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32 Best Restaurants To Celebrate A Group Birthday Party In Austin

August 18, 2018

32 Best Restaurants To Celebrate A Group Birthday Party In Austin

We all know how stressful planning birthday dinners can be. Trust me, I just went through the stress of trying to plan a birthday dinner for the boo. You want to go to a hot new spot, bring every single one of your friends to the restaurant and the restaurant tells you that you need to make a reservation and a preset menu is required.

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In an effort to take the chaos out of birthday planning, my lovely intern, Madison of @thecarbnivore, put together this list of some of the best restaurants to celebrate a birthday party in Austin. We’ve also done the hard working of checking minimum party size required, special requirements like a preset menu, and how to make the reservation. You’re welcome!

 

Launderette

LAUNDERETTE

Launderette has been around for a few years now, but it’s just as hot as ever. Your birthday is a perfect excuse to try something that you’ve always wanted to, and they’re happy to accomodate large parties through their events department. Plus they have those adorable birthday cake ice cream sandwiches that will be the perfect end to a perfect birthday.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: For parties of 10-25 guests, Launderette offers lunch and dinner reservations with a prix fixe menu.

Reservations: Contact Launderette’s Events Manager, Whitney Garhan, at whitney@launderetteaustin.com.
For smaller parties, make a reservation online.

2115 Holly St, launderetteaustin.com

 

GRIZZELDA’S

Grizzelda’s is such a fun, colorful spot- and their food is just as vibrant (think bright pink margaritas). Let’s be real- everyone wants tex mex for their birthday, so why not make it trendy and instagrammable? Make sure you book ahead of time, because while they can accommodate large parties, the restaurant is only so big.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Reservations: Book a reservation online or over the phone.

105 Tillery, grizzeldas.com

 

JACOBY’S RESTAURANT & MERCANTILE

Dream of getting away from the city for your birthday, but don’t want to put in the time or effort to planning it all? Even though Jacoby’s is located less than 10 minutes from downtown, it feels like you’ve escaped to a hill country oasis. Their southern style food is going to please everyone in your group and their eclectic mercantile shop will keep everyone entertained.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Reservations: Book a reservation online or over the phone.

3235 E Cesar Chavez, jacobysaustin.com

 

Fresa's - South First

FRESA’S CHICKEN AL CARBON

Fresa’s is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Austin, and is a great spot for a fun dinner with friends. They have a gorgeous patio and delicious margaritas. What’s not to love?

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Reservations: Book a reservation at 512-992–2946

1703 South First St, fresaschicken.com

 

EASY TIGER BAKE SHOP & BEER GARDEN

Easy Tiger doesn’t do reservations on Friday’s or Saturday’s, however it would be such a fun spot for boozy weekday birthday celebration. Their beer garden is located on East Sixth St. right on Waller Creek, and has great traditional beer garden food to munch on.

Minimum party size: 15

Special requirements: No reservations on Fridays or Saturdays.

Reservations: Book online

709 E. Sixth St., easytigeraustin.com

 

EMMER & RYE

Even if you’ve been to Emmer & Rye before, their menu changes on a daily basis. They are always offering new specialties made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients- so your group is in for a major treat.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: For parties of 8 or more, Emmer & Rye will craft a special menu for your group.

Reservations: Make a reservation online, by calling 512-366-5530 or email emmerandrye@gmail.com

SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110, emmerandrye.com

 

Olamaie Austin

OLAMAIE

Think you’ve got this adulting thing down? Then you’re ready for an upscale southern inspired birthday dinner at Olamaie. Their space is elegant and adorable, and the biscuits are to die for.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Reservations: Reservations for parties up to six guests are available via OpenTable. For parties larger than six, or for information on private events and gatherings, please send an email to reservations@olamaieaustin.com.

1610 San Antonio Street, olamaieaustin.com

 

THE SALT LICK

Birthdays are a great time to check things off your bucket list, and if you’ve still never been to The Salt Lick out in Driftwood, you need to. They’re great at accommodating large groups and even offer a family style dining experience for parties of 20 or more. Don’t forget it’s BYOB!

Minimum party size: 10

Special requirements: No reservations between 6-8pm on Friday or Saturday

Reservations: call (512-858-4959) or online

18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX 78619; saltlickbbq.com

 

COVER 3

Cover 3 is a great option for a birthday dinner if you want something nice and delicious without putting in too much effort or completely breaking the bank. They have a great menu with tons of options for everyone.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Private dining available pending previous reservations.

Reservations: call Anderson Ln.: 512.374.1121 or Downtown: 512.982.1550

2700 W Anderson Ln #202, 1717 West Sixth Street, #210R, cover-3.com

 

Hank's Austin

HANK’S

As I’m sure you know by now, Hank’s is one of the best new spots in Austin. It’s a really large, open restaurant with tons of outdoor seating that would make it great for a large group. Hank’s has private dining rooms available and has a large space overall that lends itself to work great for groups of all sizes with a menu that offers something for everyone.

