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16 Austin Restaurants Where Dessert Steals the Show

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Dessert is the best course of any and every meal. No matter how full a person gets, everyone makes room for a sugary finale. And there are different ways to go about satisfying that sweet tooth, from something light and refreshing like a parfait, or indulgently rich like chocolate cake, here are Austin’s very best dessert restaurants. End your meal right, order dessert first, or just eat nothing but sweets, these restaurants will do just fine.

There are the composed plates from Japanese restaurants Uchi and Uchiko, the cakes of Chez Zee, Texas produced-filled wonders at Odd Duck, and much more.

For the purposes of this map, only restaurants that have dessert menus (not businesses dedicated to desserts) are included. Look elsewhere for these picks: bakeries, cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream, soft serve, and icy treats.

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District Kitchen

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The desserts at both locations of the New American restaurant from pastry chef Dennis Van are decadent, like the blueberry-lemon buttermilk cake with a lemon cream cheese frosting, almond crumbs, citrus curd, plus chocolate ice cream. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chez Zee

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Indulge in the longtime Austin restaurant’s wide array of classic desserts, from mile-high layer cakes, creme brulee, and shareable apple pie. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Uchiko & Uchi

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The desserts at both branches of the Japanese restaurant, under the helm of executive pastry chef Ariana Quant, are creative and thoughtful with unexpected touches. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lutie’s Garden Restaurant

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Austin is a lucky place because executive pastry chef Susana Querejazu came back into town for this new hotel restaurant. Her dessert prowess is on full display, especially with the kouign amann-studded ice cream. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

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The Chestnut wine restaurant’s luscious vanilla soft serve has already become an iconic dessert in Austin. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Swedish Hill

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Head to Clarksville bakery and cafe for some of the best of the best desserts from the various McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality restaurants. It serves as a home base for all things sweets from pastries to cakes to cookies to tarts to gelato. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor services.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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Executive pastry chef Lindsay O’Rourke is working up magical sweets over at the Clarksville-adjacent restaurant. The menu often changes, but usually, there’s a slice of burnt cheesecake topped with tart cherry jams, orange blossom crullers, and citrusy ice box cakes. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Emmer & Rye

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Of the Emmer & Rye group’s businesses, it’s at the Rainey Street restaurant where the desserts shine because of executive pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. Much like the rest of the menu, grains are the focus of the sweets, like the sorrel cake paired with a watermelon rind or the brioche with blueberry compote and a mango-ginger yogurt. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Irene's

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With Mary Catherine Curren at the helm of pastries, the downtown restaurant serves strong dessert staples, like strawberry cake and chocolate cookies with Nutella. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Odd Duck

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The South Austin restaurant’s often-changing dessert menu highlights Texas produce (hello, watermelon and peaches) for desserts such as cobblers, budinos, and sorbets. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Justine's

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For absolutely great French desserts, the East Austin restaurant is your answer. There are creme brulees, peach melbas, and chocolate mousses. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Launderette

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Okay, so founding pastry chef Laura Sawicki left the Holly restaurant late last year, but her impact on the dessert menu still lives on. Take the ever-Instagrammable birthday cake ice cream sandwich, which is really that good. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Maie Day

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Alas, another amazing pastry chef has left Austin with the departure of former MaieB’s Jules Stoddart of Southern restaurant Olamaie and this hotel American restaurant. Luckily, her decadent ginormous Texas chocolate cake slice is still available on the menu, a rich and delicious layer cake with coffee chantilly, benne seed crackers, and raspberries. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Desserts at the South First restaurant are lighter items like the chocolate cream pie with mint and coconut flakes and the blue corn/cherry cake with lime curd and whipped ricotta. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Jack Allen's Kitchen

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For simply well-done desserts to fulfill those sweet cravings, the Texas comfort food restaurant mini-chain provides pies, cobblers, cakes, and a lot of chocolate from pastry chef Dee Dee Sanchez. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Dee Dee

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For a simple take on mango and sticky rice, laced with drizzles of condensed milk, look no further than this Thai truck. The truck only makes it if it has the absolute perfect mangos. Preorders must be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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District Kitchen

The desserts at both locations of the New American restaurant from pastry chef Dennis Van are decadent, like the blueberry-lemon buttermilk cake with a lemon cream cheese frosting, almond crumbs, citrus curd, plus chocolate ice cream. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chez Zee

Indulge in the longtime Austin restaurant’s wide array of classic desserts, from mile-high layer cakes, creme brulee, and shareable apple pie. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Uchiko & Uchi

The desserts at both branches of the Japanese restaurant, under the helm of executive pastry chef Ariana Quant, are creative and thoughtful with unexpected touches. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lutie’s Garden Restaurant

Austin is a lucky place because executive pastry chef Susana Querejazu came back into town for this new hotel restaurant. Her dessert prowess is on full display, especially with the kouign amann-studded ice cream. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

The Chestnut wine restaurant’s luscious vanilla soft serve has already become an iconic dessert in Austin. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Swedish Hill

Head to Clarksville bakery and cafe for some of the best of the best desserts from the various McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality restaurants. It serves as a home base for all things sweets from pastries to cakes to cookies to tarts to gelato. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor services.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

Executive pastry chef Lindsay O’Rourke is working up magical sweets over at the Clarksville-adjacent restaurant. The menu often changes, but usually, there’s a slice of burnt cheesecake topped with tart cherry jams, orange blossom crullers, and citrusy ice box cakes. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Emmer & Rye

Of the Emmer & Rye group’s businesses, it’s at the Rainey Street restaurant where the desserts shine because of executive pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. Much like the rest of the menu, grains are the focus of the sweets, like the sorrel cake paired with a watermelon rind or the brioche with blueberry compote and a mango-ginger yogurt. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Irene's

With Mary Catherine Curren at the helm of pastries, the downtown restaurant serves strong dessert staples, like strawberry cake and chocolate cookies with Nutella. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Odd Duck

The South Austin restaurant’s often-changing dessert menu highlights Texas produce (hello, watermelon and peaches) for desserts such as cobblers, budinos, and sorbets. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Justine's

For absolutely great French desserts, the East Austin restaurant is your answer. There are creme brulees, peach melbas, and chocolate mousses. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Launderette

Okay, so founding pastry chef Laura Sawicki left the Holly restaurant late last year, but her impact on the dessert menu still lives on. Take the ever-Instagrammable birthday cake ice cream sandwich, which is really that good. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Maie Day

Alas, another amazing pastry chef has left Austin with the departure of former MaieB’s Jules Stoddart of Southern restaurant Olamaie and this hotel American restaurant. Luckily, her decadent ginormous Texas chocolate cake slice is still available on the menu, a rich and delicious layer cake with coffee chantilly, benne seed crackers, and raspberries. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lenoir

Desserts at the South First restaurant are lighter items like the chocolate cream pie with mint and coconut flakes and the blue corn/cherry cake with lime curd and whipped ricotta. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Jack Allen's Kitchen

For simply well-done desserts to fulfill those sweet cravings, the Texas comfort food restaurant mini-chain provides pies, cobblers, cakes, and a lot of chocolate from pastry chef Dee Dee Sanchez. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Dee Dee

For a simple take on mango and sticky rice, laced with drizzles of condensed milk, look no further than this Thai truck. The truck only makes it if it has the absolute perfect mangos. Preorders must be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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