12 Austin Restaurants with Great Views

Article Contrbutor Nadia Chaudhury

Great food and drinks are a-plenty in Austin, but where do diners go if they want equally as stunning views? Well you have the spots facing the morphing downtown skyline, lakeside haunts, to grassy overlooks. You’ve got the popular waterfront coffee shop Mozart’s, the chintzy ambiance of Hula Hut, the peace of Jacoby’s, Dirty Sixth safe haven Parkside, and more

This article includes the Westin Hotel’s soaring pool bar Azul and downtown newcomer Boiler Nine Bar + Grill’s breezy Deck Nine. If you’re looking for more al fresco restaurant and bar options, there are guides to patios (either new, essential, and shaded), and then there are rooftops for a different take on 

1 Mozart’s Coffee

Buckle in for the day at the coffee shop’s expansive patio, which is right on top of the lake, perfect for leisurely drinks and snacks.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters/Facebook

3825 Lake Austin Blvd

Austin, TX 78703

(512) 477-2900

2 Boiler Nine Bar + Grill

Take in the sunset over West Austin from Deck Nine, the rooftop patio of Boiler Nine, where the drinks are refreshing (think shandies) and the food is easy (burgers, salads).

800 W Cesar Chavez St

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 220-9990


Patio dining at the Four Season restaurant goes up another level when diners take advantage of the deck which faces out onto the river and trail.

98 San Jacinto Blvd

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 685-8300

4 Parkside

Parkside’s rooftop patio affords diners the chance to see downtown Austin, along with the mess on Sixth Street, without having to mingle with the crowds.

301 E 6th St

Austin, TX 78701

5 Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

Opt for drinks and bar snacks on Jacoby’s grassy outdoors area for a peaceful, quiet view of the Colorado River.

3235 E Cesar Chavez St

Austin, TX 78702

(512) 366-5808

6 Abel’s on the Lake

Another lakeside haunt, Abel’s has plenty of beer and booze for whiling away the summer days.

3825 Lake Austin Blvd

Austin, TX 78703

(512) 904-0570

7 Rattle Inn

The rooftop deck of Rattle Inn offers an epic view of downtown. Stick to the beers and cocktails.

610 Nueces St

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 279-4569

8 Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

Now that the rooftop pool and bar are open to the public, though with limited hours, everyone can take advantage of swimming and drinking while looking at downtown Austin below.

310 E 5th St

Austin, TX 78701

9 Dine

Now run by David Garrido, the Radisson restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Colorado River and Congress, great for sipping a margarita.

111 E Cesar Chavez St

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 478-2991

10 Hula Hut

The kitschy Hula Hut serves Tex-Mex with a side of tiki, with tropical cocktails and snacks right on the lake.

3825 Lake Austin Blvd

Austin, TX 78703

(512) 476-4852

11 Ski Shores Waterfront Cafe

Order burgers and fries while watching boaters and jet skiers out on Lake Austin from the large deck of the old restaurant.

2905 Pearce Rd

Austin, TX 78730

(512) 346-5915

12 Oasis Texas Brewery

6550 Comanche Trail

Suite 301 Austin, Texas

(512) 284-9407