With a new chef, the entrees
With a new chef, the entrees seems more focused on beef and less on game, and more dished have rich or creamy sauces (Mussels, which were good and not too rich; riccota and mushroom stuffed pasta with a cream sauce, which was a little short on mushroom flavor and the sauce a bit too rich for our tastes (but just fine for most folks). The lamb shank was tender but needed more sauce to punch up the flavor. Still a great place for dinner while staying at Lost Pines.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were EXCELLENT!!!
Food and service were EXCELLENT!!! We've stayed at Lost Pines before and not eaten at STORIES. We both feel we've missed a great experience, but don't plan on letting that happen again
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone one of your staff was polite and welcoming. We were treated with respect and courtesy by everyone with a uniform.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
All service people acknowledged the special occassion, which was nice. Service was just right...attentive, but not too frequent. Food quality was fine, but not spectacular.
Wine selections were OK, but overpriced.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND THE SERVICE WAS ALSO
GOOD WINE LIST TO CHOOSE FROM
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
stories is always wonderful
the duo of beef was fabulous with incredible sauces, the pheasant was another artful creation
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing and delicious!
We went to this restaurant two nights in a row while staying at Lost Pines. It was phenomenal. The chef is very young but so incredibly talented! His snapper dish was so delicious--it rivaled the top Houston restaurants. In fact, I thought it was even better than an excellent fish dish I had out in Houston the night before. I just cannot say enough good things. The food is special and feels so new and unique without being at all pretentious and overly complicated.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful place for a girls night
We had a very large group of girls and Stories private dining room was the perfect place. The food was wonderful and so was the staff.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I celebrated
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. We would recommend reservations. We made reservations and let them know we were celebrating our anniversary. The staff went out of their way to make it special. They found a quiet booth area were we could visit and enjoy our food but did not feel like we were secluded from the rest of the restaurant. The staff had a card prepared that they gave us wishing us a Happy Anniversary. We both loved our food and wine. The staff was very attentive but we had plenty of quiet time. My Filet was delicious. My husband had the pheasant and has not stopped talking about how good it was.
We will definitely eat here again for special occasions.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stories is in the Lost Pines Hyatt resort which is a very casual place catering to families with kids, so I wasn't expecting their "fine dining" venue to be much more than a quieter dining room for grown-ups. What we found was a very nice space with an open kitchen & views through the tree tops. The menu showed real creativity & flare. It's what I'd expect to find in one of the big city celebrity chef places. The execution, presentation, and favors of the finished dishes were terrific. The wine list isn't that large and is mostly California selections, but there are some real gems if you look closely. Our server, Dorothy, was knowledgeable, friendly, and made sure we had a great experience. Well worth a special trip to Bastrop.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gracious and accommodating!
We were greeted by name and seated promptly. A server offered a selection of specialty homemade bread and sweet onion jam, and an amuse bouche followed quickly. The cocktail and wine lists offered options without overwhelming us. Salads made use of local ingredients: pecans, Texas citrus, prickly pear, and more. My filet mignon was perfectly cooked Prime beef, and the chef kindly subbed in a surprise veggie in lieu of the asparagus. Dessert was a refreshing buttermilk tart, don't miss it!
Plan to spend a few hours as service is leisurely but attentive. Pricing is on par with better steakhouses, but the details were worth the expense. The menu changes seasonally and appears to be well thought out. We will return on our next stay!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire staff is very personable and friendly. The atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable. Both the food and service was excellent. During our reservation, we had mentioned we were celebrating our wedding anniversary ... we were pleasantly surprised when the server presented us with a card signed by the staff and 2 glasses of champagne (plus a Shirley Temple for our young daughter). I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or simply to enjoy a special dinner.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Babymoon Dinner
The food was outstanding. My lamb fell right off the bone and my husband's steak was cooked to perfection.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
unusually high quality for hotel
Often when in a remote resort, where dining options are limited, the restaurants are not very good-they don't have to be due to the captive audience. Stories is an exception to this rule. The food is fabulous and the service top notch. Beet salad, lamb as comfort food with polenta, salmon well prepared and the brussels sprouts are amazing. If you are staying at Lost Pines, don't skip this place.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of the way, but good food
They have recently changed the menu, so we got to try some new dishes. I had the diver scallops which were prepared perfectly and seasoned well. There was a little too much salt on the plate, so as long as I didn't drag my fork through it, the scallops were tasty. My husband had the tuna tartare which was excellent. For dinner, I had the pheasant which was very good and had no gamey taste. It had a cranberry relish and kale chips as garnish, so it had a fall-ish flavor, which was perfect. My husband had the ribeye which was my hands down favorite. For dessert, we had the chocolate torte with salted caramel ice cream. We loved the ice cream better than the torte. I'd say split the torte and have two scoops of ice cream.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is worth every penny you pay at this restaurant. You will easily spend $100 for 2 people, but the food was amazing. My husband wanted the filet mignon but the sides that came with the ribeye and they were very accommodating and made the changes with no hesitation. I had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. The bread choices that arrive prior to your meal were appetizing, as well as, the onion jam...it had a nice touch. A great place for a date or special event.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our 25 anniversary dinner
The food was excellent, restaurant elegant and the staff attentive.
We'd recommend it for a special occasion.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM