Austin's 5 Best Rooftop Menus

By Megan Giller  |  May 27, 2014

Everything’s cooler on a rooftop, but not all are created equal, especially when it comes to the food. Here are five places where the eats don't pale in comparison to the views.

  • El Alma

    When to Go: Brunch rules at this Barton Springs hot spot from the owners of El Chile and El Chilito.

    What to Eat: Hit up the chilaquiles verdes, gorditas rancheras or banana bread pudding with cajeta, plus a specialty margarita.

    Find It: 1025 Barton Springs Rd.; 512-609-8923

  • Silo on 7th

    When to Go: This East Austin hangout practically shouts happy hour.

    What to Eat: Wash down your loaded burger (like the Chicon, with cheddar, grilled onion, grilled pineapple, pickled beets, fried egg and the regular fixings on a Kaiser bun) with a craft beer.

    Find It: 1300 E. Seventh St.; 512-524-0866

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    Olive & June

    When to Go: Sunday-night family-style meals at the restaurant give you an enormous bang for your buck ($29).

    What to Eat: The menu changes every Sunday, but the three-course meal includes an antipasti, second courses like beef-short-rib-filled pasta and third courses like grilled swordfish salad.

    Find It: 3411 Glenview Ave.; 512-467-9898

  • Parkside

    When to Go: Enjoy the cooler nighttime temperatures with a dinner visit.

    What to Eat: Start with oysters and the bass from the raw bar, then step up to scallops or New York strip steak for your entree, plus a side of cheddar-Gruyère mac 'n' cheese.

    Find It: 301 E. Sixth St.; 512-474-9898

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    Whole Foods

    When to Go: All day, really. But on Wednesday evenings, grab dinner and then check out the free yoga on the rooftop from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.

    What to Eat: Pick carefully at the overwhelming prepared-foods stations. Though it doesn’t really jibe with yoga, the barbecue station is solid. Or go for a lighter option at the new sushi bar that even Uchiko's Tyson Cole likes.

    Find It: 525 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512-542-2200