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Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel
Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel

Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.driskillgrill.com
  • Phone: (512) 391-7162
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Happy Hour in the Bar: Daily 5:00pm - 7:00pm, and all day Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Gelman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Chisholm Room is the historic private dining room accommodating groups of up to 35 People. Reservations are required for this room and special audio visual needs are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Charlie Skipsey (512) 391-7041
  • Entertainment: The Driskill Grill and Driskill Bar have live music Tuesday - Saturday offered in the Lounge starting at 6:00pm and ending at 11:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for all guest at a discounted rate through the Driskill Hotel.
A word from Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel
The legendary Driskill Grill serves exquisite modern American cuisine Tuesday through Saturday. The Driskill Grill is a Four Diamond rated restaurant and is repeatedly ranked the number one restaurant in Austin. The Driskill Grill invites diners to feast on an ever-changing array of innovative and impeccably prepared fare in the most elegant of surroundings. The Driskill Grill uses locally grown products, seasonal ingredients and cutting edge menu choices which create a truly memorable dining experience. The Driskill Grill has received numerous awards and accolades including the coveted Foder's Choice Award, Zagat's ranking of "Extraordinary to Perfection" and OpenTable's Diners Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America's leading wine appreciation magazine has honored The Driskill Grill with their "Award of Excellence 2011."Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and started going to the Driskill Grill in 2003 for our anniversary dinner and kept up the tradition until we moved out of town in 2012. No matter how much we spent there it was always worth it. The food and service were impeccable. I'm not sure why they changed, but the service was 2 star at best. This was our last time there. We came back to Austin for our anniversary weekend and dinner was supposed to be the highlight. The staff have been replaced with untrained servers. I was shocked at their lack of training. The food was still good, but the portions were a fraction of their former size. Wink has super sized portions compared to here. We went away hungry and sad that our favorite place had fallen to such lows."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was a special event for our granddaughter and the Chefs and staff made her feel very special. The food was excellent and the five course meal was presented in a very colorful way with a full explanation of the servings. Chef Knapp has a crew to be proud of here."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We chose the 5 dinner course for Friday night. It was nice, the meal was good, but not as good as I expected. First entre was a cold soup in a shot glass. The presentations were pretty, but small. I'm a petite woman, and I barely got full and my husband didn't. I was looking forward to the main course, and it was delicious, but hardly any. It wasn't on top of potatoes or some other filling vegetable. I didn't care for the Peach Cobbler desert even if it was different. My husband ordered a beer, they forgot about it. The glass of wine I ordered was the last of the bottle, I was told by the waitress that she'd come back with a new bottle to top it off, she never did. At least they did not charge us for those."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our food was superb, just a little slow coming out but worth the wait. The best venison I've ever eaten and attractive presentation. Called ahead and told them it was our anniversary and they threw in a glass of bubblely and desert. Lived up to being on the list of top area restaraunts."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was incredible and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have eaten here numerous times and I'm sorry to say that this was the first time the meal was not up to their usual high standards. I had soft shell crabs, which the waiter described as 'lightly' battered in cornmeal. Instead it was heavily battered and tasted very fishy--I ate only 1/3 of it- It was very disappointing and I would have sent it back but didn't want to spoil the mood since we were celebrating a friend's birthday there. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My family really enjoyed our dinner here to celebrate our son's graduation. The food and service were excellent. I particularly appreciated our quiet location, as my father is very hard of hearing and usually cannot participate in conversation at most restaurants."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Dining at the Driskill was a lovely experience that I will remember for a long time. My husband and I went to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we had the seven course tasting menu. Every course exceeded our expectations and the service was above and beyond the best we'd ever had. I especially loved how the servers were a friendly, though refined type of attentive, not snobby at all, even when we admitted we didn't know anything about wine. The total cost of our evening was around $250, but well worth it for a special occasion. The meal was served over three hours as each course was brought out with a special introduction. It was more of an experience, like going to a museum, than simply eating a meal."