Sway - Westlake

4.6
301 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Sway is an award-winning modern Thai restaurant serving dinner and happy hour.

Named one of Bon Appétit’s “50 Best New Restaurants in America” in 2013, Sway was also most recently voted “2019 Best Brunch in Austin” and “Best Happy Hour in Austin” by readers of Austin Monthly as well as “2019 Best Thai Food” by the Austin-American Statesman.

Sway West Lake Hills' location boasts a rooftop bar with skyline views of downtown, courtyard and full bar.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Gold means happiness + good fortune in Thai culture—and we'll take all the luck we can get in 2021. Sway is running gold-themed specials starting Dec. 29th through the New Year, including golden milk tiramisu and gilded cocktails. Sway will be open on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

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vipChristinaC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had drinks and appetizers on the rooftop and dinner in the main dining area downstairs. The atmosphere was nice but the food was disappointing.

I am Thai so I am spoiled by some very authentic and traditional experiences, but I can also appreciate good Americanized experiences.

All of the appetizers we had were good but in my opinion, the main entrees were not good and overpriced.
Green Curry - bland flavor and mostly heat. It’s interesting that they separate the coconut oil/milk from the dish and allow you to stir it in but I don’t get the point. The curry doesn’t taste very good without the coconut, so it seems strange to separate it.

Whole fried fish - we got the coconut sauce on the side because we prefer the fish to keep it’s crispy texture but we should have gotten the jam on the side too. The jam was overpowering and was too sweet.

Stir Fry Vegetables - they came out drenched in sauce/oil. In my opinion, it sort of defeats the purpose of eating vegetables. The spice level was also too high. Thai food should have some heat but not just for the sake of being hot.

It was a fun atmosphere but I didn’t enjoy the main course. I would go back for drinks and apps!

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Debbie
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Son-In-Law and the Street Corn is delicious!

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Pearl
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met up with a friend on Saturday when they opened at 4 since they have happy hour from 4-6 every day (1/2 off all alcohol). We opted for the outdoor patio since we're still being cautious with Covid. I would have loved to sit up on the rooftop but it was booked for an event. All the food was delicious and the wait staff were friendly and informative.

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vipKarRN
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was great in presentation but taste was a little lacking. The highlights of our meal were the street corn, son in law, and tres leches. The son in law was served in one of those clay bowls but you could tell it was not made in it because it wasn’t hot or sticking. The ambiance was fun and swanky. Service was great. Outdoor patio seating on the first level is kind of in an awkward spot by where people are walking in from the parking lot and also where the smoking area is.

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johnl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a nice romantic diner!! Thanks Sway!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience2

1) our waitress brought the check before she asked if we were done. We wanted to order dessert, more drinks. Felt as if we were getting kicked out. I went back inside and mentioned we wanted more and she returned to take our order but if was off putting and it’s in Sway’s best interest to get us to spend more.
2) thankful to our sway front desk team who promptly asked people who were smoking cigarettes RIGHT by our outside tables to please stop smoking. It happened twice. No fault of sway. I was glad the staff at sway handled it quickly.

So glad we have a safe outdoor space to eat dinner out. Thank you. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal! Sway never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and atmosphere. Tucked away in the outskirts of Austin, it’s a treasure. Only reason we didn’t give it 5 stars is because of the seats out side need cushions. My husband and I were uncomfortable and had lines on our legs afterward :(. But the food and drinks were amazing!! Service was wonderful too.

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CKfoodie
London
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

There were a couple of outstanding dishes, but a surprising number of misses.

The "fudgy brownie" dessert tasted like it was half hard chocolate or ganache - super yuck, we barely touched, I asked not to box it up saying "it's not good" and no one asked about it or offered to take it off the bill - pretty rude on a bigger tab

The crab fried rice just wasn't fried rice. It's a nice rice dish, but bizarre to call it fried rice. I'm a pretty accomplished cook, and... it's just not.

Son in law bowl was, as always, great. The fried chicken starter and corn starter were by far the standouts, so the rest of the meal went downhill, unfortunately.

