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17 Best Patios In Austin To Wine & Dine

May 29, 2020

UPDATED JUNE 2020

Best Patios In Austin TX

This blog post has been updated to feature restaurants that have reopened patios during COVID-19. Please note that A Taste of Koko is not encouraging readers to go out to dine by any means but this blog post is meant to serve as a resource for those that have requested this updated list and to help support our local restaurants that have reopened to keep their business alive and pay their staff.

The weather is finally starting to warm after a long, cold winter in Austin! Living in Austin is the perfect combination of inner-city life and outdoor activity, and with the 85-degree temperatures, we’ve been having lately, what better way to enjoy the day than sitting on a lovely patio with a margarita in hand?

SEE ALSO: 22 Spots With The Best Brunch In Austin

Here are my favorite, aka the best patios in Austin!

 

Austin Eastciders on Barton Springs Rd in Austin Texas

Austin Eastciders

Austin’s beloved Eastciders has opened its own restaurant on Barton Springs Rd serving lunch, happy hour, dinner, late night bites, and drinks. The menu has pizza, sandwiches, and more. 

You can order your food online and pick-up at the walk-up window or go inside and order via counter service. There’s a big patio that’s dog-friendly too. 

Stop by and grab some takeout and a 6-pack and then head to Zilker Park.

Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am, Sat/Sun 8:30am Close: Sun – Thurs 10pm, Fri/Sat: 11pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs at 2pm-5pm.

Happy hour: Monday – Thursday from 2pm – 5pm and $4 cider pints and $5 select appetizers

1530 Barton Springs Rd

 

Central Machine Works

Central Machine Works Brewery in Austin Texas

East Side brewery and beer hall, Central Machine Works, has reopened with socially distanced tables inside and outside. Central Machine Works also has the Brew Pub Breakfast menu from 10am to 2pm only on weekends.

Formerly a machine shop in East Austin, Central Machine Works has preserved the historic building to be Austin’s newest brewery and beer hall. Central Machine Works’ approachable and nostalgic vibe evokes the time-honored tradition of enjoying a classic beer amongst family and friends. The lively beer hall also features a taproom with a full bar and outdoor beer garden.

Hours: Tuesday – Thurs 4-10pm, Friday 11am – 12am, Saturday 10am – 12am, and Sunday 10am – 10pm

4824 E Cesar Chavez St, cmwbrewery.com

 

Oseyo in Austin Texas

Oseyo

Oseyo just opened their new courtyard with a tranquil garden, complete with garden beds and flourishing plants separating each dining and lounge area. The courtyard is lined with fresh growing vegetables and features cooling misters and umbrellas that provide ample shade, giving diners the opportunity to relax while enjoying Korean homestyle cooking inspired by Owner Lynn Miller’s own childhood.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 5-10pm

1628 E Cesar Chavez St, oseyoaustin.com

 

Loro Austin - best restaurants in Austin

LORO

Loro has the largest outdoor patio on South Lamar that’s perfect for snacking and sipping boozy slushees.

COVID-19 update: All parties will be seated at least six feet apart, sanitization of shared surfaces will occur every 30 minutes, face coverings are required both for staff and guests, and more. For a list of our safety measures please visit our website. If you would like to dine with us, we please ask you to place your name and party size on this waitlist prior to arrival.

2115 S Lamar Blvd, loroaustin.com

 

Magnolia Cafe - best restaurant in Austin Texas

Magnolia Cafe

COVID-19 update: Magnolia Cafe at 1920 South Congress has opened for patio service under the giant oak tree with limited hours. Shade, social distance, and all your Magnolia favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Masks required for anyone over age 10 to keep the environment comfortable for all. Curbside pickup with online ordering still available all open hours.

Unfortunately, Magnolia Cafe did close its Lake Austin Boulevard location due to the economic effects of COVID-19. 

Hours: Patio: Friday-Saturday 9-9, Sunday 9-3. Curbside: 9-9 all days.

