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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Central Texas

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Central Texas? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Primrose Path Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (584)
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
College Station
About the restaurant
From the executive chef & owner of The Republic Steakhouse, Primrose Path is a Spanish & Italian style restaurant specializing in tapas, wine, & cocktails. Stunning industrial-chic decor and a lively courtyard patio scene with impeccable service is accompanied by some of the finest and most innovative food & cocktails in the region.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
The food was great, but be aware that it's small plates to be shared. The service was outstanding as always. Tawny was our server and had spectacular recommendations and really made our night. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a meal experience outside what you might normally experience.
A photo of Christopher's World Grille restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3054)
$31 to $50
Continental
College Station
About the restaurant
Christopher's World Grille, in the historic and restored Andrews House, features an innovative, eclectic menu that reflects the world travels of Certified Executive Chef, Christopher Lampo. Our Banquet rooms makes Christopher's the ideal facility for family gatherings, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions lavishly decorated in a rich, New Orleans style with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, elaborate chandeliers and decor, private guest entry, fireplace, and wrap-around porch.
Not only has Christopher's been voted 1st Place for Best Fine Dining four years in a row by the Best of the Brazos Valley, and won several awards for Best Fine Dining and Most Romantic by the Eagle's Reader's Poll, Christopher's has recently been featured in Texas Monthly magazine.
Reservations are recommend but Christopher's also welcomes walk-ins.

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CJTravelervip
Dined 7 days ago
The food was delicious, the ambiance refined, and the service exceptional. Lori was a wonderful server.
A photo of Casa Do Brasil - College Station restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2287)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
College Station
About the restaurant
Casa do Brasil is an upscale Brazilian Steakhouse in South College Station serving fire-roasted cuts of USDA Prime Aged Beef, Chicken, Lamb, and Pork served tableside by our Gaucho Chefs. Our Salad Bar features over 50 seasonal dishes, including fresh vegetables, homemade salads, cured meats, imported cheeses, seafood, soup, and more!

Visit our Bar & Patio for Happy Hour specials and a la carte entrée dining. And every Sunday, we offer an unlimited brunch that is family-friendly!

We offer private dining space, catering, and butcher cuts to go through our online ordering system. Visit our website to enquire about private event space or catering.

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neiff15vip
Dined on May 13, 2024
You could truly be content with all the wonderful offerings on the salad bar but then you would miss out on the amazing meat choices. The lamb, fillet, bottom sirloin and shrimp were fantastic and the chimichurri sauce just added to the wonderfully seasoned meats. Make sure to have queijo asado (grilled cheese) and the grilled pineapple is a must. Great place for a special occasion and big appetites.
A photo of The Republic Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2262)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
College Station
About the restaurant
The only AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant in College Station, The Republic Steakhouse is known as the best fine dining steakhouse in central Texas. The Republic specializes in steak and seafood with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, stunning handcrafted cocktails, and one of the largest whiskey selections in Texas. Impeccable service along with timeless steakhouse decor, The Republic is a steakhouse at its finest.
Top review
Gumby
Dined 6 days ago
The Republic was outstanding again ! We will definitely return.
A photo of Magnolia Table restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3645)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Waco
About the restaurant
Magnolia Table is a breakfast and lunch restaurant that specializes in fresh ingredients and features both new recipes and family favorites. Whether you come to dine in or swing by to pick up something to-go, we hope to meet you at the Table soon.
Top review
SteveS
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent service, love the atmosphere and food was tasty.
A photo of One Thirty Five Prime restaurant
4.6
4.6 (633)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Waco
About the restaurant
For over a decade One Thirty Five Prime has been a place for fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Our commitment is to serve the finest beef, seafood, and farm-to-table produce.
Top review
AnnJvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Very nice evening. Beautiful patio. Attentive service. Great wine list and food.
A photo of 1860 Italia restaurant
4.7
4.7 (960)
$31 to $50
Italian
College Station
About the restaurant
Choose from one of our specialty pizzas or select your own ingredients. Our Italian restaurant is a dine in or takeout with a choice farm fresh ingredient menu serving the Navasota, Bryan, College Station area.
Top review
RobertH
Dined 6 days ago
I felt the noise level was fine for the dinner planned. It is just as loud as any other eatery around town. I also fact checked a low rating review's statement....If you ask for fresh silverware, you will get some no problem, FYI! The food was awesome and worth the price. The wait staff was engaging, attentive, and on-point! The service at this place is at a level that I have not seen since pre-covid! It was nice to have the nostalgia of staff meeting expectation for earning a tip, rather than expecting a hand out for showing up with menus!
A photo of Alexander's Craft Cocktails & Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (859)
$30 and under
American
Salado
About the restaurant
Alexander's Craft Cocktails and Kitchen was named after the distillery located on the grounds from 1861-1865, which washed away in a flood (historic marker located between the restaurant & The Manor).

