15 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Austin, Texas - Updated 2021

rooftop restaurants in austin
Virginia Maryann Dcruz
Virginia Maryann Dcruz
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In Austin, Texas, there are a lot of things to see and do, ranging from theme parks to breweries, museums, historical buildings, landmarks, and nature trails. The area in and around the city also offers several places to experience cuisines from around the world and spend time with family. At the restaurants in Austin, food is just one part of the experience, and several provide guests with the ability to experience live music, which the city is famous for. Particularly, rooftop spots in Austin give guests a superb view of the city while they enjoy their meal. At such venues, you can marvel at the stellar skyline and see how skyscrapers and older buildings exist side by side and provide the 11th largest city in the United States with a unique look. If you’re now inclined to visit and don’t know where to stay just yet, start with our guide on the best boutique hotels in town. Finally, here we have ranked the best rooftop restaurants in Austin, Texas, so continue reading to find out more!

1. Edge Rooftop + Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Edge Rooftop + Bar is one of the more sophisticated experiences you’ll ever have in Austin. Located within JW Marriott Hotel, this rooftop restaurant with a relaxed ambiance serves bites that are inspired by local dishes, as well as tastefully made cocktails. The bar boasts monochromatic and chic decor, a garden wall, and lounge seating with outdoor-appropriate furniture. Luxurious does not even begin to describe the night that awaits you here. Come to Edge Rooftop and bring your friends along!

Edge Rooftop + Bar

Address: 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Edge Rooftop + Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm

2. Bar AC

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If you’re looking for less crowded rooftop hangout spots in Austin (or anywhere else, really!), why not try the bars and restaurants inside hotels? Otis Hotel is home to Bar AC, a Spanish-inspired establishment that serves authentic tapas (appetizers in Spanish cuisine). Also, you can never go wrong with a couple of classic cocktails after a busy day of exploring the city. You can choose to lounge between the classy ambiance inside the bar or the laid-back vibe of the outdoor terrace.

Bar AC

Address: 1901 San Antonio St Unit 100, Austin, TX 78705, United States

Website: Bar AC

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 11pm

3. Paperboy

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


If you’re someone who loves breakfast so much, Paperboy is a place that you should try when in Austin. This restaurant has a rooftop patio and a stationary trailer, just so you can have a couple of dining options! Avid breakfast eaters swear by this place which offers morning selections like the classic eggs and sausage with potato wedges and toast, a maple sausage biscuit sandwich, quiche, pancakes, and lemongrass cured lox. If you’re going on the weekends for brunch, try their Texas hash and stoneground grits!

Paperboy

Address: 1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, United States

Website: Paperboy

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am - 2pm; Thu - Sun: 8am - 3pm

4. Rules & Regs

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Located on the 7th floor of Fairmont Hotel Austin, Rules & Regs is an elegant but casual restaurant serving Latin-American cuisine. If you’re visiting on the weekends for a brunch date with your pals, it’s best to try their mahi-mahi tacos, Mexican chocolate pavlova, shrimp cocktail, and eggs divorciados. Of course, what even is brunch if it doesn’t include a little day-drinking? Michelada Tradicional, Rocket 88, and Byo Bloody are some of their best cocktails that pair well with the tasty dishes.

Rules & Regs

Address: 101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Rules & Regs

Opening hours: Thu: 5pm - 11pm; Fri: 5pm - 1am; Sat: 10am - 1am; Sun: 10am - 5pm (Closed on Mon - Wed)

5. Terrace59

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Out in town with your closest friends? Try visiting Terrace59 on Congress Avenue if you haven’t yet. This lounge with an intimate and relaxed ambiance in Austin features stunning views of the city. Their selection includes tasty cocktails and scrumptious snacks. This rooftop bar is locally owned and has been serving the people of Austin since 1997. You can always rely on this place to showcase the best live music in town. If you’re lucky, you might chance upon some of their special events, too.

