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15 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 being included. Look elsewhere for these picks: bakeries, cakes, pies, cookies, and ice cream.)

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurant themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. District Kitchen

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7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 284-7837
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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.

2. Chez Zee

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5406 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 454-2666
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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.

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A cake from Chez Zee.
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3. Uchiko & Uchi

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4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 916-4808
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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.

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The peanut butter semifreddo at Uchi.
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4. Lutie’s Garden Restaurant

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4100 Red River St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 675-2517
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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.

5. Olamaie

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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The downtown Southern restaurant is an excellent showcase for executive pastry chef Jules Stoddart. She whips up her great takes on desserts, like the Kentucky butter cake made with fennel or the soft Dreamsicle meringue. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

6. Birdie's

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2944 E 12th St Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

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.

7. Swedish Hill

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1120 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-1347
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Of the desserts from the various McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality restaurants, head to Clarksville bakery and cafe. 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.

8. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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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 the slice of burnt cheesecake topped with tart cherry jams, cinnamon buns, and orange blossom crullers. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

9. Emmer & Rye

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51 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 366-5530
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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. As with the rest of the menu, grains are the focus of the sweets, from the mille-feuille paired with date-miso ice cream to the persimmon rum cake. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

10. Irene's

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506 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 298-0853
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With Mary Catherine Curren at the helm of pastries, the downtown restaurant serves strong dessert staples, like the strawberry cake and butterscotch blondies. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

11. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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The South Austin restaurant’s often-changing dessert menu highlights Texas produce (hello, strawberries and sweet potatoes) for desserts such as chocolate fudge pie, mochi doughnuts, and sorbets. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

12. Launderette

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2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1599
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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.

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Launderette’s ice cream sandwich.
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13. Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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Desserts at the South First restaurant are lighter items like the coffee-ish flan with coconut crumble or the sweet potato tea cake with ricotta and grapefruit curd. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

14. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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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.

15. Dee Dee

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4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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.

A cardboard tray of sliced mangos on rice with white cream.
The mango and sticky rice at Dee Dee.
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1. District Kitchen

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757

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.

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Chez Zee

5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
A slice of yellow layer cake with white frosting.
A cake from Chez Zee.
Chez Zee/Facebook

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.

5406 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731

3. Uchiko & Uchi

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
A plated dessert.
The peanut butter semifreddo at Uchi.
Uchi/Facebook

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.

4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

4. Lutie’s Garden Restaurant

4100 Red River St, Austin, TX 78751

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.

4100 Red River St
Austin, TX 78751

5. Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

The downtown Southern restaurant is an excellent showcase for executive pastry chef Jules Stoddart. She whips up her great takes on desserts, like the Kentucky butter cake made with fennel or the soft Dreamsicle meringue. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Birdie's

2944 E 12th St Unit A, Austin, TX 78702

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.

2944 E 12th St Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

7. Swedish Hill

1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

Of the desserts from the various McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality restaurants, head to Clarksville bakery and cafe. 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.

1120 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

8. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

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 the slice of burnt cheesecake topped with tart cherry jams, cinnamon buns, and orange blossom crullers. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

9. Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

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. As with the rest of the menu, grains are the focus of the sweets, from the mille-feuille paired with date-miso ice cream to the persimmon rum cake. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

51 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Irene's

506 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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

506 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701

11. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The South Austin restaurant’s often-changing dessert menu highlights Texas produce (hello, strawberries and sweet potatoes) for desserts such as chocolate fudge pie, mochi doughnuts, and sorbets. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Launderette

2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
An ice cream sandwich with colorful sprinkles on a lot of sprinkles.
Launderette’s ice cream sandwich.
Launderette/Facebook

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.

2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Lenoir

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Desserts at the South First restaurant are lighter items like the coffee-ish flan with coconut crumble or the sweet potato tea cake with ricotta and grapefruit curd. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

14. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735

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.

7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

15. Dee Dee

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745
A cardboard tray of sliced mangos on rice with white cream.
The mango and sticky rice at Dee Dee.
Dee Dee/Facebook

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.

4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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