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Top 4 restaurants with outdoor seating in Austin?

Its been a long, cold winter in New England, so I want to be outside as much as possible when I go to Austin this summer. Here’s what I’m looking for:

• More concerned with quality of food than price
• Prefer Tex-Mex, but open to other kinds of food
• Can be anywhere in the city if the food is good
• Must have outdoor dining

8 Answers

top answer by
Jose from Austin (Texas)

One place to consider is Hula Hut which is low-medium priced tex-mex (some Polynesian fusion) that sits right on the lake and has a pretty large outdoor patio and bar. Pretty yummy and great for visitors. Expect a wait for seating during prime hours though!

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  1. Hula Hut (restaurant)
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answered by
Roger from San Marcos (Texas)

"The Ditch" El Arroyo is a good one, so is Matt's Famous El Rancho ( since 1957) outside coffee Mozarts

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  1. El Arroyo (restaurant)
  2. Matt's Famous El Rancho (restaurant)
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answered by
Bridge from San Francisco
  • Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is one of my favorites. The food is great and the ambiance is also nice, with exposed brick on the patio. It's more on the dinner for 2 -4 side. It's less tex-mex and more American/Southern Fusion.

  • Trudy's (There are several locations) is great for a bigger group. It's on the tex-mex lines and is known for the margaritas.

  • El Naranjo has great reviews for "upscale mexican". (Note: I haven't been.) It's on the new-ishly trendy Rainey Street in East Austin.

Really, you can't go wrong if you want outdoor seating. Nearly everywhere has it. 

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  1. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill (restaurant)
  2. Trudy's (restaurant)
  3. El Naranjo (restaurant)
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answered first by
Enrique from Philadelphia

The Salt Lick is famed for its BBQ, it has an open pit you can look into when they're cooking, and a large outdoor seating area. 

Downtown, Second Bar and Kitchen has fantastic food in a convenient location with a terrace to enjoy the sweltering heat. 

Easy Tiger has a great outdoor space and a great selection of beers, and some food. 

Finally, there are dozens of food trucks in East Austin, most of them with outstanding food. A simple Google search will do the trick. 

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  1. The Salt Lick (restaurant)
  2. Second Bar and Kitchen (restaurant)
  3. Easy Tiger (attraction)
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answered by
John from Sofia, Bulgaria

I am an Austinite and Hula Hut and The Oasis on Lake Travis are the two places I always take out of town guests and the best spots in my opinion.

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  1. Hula Hut (restaurant)
  2. The Oasis on Lake Travis (restaurant)
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answered by
rich from Athens, GA

Ok, So I don't remember it having outdoor seating but the Roaring Fork had the best mac and cheese I've ever had and that's a high bar.

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  1. Roaring Fork (attraction)
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answered by
Aaron from Portland

I would recommend Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden - it's not TexMex, but it has your other requirements and spades. It's also in a cool part of town.

And, luckily, a lot of Austin places have a good patio. I'm sure other will have great Tex Mex recommendations for you.

Not to mention that have a ton of beer on tap. Good luck!

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  1. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden (attraction)
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answered by
Rockie from Atlanta

Go to La Condesa downtown.  They have outdoor seating, incredible food, and an exquisite aesthetic.

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  1. La Condesa (restaurant)
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