The Best Cheap Eats in College Station

The OpenTable Team

College Station, home of Texas A&M University and a thriving student population. And what do students love? Eating out cheaply! Texas is the proud home of barbecue, burgers, steaks and fried chicken, and they're so many College Station eateries flying the flag for great Texan fare. But where are the thriftiest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve found the cheapest and tastiest restaurants in town, for students and savers alike.

There are Italian joints on campus serving up pizza and pasta in luxurious settings- whilst still being totally affordable. Travel over to Bryan and indulge in farm-to-table comfort food, where menus get updated daily depending on available ingredients. That type of savvy buying passes savings onto the customer. When it comes to cheap eats College Station is the place to be, so book a table tonight for a fantastic meal for less.

Restaurants:Caffe Capri, Ronin, Poppy @ The George Hotel
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Bryan, College Station

Caffe Capri

$$$$·Italian·
Bryan
100 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Billed as the place for Italian in Bryan, Caffe Capri is also a great way to manage the dining budget. This is thanks to a range of weekly specials and the Caffe Happy Hour. They eRead more
93% recommended
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Ronin

$$$$·American·
College Station
594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
How many eateries combine both a farm and restaurant? Ronin’s farm, where many of the ingredients for the restaurant come from, is near Lake Bryan and guests can visit by appointmeRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas
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Poppy @ The George Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
College Station
148 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
Glass, wood, and tartan come together in this bright and welcoming eatery at The George Hotel. Small batch cooking and local ingredients are what Poppy is all about, plus letting dRead more
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Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof

$$$$·American·
Bryan
667 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
This multi-award-winning restaurant is a top destination of Vintage Hills and the signature restaurant of the Messina Hof Winery and Resort. Fresh fruits, vegetable, and herbs comeRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas
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Casa do Brasil

$$$$·Steakhouse·
College Station
905 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
When it comes to cheap eats College Station is lucky enough to have one of the finest all-you-can-eat options available. The only Brazilian steakhouse in the area, the concept consRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas

The Republic Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
College Station
1,064 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Republic exudes class, from the white tablecloths to the sumptuous dark leather and chandeliers. It’s regularly hailed as one of the best restaurants in College Station, and a Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas
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Luigi's Patio Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
College Station
946 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
For diners that love music too, what better way to save money than by combining those two passions into one exciting night? Luigi’s is famous for its live music nights, which allowRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas

Amico Nave Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Bryan
568 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Amico Nave means “Friend of the Ship” which is a reference to its sister restaurant, Shipwreck Grill. The owners are former Aggies and have roots in Sicily which are very evident iRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas
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Porters

$$$$·Steakhouse·
College Station
523 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Conveniently next to the A&M Garden Apartments in Century Square, Porter’s is a popular dining destination, especially for big groups looking for something special. Bright, modern,Read more
87% recommended
Best Food in Central Texas

Christopher's World Grille

$$$$·Continental·
College Station
2,276 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Can world-class dining be a great value experience? At Christopher’s off Boonville Road, it certainly can. Christopher’s is famous for superb seafood and steaks with unusual twistsRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Central Texas
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Red Lobster - College Station

$$$$·Seafood·
College Station
4 reviews
As the name suggests, this is a restaurant with a real passion for seafood. They’re also passionate about the environment, so they source all their ingredients in ways that are botRead more
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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - College Station

$$$$·American·
College Station
20 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Kid-friendly
Regularly lauded as one of the best restaurants in town, here is the place to grab some of the best cheap eats College Station has on offer. There are plenty of shareable plates (gRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Central Texas

Brazos-Proper Texas Kitchen

$$$$·Southern·
College Station
121 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
With the motivating “Gig ‘em Aggies” mural on the back wall and a combination of space, wood, and cowhide, there’s a real mix of Texan flair and upscale dining at Brazos. Billed asRead more
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Mad Taco

$$$$·Mexican·
College Station
When looking for cheap eats College Station locals don’t have to travel far. Mad Taco might be right next to the Bank of America but it’s unlikely diners will need to make a withdrRead more
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Dixie Chicken Restaurant

$$$$·Grill·
Bryan
Dixie Chicken in College Station has been an Aggie institution since 1974. Now in its fifth decade and counting, this local favorite is so popular it even has its own merchandise. Read more
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Blue Baker

$$$$·Italian·
College Station
Right on College Hill Estates and a stone’s throw from the university itself, Blue Baker serves up pastries, sandwiches and more for hungry students and locals. Crisp and clean in Read more
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Coco Loco No 2

$$$$·Mexican·
College Station
A hidden gem on Welsh Avenue serving Tex Mex delights, burgers, seafood and more, all with more than a touch of Mexican flair. The best thing about Coco Loco is that the prices areRead more
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T Jin China Diner - Bryan Location

$$$$·Chinese·
Bryan
With consistently excellent reviews and a super convenient location, T. Jin China Diner is the Asian eatery of choice for those looking to save a few bucks. The lower price lunch mRead more
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Koppe Bridge Bar & Grill

$$$$·Grill·
College Station
A popular haunt for Aggies and locals, Koppe Bridge serves up made-to-order burgers with a smile. There’s a fascinating history here. The actual Koppe Bridge which got washed away Read more
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