Better Half Bar

4.7
277 Reviews
$30 and under
Café
WE'RE BACK TO OUR ORIGINAL MODEL! Counter Service, Seat Yourself, No Reservations!

Neighborhood all-day spot. Serving natural wine, cocktails & coffee. Best burger in town.

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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTexasKitty
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Delish food and drinks and lots of respect for COVID.

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AustinM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING brunch and our server and team was so cool!! They didn't have water because of some road work but they took us in as they were wiping off furniture and gave us covfefe and brekkie and took great care of our pup too! This was such a great way to start our morning and was a wonderful part of our Austin trip. will def be back :-)

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EvelynS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribs and pasta were both fantastic and our server was excellent. Server and staff did a great job taking care of us when a big storm was about to hit and everyone was sitting outside. Love this place!

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johnl
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Safe outdoor seating on an extended patio

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AshM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place for date night or to hang with friends!

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greatfood
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very laid back restaurant with only outside picnic tables. It was a beautiful day so no problem.
I had a rose sangria which was perfect. And a great cheeseburger. And the loved the queso dip with pastrami. Very interesting and delicious! And the glazed doughnut holes for dessert. We didn’t need dinner. The whole experience was delightful.

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MariaC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute place, server was great, cocktails (vodka strawberry) were delicious !! Burgers were yummy and pasta was creamy!

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vipDexterLee
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food/drinks, ambiance and service! Would definitely recommend anyone go check it out for a lovely experience!

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DinnerDelish
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Seated quickly even though we were early and added two guests. Things to know: if you go in a group, they don't provide individual checks, they charge $3 for gluten free bun (without being sure you know the upcharge prior), and there is also no covered dining here so if it rains, you're SOL. Parking was actually pleasant/adequate. Despite some disappointments, I think I would return. Thank you.

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bat1
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating was nicely spaced out and the food was very good even with the interesting combinations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, great backyard patio. Food and service is exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love better half! The “SLOPPEE” frozen drinks are delicious and the cauliflower tots 👌🏼

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Sichuan chicken sandwich

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LifetimeLonghorn
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a quintessential Austin place and we enjoyed all aspects of Better Half!

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Georgetownjenny
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not happy about this place. The food was marginal and so extremely over priced. $150 for sandwiches and drinks? Not to mention, outside on picnic tables where you have to grab your own water?
I honestly just don’t get it. I understand the food industry is hurting and I want to help them. But we’re out here broke too!
Just wasn’t what it was cracked up to be.

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DerekM
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for outdoor dining in COVID times. Good food, full bar, relaxed vibe.

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vipKarenW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. We celebrated Mother's Day with the family. We were 7 and everyone found their food simply delicious.

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toanp
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ok food .. reviews seem hyped. Good ambiance and great outdoor setup.

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LisetteM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of great space outside. Very tasty food. Plenty of parking around back.

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Victor
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a group of 9 (adults and kids) eating dinner. Food was ok but overall service was good. We ate outside and that was pleasant. I will visit again.

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Kay1
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, and service. Staff does a great job.

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crescentexplorer
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Thai Iced Coffee was pretty good. Also it was pretty booked up during the day on a Friday.

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Sadie
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chicken burger was better than I thought it would be. Cauli tater tots and beets ketchup, and quesowere outstanding

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Horsewoman
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our brunch and next time will bring our pooch. A bit muddy from the rains so more rocks underfoot would be good. The ricotta pancakes with rubarb were a hit as were the cocktails. We raised the age level a few notches when we entered but you geezers should not avoid... it is well worth going.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute spot! Delicious coffee and donuts!

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MariaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was pouring cats and dogs and the staff remained friendly and tried to be as accommodating as possible within the circumstances.

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emma
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good!! Great outdoor seating!! I would definitely come back!

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JessicaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was so happy they have a beyond burger on the menu! That with the cauliflower tater tots and beet ketchup were so delicious!!!

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AbbyO
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our server must have gone off shift but there was never a hand off of service and we were unaware of who our new server was. We also ordered an item but then was told 30 minutes later that you all were out. Usually service is great but unsure what happened this particular day.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

It was my first time getting a reservation to Better Half and I was pretty disappointed at the service and wait times. Ive been to Hold Out next door a few times already and it always has pretty good service but at Better Half there were really long wait times to get our first order of drinks, same for my second round which they ended up giving to me on the house because it took so long. Another person in my party also ordered an extra side halfway through our meal which also never came but we noticed they’d charged us for - they removed it but that was already strike two on the order mistakes/delays. I ordered a breakfast burrito which was surprisingly small, $1 extra to add meat and they don’t have salsa so it’s basically a dry, underwhelming burrito…folks in Austin have higher expectations for Tex-mex so avoid the breakfast burrito.

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vipjenbun
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch/lunch spot with so much outdoor space. Everything we ate was so well done, the springy salad is maybe one of the best salads I’ve ever had!

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AllisonC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outside seating and clear instructions for patrons. Felt very safe and comfortable. Glad to be back it's been a while!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I had a reservation
They put me at a terrible table
I asked to be moved and was told they were all reserved.
I had a reservation... so

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ItsTooGood2012
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Laid back place with yummy breakfast and lunch options.

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vipTraceInvader
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this place! Great outdoor vibes and the food and drinks are excellent.

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ohsteph
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best values in Austin. The food is always delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sadly the service was very slow and the food was not at good as usual. It was cold and very bland.

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AustinEater
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

nice outside patio. Tables were spaced apart pretty good, so not too many people near. very nice wait staff, food good, but were out of cauliflower tots when we went (def get those when you go.)

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Nidal
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Park in the back off 4th! The food is amazing, love this place

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RyanW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

i think if they had more heaters for those random cool nights.
Also just I think they get a little busy because my waiter wasnt able to be as attentive as Im sure they wanted to be.
I would go again!

FAQs

Better Half Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 645-0786.

Better Half Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 277 OpenTable diners.

Better Half Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/betterhalfbar/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.