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About Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel

The legendary Driskill Grill serves exquisite modern American cuisine Tuesday through Saturday. The Driskill Grill is a Four Diamond rated restaurant and is repeatedly ranked the number one restaurant in Austin. The Driskill Grill invites diners to feast on an ever-changing array of innovative and impeccably prepared fare in the most elegant of surroundings. The Driskill Grill uses locally sourced products, seasonal ingredients and cutting edge menu choices which create a truly memorable dining experience.

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 2011."

604 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;

Happy Hour in the Bar: Daily 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
7th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 391-7162

Website:
http://www.driskillgrill.com/

Entertainment:
The Driskill Grill and Driskill Bar have live music Tuesday - Saturday offered in the Lounge starting at 6:00pm and ending at 11:00pm.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for all guest at a discounted rate through the Driskill Hotel.

Executive Chef:
Christian Apetz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

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Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Romantic (12)
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Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

This was my wife and I second visit. We really enjoy the food and service. Drinks were also good and did the job

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Filet and sea bass were amazing, as was the dessert. The waitress was friendly and prompt.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food tasted really bad. It was the worst food that I tried in Texas. All the dishes came to the table cold and with no taste at all. We went there during News Year dinner and me and my family could not finish any dish. The dessert was the worst of all. We were really disappointed to pay that much for a food that was not good at all.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Prix fixé NYE meal with my family of 6. It was at best a decent hotel meal. In a city like Austin with amazing dining choices, this felt like dining in a Holiday Inn, not the famous Driskill Hotel. Food was cooked to order but was nothing special nor imaginative. We dine out much more than average. The bar outside the steakhouse was however much better than average and wine chosen for the pairings with coursed meal was all EXCELLENT. Go for drinks or a solid business dinner and don't expect anything exciting and you'll be fine.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We wanted our friends to have a great meal with great service and experience “old Texas/Austin” feel. The Driskill has all the great Texas feel with Hugh ceilings and marble paired with hides and leather, but also an intimate upscale dinner options just steps away from a vibrant bar scene. This was the perfect combination for our evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went for dinner with my wife and three daughters while visiting in Austin. All of our meals were delicious and beautifully presented. From the soup and mussels through the steak, lamb and catch of the day (super flaky halibut) to the sorbet and gelato the meal was excellent. The service was also attentive without being obtrusive. All in all a great evening and then to have it confirmed that the restaurant was in a scene of 'Miss Congeniality' sealed the deal for my daughters (and my wife and I too).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service and quality of the food was amazing as always..but for some reason the day before new years eve and they were out of 3 bottles of wine listed on their menu? Not to mention that I noticed the same thing in the bar earlier? Not sure why this was but it caught me as awkward.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fairly underwhelming. The whole place is dripping with history and has a great interior. The staff unfortunately look like they're working in an iHop which, after $140 per person for the food is less than expected. Your enjoyment here will depend on your perspective and expectations. Do you enjoy the "high class" experience regularly? Have you eaten around the world? if so expect a lacklustre dining experience. If you're used to BBQ and salt of the earth restaurants then you'll love it here.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

My wife and I wanted to have a meal at a fancy, romantic, and quiet restaurant. This place was fantastic. The service was top notch and the food was incredible. We had the five course meal with the wine pairings. The staff did an incredible job. There was a group of coworkers being a bit noisy and the staff did their very best to muffle the noise that the group was making.

If you are looking for a marvelous place for a romantic dinner with your spouse or significant other look no further. This is it! It’s worth every penny!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We did the 5 course tasting menu with the Wine Pairing. Fantastic. When we got to the Filet Mignon the waiter asked what type of red wine we liked by asking each of us, individually, various questions. He nailed it. He brought my wife one type and me another. Hit it out of the ballpark.

The food was fantastic. The wines were all very nice. Very creative and delicious. Some courses I would actually call rich. Lots of tastes. The pace between courses was good. Not too fast, and certainly not slow. But the waiter offered to slow it down (without us saying a word about it to him). We declined. The pace was good for us. Walked away satisfied but not too full. And just the right amount of drink as well. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A great dinner and fantastic service. They made our anniversary very special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great for a special birthday. Waiter/sommelier was expert.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very nice meal. They knew it was our anniversary and made us feel very special. We love the Driskill grill and had another great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good , slightly loud as evening progressed .
Attentive and knowledgeable waiter/sommelier

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The meal and most of the service was excellent. Our only complaint was we were there for a 70th birthday meal and although the concierge generously offered to have a special menu created for the birthday girl with her name on it this was not followed through with by the hostess and was a bit disappointing. When we asked the hostess about the special menu she said she had gotten the note but was too busy to follow through.Other than that the evening was exceptional in every way!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Been in Austin for 4 years and just tried the Driscoll. Now regret not haven gone before. Absolutely delightful evening. Great bar scene, quiet and romantic dining area. Best part, great food. Highly recommend, but must mention pricey. Wine mark ups are high and drive the tab up.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Rack of Lamb was outstanding. We usually enjoy the Driskill ambiance, but the large party in the middle of the dining room included a screaming & hollering 2 year old. Not much anyone could do about it. After an hour of ruining every diner's quiet evening, Mom finally took him out.
But he shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Enjoyed a 40th anniversary dinner at the Driskill Grill while we were guest and enjoyed our special glass of champagne , wonderful meal and special anniversary dessert.
We dined early so the restaurant was very quiet and our server was very attentive.
the choices on the menu are based on fresh and local and we really appreciate that .
Our dishes were wonderfully prepared, right temperature and served with a nice presentation.
This restaurant is another great part of having the experience of a stay at The Driskill Hotel.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful experience. Excellent service. 5 course meal was wonderful. Cheesecake is amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The hotel itself is worth the visit, but the restaurant is very good. I️t is loud with many “groups “, so I wouldn’t go for a date.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Fun, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great Food and service ... nice atmosphere in historic hotel

