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19 Essential Austin Patios for Outdoor Drinking and Dining

Bask in the glory that is the city’s plentiful alfresco spaces

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Patio time is special for Austin, when people get to enjoy the sun and perfect weather, just before the dreaded summer heat consumes the city. The city has a strong selection of outdoor spaces built for perfect alfresco dining and drinking, available all year-round. Here are Austin's most essential patios, like Lenoir's wine garden, the fun patio of Kemuri, the easy Better Half patios, the lush patio of Tamale House East, and others.

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. Follow the business’s rules, be sure to wear a mask, and tip well.

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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Olive & June

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The tucked-away three-story Italian restaurant hides a stunning patio in Bryker Woods with a beautiful ancient oak tree, perfect for happy hour cocktails. Reservations are available.

Olive & June
Olive & June
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Mozart's Coffee

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The Lake Austin cafe wins for beautiful scenery, coffee, baked goods, and free Wi-Fi.

Mozart’s Coffee’s patio
Mozart’s Coffee’s patio
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Camp East

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A newcomer to the patio scene, the Rosewood space features plenty of outdoor seats and tables to enjoy wine from shop/tasting room Cork & Screw, Filipino-Vietnamese fare from Fil N’ Viet, and weekend bakery Dõ.

Nixta Taqueria

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The East Austin taqueria with duck carnitas tacos and a great natural wine selection has two fun outdoor patio adorned with colorful murals.

An outdoor patio with gravel flooring and wooden awning and wood picnic tables in front of a brightly colorful moural and an outdoor wooden bar
Nixta’s covered patio
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Arbor Food Park

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The Central East Austin food truck park is home to some of the city’s best food trucks. Chill on picnic tables below twinkling lights while enjoying food from taco truck Cuantos Tacos, pizza truck Dough Boys, and more.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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Everything about the Clarksville-adjacent restaurant’s patio feels like, well, Austin, from the pink picnic tables to the iron-wrought tables and chairs to the gravel ground to dogs abound.

Kalimotxo

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The chic downtown Basque bar has plenty of riverside seating downtown. To go along with a gin and tonic or frozen kalimotxo, there are tapas ranging from the tortilla espanola to a big burger — and don’t miss desserts from pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. Reservations are available.

The patio at Kalimotxo
The patio at Kalimotxo
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There’s plenty of covered and open seating at the East Sixth natural wine bar, alongside snacks like cheese plates, tinned fish, and hummus. Even the house wines are fantastic.

Kitty Cohen's

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The East Austin patio bar serves up daytime-friendly drinks like spritzes and frozen rosés, plus a wading pool if the temperature gets too hot if that’s your thing.

Kitty Cohen’s
Kitty Cohen’s
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Tamale House East

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The historic Tex-Mex restaurant on East Sixth offers plentiful outdoor space for dining on tamales, tacos, and natural wine, from the lush courtyard to the parking lot patio.

Tamale House East
Tamale House East
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya

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The funky Japanese-Texas izakaya offers an expansion patio for a pleasant outdoor time in the Holly neighborhood. The back area features plenty of covered and uncovered tables. Reservations are available.

Kemuri’s covered patio
Kemuri’s covered patio
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Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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Pretend the bustle of the city is far, far away while dining out on the New Texan Govalle restaurant’s back patio, which overlooks a quiet and pretty section of the Colorado River, best paired with refreshing cocktails and burgers. Reservations are available.

The patio at Jacoby’s
The patio at Jacoby’s
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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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The Bouldin Creek seafood restaurant contains one of Austin’s original high-end patio dining experiences, and still one of the best. Oysters, champagne cocktails, and fresh seafood a la plancha are worth the wait.

Perla’s
Perla’s
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Due to the pandemic, the tiny Bouldin Creek restaurant expanded its dining room into its expansive wine garden, with an a la carte menu, anchored by plenty of wine and a ginormous tree. Reservations are available.

Lenoir’s wine garden
Lenoir’s wine garden
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The Buzz Mill

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This convivial 24-hour coffee shop and bar in East Riverside is home to two vegan food trucks (Plow Burger and Plow Bao) and a barbecue truck (JNL). It also serves beer, cider, and lots of flavored liquors.

Buzz Mill
Buzz Mill
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Radio Coffee & Beer

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The South Lamar coffee shop and bar is so popular, it expanded with an extra parking lot. Take your pick of lounging spots from the shaded outdoor space, the patio, to the grassy lawn. Plus, food from Veracruz All Natural, Dee Dee, and Briscuits 512s always make for a good time.

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Radio Coffee
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Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

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This sprawling South Austin space is lush with plants and water features. The cafe serves coffee and cocktails (try one of the frozens) and is home to great food trucks like LeRoy & Lewis, which serves some of the best barbecue in Texas.

Cosmic’s beer garden
Cosmic’s beer garden
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The Little Darlin'

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Far South Austin’s alfresco savior is this sprawling bar and restaurant with ample outdoor space, all the better to partake in the bar’s hearty food menu and drinks lineup.

