Green Restaurants in Austin

Long before being green was red hot, Austin had a solid grip on the mentality of environmental responsibility. Sustainability weaves itself into the mantras of Austin businesses galore: recycling and repurposing are huge concepts widely applied throughout restaurant construction and management, while organic and preservative/gunk-free foods reign behind the kitchen's double doors. Featured below are local eateries incorporating a green lifestyle worth commending.

(Photo: Eastside Cafe)

Updated: June 25, 2010

Environmentally-Friendly Dining Guide

La Boite

1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

La Boite took the notion of recycling one's resources to the most literal level when it came to the construction of its South Lamar locale. In order to serve you your morning almond croissants and fair-trade organic brew, they brought it upon themselves to ingeniously convert a dingy old shipping container into a fully functioning European cafe.

Juan Pelota Cafe

400 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

Going green can mean more than selflessly swapping in your Ford F-150 for a trusty ol? bicycle. Although this is certainly possible at Mellow Johnny's (the adjacent bike shop), we encourage you to put those wheels aside and shimmy on over to Juan Pelota. This environmentally sensitive coffeehouse utilizes energy efficient machines, sophisticated reverse osmosis water purification systems, post-consumer recycled & compostable cups, and straws comprised of cornstarch in lieu of plastic.

Eastside Cafe

2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

The sprawling garden at Manor Road's Eastside Cafe respectably rivals that of grandma's. With the foresight and integrity of keeping it green and local, this eatery grows everything they serve (err, serve everything they grow).

Casa De Luz

1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Tucked away in South Austin, this sunny restaurant--part of a healthy living center--offers a fixed-price menu of organic, macrobiotic grub.

Wild Wood Bakehouse & Cafe

3016 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Westlake residents and nearby workers nibble gluten-free baked goods or freshly organic, healthy cafe fare in the restaurant-cum-art gallery.