1920 S Congress Ave, magnoliacafeaustin.com

 

Lenoir outdoor patio in Austin

Photo by Gabby Phi

Lenoir

On Thursday, July 2, Lenoir will reopen for outdoor-only seating in the wine garden and curbside service four days a week, Thursday- Sunday from 5 p.m. until close, with plans to expand to weekend lunch hours for the first time in the future. Owners Todd and Jess have creatively turned the restaurant “inside out” by redoing and hanging their iconic indoor lanterns in the trees outside and adding new, colorful tables with custom-designed oil cloth vinyl coverings with patterns such as pink and blue loquats

This updated seating area is the new best stylish and spacious backyard in town with the same great backyard vibe plus distanced chairs in the lawn for drinking. The all-natural wine list has sparkling, white, orange, rosé, and red bottles that are also all discounted when ordered to-go. New to the menu are four ABV cocktails plus beer and cider.

The new hot weather food menu includes 12 dishes:

  • A cheeseboard that has a Texas Peach Pie as its bread or cracker component which is an outstanding twist— 2 rotating cheeses, benton’s ham, candied pecans and homemade nocino honey made from walnuts that Todd foraged in Zilker
  • Cold Summer Cannelloni stuffed with goat feta, marinated cherry tomatoes, pistachios, herbs
  • Morita-Roasted Gulf Shrimp with fennel and housemade Portuguese sourdough
  • Pork Paté Melt with caramelized onions, cheese, and bread & butter pickles
  • Whole Roasted Dorade stuffed with blue crab in Goan crab curry with herb salad

Guests can make reservations now on Resy and all takeout will be cooked-to-order moving forward.

1807 S 1st St

 

Fresa's - South First

Fresa’s – South First

Fresa’s has reopened its spacious outdoor patio with reservations. Order the frozen prickly pear margarita, queso, guac, and all the brussels sprouts.

1703 S 1st St, fresaschicken.com

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Rosewood Restaurant in East Austin

Rosewood

Rosewood is now Rosewood Gulf Coast Chop House with a brand new menu and reopening Wednesday, June 3rd! They’re one of the few restaurants in East Austin that has one acre of outdoor patio space. Tables are spaced 6 feet apart. 

COVID-19 update: You are required to wear a mask when you enter the restaurant and reservations are encouraged. 

1209 Rosewood Avenue, rosewoodatx.com

 

Stiles Switch BBQ in Austin, Texas

Stiles Switch BBQ

Stiles Switch has reopened their dining room and patio with limited seating so you can enjoy their smoked meats and infamous Bloody Mary’s!

COVID-19 update: limiting seating for dine-in and patio.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-8pm, closed Mondays.

6610 N Lamar Blvd, stilesswitchbbq.com

SEE ALSO: 9 Spots For The Best BBQ In Austin

 

Grizzelda's Sunday brunch

Grizzelda’s

Grizzelda’s has reopened their dining room and patio! Reservations are encouraged and please call ahead (512) 366-5908 to check capacity before you drop in.

COVID-19 update: Reservations encouraged service exceeding State & CDC guidelines for Dining for the safety of staff and guests. Hand Sanitizer Kiosks before entering and masks for all staff & all guests required while not seated at the table, Dining room has been redesigned respecting 25% capacity and mandatory 6ft or more distancing of all guests, as well as constant cleaning of surfaces & hands.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 5 – 9pm

105 Tillery St, grizzeldas.com

 

Koko at Bar Peached in Austin

Bar Peached

Heritage tree-shaded outdoor patio with both lounge and traditional table seating where guests can enjoy the restaurant’s classic Asian fusion cuisine, cocktails, and Korean bingsu

I did dine at Bar Peached since they’ve reopened and all staff wore masks and gloves throughout service with single-use paper menus.

COVID-19 update: Bar Peached has put together a special curbside menu that can be viewed HERE. It features Bar Peached favorites in a family-style format serving 2-3 people. Curbside pickup at the restaurant is available as well as delivery via Uber Eats and Favor.

Bar Peached will also be offering bottled cocktails such as the beloved Margarita de Peached, the Big Breezy featuring watermelon, gin, and lemon, the Yoga & Chill with vodka, lime and cucumber water, and a classic Paloma option. Cider, mead, sake, beer, and wine by the bottle will also be available for purchase.

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday from 5-9 pm and Friday – Saturday 5-10pm.

1315 W 6th St, barpeached.com

 

Uchi Austin

Uchi

Uchi has resumed in-restaurant dining with patio seating and expanded hours.

COVID-19 update: The return of limited, reservation-only in-restaurant dining and patio seating now available, with expanded dining hours and extended Sake Social happy hours from 4:00pm – 6:30 pm, with new protocols and measures – above and beyond government requirements, to keep guests, staff and the community safe during COVID-19.