Terrace59

Address: Kreisle Building, 412 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Terrace59

Opening hours: Mon: 2pm - 12am; Tue: 11:30am - 12am; Wed: 11:30am - 1am; Thu - Sat: 11:30am - 2am; Sun: 2pm - 10pm

6. Geraldine's

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Posted by Geraldine's Austin on Saturday, 18 January 2020

Striking rooftop views form part of the background at Geraldine’s. Consistently ranked as one of the best in the city, the restaurant has a bar that specializes in cocktails, which can be enjoyed during live music performances. The place features beautiful décor, and the seating provides guests with a sweeping view of the city’s skyline whether they are visiting during the day or night. The menu features a variety of contemporary dishes that originated in Austin, and diners can share plates. A portion of the menu is devoted to poolside offerings, such as the chef’s market ceviche and pork carnitas tacos, while the dinner menu offers specialties such as mustard glazed Berkshire pork chop. Rooftop dining in Austin is exponentially better when done at Geraldine’s!

Geraldine's

Address: 605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Geraldine’s

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 7am - 2pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sat: 8am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sun: 8am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 10pm

7. Knotty Deck & Bar

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Posted by The Knotty Deck and Bar on Friday, 20 December 2019

Located in Renaissance Austin Hotel, Knotty Deck & Bar allows guests to bask in the sunshine during the day and enjoy views of nature in the area. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes on its menu, which are created from fresh locally available produce. Among these dishes is classic eggs Benedict in hollandaise sauce, which is part of the brunch menu. As for the lunch offerings, they include avocado toast and grass-fed burger. The dinner menu features seasonal dishes such as arugula pappardelle, which is a house specialty made by Chef DeGweck.

Knotty Deck & Bar

Address: 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

Website: Knotty Deck & Bar

Opening hours: 6:30am - 12am (daily)

8. El Alma


At El Alma, Mexican cuisine is the star of the menu, and the restaurant is famous for its avocado torta and Barton Springs chopped salad, which form part of the lunch offerings. As for the specials, they include adobo grilled shrimp and chuletas de puerco, which feature bold flavors that Chef Alma Alcocer concocted. The venue has a relaxed ambiance, and you can also opt to dine in the rooftop patio dotted with umbrellas, where you can get a stellar view of the city of Austin and the neighborhood.

El Alma

Address: 1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Website: El Alma

Opening hours: Mon: 11am - 9pm; Tue - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 9pm

9. Bob's Steak and Chop House


At Bob’s Steak and Chop House, the food on the menu is as popular as the wine selection and the singular cocktails. This heady combination of good food and a stellar drinks list has resulted in the restaurant being counted among the best in the city. The rooftop bar and dining area are large and often host private gatherings, as they provide a good view of the surrounding skyline and neighborhood. As for the menu, it includes fried calamari (which is offered as an appetizer), while prime filet mignon is the star in the entrees section. Seafood offered includes broiled jumbo shrimp scampi, while the wine list contains award-winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and merlot.

Bob's Steak and Chop House

Address: 301 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Bob’s Steak and Chop House

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 4:30pm - 10pm; Wed - Thu: 4:30pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 4:30pm - 12am (closed on Sun)

10. Micheladas Cafe y Cantina

Fried burritos smothered in queso? Yes, please.

Posted by Micheladas Cafe y Cantina on Friday, 1 February 2019

At Micheladas Cafe y Cantina, the rooftop patio is a popular space where guests can experience life in the vicinity of the restaurant while tasting the cuisine on offer. The rooftop patio is also spacious and often hosts events. Located in the downtown area of Austin, this place has striking furniture with a colonial vibe, while the rooftop has a casual ambiance. Splendid views encircle this spot, and guests are offered special menus created for Valentine’s Day and other occasions. This rooftop restaurant in downtown Austin features several Tex-Mex dishes such as veggie enchiladas, stacked seafood enchiladas, and fajita chimichanga. The brunch menu has waffles, avocado toast, and a brunch burger, while the happy-hour section includes drinks served with several appetizers.

