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Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

American Restaurant and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarAugust 11, 2016
    Great option for brunch. Loved their peppery Bloody Mary homemade mix. Kale bacon dip, grits, chicken and waffles. Bring your appetite and leave happy. Love the patio outside too for waiting.
  • Bryant L.
    Bryant LukFebruary 15, 2015
    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.
  • Litany B.
    Litany BrownJanuary 17, 2015
    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.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlamApril 20, 2014
    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!
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaMarch 10, 2013
    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.
  • Alyx H.
    Alyx HeartcoreMarch 9, 2013
    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.
  • Liz B.
    Liz BrunnerJune 6, 2014
    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!
  • Erika L.
    Erika LoyaDecember 17, 2014
    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
  • Michael C.
    Michael CalderoneFebruary 28, 2016
    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.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanMarch 10, 2013
    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.
  • Anna C.
    Anna CurranMarch 13, 2013
    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.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer T.September 16, 2016
    Popcorn instead of bread is a unique touch when you sit down. Get here early on a weekday night to avoid a wait, and save room for their cast iron skillet desserts!
  • A Ross
    A RossMarch 19, 2013
    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.
  • Denise M.
    Denise MurrayJuly 12, 2014
    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!
  • Ramzi L.
    Ramzi L.September 22, 2013
    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.
  • amy t.
    amy tJune 2, 2014
    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!!!
  • John V.
    John VailMarch 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Adam G.
    Adam GieseOctober 26, 2014
    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!
  • Jeanette R.
    Jeanette RamirezAugust 31, 2014
    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!
  • Connor
    ConnorJuly 31, 2014
    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!
  • Mary W.
    Mary WoodardFebruary 8, 2012
    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
  • Paul C.
    Paul CanterburyMarch 16, 2016
    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.
  • Mel N.
    Mel N.April 29, 2011
    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.
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    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.
  • Special K.
    Special KayAugust 17, 2015
    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!!
  • Amy K.
    Amy KilleNovember 7, 2010
    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
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Moonshine is big on southern charm and atmosphere. The chicken and waffles are out-of-this-world amazing. Brunch game = strong.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WohlAugust 15, 2011
    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.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NguyenSeptember 12, 2010
    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
  • Allison L.
    Allison LApril 12, 2015
    $4.95 for kids chicken tenders and fries. Son seemed to really enjoy them they where more juicy then other places.
  • Meg A.
    Meg Armstrong1 week ago
    Not many vegetarian options for me, but I was able to have the steak salad (minus the steak!) and it was amazing! Great flavors!
  • Gabe R.
    Gabe RoseMarch 12, 2013
    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.
  • Jaron B.
    Jaron BanksAugust 8, 2010
    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!!
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The green chili mac & cheese is the best mac & cheese in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Allison L.
    Allison LApril 12, 2015
    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.
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BouchardMarch 20, 2015
    You wouldn't think that you get so good food so close to the convention center. The chicken and the steaks are delicious.
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalFebruary 26
    Get the mac n cheese and the chicken fried steak was great as well!! Small place inside with seating outside as well 👍🏼
  • Maddie
    MaddieMarch 9, 2015
    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.
  • Lance R.
    Lance RussellJune 23, 2013
    I'm sure its been said a thousand times but the green chile mac is amazing. Slightly spicy, loaded with chicken and wonderfulness.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    Comfortable and familiar, relaxed and easygoing, Moonshine greets guests like family. Serving up great cooking with an innovative take on classic American comfort food.
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie WalkerNovember 2, 2013
    Great service. Great food I had the Bohimian sandwich. It was so amazing. The atmosphere was relaxed and very comfortable.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshMarch 14, 2013
    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.
  • Tim R.
    Tim RichardsonFebruary 14, 2015
    Flat iron steak, corn flake chicken salad was delish. Impressive wine list. ,Actually, the greens were pretty close to mama's.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SequeiraNovember 21, 2015
    Chicken fried steak was crazy huge but very good. Makes a good meal for two and order a couple of moonshine drinks!
