13 Best Outdoor Restaurants In Austin

Danielle Streetenberger | June 16, 2022

Ambiance is a crucial element of the dining experience, which is why we decided to compile our list of the 13 best outdoor restaurants across the Austin. From live oak-covered decks with twinkling string lights to trendy upscale rooftop bars, Austin has some of the most beautiful and eclectic patios.

Short On Time? List of the Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Austin

  1. Ranch 616
  2. Bar Peached
  3. Perla’s
  4. Upstairs at Caroline
  5. Aba
  6. Salt Lick Cellars
  7. Patrizi’s
  8. The County Line
  9. Cenote
  10. Radio Coffee & Beer
  11. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
  12. Live Oak Brewing Company
  13. Hays City Store & Ice House

1 – Ranch 616

616 Nueces St, Austin, Texas 78701

Ranch 616 via Instagram

Ranch 616 is a southwestern themed bar and grill. Their menu features a variety of Tex-Mex-inspired dishes and cocktails. We recommend trying their Texas black Angus tenderloin and crab served with southern greens and cheesy grits. Or, if you’re looking to grab a drink with friends, we recommend trying the original ranch water, made with Topo Chico, Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Patron Citronge, and served with a slice of lime. You can enjoy all of this under their large, covered patio, coined the ‘Pistol Patio’, decorated with various cacti, neon signs, and low-hanging string lights.

Open:

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 2 pm, & 5 pm – 10pm

Friday: 11 am – 2 pm, & 5 pm – 11 pm

Saturday: 5 pm – 11pm

Sunday: 5 pm – 9 pm

Payment Type: Cash & Card

2 – Bar Peached

1315 W 6th St, Austin, Texas 78703

Bar Peached

Bar Peached is a trendy bar and grill located on West Sixth Street, providing a more laid-back ambiance than most bars and grills found on dirty sixth. Bar Peached serves Asian-inspired dishes, tacos, cocktails and more. We recommend trying their spicy Gochu pork fries paired with a banh mi taco composed of Vietnamese pork belly, pickled daikon carrots, and topped with sriracha mayonnaise and cilantro. Yet, what we love the most is their inviting outdoor atmosphere that allows customers to sit back and relax under the shade of giant oak trees and converse with friends and loved ones.

Open:

(Closed on Mondays)

Tuesday – Thursday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Friday – Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 2:30 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm

Payment Type: Card only

3 – Perla’s

1400 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704

Perla’s

Perla’s is a seafood and oyster bar located on the iconic strip of South Congress in downtown Austin. Their menu features a wide variety of meals and appetizers, including seared brioche crusted halibut, semolina fried Texas gulf prawns, wood-grilled Creole oysters and more. Aside from their fantastic selection of seafood and cocktails, beautiful oak trees provide the perfect shade on their outdoor patio and deck, attracting customers to come and enjoy an enchanting evening at Perla’s.

Open:

Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 10 pm

Friday: 11:30 am – 11 pm

Saturday: 10:30 am – 11 pm

Sunday: 10:30 am – 10 pm

Payment Type: Card only

4 – Upstairs at Caroline

621 Congress Ave #201, Austin, Texas 78701

Upstairs at Caroline

Upstairs at Caroline is an open-air rooftop bar located in the heart of downtown Austin. Their menu features a variety of beers, wines, and cocktails. In addition to their drinks, Upstairs at Caroline serves an assortment of Mexican-inspired dishes, including dips such as green Chile queso and creamy street corn and several street tacos such as grilled adobo chicken braised brisket, pork carnitas and more. What we love the most about Upstairs at Caroline is their fun ambiance complemented by their expansive seating, hanging string lights and beautiful views of downtown Austin.

Open:

Monday – Thursday: 4 pm – 12 am

Friday: 12 pm – 12 am

Saturday – Sunday: 11 pm – 12 am

Payment Type: Card only

5 – Aba

1011 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704

Aba + @hollycowartphoto

Aba is a restaurant and bar dedicated to serving some of the freshest Mediterranean dishes you can find in Austin. Their menu features an array of traditional meals, including smoky garlic hummus, shawarma spiced skirt steak, lamb and beef kefta kebabs, and other cold mezze items such as marinated olives and feta. Although what we love the most about Aba, is their elegant outdoor dining experience shaded by a giant oak tree and overrun by gorgeous, lush green plants and comfortable patio furniture. Join some friends for some cocktails and sit out under the beautiful night sky.

Open:

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm

Friday: 11 am – 11 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

Payment Type: Card only

6 – Salt Lick Cellars

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, Texas 78619

Salt Lick Cellars

Salt Lick Cellars is a beautiful winery and vinery located next door to the iconic Salt Lick BBQ. This family-owned business is located about 20 miles outside of Austin and serves locally sourced farm to table grapes. Their beautiful outdoor patio features hanging string lights and twisting live oak trees, complimenting their elegant red and white wines. We recommend trying their award-winning barbecue red wine which pairs perfectly with the flavor profiles of many smoked meats. After sharing a glass of wine, you can walk next door to the Salt Lick and treat yourself to some brisket, sausage, or turkey cooked over an open flame fire pit.

