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13 Austin Restaurants With Great Views

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Lakeside cocktail from Lucy’s on the Lake
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Great food and drinks are a-plenty in Austin, but where do 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. This update includes Sway’s Westlake location and Four Seasons Hotel’s Live Oak.

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

If there is a restaurant or bar with a stellar view missing below, let Eater know over the tipline or the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Oasis Texas Brewing Company

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6550 Comanche Trail
Suite 301 Austin, Texas
(512) 284-9407
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Check how full Lake Travis is from the brewery above.

Lake Travis from the Oasis Texas Brewing Company
The view of the lake from Oasis Texas Brewing Company
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2. Lucy's on the Lake

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2900 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78734
(512) 297-2771
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Austin’s fried chicken mini-chain’s lakeside location offers poultry dishes, wood-grilled oysters, and alfresco drinks from the outdoor bar.

Lucy’s on the Lake
Lucy’s on the Lake
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3. Ski Shores

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2905 Pearce Rd
Austin, TX 78730
(512) 346-5915
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Order burgers and fries while watching boaters and jet skiers out on Lake Austin from the large deck of the old restaurant.

Ski Shores
Ski Shores
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4. Mozart's Coffee

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3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-2900
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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.

5. Hula Hut

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3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 476-4852
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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.

6. Sway

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3437 Bee Caves Rd
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
(512) 326-1999
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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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7. Parkside

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301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
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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.

8. Cookbook Cafe

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Austin Central Library
Austin, TX 78701

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.

The patio at Cookbook Cafe
The patio at Cookbook Cafe
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9. Arlo Grey

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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-2991
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Replacing what had been Dine née Chavez at the old Radisson Hotel, the new 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).

The view at Arlo Grey
The view at Arlo Grey
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10. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4500
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Another stellar Colorado River overlook can be found at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Live Oak bar’s patio.

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

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74 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701
(806) 786-0115
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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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12. Tillery Kitchen and Bar

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3201 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0580
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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.

Tillery Kitchen and Bar
Tillery Kitchen and Bar
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13. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 366-5808
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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.

Jacoby’s view
Jacoby’s view
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1. Oasis Texas Brewing Company

6550 Comanche Trail, Suite 301 Austin, Texas
Lake Travis from the Oasis Texas Brewing Company
The view of the lake from Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Oasis Texas Brewing Company/Facebook

Check how full Lake Travis is from the brewery above.

6550 Comanche Trail
Suite 301 Austin, Texas

2. Lucy's on the Lake

2900 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78734
Lucy’s on the Lake
Lucy’s on the Lake
Lucy’s on the Lake [Official]

Austin’s fried chicken mini-chain’s lakeside location offers poultry dishes, wood-grilled oysters, and alfresco drinks from the outdoor bar.

2900 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78734

3. Ski Shores

2905 Pearce Rd, Austin, TX 78730
Ski Shores
Ski Shores
Ski Shores/Facebook

Order burgers and fries while watching boaters and jet skiers out on Lake Austin from the large deck of the old restaurant.

2905 Pearce Rd
Austin, TX 78730

4. Mozart's Coffee

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

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.

3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

5. Hula Hut

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

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

3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

6. Sway

3437 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
The view of downtown Austin with buildings out of focus from Sway in Westlake
The view from Sway in Westlake
Sway/Facebook

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

3437 Bee Caves Rd
West Lake Hills, TX 78746

7. Parkside

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

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

301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Cookbook Cafe

Austin Central Library, Austin, TX 78701
The patio at Cookbook Cafe
The patio at Cookbook Cafe
Courtney Pierce/EATX

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.

Austin Central Library
Austin, TX 78701

9. Arlo Grey

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
The view at Arlo Grey
The view at Arlo Grey
Arlo Grey/Facebook

Replacing what had been Dine née Chavez at the old Radisson Hotel, the new 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).

111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
The patio overlooking trees at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin
Four Seasons Hotel in Austin
Four Seasons Hotel/Facebook

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

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

11. Alta's Cafe

74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701
The view of the lake from Alta’s patio
The view of the lake from Alta’s patio
Alta’s/Facebook

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.

74 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Tillery Kitchen and Bar

3201 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Tillery Kitchen and Bar
Tillery Kitchen and Bar
Grant M./Yelp

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.

3201 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Jacoby’s view
Jacoby’s view
Noel H./Yelp

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

3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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