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Bar Lovers Unite: Eleven Restaurants With Great Counter Seating in Austin

Where sitting at the counter is not just a good move, but the best move.

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At a number of Austin's best restaurants, the bar seating is where it's at. From classic diner-style seats to high-end sushi bars, here's some of Austin's best bets as recommended by readers in the forums. See a beloved counter seat missing? Drop it in the comments or the original forum post.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
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Salt & Time's counter is large, well-lit, and overlooks their lovely bar. A great place to grab a bite with a book, or to watch the butcher shop at work.

2. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Odd Duck's dining room is dominated by a massive bar wrapped around their open kitchen, making it one of the buzziest counter seats in town.

3. Justine's Brasserie

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4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 385-2900
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The bar at Justine's is first come first serve, a great way to potentially snag a seat when the restaurant's packed on a busy night.

4. Hut's Hamburgers

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807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-0693
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Eating a hamburger at the counter in a classic restaurant space just feels right.

5. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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La Condesa serves their whole menu at the bar. It's a great excuse to order a couple of their stellar tacos and a couple more of their stellar margaritas.

6. Foreign & Domestic

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306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-1010
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Foreign & Domestic boasts another great counter overlooking an open kitchen. One reader says, "Foreign & Domestic has a great bar facing the kitchen, less than 5 feet from your fingertips. You have to get there early though, it’s packed tight 30 min after opening!"

7. Sway Thai

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1417 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-1999
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Diners either love or hate Sway's communal dining tables. A great option for the haters is grabbing a kitchen-side bar seat, or one of many by the window.

8. Hopfields

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3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 537-0467
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Several readers agree that Hopfields has some of the best counter-side dining in Austin. One reader calls the bar their "Cheers" and adds, "I love sitting at the bar & talking with the staff. "

9. Barley Swine

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2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 394-8150
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Listen: Bryce Gilmore knows how to counter. The bar seats at Barley Swine are another perpetual favorite. One (fancy!) reader even suggests it as "a smooth first date call."

10. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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Want to get serious about the sushi side of Uchi? The bar seats are calling, especially during their sake social hour.

11. Counter Cafe

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626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 708-8800
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It's called Counter Cafe for a reason, right? Both locations are a great place for a casual kitchen-side meal.

1. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Salt & Time's counter is large, well-lit, and overlooks their lovely bar. A great place to grab a bite with a book, or to watch the butcher shop at work.
1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Odd Duck's dining room is dominated by a massive bar wrapped around their open kitchen, making it one of the buzziest counter seats in town.
1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

3. Justine's Brasserie

4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
The bar at Justine's is first come first serve, a great way to potentially snag a seat when the restaurant's packed on a busy night.
4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Hut's Hamburgers

807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Eating a hamburger at the counter in a classic restaurant space just feels right.
807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

5. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
La Condesa serves their whole menu at the bar. It's a great excuse to order a couple of their stellar tacos and a couple more of their stellar margaritas.
400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

6. Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Foreign & Domestic boasts another great counter overlooking an open kitchen. One reader says, "Foreign & Domestic has a great bar facing the kitchen, less than 5 feet from your fingertips. You have to get there early though, it’s packed tight 30 min after opening!"
306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

7. Sway Thai

1417 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
Diners either love or hate Sway's communal dining tables. A great option for the haters is grabbing a kitchen-side bar seat, or one of many by the window.
1417 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

8. Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Several readers agree that Hopfields has some of the best counter-side dining in Austin. One reader calls the bar their "Cheers" and adds, "I love sitting at the bar & talking with the staff. "
3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

9. Barley Swine

2024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Listen: Bryce Gilmore knows how to counter. The bar seats at Barley Swine are another perpetual favorite. One (fancy!) reader even suggests it as "a smooth first date call."
2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Want to get serious about the sushi side of Uchi? The bar seats are calling, especially during their sake social hour.
801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. Counter Cafe

626 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
It's called Counter Cafe for a reason, right? Both locations are a great place for a casual kitchen-side meal.
626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

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