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Ranch 616
Ranch 616

Ranch 616 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theranch616.com
  • Email: kwilliamsonranch616@austin.rr.com
  • Phone: (512) 479-7616
  • 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 (512) 479-7616
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, beverages and food - always a favorite."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We had a fun and delicious Valentine's Day here! Thanks"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Very good service and food. Enjoyed it very much except for excessive noise level. But that just goes with the territory there."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I had not eaten at Ranch 616 in quite some time. I met a friend for lunch and had a wonderful Asian-inspired shrimp topped salad. I love the eclectic menu that isn't trying to be too trendy. I didn't even realize the parking lot has been taken over by a high rise under construction, so parking at lunch proved to be a bit of a challenge. But the short walk on a cold day was worth the warm atmosphere and good food inside."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Parking is the only problem with this location. Some of that is due to surrounding construction. Once you get to the restaurant, you will find a menu that will "WOW" you."
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "had fun. laidback ambience. decent food. fun cocktails"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "My father was in town and loves this restaurant. After so many years and so many visits it remains flawless. Lila was our waitress and did a fantastic job."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Interesting atmosphere. The server we had was very knowledgable and friendly, without being overly chatty. Extensive drink menu, though we just ordered beers. Food was good, but not outstanding, though lots of choices were available."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Unique, flavorful food, fun atmosphere, good service."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "First time here and I loved it. Very good food, old building and decor but food was great."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Ranch 616 is one of our favorite places to eat! The food is excellent, the drinks are tasty, and the service is top-notch! Worth every penny!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Several people had recommended this restaurant and we were looking for a low key midweek meal with friends. Food great, ambiance fun and service wonderful. We wanted a place we could talk and spend time together. Ranch 616 was perfect. We had a our meal and sat and chatted for a good 30 minutes. No one bothered us to move us along even though the restaurant was getting busy. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I am originally from Austin/San Antonio area and now reside in Florida. I had not been home in many years and wanted to experience some restaurants that had that Austin vibe and wonderful food. Ranch 616 was a home Run! From the time that we walked in we were greeted and seated immediately. The funky decor and ambiance was so fun and inviting. Their bar was on the spot and made fantastic drinks. The food was superb and I am extremely picky. They have a little something for everyone. It was a fun experience and I did not want to leave. I recommend this establishment to locals and visitors alike!! Loved Loved Loved it!!!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Great food, and ambience. Very loud. Don't go if you are looking to have deep conversation. Go with a group. The tables for two are very small. Great wine list."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Food is excellent. Vegetables are outstanding, and the Chicken Fried "Petite Beef Shoulder" Tenderloin is the best in Texas. Service was very good on a busy night. Be sure to make reservations."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "A laid back atmosphere with excellent food slightly off the beaten path in Downtown Austin. We started with the house margaritas and got the fried oysters and prawns. Really well prepared, not rubbery at all and the green goddess sauce is fantastic. My wife and I split a salad and lamb chops after that. Preparation and flavor for both were top notch. Between the food, fun bar and vintage style of the place, you really can't go wrong."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "If you are looking for great food AND a funky Austin vibe, Ranch 616 is the place!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This was my second trip and it was as good as the first. Eclectic decor, vibrant atmosphere, great food, warm and friendly staff. I just love this place!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The food was excellent and our server was very attentive. The mixed seafood grill was superb! The tiny water glasses with Jesus was unexpected and I would have preferred regular size glasses."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Great food, excellent staff, and a true Austin environment . Looking forward to our next chance to eat and enjoy Ranch 616."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I'm a regular at Ranch 616 and I find the food consistently tasty, interesting and a great value for the price. The service here is among the BEST in Austin."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We went to the Ranch for the sauteed oysters--they're some of the best in town--and we weren't disappointed. And if you haven't had Ranch 616's' Frito Pie, you're missing a treat!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Ranch 616 is a good place to go when you are looking for something a little different for lunch. Their quail is fabulous. And their salads are great."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Excellent food and fun place. The fried quail, calamari were exceptional and the adult beverages were creative and tasty!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "My daughter and I went to Ranch 616 on Halloween night. All the waitstaff were dressed in costume and were super-friendly. The food is wonderful and we had a great time. The margaritas are yummy, too!"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "If you have surprise company and can't get a reservation for a group on a weekend night , this place will always have availability. Food is mediocre at best but Ok drinks and patio. Love the decor/vibe but this is not the place for a foodie. The chicken soup is good"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Got the Framed burger, Onion Rings/Fries mix. What a treat. As always they hit the burger out of the park."
    Dined on 10/29/2013