Springtime in Austin means crawfish boils, bluebonnets in bloom, and patio weather. Staying inside just won’t cut it when the weather is right, so grab a seat on the patio and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. Here are some of the most undeniably gorgeous outdoor restaurants and bars with patios in Austin, TX.
2201 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704
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.
2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, Austin, TX 78704
Located in Round Rock, Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery is a gastropub where Irish flair meets Texas fare. The outdoor space beats other Austin patios and bars, plus, it has an expansive beer garden and a covered pavilion for when that Texas heat is in high gear this spring. Cork & Barrel is dog-friendly and is open for dining Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
With locations in Dripping Springs, Buda, and Wimberley, Los Olivos Market is a place where customers can go to have a curated experience in which Old World tradition meets Texas charm. Los Olivos has an expansive outdoor seating area where customers can enjoy the springtime weather. Shop Los Olivos’s extensive wine collection and artisanal food products in the retail market, then enjoy their seasonal menu offerings, wine tastings, beer flights, and more in their counter-service eatery.
3201 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Tillery offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a menu that changes with the seasons. The food is spectacular, and their patio makes it even more enticing. While it won’t feel like you’ve taken a trip to the Mediterranean, you will feel like you’re on vacation. Their patio is surrounded by trees with beautiful views of the river, it’s so serene.
709 East 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Easy Tiger has an excellent outdoor patio. A little beer garden right downtown, but it won’t feel too hectic. It’s one of the perfect outdoor restaurants and bars in Austin to gather with friends, have some beers, and eat some German food. Not only is there some great food and beer here, but there is also a delightful array of freshly baked bread and pastries coming out all day long.
2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, Austin, TX 78704
El Naranjo’s covered patio is the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine from James Beard’s Best Chef: Texas Finalist Chef Iliana de la Vega. Stop by for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, 5-9 p.m., or try their delicious brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
6700 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Yard Bar is a dog park and bar – and one of the most popular, dog-friendly outdoor bars in Austin. The fully outdoor venue provides areas where you can hang with friends and enjoy food from Fat City, with or without a furry friend. Enclosed dog parks are also accessible where you can let your dog run free with a Day Pass or membership (available in monthly and annual subscriptions). The dining patio is open to all ages, and the dog park is 21+ only. For all park rules, visit yardbar.com/park.
2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723
One of the coolest patios around, Contigo is an almost entirely outdoor restaurant. Modeled after the family ranch, the patio has several picnic-style tables, a booth area, and so many fairy lights giving the place an almost magical feel. They have delicious small bites, lots of burgers, house craft cocktails, and of course – beer and wine. It’s the perfect place for a larger gathering of friends and family.
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500 W 2nd St #120, Austin, TX 78701
If you’re looking for delicious, elegant Italian food — as if that doesn’t describe all Italian food already — North is the place to go. They’ve got a wide variety of classic Italian dishes and pizzas with the thinnest, crispiest crusts around. Their patio is open and in the perfect location to get some nice sun, but not too much — they also have umbrellas to provide shade if needed.
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Hula Hut’s patio is in fact a pier. Right on Lake Austin, you’ll get to enjoy some amazing waterfront views at this restaurant and bar. If you’re out on a boat and feeling peckish, you can even park your boat on the dock and come inside for some of their Polynesian-inspired Tex-Mex and a few tropical cocktails. Eating here is like being on a tropical island, and while the daytime views are wonderful, we’d recommend coming at night.
3437 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, Texas 78746
At Sway, you’ll find some of the best high-end Thai food in Austin. They took traditional Thai recipes and modernized them, you’ll still get those classic and delicate flavors, just with a little something more. Their drink offerings are incredible too, with house-made sodas, craft cocktails, saké, and more. But we’re here to talk about patios in Austin. Sway has two incredible offerings. A beautiful, spacious, courtyard and an elegant rooftop bar.
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Talk about high-end seafood. Perla’s has been providing Austin with the highest-quality seafood dishes since 2009. All of their seafood is flown in daily from both coasts and the Gulf, it’s as fresh as it gets. Being right on South Congress, sitting out on one of the greatest Austin patios is a must. The area is full of shopping and restaurants and it’s so fun to sit back in the shade of an oak tree, eat some delicious food, and watch the goings-on of city life.
11721 Rock Rose Ave Ste #100, Austin, TX 78758
Another Domain restaurant, yes there are a couple, the restaurants there just have such great outdoor spaces. Culinary Dropout has one of the best Austin patios. There is plenty of seating at tables and booths, but they also have several ping pong tables and other games. This outdoor restaurant serves comfort food with a twist, house cocktails, and beer — it’s the place to go when you’re looking to have an all-around good time.
1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Bouldin really has that quirky Austin vibe. This restaurant specializes in all things vegan and vegetarian, and they do it so well. Offering delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, plus a full bar — it’s a great place to go any time. And with their covered patio, there’s never a weather concern.