Z'Tejas Arboretum
Z'Tejas Arboretum

Z'Tejas Arboretum

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ztejas.com/locations/#!/texas/austin-arboretum/
  • Phone: 5123463506x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest, American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Juan Manzano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer the patio space for private parties. Please call us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jordan Fowlkes x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Capital of Texas Hwy
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is offered in front of our restaurant.
A word from Z'Tejas Arboretum
Our fresh, flavorful and innovative menus showcase the bold and robust flavors of Arizona, California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. We take traditional ingredients, spices and cooking techniques from around the South to create a taste without borders.

To make a reservation for parties of eight or more, please call the restaurant directly
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Z'Tejas Arboretum reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (40)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (35)great for brunch (32)great for lunch (32)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (12)romantic (11)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (9)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Flamenco
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I had a business lunch there and was pleasantly surprised - good service - good food - excellent location for Austin Arboretum area
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    DinerinAustin
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    They take reservations, but we weren't seated on time. We had to flag down a waiter for drinks....about ten minutes after sitting down. The breakfast food was good....the restaurant is pretty...they have a nice view
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    TheronATX
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always good and consistent lunch or dinner hotspot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    hornsVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had reservations but were greeted very poorly. No welcomes, no smiles, very cool and aloof. Z'Tejas is and has been my favorite restaurant in Austin. I am not sure I will go back especially to the Arboretum. I did not deserve to be treated so rudely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great drinks and food
    MRuiz
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had margaritas that were fantastic. I had the chicken-fried prime rib, which wasn't as good as usual. Probably just an off night. A good chicken-fried steak here is the best you can get.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Austin's All-Around Best
    douglas
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Whenever friends visit Austin, I always recommend or take them to Z'Tejas Arboretum. Z'Tejas, on an absolute scale, may not be the best dining in Austin. But if you consider quality of menu, preparation, service, ambiance, and price -- I think it's the best. It also offers local Texas/Southwest gourmet dishes that you can't find in other cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite brunch spots.
    cseafous
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Best Eggs Benedict my wife has had so far (it's the ham they use). Service is always good. Worth the trip just for the breakfast muffins. The food usually comes out quick but this time it was not hot at all. I chalk it up to an off day in the kitchen. We will continue to go there regularly. This is definitely a family friendly spot so don't be surprised if the volume gets a little loud sometimes. Eat out on the patio whenever it is available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KCMH
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food we ordered for brunch was very good and you can't bet the view of the hill country. Dining outside was a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    diningout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been a fan of Z'Tejas for years and always enjoy dining there, but this last visit the food was disappointing. I ordered Eggs Benedict and it was just not very good. Our waiter was awesome though and the service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had brunch on the patio with friends from Dallas. They especially appreciated the beautiful view from the patio. Food at Z Tejas is always delicious. The birds and squirrels were a little annoying, but since we were outdoors surrounded by trees, it was understandable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    bigL
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Was expecting a bit nicer atmosphere for the prices, but food and service was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great job!!!
    mehmehmehmehmeh
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food and Great service!!!! There was a small issue with some of the food but it was immediately and professionally taken care of. The manager and staff wanted to do their best to make sure we are among the coveted returning customer group.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, friendly service
    BillT
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I took a family (clients) for lunch, and our waitress was prompt, friendly, efficient, and professional.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Nachos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've visited Z'Tejas on two occasions and ordered the Green Chile Pork Nachos both times. I highly recommend this appetizer to anyone who likes an appetizer that feds like a meal. My husband and I had to share a dinner plate because the portions are very generous. I also highly recommend the Street Tacos!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Summer lunch on the Patio
    lunchjunkie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went during high rush hour, with a reservation through Open Table. We were seated promptly, food was great. Had a shrimp, avacado appetizer and the Jerk Chicken Salad. Both were fantastic. Waiters were very attentive and they didn't mind that we lingered a bit after the meal was finished. Even after we had paid the bill, they kept the tea and water glasses full. Loved the view from the patio and the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dining experience.
    LoveBug
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great choice for celebrating friend's 60th birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Valley
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I ordered the Wild Mushroom Enchiladas and as always it was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Restaurant
    yourstrulyamie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My husband and I are pretty fond of Z'Tejas. It is definitely our go-to spot. We love the yummy food and great service. We have never had any negative experiences here. However, we did go a few weeks ago and our meal took quite a while to come out. We didn't say anything, but just waited patiently. At the end of our meal our waiter brought us the fudge ancho pie as a thank you for being so patient. He definitely didn't have to do that but it was greatly appreciated. No complaints here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch
    VMMATX
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had a really good brunch at Z'Tejas, loved the make your own martini station.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Fabulous
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Z'Tejas has the right amount of everything. With reservations , there was no wait. Next visit we will endeavor to reserve farther out date -wise, so as to have our preferred time slot, but the sacrifice of going early paid off in terms of every aspect of service, food, and the amount of time for a leisurely and very pleasant evening ... except the sunset view which is beautiful (due to our delay making the reservation). The mango beef salad was outstanding - spicy walnuts, a variety of greens, savory and tender beef. A pasta dish with sausage, shrimp, and vegetables was extraordinary. Patio seating a plus, even in summer - fans cool the area and keep it pleasant. Great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Brunch
