When your travels bring you to Austin be sure to experience the paella scene!
Paella is a culinary work of art. It is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Although historically created in Spanish town of Valencia ions ago, there are many styles of paella to be experienced. Austin has an amazing array of restaurants that feature paellas for you to dig into and enjoy!
Although Spain claims to have the only authentic paellas, several countries have their own version of paellas from their local towns where they lived as well as some paellas are an expression of the artist’s – I mean chef’s – interpretation.
If you have enjoyed a well-made paella you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, the waiting is over! Austin has such an amazing array of restaurants that represent this warm bubbling and aromatic rice dish that if you don’t, then your just missing out.
Paella and Happy Hour at La Bodega Gourmet
Tucked away in a small shopping center in the Bee Cave area of Austin, paella is front and center on the menu of La Bodega Gourmet as well as a list of mouthwatering tapas, cheese boards and wine. Chef Eriz Paz, friend and fellow paella chef has created a menu not to be missed. Chef Eric, Panamanian born with Spanish blood running through his veins, can’t help but be a masterful chef with his successful restaurant. Not only are his paellas flavorful and authentic, each paella is made with his own perfectly seasoned Paella Rice Mix of which you can purchase so you can create your own home paellas. Going to his restaurant is like dining in the comfort of your home. Although he serves paella everyday, Happy Hour is on Wednesday and Thursday each week. And if your mouth isn’t already watering, you get two seafood paellas for the price of one with a purchase of a bottle of hand-selected wines. But, go anytime because he will be cooking up paella every day. Your paella is cooked and served in a small paella pan perfect for two or if you’re really hungry, for one. I personally have eaten the whole paella and enjoyed it down to the last bite of the fluffy, saffron and seafood broth-infused rice! Don’t forget the fresh house-made dessert, paella cooking classes and Spring Flamenco & Paella Festival coming up.
Be sure to grab several bags of Chef Eric’s Paella Mix to take home with you. It is the perfect blend of Spanish paella bomba rice blended with all the spices and seasoning you need to make the perfect paella.
Happy Hour Seafood Paella with a tasty Rioja and Catalan Bread
Chef Eric Paz and I are toasting the holidays.
11500 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78738
Happy Hour: Every Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 9m
Monday – Friday
11:00AM – 2:00PM
11:30AM – 2:30PM
Wednesday – Saturday
6:00PM – 9:00PM
(Please make reservations for dinner at Yelp/reservations or call)
Paella Tuesdays, Modern and Traditional Tapas at El Chipiron
Spanish born Chef Pablo Gomez’s heritage shines bright from his traditional and modern tapas and paella menu at El Chipiron. WOW! I was blown away by each and every tapas and every bite of paella. If your going for the best tapas and cocktails in town then your headed in the right direction. However, Paella Tuesdays is the only night you can have these amazing authentic paella experience. Chef Pablo feels that in order to create the best paella experience, he sets aside one night a week to concentrate on Spain’s most popular dish, and does it right. You will get your paella fix feasting on aromatic Seafood Paella or Chicken and Vegetable paella laced with the sought after crispy soccorat. Can’t make it on Tuesday? No worries! You will be able to enjoy amazing and artfully created tapas, cheese boards and a Spanish favorite, Spanish Gin & Tonics! Check out the photo of the cocktail. You’ve never had a gin and tonic like this!
Here’s a great tip! If you don’t make to paella night, one of these shareable tapas on the menu is paella served in a bowl with broth. Arroz Caldoso de Marisco is Bomba rice with chorizo, shrimp, mussels bathed in a saffron and albarino wine saffron broth with flavorful fish stock and it is delicious!
Chef Pablo creating seafood paella step by step.
Rosemary scented Chicken and Green Bean Paella with saffron infused bomba rice
This lovely aromatic brothy Arroz Caldoso de Marisco evokes all the flavors and textures of a paella.
El Chipiron is well known for Spanish Gin & Tonics just like they serve in Spain. Go and experience what Spain in raving about.
Mon-Saturday 5-10pm at #2717 South Lamar with FREE parking available!
Barlata Paella and Tapas Bar
Barlata Tapas Bar is another Spanish tapas and paella bar that features authentic Spanish cuisine and paellas you’ll keep running back for. The ambience is rustic yet modern and the paella is about as exquisite as they come. The extensive menu features at least 8 different versions of popular Spanish paellas and they are cooked to perfection. We were not disappointed with the house seafood paella and the thin noodle paella, Fideua. They were both succulent with deep rich flavors, fresh seafood and well formed soccarat (aka crispy rice at the bottom) served with a side of the Spanish version of the garlicky aioli called allioli. We couldn’t get enough! And the best part, you can order paella any day you want and the choices are endless. The artfully created cocktails, including the Spanish Gin & Tonic and Spanish tapas is the prefect way to spend the evening with friends or your favorite person.
Sunday – Wednesday: 5 pm – 10:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday – Thursday: 5 pm – 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 2.30pm
*Parties of 8 or more – please inquire about our preset menu. 24-hour cancellation policy on reservations for 10 or more
(paella photos provided by Chago)
Chago’s Puerto Rican Restaurant
Open Wednesday and Thursday 11-9
Friday and Saturday 11-10
7301 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752
Habana Cuban Restaurant featuring Cuban-style Paella
Habana has been located on South Congress for many years and is well known for their authentic Cuban comfort food and cool Mojitos. On Friday and Saturday night you get a big plate full of Cuban Style Seafood Paella topped with creamy maduros (fried ripe plantains) and served with a garlicky fresh cilantro chimichurri. Here’s another example of how paella has morphed into a South American Cuisine featuring local flavors. It’s enough for 3 to 4 hungry people along with specialties such as the huge helping of ceviche with crispy plantain chips.
Habana’s is open every day but serves paella only on Friday’s and Saturday’s.
2728 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Sunday11AM–10PM Monday 11AM–10PM Tuesday11AM–10PM Wednesday11AM–10PM Thursday11AM–10PM Friday11AM–11PMSaturday11AM–11PM
I am a ongoing student of wine currently studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine Certification, Sherry Wine Specialist,Texas Wine Specialist, creator of cocktails and Paella Chef. My passion for Paella led me to create My Paella Travels which includes cooking paella as a private chef and other events. Let me know your paella experiences around the Austin area and certainly if I need to include another great restaurant in my search for Austin’s best paellas!