LaVenture

4.4
131 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Helmed by Executive Chef Stephen Trevino, LaVenture brings refreshing culinary refinement to Marfa while celebrating its culture and authenticity. Seasonal menus feature rustic American-style and continental cuisine married with regional flavors and ingredients. LaVenture emphasizes heritage meats, handmade pasta and seafood entrees, and signature shared plates, complemented by well-curated international wine offerings incorporating small production and family-owned wineries. 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
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily 7:30am - 11:00am
Lunch Daily 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday through Thursday | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
Stephen Trevino
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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
Reviews from verified diners
131 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
62%
Very Good
23%
Good
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Fair
8%
Poor
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4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AC
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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

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BG
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

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

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l
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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
4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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
2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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

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DR
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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
3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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

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OT
2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fabulous food and inexcusably poor wait service

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VR
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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
2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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

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ES
5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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
4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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
3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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
4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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

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R
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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DB
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Believe the hype! All the press about Marfa...it's growth as a destination arts center is all true, and one of the clear evidences is having a truly wonderful dinner at LaVenture. The food was spot on in preparation and presentation. The server, Mary, was attentive, knowledgeable, professional and terribly engaging in all the right ways. Pricing may have been high for Marfa, but not for the overall experience, when considering food, atmosphere, ambiance, drinks and service. Absolutely memorable!

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MM
4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had my daughters 16 birthday dinner on a Sunday evening. The place was hopping. I guess there were a lot of hipsters in town (we are locals). The dining room is open concept so it's fairly loud wherever you sit. We were seated in the back so it was tolerable. Depending on what you order, it's fairly pricey. I ordered the short rib which was $26. It tasted great and was a great value for the dish. I did see a $38 filet which I think is a little ridiculous. The waitress brought my daughter a lovely key lime slice with a candle for her birthday. I would highly recommend in any city. But in Marfa, it may be all that is open!

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S
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Lovely evening for my daughter's B-day: very well-prepared and creative food/drinks and excellent service by Mary. We are locals so the Hotel Saint George is always a treat, a wonderful addition to far West Texas.

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ST
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

the meal was really awesome - the wine was good (thanks for the free bottle) -Nikki was a very good waitress and always on the ball...thanks Nikki and the man at the bar...

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OT
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent Valentines Day date night. Staff was professional and managed the crowd with ease. Food and drinks were excellent. Top shelf evening.

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JS
4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

During our visit to Marfa, TX and staying at the Hotel St. George attached to the LaVenture restaurant, we found it to be underused. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at LaVenture and recommend it highly. The atmosphere was beautiful, soft lighting, hipster furniture and art. The food was creative, delicious and perfectly cooked. I had scallops that were flown in that day. Seared to sweet perfection. My salad was incredibly fresh and crisp with greens, shaved apples and candied walnuts. My birthday desert was thick creamy chocolate pie (sorry, I have forgotten if it was a tart or a mousse, I was in heaven).....sooooo good. Did I tell you my sparkling rose' wine was served so cold and crisp. The only con was that in the beginning service was slow, but when we mentioned that to the manager, the rest of the evening went perfectly. I highly recommend LaVenture. It is pricey, but worth it.

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KM
3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

I had a pasta dish - it was ok. Kind of rubbery. My fiancé had the short rib. Tasted good - but was served to him ice cold. Had to send it back to be warmed up.

Overall the food was eh - our waitress was very sweet, though. For the price we probably wouldn’t try it again.

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TX
5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This made our fourth or fifth visit to LaVenture. We have never been disappointed. I wish I could remember our waitress's name. She was very laid back, friendly, and extremely helpful in our decisions on wine, entree, and dessert. Went the extra mile in a quiet way.
The food was very good. I am putting my vote in to bring back the farro salad. I missed having that but the spring greens salad is very good as is the real Caesar Salad. Our table had the lamb chops and the special, which that night was a 12 or 16 oz ribeye. All was delicious.

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OT
2.0Dined on January 4, 2018

It is completely understandable & forgivable if a restaurant in faraway Marfa has a busier than usual first week in January & runs out of several of the dishes on the menu by mid week. It is understandable that it is difficult to get staff & keep them & have them always show up- it's kind of a different mindset around there- and so the place might be understaffed.
We had a reservation for 7:30 & were told "your table is ready but we can't seat you yet. We will come find you soon." Hmmm, well, ok, let's just chill out in the bookstore.
We were seated at 7:50. Our salads arrived an hour later. The field greens salad with shaved apples & walnuts had neither apples nor walnuts. (We DID complain, and they DID comp the salads.) They were out of bread. BREAD!! The service was very friendly but just as infrequent as it was friendly. The entrees arrived eventually & the $28 crispy chicken was very small & not at all crispy. I would have preferred the colonel's, really. It comes with a spoonful of risotto, which was tasty but gloppy. The lamb chop was tasty but nothing special. The only thing that received high marks was the scallops.
We could forgive all the shortcomings of LaVenture except for the fact that it is the most expensive restaurant in town, actually probably within 200 miles, and is advertised as a fine dining experience. Our friends had dinner there a few months ago & raved about it, so you might get lucky. But from all reports, it is never reliable.

It was indeed very hip. But I suggest if you want to visit the St George, go for a drink & then cross the street to Stellina's for dinner. Sadly, they were closed when we were there, but they get high marks from everyone.

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OT
5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Great service! Great food!

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OT
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had an excellent evening at LaVenture - superb food, very good service (all the while the Resturant was full) and a relaxed ambiance. We would highly recommend LaVenture to our friends. Our waitress was superb.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Worst meal I’ve had anywhere, service bad food worse. Brought out a burger for a. 4 year old 30 minutes before the adult food was delivered. And the burger was raw. The margaritas were horrible. Nothing good to say. Will never eat there again. Sorry for the bad news but honest.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

As soon as you walk in to the St George hotel, you get a calm, sophisticated vibe. The restaurant is towards the back of the hotel, with a well stocked bar and comfortable chairs and tables. We had the fondue and crabcake as starters. The fondue had smokey whiskey infusion, which gave it a beer-like flavor. The crabcake was a solid choice, tender and moist.
For mains, two of us split the prime rib, after seeing the massive slab of beef served to a nearby table. It was certainly a good cut, with the exception of one small part that was tough. I would order it again, and we shared sides of perfectly crispy Brussel sprouts and some black eyed peas with kale. My son got the pub burger, which was served on a buttered brioche bun, cooked perfectly.
Finally, we ordered an Americano along with both desserts that night. One was a slice of key lime pie - one of my faves - and it was excellent, with coconut milk whipped cream. The other was a very inventive plate with two home made macarons that were a bit sweet, but decadent and a champagne gelee that was a delicious bite.
Highly recommended, and really not much else like it in the Big Bend area. It would be lost in the crowd at Austin, possibly.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The best thing about our meal was our server, Mary. The service was great, the atmosphere is nice, however you really need to step up your game for people with dietary restrictions, which is about eighty seven percent of the population. My sons pork chop was delicious, but my daughter and I ended up with a plain, grilled chicken breast, not on menu, but available when I asked for it, as there wasn't anything else on the menu we could have. My husbands prime rib was good, and huge.

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