    debby
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great family time celebrating 2 birthdays. Service was speedy and accurate, ambiance was pleasant, food was delicious. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    eatingout
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our family's first time to the Arboretum location and it was very enjoyable. The free valet parking, the comfortable outdoor seating, good food and excellent service made for a pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy - too much so
    GreatFood
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We found the service and food very good. While the facility is very nice, the noise level was way too high. We might go there again for a special occasion, but probably not. We have previously dined at the Z-Tejas on 6th street (both inside and outside) and have always found to to be outstanding in all categories. It is not an inexpensive choice, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An overlooked gem...
    SweetLou
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Z'Tejas Arboretum is one of those place you always see and don't really think about stopping in for. Why, I don't know, maybe it's on the way to work, or near a place where you shop, but you don't think about stopping in. Well, stop on in, you will be in for a rather pleasant surprise. The best thing about this place is the food...period. If that's not enough for you then it's the scenic views and great staff. We had a great anniversary dinner and will make this our go to place for special occasions from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Gabby
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My food was good but there were issues with my mom, brother and sister's food. We were celebrating my mom's birthday. But we spoke to the manager about it and he resolved the issue!!! We were pleased!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Z' Tejas!
    iloveaustin
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent food and service! Comfortable outside thanks to cooling fans. I always like to bring out of town guests here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good after all these years
    Happyoutoftowner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I haven't been to a Z'Texas in over 5 years and was pleasantly surprised to find the food still very good. The place was quite loud, however, so not ideal for conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 299 reviews are from the Z'Tejas Arboretum reviews archive.
  • 10th Annuversary Treat
    Grant
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    From beeing seated promptly to beeing pampered from head to toe, our Anniversary Dinner experience was one too remember... Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    OinkOink
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Not your usual Mexican. Great southwest taste. Comptent staff. Smallish portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Father's Day Experience
    elejohns
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Took hubby there for Father's Day. Sat on the patio, had great service. The food was excellent, albeit a wee bit hot for this gringo, but still good. The drinks were wonderful and the special dessert, Strawberry Icebox Cake was awesome and light! It was great for a special treat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff
    OutAndAbout
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is a nice place to bring out-of-town guests because of the view, the service and great food. There is enough variety on the menu to accommodate everyone but there's the district Texas flavor too. For such an odd time in the day (2 pm) the staff were still really friendly and attentive. Always enjoy it when I eat at Z'Tejas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    BBrockVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Another great experience at Z Tejas. I eat here anytime I am in Austin. Great location, food and service. You can't go wrong with Z Tejas for a truly unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    chefgonedomestic
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It was just what our group of 6 ordered; an Austin atmosphere, delicious food that wasn't boring, and empicable service! Everyone ate everything on their plates! You know, usually, there is SOMETHING left on your plate- not here. It all is delicious. I could go back everyday until I finished all the items on the menu. As a group, we arrived at different times, so we originally were seated inside. But when the request came to be seated outside, the staff (manager and waiter) were very accomodating! It was worth it! Lovely and relaxing. The waitstaff SMILED and was courtous. Thank you Z'Tejas! Is there a cookbook?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Z'Tejas Brunch
    aviddiner
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    There were five of us, including a six year old and everything was great. The service was quick and efficient, the food was well presented and tasty and the Do It Yourself bar was, as always, a great idea. It's close to the Arboretum, so it's very convenient for NW Austin residents, with plenty of free parking. A great brunch place for groups and families.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chuck
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We arrived 30 minutes late for our reservation due to traffic problems but were promptly seated. The food and service were excellent in all regards. Our only complaint was the noise level which made conversing difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great customer service all around... from the valet, the hostess, our server, to the bartenders... let's not forget the great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun twist on brunch
    StephVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I enjoyed the unique brunch menu at Z'Tejas Arboretum. They have some traditional fare, mixed in with Tex Mex brunch options. The make-your-own mimosa wasn't very impressive, just orange or cranberry juice with some fruit. However, the make-your-own bloody mary bar seemed promising. Far more options if you want to be creative. I added salt to my food, which is very unusual, but it seems mine was the only bland dish of the group. I'd recommend the restaurant for anyone with family in town who would appreciate the view and unusual brunch taste, and aren't just in it for the cheaper brunch drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Feels more expensive than it is.
    Teamsloan
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The quality of the food and the drinks combined with the setting might make you worried about the bill at the end of the meal. But, rest assured, you definitely get your money's worth. Great food, and if you can get a patio table you get a great view. We had a great time. Only complaint was it was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The dining experience was really nice - great good and fantastic service. The only down side was the noise level was deafening. We were a party of three and were placed in a booth (which was nice) near the bar area and next to a table set up for a party of approximately 15-20. Appeared to be co-workers there for happy hour. When we were seated their table was being set up so I'm pretty sure that it was a planned event. It was very loud and we had trouble having our conversation. At the end of the meal, the waiter did apologize for the noise level but I would have expected to be seated in another area at the beginning since it was clear that the area was going to be "energetic".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    backpack
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    A very nice place for brunch and graduation celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.