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.Read More
24 Essential Austin Patios for Outdoor Drinking and Dining
Bask in the glory that is the city’s plentiful alfresco spaces
Olive & June
The Lake Austin cafe wins for beautiful scenery (water! birds!), coffee, baked goods, and free Wi-Fi.
Sour Duck Market
Of the Bryce Gilmore restaurants, this casual Blackland cafe is the one with the best patio situation. Enjoy plentiful spaces with fantastic New Texan fare and cocktails.
The Chestnut counter-service wine restaurant has a fantastic gravel patio out back, perfect for groups or date nights or solo evenings out.
The East Austin counter-service taqueria with duck carnitas tacos and a great natural wine selection has a fun outdoor patio adorned with colorful murals and flanked by its garden.
Peached Tortilla’s Clarksville sibling offers ample patio space, from the wraparound porch to the below-street-level patio with a huge tree, the best way to enjoy its Southern-Asian menu. Reservations are available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamale House East
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.
For East Austin vibes, head to the East Seventh bar for cocktails, beers, sandwiches, and more.
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.
The Govalle newcomer bar has three outdoor areas, perfect for sipping fantastic wines and snacking on cheeses.
Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile
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.
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
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. Reservations are available.
The tiny Bouldin Creek restaurant expanded its indoor dining room into its expansive wine garden, with both the family-style tasting and the a la carte menus anchored by plenty of wine and a ginormous tree. Reservations are available.
The tucked-away patio of the South Congress cafe is an ideal spot to enjoy natural wines, snacks, and sourdough pizza.
The Buzz Mill
This convivial 24-hour coffee shop and bar in East Riverside is home to Jamaican truck Mr. Pimento, Detroit-style pizza truck Bat City Pies, and Buzz Burger. It also serves beer, cider, and lots of flavored liquors.
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Radio Coffee & Beer
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 always make for a good time.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
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, and Pueblo Viejo, for excellent tacos.
Ani's Day & Night
The Montopolis cafe and bar offers a nice spacious outdoor space with plenty of shade and seating options, plus access to a nice bar and wine list and on-site food trucks like Nyam and Las Alegres Comadres.
The Little Darlin'
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 far South Austin space has it all: food trucks (including LeRoy & Lewis’s fry truck), lots of drinks, and plenty of outdoor seating.