Hours: 

  • Sundays through Thursdays, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Sake Social happy hour everyday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

801 South Lamar Blvd, uchiaustin.com

 

Uchiko

Uchiko has resumed in-restaurant dining with patio seating and expanded hours.

COVID-19 update: The return of limited, reservation-only in-restaurant dining and patio seating now available, with expanded dining hours and extended Sake Social happy hours from 4:00pm – 6:30 pm, with new protocols and measures – above and beyond government requirements, to keep guests, staff and the community safe during COVID-19.

Hours: 

  • Sundays through Thursdays, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Sake Social happy hour everyday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

4200 N Lamar Blvd, uchikoaustin.com

 

Cenote in Windsor Park Austin

Cenote in Windsor Park

Cenote has reopened both of their locations on East Caesar Chavez and in Windsor Park. Dine-in on socially distanced tables or call ahead for in-store or curbside pick up. The Windsor Park location has a new outdoor dog-friendly patio too! 

6214 Cameron Rd, cenoteaustin.com

 

Easy Tiger patio

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger Linc is serving signature sausages, sandwiches, and freshly baked bakery breads on their outdoor patio and through Delivery or Curbside Pickup at their Linc location. Reservations are strongly encouraged: OpenTable

Please note: Easy Tiger Downtown (6th Street) and Cedar Park are not open at this time.

COVID-19 update: Their outdoor patio is set up with tables spaced six feet apart, and all surfaces are sanitized regularly. Face masks are required for staff and customers walking through the Beer Garden but are not necessary at tables. For more information about Easy Tiger’s updated safety protocols, please click here.

Hours: 7 days a week

Beer Garden Patio Hours: 9am to 8pm

Curbside & Pickup: 7am to 8pm

6406 N I-35 Frontage Road, Suite 1100, easytigerusa.com

 

El Naranjo in Austin, Texas

El Naranjo

El Naranjo’s laidback, intimate atmosphere creates the perfect setting for locals and travelers alike to enjoy Chef de la Vega’s expertly crafted dishes.

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, elnaranjorestaurant.com

 

Tumble 22 patio

Tumble 22

The patio at the Burnet Rd location has officially opened for limited seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The team has distanced seatings and is taking all necessary sanitation and safety precautions to keep guests safe.

NEW Chicken Picnic special: All day Mondays and Tuesdays, guests can pick up a $20 dollar Chicken Picnic family meal for four. The New Chicken Picnic meal includes 12 pc crispy tenders, collard greens, beans, and slaw (regularly $30).

7211 Burnet Rd + 4501 N 183A Toll Cedar Park, TX 78613

 

Suerte Tacqueria

Suerte

Suerte has launched a new outdoor dining experience featuring their newly designed taqueria menu of tacos, quesadillas, and more.

COVID-19 update: “at this time, we are exclusively offering an outdoor dining experience. As mandated by the governor, your party size may not exceed 6 guests and all tables will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Things to know before dining:

  • In an effort to create a contactless experience, we are not accepting cash payments at this time.
  • Our parking lot is currently reserved for curbside pick up only. We ask that you find street parking in the area if you are dining in!
  • In an effort to best support our team, all dine-in orders are subject to a 20% service charge.
  • Please be mindful of our limited seating capacity. If you have finished consuming your food and drinks, we kindly ask that you make your table available to the next party on the waitlist.”

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm – 9pm

1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com

 

Josephine House

Josephine House

Delicious in all it’s glory, step away from the city and have a drink with friends. This spot is ideal for anytime of the day, especially breakfast. 

COVID-19 update: Dining rooms have been carefully plotted to keep at least 6 feet between other seated tables and staff will be asking anyone moving through the spaces to wear a face covering. Single-use menus and implementing contactless pay. Reservation encouraged on OpenTable or by calling 512-477-5584.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10a-3p 

1601 Waterston Ave, josephineofaustin.com

 

Contigo Austin

Contigo

Channel your southern vibes and head down Manor Rd. for a solid outdoor experience. Dog-friendly, so bring the pups to soak up the sun as well.

COVID-19 update:  100% open-air dining with tables spaced amply 6+ feet apart. Rotating menus will feature both the classics (crispy green beans anyone??) and daily chef specials highlighting this season’s produce. Reservations are strongly encouraged since spots are limited, and hand sanitizing stations are set up throughout the restaurant and bathrooms. You will asked to wear your masks till seated, and staff will stay gloved and masked throughout service.

