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Badu 1891

4.7
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469 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Please visit our website, http://www.Badu1891.com, to make reservations. Badu 1891 celebrates the spirit of the Texas Hill Country by serving Texas Inspired Cuisine in a beautifully restored National & Texas Historic Registered building in Llano, Texas. Chef Chandler Melia and his team pay homage to their Texas roots by taking familiar Southern dishes and expertly reinventing them with local game and bold spices and seasonings. We also have an outdoor stage for live music on the weekends and special occasions. Dining reservations are not required but are highly recommended, especially for groups of 6 or more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 469 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great "city" food in a beautiful, historic rural setting. Appreciate the Covid precautions observed.

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KeishaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed 2 nights of fine dining. Great service and food, would definitely stop by if going to Llano.

JB
JonB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Birthday celebration for my friend.

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NeeterB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Wonderful place for live music and unique dishes. Although we reserved in advance, I didn't care for the main dining room table for two in a high traffic area. I also didn't realize the elk sliders were served rare and wished I had been offered something else or told up front they were rare. I've truly enjoyed all of my previous visits. This visit was just "off".

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JennaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went there for our anniversary this past weekend and absolutely loved it. We ended up going during happy hour by accident and ordered everything but the crab and crawfish rolls because we were absolutely full. Hands down our favorite thing we ordered was the Spicy Tuna Tostada. So unexpected, we could have just ordered that x4 and been satisfied. Seriously so delicious. Second best thing was the Texas Elk Foie sliders! Holy moly, cooked to perfection, juices running down your arm, rich, MMMMMM! Mouth is watering at this point with these two dishes. I wish we lived closer, or maybe that would be a really bad thing for my waist size. Also have to mention, the Chef's Special which is a "margarita" was sooooo good! I had quite a few because they are a little smaller, but they are probably the best marg I have had in a while. So bravo BADU, we will be back!

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Kelley
Austin
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for wonderful evening and assisting us celebrating the closing of our duplex. Food was awesome with great band Caleb Rojas band. Greatly appreciate having a great dining near us.

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JenniferA
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner outside on the patio and our server was exceptionally nice and friendly. We will be back again.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my birthday celebration. We had a reservation for 2:45 and apparently they now close at 3:00 on Sunday instead of 4:00. They were friendly and helpful and never tried to rush us out so they could close, even after an order from the bar and dessert. As always, the food was excellent!

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JimW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Badu restaurant is a charming venue. We went for Sunday brunch so the menu was limited but still plenty of good choices.

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LISAP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If you're looking for a memoriable dining experience, Badu 1891 is a great choice. The menu items are above and beyond what you can choose from at most restaurants. The food was absolutely fabulous!! I'm still telling people about the stuffed French toast. I WILL have it again!

JM
JackM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great atmosphere. Chef came out and talked with us too.

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MorialA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Llano and wanted to have a nice evening. I was not disappointed. Everything was amazing from service to the live music. The food was one of a kind and delicious. I will definitely be going back when in town.

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Fraser
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned the next night and had another outstanding time!

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KathleenS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The website reservations work well BUT I do not like that I can’t call and talk to someone. That is poor customer service in my opinion.

JB
JerryB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good, food was excellent. Our second time there and they didn’t disappoint.

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Cast
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the evening! Great food, great service and loved that wine was 1/2 price per bottle! Will definitely return!

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ChristieR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very lovely place to enjoy an upscale meal. Husband ordered the Hawaiian Ribeye - he said it was one of the best steaks he's ever had. Cooked to perfection and amazing flavor. I ordered the Blackened Texas Redfish. It was good but not memorable... I think it needed more seasoning? Wonderful server and loved the atmosphere. It was nice that we could wear jeans and shorts - I was worried there was a strict dress code but they are very laid back. Overall, I definitely recommend.