  • Alyssa D. W.
    Alyssa D. WhaleyFebruary 12, 2014
    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.
  • Anna C.
    Anna CurranMarch 13, 2013
    The apple pie is delicious and enormous. See how it Compares to pictured iPhone.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 20, 2012
    Dig your fork into as many plates as you can, this place is great! This is home to some of the best tasting staple foods: meatloaf, macaronni, corn dogs...
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LiwagMarch 23, 2013
    You can close your eyes, put your finger on the menu, and get wherever your finger lands. Trust me, everything's good here. Oh, try the green chile macaroni.
  • Gina R.
    Gina R.September 17, 2012
    The pecan crusted catfish with homemade hot sauce is excellent. Jalapeño cornbread also very good. Friendly, helpful staff.
  • Ann W.
    Ann WindhamJuly 30, 2011
    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.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel P1 week ago
    Be careful with changing anything about their happy hour cocktails (ie subbing the in an old fashioned). They'll hit you with the full price tab.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 16, 2014
    Awesome big porch thats great for groups. Get a reservation, though the bar isnt a bad place to hang out.
  • Marcy B.
    Marcy Barlow-HooverJanuary 11, 2012
    the smoked half chicken in Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce is to die for! Try it with the baked mac and cheese - yummy!
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin V.March 19, 2015
    Get the PayPal app and use it th pay here. Usually there is a $5 credit you can apply to your bill!!!
  • Lakshmi M.
    Lakshmi MuraliFebruary 17, 2015
    Huge lines but since it was just two of us we grabbed a table at the bar - brunch was excellent!
  • IFC
    IFCMarch 7, 2013
    Best brunch. There. We said it. And coming from NYC, we know a bit about brunch.
  • Rick M.
    Rick MontgomeryAugust 1, 2014
    I recommend the bread pudding. It was very good. The Grits side dish is a winner as well.
  • Dominique M.
    Dominique McCleaveApril 24, 2012
    Lavender hand soap, you can't go wrong with that. But for real the baked Brie and Spinach Salad are wonderful!
  • Ike C.
    Ike CoronisFebruary 27, 2014
    Great drinks, really good food. The green chili cheese grits were my favorite of everything we had.
  • Craig C.
    Craig Collins-YoungMarch 4, 2015
    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.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Moonshine is a popular upscale southern style cooking restaurant that offers a great ambiance and gourmet comfort food.
  • Y B.
    Y BJanuary 27, 2012
    Best all-you-can-eat brunch in Austin. Bring an appetite and try to snag a table in the carriage house!
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurMarch 21, 2015
    The Mac & cheese, cornflake fried chicken salad and the bread pudding.
  • Saundra
    SaundraJanuary 30, 2013
    Call ahead and lock a table on the patio. Order a hard lemonade and something with pork in it
  • Dallas Foodie (.
    The Broiled Rainbow Trout is great. The side of Mac 'n' Cheese is good, but not the best, and missing the advertised bacon.
  • Lynnette B.
    Lynnette BraillardMarch 9, 2012
    Waldorf salad with a side of sweet potatoes makes a tasty lunch. Ask for dressing on side though- a lil' heavy.
  • megan
    meganMarch 15, 2011
    Green chili mac 'n cheese + fresh squeezed lemonade will leave you happy & full. Pro tip: skip the line, eat at the bar!
  • Mollie Q.
    This is a must try when in Austin. Definitely a great experience with great food!
  • Anne 🎏 D.
    Anne 🎏 DSeptember 19, 2012
    Delicious! Indigo Spinach Salad paired with a Sav Blanc. Great mid week lunch!
  • Aruna R.
    Aruna RJanuary 24, 2014
    Amazing food! Try the rainbow trout, mashed potatoes, asparagus and shrimp corn dogs!
  • Carla Y.
    Carla YoungJuly 18, 2010
    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!
  • Mukund R.
    Mukund RaoFebruary 2, 2016
    The acron squash with barley filling and tomato sauce makes a great brunch
  • Walt F.
