Sanetra Longno / Eater Austin
Eating alone is actually quite enjoyable: you can order whatever you want and not have to worry about sharing or offending your table mates, you don’t have to carry on a conversation, you can do whatever you want (people watching, listening, reading a book, checking your phone, really enjoying what you eat, gazing into the distance, etc.), and most importantly, you can go at your own pace.
In Austin, there are plenty of restaurants that are great for solo dining, from comfy bar chairs to seating that overlooks the action of the kitchen, while serving truly excellent food and drink. (Similarly, many food trucks with outdoor seating make perfect solo dining projects.)
As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are any updates on current offerings and service models, as things are constantly changing. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and if ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurant itself.
Health experts consider eating out to be a high risk activity for unvaccinated; this may pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with high COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidelines are here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.
To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.