One of the most frequent questions I get over on instagram is: “I’m visiting austin soon with for a bachelorette/bachelor/birthday party; where can I eat in Austin with a big group?”
Well friends…I’ve rounded up 16 of my very favorite restaurants for group dining in Austin! These are places that are spacious, have long tables, and offer lots of options so everyone can leave happy.
COVID-19 Update: keep in mind that as the pandemic continues to control our precious city, social distancing and masks are important. Check in with the restaurant to see what they allow as far as group dining goes. The rules are changing faster than I can keep up, so be sure to check websites and instagram pages for the most up-to-date information!
But before we get started, here’s a quick note about dining with a big group in Austin: remember that almost any restaurant can accommodate a large group (I’m talking about 8-12 people) if you make a reservation early enough. I’ve been eating out on a date night small-ish restaurants and dined next to big groups who were eating dinner before hitting the town. A few of my favorites that aren’t necesarily group-dining restaurants, but could probably push tables together and make accommodations: Odd Duck, Dai Due, Jacoby’s, Perlas, Uchiko, La Condesa, ATX Cocina, and Carpenters Hall.
Ok, now on to the group restaurants!
Grizzelda’s is a modern Tex-Mex restaurant in East Austin with that’s a great place to eat in Austin with a big group! It’s especially fun for a bachelorette party because it’s just so cute and pink! Not to be missed: the famous queso (on my list of best queso in Austin) and one of their many margarita variations.
WEBSITE | 105 Tillery St
TLC at this restaurants stands for anything you want it mean.. It’s a casual, family-friendly, indoor-outdoor space that serves regional Texas food, seafood boils, beer, and cocktails on tap. I love going with a big group of girlfriends during their happy hour on Monday — 3pm – 11pm and Tue-Fri — 3 to 7pm for unbelievable deals on drinks, oysters, and snacks.
WEBSITE | 1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150
3. Martin’s Kumbak Place
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 pandemic
This is an old-school Austin burger joint that’s been near UT campus since 1926. They still make hand-cut french fries and onion rings every day, and what used to be an outdoor patio has been built in and air conditioned (PRAISES!) and is the perfect place for a big group of friends who need some really tasty burgers.
WEBSITE | 2808 Guadalupe St
4. Pinthouse Pizza
There are a few locations of this Austin brewpub, so it’s a great option for group dining in Austin no matter where you’re staying! Pinthouse Pizza locations have long rows of indoor picnic tables; I’ve been there with a group of 20, and it was no problem! Their pies chewy and delicious, and the beer program is KILLIN’ IT right now. They’ve recently won several awards for their hoppy beers at the World Beer Cup!
WEBSITE | multiple locations
Also see: the ONLY Austin queso guide you need
5. Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon
I could eat here every day because it’s ridiculously tasty and healthy. Ish. 😉 The chicken is wood-grilled and smokey, and the sides are so good that I sometimes fill up on them before I even get to the chicken! There are tacos and bols and tortilla soup and prickly pear margaritas, and the entire outdoor patio is shaded with giant live oak trees. It’s one of the best places to hang out in south Austin.
WEBSITE | 1703 South First
6. Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden
I carbo-loaded on one of their giant pretzels before I ran my first marathon in 2014, so this place will always be my good luck charm. If sausages, corned beef, craft beer, cheese, and pretzels are your thing, you’re gonna love Easy Tiger. Their south location is a phenomenal 2-story hangout spot with a patio that’s perfect for watching the sunset over the Hill Country. (Note – all of their locations are good for group dining in Austin!)
WEBSITE | 3 Locations
7. Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden
Here’s another beer garden for ya! They also have sausage, poutine, and all sorts of other yummy dinner options. This one is on Rainey St, making it the perfect place to grab a casual dinner with friends before a night out at the Rainey bars. Banger’s has one of the most impressive beer lists in town (104 taps) and 30 different varieties of handmade sausage.
WEBSITE | 81 Rainey St
Farm-to-table Texas ranch food in a sprawling all-weather patio makes Contigo one of my favorite places to dine with a group for brunch. There’s just no happier way to start a weekend than with Rabbit & Dumplings or a creamy Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy. Contigo is all about quality food and warm hospitality, which both pair perfectly with a big group of friends. (It’s all a great group dinner spot!)
WEBSITE | 2027 Anchor Ln
9. G’Raj Mahal
G’Raj Mahal serves “traditional and innovative Indian comfort food” at their Rainey Street restaurant. The redesigned house has been transformed into a gorgeous array of colors and textiles, and the sprawling wood deck is perfect for a delicious group meal of chicken tandoor and vindaloo curry.
WEBSITE | 73 Rainey St
They’re a ranch-to-table restaurant in east Austin that breeds, raises, and processes all their own beef at a ranch in central Texas. You can find all of your favorite Texas foods, like pimento cheese, chicken fried steak, and the best cheeseburger of your life.
The indoor space is for standard sized groups, but the big patio in the back overlooks the Colorado Rive and has several large tables for group dining. Also, it’s called supper, not dinner….
WEBSITE | 3235 E Cesar Chavez.
11. Salt Lick BBQ
This Texas Hill Country BBQ pit is a classic destination just outside of Austin, and it also happens to be one of the best places to eat in Austin with a large group because of its sprawling indoor/outdoor space and long tables. While I don’t consider this to be one of the very best bbq destinations in Austin, it’s a really fun place to hang out with friends, and it’s an iconic spot to check off your bucket list.
WEBSITE | 18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
12. Matt’s El Rancho
The classic Austin Tex-Mex restaurant, which dates back to 1952, seats 500 people yet there’s almost always a wait…. how do they do it?? Matt’s El Rancho just happens to be Austin’s favorite Tex Mex restaurant! The tortillas are all homemade throughout the day, and the margaritas are strong and dangerous (in the best way). They don’t do large group on the weekends, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for a place to eat in Austin with a big group on a weeknight.
WEBSITE | 2613 S Lamar Blvd
Also see: The Best Tex Mex Restaurans in Austin
13. Lucy’s Fried Chicken
Photo: Lake Travis
Fried chicken, raw oysters, and some of the best pie in town, Lucy’s is the ultimate indulgence when I want to kick it back with a cold beer and a good time. While any one of the Lucy’s 4 locations could probably host a group, Lucy’s On The Lake is your best bet if you have a group bigger than 8.
WEBSITE | multiple locations
14. Eastside Tavern
Brisket and cheddar tater tots, housemade sausage, loaded fries, smoked chicken wings….ya hungry yet? Eastside Tavern is what I call a “fancy BBQ place” because they have a smoker out back, but they also have craft cocktails and a beautiful restaurant.
The rooftop patio overlooking Cesar Chavez is a fun place to hang out late into the night, catching up with friends, chowing down on BBQ, and clinking glasses.
WEBSITE |1510 E Cesar Chavez
15. Sway Thai
This is modern Thai dining at its best, and the tables at Sway were designed to create community. They’re large, square, and seat about 12 people. If you’re dining with 2, you’ll probably be seated at the corner of a table and be sharing the table with strangers (aka new friends!), but if you’re visiting with a group, you just happened to pick one of the best restaurants for upscale communal dining.
WEBSITE |3437 Bee Cave Rd
16. Sour Duck Market
You can get Odd Duck’s carefully sourced, thoughtfully prepared farm-to-table fare at a quicker pace at Sour Duck Market. Walk into the front building, which houses the kitchen, and order your food. Then take a seat in the giant beer garden which adjoins the front kitchen to the bar in the back. There’s a great list of craft beer, cocktails, and wine that you can enjoy with all your friends on one of their long wooden tables.
WEBSITE | 1814 E MLK