Ranch 616
Ranch 616

Ranch 616

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theranch616.com/
  • Phone: 5124797616
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Williamson / Antonio Vidal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contacts: Kevin Williamson kwilliamsomranch616@austin.rr.com Miguel Vidal m_vidal16@hotmail.com Antonio Vidal antoniovidal616@hotmail.com 512.479.7616
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant is available for buy outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Miguel Vidal 5124797616
  • Entertainment: Live music every Tuesday and Thursday featuring Lucas Hudgins and the First Cousins. "Country Classic" i.e. Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Charlie Pride.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in front and in rear of restaurant. Street parking is available as well.
A word from Ranch 616
South Texas Ice House, "Texas Cuisine" Products from the Texas Gulf to the Texas Hill Country.
"The huge snake logo on the outside of an otherwise nondescript building -- created by Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, best known for the oversize boots that front San Antonio's North Star Mall -- is your first hint that this place might be a bit, well, different. Inside, cowboy kitsch, 1950s diner decor, and Mexican folk art mingle, as do workers from the nearby county offices, local movers and shakers, and anyone else looking for terrific food that, like the decor, defies easy categorization.
Call it South Texas gourmet. You can really taste the chipotle chilies in the tartar sauce that comes with some of the best crispy oysters this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the Gulf fish tacos are gussied up with chili lime aioli and Tabasco jalapeño onions. You get the idea -- lots of spicy dishes."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Ranch 616 reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (33)neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (29)hot spot (29)special occasion (16)vibrant bar scene (16)great for lunch (13)romantic (8)late-night find (5)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Impressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great ambiance, unique experience and an absolute must in Austin. Went and had cocktails, dinner and stayed all night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great downtown find!
    Owls93VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    From the start, our party of 14 (2 tables) received a warm greeting and while one table was quickly seated, the rest of our group was accommodated on the patio with drinks. Once seated inside, we ordered food and while it took a while for it to come out, it was well worth the wait. The Jalapeño Maize Chicken was excellent and I also heard the Texas Black Angus Ribeye was great. The wait staff was continuously checking on us and we'll definitely return in the future when in Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Austin at it's best
    weissteam
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was such a surprise find. We travel to the Capitol many times a year and never venture far from down town. This was less then a mile from the convention center and delightful. We all took a walk and were so excited to find this gem. The food was flavorful, the menu had choices for any type of picky or not so picky eaters. I highly recommend the fried oysters and truffle fries as an appetizer. The entrees were amazing. We had a group of 10 and we all ordered something different. Not one of us had anything left on our plate. The drink menu and selections of tequila was impressive as well. This was a fabulous time. Service was helpful and considerate. They guided us along with great recommendations. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better every time
    ENZO
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    the halibut with carmelized onion with lobster/crab was awesome. Great service without bothering us. Great mexican martini's !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sheri
    ChefSheShe123
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    First time visiting Ranch 616. The Divorced Trout was excellent! All of the dishes our group ordered were great! Very good customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • let55
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed the service, ambiance, food and cocktails at Ranch 616!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service & Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    From reservation, welcome, ambiance and food we enjoyed a pleasant evening. Best frog leggs around!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great time!
    indianpaintbrush
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a great time the other night. A little too loud for a dining experience but the overall service and the food was excellent. Recommend to everyone if you .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner for two.
    StephVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I made a reservation, for which we arrived an hour ahead. The bartender was very attentive while we waited, and the hosts very generously moved us up so we didn't wait long. We both ordered from the special menu after the delectable bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizer, and were not disappointed by our meals. They cooked seafood and steak perfectly, and we had nice wine choices for pairing. This is our second visit to Ranch 616, and we will continue to go for special, romantic dinners together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud but decent
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Trying for a romantic dinner, this is not the place. It's loud but good for a night out with friends. Food was okay. Quail was good, tilapia was fair. The goat cheese mashed potatoes were the best item we tried. Fried oysters were fresh. Had about a 30 minute wait even with a 10pm reservation
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike Boston Meets Jen Austin
    MikeBoston
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great "Texas" food, awesome "local" drink specials. The Quail, Duck and Sausage Platter was to die for! Fun wait staff and unpretentious customers made for a great evening! I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Ranch 616 has a terrific consistent menu. The service if responsive and professional and the drinks are well prepared and use the best ingredients.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Latch
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Really enjoyed the oysters and the fish medley was excellent. Pass on the lamb chops, very small, but tasty. Took 4 customers and had 6 total, and the food was great and hot... Good wine selection. Enjoyed it and will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun & quirky with Great Food
    MelC
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    If you love a restaurant that reflects the Austin quirky vibe and mixes it with a little Tex-Mex and Hill Country scene, you'll love this. The food is just as fun and delicious. Comfortable patio but you must check out the indoor scene, too. Definitely worth dining at Ranch 616.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    BTS92
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was a Girls' Weekend dinner outing and we loved the atmosphere of Ranch 616. We ordered the fried asparagus, truffle fries and camarones rellenos for appetizers. Quite frankly, we could have gone without the camarones rellenos because the other two items were what caught our tastebuds. Divorced Quail was ordered with sauteed spinach instead of the veggies - great. The other dishes - Divorced Trout, Petite Tenderloin and Chicken Fried Tenderloin were all delicious. We shared a brownie with ice cream and a cinnamon bread pudding with ice cream for dessert. Overall, the food was just what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...lousy waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We have been to Ranch 616 many times over the past eight years and really enjoyed the atmosphere and interesting menu. The food has always been standout and this time it was fantastic. We really enjoyed the food and the presentation. The mexican martini was not too sweet and the Italian Pinot just right. The service has been stellar until this time. We arrived towards the end of the evening and our waiter seemed like he was ready to leave. He was curt and impatient with our order and slow to respond to us. In all fairness, he could have been overloaded...but either way, we left less than satisfied. We will go back and give Ranch 616 another opportunity. We are certain that they will address the issue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food too much heat, dirty floors.
    Ceeg
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The high point was the service. Host and waitress were polite and attentive. I took my wife to Ranch 616 because of the reviews. We were disappointed by the food. There was so much pepper that our palate was overwhelmed. And we didn't order "spicy" plates. We sat by the window and fought a fly. We noticed that the floor had a build-up of grime. We would recommend less pepper and more cleaning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 299 reviews are from the Ranch 616 reviews archive.
  • Terrible Service
    KatieHVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have never had such a horrible experience at a restaurant as I did at Ranch 616 this past Saturday. My party was treated so disrespectfully and received such poor service that we had to leave before ever being served. In addition to being 28 years old and refused alcoholic beverages due to the fact that the waiter didn't believe our IDs would be from four different states (we all met in Austin and do, in fact, live in four different states), the inability to answer a friend with a gluten allergy's question about whether she could or could not get a taco with a corn tortilla, the general lack of customer service and waitstaff's rude, unaccommodating attitude was like none I have ever experienced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    THE HOSTESS CANCELLED OUR RESERVATION FOR THE 31ST FOR SOME REASON. WE ENJOYED OUR EXPERIENCE ON THE 29TH HOWEVER WHEN WE CAME BACK FOR OUR 31ST RESERVATION, THE HOSTESS WAS ARROGANT AND BASICALLY RECOMMENDED ANOTHER RESTAURANT FOR US TO EAT AT BECAUSE I ACCIDENTALLY MADE OUR RESERVATION ONLINE FOR 2 INSTEAD OF THREE. SHE PUT US IN THE CORNER RIGHT BY THE KITCHEN. WAITERS WERE GREAT ON BOTH NIGHTS. LOVE THE RESTAURANT JUST REALLY DID NOT APPRECIATE THE HOSTESSES' ATTITUDE ON SATURDAY NIGHT. GET A NEW HOSTESS.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance!
    40andfull
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went to dinner for our friends 40th and are so happy we choose Ranch 616. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dinner
    Dolphy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Staff was very nice and welcoming to me and my family. Service was top notch. The drinks and food were excellent. I had the chicken maize. It was delicious! My family enjoyed their dinner as well, and were impressed with the quality of food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic old Austin
    Rugbygod
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The way Austin used to be before the hipsters arrived. Gives an authentic view of pre-90's Austin both in decor and menu but with a very fun, young crowd in their 20-40's. Great place to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid but not great
    Pablo2U
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I've come here for more than a decade, usually for lunch. Lunch seems a better option; for dinner the food seemed uninspired in the larger entrees and well, dated. Nothing was horrible but nothing was great. The flavors seemed muddy and the choices seemed all in a very narrow flavor palate. Maybe after all these years, it's time to change it up, reach a little further?
