Are you planning a bachelorette party or girls’ weekend in Austin? Lucky you! As you have seen from my post with Austin bachelorette party tips, there is plenty to do in Austin. Last but certainly not least, you’ll need to plan out where you all will eat in this foodie city.
Here are the criteria for the restaurants on this list:
- Good food
- Restaurant space is comfortable for a bigger group
- Mostly centrally located near Downtown Austin
- Restaurants with reservations are preferred and I’ve noted if they take reservations
Making reservations will make your life easier, especially if you have six or more people in your group. You’ll find many places in Austin get full quickly.
Here’s a list of places for dinner, happy hour, drinks, and brunch for your bachelorette party or girls’ weekend in Austin!
Casual Dinner Restaurants
Looking for low-key places for dinner? This list of casual dining restaurants includes places for a lower price point and a more casual environment.
If you’re looking for a casual spot for a huge beer selection and snacks like fried pickles, chili cheese fries, and bratwurst, Banger’s is a spacious spot on Rainey Street. There are limited reservations available.
The vibe is great tacos and strong margaritas! This spot in East Austin is a good place to start the night. Make a reservation!
This Italian food truck with mouth-watering pasta dishes. It’s located at The Vortex, a complex that includes Butterfly Bar, so you all can get drinks with your dinner. This food truck doesn’t take reservations, so plan to get there early.
With locations around the city, this Detroit-style pizza is a favorite for its thick, crispy crust. The restaurant does not take reservations.
Arbor Food Park
If you want something very casual, come to this food truck park and everyone can order what they want. The selection varies from tacos at Cuantos, barbecue at Rollin Smoke BBQ, and more.
Fancier Dinner Restaurants
We do it up for dinner around here because there are So. Many. Options. These are classy, they have good food, and they’ll get you excited for a night of fun. All of these restaurants take reservations.
Lots of great Mexican dishes on the menu at Grizzela’s and the decor is set for a bachelorette party.
This restaurant on the east side is a unique fusion of Japanese dishes with a Texan barbecue flair. See more details here.
Sister restaurant to one of my favorite restaurants, Barley Swine, Odd Duck features creative, seasonal dishes.
This restaurant on the east side has a beautiful interior with delicious interior Mexican cuisine. See my experience here.
If we’re deciding on the restaurant based on decor, Yamas is one of the best and you’ll feel like you’re in Santorini. Plus the Greek food brings the wow.
Happy Hour Restaurants
I love happy hour because you can try a bunch of dishes for less! And who doesn’t like saving money, especially on a weekend getaway? Here are some great restaurants with fantastic offerings (that you could also try for a more casual lunch or dinner) and also have a noteworthy happy hour.
If you’re planning to go out on Rainey Street, start at Anthem for happy hour. You’ll love the tropical vibes.
- Happy Hour Special: $9 cocktails, $7 wine, $5-12 snacks
- Happy Hour Time: Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm
This restaurant has a great patio and even better happy hour.
- Happy Hour Special: $7 cocktails, $5 beer, $7 wine, $4.50-8.50 snacks
- Happy Hour Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-6:30 pm
For a beer garden, Easy Tiger is your spot!
- Happy Hour Special: $5 beer, wine, cocktails
- Happy Hour Time: Monday-Friday, 4-6 pm
This restaurant is known for its wood-grilled chicken. Visit the South First location for seating.
- Happy Hour Special: $2 off aguas frescas, botanas (snacks), beer, wine, and margaritas
- Happy Hour Time: Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm
This spot a bit north of downtown has great happy hour drinks. Plus be sure to order the fried zucchini.
- Happy Hour Special: $8 frozen cocktails, $8 cocktails on tap, $8 wine on tap, $3 off all appetizers, $1 off beer
- Happy Hour Time: Daily, 3-6:30 pm
Two of Austin’s most popular chefs made a restaurant. Think barbecue with some Asian twists. No reservations, so get there early!
- Happy Hour Special: $7-9 dishes, $3-5 drinks
- Happy Hour Time: Monday-Friday, 2-5 pm
For one of the best food happy hours, Salty Sow will delight with fried chicken and biscuits, truffled deviled eggs, and more.
- Happy Hour Special: Dishes for $6-8, $1 off draft beer, $2 off cocktails
- Happy Hour Time: Daily, 4:30-6:30 pm
Drinks and Bars
How about some after-dinner drinks? If you’re looking for craft cocktails or craft beer, you’ve come to the right spot. These bars are known for their tasty drinks that will likely involve some vigorous shaking or 50 spins with a swivel stick. In other words, you’ll easily find a delicious $10+ cocktail here.
For wine drinkers, Cape Bottle Room is a classy wine bar downtown. (See this post to learn about taking a Downtown Austin wine tour.)
