10 crowd-pleasing Austin restaurants to dine with a big group
Dining out with a large group of family or friends? There are lots of great Austin restaurants happy to accommodate your party. From simple sipping and snacking to a family-style meal, here are 10 top spots to please a crowd.
Austin Beer GardenBrewing Company
A nonstop flow of craft brews on tap attracts many beer-lovers to The ABGB. This is the perfect place to spend the day listening to live music with beer and pizza in hand. If beer doesn't float your boat, the wine and cider menu has great options too. You can walk in, but The ABGB also accepts reservations for groups of 12-40 people for a space inside.
Chinatown is no stranger to big crowds: It efficiently delivers heaping mounds of Chinese food to hungry customers and has no problem splitting checks. And did someone say karaoke? You can sing your heart out at the downtown location Thursday through Saturday. Call in advance for groups larger than 10 people, so Chinatown can seat your party right away.
Fonda San Miguel
For something a little nicer than "Austin casual," Fonda San Miguel lands right in the middle of laid-back and fancy. Colorful interior design and flavorful interior Mexican food transport diners south of the border. Call ahead if your party is larger than 10 and Fonda San Miguel will help you plan your evening.
G'Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge
Family-style Indian food is a great idea for dinner with a big group. The Rainey Street restaurant boasts extensive seating and a lively ambiance perfect for a group setting. Party of 15 or more? G'Raj Mahal will set you up.
For drinks and snacks, you can't go wrong with Irene's. This downtown hangout offers seating on the back patio, as well as inside next to the remnants of an airplane. Contact Irene's for parties greater than 15 people; the restaurant does not accept reservations for parties less than 15 or large groups on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Plenty of patio seating is waiting to be filled by your party at Jacoby's, where Southern grub and family-style sides are the stars. Take in the rustic vibe while sipping a tasty cocktail and enjoying time with friends. Call Jacoby's ahead of time if your group has more than seven guests.
This east side Mexican joint loves hosting large parties. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, a $5 happy hour menu, and fun vibes, Licha's has just about everything you could want. Call ahead for groups larger than 11 people.
Olive & June
With three stories and four different seating areas, Olive & June has ample space for a big crew. The 200-year-old sprawling oak tree in the center of the outdoor deck shades diners from the afternoon sun, making this a desirable patio for happy hour. The menu offers handmade pasta and one of Austin's most diverse Italian wine lists. Call ahead to make a reservation for eight or more and plan for a family-style meal.
Make the group outing a full-day affair and drive down to the Salt Lick in Dripping Springs. The barbecue joint is BYOB, so come with a stocked cooler and enjoy the Hill Country setting while you wait for your table. You're encouraged to make a reservation if you have a group of 10 or more.
Texas Chili Parlor
Texas Chili Parlor is an old standby for affordable drinks, Tex-Mex fare, and (of course) chili. Politicians frequently walk in after a day at the capitol, so you never know who you'll see there. The Chili Parlor does a great job of squeezing in walk-ins, but reach out ahead of time if your party is larger than 20 people.