away from (but near) all the craziness on South Congress.” - Yelp Review

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7. Jim's Restaurant

Family-friendly restaurant known for its hearty, homestyle breakfasts

Try the Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast. Image courtesy of Yelp.

9091 Research Blvd | Austin | jimsrestaurants.com

Jim’s Restaurant is a classic, all-American diner. It’s the perfect spot for family get-togethers, casual dates, and hangouts with your friends. The menu features a wide selection of American comfort dishes like Chicken Fried Steak, Spaghetti, and Steak & Fried Shrimp. 

What makes this 24-hour stop even better is its all-day breakfast menu! From the Huevos Rancheros & Sausage platter to the Eggs Benedict, Jim’s Restaurant serves all of your favorite breakfast classics. What more could you want? 

“If you’re looking for old-school American food, Jim's is your diner. As a long-time customer, I will share some of my favorites. Fantastic breakfast tacos — tip order with a side of ranchero sauce (It's like salsa served warm). Tortilla soup is fanatic and they have a great chef salad.” - Yelp Review

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8. Voodoo Doughnut

Quirky donut shop offering baked goods that will definitely hit the spot

212 E 6th St | Downtown Austin | voodoodoughnut.com

If you haven’t been to Voodoo Doughnut before, you are really missing out. Voodoo Doughnut is THE destination in Austin for fun and delicious donuts. Some of their top must-try donuts include the Voodoo Doll, Bacon Maple Bar, and Portland Cream donut. Yeast, cake and vegan options are also available. 

In addition to its regular donut display, Voodoo Doughnut also offers services for special occasions. Maybe you want to celebrate a friend’s birthday with a box of donuts or you want to treat your team to a free breakfast. At Voodoo, you can custom order donut boxes, coffins, centerpieces, and even ice cream donuts!

“The decor is fun and eclectic. I was able to gaze at the menu on the wall and then actually see the donuts on display. The donuts were on a rotating display that was pretty neat. I got a variety of donuts to taste and they did not disappoint!” - Yelp Review

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9. Whataburger

Top burger join in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood of Austin

Photo of Whataburger - Austin, TX, United States
There’s nothing better than enjoying a good old burger with fries. Image courtesy of Yelp.

601 Barton Springs Rd | Bouldin Creek | whataburger.com

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of the top 24-hour restaurants in Austin is Whataburger. As the name implies, this restaurant offers an enticing variety of burgers. Some of their most popular options include the Pico de Gallo Burger, Bacon & Cheese Whataburger, and  Classic American food like french fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more can also be found on the menu. 

“The inside of the restaurant was clean, everyone was wearing masks, and the manager even walked around to ask how our food was and to help with anything we needed so we didn't have to get up and walk around the restaurant. He was very nice!” - Yelp Review

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The next time you pull an all-nighter, make sure you fuel up at one of these 24-hour restaurants in Austin. You’ll need the food to help keep your energy up!

Which 24-hour restaurants do you plan to visit on your next night out? Let us know!

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