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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 a strong butchery program, 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.
Marfa, TX 79843
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily 8:00am - 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
El Paso Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hotel parking lot as well as street parking
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
LaVenture Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They offered three entrées and we’re out of two. The waitress was very nice and as good as she could be given the conditions .
The attitude of the bar staff was a joke and as an owner I would fire the two that we had to deal with to get a drink.
Skip this place until they pull it together
Wait staff was mediocre and slightly odd, to be frank. The waitress almost seemed to be in another world most of the time and gave me a confused look when I ordered a Sam Adams Winter Lager (yes, it was on the list). She also made herself scarce, and it took forever to get our check. Another staff member who packaged up our to-go plate also seemed to be out of it. In the defense of the restaurant, we did go back the next morning for breakfast and had a totally opposite experience with an exceptional staff and exceptional meal, so it may have just been the Monday night shift.
As far as the food is concerned, it was probably the best (fanciest, finest, etc..) within a 150 mile radius of Marfa, but not a particularly outstanding meal. It was obviously well prepared, but I think I have had better meals overall at Olive Garden. The entrees were not that memorable, but the sides were pretty fantastic.
For a small town like Marfa, it was a good meal, but not worth the money or hype. All things being relative, it was good. But compared to any other restaurant of the same price point and image, it was sub-par.
There were no good parts about my experience
I was told the kitchen was behind because the crowds were higher than expected. Kidding me because it is Thanksgiving week in a tourist town
What made it worse was that there was no one increasing the service to compensate for the slow kitchen Bad move
And the food was. It good either
So if you want to continue to show yourself as a high end restaurant you really need to take it up a whole bunch of notches
Made the reservation for my husband’s birthday. Made a note of his birthday on reservation and reminded the hostess and manager so they could relay message to server. Not a single person wished my husband happy birthday or did anything for the birthday celebration. The entrees took a very long time and when they came out they were cold. The daily toast we ordered however was very good. Drinks were also very good. But the bad customer service of not acknowledging my husband’s birthday unfortunately overshadows the whole experience.
They have a limited menu and were literally out of half the things we attempted to order (including one of their five entree options). The server kept coming back to tell us they were out of things when we had 7:30pm reservation so it was far from the end of the night. Then when the bill came it included one of the items that we never got as they were out so we had to have it changed, which took 2 tries for them to get us an accurate bill. We left annoyed, feeling like we overpaid and the food we did have was nothing special. My advice would be to skip this and go to Coachnella where we had a great experience the night before.
Group of six, Restaurant was not busy, We sat down at 8 and received our main course at 9:30. Any time guests are asking what’s taking so long is a warning sign. Servers were helpful in explaining the menu, which is eclectic, meaning unusual and somewhat limited in choices. The daily toast is a highlight, different bruschetta each night. Half of us liked the food (scallops and vegetables, crispy chicken) and half of us did not (beef tartare not enough seasoning and pasta/sausage too chewy). Presentation of all dishes was very good. Overall experience was ok but would try another restaurant next time.
What a gem in Marfa, TX. LaVenture was absolutely delicious and the service was incredible. We had the farro salad, thai mussels and the scallops. Everything was flavorful and fresh. The key lime pie for dessert was to die for. Highly recommend! I only wish it was closer so we could go again and again!
Enjoyed the Wednesday night Prix Fixe special of pork ragu pasta: we chose the watermelon gazpacho for our starter (a Caesar salad was the salad selection) and blondie sundae for dessert, three good choices! The pork ragu pasta was wonderfully flavored, with just the slightest touch (& perfect amount) of spice. We started our meal with the chicken liver pate (from the regular menu), which a friend had recommended. It was a smooth pate, delicious and to our liking. We selected a bottle of Sancerre from the half-price wine list, a Wednesday night special. Our server Nikki made sure everything was the way we expected, and kept our wine glasses filled with the Sancerre that was kept cold in an ice bucket. We would definitely return for the Wednesday night Prix Fixe regu selection.
Marfa is a destination art-town with maybe 4 "tablecloth" restaurants----and only 2 recognized hotels. This is at the new St George Hotel, the place for prosperous folks from far away. Certainly worth it for one good meal. Staff is eager to please and the urbane menu delivers more quality and imagination than expected.
Lets start with our drinks in the bar... excellent! We asked about an unusual drink (Blood & Sand) and they did not have the one secret ingredient so we passed on it. They went ahead and made a drink close to the original and brought that to us to see what we thought... quite good and we really appreciated them going out of their way. Excellent service.
On to the dining room... service was fine, mixed results with the three things we ordered.
First, we shared the Mussels in a Thai Broth... FANTASTIC! Not a drop of broth was left behind.
I had the pasta entree which was quite good and a large portion. The other entree was a large serving of albacore on a bed of lentils. The fish was VERY dry... very disappointing.
Overall, we had a good time and the space is very comfortable.
Two of us ordered the Fish of the day and it was horribly overcooked and neither one of us ate all of it. Another person ordered the crispy chicken and it was uneventful. Pasta dish was very good; breads were great and the key lime pie was fabulous. Also we paid in cash and they didn't have cash for change anywhere in the restaurant, bar or hotel! Someone had to go and get cash somewhere outside of the building! That is poor management! We also noticed the chef was not in the kitchen but was eating dinner in the restaurant with friends on a Wed. night ????!!!! She should have at least been checking on what was going on in the kitchen and walking around asking the guests how their food was.
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