Hudson’s Hill Country

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Hudson's is a local favorite and an Austin iconic restaurant nestled in the Hill Country in Austin, Texas. It opened its doors in a private residence in 1984 with renowned Executive chef Jeff Blank.

For decades and generations, our patrons continue to celebrate special occasions or just celebrate an evening of no occasion with an extraordinary dining experience.

We feature exotic game, fish and steak paired with a deep and diverse wine list.

We offer a culinary experience redefined, combining traditional and modern recipes that incorporate the bounty of the Texas Hill Country alongside exotic ingredients from all over the world.

We welcome you to enjoy Hudson's Hill Country, fine dining that’s unique in tradition, in a charming and rustic hill country atmosphere.
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New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day here last night, and while we expected things to be a bit off due to the volume of diners celebrating , we walked away very disappointed in the way management handled things. We were seated 45 minutes past our reservation time and all we heard was, “I’m sorry”. Most classy places offer a free drink or a discount on the meal but we got nothing but an apology. We noticed two couples get up an leave before they had even ordered their food. Not a good sign but at 8:45pm we were hungry and didn’t have another option. While the food tasted ok, I was shocked with the prices given the limited dinner options and serving sizes....I had ordered the tenderloin but our server came back 20 minutes after I ordered to say they had run out of steak. Another strike in my book. I think there is a lot of potential here but management needs to step up and offer a better dining experience for the customer. Happy customers equal return customers and so it’ll be awhile before we return here.

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c
Austin
66 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Its been awhile to dine here since Hudson's closed and reopened under new owners...we decided to give them a tryout on Valentine's evening. A set 4 course menu for the evening was offered in which one could choose from 3-4 items per course. Good to see several items from original Hudson's menu offered. Only issue was our waiter, Philippe, needs a bit more experience as we had to ask for certain items (bread, salt & pepper, another knife) couple of times b4 finally receiving. He also got our orders mixed up upon delivery when in an upscale restaurant such as Hudson's, wait staff should remember who ordered what. A bit of savoie faire experience is needed here. Also the interior of dining area has changed making noise level much louder than b4. A wine wall used to separate two main dining areas but has been replaced by a lattice type panel which allowed overheard conversations if diners are seated against it. We do like whats been done at the bar and more outside dining. Ladies received a long stem rose which was a nice touch. We'll give it another try on a regular night.

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JK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The worst and slowest service we have ever experienced at a “high end” restaurant. We eat out often at upscale restaurants and I took my wife to Hudson’s for the first time on a date for their 3 night Valentines Day menu. There were only 5 couples dining and our meal took 3 hours. 2 hours to get our entree and our cocktails and water were empty half of the time. My wife told the hostess that the women’s toilet was clogged and she was told to just use the men’s room. After 3 hours we cut our losses and asked for the bill before the final course arrived...$355, which included the final course we never received. We did share our feelings with them and they reduced the bill by half and gave us the final course to go.
We will not be returning to Hudson’s.

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SD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Hudson's Hill Country was wonderful! The service and the food were excellent and the live music made the evening very relaxing. We would definitely recommend Hudson's Hill Country!

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JO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

This was our first experience at the latest hudson's. I will try to hit things as quickly as possible. We dined on a Saturday at 630pm.

The first thing that is immediately obvious is the new styling. While different, it was very nice.

There was live music when we were there, and I thought that it was too loud, making conversation difficult.

The appetizer we had was the dumplings. For the price, I thought there was alot of dumpling and very little filling. They were flat, sticky and lacking taste. The garnish underneath was clearly from a bag and not fresh. This set the tone for the whole night, although the disappointments came from many different directions.

I had the venison. It was a nice enough presentation, but ended there. The portion on the venison, which I was told was Axis, was woefully small. I've eaten alot of Axis over the years, and I remain puzzled by what cut this was. It appeared cooked appropriately rare, but was difficult to see in the lighting. It was, unfortunately quite tough for what I was expecting. The cornbread atop the serving was dry and may have been sitting too long. Hard to say. The king crab was neither succulent not tasty, but did have a fishy odor. The potatoes and vegetables were good.

My wife had the eggplant stack which was cooked perfectly, but could have used more mango jalapeno aioli.

The dessert was another letdown, as we were looking forward to let our son try the carrot cake which we used to make out of the cookbook. They were not serving that. Ok, how about the cheesecake. Not serving that either. Our waiter suggested candied apples, which was not on the menu. The apples were neither candied nor good. I would say they were sautéed. There was a dollop of ice cream, some sad apples and a flaky mess in 3 separate piles. I will be blunt here and say that this dish sucked.