2027 Anchor Ln, contigotexas.com

SEE ALSO: 10 Best Swimming Holes in Austin

 

El Alma

El Alma has one the best views of downtown Austin and they’ve reopened with limited seating and an expanded menu. Reservations are for the dining room only. Weather permitting, same-day reservations for patio seating are welcome. 

COVID-19 update: Dining room and patio seating has been rearranged to promote social distance. Staff and customers will be required to wear a mask while moving around the restaurant. Complimentary disposable masks will be available for guests who arrive without one. Staff temperatures will be checked each shift as well as guests upon arrival. El Alma respectfully asks if someone has a temperature, or is not feeling well, that they please refrain from dining in public until they feel better. The entire El Alma property will be professionally sanitized by Clean Advocate, a fellow AIBA member business, before reopening and on a recurring schedule moving forward. 

Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm and Friday to Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

1025 Barton Springs Road, elalmacafe.com

 

Tillery Kitchen + Bar

Cocktails and nibbles with a gorgeous backyard overlooking the river.

COVID-19 update: 25% capacity and guests to make prior reservations to ensure you can get a table.

3201 E Cesar Chavez St, tilleryatx.com

 

Jacoby's

JACOBY’S

Put on your cowboy boots and go to Jacoby’s ranch-to-table dining experience on East Austin overlooking the Colorado River. 

COVID-19 update: “we are committed to operating in compliance State & CDC Guidelines to ensure the well-being of our Team & Guests. Due to the capacity restrictions, we encourage everyone to make a reservation before visiting. Reservations are now available for Dinner Service Wednesday through Saturday 5pm-9pm & Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10pm-2pm. If dining last minute, please call before arriving to confirm seating is available.”

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, jacobysaustin.com

 

Irene's

IRENE’S

Irene’s has the biggest backyard on West 6th street with my favorite avocado toast in Austin so it had to be on this list of best patios in Austin.

Irene’s is kicking off Pride Month with a special Pride edition of Drag Brunch complete with rainbow Rice Krispies Treats. $1 from each sold will be donated to Kind Clinic during the month of June. Follow Irene’s on Instagram for all the Smoking, Drinking, Gambling fun to come – do you hear me, Lizzo Brunch?

COVID-19 update: “Our dining room and patio will be available to all guests at 50% capacity. Some of our new safety and sanitation guidelines include temperature checks for all staff upon arrival, sanitation stations for public use around the restaurant and single-use menus. Staff are required to wear face masks and we ask that all guests who are dining inside to please wear masks when walking around the restaurant. Masks are not required for guests on the patio. At this time, we will not be seating parties larger than six guests.”

Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday.

506 West Ave, irenesaustin.com

 

Perla's Restaurant Austin

PERLA’S

If you don’t like seafood this is not the spot for you, but if you love twinkle lit patios and really good everything else then give it a try.

COVID-19 update: Expansive patios that provide ample distance between tables in open-air. Dining rooms have been carefully plotted to keep at least 6 feet between other seated tables and staff will be asking anyone moving through the spaces to wear a face covering. Single-use menus and implementing contactless pay. Reservation encouraged on OpenTable or by calling 512-291-7300.

1400 S Congress Ave, perlasaustin.com

 

Guero's Taco Bar in Austin Texas

GUERO’S TACO BAR

Guero’s has reopened their the Oak Garden on Fridays and Saturdays.

COVID-19 update: “We will continue to adhere to regulations and keep tables 6 feet from one another, and though we will be bringing back live music, we have a few new norms on how to enjoy it (sorry folks, leave those dancing shoes at home).

  • All employees will wear masks and gloves
  • Sanitation stations will be present throughout the restaurant
  • Increase sanitation of the restaurant with extra attention to high trafficked areas, and all tables will be distanced 6 feet apart
  • Salsa bar will not be set up as self-serve, your server will bring this to you
  • Single-use menus and replace all cups when offering refills
  • Only accept credit or debit cards

1412 S Congress Ave. gueros.com

 

HOUSE WINE

House Wine will be reopening to the public on Wednesday, June 3 with their regular hours of 12-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 12-pm to 12 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Reservations are required, and they can be made HERE through Tock. House Wine will also continue to offer Contactless Curbside Pickup and Delivery at current hours, and all retail wine bottles remain 50% off. All delivery orders must be placed through the House Wine app, available on the app store and free delivery is available for orders over $30 dollars.

