Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel
The Driskill Grill has received numerous awards and accolades including the coveted Foder's Choice Award, Zagat's ranking of "Extraordinary to Perfection" and OpenTable's Diners Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America's leading wine appreciation magazine has honored The Driskill Grill with their "Award of Excellence."
Food was great. I go there for the wagyu Burger!
Kevin the maitre d was amazing!! Made our night!
Austin classic that remains fresh and consistently excellent
We went to the Driskill Grill for their pre-fixed New Years Eve dinner. The dinner included four courses and a ticket into the bar after dinner. The service at the Grill was wonderful and we never felt rushed. The food was very good and portion sizes were fair. I do think overall a little over priced at $130 a person (not including drinks, tax and gratuity). The bar was very noisy and crowded with nowhere to sit, so we didn’t use our included “ticket” and sat in the lobby instead. I also felt there should be more decorations. The dinner was fun to experience once and we will remember ringing in the decade there, but I don’t really need to go back anytime soon.
We had Christmas Night dinner reservations for 2 months. There was no mention on the Open Table site that there was only a $130 multi-course menu option. The restaurant website mentioned the Christmas menu but did not say it was the only menu. Their website said that menu was from 3pm to 7pm. We had 7pm reservations and thought since the Christmas menu was over at 7pm, we would be able to order from their standard menu. Very upset by their (& Open Table's) lack of clear communication. We left there upset and had to find somewhere else to eat.
We were so excited to bring my Mother-in-law here for Christmas Dinner but it was definitively not worth the $130/per head charged. The food portions were extremely small and looked/tasted like it had been sitting out under a warming lamp. The salmon was decent but my MIL’s beef filet was marblized and chewy. Service was the only thing half way decent but even then the course timings were very inconsistent and the servers seemed in a hurry to dump ours and get back to kitchen. Multiple servers apologized throughout the night saying it was super busy and the whole night felt rushed. After paying our $600 bill we left completely disappointed and underwhelmed.
I don’t write reviews, ever, but felt compelled to do so here in the hopes that nobody else makes the same mistake we did. I also recognize that all that follows falls squarely under the category of first-world problems.
We so wanted to have a great experience for Christmas dinner, but it went poorly from top to bottom. We arrived on time but were told the table wasn’t ready (in a near-empty restaurant). Fine - stuff happens, not an issue on its own. While we waited, the host openly complained about having to work Christmas. We were seated about 20 minutes later and our waitress greeted us warmly. Great, we thought. She then disappeared and was mostly absent for the remainder of the service. Another server, Darren, was the lone highlight of the evening. He was charming and tried so hard, but at the end of the day we were not his table.
All of that would have been overlooked had the food been good, or even decent. We had parsnip apple soup (“herby applesauce”); an untamed, unremarkable salad; and, for entrees, the salmon (my wife) and the steak filet (me). The salmon was fishy and so, so boring. I ordered the steak medium rare and got it medium well. In the restaurant’s defense, I didn’t complain or send it back (and they likely would have brought a newer, less overdone steak), but I shouldn’t have to. It was a prix fixe menu, and they went 0 for 2 of the 2 entree offerings. The dessert was served buffet style and the options were buffet quality. Yuck.
This was a special occasion for which we paid $500+, and it just sucked at every turn, apart from Darren. The issues suggest a systemic mismanagement and it was such a bummer to close the holidays out that way.
I would definitely not recommend. I took my family there for Christmas and the valet and maitre d were awesome. It was terribly crowded in the bar and heavy metal music or some such was playing. The restaurant was not decorated for christmas in any way. The food was overpriced and decidedly mediocre. A huge disappointment. Even the lovely dessert table tasted as if the desserts had sat out for a couple weeks. The coffee was lukewarm at best. Our waiter forgot that we had asked to take dinner leftovers home. The waiter did not seem to recognize what fennel was even when complimented on the root vegetables. Friendly overtures to the waitperson were rebuffed with harried rudeness despite the emptiness of the room at 5:00pm. We were upcharged a 20 percent wait person tip called large party because it was christmas, but I have eaten christmas dinners at the Driskill for years and this was not even close to a feast. I will never go there again.
Service was excellent, but food was poor.
