Several Austin restaurants have announced their return of service with in-house and patio dining along with following several enhanced safety guidelines. new pre-set tasting menus and service hours.



bar peached

Bar Peached

Bar Peached’s open-air, Heritage tree-shaded patio recently reopened at full capacity on Tuesday, June 16, along with its dining room reopening soon at a reduced capacity.







The team at Hestia has returned to dining room service with enhanced safety guidelines, introducing a new service model to include a pre-set tasting menu.  All dining choices will be predetermined before entering the restaurant online. Menu items include Mangalitsa Pork Belly, Wild Onion Pizelle, Grilled Crab, Dry Aged NY Steak, Buttermilk Panna Cotta and more. Additionally, guests will be able to the patio at Kalimotxo including the new back patio overlooking downtown Shoal Creek and the Austin Public Library. At Kalimotxo, cocktails and small bites are available including Oysters, Basque Cheesecake, and Blistered Shisito Peppers.  Full menus can be found online. Reservations are welcome by calling the restaurant at 512-333-0737.




emmer and rye

Emmer & Rye

Coming off recent big news of a James Beard nomination for Best Chef Texas for Chef Kevin Fink and Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph being named Food & Wine Best New Chef 2020, the team is thrilled to welcome guests back.  All servers, cooks, and staff will be wearing masks, hand sanitizer is readily available, menus are single-use and no cash is accepted.  Guests are able to partake in a $60 set menu from Emmer & Rye. In addition to the meal, guests can text their drink orders and partake in contactless payment. There are only 18 tables per night, and reservations can be made via Opentable.






Kalimotxo has reopened to provide guests with a vibrant and energetic vibe with the stand-up bar and outdoor patio.  Enjoy pintxos and small bites adorning the bar top, creative cocktails and wine porrons.  The menu includes plates of Jamon Iberico, assorted seafood conservas, and Basque burnt cheesecake. For more information, please visit



North Italia

Both North Italia restaurants are now open for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner services at the Domain and 2nd Street locations.




Galaxy Cafe

Galaxy Cafe, locally owned classic since 2004 has recently reopened to allow indoor dining.  All three locations (West Lynn, Mesa Drive, and Brodie Lane) are open from 11-8pm for dine-in or curbside pick-up. Saturday and Sunday breakfast begins at 8:00am.




El Naranjo

El Naranjo

This Austin staple (now on South Lamar) has reopened its doors for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, 5-9 p.m. These dine-in times are split between two seating slots (5-6 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.) for minimal guest exposure and to allow El Naranjo’s staff to maintain stringent cleaning procedures. Dine-in is available by reservation and walk-in. El Naranjo is now also offering takeout from Tuesday to Saturday, 4-8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can place their pickup orders online. The takeout menu is available here, and the dine-in menu is here.






Patika is now open daily from 8am-2pm, offering a streamlined menu of coffee and pastries, as well as some pantry items that customers can order in person or online at  All orders will be picked up at the front door. The coffee shop has several policies and process changes to keep everyone safe.  Customers can also order coffee beans through Patika’s roasting company, Superthing, with subscription and delivery options available at




Scholz Garten

Scholz Garten 

Scholz Garten is now open for dine-in service in the outdoor Bier Garten and the dining room along with curbside pick-up. Dine-in service includes a menu of popular items including Scholz’s famous sausage and features a modern-day twist on traditional German dishes in addition to salads, sandwiches, and specialties. A wide selection of imported German beers, local draft beers, and specialty cocktails are offered as well. The Bier Garten is currently open daily from 12-8 p.m. Guests can look over the menu selection online and in house




russo's pizzeria

Russo’s NY Pizzeria

Located in the Arboretum, the Houston-based New York-style pizza chain serving scratch-made Italian cuisine with ingredients shipped from Italy is open for dine-in Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The North Austin eatery offers family meals, a variety of pizzas, pasta, and vegan options with free delivery using their own staff in addition to Doordash.  Photo credit to Russo’s NY Pizzeria 





PINSTACK the premier entertainment and dining destination that initially opened in February 2020, has officially reopened after temporarily closing its doors due to COVID-19. Currently, guests can visit and safely enjoy delicious food and beverage at the restaurant along with attractions like the state-of-the-art bowling alley, bumper cars, laser tag arena, LED-lit rock-climbing wall and expansive game room with the latest video games and arcade classics. PINSTACK Austin’s adjusted hours are now Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.


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