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The patio at Mozart’s.
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17 Austin Restaurants With Great Views

Eating and drinking with a side of beautiful scenery

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The patio at Mozart’s.
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Great food and drinks are a-plenty in Austin, but where should diners go if they want equally as stunning vistas? Eater is here to help with with the best restaurant and bars with great views.

This ranges from spots facing the morphing downtown skyline to bodies of water to grassy overlooks. There is the popular waterfront coffee shop Mozart’s, the chintzy ambiance of Hula Hut, the tranquility of Jacoby's, Dirty Sixth safe haven Parkside, Colorado River and bats from Arlo Grey, and others.

Stay outdoors with Austin’s other alfresco restaurant and bar options with Eater’s guides to patios (essential and shaded), and then there are the city’s best rooftop restaurants and bars for a different perspective.

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Oasis Texas Brewing Company

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Austinites know to go to this brewery-restaurant for food and beers and a spot-on view of Lake Travis.

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

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Way out in Steiner Ranch, this swanky steakhouse offers classic cuts and standard American fare, such as rib-eyes, lobster, and prime rib, but the three-story building also gives diners a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. Dine on the terrace to soak in a colorful sunset as it dips behind the lake. 

Ski Shores

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The longtime lakeside classic joint may have been revamped and recently reopened by McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality, but the updated Ski Shores still offers the same festive views of boats and jet skis whizzing by from the open and breezy patio. 

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Ski Shores.
Ski Shores Cafe

County Line on the Hill

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Located in a historic speakeasy, this location of the Austin-born barbecue restaurant chain presents an incredible 20-mile view of the Texas Hill Country on its twinkle-lit, covered stone patio. 

Mozart's Coffee

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Buckle in for the day at the coffee shop’s expansive patio, which is right on top of the lake, perfect for leisurely drinks and snacks.

Hula Hut

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The kitschy Hula Hut serves Tex-Mex with a side of tiki, with tropical cocktails and snacks right on the lake.

A restaurant patio looking onto a body of water with a grass awning.
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The Westlake location of upscale Thai restaurant Sway features great views of the area as well as downtown Austin.

The view of downtown Austin with buildings out of focus from Sway in Westlake
The view from Sway in Westlake.
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Codependent Cocktails + Coffee

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Located at the bottom of the Independent Condo Tower in downtown Austin, this coffee-by-day/drinks-by-night hotspot overlooks Shoal Creek as it snakes its way through the city, giving the space a treehouse-like effect.

Parkside

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Parkside’s rooftop patio affords diners the chance to see downtown Austin and the Sixth street masses without having to mingle with the crowds.

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Cookbook Cafe

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The Austin Central Library’s restaurant boasts of a patio with downtown, overlooking Shoal Creek. Pro-tip: grab a bite from the ground-floor restaurant and head up to the rooftop patio for higher views.

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The patio at Cookbook Cafe.
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Arlo Grey

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The Line Austin Hotel’s restaurant Arlo Grey takes advantage of those stellar views with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Colorado River and the Congress Avenue Bridge (making it a prime bat-watching spot).

A restaurant dining room overlooking nature.
The view at Arlo Grey.
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Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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Another stellar Colorado River overlook can be found on the patio of the Four Seasons Hotel’s Live Oak bar.

The patio overlooking trees at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin
Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.
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Alta's Cafe

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The practically hidden waterfront coffee shop is an oasis within downtown Austin, with wine, charcuterie, cheese, sandwiches, and salads, while watching the rowing club downstairs glide across the river.

The view of the lake from Alta’s patio.
The view of the lake from Alta’s patio.
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El Alma

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This Barton Springs interior Mexican joint boasts a charming, shaded terrace with views of the downtown Austin skyline. 

Tillery Kitchen and Bar

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The picturesque East Cesar Chavez restaurant’s sightline includes the lush sloping landscapes and the Colorado River. The patio is perfect for lingering glasses of wine.

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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Opt for drinks and bar snacks on Jacoby’s grassy outdoors area for a peaceful, quiet view of the Colorado River.

