Eat Outdoors At The 20 Best Austin Patios

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Best Patios in Austin: Oakmont

Some say that patio season in Austin only happens before before the 100-degree weather hits. But I’m here to argue that we have year-round patio season in Austin, Texas. Hot summer weather? Find those shady Austin patios with misting fans and enjoy an ice-cold cocktail. Cooler months? We’re lucky that it rarely gets frigid here, so you can enjoy these patio restaurants any month of the year with a cozy sweater and a heat lamp. Here are some of my very favorite patios in Austin for food, drinks, and good times!

COVID update: patio dining is especially popular right now as we’re trying to socially distance during the pandemic. I’m including patios that are currently open and accepting guests. 

1. Lenoir (upscale/wine)

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When someone asks me for the best patios in Austin, my mind instantly jumps to Lenoir. The entire backyard of this intimate, upscale restaurant has been transformed into a shady oasis. Live oak trees, twinkly lights, a big grassy lawn, and plenty of tables for food and wine. 

*Click here to see the COVID precautions Lenoir is taking.

Lenoir

1807 S First St, Austin TX 78704

512-215-9778

2. Fresa’s (casual)

Best Patios in Austin: Fresa's

Fresa’s is one of the most happiest patios in Austin for lunch dates, happy hour with the girls, or a fun family dinner. It’s a big creekside patio shaded by hundred-year-old trees. Enjoy prickly pear margaritas, grilled chicken tacos, queso, and their famous ice cream and churros.

*Limited seating available due to COVID restrictions; schedule a reservation here

Fresa’s

1713 S First St, Austin TX 78704

512-992-2946

3. Oakmont Food Co. (all-day/casual)

Best Patios in Austin: Oakmont

Oakmont Food Co. had the challenging task of opening during the pandemic, so the patio is currently the only part open (no indoor dining yet.) Their patio menu is exceptional, with all sorts of dips and spreads, salads and sandwiches, and a long craft cocktail list. 

*COVID update: forehead temperature checks taken upon arrival, and masks required when you leave your table.

Oakmont Food Co.

1106 W 38th St, Austin TX 78705

512-433-6011

4. Juliet Italian (Italian)

Best Patios in Austin: Juliet Italian

This is not only one of the best Austin patios for relaxed Italian dining, it’s also a phenomenal happy hour spot. When your craving for fresh mozzarella and spaghetti bolognese and negronis kicks in, make a reservation at Juliet. 

*COVID update: click here to read the COVID 19 procedures that Juliet is following.

Juliet Italian Kitchen

1500 BARTON SPRINGS Rd, Austin TX 78704

512-479-1800

5. ABGB (pizza/beer)

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Pizza, award-winning German lagers, and one of the best pizza gardens in Austin. ABGB has been one of the safest dining experiences I’ve found in Austin (I’ve been back multiple times since the pandemic hit). Order a large Calabrese pizza and wash it down with the Hell Yes helles. 

*COVID update: masks required and tables spaced 10 feet apart. Click here to make a reservation.

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

1305 W Oltorf, Austin TX 78704

512-298-2242

6. Gabriela’s Downtown (Mexican)

Best patios in Austin: Gabriela's Downtown

If you’re looking for a Mexican food patio in Austin, head to popular Gabriela’s Downtown for authentic Mexican food. Dine on a patio with a view of downtown Austin while you fill up on shrimp aguachiles, pastor tacos on homemade corn tortillas, and some of the best margaritas and micheladas in town.

*COVID update: Gabriela’s is enforcing mask wearing, social distancing, and the highest levels of sanitization, as well as offering curbside pickup for guests who would prefer that. 

Gabriela’s Downtown

900 E 7th St, Austin TX 78702

512-840-1569

7. LeRoy and Lewis Food Truck at Cosmic Coffee

Cosmic Coffee

This is the perfect outdoor space to spread out and soak up the beautiful Austin weather! Cosmic Coffee and Beer is an indoor coffee shop with an accompanying outdoor food truck yard. There are lots of picnic tables, a waterscape, fire pits for cool evenings, and plenty of good food to try: Leroy and Lewis (barbecue), Tommy Want Wingy (wings), and Pueblo Viejo (tacos.) 

*COVID update: click here to read the safety precautions the Cosmic is taking.

Cosmic Coffee and Beer

121 Pickle Rd Suite 111, Austin TX 78704

512-481-0694

8. Justine’s

Best patios in Austin for outdoor dining: Justine's

If you want a beautiful date night spot for a special occasion and you want one of the prettiest patios in Austin, go to Justine’s. It’s a French food restaurant tucked away in east Austin (really tucked away – the entire restaurant is hidden behind a large wall of greenery.) Go enjoy some champagne, ratatouille, and moules frites on the charming patio under twinkly lights.

*COVID update: Justine’s is strictly following CDC Guidelines. Click here to see all precautions they’re taking. 

Justine’s

4710 E 5th St, Austin TX 78702

512-385-2900

9. Bar Peached

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Bar Peached is the newer sister restaurant to Peached Tortilla (it’s one of the iconic food-truck-turned-restaurants in Austin.) Bar Peached is a sprawling outdoor patio shaded by a historic heritage tree. Enjoy cocktails and snacky plates for happy hour, or go for tacos and Asian comfort food for a lovely outdoor date night. 

*COVID update: Bar Peached is strictly following Texas’s guidelines for reopening. Read their statement here.

