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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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Cipollina

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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

Jeffrey's

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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

Zocalo Cafe

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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

Nau's Enfield Drug

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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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Galaxy Cafe

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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

Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

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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

True Food Kitchen

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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

Koriente Restaurant

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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

La Condesa

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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

Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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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

Iron Works BBQ

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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

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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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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Odd Duck

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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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Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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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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Sway Thai

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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

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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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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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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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

Home Slice Pizza

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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

Café No Sé, Central Standard, and Otoko

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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

Cipollina

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

Jeffrey's

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

Zocalo Cafe

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

Nau's Enfield Drug

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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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Galaxy Cafe

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

Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

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

True Food Kitchen

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

Koriente Restaurant

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