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the romantic atmosphere, the wait staff was very attentive and friendly. The chef even went out of his way to make something not featured on that night's menus. We did the chef's tasting, everything was delicious, my favorites being the scallops and beef cheek. Cocktails were also yummy! Thanks, I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our meals were feasts for the senses. Of 4 different meal choices, none disappointed. The filet mignon was tender and for an additional treat, antelope was served on this particular evening. Couldn't decide which was better, the beef or the antelope! Goat cheesecake must be experienced - DELISH! And the service remained attentive and impeccable throughout the evening. Wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We looked forward to a special night out at the Driskill Grill. Although the food was adequate, we were VERY disappointed overall. The portion sizes were small and the service was informal, to say the least. The best part of the meal was the wine (each of us had a glass of white - both the Torrontes and the Albarino were excellent, and the pours were generous). We split an entree and an appetizer - and the bill was over $100. We agreed - not worth it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had my daughter's graduation dinner here and the staff went out of their way to make the evening completely special from beginning to end! The food was spectacular and the service was excellent. They allowed my husband to bring in a special, large picture collage and they had it displayed on a pretty stand. They also presented her with a very beautiful and tasty cake!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The dinner menu is a disaster. The salads were absolutely ridiculous portion wise. The kitchen was way off in timing. There are not near enough entree choices and most entrees included some type of pork this sauce or pork that sauce."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Driskill Grill is a fantastic spot for dinner and drinks to celebrate college graduation! Elegant yet comfortable, authentic Austin ambiance, delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts. A delightful evening !"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We have been going to the Grill for years and always considered it one of our "old favorites". Unfortunately this time was very disappointing. Menu had no salad with lettuce, entrees were very limited,( best lamb chops in world gone, veggies very average. Service was great at first then waitress and support disappeared. We sat with plates after finished for 15 to 20 min before finally picked up! Will not be in a hurry to return!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "the food was exceptionally good and beautifully presented. The service was excellent...and the noise level...interesting. All and all a great meal."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, service was fair. Entree dishes were good, not terrific. Expected more for the price. The bar outside the restaurant was great tho, make sure to arrive early for a cocktail before dinner."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I took my daughter to the Driskill to celebrate her birthday. There will be only 1 21st birthday. The staff at the Drikill was awesome. They made the dinner very memorable for my daughter. As her daddy she will always be a princess and that they made her feel likeone. Thank You So Much"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "When you go to a place like the Driskill the quality of the food is important but the service must be excellent. We arrived on time for a Saturday night dinner, promptly seated in a half full dining room (so not busy). And then sat there. No menu. No offer of a drink. Several wait staff passing to and fro, never once making eye contact. After 15 minutes of being ignored, we left. There are plenty of other fine dining choices in walking distance and it was already going on 9PM. To his credit the manager chased us down in the lobby, explained there was a miscommunication and offered a free dinner. But the mood was wrong so we declined. Won't be back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "For Easter Brunch they furnished a tasting menu. Beginning with an assortment of breads, muffins and cinnamon rolls and ending with a dessert of bread pudding. The highlights were the venison eggs benedict and the duck bacon. I can't begin to explain the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. It was, hands down, one of the best meals of my life! Thank you! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "They had a fixed priced 5 and 7 course meal on the menu, which unfortunately several things I wouldn't have eaten so I went for an "a-la-cart" item. As I recall there was only about 4 main dishes to choose from. I got a pork tenderloin, which was EXCELLENT, and my girlfriend got a steak, which was also perfectly seasoned and cooked. They do have a large wine selection, with some starting around $35, but then they quickly go up from there. Having said all this, the service was impeccable, and I love the "old fashioned" restaurant look and feel."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I were visiting from London and on our anniversary headed to The Driskill. The day before we went in to see the menu, Scott the GM showed us around the restaurant, he was very friendly and went above & beyond to show us around. On the evening, the food was amazing and the team did everything possible to make the evening special. Being our anniversary they designed a special course for us & produced an amazing dessert celebrating our anniversary. Very reasonably priced considering the quality of food, the amount of food and the great service on offer. I train customer service and have experienced premium service the world over. The Driskill demonstrated some of the best service I have received anywhere in the world. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant with beautiful food, although the menu selections were a bit sparse. More vegetable offerings would have been greatly appreciated. Also, not the restaurant's fault, but most of our romantic dinner was spoiled by an obnoxiously loud family next to us."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was by bar the best dining experience I've ever had. I could not recommend The Grill anymore!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We ordered the pre fixe dinner. Excellent. Fresh, locally sourced when possible, excellent preparation."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Le Millénaire restaurant in Reims (one Michelin star) is my favorite destination when in France. Austin's Driskill Grill rivals it, where dish variety and service quality are concerned. The Driskill offers a rich wine list and their wait-staff understand food-wine pairings like nobody's business. Unpretentious, high-end dining experience at a very reasonable price -- Great value!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I had my best friend and my sister in town on the same weekend; this was the perfect location. The service was great, the food was perfect (as were the cocktails). I'm pretty sure our waiter can read minds too. I will definitely do that again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Driskill was fabulous, great ambiance, very busy but the servers were always attentive. Food was exquisite, and there was a great variety. I will be returning."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Service was horrendous and the food was just ok. I would not go back or recommend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Driskill Grill is a very special place. It is almost a "destination" dining experience; that is, one spends the entire evening surrounded with helpful, but not intrusive, service and very special and delicious food. Our dining group of four was consistently pleased with the evening--from our arrival through the five courses of the chef's special (and each was indeed special and well presented and explained by the servers) to our departure with warm words from the staff."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The bill was amazingly high."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very good food and service with nice atmosphere in downtown Austin. A little pricey."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The quality of food, service, ambience all excellent. Disappointed that we were dining almos talone in the room at 8PM (when the food was served). Wednesday 7:30 reservation. Would prefer to come at some time when the room had more diners. In fact, won't come again without checking to see if the house was likely to be at least half full."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I've eaten several high dollar meals and this one is not worth it. I think that the Driskill could use some updates in ambiance and food. It was not bad at all and mostly cooked well. Presentation was typical, nothing new. We did the 7 course tasting menu. I didn't go the Driskill expecting anything modern but did go expecting to overwhelm my tastebuds and that did not happen. There was a lack of seasoning overall and I felt the food was what I would have expected to eat about 5-7 years ago. I didn't taste anything that stood out or that would make me want to come back and experience it again. I think to spend this much it needs to be amazing and I would not come close to using that word to describe what we ate."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "good food, awesome desserts... highlight is the service and atmosphere!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went here For 2nd anniversary. Went last year and service and food was so fantastic we decided to make it a yearly tradition! They always make the occasion special by writing on our desert plates, this time the manager gave us a fresh tin of cookies from their bakery."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The filet mignon is to die for - grilled to buttery, melt in your mouth perfection - it is probably the best steak moment in a lifetime of fine dinning. The venison tartare starter was a delight with contrasting flavors and textures. Service was impeccable and the room has a distinctive historical look and feel as befits the landmark Driskill Hotel. Don't miss this experience!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Valentine's dinner at the Driskill Grill. The multi course meal was great and so was the service. A special touch was that we ordered additional cocktails at the bar on our way out and had them outdoors on a mezzanine balcony."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great ambiance, attentive but not intrusive service, wonderful food-altogether a terrific dining experience. The menu changes daily with only four main dishes, so it pays to check the daily menu before making a reservation (which is required)."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My wife and I visited The Driskill Grill to celebrate our 10-year Anniversary and we will forever remember our experience. The staff was delightful, knowledgeable and tactful. While we dined for over 3 hours, our time never dragged, nor were we ever without a beverage and morsel. Both the presentation and taste of each course were excellent along with the carefully paired wine selections. We will certainly revisit The Driskill Grill for future special occasions."
    Dined on 2/7/2014