Also, the roof wasn't avail.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Screw up in reservation time and the hostess didn’t handle it well. Waited 30m to get our table

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great! Made a birthday dinner very special and was patient with our larger party. Even brought a scoop of ice cream and a candle w/o us requesting or telling them it was a birthday! Loved everything about the experience, will definitely be back

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vipShenoahG
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spicy flavors. The pork was deliciously prepared. And that mezcal phukat… presentation, smoke and taste. Wonderful meal and great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

UNREAL!!!
We love Thai food and have been to restaurants all over America` and this was easily top 3. The food was delicious. We wanted to drink all of the sauces. Portions were great, we left stuffed. We each had two drinks, our kids ate, and we had a dessert- all under $100. Drinks were beautiful and had so much flavor and dimension. 5 stars. We will be back!!

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vipHeatherB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding, delicious food every time! Highly recommend!

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MaxJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Live music at private party upstairs was a bit load.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it, just wish they had more seating with unobstructed views of the city

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MikeF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The food tasted good, but be warned it’s mostly pre-made or possibly premium bag food. I came to this conclusion after asking if I could have my dishes prepared not using palm sugar. They said all the sauces are pre-made, so they couldn’t do so. None of this means the food was bad tasting, but not made to order like many Thai restaurants I frequent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Relaxed atmosphere, delicious meals, warm welcome, friendly service. But it would be better if the spiciness can be adjusted. Highly recommend this restaurant

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RomyR
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

they have large shareable tables. If you are on date and want more privacy, ask for a small table outside.

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CindyA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, nice ambiance. Highly recommend it! Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food and staff

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Shannon
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

the food was exceptional as was the list of alcohols from which to choose. Our waiter was great and very helpful. Love this place but will admit that the noise level inside the dining room makes for difficult conversation. that is the only downside. When the weather is nice, eating outside is the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really hot outside but a wonderful time!

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vipRondo
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Noise level from background music sound system was unbearable. Had to ask them to turn it down twice. Couldn’t hear one another talking across the table without shouting over it.
Will have a hard time getting my friends ( we were a group of 8) to return.

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SherryC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and terrific service. While we chose to be seated outside, I did not realize our table would be in the full sun! It was a bit warm and uncomfortable and made us rush through our meal. However, the food is great and we will try to come back when it is a bit cooler and possibly on a week night.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

So much less in menu options than all the photos you see on Yelp.

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MommyGeek
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There is a nice view of downtown from the rooftop patio. It’s a bit louder up there than downstairs if your objective is good conversation. The creative dishes and craft cocktails are always delicious. Great atmosphere for a celebration or dinner with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! The food had a fun twist to regular Thai food. It tasted delicious but most definitely recommend the son in law rice bowl and you must get a dessert. 10/10 would go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite austin restaurant of all time for a reason.

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vipValerie
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. We order several plates to share which I think can be best for those who do not eat here regularly. Great time!

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MohanG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cocktails were really good and were half price at happy hour.
We only had appetizers - Brussel Sprouts, Corn, and Papaya Salad were outstanding!
Upstairs patio had nice ambience with a nice view of the downtown. Despite the temperature in the upper 90s, the fans and the misters made it comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool vibe, dope happy hour, and food is delish. Definitely try it

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MortK
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thai food that is prepared like no one else.
Absolutely the best. Service is exemplary and the atmosphere on the roof is very relaxing.
Portions are slightly small for the higher prices but this is a can’t miss dining experience.

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Teresa
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice wine list, fun signature cocktails and courteous wait staff. This was our second trip. We will return.

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LilyC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When we made the reservation, Open Table asked if we were celebrating a special ocasión and it was our anniversary. First time in 8 years that the restaurant doesn’t address this at all. Not that we are expecting a party but anything to make the celebration more special would be appreciated.

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lesliec
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Everything we ordered I would have again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

There was an insect problem, but the food was delicious. Guests should make sure to sit on the rooftop or inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandy did a great job of assisting us!! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was good. It took over 20 minutes for anyone to come talk to us, and the person who did wasn’t our server. He took our drink order. Another 15- 20 mins later a different person came over to ask if anyone had checked in on us (also not our server) we place our dinner order since we had now been there for 45 minutes. We didn’t meet our server for another 15 or so mins. And then she checked on us one more time after food arrived. Not a great experience. Felt weird tipping someone who literally did nothing. But maybe we just came on the wrong night.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sway - Westlake using the Order Online button. Sway - Westlake also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sway - Westlake also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 326-1999.

Sway - Westlake is rated 4.6 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

Sway - Westlake does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swaythai.com/gift-cards.

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.