5 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Austin

Now that we're approaching the time of the year where it's actually nicer to dine outdoors, it's time to visit some of Austin's best outdoor dining restaurants. We're highlighting our favorites places that are perfect to dine and drink alfresco. Enjoy your favorites on a patio or backyard seating under the shade of trees with your friends and even bring along your pet with you.
Here are our top 5 best outdoor dining places in Austin, TX.

1. Tillery  

Hangout by the Colorado River at Tillery, a waterfront restaurant that sits atop of an embankment overlooking the river. Nothing is better than the fresh breeze, gorgeous views, delicious food, and drinks at Tillery. The view from the stunning patio is something you'll admire as it's facing the Colorado River and the downtown skyline. As a seasonal Mediterranean restaurant, Tillery's menu varies from Greek and Italian inspired dishes. The restaurant is a pet-friendly area allowing dogs on a leash. They are open Friday 3- 10 pm; Saturday Brunch 11 - 3 pm; Dinner 4 - 10 pm; Sunday Brunch 11 pm - 3 pm; Dinner 4 pm - 9 pm.

2. Perla's  

Perla's offers a high-end outdoor dining experience in Austin. Founded by chefs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman in Spring 2009, their goal was to establish an oyster bar and seafood joint on South Congress Avenue. Perla's fresh seafood a la plancha and champagne cocktails are one of the best on their menu. Take on the dishes under the oak-shaded patio and dine al fresco with your friends and family in one of Austin's favorite oyster bar. Perla’s offers lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday, and happy hour Tuesday through Friday.


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3. Loro  

One of our favorites that have been featured on our blog is Loro Austin. This Asian smokehouse and bar by Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin is a fusion of both Texas and Asian influences that highlights smoked meat, rice bowls, craft beer, and cocktails. The complex, balanced delicious flavors of Southeast Asian food are worth the wait. Indulge in some good juicy and tender meat under the relaxing environment at the patio. Loro Austin is open from 11:30 am to 10 pm/11 pm with Happy Hour from 2-5 pm. Takeaway and pickup are also available.

4. The Little Darlin'  

Right off William Cannon and South Congress are The Little Darlin'. The picnic tables and huge patio at this restaurant is a great place to sit back and chill after work and take on some craft beer and cocktails. Carnitas slider and their burgers are something you should definitely go for when you visit. The Little Darlin' offers Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, and alcoholic drinks on their menu. They are open every day from 12 pm- 12 pm.

5. Contigo  

Love the cool fresh air breeze while you dine at Contigo Austin. This outdoor modern ranch-style restaurant in East Austin is something you'll keep on coming back for. Their classic burger and crispy green beans are worth the try! Contigo Austin is open from Tue – Thur 4 - 9 pm; Fri – Sat 4 - 10 pm for Dinner.

Spend good times with your friends and family while dining outdoors in Austin. If you'd like to know more about the different restaurants and coffee shops in Austin, specifically in 78704, visit our All Things 78704 Guide


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