July 12, 2024


Food never sleeps.

Here’s a list of the 25 best restaurant patios in Austin

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Summer House on Music Lane is the indoor-outdoor restaurant at Bunkhouse's Hotel Magdalena on South Congress Avenue.

With COVID-19 hospitalizations continuing to climb and ICU beds and ventilators in short supply, some people are retreating to dining behavior from last year. 

Every restaurant I’ve visited requires staff to continue to wear masks, and many are recommending, if not yet requiring, diners wear masks when not eating and drinking at their tables. And a recent poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed more than half of Americans favor mask mandates for dining at restaurants. Such a mandate is illegal in Texas. 

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I, like many diners I’ve spoken with, am once again eating almost exclusively on patios. Good news: There are a lot of great patios at Austin restaurants. There are also some great breweries with food trucks and outdoor seating. Below are 25 of my favorite choices for al fresco dining.