Apis Restaurant

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438 reviews
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Contemporary American
Apis Restaurant and Apiary offers elegant cuisine in a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Apis aims to offer Hill Country residents and visitors a unique and exquisite dining experience, gracefully refined for special occasions, yet relaxed enough to become your regular culinary sanctuary. Apis, located at Highway 71 and the Pedernales River, is named for and inspired by the honeybee. With a few honeybee hives onsite, and more with our partners, Jack Ranch, and TerraPurezza, the apiary provides our house honey and represents the cycle of sustainability.
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Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would suggest from quality of service to outstanding food...would be a tough place to have a better dining experience

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SV
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow, what a find just 15 minutes from the center of Lakeway. The food was superb with a splendid and subtle mix of ingredients. Service was attentive, not rushed, and well-informed about the food. We will be back!

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RL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to Apis for our 50th wedding anniversary. The menu selections for the pris fixe dinner were excellent as my spouse had the flounder and I had the steak selection. Presentation was beautifully done and the food was perfectly prepared. Staff was friendly and prompt with service, and surprised us with a small glass of champagne and an appetizer bite at the end of the dinner. The room was relatively quiet and relaxing with some soft jazz that we did appreciate. We will try to make future anniversary dinners exclusively at Apis, and for the occasional splurge.

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apis is phenomenal! Did the price fixe menu and it was totally worth it.

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MR
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! We have been there several times, and are always blown away by the quality of the food, cocktails, wine and personal service..
An absolute jewel of a restaurant - one of our all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and try Apis out. You will be treated to an unbelievable dinner experience, and one you will not soon forget!
Recommend 100%

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V
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best dining experiences I've had in Austin, start and end your meal with egg toast and its just right

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Food was very good - well intended. Only comment is that appetizer may be a tad overwhelming - almost entree-size.
The ambiance is a little difficult; we went early in the evening so not many guests. I get why everything seems to have a yellow-ish tone to it, but still ...

Would definitely return for another try.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been several times and each time the food and service has been outstanding! Asia was our waitress this last time and made us feel very comfortable and was very knowledgeable about the different types of courses that were served. We’ll definitely be back!

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ER
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this hill country gem! Thanks for bringing fine dining to Spicewood!

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RO
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables very close together

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SE
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant, the tables were a little close so it’s difficult to hold a conversation without over hearing everyone around.

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EB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service; fantastic food; good music and atmosphere while still quiet enough to have a conversation; more than worth the drive from Austin to get there.

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MI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Setting was very nice. The quality of the steak was less that perfect. I almost thought they got it from the PFG accross the stree. The rest of the meal was good and the staff awsome. If they improved the quality of their main course then it would be worth it. But as it is, will never go again.

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R
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Steaks were dry and flavorless, potatoes were extremely salty, not a good meal for any price.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! It was our first time, but we had a great dinner. Our biggest highlight was for sure the egg toast!

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious prix-fixe menu for Valentine's day - hard to choose among the offerings, we were very pleased with our meals.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant w tremendous focus on quality and presentation.

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HF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The building is beautiful with natural stone, rustic wood, and a neat hexagonal honeycomb motif tastefully done throughout the decor. The ambiance and service were excellent. The scallop appetizer was exquisite, both in presentation and flavor, and was the highlight of my meal. My husband’s appetizer- a homemade pasta with pork ragout- was also flavorful and delicious. We both got the 6 oz steak for the main course, which was very good, but not outstanding from other good steaks. The only food item I had any complaints about was the shredded potato cake that came with the steak, which was almost too salty for me to eat, which is saying a lot, because I am a salt fiend. Both deserts we ordered- the chocolate torte and maple donuts with coffee ice cream- were super yummy. The food and experience were superb, except for the salty potatoes, but the prices are prohibitive for a very many people. We had a gift card that covered a significant part of our meal, for which we were very thankful. The cost is the only thing that would keep us from going back, even for a special occasion. There are a decent number of restaurants in Austin that have fairly comparable quality of food at a better value.

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and inventive and delicious food. Cannot wait to return!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner was fantastic. Great service too

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JA
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I have eaten at Apis a total of 4 times over 2 years for special events that my wife and I share. Our last two meals at Apis have been lackluster. On this last trip we both ordered New York strip steak and was not impressed whatsoever especially for the price. One could definitely do a better job at home cooking a more savory steak. Dessert was simply uneventful and rather small unlike in the past.

I miss the Apis of old where when you made a reservation they would call not only to confirm the reservation but would ask if it was a special event. This time they made no such effort on 3 distinct calls (long reservation) and in person. For the price tag it is the little things that count.

Too far to drive to drive for a bad experience.

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BW
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved our meals! We were there on an early Saturday night and enjoyed the choices for a price fixed menu (ie $64 for choice of appetizer, entree and dessert - there were 4 of each to choose from.). The dinner was a foodies delight! My husband and I selected different items and shared bites. However, based on our similar experiences in other cities we think the “stories and details” about the dishes could have been better articulated and used to enhance the experience.
Apis, please tell us slowly what the foods are you are serving, how they are prepared and maybe incidental details about them. Let us have a chance to imagine tasting it all! Elaborate on the unique fresh ingredients you are serving us. Let us savor the descriptions as much as the tastes and textures. It was not a busy night, but the servers were a bit rushed. Otherwise,
this is a great dining experience. We will return.

