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Cafe Homestead

4.8
4.8
852 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Cafe Homestead serves fresh, natural food true to its setting at Homestead Heritage, a traditional farming community. Pasture-raised beef, fresh breads, award-winning local cheese, and house-made sauces and condiments; these are a few of the things that help make Cafe Homestead one of Waco’s most-loved restaurants since 1994. While visiting the Cafe, tour the farm and gardens and the working craft shops. Enjoy a hayride to a scenic vista overlooking the Brazos River.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (254) 754-9604

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Special Christmas Dinner

    $72.00 per person

    Dec 15 - Dec 17, 2022
    Drink: Cranberry Lime Spritzer Appetizer: Holiday Charcuterie Board (a selection of cheese, smoked meat, dried fruit and nuts) Soup: Creamy Pumpkin Soup (with crème fraîche and tiny croutons) Bread: Golden Raisin Pumpernickel Mains (choose one): • Seared Duck Breast on polenta with tangy greens, roasted baby onions and notes of blackberry • Griddled Trout Fillet over herb potato mash with ancho coconut sauce—complemented with rustic apple conserves • Smoked Beef Au Poivre on a fennel purée, plated with baby potatoes and candied brussels sprouts Dessert: Chocolate Dulce De Leche Cake

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What 852 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Texas

    Best Overall

  • Central Texas

    Best Food

  • Central Texas

    Best Service

  • Central Texas

    Best Ambiance

  • Central Texas

    Best Value

  • Central Texas

    Innovative

  • Central Texas

    Good for groups

  • Central Texas

    Most Booked

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  1. JK

    JanetK

    Central Coast

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Interesting place. Our enchiladas were very tasty. The mixed vegetables were also good. It is a dry restaurant. Who knew? Not us! 😂
  2. MM

    MarciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of ladies thoroughly enjoyed our meal there.
  3. m

    molarmom

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, and atmosphere. Wish their music was not so loud! Like the choice of music, but too loud to fellowship with your table!
  4. SE

    ShayE

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Would definitely return. Tasty food and prompt service.
  5. S

    Sandy

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly and efficient service. Food was excellent.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Everything about our experience was great. Thank you.
  7. SL

    SLAlexander

    Central Texas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exactly what we expected, the BEST!
  8. D

    Doriecakes

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a truly wonderful experience for our entire family. We ordered and shared five different meals—each one was a high end foodie extravaganza.
  9. KW

    KathyW

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food… steak was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Can really taste the freshness of the ingredients!
  10. KY

    KimY

    Central Texas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a top-notch experience: food, service and ambiance! thank you!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat here several times a week, and as usual, everything was perfect. Ambiance is welcoming, food is made from scratch, old style delicious! Overall, always a great experience.
  12. PH

    PamH

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  13. A

    Acdb

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    This is a cute restaurant in a unique location. The food was good but nothing special. We ordered the fritters to start and they were just barely warm. I got the veggie sandwich and there was probably just a quarter of an avocado. Our server was fine.
  14. LL

    LanceLL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great lunch and then dinner at Cafe Homestead. The ribeye I ordered was cooked to a perfect medium rare and all the coconut cream pie was as good as I've ever had.
  15. PB

    PamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    Our food was great. It took 2 1/2 hours from the time we sat down to when we left. Our food was slow to get to us and getting our dessert was even slower.
  16. LC

    LisaC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary and found Cafe Homestead. Food was perfect and Jessica was the perfect server.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Worth the drive
  18. DD

    DonnaD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and top notch service. We saved room for dessert and got the peach cobbler which was yummy. Glad I substituted fries for chips with my sandwich.
  19. S

    Sissi

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a cool place. You gotta see it.
  20. TJ

    TriciaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good fresh and wholesome! Brazos valley salad and veggie sandwich outstanding!
  21. MD