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    JD83VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    nice, yummy and fun. Great Service. our group always has a great meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First night
    wsch
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We arrived in Austin late one evening and found Ranch 616 was walking distance from our hotel. Sat outside on a beautiful evening and enjoyed a quiet (maybe because it was Sunday) and well-served meal. Food was straight-forward and delicious.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best in Austin
    Mythoughts
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    This restaurant is consistently good on food and exceptional on service but this last visit was lacking. It was a Monday night which normally would be a slow night but it was super busy and I think the staff was caught off guard. Food was good but the service was lame. Our waitress seemed to be having a personal crisis and screwed up everything from our drink order to the bill. Not very friendly and actually seemed put out when we asked why she charged us an extra $20 on our bill. And after leaving did we realize we never did receive two items of food we ordered and ended up paying for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Not Bad
    PaTraveler
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Austin has some very good restaurants. This is not one. It is probably very good for bar food, however. By the way, the "specials" menu we were given did not have prices. There was a reason: everything was priced substantially higher than the regular menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good foof funky srating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food here is well prepared and the portions fair for the price. The seating is a bit funky. The bar noise can be loud and distracting anad the indoor seats somewhat cramped. Outdoors is a bit more open. Overall it was a good experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Austin Spot
    GeorgiaGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Best burger ever; fabulous service from Jeremy; very hip look. This is a must do; if you want a burger, go at lunch. Fabulous dinner menu, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local gem
    SkinnyVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    In a new town, wanted to find a unique local spot, so turned to my OpenTable app. This place showed up and caught my eye. They weren't kidding about the fried oysters, and the outdoor seating was exactly what I was after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Believe In 2nd Chances
    StillGivingRanchAChance
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Saturday night was my wifes B-Day & I organized a little party of 6 for a suprise B-Day dinner at 1 of my favorite eateries in Texas. My reservation was at 9:30pm Sat but I called in at 5:30pm to get a earlier time with no avail. We got there at 8pm and everything was fine until our order came out. The steak was overcooked, sides were wrong or the sides were not there at all and when our server did check on us after half the meal was over and she brought out the last plate (10 mins after food was served) she blamed the kitchen and the hostess for booking a mega party on the patio. We didn't complain or gripe but this is not what I'd expect from 616. I even tipped 25% of the bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for a romantic dinner date
    MD14
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We booked our reservation a month ago for my husband's birthday knowing it was SXSW week. However, we felt sandwiched into the wall, the tables were extremely loud, we could not hear ourselves speak, and our waitress was not very attentive. This is more of a group dinner spot than a romantic dinner date spot. We won't come back during SXSW again, but we'll consider coming with a group otherwise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always impressive
    LaCrunyi
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Ranch 616 is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in Austin. This last visit was fantastic with great drinks, wine, food, ambience and overall experience . I recommend Ranch 616 for anyone showcasing the best of Austin to new visitors or friends, and for any special occasion....or for a really great meal and experience any day of the week. The eclectic menu has very unique Texas cuisine yet has some of the best steaks and seafood in Austin. Visit often and stay late!! They'll take care of you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, beverages
    foodiefriend
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great atmosphere, beverages and food - always a favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • be careful ordering specials
    specialk
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Prices weren't listed, and we were unpleasantly surprised to find that the beef tenderloin special we ordered (in fact both specials we ordered) were over twice as expensive each as the similar entrees on the menu. Overall we got a four star bill for a two star experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I had family come in town and visit and a friend of mine recommended we go to the Ranch 616 for a casual tex-mex style dinner. I'll agree with my friend, the ambiance was great, margaritas were good, and the food was decent. But our main issue was with our server. He just wasn't that kind. It almost felt like we were intruding because whenever we asked questions (my parents aren't from Texas so they don't know some items on the menu) the answers we received were very short and just not helpful. He really could have been more accomodating. He was fine... Just not the friendliest of servers. Other than that, the meal was OK and we left feeling stuffed. I may come back but I probaqbly wouldn't bring any visitors from out of town again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brings the slogan " keep Austin
    Harpzzz
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Brings the slogan " keep Austin weird" to life. Great food thats eclectic, generous, and well prepared. If you've never Ben you have to go once!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a fun and delicious Valentine's Day here! Thanks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is great, live music, in-spot
    cowgirl
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We ate on the patio and enjoyed the live music. We love everything about Ranch 616. You need to make a reservation otherwise you will have to wait because it's always crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissappointed
    Stephen
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    One of my old favorites in Austin. Had a decent meal there in November and I just figured that it was an off night for the restaurant. Decided to give it another go. UGH. A couple problems.... - My wife's appetizer looked like someone had just dumped the food onto it from a child's plate. I literally laughed at the presentation and the quantity of food. - I ordered the STX mixed grill that comes with quail, sausage, and chicken fried venison. The quail was awesome, but the sausage was subsituted for ribs which were just gross. - We ordered desert and instead of powdered sugar, the chef put baking soda on it. Wow. - The service was not good. I will add that I have never complained about a restaurant on any site like this.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic