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Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

American Restaurant and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Downtown Austin
303 Red River St (at E 3rd St), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:30 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.3/10

Based on 1,036 votes

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    Jenny M.
    "Their green chile macaroni with grilled chicken is delicious."(7 Tips)
    allison s.
    "Try the broiled rainbow trout with cornbread stuffing."(12 Tips)
    Fred T.
    "Try the signature corn dog shrimp"(6 Tips)
    Jed G.
    "Be prepared for multiple trips through the brunch buffet!"(6 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • green chili
  • brunch food
  • lively
  • mac & cheese
  • steak
  • cornbread
  • corn dogs
  • rainbow trout
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • horseradish crusted salmon
  • comfort food
  • spicy food
  • good for groups
  • outdoor seating
  • bread pudding
  • chicken
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  • authentic
  • Bryant L.

    Great all you can eat Sunday American comfort food brunch. While there aren't any real speciality dishes, every dish is cooked just right. The only problem is the 2 hour wait. Valet parking is cheap.

    Bryant Luk · February 15, 2015
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  • Austin Chronicle

    The beautiful limestone building on the National Register of Historic Places offers Deep South charm, with water served in mason jars, corn muffins, and broiled rainbow trout with cornbread stuffing.

    Austin Chronicle · February 23, 2013
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  • Litany B.

    I have been loving place for years! Its the only restaurant I enjoy waiting for a table. Go to the bar area in the back and sit by a cozy fire while the mixologist prepares you something special.

    Litany Brown · January 17, 2015
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  • Michelle B.

    Sunday brunch is AMAZING! We were here on Easter and the food was delicious and abundant. I usually hate buffets because food gets cold but this buffet was out of this world. $4 bloody Mary's too!

    Michelle Blam · April 20, 2014
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  • Jennifer N.

    Go on Sundays between 10:30 and 2:30 for their buffet brunch. But be forewarned, the wait is CRAZY long no matter what time you go. Longer parties wait the longest. It's definitely worth it though. Be

    Jennifer Nguyen · September 12, 2010
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  • Erika L.

    The Ribs, Meatloaf, Chicken Tender Salad, Jalapeno Hanger Steak, Mac n Cheese, Green Chilie Grits, Bacon Cheese Dip, Bread Pudding, w/ Blind Mules & Ruby Red's. Everything Was beyond Amazing Perfect

    Erika Loya · December 17, 2014
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  • A Ross

    Have been here twice & no one has left disappointed. Waterloo Compound is my cocktail of choice, all the food delivers (yummy green chile grits!) Seems to be constantly packed, so make a reservation.

    A Ross · March 19, 2013
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  • Michael C.

    This place is amazing. Nothing on this menu lacks taste. We did 3 dishes and split them. I recommend the meatloaf, Mac and cheese or the habanero steak.

    Michael Calderone · February 28
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  • Denise M.

    The shrimp with blue cheese grits and wilted greens was outstanding. The seasonal white lightening my husband thought went down smooth, I didn't care for it however it did smell like cucumbers!

    Denise Murray · July 12, 2014
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  • Elyse E.

    The brunch is out if this world. Start off with an incredible $4 bloody or pomegranate mimosa, don't miss the candied yams, cornflake chicken, jalapeño sausage, king casserole and bread pudding.

    Elyse Estrada · March 10, 2013
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  • Jeffrey Z.

    Comfort food and cocktails on a big back porch; a calm sanctum around the corner from the chaos of Austin Convention Center. Gets very crowded, so make reservations and avoid peak hours.

    Jeffrey Zeldman · March 10, 2013
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  • Alyx H.

    Comfy southern decor with an outdoor patio and bar. Delicious southern cooking and excellent Silvermoon Margaritas. Can't go wrong with the chicken and waffles, corn bread, and large desserts.

    Alyx Heartcore · March 9, 2013
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  • Amy K.

    Waited an hour for the best brunch buffet we've had in a long while! Texas casserole, chorizo tamale scramble, and bread pudding were my favorites. Service with a smile, too, and great OJ! Yum

    Amy Kille · November 7, 2010
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  • Jaron B.

    You can sit at the bar and get full service. This is a way to avoid the wait for Sunday brunch. Show up at 2:15 right before buffet shuts down at 2:30. Tips for Sunday Funday people!!

    Jaron Banks · August 8, 2010
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  • Liz B.

    Started off w/the popcorn (delish). I got the pork chop which was juicy. If you have anything at this place - try to green chile cheese grits. You will thank your taste buds later!

    Liz Brunner · June 6, 2014
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  • Craig C.

    The corndog-style shrimp are a novel concept, but lack flavor. The batter could use a punch & the shrimp need a marinade. The trout is tasty but relies heavily on the bacon cornbread stuffing.

    Craig Collins-Young · March 4, 2015
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  • James A.

    I eat at bar on a dead day, Jan. 3, by myself. Joy is bartender. She leaves at 3 pm and check is $45 wine and $20.00 food. I pay and leave a $15 tip. The house buys not a single round. Don't like it

    James Arnold · January 3, 2012
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  • Mel N.

    SUPER delicious food for very reasonable prices! You even get popcorn to start your meal. Try the Chicken Almondine or Jalapeno Hangar Steak. You actually won't be disappointed with anything.

    Mel N. · April 29, 2011
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  • Connor

    Green Chile Macaroni is incredible! Very very tasty. I got a side of mashed potatoes and was underwhelmed. Very plain. The potato wedges were much better and had tons of flavor!

    Connor · July 31, 2014
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  • Ariel

    Don't let them sit you outside when it's 90+ unless you want to sweat through your meal. Management needs to relax sitting arrangement - they only sit complete parties? NY restaurant wannabe.

    Ariel · June 13, 2014
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  • Anna C.

    Some others say that the trout is the best. We agree its great, but don't forget the jalapeño cheddar grits and the Dr. Pepper chicken- not to miss. Here, it's way too hard to save room for dessert.

    Anna Curran · March 13, 2013
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  • HISTORY

    Comfortable and familiar, relaxed and easygoing, Moonshine greets guests like family. Serving up great cooking with an innovative take on classic American comfort food.

    HISTORY · April 7, 2010
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  • Mary W.

    Munched on baked brie with apple slices and chicken almondine while discussing ebooks. Friends had green chile mac n cheese. Huge portions! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Mary Woodard · February 8, 2012
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  • Ramzi L.

    Flat iron steak was delicious and cooked as I like it. Very tired, juicy and satisfying even though it's a top sirloin cut. Atmosphere is great and very nice staff.

    Ramzi L. · September 22, 2013
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  • Alyssa D. W.

    Don't do brunch at Moonshine if you have social anxiety disorder or your family is willing to witness you drink through said disorder. Other than that, really great place.

    Alyssa D. Whaley · February 12, 2014
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  • amy t.

    This place has the best brunch!! $17.95 for all you can eat. And it's SO good! Warm cinnamon rolls, broccoli cheese casserole, king ranch chicken...YUM!!!

    amy t · June 2, 2014
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  • Adam G.

    Came on a Saturday night. There was a long wait, so we got drinks at the bar beforehand. They were very good! Great food, great atmosphere, great service!

    Adam Giese · October 26, 2014
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  • Allison L.

    Corn dog shrimp appetizer for $12 I would pass on these next time. It's just a shrimp on a skewer dipped in corn dog batter. If the shrimp was blacked or had flavor it would be better.

    Allison L · April 12, 2015
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  • Sarah W.

    Order the Rainbow Trout with Corn Bread Stuffing, the Moonshine "corn dog" shrimp, and the signature skillet apple pie for dessert. Then do it again the next night.

    Sarah Wohl · August 15, 2011
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  • John V.

    my favorite place in downtown Austin, try the back bar (patio) if there is a wait. Chicken and Waffles is my favorite. Old School but nice

    John Vail · March 18
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  • Jeanette R.

    The Green Chile Macaroni was amazing! It was like a Mexican style elote w chicken and macaroni. I also liked their cornbread and sweet potato fries!

