Guest article by Michele Eilertsen
I select dining spots based on specific criteria: which genre(s) of food will be served, whether there are gluten-free options available, price point, and, above all, what type of views they offer.
My sentiment is this: If I wanted to enjoy dinner while staring directly at a shrub, wall, or some combination of both, then I’d throw a quick meal together and eat on my back porch.
Fortunately, the following eight Austin restaurants boast views that are spectacular. Paired with a delectable selection of sustenance, they offer a delightful experience all around.
Best Austin Restaurants With A View
1. Oasis Restaurant
Rather than saving the best for last, I’m going against the grain and commencing this list with a spot that arguably possesses one of the most spectacular views in Texas (AND is my personal favorite): Oasis Restaurant. Every square inch of outdoor patio essentially serves as an observation deck, and the breathtaking views of Lake Travis easily span miles. Grab a drink, or five, and spend the entire afternoon here.
Where: 6550 Comanche Trail Austin TX, 78732
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm | Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm | Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
2. County Line on the Hill
Austin is loved for its mouthwatering barbecue and picturesque rolling hills. County Line on the Hill provides restaurant-goers with both. Whether it’s a girls’ night out, or you’re trying to impress out-of-towners, this idyllic vista should not be missed.
Where: 6500 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78746, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm | Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
3. Hula Hut
Come to Hula Hut for the views, but stay for the sweeping selection of fare this lakeside eatery has to dish up. The place can get a tad bit crowded on certain nights, so be sure to arrive early in the evening to secure prime seating for Mother Nature’s big show (yes, I’m referring to the sunset).
Where: 3825 Lake Austin Blvd Austin, TX 78703
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm | Fri: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm | Sunday: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
4. Ski Shores Cafe
A hidden gem located on Lake Austin, Ski Shores Cafe offers patrons a laid-back ambiance and a tiny slice of the true Austin lifestyle. This is the perfect place to kick back with a few friends, enjoy countless amounts of breakfast tacos, and bask in the beauty of your surroundings.
Where: 2905 Pearce Rd, Austin, TX 78730, United States
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm | Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:30 pm | Sunday: 9:00 am – 9:00pm
5. Iron Cactus – Downtown
Adjacent to bustling Sixth Street, Iron Cactus restaurant touts traditional Mexican dishes, over 75 different tequilas, and a top-floor patio that provides diners with a bird’s-eye view of the downtown area. Plan your next Sixth Street outing from the comfort of your dinner table, or simply engage in some good, old-fashioned people-watching— the choice is yours.
Where: 606 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm | Friday and Sunday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
6. The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen – Lakeway
Brunch is more than just a meal; it’s a way of life. That being said, the only thing better than brunch is brunch with an ethereal view. If you ever, for even a second, doubted Austin’s unparalleled beauty, then the views at The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen – Lakeway (not to be confused with the downtown or Westlake locations) will quell those thoughts immediately. Well-known for its extensive selection of wines, The Grove also serves lunch and dinner throughout the day.
Where: 3001 RR 620 South Austin, TX 78738
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm | Sunday: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
7. Shoal Creek Saloon
If peaceful, quaint surroundings are what you’re after, Shoal Creek Saloon may be right up your alley. The outdoor patio, located at the back of the restaurant, overlooks Shoal Creek, making you feel like you’re anywhere but in the midst of the big city.
Where: 909 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
8. Lucy’s Fried Chicken – On the Lake
Calling all fried chicken enthusiasts! If you’re a fan of classic American comfort food accompanied by sides made from scratch, oversized patios, and good times, I can already guarantee you’ll love Lucy’s. In addition to a vast selection of tasty food, this joint offers guests a pretty sweet view of Lake Travis.
Where: 2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Friday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm | Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
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