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The patio and booths at Domo Alley-Gato
Julia Keim

13 Cool and Covered Patios for Summer Alfresco Dining

Because you should eat and drink without breaking a sweat

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The patio and booths at Domo Alley-Gato
| Julia Keim

The summer sun transforms the grand Austin tradition of patio dining into purgatory. With that in mind, here is Eater’s updated guide to the city’s best shaded, fanned, and misted patios to take alfresco dining back from the summer.

This map includes Contigo’s Texas-forever patio, the shaded refuge of Odd Duck, Jacoby’s rustic lakeside one, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s food truck patio haven, and many others. This update adds Bar Peached, Domo Alley Gato, and Joann’s.

For more chilling ideas to deal with the summer heat, scope out Austin’s best ice cream shops, ice cream sandwiches, Thai rolled ice cream, milkshakes, snow cones/shave ices/sno-balls, frozen cocktails, margaritas, frosés, aguas frescas, and poolside drinks.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Contigo

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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MLK restaurant Contigo upgraded its Texas space with a new enclosed patio with air conditioning.

2. Bar Peached

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1315 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 992-0666
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The Asian fusion spot Bar Peached amplified up the below-street-level patio in Clarksville with awnings and plentiful misters. 

3. Blue Dahlia Bistro

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1115 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 542-9542
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Central Easy Austin bistro Blue Dahlia's large backyard patio is both covered and surrounded by vegetation for maximum coolness.

The patio at Blue Dahlia
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4. Second Bar + Kitchen

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2750
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Second Bar's large downtown patio is largely covered, and the surrounding high-rises guarantee it never is marred by the summer sun.

5. Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

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1600 E 6th St B
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 893-5561
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Snag one of the outdoor covered booths at the East Austin Japanese patio bar.

The covered booth at Domo Alley-Gato
The covered booth at Domo Alley-Gato
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6. Juliet Italian Kitchen

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1500 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 479-1800
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There’s an outdoor bar and overhead misters in the Barton Springs restaurant’s “Italy meets Texas” shaded patio.

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7. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Odd Duck's fully covered patio features fans and misters, and it's never hit with direct sun. Enjoy the lighter side of the menu and rotating frozen drinks.

Odd Duck
Odd Duck
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8. Sawyer & Co.

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4827 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 531-9033
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The midcentury retro diner’s patio is outfitted with Astro Turf, fans, and lots of hanging greenery.

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9. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 366-5808
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Enjoy the scenery at Jacoby’s minus the sun from the massive outdoor area's covered patio.

Jacoby’s
Jacoby’s
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10. Joann's Fine Foods

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1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 358-6054
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The completely covered patio on South Congress features pretty multi-colored glass windows, easygoing cocktails, and good cake.

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The patio and bar at Joann’s
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11. Loro

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2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4858
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The South Austin Asian smokehouse’s covered patio features communal tables, fans, and pretty hanging lanterns.

12. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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Jack Allen's large covered patio has its own bar for creekside margarita drinking.

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13. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 221-4248
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The barbecue and taco trailer boasts a very nice and covered patio found to the side of the truck. It makes sense, since it’s in front of Valentina’s future brick-and-mortar home.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
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1. Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723

MLK restaurant Contigo upgraded its Texas space with a new enclosed patio with air conditioning.

2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

2. Bar Peached

1315 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

The Asian fusion spot Bar Peached amplified up the below-street-level patio in Clarksville with awnings and plentiful misters. 

1315 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

3. Blue Dahlia Bistro

1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
The patio at Blue Dahlia
Blue Dahlia
Blue Dahlia/Facebook

Central Easy Austin bistro Blue Dahlia's large backyard patio is both covered and surrounded by vegetation for maximum coolness.

1115 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Second Bar's large downtown patio is largely covered, and the surrounding high-rises guarantee it never is marred by the summer sun.

200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

5. Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

1600 E 6th St B, Austin, TX 78702
The covered booth at Domo Alley-Gato
The covered booth at Domo Alley-Gato
Domo Alley-Gato/Facebook

Snag one of the outdoor covered booths at the East Austin Japanese patio bar.

1600 E 6th St B
Austin, TX 78702

6. Juliet Italian Kitchen

1500 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
The patio at Juliet Italian Kitchen
Juliet Italian Kitchen
Juliet Italian Kitchen/Facebook

There’s an outdoor bar and overhead misters in the Barton Springs restaurant’s “Italy meets Texas” shaded patio.

1500 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

7. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Odd Duck
Odd Duck
Patrick Michels/EATX

Odd Duck's fully covered patio features fans and misters, and it's never hit with direct sun. Enjoy the lighter side of the menu and rotating frozen drinks.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

8. Sawyer & Co.

4827 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Sawyer & Co
Sawyer & Co
Jeff Amador/EATX

The midcentury retro diner’s patio is outfitted with Astro Turf, fans, and lots of hanging greenery.

4827 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Jacoby’s
Jacoby’s
Jeff Amador/EATX

Enjoy the scenery at Jacoby’s minus the sun from the massive outdoor area's covered patio.

3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Joann's Fine Foods

1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
The patio and bar at Joann’s
The patio and bar at Joann’s
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

The completely covered patio on South Congress features pretty multi-colored glass windows, easygoing cocktails, and good cake.

1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

11. Loro

2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The South Austin Asian smokehouse’s covered patio features communal tables, fans, and pretty hanging lanterns.

2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen/Facebook

Jack Allen's large covered patio has its own bar for creekside margarita drinking.

7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

13. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

The barbecue and taco trailer boasts a very nice and covered patio found to the side of the truck. It makes sense, since it’s in front of Valentina’s future brick-and-mortar home.

11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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