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21 Austin Restaurants With Easy Parking

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The only thing more stressful than inching down I-35 or Mopac during rush hour (which seems to be every hour) is trying to find parking in Austin. To save time and hassle, Eater has put together a map of the best restaurants with free and plentiful parking.

Rather than circling the block or risking the boot and hefty fines while hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, mark these restaurants with parking lots, complimentary valets, and free access to parking garages with validation. There are even special deals, such as gratis pickups for Jeffrey's.

For the purposes of this map, Eater focused on areas where parking isn't so easy to find: downtown, Clarksville, East Austin, and South Austin's South Congress, South Lamar, and South First.

Looking for wider neighborhood dining options? Check out Eater's guides to downtown Austin and South Congress, as well as lunch-specific maps for downtown and East Side.

Is there an area with great parking options missing below? Let Eater know through the tipline, comments, or over on the forum.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cipollina

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1213 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5211
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Who doesn’t love homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza and free parking? Cipollina shares a large parking lot with the adjacent Fresh Plus Market, making parking a breeze.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

2. Jeffrey's

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1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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Fine dine easier with Jeffrey's complimentary valet service, which begins at 4:30 p.m. The American restaurant also offers complimentary pickup and drop off service in the downtown and West Austin areas, just be sure to call ahead for arrangements.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

3. Zocalo Cafe

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1110 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-8226
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This Austin favorite for light Mexican food has given locals another reason to love the restaurant — two large parking lots on either side of the building.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

4. Nau's Enfield Drug

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1115 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 476-1221
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For an old school diner experience, check out Austin’s full-service drugstore, grill, and soda fountain. Nau’s has roughly 15 customer parking spots along the front and side of the building closest to 12th Street.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

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5. Galaxy Cafe

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1000 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-3434
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One of three Austin locations, the Galaxy Cafe nestled in the heart of Clarksville has a medium-sized parking lot, with roughly 30 spots for diners looking to grab a quick and casual meal.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

6. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

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1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-5131
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Lunch is made easy at this contemporary Indian joint, with a delicious daily lunch buffet and free parking. Customer parking includes 18 spots within the onsite lot, and plenty of additional free spots at the Attorney General garage.
Neighborhood: Downtown

7. True Food Kitchen

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Seaholm
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 777-2430
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The Arizona-based kitchen has made eating healthy even easier at its Austin location, where customers receive complimentary one-hour parking validation at the Seaholm Garage.
Neighborhood: Downtown

8. Koriente Restaurant

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621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 275-0852
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Koriente is cheap, delicious, and, thanks to the lot out back, easy to visit. This health-focused Asian restaurant only has ten customer parking spots, but finding one typically isn’t a problem given its small size.
Neighborhood: Downtown

9. La Condesa

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400 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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La Condesa has parking covered with complimentary valet service available after 5:30 p.m. on 2nd Street, between Guadalupe and San Antonio, Thursday through Sunday. The modern Mexican restaurant also offers two-hour validation for the AMLI garage on San Antonio St. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 5 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Neighborhood: Downtown

10. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
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This dive pub, known for steaming bread bowls of broccoli beer cheese soup and a large outdoor patio, has a medium-sized onsite parking lot for customers.
Neighborhood: East Austin

11. Iron Works BBQ

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100 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4855
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Downtown and longing for barbecue? Look no further than the longtime Iron Works BBQ, where meats and sides are served cafeteria-style and customer parking is free with its large, onsite lot.
Neighborhood: Downtown

12. Cenote

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1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1311
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There are plenty of coffee options at this adorable neighborhood cafe, and plenty of parking too. Cenote has complimentary parking just two blocks south, in the large lot at the corner of East 2nd and Medina streets.
Neighborhood: East Austin

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13. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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Enjoy Tyson Cole's take on Japanese fare and sushi without any hassle thanks to the complimentary valet service, as well as a self-park lot.
Neighborhood: South Lamar

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14. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Located in one of the busiest stretches of South Lamar, Bryce Gilmore’s farm-to-table restaurant has complimentary valet service for customers during regular business hours.
Neighborhood: South Lamar

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15. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 366-5808
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For a ranch-to-table dining experience with worry-free parking, visit Jacoby’s Restaurant where the valet is complimentary during regular business hours.
Neighborhood: East Austin

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16. Sway Thai

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1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-1999
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Enjoying executive chef Martin Wilda’s modern take on Thai is made easy with self-parking in the restaurant’s large lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, and complimentary valet for dinner service, starting at 5 p.m.
Neighborhood: South First

17. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-7300
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Fresh fish and oysters are always on deck at this South Congress favorite, and thanks to the garage out back, so is parking. Perla’s offers two-hour parking validation for the garage, which is accessible from West Gibson.
Neighborhood: South Congress

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18. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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1400 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 243-7505
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You’ll surely have to wait in line for a table at this famous burger joint, but at least you won’t have to drive up and down South Congress searching for parking. Hopdoddy offers customers complimentary two-hour parking validation for the garage located directly behind it.
Neighborhood: South Congress

19. Home Slice Pizza

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1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7437
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Whether you’re looking to dine in or just grab a slice at the to-go front next door, Home Slice has plenty of parking. The pizza joint has 20 spots in the attached lot and additional parking directly south of the restaurant at The Church on Congress Avenue.
Neighborhood: South Congress

