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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

4.2

service

4.5

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4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (11)
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Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vegan (1)
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Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (Austin)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Our dinner with friends -- steaks, lamb, grouper -- was delicious! And the sides are excellent too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Our food was very good but the waiter was not at all enthusiastic. He took one of our appetizers assuming we were finished without asking the table if we were ready for him to remove it. He leaned over the table to remove plates - across guests - which is very rude and not appropriate. He didn't appear to like the restaurant desserts when asked if they were good. He did not pay attention to our requests - when our male dinner guest requested another glass of wine for one guest - he failed to bring it. He never smiled and seemed irritated to be waiting on us. The $400 plus dinner was less than overwhelming given the lack of enthusiasm from the waiter. I am not sure I would recommend the restaurant based on this experience. I am unsure of his name, but this was on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. and he was a Caucasian waiter with glasses. We were sitting at the back of the restaurant on a 4-top.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter, Andrew was exceptionally gracious and treated as the most special of his customers. He made it very special for our special day. We thank him for all of his special treatment. Marilyn and Paul Schilling Saturday night 1 July.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My wife and I ate at the Driskill Grill for a date while visiting Austin. Andrew was our server, and I honestly cannot say enough good things about him. As a Chef myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the food. I ordered the Wagyu Strip which was excellent. My wife ordered the French onion soup, which I tried. The soup was the only part of the meal that was subpar in our minds. The creamed spinach was excellent, and the bleu cheese in the creamed spinach was not over powering. The okra and tomatoes was by far the most surprising and my favorite dish. If you visit the Driskill Grill, ask for Andrew. You will not be disappointed.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Unfortunately, the Driskill Grill isn't what it used to be. While our waiter was friendly and very nice, the service was very slow. Two hour dinner for five with a restaurant practically empty. The food was excellent, no doubt. However, there is no dress code, so the other diners were in shorts and tank tops. The Driskill is one of the most iconic and historic venues in town, with $$$$ menu prices. No one should be there in shorts and tank tops. It was sad.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Loved it- food was great!
I almost feel like a jacket should be required when dining there to add to the old world ambiance that it exudes - it was very nice and we will be going back- the five course meal was worth the money and very good

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food was well-seasoned but for an evening of one to cost over $50 without wine is a bit much. I wanted to experience the Driskill hotel and restaurant. I will not return to either. I can have a nice experience at other Hyatt hotels without the price tag.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Spicy, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Organic
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

A classy restaurant with excellent food and good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Party of 2. Wedge salad sent back. Limp lettuce on both wedge salad and caesar salad and flavorless dressings. Side dish of risotto with English peas was good.
Wagyu steaks ($64 each) were only fair, both dry with little flavor and only average tenderness.
Bread basket very ordinary and bread not really fresh.
Huge expensive disappointment.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This was the most impressive dining experience I could think of to treat my wife for our wedding anniversary. When I made the reservation, I asked for a 7 course meal with wine pairing, completely at the chef's discretion, and to not even bring us menus. I expected some fun, but I was blown away. Every course was something new, fascinating, delicious, and complex. Even the beet salad, which sounds terrible, was amazing.

Our waiter, who I believe was named Roy, gave a great little spiel about each wine and how it was meant to compliment the food, and otherwise, simply left us alone for our intimate meal. Between each course we were in suspense as to what was next, but never were we wanting for anything. Our service was world class.

The restaurant itself was mostly empty; it's a beautiful, historical building, and initially our table was perfect. A private spot as I requested. The hostess was the only problem we experienced. She sat a group of bickering old men in shorts just inches from us, despite the restaurant being more than 90% empty. Our little corner went from a nice quiet corner to a noisy trap where I couldn't hear myself think. Fortunately, we requested to be moved to another table and had no further trouble, but the hostess should have been more familiar with my instructions. This was a $400 check, and she could have spoiled the occasion needlessly. But thankfully the restaurant is full of great tables, and once we moved we were back to enjoying the terrific service, food, and ambiance.

I only wish I had thought to thank the chef for what appeared to be hard and inspired work.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Nice place.
Good food and ambiance. Could be a bit more creative.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great overall. But I expected it to be a little quieter

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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