Apis Restaurant

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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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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was very good to great. 3 course meal and went with the 40 day dry aged ribeye for main course, which was very good, but I would probably pass next time given the upcharge. Foie gras was very tasty, extremely rich.

SW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent with very unique flavors. Very good and friendly service. Very knowledgeable and open to share food fact of your meal. We are looking forward to visiting again!

JU
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was incredible and reasonably priced. Service (especially Aja) was outstanding. Will definitely return

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Loved it!

U
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was as good as I remember!

LS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on a Thursday night - staff very friendly and helpful describing each selection. Food was delicious and served without rushing as we finished each course.

R
Austin
67 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Haven't been to Apis in over a year we were pleasantly surprised the menu is very good now. The range of dishes will satisfy anyone. The wines by the bottle were fairly priced, some more choices by the glass would be nice.

KB
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this restaurant. Truly a gem in the middle of nowhere. Worth the trip!!

WH
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special meal. It felt like the people in the kitchen really cared about making each individual meal and course special. Each course that we had and we had three, was delicious, beautifully presented and explained. i’m so glad that it came with an explanation so that I could really feel the love and care that went into each course. Great night, great restaurant.

E
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb, service equally excellent. Ambiance complimented the food and service.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely remarkable anniversary dinner

FD
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apis continues to impress!
Their food, service and passion for what they do are unmatched.

AU
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Apis restaurant definitely lives up to its name and the prix fixe course is a good choice. I loved that all their plates had a unique touch that related to the apiary onsite. Service was great and overall setup was extremely nice. A good place one should check out at least once.

PB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and the service was superior. We loved that the service was attentive but not overbearing. I was originally concerned that the portions would leave me hungry, but I added a snack and was more than full by the end of the meal. Everything was fantastic! Thanks for an excellent anniversary meal!

MP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first trip to Apis and we have never been disappointed. This place just gets it -- excellent and interesting food, good wine selections, excellent and friendly service.

G
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Apis and it will not be our last! All of our dishes showed so much creativity and were all delicious. The service was excellent as well. We live in central Austin, so unfortunately due to the heavy Austin traffic we will not be able to frequent regularly but anytime we see an opportunity to return we surely will.

OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleased with APIs. The ambiance is perfect—soft music and conversation, perfect so it’s not awkwardly quiet and you feel like your at cool spot, but not too loud so you have to yell to hear one another. The menu is delightful and filling, as always. The cocktails were amazing, our server (Jason??) was the best & made the perfect recommendations. Can’t wait for another occasion to go back.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to APIs for our first time. We haven’t had a date night in months and have lived near the restaurant for a year and never tried it. So very glad we finally went. Our server Taylor was awesome!! Very personable and engaging. The food was fantastic! Some of the portions were a little smaller than I had hoped, but the flavor and plating was on point! I have not stopped talking about it and would highly recommend anyone to dine there. Well worth the drive if you don’t live near it!

AC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 3 enjoyed the Pre Fixe menu, which offered delightful choices of appetizers, main course dishes and deserts to our different tastes and dietary requirements. The pace of the service perfect. The knowledge and communication skills of our server, Aja, was superb. She addressed if anyone in our party had any food related concerns soon after we were seated, and made appropriate suggestions. Every dish was prepared and presented expertly with unique flavor combinations. The music softly playing in the background added to the delightful ambiance. At the end of our meal, chef/owner Taylor Hall graciously came to our table when we inquired about his interest in honeybees, to talk bees and beekeeping with a fellow beekeeper in our party. Chef Taylor has a genuine passion for promoting honeybee health and awareness in the community. He deliciously incorporates honey from his hives and other honeybee products in the dishes he creates. We will happily be back to enjoy more of Apis' offerings!

K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful for dinner conversation. Our server was knowledgeable. The food, both presentation and taste, was outstanding. We will go back for another special occasion.

LT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! This was our second visit to Apis. We love the ambiance of this gem of a restaurant. The meal started with a tiny cup of cucumber soup and a delicious roll complements of the chef. Next I had the egg toast as my “snack” which was SO good! For my appetizer I had the 44 farms carpaccio, then I chose the duck breast as my entree both were very flavorful. The Charleston gold rice and all the other ingredients were such a nice complement to the duck breast. My palate was so happy. The peanut and dark chocolate Napoleon and a cup of French press was the perfect ending to an amazing feast. The service is consistently outstanding! We will definitely be back!

JH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the aesthetic of this restaurant. Everything about is is well considered, curated and delivered in an aesthetic fashion. The environment is lovely with the apiary theme carried out with understated consistency throughout the bar and dining area; inlays in the table tops and bar, art on the walls, even the light fixtures repeat the them of small clusters of cells in a beehive. Every part of the meal is beautiful. Our server, Asia, knew the food well and described it with the panache of a performer. The little "gifts" from the chef - cucumber dill soup at the beginning and an amazing raspberry bit at the end - were great surprises and a lovely counterpoint to our meals. A really interesting pecan miso sauce came with the steaks others at the table had. Our appetizers were, well, appetizing, clever teases that got our mouths watering for the main courses which were all we had hoped for and more. Then, the desserts ranged from a chocolate peanut butter decadence served with a bit of nasturtium (for real) sherbet. My melon based dessert was just what I wanted - light and out of this world. Really, everything was perfect.