The Little Darlin’
The Little Darlin’
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The Far Out Lounge & Stage

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The far South Austin space has it all: food trucks (seafood truck Huckleberry, taco truck Los Danzantes, and vegan truck Forking Vegan), lots of drinks, and plenty of outdoor seating.

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Olive & June

Olive & June
Olive & June
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The tucked-away three-story Italian restaurant hides a stunning patio in Bryker Woods with a beautiful ancient oak tree, perfect for happy hour cocktails. Reservations are available.

Olive & June
Olive & June
Olive & June [Official]

Mozart's Coffee

Mozart’s Coffee’s patio
Mozart’s Coffee’s patio
Mozart’s Coffee/Facebook

The Lake Austin cafe wins for beautiful scenery, coffee, baked goods, and free Wi-Fi.

Mozart’s Coffee’s patio
Mozart’s Coffee’s patio
Mozart’s Coffee/Facebook

Camp East

A newcomer to the patio scene, the Rosewood space features plenty of outdoor seats and tables to enjoy wine from shop/tasting room Cork & Screw, Filipino-Vietnamese fare from Fil N’ Viet, and weekend bakery Dõ.

Nixta Taqueria

An outdoor patio with gravel flooring and wooden awning and wood picnic tables in front of a brightly colorful moural and an outdoor wooden bar
Nixta’s covered patio
David Brendan Hall/EATX

The East Austin taqueria with duck carnitas tacos and a great natural wine selection has two fun outdoor patio adorned with colorful murals.

An outdoor patio with gravel flooring and wooden awning and wood picnic tables in front of a brightly colorful moural and an outdoor wooden bar
Nixta’s covered patio
David Brendan Hall/EATX

Arbor Food Park

The Central East Austin food truck park is home to some of the city’s best food trucks. Chill on picnic tables below twinkling lights while enjoying food from taco truck Cuantos Tacos, pizza truck Dough Boys, and more.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

Everything about the Clarksville-adjacent restaurant’s patio feels like, well, Austin, from the pink picnic tables to the iron-wrought tables and chairs to the gravel ground to dogs abound.

Kalimotxo

The patio at Kalimotxo
The patio at Kalimotxo
Kalimotxo/Facebook

The chic downtown Basque bar has plenty of riverside seating downtown. To go along with a gin and tonic or frozen kalimotxo, there are tapas ranging from the tortilla espanola to a big burger — and don’t miss desserts from pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. Reservations are available.

The patio at Kalimotxo
The patio at Kalimotxo
Kalimotxo/Facebook

LoLo

There’s plenty of covered and open seating at the East Sixth natural wine bar, alongside snacks like cheese plates, tinned fish, and hummus. Even the house wines are fantastic.

Kitty Cohen's

Kitty Cohen’s
Kitty Cohen’s
Kitty Cohen’s/Facebook

The East Austin patio bar serves up daytime-friendly drinks like spritzes and frozen rosés, plus a wading pool if the temperature gets too hot if that’s your thing.

Kitty Cohen’s
Kitty Cohen’s
Kitty Cohen’s/Facebook

Tamale House East

Tamale House East
Tamale House East
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The historic Tex-Mex restaurant on East Sixth offers plentiful outdoor space for dining on tamales, tacos, and natural wine, from the lush courtyard to the parking lot patio.

Tamale House East
Tamale House East
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Kemuri Tatsu-ya

Kemuri’s covered patio
Kemuri’s covered patio
Kemuri Tatsu-ya/Facebook

The funky Japanese-Texas izakaya offers an expansion patio for a pleasant outdoor time in the Holly neighborhood. The back area features plenty of covered and uncovered tables. Reservations are available.

Kemuri’s covered patio
Kemuri’s covered patio
Kemuri Tatsu-ya/Facebook

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

The patio at Jacoby’s
The patio at Jacoby’s
Jacoby’s/Facebook

Pretend the bustle of the city is far, far away while dining out on the New Texan Govalle restaurant’s back patio, which overlooks a quiet and pretty section of the Colorado River, best paired with refreshing cocktails and burgers. Reservations are available.

The patio at Jacoby’s
The patio at Jacoby’s
Jacoby’s/Facebook

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

Perla’s
Perla’s
Perla’s [Official]

The Bouldin Creek seafood restaurant contains one of Austin’s original high-end patio dining experiences, and still one of the best. Oysters, champagne cocktails, and fresh seafood a la plancha are worth the wait.

Perla’s
Perla’s
Perla’s [Official]

Lenoir

Lenoir’s wine garden
Lenoir’s wine garden
Lenoir/Facebook

Due to the pandemic, the tiny Bouldin Creek restaurant expanded its dining room into its expansive wine garden, with an a la carte menu, anchored by plenty of wine and a ginormous tree. Reservations are available.

Lenoir’s wine garden
Lenoir’s wine garden
Lenoir/Facebook

The Buzz Mill

Buzz Mill
Buzz Mill
Buzz Mill/Facebook

This convivial 24-hour coffee shop and bar in East Riverside is home to two vegan food trucks (Plow Burger and Plow Bao) and a barbecue truck (JNL). It also serves beer, cider, and lots of flavored liquors.

Buzz Mill
Buzz Mill
Buzz Mill/Facebook

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