LaVenture

4.3
145 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Helmed by Executive Chef Andrew Miller, LaVenture showcases a range of prime and choice steaks and chops as well as fresh seafood, traditional steakhouse side dishes, and house specialty plates, complemented by a carefully-selected international wine program and an extensive spirits list. LaVenture’s atmosphere is both relaxed and convivial - providing an essential dining destination for Marfa's visitors and locals.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
5 PM until 10 PM Daily
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Phone number
(432) 729-3701
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Miller
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Paso Street
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Parking details
Hotel parking lot as well as street parking
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
What 145 People Are Saying
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Houston
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were visiting Marfa for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised to find LaVenture on OpenTable. In fact, it was the only restaurant in town on OpenTable. We really enjoyed our visit - the greeter was affable and seated us quickly. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. I know that Marfa gets lots of tourism; nonetheless I was surprised at the quality of the food and service at this restaurant in the town of population 2121! I will most definitely include LaVenture on my list of dining choices when I return to Marfa in the future. Gread job!

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c
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful, stylish and inovative with many food options. So unexpected in a small town and so welcoming. Highly recommend!

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SR
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as were the cocktails and appetizers. The steaks were a little disappointing for a nice steak house. My husband ordered his medium rare and I ordered medium. Both came out very crisp...almost like a not so good sear? Mine seemed over seasoned and had a charcoal like film on the plate? This was not an inexpensive meal, it seemed overcooked (and I am not a picky steak eater.) I would go back but be very specific about the temperature expectations.

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CT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a 6:30PM Saturday reservations and were disappointed that the lamb chops were already sold out; however, overall very nice experience

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T
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food on the menu sounded good, the starter was very good but the main course was over done, medium was well done and medium rare was medium. I had to keep asking for the drink menu, to chose a drink, too many drinks to remember on first pass. The check arrived before we even had a chance to see the dessert menu!!!! Not quite what we were expecting from a ‘quality’
restaurant.

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BG
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaVenture never disappoints - one of our favorite restaurants period - but definitely a must-go in Marfa! Their wine is phenomenal and their steaks are top flight quality. Can't recommend it enough!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loud - hard to have a conversation - Friday night. Food was good.

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TM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fantastic customer service -- our server was very helpful and attentive.

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GF
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!
Excellent staff
Superb food!
Phyllis and George Finley

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D
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good quality food with excellent service. Had the crispy chicken that was very tasty. Wife had filet which she likes well done which is often problematic at many restaurants. Steak was undercooked for her liking but without any fuss the problem was corrected by the kitchen.

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CT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A white square subway tiled building just doesn’t fit in Marfa TX. As far as the restaurant, cocktails were delivered 1 at a time which doesn’t make for easy toasting in a group of friends. 1 person received a totally different drink than ordered and the Manhattan ordered was unrecognizable to the taste. Filet was ordered med- rare & csme out Rare. Sent it back and it was the same. Service person tried very hard.

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TN
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent scallops and brussel sprouts. Classy, comfortable setting. Friendly service.

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F
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful.... a very cool place... loved it! Cannot wait to go back

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food that was pricey but understandable given the location. Will definitely eat here again when in Marfa.

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The pork chop, filet, and scallops were amazing. Highly recommend for the food choices and ambiance. The tables are great, but suggest sitting at the bar if you have the chance.

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JL
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch. They have GREAT hamburgers!!!!

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BG
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must-try in Marfa. Some of the best steaks I've ever eaten - and I'm a lifelong Texas, so that's saying something!

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, food was great, and love the hand-crafted cocktails!

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l
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very nice meal. The only downside is that our table was against a wall in the back by a room for parties. Kind of felt like we were in a corner for time out. I usually like a corner table but something about this one felt off. Other than that our meals were very good. Scallops were done perfectly as was our Filet. The caesar salad was just ok. Very nice staff and good service. Will definitely go back if when we return to Marfa.

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LS
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food took forty minutes to arrive. Our server finally volunteered that half our order was lost in the kitchen and she brought us a margarita to share while we waited. We hadn’t ordered any alcoholic drinks so nice but kind of random. A good bit of time later, our food came out but our steak which was ordered medium came out well done. We didn’t send it back because we were tired of waiting for our food. The fish dish was very good but not worth waiting forty minutes and having the other meal be disappointing. A definite pass next time.

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z
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The bartender was and alway is terrific. She is a 10!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted a quiet, relaxed dinner, but we wanted all the artsy ambiance you expect from a nice evening out in Marfa. This place does NOT disappoint! Our server was impeccable and the food was perfect. We were also amazed at how reasonable the prices were for such a fabulous meal and cocktails. This place is a MUST GO for any Marfa visitor!

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P
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner here. Dinner was disappointing. This is not a formal restaurant but a large bar area. The dinner menu is limited and food was mediocre. Service, however was very good. Breakfast was also disappointing with over cooked eggs. Lunch was best with a fresh salad accompanied by chicken. A hotel as expensive and stylish as this should do better with their food.