Bar Peached

1315 W 6th St, Austin TX 78703

512-992-0666

10. Perla’s

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{photo via EditSeven} Perla’s dreamy patio on South Congress is the place to enjoy seafood in Austin. The food is exceptional and it’s served in a upscale-yet-casual way: blue and white striped umbrellas, twinkly lights swinging in the breeze, and lots of shade from the big trees and umbrellas. Fresh fish and oysters are flown in daily from both coasts…this is the ultimate seafood experience in Austin.

COVID update: Perlas is committed to following all State and CDC Guidelines including reduced capacity and six foot distancing between guests. Make a reservation. 

Perlas

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704

512-291-73300

11. Lou’s Bodega

Let’s be honest: this is a pretty bougie bodega. The quality of food is exceptional: stop in for Intelligentsia coffee and breakfast tacos, wine and rotisserie chicken, or burgers and beer. Be sure to grab some of that custard with salted caramel or mocha sauce, too. 

*COVID update: Lou’s is an outdoor establishment that requires masks while ordering. They are following strict sanitation guidelines. 

Lou’s Bodega

1900 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78702

512-660-5171

12. Jacoby’s Restaurants and Mercantile

Best patios in Austin for outdoor dining: Jacoby's

Jacoby’s ranch-to-table dining (burgers, chicken fried steak, and all your homestyle southern favorites) has an incredible outdoor patio overlooking the Colorado River. But it’s not the part of the river (Lady Bird Lake) you’re used to seeing near downtown – this portion is in Far East Austin, so it’s a little more rural feeling. The patio is a stunning place for group dinners or date night. 

*COVID update: Jacoby’s is operating in compliance with State and CDC Guidelines. Reservations are available; if dining last minute, please call before arriving to confirm seating is available. 

 

Jacoby’s

3235 Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78702

512-366-5808

13. Anthem

20 great patios in Austin: Anthem

Anthem is a big, fun restaurant on Rainey Street is creative cocktails, crave-able food, and a bright and beautiful patio. Chips and guac, ceviche, popcorn chicken, shrimp & fries, and noodle salad are a few of the favorites at Anthem.

*COVID update: click here to read Anthem’s sanitation and cleanliness guidelines. 

Anthem

91 Rainey St Suite 120 Austin TX 78701

512-731-1411

14. Hold Out Brewing

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Yep, it’s a craft brewery in Austin, but Hold Out also has an incredible (and very inexpensive) food menu with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The patio is completely covered (good for rainy days) and if you’re not into beer, they also offer wine and cider. 

COVID update: reservations and masks required. Tables are placed a minimum of 6 feet apart. 

Hold Out Brewing

1208 W 4th St, Austin TX 78703

512-305-3540

15. Yard Bar

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If you’ve got pups, Yard Bar is the outdoor patio restaurant in Austin you want to try! They have a big outdoor dining space where you can order snacks, sandwiches, salads, craft beer, and cocktails (and treats for your dog!), and the dog park is next door for when your buddy is ready to run around. 

*COVID update: all employees and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Click here to see their entire safety protocol.

Yard Bar

6700 Burnet Rd, Austin TX 78757

512-900-3773

16. Josephine House

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This darling cottage is one of my favorite weekday breakfast spots in town, and they also have a phenomenal happy hour. The oak-shaded patio is intimate (meaning there’s not a lot of space – make a reservation ahead!) but it’s a gorgeous space if you can snag a reservation. Enjoy a glass of wine, a charcuterie board, and all sorts of scrumptious house specials like salads, steak frites, and roasted dewberry chicken. 

*COVID update: Josephine is commited to following all Local, State, and CDC Guidelines including reduced capacity and six foot distancing between seated tables. 

Josephine House

1601 Waterston, Austin TX 78703

512-477-5584

17. Loro Asian Smokehouse

Best Patios in Austin: Loro

Franklin BBQ + Uchi teamed up to created this stunning Asian Smokehouse in south Austin. The exterior is designed for a relaxed patio dining: hanging lanterns, large picnic tables, big shady trees, beer, wine, and cocktails. Make sure to try the smoked beef brisket with Thai herbs, and the sake slushee.

*COVID update: Loro has chosen to go above and beyond the official government requirements. Click here to see their safety precautions. 

Loro Asian Smokehouse

2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78704

512-916-4858

18. Il Brutto

Best patios in Austin: Il Brutto

This beautiful patio! If you’re craving Italian food and want an absolutley gorgeous dining eperience, go to Il Brutto in East Austin. It’s a big corner patio that overlooks E 6th St. Fill up on homemade pasta, hand-tossed pizza, and one of my favorite Italian cocktail program sin town

*COVID update: all guests are required to wear masks when not seated at their tables. Make a reservation for dinner or happy hour.

Il Brutto

1601 E 6th St, Austin TX 78702

512-580-8779

19. Tumble 22

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This is a good place for the family – who doesn’t love fried chicken? T22 has a Nashville-style hot fried chicken concept. Not into spicy food? Order it “wimpy.” Want osmething extra? Try your chicken seasoned to the highest “fire in the hole” heat level! The patio is full of big picnic tables.

*COVID update: masks requried, and limited patio seating available.

Tumble 22

7211 Burnet Rd, Austin TX 78757

512-520-1990

20. El Alma

20 great patio restaurants in Austin

Here’s one final option for the best patio restaurants in Austin: El Alma Mexican food. They have a rooftop patio with a view of downtown Austin, some of my favorite queso and margs in Austin, and an incredible menu with your Mexican food favorites: an incredible Chile relleno, shrimp pastor tacos, and gulf shrimp sautéed in garlic ancho butter.

*COVID update: limited seating to allow for space, limited hours to allow for increased cleaning, and masks required.

El Alma

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78704

512-609-8923

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