I’ve spent a lot of time eating shrimp and grits in Austin , so I have a pretty good idea of where to go for the best. My search has taken me all around town, from fine-dining restaurants to casual cafes, and I've whittled it down to eight great places.

For each restaurant, I'll take you through what makes the shrimp and grits special, so you can choose one (or two) that appeals most to your taste buds. So grab a fork (and maybe a bib) - it's time to find the very best shrimp and grits that Austin has to offer!

Sawyer & Co

Sawyer & Co
🗺️ 4827 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
☎️ 512-531-9033
🌐 Website
Sunday: 9 AM–9 PM
Monday: 9 AM–3 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 9 AM–9 PM
Friday: 9 AM–9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM–9 PM

I'm confident to confidently declare that Sawyer & Co serves the best shrimp and grits in Austin based on my extensive experience. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere, with friendly staff and fantastic food.

The grits are cooked to perfection, with just the right texture and consistency. They retain their creamy flavor without being too runny or dry. And the shrimp are always cooked perfectly - they're juicy, plump, and flavorful!

The atmosphere at Sawyer & Co is also wonderful - it has a warm, inviting vibe and the waitstaff is always attentive and accommodating. I particularly appreciate that they take the time to get each dish just right for their customers.

If you're looking for an outstanding version of shrimp and grits, head to Sawyer & Co - you won't be disappointed!

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Phoebe's Diner - Oltorf

Phoebe's Diner - Oltorf
🗺️ 533 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
☎️ 512-883-9682
🌐 Website
Sunday: 7 AM–3 PM
Monday: 7 AM–3 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM–3 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM–3 PM
Thursday: 7 AM–3 PM
Friday: 7 AM–3 PM
Saturday: 7 AM–3 PM

The shrimp and grits at Phoebe's Diner - Oltorf is absolutely delicious! The shrimp was so juicy and full of flavor, and the creamy grits were the perfect balance. It was the perfect comfort food to start my day.

What really surprised me, however, was how fresh everything tasted. Everything was made right in front of my eyes, and it definitely showed in the flavor! I could tell that all the ingredients were carefully sourced with great care and taste.

Overall, I would highly recommend Phoebe's Diner - Oltorf for anyone looking for some of the best shrimp and grits in Austin . You won't be disappointed!

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Turf N' Surf Po Boy

Turf N' Surf Po Boy
🗺️ 407 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
☎️ 512-745-6381
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11:30 AM–10 PM
Monday: 11 AM–11 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–11 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–11 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–11 PM
Friday: 11 AM–12 AM
Saturday: 11 AM–12 AM

I tried the Shrimp and Grits which is a true Austin classic. The shrimp were succulent, plump and cooked perfectly. The grits were creamy and full of flavor from cheddar cheese, onions, peppers and a secret blend of seasoning. I could tell that the dish was made with love because it really gave me a feeling of warmth and comfort.

The atmosphere at Turf N' Surf Po Boy was also welcoming and inviting. There's plenty of seating indoors and outdoors so you can bring your friends or family to enjoy the meal with you.

Overall, Turf N' Surf Po Boy is one of the best places in Austin to get authentic shrimp and grits - they truly understand what makes this dish special!

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Corner Restaurant

Corner Restaurant
🗺️ 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
☎️ 512-608-4488
🌐 Website
Sunday: 6:30 AM–12 AM
Monday: 6:30 AM–12 AM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM–12 AM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM–12 AM
Thursday: 6:30 AM–12 AM
Friday: 6:30 AM–1 AM
Saturday: 6:30 AM–1 AM

I had the pleasure of trying their shrimp and grits, which was incredible. The combination of flavors was outstanding - with the perfect balance of spices, the creamy cheese grits and juicy shrimp. It's no surprise that I've heard it being called "the best shrimp and grits in Austin" by more than one person.

The service at Corner Restaurant is top notch. Everyone there is extremely helpful and friendly. They really go out of their way to make sure you have a great experience.

I highly recommend checking out Corner Restaurant if you're looking for amazing shrimp and grits! You won't be disappointed!