Located on Rainey Street, Half Step knows the classic cocktails but has plenty of twists.
Craft beer lovers will enjoy the selection at Hold Out Brewing and there are cocktail options.
Divey vibes with fancy drinks, that’s one way to describe Nickel City.
One of the most popular spots for fancy cocktails, Roosevelt Room takes it to the next level. Out of the places on this list, you’ll probably want a reservation to visit.
Casual Breakfast Restaurants
You’re in a hurry to get a full day of activities started because of a slow start? In Austin, it’s hit-or-miss if there’s a line, but these places with counter service will make breakfast go by faster and you don’t need to give up quality for speed. You can also order ahead and bring it back to the house. While these spots do not have reservations, they are also a bit more affordable and casual (shorts and a t-shirt are ok). These places are also open for lunch if you’re getting out the door after 11 am.
A little more casual than the others on this list, this counter-service restaurant is great for smaller groups.
These biscuit sandwiches, especially the one with fried chicken, are amazing! Small shop with a few tables.
I think of Patika as a coffee shop, but they also have great brunch dishes, including pastries.
This is another great spot for breakfast tacos, and you’ll find Tacodeli all over town. One thing to note is the potatoes in the tacos are mashed potatoes.
With a few locations around town, Austinites love this spot for breakfast tacos.
Brunch has transformed these days. It’s not solely about pancakes, eggs, and bacon. No, it is a masterpiece of sweet and savory for the best meal of the day. There are no sad breakfasts here. Not only is the food delightful at these restaurants but the aesthetics are also photo-worthy. Bright, dreamy spaces? Don’t worry, I got you.
All of these places except Irene’s allow reservations.
Located at South Congress Hotel, this pretty spot knows brunch well and you can’t skip the pastries.
Want food, drinks, AND fun? Make a reservation at Electric Shuffle to play shuffleboard and enjoy great brunch bites. See more in this post.
If you don’t make it here for happy hour, try it for brunch.
A more casual setting that is walk-in only. If your group is 8-20 people, you’ll need to reserve a spot for brunch on Saturday or Sunday. They have a special bachelorette package for $14 per person that includes a jello shot tower and ice cream cones.
This cute restaurant is a house in the Clarksville neighborhood. Be sure to order the pancakes!
This is a smaller but well-known spot for brunch, and you’ll definitely need a reservation.
Tiny Boxwoods has a little bit of everything on their brunch menu and the bright restaurant is picture-perfect for a bachelorette brunch.
Casual Lunch Restaurants
In my mind, lunch is a casual brunch. Still good food, but the menu and setting are low-key. If you’re planning on a fancy dinner later, balance it out with a casual lunch. Spoiler alert, there are a lot of fried chicken sandwiches on this list.
This restaurant on the East Side has plenty of space, including a patio, and lots of great dishes, like the crispy chicken sandwich.
If you’re up for getting there early and waiting in line, La Barbecue is a great option for barbecue.
This is a great spot for a casual lunch! It can get a bit busy though, so plan accordingly.
One of the best food trucks in Austin, Spicy Boys has a delicious fried chicken sandwich and is located at Zilker Brewing Co.
This restaurant has all pink everything, including the margaritas and tortillas.
Quick Stops for Sweet Treats
Sometimes you need a sweet treat to tide you over in the afternoon. Here are a few favorites you can find in the downtown area.
Some of the freshest ice cream there is, Frozen Rolls Creamery makes your ice cream by rolling it right in front of you.
This is the spot for tasty iced cookies and cupcakes. Bonus points for cute cookie designs. This would be great for custom party cookies too.
For unique ice cream flavors with seasonal Texas ingredients, Lick Ice Cream has been an Austin favorite since 2011.
This bakery has a big selection of pretty pastries and desserts.
This is your spot for cupcakes and desserts like lemon bars.
Bachelorette Restaurants Map
Here’s a handy map to help you plan out your restaurants!
- Dark Green = Casual Dinner
- Blue = Fancy Dinner
- Dark Red = Happy Hour
- Yellow = Drinks and Bars
- Purple = Casual Breakfast
- Pink = Brunch
- Orange = Casual Lunch
- Lime Green = Sweet Treats
This list makes me hungry and makes me want to plan a girls’ weekend staycation! Happy eating!
Any additional restaurants (good for groups) that you would add to the list?
P.S. If you need more resources to plan an Austin bachelorette party, check out these posts:
- The Best Austin Bachelorette Party Guide
- Ultimate Austin Bachelorette Party Itinerary
- Ultimate Austin Foodie Bucket List
- My Favorite Restaurants in Austin
- Best Cold Treats in Austin
P.P.S. The Austin culinary industry moves fast! Keep up with me on Instagram for more recommendations and message me if you have any questions.