Places to Eat Al Fresco in Austin

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Austin is a GirlCrew HQ fave, and we especially love finding places to eat al fresco in the city.

The city has so many great places to eat already, we thought where are some places that are great to sit outside with friends and relax? So here are just a few of our favourite places to eat al fresco in Austin. Enjoy!

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Contigo was originally a ranch where the Edgerton family used to entertain friends and family. Since they couldn’t invite the whole of Austin to come and enjoy the ranch, they decided to open a restaurant where people can relax, have a drink and eat great food. The Contigo Fareground is a new addition to the restaurant. The perfect spot for lunch featuring communal seating, the feel of an urban marketplace, and local concepts that are all distinctly Austin.


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Perla’s has a wonderful ambiance and a large patio with a shaded tree making it the perfect spot to sit and people watch. There’s also a comfortable airy dining room featuring a huge saltwater fish tank, poured concrete oyster bar and open kitchen. Perla’s offers lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday, and happy hour Monday through Friday. It’s an ideal spot to grab your fave book, and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Moonshine Grill

The Moonshine Grill has a relaxing Southern atmosphere and just so happens to be dog friendly. Guests can enjoy good food and cold drinks for a fun night out. They have a massive selection of bourbon and whiskey and yummy dessert to finish. I recommend trying the peanut butter mousse pie, because it just sounds so good!

Olive & June

Olive and June was opened in 2012 and was named after the grandmothers of chef Shawn Cirkiel and his wife. They raised the bar for Italian cuisine by emphasising hand made pasta made in house daily. There are 4 different dining areas inside and out surrounded by a 200 year old oak tree. This would be a nice place for a date night as the ambiance is casual classy and romantic.

La Condesa

La Condesa  is an award-winning modern Mexican restaurant located in Austin’s vibrant 2nd Street District. The menu features Mexican dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Plus the bar stocks the largest collection of 100% blue agave tequila and mezcal in the city. There’s a nice patio area outside that has beautiful lighting and colourful walls.

Tillery Kitchen and Bar

Tillery provides a comfortable outdoor lounge for socializing or a place to hide out. There are beautiful views of the Colorado river, lights strung between the trees and plush couches in the center of the patio. Making the Tillery the perfect spot to hang out with some friends while drinking a few cocktails. If you haven’t been before, round up the gang and go check it out for yourself.

El Alma Cafe

El Alma is located in Barton Springs Road. The restaurant features a stone staircase built into a natural rock formation decorated with tropical plants and a waterfall.It’s one of the most lush places to eat al fresco in Austin. The rooftop houses an expansive outdoor patio where guests can unwind with a view of the Austin skyline throughout the year.

Hillside Farmacy

The Hillside Farmacy is a former drugstore owned by Doc Young and his family. This building was restored by the Hillside Farmacy team and has since received a Preservation Austin Award for their efforts. There’s a lovely patio area outside where you can enjoy the greenery and sunshine. Treat yourself to brunch or even happy hour which is every day 3 to 6pm.


When thinking of places to eat al fresco in Austin, we had to include Lenoir. Their backyard wine garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a number of small and shareable plates with friends. Kickback with a few beers, enjoy some cider or browse the wine menu. Happy Hour specials are available in the Wine Garden, Tuesday – Sunday from 5-630 p.m.

Weather Up

Weather Up is located in a renovated home and has a beautiful interior. The larger exterior contains plenty of greenery which provides both a backdrop and some shade. Perfect for summer time. There is a really tasty brunch menu to choose from and a vast cocktail menu too. Happy hour is every day from 4 to 7pm serving $7 cocktails. What more could you want?

Where are your favourite places to eat al fresco in Austin? Are there any magical places we missed? Let us know in the comments below.Austin has a great food scene – check out some of our fave vegan/vegetarian places too.  And if you’re looking for a foodie to hit these spots with,  Austin is now available on the GirlCrew app so download it today! 

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9 thoughts on “Places to Eat Al Fresco in Austin”

  1. I’ve been hearing about all the amazing food they have in Austin. It’s on my places to visit so I will definitely be bookmarking this post to I can check out these awesome spots to eat!

  2. Austin is so beautiful!Anyway, I’d really love Contigo especially for its green environment and also, Tillery. I mean, isn’t Tillery so perfect even for a getaway?

  3. Love all your selections. The ambience and atmosphere seems perfect for an enjoyable dining experience. I am esp. interested in Perla’s because of the yummy oysters. Congratulations on your app!! it is sure to make it easy for money to find a great place to eat. xo, Evelyn,

  4. Oh my, the Olive & June’s place is very homey, also Perla’s. Very welcoming to customers, how I wish our cafes and restaurants are like these!

  5. I like to sit outside and eat. The weather isn’t quite warm enough yet but, it’s coming. I like watching the water or a sunset.

  6. They all look like a really great place to go dining at while its not as hot right now. I’ll have to check those places out if I ever go to Austin.

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