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OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to dine with the new ownership and we loved it. The owner even came over and introduced himself and thanked us for dining with them that evening. The food and atmosphere was excellent.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been dining at Hudson's weekly over the past month and have found the experience to be exceptional. I must qualify that these visits have been primarily early in the week and early evening. The rooms are intimate and quiet with service prompt and attentive. All courses arrived appropriately timed and all were superb. Dining here can best be described as reminiscent of fine European style...perhaps smaller portions but each bite exquisite, service professional but not over bearing and having staff that truly care about their work and providing you with an overall excellent experience other than just another meal out ! A great place for a romantic evening or a special night out.
We will certainly continue to return here as it is hard to break the habit once you have visited.

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CZ
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This restaurant has a very long way to go.
A far cry from the days of Jeff Blank.

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London
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been to Hudson’s many times and were treated like Kings. We were excited about returning and booked for Saturday night. Waiter and staff didn’t show up To take drink orders or even to say hi and other folks in the restaurant didn’t seem to have any food at all.

Not wanting a long ordeal we left.

Hope we can return when we’re comfortable they have it together.

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MH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything went well except for the sides being delivered to the table after main course plates had been picked up. Poor service in that department. Dessert was a disappointment because they ran out of carrot cake and then the pecan pie choice was very small for sharing. Food was good and wine selection was excellent. Slow service for how few people in the restaurant. This is the second time we have tried Hudson’s Hill Country sine the new ownership, they can’t quiet get it together. Crossing my fingers that they will get it together .....

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FD
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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N
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Hudson's Hill Country operates at the site of Hudson's on the Bend, a famed Hill Country restaurant that closed some time ago. The premise of Hudson's Hill Country is that it maintains the culinary tradition of its predecessor, characterized by a very creative cuisine that rested on a solid menu of smoked meats, venison, boar, even rattlesnake, served along with a rich variety of unconventional sauces and chutneys. Unfortunately, the present menu does not measure up. Maybe with time it will... time will tell. So, those who expect to recreate the experience of the old Hudson's on the Bend may be disappointed. New customers may not care.

[Aside: The dessert "Sour cherry carrot cake" turned out to be a block of regular carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and topped with two cherries straight out of a jar. I expected better from a restaurant at that price level.]

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KH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had apps, soup and dessert, but all great!!!!
The tomato soup was literally THE best I have ever had.

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N
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The live music was too loud, even in the remote dining room. The food was so so. Loved the ambiance though. Wine prices were above normal markup.

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have been to Hudson's many times over the years. The patio and bar area have improved from a visual and ambiance standpoint, but the food just does not meet the standards of the past. For the first time in 20 years I returned a meal because the chicken fried antelope steak prepared for me was not edible. The manager indicated that someone in the kitchen had doubled the pepper in the gravy. Not sure how this happens in a restaurant of this standard. They were kind enough to replace the meal with grilled shrimp which had little flavor at all. My wife had the famous hot and crunchy trout, and it too was not the same. Two small filets instead of one and the flavor was not as good as in the past. Maybe a good place for a drink on the back patio or bar, but the food really needs upgrading to meet the standards of the past.

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JY
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I was there with my family for New Year's eve. Food was excellent servers were nice but not so attentive. I had to keep asking for drink refills and I was just having iced tea.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding!

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T
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hudson's Hill Country was great!! A true gem. The service was terrific, the food was exceptional with unusual fare and desserts, and great drinks. One of our new favorites!

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LH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We dined Christmas Eve close to the bar and were the only table in that part of the restaurant, which was very odd. There was a band and being the only table in that room, was a tad awkward however the music was nice.

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DT
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Extremely disappointed with our Christmas Eve dinner.
Although the updates were amazing, the wild boar and the duck were tough. The service, almost non-existant. The waiter didn't even know the appropriate way to cork and pour wine. I don't mind paying high prices if the service and food are worth it, unfortunately here they are not. So disappointed that we won't be coming back.

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The music from the bar area was very loud and inappropriate for the dining areas. Lighting in our dining area was way too bright but staff did turn it down, when brought to their attention. There was not the cozy atmosphere we had hoped for.
My venison was good but the side veg was almost raw. My husband did enjoy his duck but the Creme Brule desert was inedible. It had not set at all and was just liquid.

Experience was unfortunate and we will not be back.
We will miss this spot.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our second visit to the newly imagined Hudson's Hill Country and it didn't disappoint. I had the smoked duck breast with red chili glaze which was marvelous. The glaze added a bit of spice but didn't overpower the slight smokiness of the duck. My husband had the fried antelope steak which I tasted and it was quite good as well. Our waiter was very good and attentive.. The only downside was the lack of other people. It was also like that when we went there in the fall. Its a great place and for the kind of food that is served there the prices aren't out of line, so I don't understand the lack of other diners.

