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Best Austin Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit these restaurants for the best outdoor dining in Austin.

Contigo Austin Contemporary
14/20
2027 Anchor Lane
Austin, TX 78723
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Locally sourced meats, craft cocktails and notable beers offered in an open ranch-style setting. More...

Elizabeth Street Cafe Vietnamese
14/20
1501 S. First St.
Austin, TX 78704
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The smart, feel-good environment almost outshines the French-Vietnamese cuisine. Almost. More...

Hula Hut Mexican
11/20
Dining Room at Hula Hut, Austin, TX 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
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A rewarding Texas-tropical experience with a view of Lake Austin. More...

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Austin, TX 303 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701
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Friendly, folksy restaurant serves innovative down-home food and drink in a historic space. More...

Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar Seafood
15/20
Dining Room at Perla 1400 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
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Fresh seafood with a subtle approach and a strong wine list. More...

Ranch 616 Steakhouse
13/20
Dining Room at Ranch 616, Austin, TX 616 Nueces St.
Austin, TX 78701
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Modern Austin icehouse with a pleasantly kitsch aesthetic serves ambitious South Texas cuisine. More...

Second Bar + Kitchen Contemporary
14/20
200 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

David Bull’s Congress offshoot has become the main attraction, combining vibrant energy with contemporary cuisine. More...

Shady Grove American
12/20
1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78701

Party down on hearty Texas fare in a cool backyard setting. More...

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