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We ordered the steak tar tar, and loved it! The soup was just okay. We ordered the wagyu steak. I've had way better tasting steaks for much less. At $165 it should have been more tender and should have been mouth watering. I would say save your money. We only saw the waiter 3 or 4 times. Our finished plates sat on our table too long. Service was mediocre at best.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Overall, we had a nice evening. Our waiter was also tending to a large table so our needs were somewhat dependent on others we could flag down (pepper for salads, water refills, etc.). For the price, attention should have been... well, more attentive. Also, as this was a special occasion (my husband’s birthday which I noted on our Open Table reservation but was never acknowledged by the restaurant so I’m not sure they paid any attention), I ordered two glasses of champagne. I had not looked at the wine list so I found out when the bill was delivered that the waiter had served us the most expensive glass available - almost equivalent to the price of our filet mignon entree. I would have appreciated having been made aware of the options upon ordering. This left me with a very sour taste in my mouth after a nice meal.

The Wedge Salad, filet, and mashed sweet potatoes were very good although the roasted vegetables left a bit to be desired - rather flavorless.

Overall, a nice evening but I’m still steamed about the champagne charge.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I have enjoyed every dining experience at Driskill Grill for many years. The food, service and ambience are consistently great, and the bar is excellent. It is a wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Overall good, steak tartar was disgusting with lumps of gristle.,after complaining expected it to be removed from my bill, it wasn't .Was not impressed with our server Roy but all other staff terrific. Nice glass of champagne on arrival. We would go back but it wont be a regular hang out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent. Oddly, the Carrilon restaurant at AT&T Hotel and Conf Center at UT campus almost as good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 20, 2017

plenty of local flavor. loved the food and the atmosphere. we will be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Not sure what all the hype is about this restaurant. Had dinner there for my birthday this week. Nice thought as my menu wished me a happy birthday by name. Staff was VERY slow to service. I think we sat there for at least 10-15 minutes before our waiter came to the table, another long wait to get our drinks. The tenderloin was very good, lamb was mediocre. The pomme frites were plain old French fries rather than the thin crispy fries that we usually get with an order of pomme frites Don't think that we will be returning there are so many places to dine in Austin why spend $$$ for a dinner that strictly average

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

2nd time for an anniversary. Not what we remember for overall tastes. The mussels appetizer was extremely hot that looked good by lacked any flavor except for the chorizo, the same for the Caesar salad for me and the iceberg salad for my wife. The white anchovies on the Caesar were a pile of no flavor.
My ribeye steak was good but my wifes halibut was a dry block.
The waiter was very attentive and took good care of us but you probably wonder why didn't we just send it all back. We don't like sitting there while one has their meal and the other has to wait for theirs.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our menus were personalized to our 4 year anniversary. It was so thoughtful and a fun touch to the evening. We had delicious handcrafted cocktails, that was probably our favorite part of the evening. It was quiet which is nice, but ACL and a UT game were happening at the time we went. So I couldn't speak to an average Saturday night. We had a delightful evening!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great for my girlfriend's birthday -- staff did a great job making the night special. Tasty food, attentive service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Beautiful setting, great service, just an uninspiring menu/cuisine.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Place was empty and had limited menu. One of our guests was vegetarian and they had very limited options.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This restaurant has declined since we ate there about four years ago. The food isn't bad--my lamb rack was good enough--but at the offered prices it should be excellent. Moreover, the noise is unpleasant--a cacophony of contemporary music played on speakers inside the dining area, live country music that can be heard through the thin wall separating the restaurant from the bar, and loud conversation/laughing of the many patrons in the bar. Finally, our waiter was a bit surly. When my wife politely told him she could not eat the soup because it contained cream, he said "You should have said so earlier." Mind you, she wasn't asking for it to be taken off the bill. And, someone needs to tell him that repeatedly saying "You got it" is inappropriate for a place that puports to offer fine dining.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was extremely good. We've dined many times over the years and we were worried since the chef had changed since the last time we went. We really liked the menu and the combination surf, turn and swine was a real hit. Service was great. The deserts were novel and tasty. $20 to park was a bit high -we were not expecting that. We will definitely be back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Honesty I expected more from the chef. My rack of lamb was over cooked, our Risotto was over cook. They took the risotto back but I didn't complain about the lamb because the flavor was still good and it takes an hour to get your meal because it's a nice restaurant which I totally get. My friends steak was also not cooked to what she asked for. I would of spent my money somewhere else nd just walked the hotel to look at history.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The quality and ambition of the menu have declined over the past 2-3 years. We last dined at the Driskill Grill in Summer 2015, and were impressed by the game meats and artistry; this Summer, the menu was very average and unimpressive. The servers were decent and pleasant, but were neither polished in their presentation nor particularly knowledgeable.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 18, 2017

This was me and my wife's first date in years, and our waiter Roy made the occasion a wonderful experience and went into great detail about each dish, since we were not food savvy. If you have the option to have Roy as your waiter please ask for him.
If I could give 6 stars I would!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I only have good things to say. The food was amazing and pretty large portions for a high quality place like this. The waiter was knowledgeable if a bit formal. I think my date and I were a bit intimidated, but overall, it was an interesting experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Not the same restaurant as when David Bull and others were around. The prices are still high, but the quality isn't. Too bad; it's a great hotel and the bar is outstanding.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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