Luckily for us in ATX there’s no shortage of places to enjoy the natural surroundings, from parks to lakes and even hiking trails. Whether it’s scorching hot out or nice and chilly, treat yourself to some delicious food, and refreshing cocktails all while enjoying a view. These are the best waterfront dining spots in Austin!
1. Hula Hut
See why this tropical oasis is one of our favorite waterfront dining spots. Hula Hut offers an assortment of plates like classic burgers, salads, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and various Hawaiian dishes. Explore classic Hawaiian and Polynesian dishes like Luau dinners and Pu Pu platters as well!
2. Mozart’s Coffee
Looking for some peaceful r&r by the waterfront? Check out Mozart’s Coffee for your next coffee session. Famous for their holiday lights on the waterfront, Mozart’s Coffee offers all your favorite classic espresso beverages, baked goods, and seasonal smoothies. See for yourself why Mozart’s one of the best waterfront dining spots in Austin.
3. Abel’s on the Lake
Enjoy classy waterfront dining when you go to Abel’s on the Lake. Try tons of local Texas brews and upscale American food with a Texas twist. Enjoy juicy burgers, savory sandwiches, and an assortment of different platters all on the serene waterfront of Lake Austin.
4. Oasis Brewing
Feast your eyes on one of the best waterfront views in all of Austin. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country just 45 minutes out of Austin’s metro area, Oasis Brewing is a great place for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy local brews, a bunch of Tex-Mex food all with an outstanding view.
5. Alta’s Café
For a chill afternoon complete with waterfront scenery in a natural landscape, head to Alta’s Café overlooking Lady Bird Lake. This modern café offers farm-to-table sandwiches, salads, and an assortment of coffeehouse staples. Enjoy your morning coffee, your next lunch, or happy hour at one of the best waterfront dining spots.
With over 150+ classic arcade games to choose from you might even forget you’re on the waterfront at all! Something about a refreshing cider and gaming is just the perfect marriage. Cidercade’s space is chalked full of all your favorite games, immersive experiences, and so many lip-smacking ciders to choose from.
Our Fun Experience at Cidercade
7. Shack 512
As one of the best waterfront dining spots in town, Shack 512 is known for its gorgeous views of Lake Travis. Shack 512 offers your favorite pub food with elevated flavors to go with that gorgeous view. Enjoy the on their expansive patio space and enjoy an amazing burger, classic breakfast meals, and comforting appetizers.
8. Ski Shores
No judgment here but are you always ready for the weekend? Do you get super excited when Friday comes along but dread the Sunday Scaries? Well, if you’re looking for a spot “where it’s always the weekend” then Ski Shores Cafe, a Lake Austin tradition since 1954 should be at the top of your list! Indulge in some Shoreline Nachos, sip on a Lake House Marg, and enjoy every bite of your Lobster Roll. “No shirt? No shoes? No problem!”
9. Sundancer Grill
We know it’s scorching in Austin, so why not enjoy a relaxing and cool lakeside dining experience year-round? Sundancer Grill at Lake Travis is a premier restaurant with a very casual environment. Whether you decide to show up by car or boat, it’s completely up to you! Just make sure to start off with some warm Crab Hush Puppies and sip on a Lime in the Coconut for the full experience!
10. Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
Try delectable appetizers and upscale American cuisine when you visit Steiner Ranch Steakhouse. Enjoy wonderful chophouse style food all with beautiful views of Lake Travis and the surrounding natural landscape. Located just outside of Austin’s metropolitan area, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse is one of best waterfront dining spots.