You know what's weird? These are literally the ONLY Tapas places in Austin.* Get with it, Tapas restaurateurs! We need more of these delicious Spanish small plates in our fine city! And you'll definitely be in good company with these restaurants.
*Correct me if I'm wrong in the comments!
Bullfight - Bullfight has a solid happy hour - half off liquor and snacks - but the rest of the menu is solid, too. The duck meatballs are a clear star, and I found the calamari was fresh and perfectly crisp. The bacon wrapped stuffed dates were also incredible. If you want delicious small plates, an extensive drink menu, and an authentic Spanish Tapas experience, check out Bullfight.
4807 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX
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Winebelly - Come for the wine, but fill up your belly while you're there! The Spanish-Mediterranean style food is delicious, fresh, and pairs wonderfully with the extensive wine menu. Try the duck bruscetta, a delicious take on the Italian classic.
519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX
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Barlata - Barlata will always hold a special place in my heart, because it is the first place I learned about squid ink pasta. It's also the place I learned that coca cola and red wine actually taste fantastic together. Their traditional Spanish tapas are the closest to authentic that I've found in the city, and each one is packed full of flavor. Bring friends, and try as many dishes as you can. Trust me.
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MIA - MIA is one of the new restaurants in The Doman's trendy Rock Rose area, and was one of the first to open when the street began construction. These small, Italian-tapas plates pack tremendous flavor. The meatballs are perfectly cooked, in a delicious house-made sauce. Select tapas are 2-for-1 during Happy Hour, an excellent deal considering the quality. Start your night out on Rock Rose at MIA next time you head out for drinks.
11420 Rock Rose Ave, Ste 120, Austin TX
Vox Table - Finally, my favorite restaurant in Austin. I have never once had a bad meal here, it's all been excellent. The menu changes slightly with the seasons, so you won't always find the delicious Yorkshire Pudding with beef cheek, or the potato churros, but definitely order them if they're there. The Old Fashioned menu is just a bonus (their cocktails are SO GOOD), and their entire cocktail menu is so well made. Make sure you save room for dessert!
1100 S Lamar Blvd #2140, Austin, TX
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