The Best Waterfront Restaurants in Austin, TX

Austin, TX is a paradise for water sports, lakeside dining, and live music. With stunning views of Lake Austin, Lake Travis, and other freshwater lakes in the state of Texas, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Here are some of the best waterfront restaurants in Austin that offer breathtaking views.

Abel's on the Lake

is a great spot to grab a drink with friends.

They serve American cuisine with a Texan twist, along with mixed drinks and an impressive selection of more than sixty beers on tap, including seventeen local brews.

The Sundancer Grill

is a restaurant next to Lake Travis that offers a bistro-style dining experience with a laid-back lakeside atmosphere. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, meats and seafood prepared by the chef with fresh ingredients. The Sundancer Grill serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sundays.

Shack 512

is one of the city's top waterfront dining spots.

It offers classic pub food with elevated flavors to accompany that stunning view. Enjoy the ample space on your patio and savor an incredible hamburger, classic breakfasts and comforting snacks.

Hula Hut

is a lakeside restaurant that offers “traditional Tex-Mex food” with a Hawaiian twist in a vibrant setting.


is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas and has earned a reputation as the sunset capital of Texas. It is located next to the lake 400 feet above Lake Travis, with the most beautiful sunset views in Texas.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge

is a full-service oceanfront restaurant on Lake Travis that serves classic American fare with a warm, inviting atmosphere and a tranquil environment.

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