Open:

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 8:30 pm

Friday – Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm

Payment Type: Cash only

7 – Patrizi’s

2307 Manor Rd, Austin, Texas 78722

Patrizi’s

Patrizi’s is an authentic Italian food truck located in east Austin serving customers on their intimate shade-covered patio. Their outdoor dining experience is complemented by their handmade plates of pasta and other flavorful dishes. We recommend trying their Cacio e Pepe pasta tossed in Grana Padano cheese and topped with black pepper and olive oil. Pair this dish with some melt in your mouth garlic bread prepared with grilled ciabatta, poached garlic and more Italian Grana Padano cheese. Come on out and enjoy an authentic Italian meal under the stars.

Open:

Monday – Sunday: 5 pm – 9:30 pm

Payment Type: Card only

8 – The County Line

5204 FM-2222, Austin, Texas 78731

The County Line on the Lake

The County Line Barbecue has been an Austin staple for more than four decades, and their menu is just part of the appeal. Aside from smoked brisket and delectable potato salad, their sprawling deck offers breathtaking views overlooking Bull Creek. Sit back and relax on their expansive, oak covered patio with a margarita and some good company and take in all the views their perfect location has to offer.

Open:

Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm

Friday: 11 am – 9:30 pm

Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm

Payment Type: Card only

9 – Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78702

Cenote

Cenote is a woman-owned coffee shop and café located in East Austin. Their menu features an assortment of caffeinated beverages and breakfast, lunch and snack options. This farm-to-table establishment provides fresh ingredients in a bright, lively environment. We recommend trying their delectable Banh Mi sandwich and pairing it with a house-made iced matcha latte. Their outdoor patio is large, yet intimate, shaded by oak and a few palm trees, draped in lights. Cenote is a great chance to catch up with friends over a cup of coffee or chill out on the back patio with a delicious meal.

Open:

Monday – Wednesday: 7 am – 4 pm

Thursday – Friday: 7 am – 8 pm

Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm

Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm

Payment Type: Card only

10 – Radio Coffee & Beer

4204 Menchaca Rd, Austin, Texas 78704

Radio Coffee & Beer

Radio Coffee & Beer is a beloved south Austin establishment. In addition to their traditional coffees and teas, they offer an assortment of cocktails, beers, wines and pastries. Although what really draws customers to this eclectic coffee shop is their open-air seating, allowing food trailers to come and vend traditional barbecue, Tex-Mex, and authentic Thai dishes. Come on out and catch some live music or even bring your dogs for a laid-back study session.

Open:

Monday – Saturday: 7 am – 12 am

Sunday: 7:30 am – 11 pm

Payment Type: Card only

11 – Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 Rainey St, Austin, Texas 78701

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is located in Austin’s historic Rainey Street district, offering a more laid-back environment than most downtown areas. Their menu features an assortment of beers and traditional German foods, including Bratwurst and kielbasa and other barbecue-inspired dishes such as smoked turkey and even a whole smoked Texas Hog. Grab a pitcher of beer and some Bratwurst, catch up with friends on their sprawling brick-paved patio, or stop by and listen to some live music under their twinkling string lights.

Open:

Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 9 pm

Friday – Saturday: 12 pm – 11 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Payment Type: Card only

12 – Live Oak Brewing Company

1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, Texas 78617

Live Oak Brewing Company

Live Oak Brewing Company is another German-inspired brewery located just outside of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, offering a wide variety of on-tap and draft beers. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, you can visit The Black Forest, an authentic German food truck, located in front of the brewery. Grab a cold beer and a freshly baked giant pretzel paired with some beer cheese fondue and sit outside underneath the sprawling live oak trees.

Open:

Sunday – Wednesday: 12 pm – 8 pm

Thursday: 12 pm – 9 pm

Friday – Saturday: 12 pm – 10 pm

Payment Type: Card only

13 – Hays City Store

8989 FM 150, Driftwood, Texas 78619

Hays City Store

Hays City Store is a restaurant and bar located about 30 minutes outside Austin. This hidden gem is off the beaten path and offers traditional American meals such as a classic chicken fried steak, burgers, and wood-fired pizzas. Their drink menu features an assortment of cocktails, beers, wines and bourbons. We love Hays City Store because they have a sprawling outdoor seating selection, a covered pavilion, shady oak trees, live music, and a dog-friendly policy. Get away from the city and come relax under trees to the sounds of live music.

Open:

Monday – Wednesday: 11 am – 9 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

Payment Type: Card & Cash