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WR
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent prix fixe dinner. Complex, interesting, intriguing combinations in not only the appetizers and main course, but also the desserts. In addition to the menu items there were complementary "apps"; a rich, luscious sweet potato "drink", and hearty mesquite flour rolls accompanied with butter/honey/bee pollen. Charleston rice had nice nuttiness and slight crunch, paired well with the tenderness and luscious fattiness of jowl jardons and pork shoulder. Octopus was perfectly prepared - firm but tender (not rubbery), tasty, and complemented well by the smoked squash, lemon foam, etc. Red wattle pig tasting was fabulous with the various accompaniments, particularly the tortellini with a hint of morel. The 60 day dry aged ribeye, though creamy to the taste in some bites, didnt have the nutty or funky complexity I expected of a dry aged steak, nor was it particularly tender (their Laguiole steak knife was absolutely necessary for cutting this). Accompanying cipollini onions and roasted potatoes were excellent, as were the black garlic/pecan (perfect black garlic taste) and the well-blended garlic/chive purees. Desserts (citrus leaf white chocolate mousse, mesquite maple donuts) were very creative. Definitely will be back!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We took another couple out to observe her birthday. I informed the reservation person of the special occasion. At the end of the evening when the price fix dessert arrived it had a candle on the side of the plate-how underwhelming and cheap on behalf of Apis. Really, a single candle on an included dessert. I was embarrassed I shared the birthday notice. This was was the 4th time dining at Apis and the quality has deteriorated considerably. Maybe a new chef? In any case we won’t be returning any time soon.

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GE
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing. Was looking forward to eating here even though a long drive from Central Austin. But food was really pretty bad. Oysters on half shell tasted old, at least the only one of four eaten; Rice appetizer was okay; salmon was awful; chocolate torte nondescript. Our friends ordered steak, medium rare and medium and there was no discernable difference plus the cut was tuff. We eat out pretty often but no return here.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG-Can I give 6 stars? Even as self-described 'foodies', my husband and I were thoroughly impressed with Apis. It's on a bunch of splurge lists for a reason! We did their seasonal prix fixe menu (winter 19) and it was heavenly. Husband had the pork with pork (app, charleston golden rice & main, pork tasting plate), I had the beef tartare for app and duck as main. Craft cocktails were also amazing, and worth the price imho. Love that the honey/apiary runs through almost everything on the menu and inside the building without going overboard. I just cannot describe the amazing food in words that would be sufficient, and my tongue can't type. Would/Will/Always recommend Apis, and it will be our go-to for special nights out. We are nearby in Bee Cave, but this is easily worth the drive from Austin, or hell, Dallas.

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AK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great. Service not so much. Hostess was rude and didn’t seem to know her job well at all. Started by asking us a bunch of questions and then asking us if we wanted the tasting menu all at the podium. Is was so strange. Then wanted to sit us at the bar when a second hostess showed up and was very friendly and seated us right away. Next the waitress was not well informed and didn’t even inform us of the wine pairing. We gathered all the information by listening to the waitress giving the table behind us tons of info. The music was very loud and didn’t fit well in my opinion. Ambiance was not achieved at all. Planters with dead plants on the wall etc. the food was exceptional. But they missed the mark on almost every other aspect.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant and well worth the drive. Treat yourself and try it out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was great and the servers were very nice! But for $120 christmas eve dinner per person, the food was totally underwhelming and not worth the visit.

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j
Austin
59 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Christmas Eve Dinner -- Perfect from first bite to the last -- Salmon was especially outstanding

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RA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most recent visit was for Christmas Eve...Such a wonderful experience! Amazing food, great atmosphere and excellent service!

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WG
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. In a small quite atmosphere! ❤️❤️
Food great

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FD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff are always fantastic. Apis is our go-to for all special occasions and date nights.

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NL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apis is hands-down the best overall restaurant experience in Austin. The menu never disappoints!

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JE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was our third trip to Apis and it is fun to see how it has matured and developed. The fixed price menu had good choices for all 3 courses. The snacks were not necessary as the portions were good size. Chicken entree was so moist and flavorful, redfish cooked perfectly and the pork trio was excellent

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SR
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting friends at Poodie's for music, but wanted a good meal beforehand. Hubs had seen Apis online and we love trying new places. It was a long ways from our Northwest Austin home, but honestly, we would drive out there again! The service was super friendly and unpretentious. The food was delicious. It's pricey, but we totally enjoyed it.

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j
Austin
60 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and unusual preparations — Excellent service — Always a pleasure to dine here

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SS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An interesting food experience with plenty of creativity on the dishes. Most were very interesting and enjoyable. We had one where the seasoning overshadowed the core ingredient, though admittedly we had high expectations for this one. The intro soup and fish platter were very notable. The cheese plate dessert itself was worth a visit, not large but two of the three cheeses were really excellent, with the 3rd one being fine, accompanied by signature honey and a little great light marmalade. Service was very helpful and nicely timed with no rush.

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RB
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent gourmet farm to table with a bee/honey theme throughout the menu. Had the NY Strip and pork loin for entrees. Both were perfect in every way. Highlight was the sourdough strawberry dessert. Amazing!

I rate everything high except the “value” category because there are places as good or even a little better for a lower price. (E.g Dai Due). Worth a trip though. Nice to get a little outside of Austin.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Way overpriced. $6 up charge for two tiny pieces of lamp was ridiculous. Food was beautifully prepared and service outstanding. Would not recommend for friends or family, too expensive.

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