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Family-Style Meals: 12 Places for Group Dining

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Ever wonder where you should go for that group birthday dinner? Luckily, from tried-and-true Clay Pit to favorite places for dim sum, Austin has you covered for the best restaurants for family-style meals. Sharing is caring; if your go-to spot is missing from the list, let us know on the tipline or in the comments below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant

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2804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 469-5966
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Taste your way through the menu—lamb stews, lentils and collard greens—and get familiar with Ethiopian cuisine. There are plenty of choices for vegetarians, too. Grab some injera, and dig in.

2. Barlata

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1500 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2211
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Delight with a mix of the expected—tortillas, papas bravas and jamón ibérico—and the unexpected—pigs feet terrine— at Barlata, where nearly all the plates at the vibrant restaurant are made for sharing. Have a party of ten or more? Ask about the three-course set menu served family-style, which is $45 per person.

3. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

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1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-5131
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With traditional dishes such as curries, tandoori and naans plus instant classics such as the mango cheesecake, this downtown favorite also boasts a celebrated lunch buffet. If the energetic atmosphere is too much for the group, inquire about the private wine room.

4. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

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8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-8788
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With Lazy Susans centered at large tables, there’s no arguing this north Austin spot is a match for family-style dining. It also offers set menu options for groups ranging from three to ten guests featuring either barbecue combinations or Beijing duck.

5. Geraldine's

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605 Davis St Ste 400
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-4755
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If you’re going big with four to six people, Geraldine’s epic feasts may fit the bill. Choose from braised beef osso bucco, whole roasted porchetta, 96-oz dry-aged bone-in prime rib roast, or fried chicken. A salad, vegetables, sides and dessert complete the meal. Feasts start at $220. 48 hour notices are required.

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6. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

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2400 Seton Ave
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 953-9722
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Meet fondue’s trendy cousin: hot pot. A recent addition to West Campus, this international chain offers a communal choose-your-own-adventure hot pot experience. Mix and match broths with meats, veggies, seafood, and noodles. When you dip, I dip…

7. Lucy's Fried Chicken

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2218 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 297-2423
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Order a bucket of chicken, half dozen wood-fired grilled oysters, and a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a party. It’s your call if you want to share that slice of pie though.

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8. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Grab your friends, fill up a long table on the shaded porch, and order a handful of sharable dishes inspired by local farmers and purveyors. You will not regret it.

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9. Olive & June

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3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 467-9898
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Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Sunday night family-style dinner features a seasonal-inspired rotating menu including antipasti, pasta and entrée courses. It’s $36 per person and children under 12 are free. Grab a patio table if you can.

10. The Salt Lick

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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619
(512) 858-4959
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Whether it’s the large portions, rustic setting or live music—or a combination of all three—this ever-popular establishment is perfect for group meals. The all-you-can-eat family-style option is your best bet at $24.95 per person.

11. Sway Thai

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1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-1999
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The communal tables at this modern Thai restaurant in South Austin beckon a gathering, and if you have ten or more in your party, reserve ahead for a Moo Sway. This family-style feast features off-the-menu Thai-style pork shoulder, fresh oysters and other treats from the regular menu. Reservations require 24-hours notice.

12. Unit-D Pizzeria

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-1922
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Pizza may be an obvious shared dish, but there’s nothing boring about these Neapolitan-style pies. Add a few small plates or charcuterie, salads and desserts, and dinner is served. Bonus: Reservations for parties of 5 or more are accepted.

1. Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant

2804 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78705

Taste your way through the menu—lamb stews, lentils and collard greens—and get familiar with Ethiopian cuisine. There are plenty of choices for vegetarians, too. Grab some injera, and dig in.

2804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78705

2. Barlata

1500 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Delight with a mix of the expected—tortillas, papas bravas and jamón ibérico—and the unexpected—pigs feet terrine— at Barlata, where nearly all the plates at the vibrant restaurant are made for sharing. Have a party of ten or more? Ask about the three-course set menu served family-style, which is $45 per person.

1500 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

3. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

With traditional dishes such as curries, tandoori and naans plus instant classics such as the mango cheesecake, this downtown favorite also boasts a celebrated lunch buffet. If the energetic atmosphere is too much for the group, inquire about the private wine room.

1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116, Austin, TX 78758

With Lazy Susans centered at large tables, there’s no arguing this north Austin spot is a match for family-style dining. It also offers set menu options for groups ranging from three to ten guests featuring either barbecue combinations or Beijing duck.

8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758

5. Geraldine's

605 Davis St Ste 400, Austin, TX 78701
JR Photo/EATX

If you’re going big with four to six people, Geraldine’s epic feasts may fit the bill. Choose from braised beef osso bucco, whole roasted porchetta, 96-oz dry-aged bone-in prime rib roast, or fried chicken. A salad, vegetables, sides and dessert complete the meal. Feasts start at $220. 48 hour notices are required.

605 Davis St Ste 400
Austin, TX 78701

6. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

2400 Seton Ave, Austin, TX 78705

Meet fondue’s trendy cousin: hot pot. A recent addition to West Campus, this international chain offers a communal choose-your-own-adventure hot pot experience. Mix and match broths with meats, veggies, seafood, and noodles. When you dip, I dip…

2400 Seton Ave
Austin, TX 78705

7. Lucy's Fried Chicken

2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Lucy's Fried Chicken/Official

Order a bucket of chicken, half dozen wood-fired grilled oysters, and a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a party. It’s your call if you want to share that slice of pie though.

2218 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704

8. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Grab your friends, fill up a long table on the shaded porch, and order a handful of sharable dishes inspired by local farmers and purveyors. You will not regret it.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Olive & June

3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703

Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Sunday night family-style dinner features a seasonal-inspired rotating menu including antipasti, pasta and entrée courses. It’s $36 per person and children under 12 are free. Grab a patio table if you can.

3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703

10. The Salt Lick

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

Whether it’s the large portions, rustic setting or live music—or a combination of all three—this ever-popular establishment is perfect for group meals. The all-you-can-eat family-style option is your best bet at $24.95 per person.

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619

11. Sway Thai

1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The communal tables at this modern Thai restaurant in South Austin beckon a gathering, and if you have ten or more in your party, reserve ahead for a Moo Sway. This family-style feast features off-the-menu Thai-style pork shoulder, fresh oysters and other treats from the regular menu. Reservations require 24-hours notice.

1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

12. Unit-D Pizzeria

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Pizza may be an obvious shared dish, but there’s nothing boring about these Neapolitan-style pies. Add a few small plates or charcuterie, salads and desserts, and dinner is served. Bonus: Reservations for parties of 5 or more are accepted.

2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

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