    MDH123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The quality of food here is always on point. My wedge salad was so delicious, I've never been so excited about a salad before my steak. My steak was closer to rare than mid-rare, but the server gave me an opportunity to send it back. I happen to prefer it that way. The pumpernickel bread was incredible with a great texture and lightness to it. Everything was so good. My only complaints - the dinky fork I was given to cut my steak and some kids screaming (not the restaurants fault - but if you're spending $100+ on a meal for two, it would nice to have some quiet). That's me being really picky though. I don't think quiet is possible here because it's always busy. And why is that? Because it's so good. Everything is fresh and you can tell. I'm recommending Cafe Homestead to all friends and family coming through Waco.
  22. BM

    BlakeM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I’ve been several times and always enjoy the lunch better the breakfast. I would only go back for lunch from now on. Had more than a few disappointing breakfasts.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flavorful food, excellent service and beautiful grounds. 5 star experience!
  24. KD

    KateD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An oasis in a busy ,noisy culture. Food. and service were excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing. Excellent food and service.
  26. CG

    CarolG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Homestead never disappoints! From the organic iced tea to the delicious entrees and homemade desserts, it is delicious! We had the Quesadilla Burger and we loved it!
  27. MV

    MaryV

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has wonderful food, but it is quite a limited menu. The staff are pleasant and cordial.
  28. PG

    PeggyG

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    We were so excited to eat here and had a good recommendation from a friend. Everything was nice except the food. Greasy, greasy burgers, fries room temperature. Chicken Dumpling pie was very heavy with an overwhelming crust and only 3 peices of chicken. The mashed potatoes, tasty with the exception of too much butter. Made the potatoes too mushy. We expected a 5 and got a 1. We usually go the Homestead festival every year and enjoy it so much. We will not visit the cafe though sorry to say. $$$ not worth
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service from community members that all work together to make this incredible system work seamlessly. The food was fabulous and the environment was family oriented. We enjoyed our time at Homestead Village and were impressed with the craftsmanship in so many areas of expertise.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Perfect on every level. Friendly, service at a great value with a beautiful setting. A “must go” when in Waco.
  31. BE

    shoegirlBETTY

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our breakfast was the highlight meal of our trip! DELICIOUS! Go. Now!
  32. SF

    SheilaF

    Miami

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful find in Waco! We had breakfast on our last day in Waco and it was wonderful. Make sure you make reservations or you will wait a long time to get seated.
  33. KC

    KathyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was great. Biscuits and gravy with beef sausage yum yum
  34. D

    Daisy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved being here so much. The food was the best in the world. We loved the service and the delicious flavor. Being here is such a special treat, and we will come again soon!
  35. MH

    MelissaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally delightful in every way, service, atmosphere and food.
  36. C

    Chalkitup

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a word EXCELLENT. Everyone was so friendly and attentive! The staff radiates kindness and wonderful hospitality!! We’d had a long day of traveling and had to push our reservation back several times and there was never an issue!! The food was amazing and presented beautifully.
  37. HW

    HayWalt

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FANTASTIC food!! It was honestly one of the best meals of my life. We loved the tilapia and brisket enchiladas. A lot of delicious food for not too much money all things considering, I was expecting the bill to be over 100 for the two of us but it ended up being around 50. Great food, the kindest people. I’d recommend this to anyone.
  38. SG

    StephanieG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff, very attentive and friendly. Didn't miss a thing. Food was fresh and delicious. We are visiting Waco and so glad Cade Homestead was a part of the trip.
  39. TM

    TomMorgan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is neat, clean, professional, courteous, and the food wasn’t just “here’s your entree”. No, these young folks take their cooking skills to the level of art! The presentation, the medley of flavors…insanely delicious! We will talk about our experience at Cafe Homestead for years to come!
  40. CM

    CrystalM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our most anticipated thing when we go to Waco!! It’s our fave food!!!

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Homestead using the Order Online button.

Cafe Homestead is rated 4.8 stars by 852 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe Homestead

608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waco

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking

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