20. Café No Sé, Central Standard, and Otoko

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1603 South Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 920-6405

Located at the South Congress Hotel, these three restaurants have options for three-hour complimentary valet parking through the hotel or three-hour parking validation in the hotel’s self-parking garage. If you’re looking to grab a cup of coffee or a drink, the Lobby Bar and Mañana also have complimentary three-hour parking.
Neighborhood: South Congress

1. Cipollina

1213 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

Who doesn’t love homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza and free parking? Cipollina shares a large parking lot with the adjacent Fresh Plus Market, making parking a breeze.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

1213 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

2. Jeffrey's

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

Fine dine easier with Jeffrey's complimentary valet service, which begins at 4:30 p.m. The American restaurant also offers complimentary pickup and drop off service in the downtown and West Austin areas, just be sure to call ahead for arrangements.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

3. Zocalo Cafe

1110 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

This Austin favorite for light Mexican food has given locals another reason to love the restaurant — two large parking lots on either side of the building.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

1110 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

4. Nau's Enfield Drug

1115 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
Nau's/Official

For an old school diner experience, check out Austin’s full-service drugstore, grill, and soda fountain. Nau’s has roughly 15 customer parking spots along the front and side of the building closest to 12th Street.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

1115 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

5. Galaxy Cafe

1000 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

One of three Austin locations, the Galaxy Cafe nestled in the heart of Clarksville has a medium-sized parking lot, with roughly 30 spots for diners looking to grab a quick and casual meal.
Neighborhood: Clarksville

1000 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

6. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

Lunch is made easy at this contemporary Indian joint, with a delicious daily lunch buffet and free parking. Customer parking includes 18 spots within the onsite lot, and plenty of additional free spots at the Attorney General garage.
Neighborhood: Downtown

1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701

7. True Food Kitchen

Seaholm, Austin, TX 78701

The Arizona-based kitchen has made eating healthy even easier at its Austin location, where customers receive complimentary one-hour parking validation at the Seaholm Garage.
Neighborhood: Downtown

Seaholm
Austin, TX 78701

8. Koriente Restaurant

621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

Koriente is cheap, delicious, and, thanks to the lot out back, easy to visit. This health-focused Asian restaurant only has ten customer parking spots, but finding one typically isn’t a problem given its small size.
Neighborhood: Downtown

621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. La Condesa

400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

La Condesa has parking covered with complimentary valet service available after 5:30 p.m. on 2nd Street, between Guadalupe and San Antonio, Thursday through Sunday. The modern Mexican restaurant also offers two-hour validation for the AMLI garage on San Antonio St. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 5 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Neighborhood: Downtown

400 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

This dive pub, known for steaming bread bowls of broccoli beer cheese soup and a large outdoor patio, has a medium-sized onsite parking lot for customers.
Neighborhood: East Austin

2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

11. Iron Works BBQ

100 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Downtown and longing for barbecue? Look no further than the longtime Iron Works BBQ, where meats and sides are served cafeteria-style and customer parking is free with its large, onsite lot.
Neighborhood: Downtown

100 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Cenote/Official

There are plenty of coffee options at this adorable neighborhood cafe, and plenty of parking too. Cenote has complimentary parking just two blocks south, in the large lot at the corner of East 2nd and Medina streets.
Neighborhood: East Austin

1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Uchi/Official

Enjoy Tyson Cole's take on Japanese fare and sushi without any hassle thanks to the complimentary valet service, as well as a self-park lot.
Neighborhood: South Lamar

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Odd Duck/Official

Located in one of the busiest stretches of South Lamar, Bryce Gilmore’s farm-to-table restaurant has complimentary valet service for customers during regular business hours.
Neighborhood: South Lamar

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Jeff Amador/EATX

For a ranch-to-table dining experience with worry-free parking, visit Jacoby’s Restaurant where the valet is complimentary during regular business hours.
Neighborhood: East Austin

3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Sway Thai

1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Enjoying executive chef Martin Wilda’s modern take on Thai is made easy with self-parking in the restaurant’s large lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, and complimentary valet for dinner service, starting at 5 p.m.
Neighborhood: South First

1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

17. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100, Austin, TX 78704
Perla's/Official

Fresh fish and oysters are always on deck at this South Congress favorite, and thanks to the garage out back, so is parking. Perla’s offers two-hour parking validation for the garage, which is accessible from West Gibson.
Neighborhood: South Congress

1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100
Austin, TX 78704

18. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

You’ll surely have to wait in line for a table at this famous burger joint, but at least you won’t have to drive up and down South Congress searching for parking. Hopdoddy offers customers complimentary two-hour parking validation for the garage located directly behind it.
Neighborhood: South Congress

1400 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

19. Home Slice Pizza

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Whether you’re looking to dine in or just grab a slice at the to-go front next door, Home Slice has plenty of parking. The pizza joint has 20 spots in the attached lot and additional parking directly south of the restaurant at The Church on Congress Avenue.
Neighborhood: South Congress

1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

20. Café No Sé, Central Standard, and Otoko

1603 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Located at the South Congress Hotel, these three restaurants have options for three-hour complimentary valet parking through the hotel or three-hour parking validation in the hotel’s self-parking garage. If you’re looking to grab a cup of coffee or a drink, the Lobby Bar and Mañana also have complimentary three-hour parking.
Neighborhood: South Congress

1603 South Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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