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Z'Tejas Arboretum
Z'Tejas Arboretum

Z'Tejas Arboretum Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ztejas.com/locations/#!/texas/austin-arboretum/
  • Phone: (512) 346-3506
  • 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 Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Had a really good brunch at Z'Tejas, loved the make your own martini station."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Comfortable outside thanks to cooling fans. I always like to bring out of town guests here."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From beeing seated promptly to beeing pampered from head to toe, our Anniversary Dinner experience was one too remember... Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Not your usual Mexican. Great southwest taste. Comptent staff. Smallish portions."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great customer service all around... from the valet, the hostess, our server, to the bartenders... let's not forget the great food!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food was typical for ZTejas, but the service was the slowest in the west. And the waiter brought a used butter bowl with our corn bread. Yeach! Sat with an empty water glass forever. It even took a very long time to get our check. Since there were many empty tables that night, it led us to believe the restaurant was understaffed. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Service, special needs accommodation, food was exceptional. The ambiance was loud that we had to yell at each other to communicate. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "On Saturday, May 10, we had reservations for a party of 5. We were given a pager, but only had to wait 5-10 minutes. Once seated, the hostess quickly escorted the remainder of our group to the table once they arrived. The problem was that no one had come to the table to greet or wait on us. We thought maybe they were waiting for our entire party to arrive. That wasn't the case. I finally, after about 20 minutes, had to get up and go find a a waiter. Luckily, we got Steven. He tried to find our waitress who, evidently, had disappeared or not realized she was working 2 shifts that day. So, he took care of us himself and did an EXCEPTIONAL JOB. Thank you, Steven."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food is always good here and I've found the service very accommodating. I'm not a frequent visitor because the noise level is high due to the architectural design; so, on a busy night (like prom night this evening) don't expect to have a conversation across the table unless you're sitting outside. My peacan crusted chicken salad was nicely done. My date's tortilla soup was a little thick for my taste and would make a better winter-time meal than a light summer fare."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Very busy, little parking, food is mediocre and extremely noisey restaurant"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a great lunch at Z'Tejas Arboretum last week. The food is great here, the ambiance outstanding, and the experience is worth it. My friend had the SOUTHERN CHICKEN THIGHS - Crispy chicken served with Southern-style succotash, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and finished with mango chutney and it looked great. I had the PARMESAN PECAN-CRUSTED CHICKEN SALAD-Baby spinach, Roma tomatoes and crispy bacon mixed with warm bacon dressing, topped with Parmesan pecan-crusted chicken. It was a wonderful treat for a quick lunchtime meeting. One tip: the wait to get a table can be long, so be sure to make a reservation if you want to get in and out in a reasonable amount of time."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Al of the 5 people in our group enjoyed their food and the environment. We had one person that had a Birthday and they brought her a nice piece of pie and sang happy birthday."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Everything worked. We got a friday evening dinner reservation on friday morning using the website. No problems with reservation. However, we were unable to be seated outside, and I don't recall if outside seating was an option on the website. Food was excellent. My wife made a meal out of an appetizer--street tacos. I had an excellent seafood paella. Lots of mussles, shrimp, and scallops on bed of saffron rice. Scallops were rather small but they were grilled nicely. The price of the Kendall Jackson wine was where it typically is at. The service was friendly and engaging. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Very dissatisfied. Made an online reservation and in the comments put that we wanted a table outside (inside is so loud I can't carry on a conversation without yelling) Got there on time and was told that online reservations were just for inside tables and the patio was first come first serve so we had a pretty long wait. Open table should have you check a box that tells you it's only for inside tables. In this case someone should have read the note and notified me ahead of time. Very poor customer service and it reflects poorly on the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our server Steven was excellent! The kitchen screwed the order a little, asked for no cheese but it came with an abundant amount. - (veggie fajitas)"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Too loud. Good good, waiter forgot drink for my son. Side dish was missing from My husbands dish. Another person got the wrong entree. All was corrected when we brought it to their attention. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My husband and I took my mom to Z' Tejas for her birthday and she loved it, drinks were very good and do was the food. Ambiance was good and service great, or waiter Jacob was simply awesome! He really provided outstanding customer service. We had a wonderful time here. Mrs Jones"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Servers were attentive. Avocados were hard and my salad had some type of hot dressing that stung my lips. When I told the waiter, he did nothing about the disappointing salad. The noise levels got up as it got crowded during lunch and I could not hear the person across from me. The cornbread was good. Ice teas were good and always refilled."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our server was attentive, and accommodating to our needs with two young kids. Our meals were delicious and since we were so full on yummy cornbread and chips and dips, we had leftovers! It was perfect for our fairly large group of 8. Would go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Especially want to recognize the Staff. They were great. Had a group of 7 in recently and they took great care of us. Food is always fresh, well prepared, and well presented. Love the SW hints in spices. Great job Z."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Beautiful property, stunning views, great sample of the Jalapeno Margarita (I'll get that next time). Server was pretty good, just a little pre-occupied/slammed - 3 tables all at once. So I'd give them the benefit of the doubt this time. The food was very lack luster. Neither of my associates finished their meal due to taste. I had the chicken fried ribeye. I'm a CFS purist. Just make it the way they are supposed be made, don't reinvent it. Whatever the anise, clove spice you had it in is, take it out. Otherwise it was pretty good, except a bit over cooked. but good. On our list, it's a place that we will try again. Oh, yeah.forgot, got the Trio App probably some of the best restaurant queso you will put in your mouth anywhere in the U.S."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a small group entertaining a business acquaintance on his first time to Austin. Perfect chance to show him one set of unique Austin foods without breaking our bank. Our server was very helpful in several cases, without being overly solicitous. In other words, our needs were more than met, but our conversations weren't noticeably interrupted."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A group of ladies went for lunch during the week. We had reservations so were seated right away. The food and the service was good however the restaurant was very cold and uncomfortable so it was hard to really enjoy our meal."
    Dined on 3/26/2014