UPDATED – March 2021
As the Spring weather becomes even more beautiful and the springtime vibes are flowing, locals and visitors are looking for the best place to relax outside, while enjoying a meal or sipping on a few luscious libations on those warm spring nights.
Austin is home to some of the finest patios made perfect for al fresco drinking and dining and nearly everyone wants to take advantage of the excellent weather before the infamous Texas heatwave hits the region.
Here’s our guide to some of Austin’s best patios and outdoor dining spots all over the city.
2027 Anchor Ln | Opened in 2011, Contigo is an outdoor restaurant in East Austin at 2027 Anchor Lane co-owned by Ben Edgerton and Chef Andrew Wiseheart. The restaurant offers ranch-inspired dining in a comfortable atmosphere with picnic table seating, yard games, and more. The menu changes weekly, and includes charcuterie, bar snacks, and small plates, and includes game-inspired dishes like rabbit and dumplings. The restaurant has become known for their burger and fries, daily happy hour specials, special events such as pig roasts, and creative cocktails. Contigo is open for dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and serves Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Salty Sow, located on Manor Rd. in Austin, has three outdoor / patio areas for guests to choose from, some of which are covered. The Austin staple offers happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily which features some of their favorites dishes, all for under &7 and $2 off beer and cocktails. Enjoy a spring breeze and some sunshine with a craft cocktail and a truffled deviled egg in hand.
Tumble 22’s newest location on Lake Austin Blvd has an expansive outdoor area to enjoy that is covered, with heaters. In fact, if an acorn lands on you while you’re on the patio under the giant shade trees, you get a free margarita as a prize! They’ve also got a $5 daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m. with select menu items available for $5 for both dine in and online orders. There are also daily $5 drink specials for guests to take advantage of.
3825 Lake Austin Boulevard | You’ll notice the address is the same as Mozart’s because the two restaurants are right next to each other. While they share the same spectacular view, these are two different patios with two very different vibes. Things get a little rowdier at Hula Hut. The food, described as Tex-Mex with a Polynesian twist, will stick to your ribs. And nothing beats sitting on the gorgeous patio along the water, drinking one of their strong cocktails.
Since 1954 Ski Shores Café has been all about escaping our daily challenges for a mini-vacation any day of the week. Chill on their spacious, open-air deck with a burger and a beer in the Zilker neighborhood. The new Barton Springs location has the same great casual dining menu as the location on Lake Austin, with favorites such as the original 1954 recipe Fried Catfish and the Border Burger, and it has an expanded coffee and bar menu.
111 E Cesar Chavez St | P6 recently debuted their brand new rooftop space at The LINE Austin downtown. The rooftop bar offers panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake and serves as one of the best new hangouts for dining, drinks, and games. The menu features Mediterranean shared plates by Executive Chef Justin Ermini and cocktails shaken (or stirred) by Beverage Director Brian Floyd.
701 Congress Ave | Located in the heart of Downtown, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel has one of the best patios in town, complete with refreshing cocktails and the most incredible view of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre. In addition to the wonderful view, you can enjoy Stephen F. Austin’s great happy hour deals from the terrace every Sun – Thurs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The menu features a 5-6-7 special that includes $5 local Texas drafts, $6 wines by the glass, and $7 speciality cocktails including mojitos, palomas, whiskey sours and more.
98 San Jacinto Blvd | Ciclo (the restaurant on the bottom floor of Four Seasons) just launched a bomb happy hour with free valet parking. Details below! They also have a seriously dreamy patio. The Happy Hour at the Latin-infused Texas kitchen is available seven days a week from 5-7 p.m. at the bar, on the outdoor covered terrace, and the back lawn. Guests visiting during happy hour can utilize the hotel’s valet parking for FREE from 5-8 p.m. The menu includes rotating wine selection available for $5 a glass and $20 a bottle, draft beer for $5 a glass, rotating house cocktail for $5 each; as well as Boquitas tacos for $4 and Postres (dessert) for $3.
Seven stories up and a world away. Zanzibar, a lush tropical rooftop terrace and pool oasis with stunning views of downtown, opened before the hotel in September 2020. It quickly became a popular spot among Austin locals and travelers alike, known as a socially distant outdoor rooftop where guests can escape the everyday with modern tiki cocktails. It features its own street-level elevator access on San Jacinto Boulevard to transport you seven stories up and a world away.
When you have a variety of 6 different restaurants to choose from, what more can you ask for? Fareground has a great selection of vendors to dine from, including Dai Due, Henbit, TLV, Italic, Contigo and Ni-Kome, with a great outdoor patio to sit back, relax and let the kids run around while you focus on the food. Right in the heart of downtown Austin, it is a great meeting place for Happy Hour, which takes place every weekday from 3 – 6 PM with $4 local drafts, $5 select wines and $5 select cocktails. Fareground validated parking in the garage.
Brunching on TRACE’s patio is a must here in Austin. While one should partake in their infamous themed brunches along with specialty menu items and cocktails year round, they’re even more enjoyable now that patio weather is among us.
ATX Cocina has one of the largest patios in downtown Austin. It’s the perfect place to enjoy shareable modern mexican dishes and margaritas under the shade of large oak trees.
1315 W 6th St. | Bar Peached offers delightful patio dining in a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for those looking to enjoy the warm weather. Paired with their delicious menu of small bites, entrees and unique craft cocktails, it’s become an easy favorite for Austinites and visitors alike.
1601 E 6th St | Il Brutto is the perfect spot to break bread (literally) with friends & family, offering multiple options for small and large parties – including the beautiful oak-shaded patio. Groups can choose from a variety of family-style chef’s menus featuring Italian faves such as lasagna alla bolognese, margherita pizza & tiramisù.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s East Austin location on 6th Street is currently offering dine-in on the adjacent Domo Alley-Gato patio. Entering from 6th Street, with the entrance featuring a mask-wearing Maneki-neko statue, guests will feel like they’ve been transported to the tachinomiya, or standing bars, and yokocho, meaning “alleyways off to the side of a main street” of Japan’s biggest cities while enjoying the entire menu of ramen favorites they know and love. In addition to ramen, rice bowls and Sweet & Sour Yodas, guests can enjoy favorite Domo Alley-Gato drinks like cold foam cap beers and sake, perfect for cooling off as the weather gets warmer.
With guest safety in mind, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya revamped their restaurant layout dramatically last fall to move all dine-in to outdoors only on the covered patio for the ultimate al fresco experience. Guests will be able to enjoy Omakase Club, offering three different chef-curated tasting menus with options for vegetarians and pescetarians.
Fresh, flavor-packed and unique-to-Texas, Bento Picnic’s menu has expanded. The popular eatery now offers guests additional protein options, inspired by the grilling traditions of Texas and Japan — and the option to customize their own bento box. Just in time for Spring gatherings, the restaurant has added a Picnic by the Pound option to its menu — and made all options available all day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
4 Locations in Austin | East features 15,000 square feet of outdoor space with their award-winning dining experience with artisan bread and pastries, pretzels, signature sandwiches plus craft beer and cocktails. All tables are spread out, masks are required as part of an abundant sanitation process.
4827 East Cesar Chavez St. | Sawyer’s expansive patio in a classic diner atmosphere, which has been a hit with Austinites since opening in 2014. They offer traditional Southern dining with a full bar, and New Orleans-inspired breakfast, lunch & dinner menu choices. Photo by: @tokkicreates
3121 Palm Way #101 | Guests can enjoy Reverse Happy Hour every Friday & Saturday from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. The happy hour menu will feature select wines, beers and craft cocktails at $5; half off select bottles of wine; and unbeatable $5-$10 specials on snacks, starters, small plates, large plates and pizzas. See Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE’s new Happy Hour menu HERE.
The Water Trough at Lone Star Court is a go-to watering hole where guests can enjoy bites and sips, only just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of The Domain. The Water Trough overlooks Lone Star Court’s courtyard, pool and outdoor fire pits. Signature cocktails include The Chill Cowboy and the new refreshing spring sip, the Wimberley made with Dripping Springs Gin, elderflower and grapefruit liqueurs, lemon, and topped with Richard’s Rainwater.
Enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner, or sweet treat on the picturesque patio at Bakery Lorraine. Soak in the sun and admire the gorgeous scenery whilst enjoying fresh Parisian macarons or tasting one of their savory lunch offerings. Bakery Lorraine now offers a variety of wine options wine that were hand-picked to complement the newly launched dinner service (perfect for those sunset dinners). For more information, visit bakerylorraine.com. Bakery Lorraine is located at 11600 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 100 at Domain NORTHSIDE.
6700 Burnet Road | Here’s another dog-friendly establishment. Bring your pup because not only is the patio actually a dog park at the Yard Bar, there are also menu items for four-legged friends too. While you enjoy a drink and the Texas outdoors, your dog can eat some house-made dog treats and enjoy a Bone Star Dog Beer, made of beef and veggie stock. And oh yeah, humans can order off a menu offering shared snacks and sandwiches, along with alcoholic beverages.
Mediterranean restaurant Aba at Music Lane on South Congress Avenue boasts a gorgeous multi-level outdoor patio and terrace that accommodates up to 130 guests and lives under the canopy of a 100+ year old native Heritage Oak tree, studded with glass and metal lanterns from Morocco and the Middle East. The patio features a semi-private raised deck, with a vibrant living plant wall and a 10-seat outdoor bar with a white plaster finish to evoke a Mediterranean look and feel. The refreshing menu is perfect for al fresco fare incorporating Chef Partner CJ Jacobson’s lighter style of cooking with influences from the Mediterranean, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece.
Honest food + drink. Featuring one of the largest outdoor patios on West Cesar Chavez Street, Corinne is an honest and fresh neighborhood dining and cocktail spot serving classic, authentic regional classics and American comfort food with an emphasis on signature rotisserie dishes.
A staple in Austin, Guero’s Taco Bar’s Oak Garden is an expansive dog friendly patio perfect for social distancing, with a covered patio located in the front of the restaurant. The patio and Oak Garden are open seven days a week with live music Wednesday through Sundays.
Enjoy farm fresh salads, healthy tonics, cocktails and more on Vinaigrette’s spacious patio. Shaded by a 100-year-old oak tree, Vinaigrette’s patio is perfect for an al fresco dinner, lunch or Sunday Brunch.
With a cocktail happy hour offered daily from 4:30-7 p.m., Mattie’s lawn is an ideal spot to relax in the sunshine with an ice-cold drink. Imbibers can enjoy $2 off signature house cocktails like the Bacchus Cup crafted with ginger lime cordial, scarlet hibiscus, gruner veltliner, cucumber and herbs. Stay a while under the misters and seersucker umbrellas and indulge in a delicious dinner by new Executive Chef Ethan Holmes starting at 5 p.m.
Loro has your back! Their happy hour is from 2-5 PM, just in time before it starts to get dark outside. Enjoy Boozy slushies for $4, Loro’s Cheeseburger for $8 and Chicken Kaarage for $6 on Loro’s patio in Austin’s beautiful weather.
5900 W Slaughter Ln D | District is one of the city’s top neighborhood gems located in Southwest Austin just off of Loop 1. A New American-style concept by Amir and Ali Hajimaleki, the restaurant promises fresh, chef-inspired dishes, creative cocktails and a relaxing indoor space with a massive patio. The happy hour is unbeatable with $5-6 craft cocktails and appetizers, along with $3 domestic beers (included Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap) and $5 glasses of wine with a daily featured half-priced bottle.