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a
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal- beautiful setting, wonderful and attentive service, and well presented and delicious dishes

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat in Marfa! The steak was perfectly cooked and the cheese plate appetizer was wonderful! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

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SW
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ribeye was tough with grizzle and no marbling. Brussels sprouts were undercooked

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OT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Food very average - service is deplorable. Wanted to eat at another restaurant, but unfortunately they were closed for vacation. They really need to make improvements and let the servers write down your order! Not impressed in the least and really need to upgrade!

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B
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good, and the Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake was amazing! There was a pretty good wine and cocktail list, and everything felt like it was a good value. We had their charcuterie board, and even the mortadella won me over. I definitely recommend going by if you're in Marfa/Alpine/Fort Davis.

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W
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This restaurant needs some work. The dishes were hit or miss. I had the ribeye and it was very good. The people I was dining with had the redfish which was overcooked and rubbery. One other person had the pork chop which was dry and over sauced with a very spicy sauce----in fact the wait person ended up not charging us for the pork chop. I will say the cocktails were very well prepared and up to big city standards which was a pleasant surprise.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pleasant overall, but my husband found the steak tartare extremely chunky and adulterated with an overpowering whole Mustard which totally overpowered the Kobe beef. And he didn’t expect his steak to be sauced.. but it’s an outside in the desert and we appreciated most aspects of the setting and meal.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Fabulous food and inexcusably poor wait service

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VR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was phenomenal as was all of our food. It was a quiet night before Marfa Myths and it was a perfect spot for our date night.

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SL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Implied fine dining which was a nightmare. Tiny menu, high prices, epic fail at manufactured cool. 3 male idiots at the hostess stand acting like deer in headlights, couldn’t utter a simple, “please follow me.” There were only a few tables occupied as it was 8 pm in a small desert-early-to-bed-town. Hideous service: server only had one other table when we arrived but it was clear they had been waiting for a dessert offer quite a while, then their check a long time after that. We waited over 15 minutes for A drink; yes, my husband’s beer was forgotten as the server clearly had not brought her mind to work that day (Saturday evening). After we received our first course, a private party of 5 was seated in a separate room and was unfortunately assigned to our server. At that point she literally forgot we existed. All our food was delivered by a bus boy. My husband’s accompaniment had to be asked for again and it came 10 minutes after his entree, yet it was not removed from the bill. We were never offered additional beverages, and had to chase down a host for more water. The server walked by 8 times without even a glance let alone a quality query or up sell offer; she literally jumped when she saw us and remembered she had a table. Food: wagyu tartare was NOT; seriously, if the executive chef was sold that tough dog food as wagyu, he/she should file suit. Scallops had nice sear but needed s&p. EVERYthing lacked salt & pepper - a sign that untrained or non-local cooks are at work, as high level and local chefs would know that EXTRA salt is needed in desert climates, hot or cold, and pepper is a necessary step in building even the simplest flavor profile. Hubby, a retired chef, enjoyed his ribeye but stated the polenta needed more green chilis, as well as s&p. My filet mignon and sauce were perfect except s&p. We turned down desert as we felt the need to escape the EXTREME, fake cackling coming from the private group of 5 over the partial walls into the cold, echoey space.

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TE
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my anniversary dinner at LaVenture and was not disappointed. I liked that there was a small choice and not a huge menu. The food was incredibly delicious. I had the chicken with saffron rice and my boyfriend had the snapper. Every inch of those dishes were full to the brim with flavor. We ended the night with the divine and decadent chocolate cheesecake and I can say that the night was officially complete. Definitely recommend it if you are in Marfa for a day or two!

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal with excellent food, drink, servers and atmosphere. Beautiful artwork
everywhere! A treat for sure!

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ES
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary was a pleasant server and, knowing we wished not to be rushed, paced our entrees accordingly. There was live music in the bar, Blan Scott, and we enjoyed a stop there before leaving for the night.

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EJ
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered the Flatbread (non-meat), the Pasta Carbonara dish, and the Seared Scallops dish. All were very good. We got there right at 5pm and the service was very attentive. All good came out correct and timely!

The pricing seems a tad high although the portions are good and you can tell the ingredients are either hand made or sourced from high-quality places.

We’d definitely recommend!

Side note - if there is a wait, hit up the bar right in front as their prices and selection were great during happy hour.

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SE
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It was a nice clean place. We were seated after a moment or 2 of checking. Felt like the place was understaffed. The drinks were good. The margarita has a swath of salt all up and down the outside of the glass that fell all over the table. And under it. I would recommend a smaller. strip of salt if you want to make them creatively like that. Side dishes were really good, the salad was great and a good portion. My meat was of questionable quality. Probably choice definitely not prime, but too much grisle and fat. But All in all I would eat there again just would lower my expectations a little bit.

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G
New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Music from the bar area out by the lobby much too loud, even in the dining area.

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R
Dallas
82 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The butternut squash ravioli was very good and the broiled red snapper was excellent!! Ask for Mary to be your server. She really did an outstanding job.

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