EG
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a great place and we enjoyed and will be back again.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a true dining experience. We enjoyed the ambience, the music, the waitstaff and the food. It was worth the drive from New Braunfels and we will definitely do it again!!

D
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, special restaurant. The food was great. The service was as great as the food. We spent a wonderful evening.

GG
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, ambiance and every bite of food an adventure! My husband and I decided to go to Apis for our anniversary and it was spectacular. A special shout out to Aja who made the evening even more enjoyable with her impeccable timing, great suggestions, ideas and entertaining conversation. This is destination dining at it's best!

BM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food well prepared and presented. Courses were perfectly timed with a good amount of time allowed between courses. Service was impecible with staff knowlegable about ingredients and flavors.
Only drawbacks were the seemingly confused allocation of our table presumably because we had arrived 20 minutes early. There were a few tables empty so not sure why we had to wait. Also, we found the surrounding buildings and areas messy which detracts from the overall experience. You have to walk past the garbage area from the car park and it did not smell good and was overall unsightly. There was also a lot of stuff lying around e.g. old gas cylinders, wooden crates, etc. A bit of landscaping would not go amiss. Other than these observations one cannot fault the food and the wine list is fantastic.

TH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Catered to my wife’s food sensitivities. Patient with the whole exercise. Best stop in Texas.

h
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a surprise!! I had read about this restaurant somewhere...and we were out and about and saw this as an option on Open Table...

From the first moment we walked in to the last bite -AMAZING!!!!

The food- YEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!! I mean egg toast? That you talk about for 3 days?? Cocktails & Wine-Lovely choices available. Food-Well thought out and perfectly executed!

The ambiance-the only downside was it didn't feel like you were in a place that would serve this kind of food. The bar looked cool, bathrooms were great but, the rest almost seemed forgotten about.

The STANDOUT-the SERVICE!!!! Impeccable!!! ASIA was our server and now our new best friend!! Seriously though, you can tell she loves what she does and where she works. Amazing!!!! We mentioned that it was probably going to be a nice sunset so they arranged for us to have our dessert/coffee outside (after eating inside) We did not feel sad leaving because we KNOW we are coming back!

SE
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been to Apis at least 5 times. On the reservation I put that we were celebrating Mother’s Day late. The day before our reservation I was asked if we had ever been to APIs, I replied yes. Then asked if I was familiar with their Prix Fixe menu offering, again I replied yes. I was asked if we were celebrating anything special, I replied yes a late mother’s day. Upon being seated at our table I was asked again if we had ever been to Apis and then if we were familiar with their Prix Fixe menu. There was no mention of us celebrating a special occasion. I was surprised that the two questions were being asked again since on all of our previous visits with the exception of the first visit we were always greeted with thank you for dining with us again and acknowledged a special occasion if we had put that in our reservation. The rest of the service was outstanding as well as the food. I guess my expectation is higher for such a highly rated restaurant. Thank you for listening.

BC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional gourmet option hidden in Spicewood. The menu varies daily so allow Chef Michael to guide your culinary journey. The bar includes many good spirits and wine options and the mixologist created excellent unique cocktails

C
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the prix frixe and ordered the Steak. It was tasty but not very tender thus the reason for the four instead of five star rating.

D
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtfully crafted dishes and friendly, attentive service. We loved the seafood dishes, especially the scallop appetizer and flounder entree. A wonderful spot for a special occasion meal.

LH
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best culinary experiences you can have in Austin. It’s off the beaten path and worth a visit for foodies.

s
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The set menu is a little misleading. You go in the door knowing you have to pay a minimum of $65 a person but the upcharge for the entrees and so you end up spending a lot more for food that is good, but not extraordinary. I guess since we are from Houston (we were just in town for the weekend) we are used to spectacular for that amount of money. Glad we tried it.

j
Austin
60 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Service, Excellent Halibut, Creative Dessert -- Perfect as Always

JB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and setting. One of our favorite spots!

J
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating here is such a treat. Without a doubt, it's my favorite place to eat in Texas. Everything here is so unique and flavorful, and the service is top-notch.

CZ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable, attentive and yet not intrusive. The menu was creative and every dish was perfectly executed. Portions were generous. Cocktails were delicious and the wine list is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Overall we enjoyed a wonderful dining experience and the drive from Austin made it even more special and relaxing.

LT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Apis and I would HIGHLY recommend this gem of a restaurant! The food was amazing and the service provided by Asia was over and above outstanding!! We will definitely be back!