Deviled eggs were so sour with pickle juice you almost couldn’t eat them. The Parsnip-Apple soup was really off and tasted so bland lacking any taste. The Fillet Steaks were not cooked to our liking and were tough, obviously cooked along time previously and then warmed up. Then all the side dishes were cold except the mashed potatoes. Dessert looked pretty but lacked in any taste. Their bread pudding was pretty to look at but tasted like moldy yeasty bread lacking any good taste. For the $650 spent it was very disappointed except for the company of the family together this Christmas 2019.
I came here for Christmas Eve dinner with my significant other. I understand paying a premium for a holiday meal, but in this case it wasn’t worth it. The salmon and steak were dry, and had clearly been prepared and left warming for a while before they reached our table. The service was slow due to understaffing. We could have had a better dinner at half the price (came out to over $350 with our two cocktails) at a nice restaurant down the street.
The Driskill Grill was disappointing, the food was ok for a grill; but nothing special.
The first wine we orde was out of stock, however the Grinch Cabernet we were served was very nice.
The meal timing was poor as we waited a long time between salads and entrees. The waitress had too many tables to cover and as a result was inattentive.
There are better places to have a steak, chop or dining experience in Austin.
The short ribs were a major disappointment and we were comped for the meal- a nice touch.
We always enjoy the Driskill Grill and the unique variety of menu items. All are first class. Staff is friendly, attentive and professional. If you're looking for some old-world charm, here it is. Nice wine list too!
We arrived a little before our reservation. They seated us immediately. The host was very outgoing and made you feel welcome. After being seated it was a matter of seconds and our waiter introduced himself. The service was top notch and so was the food.
I was on my own. Well advised by staff re food choices. Meal was fantastic
After navigating the beautiful, but very noisy bar, the restaurant was a welcome quiet oasis. The service was prompt, informative, friendly and not intrusive. The ambiance was perfect for dinner conversation without straining to hear. The food was as you would expect of a restaurant in this price range. Everything was very good, but there were no happy surprises that would warrant the fifth star.
Service and food are excellent!
Our anniversary dinner was a very disappointing evening. We spent $200 for poor quality steaks, a waiter who had no time for us, and the rest of the food just “ok.”
Great restAurant plus go early and have drinks in the bar.
Service was terrific.
We have been dining at the Driskill for the past 20 years. In the past three years the level of service and the taste of the offerings has steadily decreased. This last outing was for a birthday event that was not acknowledged even though it was listed on the reservation. Before dining we had drinks and queso, the queso was lukewarm and the drinks were third rate. My dinner was good, however the appetizers were all poorly prepared and served. The hostess spent more time at the front desk talking with the door greeter then waiting on the limited customers in the restaurant. For the price of almost $300.00 for two people I have come to expect a higher level of service.
The steak was way over cooked the service was ok just not very welcoming
Drinks and raw oysters were horrible. Service was extremely slow. Steak was ok, but hardly exceptional considering the price. Overall a disappointing night.
It was a very intimate dining experience. The old wood decore had that hitorical charm that we like. The wines were very good and pared well with the food. Our server was very nice but for the price, I would expect a little more upscale service.
Overall, I would rate the evening as good. I would certainly recommend this place based on the food. It was our anniversary and the glasses of champagne was a nice gesture.
Our waiter was good but the host, Kevin, was absolutely a gem. He was attentive, friendly and really made our experience delightful.
The food was fantastic!!!
Wonderful and friendly staff. The food was excellent and loved the atmosphere with the touch of history.
We were a party of 4 persons. The restaurant added a surcharge of 20% because the Formula One race was at the Circuit of the Americas that weekend. We were not advised of this surcharge when booking the reservation or when we were seated or when we ordered. The first notice that we had was when we received our bill. We were in Austin for 5 days and ate at many other high end restaurants and no other restaurants added an F1 surcharge.
In addition, our food was not hot. It took forever for us to get our food - the server said our order was misplaced and got out of its place in the line! They were out of the wine that we ordered and of course the suggestion was for a wine that was twice the price. We chose another wine that was a 2016, when it arrived it was a 2017 ("oh, out of the 2016 too" but is still the same price as the 2016). When the server poured that last third of the wine, she emptied it into two of the parties glasses and left the other empty and then said "do you want another bottle of wine?".
Upselling, overpriced, mediocre food and not transparent surcharge policies. Don't waste your money there are many other amazing restaurants in Austin!
Smallish menu but everything well prepared. Tables are nicely spaces apart. Friendly service. The hotel is very historic and worth a visit in of itself.
When you think of the Restaurant of such an amazing hotel as the Driskill, your expectations are at the highest.... So the disappointment is in the same proportion... A very good appetizer and desert, but the entrée was very disappointing. The picanha and the salmon were both over-spicy, with so much pepper that you could not feel the real flavor of the meat and the fish. The salmon was drawn in a fatty bed of spaghetti squash. The waitress was very nice and friendly but without the refinement that the restaurant deserved and we were expecting. A great disappointment on our last night in Austin.
We've been going to the Driskill for many years. It appears they have made some dramatic changes to their menu and wine list. We don't like the changes.
Overall great experience. The starter bread and butter were incredible. My husband and I split the signature ribeye (it was nearly 20oz of meat) and it was delicious, including the two sauces and caramelized onions. For sides we got mushrooms (very tasty) and the whipped potatoes (they are just OK compared to everything else). The suggested Cabernet was very nice, but a fruit fly fell into my glass before the last sip. I didn’t say anything to our waitress because I drank the majority of the glass before that. The after dinner coffee was very good. We got 2 desserts, the Creme brûlée and Hazelnut torte, both of which were good but considering the total price tag, I found myself not completely satisfied. Like I said, overall experience was delightful, service was kind and attentive, atmosphere was private, and food was almost perfect.
Best meal ever! One for the records and will never be forgotten. Wagu beef although pricey was well worth every dollar! All the sides were outstanding and the service superb!
the food was just ok for the overall experience. I wanted it to be better
Food was good but way too expensive for what we received .......service was ok. Not bad not great.....
It was loud inside but did quiet down after an hour or so.....was an enjoyable evening but the cost was very high. Just too pricey......
Always a pleasurable experience here with great service and expertly prepared food and great presentation. Quiet. Unrushed. Relaxing.
Excellent wait staff & host/hostesses.
Their Waygu beef is excellent & the pasta risotto with shrimp was out of this world!
I wouldn't recommend the Driskill for a single diner. I frequently travel alone and enjoy fine dining. I was very disappointed.
First, I can understand not seating a single diner at a large table on a busy night, but when I dined, it was not busy and I was seated at the table directly behind the host stand. I did have a wonderful view of all of the menus stacked up next to me, but that's not exactly what I wanted to look at.
My waiter, who's name I cannot tell you (because I don't think he told me) had no personality and did not appear to want to be serving such a small table. He failed to inform me of any of the off-menu specials they had or make any suggestions (other than a glass of wine when he told me that the Malbec I had selected from the menu was unavailable). I knew of the specials because I could hear Callen, the young lady serving the two nearest tables, explain them to her guests as she worked to develop a good rapport with them. Callen - if you read this, I'm a dog lover, too.
The food was excellent. My Wagyu filet was cooked almost perfectly and the potatoes and caulini were very good as well. The bread was also cooked well and the butter was soft so it could be spread without problem.
The chocolate gelato was also very good. Three small scoops in a cold bowl were listed on the menu at $4.00. Unfortunately, the menu prices don't match the computer prices. I was charged $6.00 for the gelato.
I don't mind spending good money on good food, but when I spend $100 for a dinner for MYSELF, I expect to also have good service. I did not get that on this evening. I did enjoy the food, though.
Great vibe, romantic restaurant with a lot of cool history
Great food!! The crawfish corn soup was amazing!!!
A first class oasis from the moment you're seated to the after dinner drinks.
Very nice. Very classic ! The place is amazing beautiful with plenty of space to dining.
In short the ambiance and decor was nice but the food not so great.
My spouse order the ribeye 18 oz. It was fatty; it was hard finding the beef on some parts.
I ordered the chicken. Again nothing exception; it was about the same as what you might find a Golden Corral for hundred dollars less.
My wife did say the wine was excellent.