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

What a disappointment. My moth was watering for "Hot and Crunchy Trout". I ordered it and got something fried with a couple of small carrot slices, some mushrooms and very little flavor. Not even a Ghost of the original Hudson on the Bend. Forget it and go get a Sonic Burger with onion rings

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K
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This place is less than a shadow of what it used to be. From decor to food to especially service, it's just not up to par. Avoid it and spend your time and money elsewhere.

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D
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time back at Hudson's in a long time and since the ownership change. Party of 6 for our company's Christmas dinner. That night, they had an elk special that sounded great, and 3 of us ordered it. The waiter came back a few minutes later to let us know that another party had ordered the last of it. Note that our reservation was for 6:30, and the restaurant was not very full, so it seemed strange to be running out of a special so early. However, the manager came out quickly and made things right with our party. In addition to his and the waiter's being extremely apologetic, they comped 2 nice bottles of wine and discounted the entrees for the 3 who had to re-order. Great customer service, and the experience in no way took anything from our enjoyable evening. By the way, the food and service were very good, and seemed on par with what I had remembered from long ago.

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B
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food fantastic. Was surprised to see an automatic 20% gratuity on a restaurant of this caliber for party of 4.

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BW
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took my 87 year old Dad with us to Hudson’s for their buffet on Thanksgiving Day. The food, decor, live music and service were outstanding! They smoked many of the meats presented on site in a large stone smoker. They served venison tenderloin, turkey, ham and salmon as meats. The food was delicious! We heard plans for future raised beds with vegetables and herbs to use in the restaurant. I was delighted to learn they have an outstanding female chef! The only con is that the wines, per glass, seemed a bit pricey. However, we will be returning, soon for their regular menu.

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Amarillo
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Definitely not the fine dining experience of the last owner. The food was borderline bland and the place was far too loud for such a small crowd. We had the rabbit dumplings, tiny and greasy, the smoked duck, cooked to the right temperature which is usually not done right but very boring in flavor, and the antelope fried steak which was a light fry but really lost any taste that would have distinguished it as a game meat. The staff was pretty uninterested in my wife and I. There were only about five tables but getting the servers attention was next to impossible. We also were stuck sitting super close to another table, which was very annoying considering the small number of guests and all the empty tables. Overall better than many restaurants but considering the fine experience we had u see the last owners we we very disappointed.

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DT
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the NEW Hudsons. The food, the service, and the ambiance AMAZING. it is my new favorite place to celebrate.

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JG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both dinner and dessert were delicious. Great service all around. Loved the ambience- very quaint. Highly recommend.

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GS
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My first time back since they reopened. The lighting in the dining was way too bright. Didn’t feel elegant. Some of the food was amazing and some was just ok. Inconsistent. I’ll be back to give it another try.

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DD
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

After several visits to the new iteration of Hudson’s I think it’s best we try to remember fondly the original Hudson’s on the Bend and let it R. I. P..
This last visit we were a party of 4 and not one of us could believe the service nor the quality that was served to us.
At 7:00pm with a scant few in the restaurant how are you sold out of certain appetizers? How are you sold out of your signature dish? Understaffed on the floor and under-achieved in the kitchen it’s time to say goodbye!
Better to remember what was once a great place to dine!

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P
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our waiter was the best. We were happy with our food and the room we were in was very quiet. Thanks for taking good care of us.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would have given a 5 but their wine list is very limited

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NY
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Perfect to celebrate a special occasion.

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DH
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my husbands birthday and we’re not disappointed. Our server was Tiger, and he was wonderful. All the meals were absolutely delicious!! And we had a perfect wine recommended for our meal. We look forward to our next meal here!!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time to Hudson Hiklside, and must say the food is amazing. We had the tea rubbed duck and wild boar lollipops, with the buffalo quail as an appetizer. Could not have been more impressed with the flavors. Our waiter was great and a pleasure to converse with. We highly recommend!

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V
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Finally got it right after Jeff’s retirement. The new design is very attractive. Like the bar seating with music. Very good meal.

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C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Just did not have an A game. Appetizers served with entree’s, side dish at end of meal. Was not crowded. Friday night took 10 minutes to get drinks. Hudson on the Bend must be sad they still have Hudson in the name. Terrible experience

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A
Austin
36 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cuisine with great service! Dylan was a superior server and everything was top notch.

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