Chuy's Mexican Restaurant - Austin and Round Rock, Texas - Fun Place to Take Friends and Clients

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

Chuy's restaurant was founded in 1982 right here in Austin, Texas.  The first location was on Barton Springs Road, and it's still there today.  Chuy's now operates in all of the biggest cities in Texas, but they haven't lost any of their original quirky charm. 

Over the past 21 years that I have lived in the Austin area, Chuy's has remaichuy's restaurant austin texasned a favorite hangout with friends, and it is one of the coolest places to take my out-of-state clients.

My wife and I have often joked about how long the wait is at the newer location in Round Rock (about 15 minutes from our house).  They could probably open another ancillary location next door and it, too, would remain full all the time.  Believe me, IT IS WORTH THE WAIT.

It's popular for a reason: the food is excellent, and the decor is funky and eclectic.  One of the more interesting features in the Round Rock location is the waiting area which is filled with pictures of happy customers all over the world wearing their Chuy's t-shirts in exotic locales.  Also, there is a shrine to Elvis, complete with "candles" (actually, they are small lights inside candle holders). 

The wait staff is young and hip and happy to be working there, at least at the locations I have visited locally.  I get the sense that it must be a great place to work. 

In Austin, when I have taken clients to check out Chuy's, there are three things that never fail to get remarks:

  • Chuy's salsa
  • The creamy jalapeno dip
  • The ceiling covered with hub caps

Yes, you read that last part correctly. 

Believe it or not, Chuy's creamy jalapeno dip even has its own Facebook page, with 17,592 fans as of this writing!  Check it out here:  I still think it's funny when it reads, "Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dressing has written on its own wall."  Cool!  Basically, it's like spicy Ranch dressing.  Okay - now I'm hungry. 

I once took a client to Chuy's and he tried very hard to get the salsa recipe from the waitress.  "I wish I could figure out what that spice is!"  Of course, she wasn't able to divulge the details, but she gave him some tips.  I must admit that I haven't ever seen anyone that excited about salsa.

As a small bit of trivia, the Chuy's on Barton Springs gained a small measure of notoriety a few years back when President Bush's daughter was ticketed for underage drinking there.  I have no idea why this makes it a more interesting place to eat, but every time I mention it to visitors, they seem intrigued.

Chuy's is very reasonably priced, and I have yet to eat anything there that wasn't good.  If you are planning a visit to Austin, let me know and we can grab lunch there sometime while you're in town.  :)

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Comments (12)

Kelli~Rhyanne Bartley
Keller Williams Realty Mid~Willamette - Corvallis, OR

OMGoodness...Now I'm Starving!! Chuy's sounds awesome & fun! Have you put your comments on yet? I love that site!! I will have to visit Chuy's when I'm in Austin ... thanks!

Aug 08, 2009 07:24 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Sounds like a really fun place to have some really great Mexican food!  Too bad it's so far away from me!

Aug 08, 2009 07:29 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I will take an order of the jalapeno dip, please!

Aug 08, 2009 08:15 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

With the food being excellent and the decor being funky...that's a recipe for making people want to wait.

Aug 08, 2009 08:18 AM
Sheila Moran
RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels) - New Braunfels, TX, RE/MAX Access, 210-32


I am so laughing...

we just got a new one on my side of town right off of 35North (we used to drive 15 minutes) to get to the old one.

Whenever I tell the kids that we are going to Chuy's....I get this rant, "CHUY'S, CHUY'S, CHUY'S" (oh, husband included) while we are walking out the door.  Kind of reminds me of when Two Tons of Steel is playing and everyone in unison is yelling "TWO TONS, TWO TONS"....

very cool and very fun.


Aug 08, 2009 09:03 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jason - This looks like the same Chuy's that we used to have here in Arizona.  We used to go to one in Ahwatukee, but I think there are no more here in Arizona.  I liked the food, and it was very reasonably priced.

Aug 08, 2009 02:10 PM
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

I call it "crack" jalepeno ranch dressing, because once you have had crave it! 

Aug 08, 2009 02:12 PM
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Jason - All these food posts - get read your blog and not get hungry.

Aug 09, 2009 05:10 PM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Jason - great post about Chuy's and the jalapeno dip sounds awesome (hopefully not too spicey)!

Aug 09, 2009 09:07 PM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Sounds like a fun place to eat.  I'll have to mention it to my husband since he often travels to Austin.

Aug 09, 2009 09:30 PM
Kristy Owen
Moreland Properties - Austin, TX
Realtor, G


I was looking at places to eat in Austin and I agree with your blog, it is by far one of my hands down favorite places to grab some food!

Nov 12, 2009 09:05 AM