2944 E. 12th St., Unit A
Birdie’s is all the rage — and for good reason. The neighborhood restaurant and wine bar offers counter service with incredibly seasonal, fresh American fare. Make your order and enjoy it in their large backyard patio, featuring furniture by KKDW Construction. Be warned — the line to order often wraps around the building so go early to snag your spot for dinner!
Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
1400 South Congress Ave.
With tables overlooking bustling South Congress, Perla’s patio is the seafood-focused restaurant’s signature feature. Go for the shade under their oak trees, but stay for their cold bar offerings, which include fresh oysters, ceviche, shrimp cocktail and more.
1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Cenote is an East Austin favorite, especially for breakfast, serving up Wild Gift Coffee, locally-sourced produce and naturally-raised, hormone-free meat. Cenote’s building is a piece of Austin history, a house built in 1887 that appears on the city’s first ever hand-drawn map. The owners were able to adapt the house — and its amazing, expansive patio — to create a beautiful setting that honors the building’s past.
2512 E. 12th St.
Nixta Taqueria, a former Karen’s Pick that we love for its thoughtful ingredient sourcing and house-made corn tortillas, is home to ample outdoor seating. Order one of their innovative, artful tacos and take a seat at their funky picnic tables. Nixta has created an outdoor eating experience you’ll return to again and again.
3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
It doesn’t get much better than tasty Tex-Mex served on a massive patio on Lady Bird Lake, which is exactly what you’ll find at Hula Hut, where they serve up an island-inspired experience, complete with seats on the water and tropical-inspired drinks. Hula Hut is a favorite for large parties, especially for your next birthday or bachelorette party.
Better Half Coffee and Cocktails
406 Walsh St.
This all-day restaurant is the spot for a morning coffee date, casual work lunch or a happy hour with friends. With limited indoor seating, count on spending time at their pink picnic tables in their large outdoor seating area, which is dog-friendly and carries into their parking lot, creating lots of room for guests.
1900 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Lou’s back patio on the Eastside hosts live music, ping pong games and movie nights for the community, in addition to fun and casual food and drinks. Don’t skip the frozen custard, a creamy, dreamy treat for the summer heat. Now with a second location near Barton Springs, Lou’s is quickly becoming a staple spot in Austin.
Radio Coffee and Beer
4204 Menchaca Rd.
Radio Coffee and Beer is a hub for South Austin neighbors to gather any time of the day. Food from local food trucks, including Veracruz All Natural and Briscuits, craft-made coffee drinks and classic cocktails come together in Radio’s expansive outdoor seating area, which is consistently full of friends.
Matt’s El Rancho
2613 South Lamar Blvd.
A perennial Austin icon, Matt’s El Rancho is the ideal hangout spot for friends and family, especially on their back patio. Covered in their signature red umbrellas, you can enjoy being outside with some shade as you chow down on Bob Armstrong Dip and sip on a Mexican Martini, one of the best cocktails in town.
1628 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Take a seat in Oseyo’s relaxing garden courtyard, which features umbrellas, patio misters and comfortable seating, and enjoy their modern take on Korean-American food. Order the Bulgogi Bibimbap or Ddukbokki, signature items from the shareable, succulent menu, as you take in the restaurant’s beautiful outdoor space.
The Salt Lick BBQ
18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX
Take a short drive out to Salt Lick’s original Driftwood location for nature views and authentic Texas ‘cue. Eat family style — $31.95 per person for all-you-can-eat pork ribs, brisket, potato salad and more — at the family-owned barbecue joint that started as a screen porch built around a pit and has grown into a cultural touchstone in Texas.
1011 South Congress Ave., Bldg. 2, Unit 180
Mediterranean restaurant Aba is all the rage in Austin, just south of the river. After opening in 2020, Austin foodies quickly flocked to the inviting multi-level patio and terrace. Lush plant life and ample seating bring a cozy, yet sophisticated vibe to diners appreciating Aba’s food, which is inspired by Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece.
4710 E. 5th St.
The Justine’s terrace is every bit as romantic and intimate as their indoor dining room. Perfect for a special occasion date night, their menu pairs seamlessly with their many wine options. Justine’s knowledgeable staff contributes to the wonderful bungalow setting and decadent French food.
2211 Webberville Rd.
You’ve probably seen a photo of cocktail lounge Kitty Cohen’s signature pool in their outdoor patio space — and it’s worth visiting if you haven’t already. Guests can sit around the water and sip on their many interesting and innovative cocktails, from a refreshing Frozé to a citrusy Sex Panther, all are worthy of a toast.
1504 E. 6th St.
This one’s for the wine lovers. LoLo is a natural wine shop and bar in East Austin, selling wine by the bottle, but also serving up refreshing beverages and tasty snacks on their picnic-table-filled back patio. The shop is open for business until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays — a perfect late night spot for that post-dinner drink.
The County Line on the Lake
Barbecue with a view! Take any of your out-of-town guests to The County Line on the Lake and they’ll be sold on the beauty of Austin. Their large deck sits on Lake Austin and serves as a serene backdrop for your meal of sausage, ribs, brisket and so much more.
2115 South Lamar Blvd.
Shade is the name of the game at Loro, where their porch is covered and the frozen drinks are flowing. Grab a seat outside, order at the bar then relax at a picnic table while snacking on their Crunch Sweet Corn Fritters, Chicken Karaage or Loro Cheeseburger.