Spring is in full bloom in Austin, which means it’s time to update our list of favorite patios. Whether you’re looking for an al fresco lunch or are hoping to catch the last streams of sunlight over a cocktail, settle in to enjoy the weather.
Get the full Southern-charm experience—complete with peacocks!—at the newly reopened Mattie’s at Green Pastures. Hidden away off South First Street, this historic mansion with sprawling grounds has an elegant patio where you can take it all in over a glass of the family-recipe 1965 Milk Punch and bites like pimento grilled cheese. The patio also has a small stage, where they expect to host musical guests—sounds like a perfect evening to us. 811 W. Live Oak St., 512-444-1888
Deck Nine Observatory Bar is officially open for the season, with refreshing drinks to fit the occasion. Retaining the chic industrial theme of Seaholm District, Deck Nine is a trendy place to take vegetarians and carnivores alike (the beer bread with smoked beef fat butter is sinfully savory). Cocktails have a beachy theme, with frozen options or cooling sippers like the Red Macaw made with grapefruit, hibiscus blossom, and island spice. 800 W. Cesar Chavez St., 512-220-9990
The new shining star of the east side, Kuneho’s rise from the ashes of Qui has the city buzzing. On weekdays, the open patio is a great choice to sample "Happy Happy Time" from the Japanese kitchen, with artful sushi bites, snacks, and a rotating punch special. 1600 E. Sixth St., 512-436-9626
A quintessential South Congress patio, Perla’s is a destination for fresh seafood. Enjoy their simply prepared dishes with a glass of wine under the shade of a huge oak tree for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, with the bustle of SoCo to entertain you. Don’t miss the dessert—the Chocolate Nemesis with orange blossom ice cream is a sweet indulgence. 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-291-7300
The ambiance of Rainey Street begs for a patio, and Emmer & Rye’s small outdoor space dotted with greenery has the upscale menu to match. Named one of the best new restaurants in the country, every offering has a story, such as their heritage grains, whole-animal sourcing, and an in-house fermentation program. 51 Rainey St., Ste. 110, 512-366-5530