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Stella San Jac

Stella San Jac
🗺️ 310 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78701
☎️ 512-792-5648
🌐 Website
Sunday: 7 AM–10 PM
Monday: 7 AM–10 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM–10 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM–10 PM
Thursday: 7 AM–10 PM
Friday: 7 AM–11 PM
Saturday: 7 AM–11 PM

The shrimp and grits dish is cooked to perfection, with a blend of spices that really brings out the flavor. The shrimp are fresh and juicy, the grits have an amazing creamy texture, and the combination is simply delightful.

The presentation of the dish is also outstanding. Everything looks beautiful on the plate, and it smells incredible when it's served.

The service at Stella San Jac is also great; The staff are very friendly and attentive, making sure all your needs are taken care of.

Overall, Stella San Jac serves up some of the best shrimp and grits in Austin. Whether you're looking for a comforting meal or just want to try something new, this restaurant should definitely be on your list of places to check out!

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Colleen's Kitchen

Colleen's Kitchen
🗺️ 1911 Aldrich St Suite 100, Austin, TX 78723
☎️ 512-580-2413
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10 AM–9 PM
Monday: 11 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–10 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–10 PM

The taste of the shrimp and grits was absolutely divine. The flavor was well balanced with a light, yet full-bodied flavor that still lets the shrimp shine through. As for the texture, it was wonderfully creamy and smooth - not too thick or thin.

The presentation at Colleen's Kitchen is stunning - each plate is an artful masterpiece. The colors were vibrant and inviting, perfect for an instagram photo opportunity!

Above all, what sets Colleen's Kitchen apart from other restaurants serving shrimp and grits is their creative approach to their menu. They combine traditional recipes with innovative cooking styles to create unique dishes that you won't find anywhere else. Not only do they use local ingredients whenever possible, but they also rotate some of their menu items daily to keep things engaging and exciting!

In conclusion, I can confidently say that Colleen's Kitchen offers the best shrimp and grits in Austin. It has my highest recommendation for anyone looking for a flavorful and memorable dining experience.

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Cypress Grill

Cypress Grill
🗺️ 4404 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78749
☎️ 512-358-7474
🌐 Website
Sunday: 8:30 AM–10 PM
Monday: 11 AM–10 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–10 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–10 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–10 PM
Friday: 11 AM–10 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM–10 PM

The shrimp and grits here are definitely worth the visit. They have a unique flavor that you won't find anywhere else. The shrimp is cooked to perfection – juicy, succulent and flavorful – with the perfect amount of spices.

The grits are also made to perfection with a creamy consistency. They don’t overpower the shrimp so you can really appreciate all the flavors put together in one dish. And if you’re looking for something extra, they offer a variety of accompaniments like bacon, sausage, roasted red peppers or mushrooms to go along with it.

Overall, I would give Cypress Grill an excellent rating for their shrimp and grits. You won't find better in Austin . Highly recommended – head over for brunch or dinner!

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🗺️ 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
☎️ 512-291-7300
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10:30 AM–10 PM
Monday: 11:30 AM–10 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM–10 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM–10 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM–10 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM–11 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM–11 PM

The first time I visited Perla's I was astonished by the amazing flavors in the shrimp and grits. The combination of cream, onions, peppers and that special blend of spices truly creates a magical experience.

The quality of ingredients is top-notch, with only the freshest seafood available. You can really taste the difference with every bite! The grits are cooked perfectly and provide a wonderful creamy texture that pairs brilliantly with the shrimps.

Overall, I'm thrilled to have had such an amazing experience at Perla's. It truly is one of the best shrimp and grits in Austin !

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Susan Wright

Susan has a passion for helping small, locally-owned restaurants and businesses to tell their stories and showcase their unique offerings to the public. With a loyalty to her hometown of Austin, TX, Susan is committed to making sure these establishments get the recognition they deserve. Outside of work, Susan enjoys exploring Austin's food and music scene with friends, hiking in the nearby hill country, spending time in nature, and savoring every bite of barbeque she can find.