JB
JohnB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was very good, except they over cooked my fish a little. Everything else food wise was really good. Duck Schnitzel was fantastic!
They need a better wine list with more reasonable options for customers to purchase a bottle. Rest of the bar drinks were good, but service was terrible. We ended up cancelling the last drink because it took too long. To be fair though, it had just rained like a monsoon and there were a lot of people piled around the bar that would not normally be there.
I will definitely return and try our some other menu items. This was our second time eating here a we really like this place a lot overall.

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KevinS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant in all areas. Thunderstorm came through while our party was there and they had to move people in from outside during the storm. They still managed to excel in the midst of upsetting conditions!

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FoodieTX
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and excellent service. We love Badu!

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Alldineout
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was great and we had a great time sitting outside and listening to live music, but our waitress was slow and we could see the dark clouds moving in and thankfully had boxed up leftovers and were ready to go. The waitress had too many tables I guess and the down pour started and then everyone rushed in the small bar area and we had to wait further to until the waitress stopped getting all the dishes inside before we could get our tab and pay. Someone should have assessed the situation and advised the wait staff and customers of the pending storm and try to avoid the carnage and possible covid exposer.

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gretchen
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very good food, very accommodating staff/waitress, pleasant atmosphere. will return and will recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner. Overall a good experience.

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WendyM
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to eat at the Badu and we cannot wait to go back! The food was incredible. We had chicken fried antelope, redfish, and a shrimp cobb salad. Everything was super! We loved the cornbread and honey butter. The live music was great and we will for sure eat there again.

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NatandRoy
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. We come to Badu every time we're in town. Great food and ambience

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable.

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vipDiane
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch. We got a mixture of items and
Everything was delicious. Started with edamame and we loved the sauce on it. They were out of French toast which is one of the best dishes but eggs Benedict was a home run!

JG
JGinger
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service every time! This is becoming our Saturday ritual and we are never disappointed.

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LouisA
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recently remodeled Badu building is a pleasure to dine in along with the outstanding western art work on the walls. The menu is imaginative and delicious, the plating is artfully pleasing. Would highly recommend it for a special night out!

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Huckleberry
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner the other evening. Everyone was pleasant and well-mannered. Our only complaint was the overall slowness in receiving our orders: we waited about 20 minutes for our cocktails or we ordered an hors'd'orves which arrived after our entree'.
We'll come back, but would hope to see an improvement in delivery.

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GregS
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening, waitress was friendly and competent. Food was fantastic.

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CandyS
Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food and ambiance was outstanding, but the pace was way too fast. We had just begun our appetizer when the salad came and both were still on the table being enjoyed when the main course came. Our little table was packed with food and we were in and out in less than an hour.

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BobT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Food excellent! Service OK. We made reservation to seat on the patio and it was like we just showed up. They placed us in the only location that was available and it was a terrible location in direct sun with no-way to enjoy the band. We made request to move hostess made no effort to improve our location. The area of the patio was poorly organized and with a little effort could have been made much better.

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MichaelT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great live music. A little pricey.

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RobertHn
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic .The service and quality of the food is the best in the Hill Country.

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StephenF
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my brother’s birthday at Badu1891. The appetizer, our dinners, and the birthday dessert were all excellent and the waitstaff was very friendly and prompt. Best restaurant in the area and the setting is great for dates or special occasions.

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GaylandT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jocelyn was a great waitress and gave us great suggestions about the menu items. Food was excellent but tended to be on the spicy side. We were celebrating our anniversary and they provided us with a sparkling dessert to finish off our wonderful meal.

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PaulR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio to distance ourselves. It was a hot day, the staff moved the umbrella for our comfort. We had the starters. Duck Diablo and Shrimp with Corn Tamale along with the Jalapeño Wedge Salad. All were tasty and well balanced, cold lettuce/salad, hot started, all presented appetizingly. The beer was cold. We enjoyed our early dinner, will be back when in Llano.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our visit & food was good

KJ
KorrieJ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic place!! Food is amazing, staff very friendly, atmosphere was great, and the band was really good. We always have an amazing experience!

FAQs

Badu 1891 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (325) 247-1891.

Badu 1891 is rated 4.7 stars by 469 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.