Micheladas Cafe y Cantina

Address: 333 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Micheladas Cafe y Cantina

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 10pm

11. Eastside Tavern

Come hungry and leave happy 🤠

Posted by EastSide Tavern on Saturday, 11 January 2020

At Eastside Tavern, the food has a rustic look and taste, and the ambiance is relaxed. The restaurant is, therefore, a prime place to spend time with friends and family in the evenings and over the weekend. On the menu, the chips and queso made in the local style are part of the appetizers. While the entrees include fried turkey tenders and EST chicken fried steak. The specials include the Eastside burger that comes with fries. The tavern has a patio along with a rooftop deck, and it a perfect place to hang out in the evenings with a craft beer or a cocktail.

Eastside Tavern

Address: 1510 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

Website: Eastside Tavern

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm

12. Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar


At Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar, the focus is on providing guests with a redefined dining experience. The cuisine, as a result, is not solely devoted to traditional Mexican fare—it also features several combination dishes. Created by owners Gary Manley and Michael Pottorff in 1996, the restaurant has locations in two other cities. At the Austin location, the rooftop patio is popular, as it provides a sweeping view of the neighborhood. As for the menu, it features crab-stuffed jalapeños in the appetizers section, while the grill section includes dishes such as camarones a la parrilla.

Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

Address: 606 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 10:30pm

13. Parkside

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Posted by parkside on Friday, 10 January 2020

Located in a posh neighborhood, Parkside was started by Chef Shawn Cirkiel. It is the flagship restaurant of the Parkside Projects line, and the location has a striking patio that provides an overview of the surroundings from the rooftop. The restaurant when it opened was one among the first in Austin that offered food created from local produce, and it has since built a reputation as a gastro hub. The menu changes according to the seasons as the focus is on sustainable dining, and it includes seafood such as seared scallops, which is one of the entrees. This restaurant with rooftop seating also has a raw bar, and it showcases dishes such as classic ceviche and an oyster platter that can be shared.

Parkside

Address: 301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Parkside

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm

14. Caroline Restaurant

“This lounge/bar/spot was so cute!! Our first spot after landing in Austin 🤠” - @haangry.kat #upstairsatcaroline

Posted by Upstairs at Caroline on Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Caroline Restaurant is a prime place to hang out, especially among the young and hip crowd who want a view of the scenery and skyline when spending time with friends. The eats dished up in the space, which has an open-air floor plan and rooftop area, include tacos—which are offered as “street” and “walking” versions. Also available on the menu are pork carnitas and braised brisket, along with several varieties of chips and dips. The drinks menu features happy-hour specials, several unique cocktails along with draft and canned beer, and ale. Games are a highlight of the restaurant, and guests can indulge in versions of Jenga, checkers, and shuffleboard.

Caroline Restaurant

Address: 109 E 7th St, Suite 201, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Caroline Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4pm - 12am; Fri: 12pm - 2am; Sat: 11am - 2am; Sun: 11am - 12am

15. Wilder Wood

Posted by Wilder Wood Restaurant & Bar on Friday, 9 November 2018

Views of the surrounding area envelop Wilder Wood, which is quite popular in the locality due to its gluten-free menu. The restaurant, which has been in operation for over 18 years, specializes in American-style food, and guests can relax in comfortable seating when enjoying their meals. The rooftop patio area also has a laid-back vibe and is a popular spot for hosting parties. As for the menu, it includes chorizo migas, fried calamari, and grilled fajita, which can be enjoyed with the signature sauces on offer.

Wilder Wood

Address: 1300 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Website: Wilder Wood

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 3pm

Experience the best of Austin

Best Rooftop Restaurants In Austin, Texas
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Dining in a rooftop restaurant gives visitors and locals a bird’s-eye view of popular neighborhoods and is, therefore, a great way to understand daily life in the city of Austin. Rooftop dining also allows patrons to experience the best of local cuisine, which oftentimes is influenced by the state’s proximity to Mexico.

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