    Walt FrancisMay 1, 2016
    There will be a wait... So order drinks and an app, sit on the outside patio and enjoy your wait
  • Max
    MaxJune 12, 2016
    Incredible sheik and grits and catfish. The moonshine cocktails are novel and interesting.
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TaylorNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour Monday through Friday with half price appetizers and discounted drinks. My Favorites, corn dog shrimp, hard lemonade, and ruby slipper... Yumm!
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan L'EsperanceMarch 22, 2012
    This place is Delish! I suggest the backyard chicken sandwhich with the hard lemonade. Great lunch combo
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperOctober 14, 2013
    Delicious hard lemonade and garlic bulb&goat cheese app. Mac n cheese super creamy.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CollinsFebruary 11, 2013
    Good food. On the pricey side. Old tavern but fancy too. A lot of unique and eclectic choices, even on old standards.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Turns out this is my favorite place to eat during SXSW. It's a nice refuge from the chaos. Get the Fajita Steak salad, only in Texas can this called a salad.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HodgeMay 30, 2013
    Try the Horseradish Crusted Salmon - Excellent salmon and the veggies were fresh and tasty
  • Guido R.
    Guido RamaMarch 16, 2015
    Awesome burger! Works even better with mac and cheese side
  • Zoe T.
    Zoe TronsonMarch 7, 2014
    Even if you're not a grits person, try the Green Chile Cheddar Grits. They're delicious. But eat them while they're hot.
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrJune 13, 2016
    Moonshine. All local Austin beers. Atmosphere and decor are inviting. Looking forward to dinner so more to come... :)
  • Off The Quad
    Off The QuadApril 6, 2011
    Half-priced apps at happy hour, so double up. We love the Beer Battered Asparagus and Moonshinecorn dogShrimp.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 23, 2013
    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.
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer T.February 2, 2012
    You must get the apple pie but be sure you have at least 4 people to share it with!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenMarch 20, 2015
    Green chile Macaroni is a bit overated. Not as unhealthy as I expected, though not as tasty either.
  • Jean N.
    Jean NicolasFebruary 4, 2011
    Order Pasta Angelica, it is by far the best vegetarian dish. Like meat? Just add chicken, shrimp among other options!
  • Gerald V.
    Gerald VanderpuyeAugust 30, 2014
    Had the trout..the patio area has a very Spanish roof feel. Around great place to eat.
  • Brass Tacks Events
    Brass Tacks EventsAugust 8, 2014
    A great menu, nice atmosphere. Gets crowded at peak times and parking is limited.
  • Justina B.
    Justina BApril 22, 2012
    Don't pass up the cornflake fried chicken and fresh fruit bowl! Delicious and nutritious!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CroninJuly 8, 2016
    Moonshine mule is amazing as well as the cornflake crusted chicken salad!
  • Michael
    MichaelJanuary 16
    Been here 5+ times
    I had the jalapeno hanger steak with Mac and cheese... Steak was good, but the Mac and cheese was obviously premade and plated. It was a dry and reheated disappointment.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OxenhamNovember 26, 2014
    The barbecue chicken is as good as the reviewers say it is. A must order.
  • Salvatore S.
    Salvatore SaievaDecember 8, 2014
    The Cornflake Chicken Salad is unexpectedly awesome! Don't miss it.
  • John Bob P.
    John Bob PashoJune 24, 2013
    The Texas Flat Iron Steak was so good her eyes literally rolled back into her head.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'ConDecember 29, 2014
    I think a bit over-rated. It is all a tad too crowded, noisy and cramped. Fantastic bar tho !
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 10, 2011
    Great lunch spot during SXSW. Patio. Chicken fried steak, shrimp corn dogs... oh yeah and good salads. ;)
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WildJuly 14, 2013
    BLT with the fried egg and a side of Mac n cheese...amazing comfort food!
  • Felix I B.
    Felix I BobadillaJuly 24, 2015
    No matter how hot is outside try to get a Patio table you won't regret it / No imports el calor pide nade en el Patio no te arrepentirás
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