Minimum party size: 8

Reservations: email info@hanksaustin.com

5811 Berkman Dr #100, hanksaustin.com

 

EL CHIPIRON

Tapas style restaurants are always great for groups and this insanely cute Spanish restaurant is no exception.

Minimum party size: 5

Reservations: Can be made online through OpenTable

2717 S Lamar Blvd #1085, elchipironaustin.com

 

FONDA SAN MIGUEL

Fonda San Miguel is another one of those Austin staples that you’ve probably been dying to try but might have not gotten around to. This restaurant is massive and works great for large parties. Their food and drinks are fantastic and the gorgeous decor would be ideal for a bday insta.

Minimum party size: 5

Reservations: Call 512-459-4121

2330 W N Loop Blvd, fondasanmiguel.com

 

FREEDMEN’S BBQ

Another classic! The Freedmen’s building has been standing over 100 years and their classic saloon-like feel proved an unparalleled dining experience that would make for a really fun celebration. Make sure you get in soon because rumor has it- it may not be around much longer 🙁

Minimum party size: 5

Reservations: Can be made online through the Freedmen’s website.

2402 San Gabriel St, freedmensbar.com

 

Monger's Austin

MONGERS MARKET + KITCHEN

If you’re a seafood fanatic, Monger’s is the perfect place for your birthday festivities. Their menu is amazing- the lobster black truffle mac is a must. No chance your group leaves hungry.

Minimum party size: 5

Reservations: Can be made over the phone (512-215-8972) or via email- julie@mongersaustin.com

2401 E Cesar Chavez St, mongersaustin.com

 

ROARING FORK

If you live up north, want to get away from downtown, or just want a place to park- Roaring Fork is a great option. They have tons of space and can easily accommodate large groups, plus their menu really does have something for everyone.

Minimum party size: 5

Reservations: Can be made through OpenTable

10850 Stonelake Blvd, roaringfork.com

 

BOILER NINE BAR & GRILL

If you’re looking for #views, Boiler Nine is the place. Their rooftop bar at Seaholm has an amazing view of Lady Bird Lake and faces west for optimal sunset pics. Their drinks are fantastic, and their small plates are perfect for sharing with a group.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Private & semi-private dining areas available.

Reservations: Can be made through OpenTable or by calling (512) 220-9990.

800 West Cesar Chavez,  boilernine.com

 

Second Bar + Kitchen Domain Northside

SECOND BAR & KITCHEN (DOWNTOWN & DOMAIN NORTHSIDE)

Second Bar and Kitchen has an amazing menu of dishes that are great for sharing – or keeping to yourself. Their upscale vibe is perfect for a special occasion, and they even have private dining options available to make it a night to remember.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Private & semi-private dining areas available.

Reservations: can be made through OpenTable or by calling (512) 827-2750 (Downtown) or (737) 300-4800 (Domain NORTHSIDE).

200 Congress Avenue, secondbarkitchen.com, 3121 Palm Way, Suite 101,  sbkdomain.com

 

MATTIE’S

Green Pastures is one of the most historic spots in South Austin, and is guaranteed to make your birthday dinner dreams come true. Their new restaurant, Mattie’s, is located inside the gorgeous mansion on their massive property. The fried chicken is a must.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Private & semi-private dining areas available.

Reservations: can be made through OpenTable or by calling (512) 444-1888.

811 W. Live Oak Street,  mattiesaustin.com

 

EBERLY

Eberly is a gorgeous, delicious option for your birthday festivities. The entire restaurant is beautiful, but “the study” is the perfect spot for a small to medium sized group. Larger events can book the main dining room or Cedar Tavern bar, as well as the new rooftop space.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size

Private dining room available.

Reservations: Can be made through Open Table or by calling (512) 916-9000.

Contact sarah@eberlyaustin.com for large party info/event decks.

615 S Lamar, eberlyaustin.com

 

KEMURI TATSU-YA

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, Kemuri Tatsu-ya has a super funky menu with amazing flavors that are sure to liven up the party. Their cocktails are really fun as well, one is even served in a cat glass!

Minimum party size: 2

Special requirements: The back patio space and carport are available for rental for private events if needed.

Reservations: Can be made online. For private parties or parties larger than 7, email events@kemuri-tatsuya.com

2713 E 2nd St., kemuri-tatsuya.com

 

A Taste of Koko x Guild

GUILD

Guild is a swanky seafood spot with an amazing raw bar that would be ideal for a special occasion. Even if you have some seafood haters in your group, their menu has something for everyone- and their mac and cheese is perfection.