Mattie's

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Remodeled from a historic South Austin farmhouse, this Southern fine dining restaurant not only offers views of shaded oaks and grassy knolls but also beautiful free-roaming peacocks, including a fetching all-white fowl.

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Oasis Texas Brewing Company

Austinites know to go to this brewery-restaurant for food and beers and a spot-on view of Lake Travis.

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

Way out in Steiner Ranch, this swanky steakhouse offers classic cuts and standard American fare, such as rib-eyes, lobster, and prime rib, but the three-story building also gives diners a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. Dine on the terrace to soak in a colorful sunset as it dips behind the lake. 

Ski Shores

The longtime lakeside classic joint may have been revamped and recently reopened by McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality, but the updated Ski Shores still offers the same festive views of boats and jet skis whizzing by from the open and breezy patio. 

Lakeside lawn with umbrellas
Ski Shores.
Ski Shores Cafe

County Line on the Hill

Located in a historic speakeasy, this location of the Austin-born barbecue restaurant chain presents an incredible 20-mile view of the Texas Hill Country on its twinkle-lit, covered stone patio. 

Mozart's Coffee

Buckle in for the day at the coffee shop’s expansive patio, which is right on top of the lake, perfect for leisurely drinks and snacks.

Hula Hut

The kitschy Hula Hut serves Tex-Mex with a side of tiki, with tropical cocktails and snacks right on the lake.

A restaurant patio looking onto a body of water with a grass awning.
Hula Hut.
Hula Hut/Facebook

Sway

The Westlake location of upscale Thai restaurant Sway features great views of the area as well as downtown Austin.

The view of downtown Austin with buildings out of focus from Sway in Westlake
The view from Sway in Westlake.
Sway/Facebook

Codependent Cocktails + Coffee

Located at the bottom of the Independent Condo Tower in downtown Austin, this coffee-by-day/drinks-by-night hotspot overlooks Shoal Creek as it snakes its way through the city, giving the space a treehouse-like effect.

Parkside

Parkside’s rooftop patio affords diners the chance to see downtown Austin and the Sixth street masses without having to mingle with the crowds.

People dining at a table on a restaurant rooftop.
Parkside.
Parkside/Facebook

Cookbook Cafe

The Austin Central Library’s restaurant boasts of a patio with downtown, overlooking Shoal Creek. Pro-tip: grab a bite from the ground-floor restaurant and head up to the rooftop patio for higher views.

A restaurant patio with a bridge in the background.
The patio at Cookbook Cafe.
Courtney Pierce/Eater Austin

Arlo Grey

The Line Austin Hotel’s restaurant Arlo Grey takes advantage of those stellar views with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Colorado River and the Congress Avenue Bridge (making it a prime bat-watching spot).

A restaurant dining room overlooking nature.
The view at Arlo Grey.
Arlo Grey/Facebook

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Another stellar Colorado River overlook can be found on the patio of the Four Seasons Hotel’s Live Oak bar.

The patio overlooking trees at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin
Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.
Four Seasons Hotel/Facebook

Alta's Cafe

The practically hidden waterfront coffee shop is an oasis within downtown Austin, with wine, charcuterie, cheese, sandwiches, and salads, while watching the rowing club downstairs glide across the river.

The view of the lake from Alta’s patio.
The view of the lake from Alta’s patio.
Alta’s/Facebook

El Alma

This Barton Springs interior Mexican joint boasts a charming, shaded terrace with views of the downtown Austin skyline. 

Tillery Kitchen and Bar

The picturesque East Cesar Chavez restaurant’s sightline includes the lush sloping landscapes and the Colorado River. The patio is perfect for lingering glasses of wine.

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Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

Opt for drinks and bar snacks on Jacoby’s grassy outdoors area for a peaceful, quiet view of the Colorado River.

Mattie's

Remodeled from a historic South Austin farmhouse, this Southern fine dining restaurant not only offers views of shaded oaks and grassy knolls but also beautiful free-roaming peacocks, including a fetching all-white fowl.

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