Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

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Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, a downtown Austin Red River restaurant, takes you back to a simpler time. Comfortable and familiar, relaxed and easygoing, Moonshine greets guests like family. Serving up great cooking with an innovative take on classic American comfort food, Moonshine’s menu satisfies even the big city tastes. Operating out of the historical Waterloo Compound, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill serves up great American comfort food with a modern approach!

303 Red River St
(512) 236-9599

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Place Categories: Bars and Restaurants.Place Tags: bar & grill, downtown restaurant, grill, outdoor patio, red river restaurant, and restaurant.

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4 reviews

  1. Payal L., Oct 09, 2015 - Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

    Everyone is very nice, cherry and knowledgeable!

    This was my first meal after landing in austin. It helped that it was a stones throw away from my hotel :)

    I’d call this upscale southern comfort food. And it’s damn good!

    I ordered my first ever moonshine here! My server kelly recommended I try to Catdaddy since I didn’t want something too sweet or something string that is best as a shot — after all, this was lunch. Have to pace my drinking 😉 the Catdaddy looked like a small glass of water. .. but it was not! So good! Great recommendation Kelly!

    Since I was dining alone, I only ordered one dish. Another first — my first ever chicken and waffles! I know this is sad, why has it taken me so long?! I don’t know. The chicken is oh so delicious, even a hint of spice baked in.

    I wanted to try the fried pickles (special] and the corn dog shrimp but I knew I couldn’t eat them all by myself and I hate throwing food away. Just means I’ll have to come back here!

    Environment is chill. I was here around 3pm during ACL weekend 2. Music in the background. Not loud at all.

    Ps. Kelly is awesome! So energetic, let me ask her all my tourist menu questions and didn’t rush me. And kept checking in (but not in the annoying way!) On top of it all, she gave me a complimentary dessert on the house since I was in town to celebrate my birthday!

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  2. Sara M., Nov 09, 2015 - Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

    You’ll rarely hear me rave about a restaurant with an hour and a half wait to be seated. I’m raving about Moonshine, where we waited an hour and a half to be seated.

    The wait was part of the fun. We ordered appetizers and drinks and sat by the fires and enjoyed each others company. The outdoor area is a great place to hang out and is covered and heated (I think) so you’re still comfortable even on a 60 degree rainy November day. Kind of feels like you’re on a ranch or something.

    The Waterloo was my favorite cocktail! It has grapefruit juice, cucumber and gin. Tastes so fresh and delicious. Friends said the Bloody Mary was the best they’ve ever tried.

    The food is incredible. The bacon dip is a perfect, shareable starter. The green chili macaroni lives up to the hype. The pimento is fabulous. The seasoned popcorn is a great way to hold you over while you wait as well.

    Finally, we received phenomenal service. Our waitress was patient and super nice with our large, slightly rowdy and indecisive party. She did an amazing job splitting up the checks even with multiple shared dishes.

    What a fun afternoon! I’d love to go back for brunch, which they only serve on Sunday.

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  3. Wesley W., Nov 10, 2015 - Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

    Woah. This place is definitely one of the best places I have eaten at in Austin. Their southern style food is classy and absolutely delicious. I actually went here on my birthday and couldn’t of had a better experience.

    When we arrived on Thursday, we got there in enough time to get the happy hour specials. We ordered the Old Fashioned and the Hard Lemonade. Both were phenomenal and had a heavy pouring of alcohol in them, but the flavors were so well balanced, that it worked perfectly.

    For a starter we ordered the pimento cheese and pretzels. This was amazing! The pretzels were warm and freshly baked and the homemade pimento cheese was the best I have ever had and had a great little kick to it.

    For dinner we ordered the Chicken and Waffles and the Backyard Chicken Sandwich. The fried chicken was moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside and the syrup was amazing and a perfect complement to tie the whole dish together. The sandwich was also delicious and the BBQ sauce on it was wonderful.

    Since it was my birthday, the waitress gave us a heavily discounted apple pie. It was an entire mini pie served with ice cream on top. The crust was flaky and the apple filling was perfect. If you come, you could easily split this dessert between like 4 people. We had 2 people and could only eat about half.

    This place is delicious and I can’t wait to get back here soon!

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  4. Jennifer N., Nov 13, 2015 - Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

    This place gets crowded for a reason!

    The parking is street only or valet, you might be lucky to find a spot or you can just give in and do the valet. There is most likely going to be a wait for seating, but it’s totally worth it. The brunch time gets the craziest here, so make sure to plan ahead of time and go accordingly.

    The food is delicious, I love the pretzel appetizer, and the warm bacon dip are amazing. I think the pretzels should be served with the bacon dip as well. It’s the soft pretzel sticks and it’s pretty awesome. I recommend getting that for sure. The bring out their house made chips as well and those are delicious too of course. We ordered the chicken and waffles, the mac and cheese, and this pork pork sandwich special that was going on that day. The mac and cheese is really good, but very non-traditional, it has corn in it. But I really enjoyed that one the best. The chicken and waffles were good, but I feel like you can’t go wrong there. The chicken are chicken tenders and you get 3 to the order. The pork pork sandwich was my least favorite, but it’s not a normal item anyways so I should have known better. The red beans and rice side was really good and flavorful. The seasonal vegetables I felt could have been cooked a little longer, they were still a little raw. The cornbread is awesome just like the house chips. We got the peanut butter moose for dessert and that was amazing, and goodness the portion size on that is crazy for $5! Totally worth it.

    The server we had was amazing, she was super nice and very friendly and happy. She had a large table of 15 come in but she was still as attentive as she was before. I definitely give this place 5 stars for service alone. She was awesome, never did my drink go empty. She had an awesome personality. I wish I would remember her name right now but I drew a blank.

    I love this place and would highly recommend it to people visiting as well as a place to grad dinner on the regular.

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