COVID-19 update: House Wine is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. To learn more please visit the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures page on the House Wine website.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 12-10 pm and Friday & Saturday from 12-pm to 12 am

408 Josephine St, housewineaustin.com

 

Lucky Robot

LUCKY ROBOT

Lucky Robot doesn’t have the biggest patio space but it still deserves a spot on this best patios in Austin. This is a prime location for people watching on South Congress while snacking on brussels sprouts and sake.

COVID-19 update: new menu items and specials, including family meals and prix-fixed sushi boxes for takeout and delivery, and 50% off wine and sake for dine-in! 🍣🍶 And due to limited available seating in the dining area, we highly encourage making reservations ahead of time.

1303 S Congress Ave, luckyrobotrestaurant.com

 

Bearpaw Koko

MOZART’S COFFEE

Mozart’s is still one of my favorite spots in Austin to sit back and enjoy the view of Lake Austin.

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, mozartscoffee.com


BEST PATIOS IN AUSTIN THAT ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED DURING COVID-19

 

Kemuri

KEMURI TATSU-YA

Come for the cat cups (the painkiller) and stay for the chicken hearts – yes, we said chicken hearts. Don’t be fooled because this shit’s good – trust us. Also, the puff, puff, pass is a solid drank too.

2713 E 2nd St, kemuri-tatsuya.com

 

Fareground Austin

FAREGROUND

Go hang out at Fareground’s spacious outdoor grassy patio after work with drinks from the bar and bites from Henbit, Contigo, Dai Due, Ni-Kome, or Easy Tiger. Fareground is open until 10pm.

111 Congress Ave, faregroundaustin.com

 

La Condesa Brunch

LA CONDESA

La Condesa is basically the reason why we come here but the queso flameado isn’t half bad either. The bar area is where we hang for happy hour but their extended patio is on point too.

400A West 2nd Street, lacondesa.com

 

Healthy Cocktails & Farm-to-Table Salads At Vinaigrette Austin, best patios in austin

VINAIGRETTE

It’s bikini season so naturally, you want something a little lighter on your plate. With cocktails made from fresh-pressed juice and just about every salad you could ever imagine, enjoy this patio with a guilt-free smile knowing you’re kinda, sorta doing something good for your body. Don’t miss this stop on this best patios in Austin list.

2201 College Ave, vinaigretteonline.com/austin

SEE ALSO: Healthy Cocktails & Farm-to-Table Salads At Vinaigrette Austin

 

Olamaie Austin

OLAMAIE

Remove yourself from the city life and sit on the prettiest porch in town. Now serving a new spring menu, grab a drink and some deviled eggs for a good time.

1610 San Antonio St, olamaieaustin.com

 

Justine's Brasserie

JUSTINE’S

Talk about chic – the steak and frites is the “it crowd” thing to eat, but their wine is also on point. Snag a table early in the evening to avoid a wait. I’m sad this patio isn’t open right now on this best patios in Austin. 

4710 E 5th St, justines1937.com

 

Hotel San Jose

HOTEL SAN JOSE

A quaint, almost hidden gem off South Congress – we come for the frosé but stay for the zen vibes.

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, sanjosehotel.com

 

Soursop

SOURSOP

Dine on Southeast cuisine at Soursop while downing a couple of beers from St Elmo Brewing Company. The patio is dog-friendly so bring your furry friends!

440 E Saint Elmo Rd Ste G2, soursopaustin.com

 

Ah Sing Den brunch

AH SING DEN

Sip on craft cocktails and nibble on appetizers in Ah Sing Den’s Asian-inspired back patio.

1100 E 6th St, ahsingden.com

SEE ALSO: 13 Best Burgers In Austin, Ranked

 

Domo Alley-Gato

DOMO ALLEY-GATO

Domo Alley-Gato is Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s East Austin bar and patio – IMO the newest best patio in Austin. 

1600 E 6th St B, domo-tatsuya.com

SEE ALSO: 17 Spots For Late Night Food In Austin

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Bar Peached
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Loro
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Perla’s
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Grizzelda’s
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Fresa’s
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Rosewood
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Josephine House
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Guero’s
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Uchi
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AFBA CityGuide 2020

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2020 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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