The newly renovated main bar is located on 1st floor, and opens onto expansive wrap-around, creekside porches. Just a few steps down from the porches is an open deck situated beneath gracious Live Oak canopies.

The warm aubergine & copper walls of the third floor lounge contrast the amazing art representation from local galleries. The stunning view of Salado Creek as well as the grounds of the neighboring estate provide the perfect spot to enjoy your favorite beverage. Patrons choose from a variety of entree selections, appetizers, and adult beverages.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Honestly fantastic Mother's Day menu and cocktails. It was pricey but we were expecting that It was worth the ambiance and menu. Service was good.
A photo of La Riv - Temple restaurant
4.6
4.6 (319)
$30 and under
Steak
Temple
About the restaurant
We offer a seasonal menu to ensure you receive only the freshest ingredients year round.

Our pizza oven was imported from Italy and is a true “wood only” burning pizza oven using oak to provide you an authentic Italian pizza experience.

All pasta is freshly handmade daily for a truly amazing taste and texture profile.

Do not forget to explore the high end; climate controlled wine cellar to find the perfect wine. The onsite wine director and owner, Vira will be more than happy to help you pick the perfect vino to enhance your elegant meal.

Top review
PaulMvip
Dined 5 days ago
Overall, the food was delicious. Service was slightly lacking. Our waitperson was not bad, however, she was a little inexperienced. But, overall we still enjoyed ourselves.
A photo of Casa Mangiare restaurant
4.7
4.7 (367)
$31 to $50
Italian
College Station
About the restaurant
We pride ourselves on our commitment to authentic Italian cuisine. Our team brings together the freshest and finest ingredients to craft a menu showcasing Italy's rich and diverse flavors. From handmade pasta dishes to succulent seafood and mouthwatering grilled meats, each plate is a masterpiece that tantalizes the senses and satisfies even the most discerning palate.

Our extensive wine list features a carefully curated selection of Italian wines, ranging from well-known classics to hidden gems from small, family-owned vineyards. Our sommeliers are on hand to guide you through the choices, ensuring a perfect pairing that enhances your dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This is the best restaurant in town. My second time here, so the objective was to try the red sauce inparticular the Bolognese so I ordered the Wagyu ala Bolognese. It could've been made by my mother that's how good it was. The service is the best in town and nothing can compare to it If I had only one complaint is that I asked the hostess if I could wait at the bar and instead of saying, yes, she said well I'm about to see you with an attitude after telling me to wait in front of her ( I am tired if this you f generarion that has a disrespect tone while o the job) The dining area has so much staff paying attention to every table that is impossible to feel like you're not being served properly. In fact, the waiter asked if my wife would like her drink refilled, and she said yes, while she was waiting for the drink. Dining attendant asked if anyone had asked her if she would like her drink refilled. She replied yes it is on its way. Going back to the hostess if she only knew that all the clients walking in there spending money helped fulfill her paycheck. When I asked if I could go to the bar, she should've said certainly, sir. I will come get you because that is an opportunity for them to make money. Why they dont understand simple economics, I will never know.
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