    Jeanette Ramirez · August 31, 2014
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  • Melissa A.

    "Get a bloody mary. Wow." ??? By far the most disappointing bloody mary I've ever had. Just weak mix and vodka. While strong, I've had better on airplanes. Skip it for a pomegranate mimosa.

    Melissa A. · October 10, 2010
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  • Paul C.

    I had the blackened cat fish and the apple pie. All kinds of awesome! For a drink, try the strawberry moonshine mixed with hard lemonade.

    Paul Canterbury · March 16
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  • Maddie

    Had never eaten here until a month ago. Ordered a beef fajita salad and subbed for chicken & it was quite possibly largest and tastiest salad I've ever had at a restaurant.

    Maddie · March 9, 2015
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  • Special K.

    The green Chile Grits are amazing!! Shrimp , grits and collards is a absolute must try!! * Was my first time having and was in awww!!! Amazing!!

    Special Kay · August 17, 2015
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  • Allison L.

    $4.95 for kids chicken tenders and fries. Son seemed to really enjoy them they where more juicy then other places.

    Allison L · April 12, 2015
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  • Carla Y.

    All of the appetizers are awesome, including the garlic bulbs, homemade potato chips and brie & toast. Mojitos are awesome. Lot's of vegetarian choices. Yum!

    Carla Young · July 18, 2010
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  • Gabe R.

    Do the corn bread stuffed trout. You'll feel good about yourself for ordering fish but realize it's satisfying when everything comes drenched in butter.

    Gabe Rose · March 12, 2013
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  • Jenny M.

    Split the sweet potato pecan pie. It's quite literally a whole pie. Ordering it with someone else ensures you won't try to eat the whole thing yourself.

    Jenny Mackintosh · March 14, 2013
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  • Hilary G.

    The catfish i had was divine. Order the bacon dip. I loved the old fashioned. Overall I had a great dining experience and had good service

    Hilary Gehin · June 27, 2014
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  • The Austin Grand Prix

    Sip on a refreshing cocktail while nibbling on fresh cornbread and enjoying the people watching. Then dive in to some of Austin's most authentic fare - chicken fried steak or mac 'n cheese.

    The Austin Grand Prix · December 30, 2011
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  • Ann W.

    My husband says "Best Chickem Fried Steak ever" I loved the Rainbow Trout! Plan on long wait and eayint "out" as in outside despite triple digits.

    Ann Windham · July 30, 2011
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  • @nathantwright

    Moonshine is big on southern charm and atmosphere. The chicken and waffles are out-of-this-world amazing. Brunch game = strong.

    @nathantwright · September 26, 2015
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  • Nicole T.

    Happy hour Monday through Friday with half price appetizers and discounted drinks. My Favorites, corn dog shrimp, hard lemonade, and ruby slipper... Yumm!

    Nicole Taylor · November 11, 2010
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  • Adobe SXSW

    Lunch Time? Moonshine will set you right for the rest of the day. An Austin Chronicle favorite for best buffet, brunch and American food. Arrive early to beat the rush! Read more

    Adobe SXSW · March 8, 2010
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  • Tim R.

    Flat iron steak, corn flake chicken salad was delish. Impressive wine list. ,Actually, the greens were pretty close to mama's.

    Tim Richardson · February 14, 2015
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  • Jen S.

    Food was pretty good, and the waiter friendly, but he forgot part of my order even after I reminded him, and we were w/o bevs most of the time.

    Jen Swanson · June 28, 2012
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  • Oliver B.

    You wouldn't think that you get so good food so close to the convention center. The chicken and the steaks are delicious.

    Oliver Bouchard · March 20, 2015
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  • Lance R.

    I'm sure its been said a thousand times but the green chile mac is amazing. Slightly spicy, loaded with chicken and wonderfulness.

    Lance Russell · June 23, 2013
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  • Ryan S.

    Chicken fried steak was crazy huge but very good. Makes a good meal for two and order a couple of moonshine drinks!

    Ryan Sequeira · November 21, 2015
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