Minimum party size: 6,

Reservations: for parties of 14 or fewer, please call 512-975-2626
Larger parties can schedule through guildaustin.com/events

3800 North Lamar, guildaustin.com

 

WU CHOW

If you haven’t been to Wu Chow yet, it’s time. Their shareable plates are great for big groups- and what birthday is complete without soup dumplings? Their tiki drinks are also super festive and the perfect pregame for the short walk to West 6th!

Minimum party size: 8

Special requirements: Choosing from the prix fixe menu for a party of 8 or more is highly recommended to receive the best service and experience. Prix fixe is required for parties for 20 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

500 W. 5th, wuchowaustin.com

 

SWIFT’S ATTIC

Swift’s Attic is a beautiful restaurant located right in the heart of downtown. Their speakeasy vibe will make your night feel very special and their upscale American bites are sure to be a hit with your group.

Minimum party size: 8

Special requirements: Choosing from the prix fixe menu for a party of 8 or more is highly recommended to receive the best service and experience. Prix fixe is required for parties for 12 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

315 Congress Ave., swiftsattic.com

 

Pitchfork Pretty

PITCHFORK PRETTY

This restaurant is adorable and serves “imaginative Hill Country cuisine” curated with local produce, pastured meats, and wild fish. There is a communal table available in the restaurant that seats 14-16 guests. Great for a more intimate experience.

Minimum party size: 2

Special requirements: Requires a credit card for reservations of 7 or more. For larger parties of 10 or more, a prix fixe menu is required.

Reservations: can be made via Resy, calling (512-494-4593) after 3:30pm, or by emailing info@pitchforkpretty.com

2708 East Cesar Chavez St., pitchforkpretty.com

 

RANCH 616

Ranch 616 is a classic birthday spot in Austin. Their eclectic decor and fun patio makes for a really fun experience. Their food is great and their drinks are even better. After a fire-in-the-hole shot and a Ranch Water or two you’ll be ready for West 6th, which is less than a block away.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Preset menu required for parties of 16 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

616 Nueces St, theranch616.com

 

CAFE NO SE

Located in South Congress Hotel, Cafe No Se would be fun for something a little different. They have great seating arrangements that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Their menu is on the lighter side and is great for a health focused group. Keep in mind, however, that there is a cake fee if you choose to bring your own birthday dessert.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Reservations: Can be made online.

1603 S Congress Ave, cafenoseaustin.com

 

GOODALL’S KITCHEN

Goodall’s Kitchen, inside of Hotel Ella, is a really cute spot with private and semi private dining options available. Located just north of downtown, you’ll get the feel of an upscale restaurant without the chaos of navigating our crowded city center.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Preset menu and cake fee required for parties of 12 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

1900 Rio Grande Street, goodallskitchen.com

 

La Condesa Ceviche

LA CONDESA

Though it’s been around for years, La Condesa is trendy as ever with their modern Mexican menu and vibe. Your birthday certainly won’t be lacking in flavor or color should you choose to celebrate here.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Preset menu required for parties of 10 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

1601 E 6th St, lacondesa.com

 

LE POLITIQUE

Le Politique is newer to the downtown dining scene, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to experience their elegant dining room- you need to. This dainty French restaurant is perfect for a more intimate birthday experience, and is sure to leave you and your guests feeling content and satisfied.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Preset menu required for parties of 10 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

110 San Antonio St., lepolitiqueaustin.com

 

SWAY

If you’re looking for a full experience, Sway requires all groups to choose form a preset menu, coordinated by the chef. Take the pressure off of yourself on your special day and let someone else make the decisions! You won’t be disappointed.

Minimum party size: 10.

Special requirements: Preset menu required for parties of 10 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

1417 S 1st St., swaythai.com

 

Il Brutto

IL BRUTTO

This authentic Italian restaurant which translates to “The Ugly” is a great spot for a special celebration. Their private dining room features floor to ceiling windows, custom menu options, and access to an intimate area of the Il Bruto patio.

Minimum party size: No minimum party size.

Special requirements: Preset menu required for parties of 9 or more.

Reservations: Can be made online.

1601 E 6th St., ilbruttoaustin.com

SEE ALSO: Il Brutto Is My New Favorite Italian Restaurant In Austin

 

IRENE’S

Irene’s is such a cute spot for a fun casual birthday dinner, but keep in mind there is a $5 outside cake fee. The full patio is also available for private dining. For something a little different, Irene’s hosts a “Drag Brunch” on the last Saturday of the month. VIP table reservations are available – Guests can reserve a half patio table for $50 (seats up to 5) or a full patio table for $100 (seats up to 10). These tables will have a front row view of the show, and a include a Rosé Jello Shot to kick things off. All proceeds from table reservation sales will go to AIDS Services of Austin.

Minimum party size: 10

Reservations: Can be made by emailing events@irenesaustin.com.

506 W. Ave., irenesaustin.com

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Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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