About Stagecoach Inn
The Stagecoach Inn’s reputation has endured over the years and through generations of families who’ve celebrated many important occasions inside these historic walls. The menu has been updated to reflect modern dining habits and preferences, however, the core Stagecoach Inn menu and experience will remain as tribute to the rich history and authenticity of the Stagecoach Inn, a central Texas treasure. Enjoy your meal!
Salado, TX 76571-6244
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday, Wednesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(254) 947-5111 ext. 51
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Stagecoach Inn Ratings and Reviews
We had 7:30 reservations on a Friday, during the Salado Stroll. The place was not filled to capacity, but they were clearly understaffed. They moved us to a different area, when we showed up with extra folks, which was helpful. After that, everything went downhill. Our server introduced himself to us, then was AWOL for about 15 minutes. He then took our drink orders, which were not especially detailed (like coffee), and said he would be back. At 8:15, 45 minutes after we were seated, he came back to get our meal orders. Our drink orders arrived at 8:30, almost an hour after we ordered them. We received our first course at about 8:45. I ordered prime rib. That was delivered around 9:15 p.m. It had been sliced at least 30 minutes before it was served, and set aside. By the time we received it, it was dried out and barely warm to the touch. Portions were good, and dessert was fine, but the basic meal was below par. We left shortly after finishing our meal, and it was almost 10:00. 2.5 hours is not reasonable for the service and food quality we experienced.
Friday and Saturday Prime Rib was the special. We were there Saturday at 8pm, they were out of Prime Rib, my husband wanted salad with Ranch Dressing they were out. Our friend ordered the BBQ Chicken, I asked him how he liked it, he said on the verge of being raw (I would have sent it back). We were not impressed. Oh, there were four of us and they added in tip, my friend did not realize this and added in another 20 percent tip. We have been there a total of three times over the past 20 years. We will not go back and really cannot recommend this to any of our friends.
Chicken fried steak is round steak and not cubed steak making it a little tough. Batter was not fluffy and golden brown. Not enuf hush puppies. Not a good cream gravy. Leave off the broth. Beer chicken wasn't too bad. Liked the fritters. Mashed potatoes were good. Definitely not like the old Stagecoach where u got more bang for ur buck and a chicken fried steak was genuinely southern fried. And we canceled our second night because we were not impressed with the first dining experience.
Prices inflated. Food is good, BUT not anything like it was with the previous owners. Hush puppies not the same recipe as before, and you ONLY get 2 of them with this overpriced dinner. This place does not measure up to our beloved Stagecoach Inn restaurant of yesteryear. Food is not worth their inflated prices.
Have been eating here for 40+ years and was anxious to check it out after remodel. Beautifully updated. Ambience and basic floor plan the same but redecorating brightened the whole restaurant, very nice bar area added and entry Lobby and bathrooms remodeled. Old menu of 3 course meal still available but a nice lunch offering of soup and salad or salad and 1/2 sandwich very reasonable in price and delicious. We went back later after an afternoon of shopping and had dessert and coffee. Original desserts + several other offerings available. Chess pie with butter pecan ice cream outstanding! My friend had the brownie and ice cream and it too was delicious. Will return in the evening in the future and have the original 3 course meal. Of course you can also order off a menu.
Does not envoke the Stagecoach atmosphere of the previousStagecoach, of course I do understand the need for change . The hush puppies are NOT the same and the strawberry kiss really sucks, the meringue is so hard you can’t even get the spoon through it. I took one bite and really tried to take another and could not!!! Stagecoach was always my “ go to” place and I loved it before!!!
Hush puppies were good but did not have the flavor I remember from 10-15 years ago. They used to be more cigar shaped, brown and very crispy. Probably fried in lard or other oils that would be considered unhealthy today—-but it sure made them tasty !!
My pork chop, black eyed pea, kale dish was excellent ! My daughter’s BBQ beer chicken (I believe that what it was) and the french fries were a hit ! Very good !!
The service was excellent and since we love history and genealogy, the tour given to our family by the owner (?) added an extra special touch that was very interesting and deeply appreciated.
Nicely renovated. Food was delicious. Our service was fantastic. (Alex) Chairs were most uncomfortable. The dinning area was too cold for us but perhaps that had to do with the fact that none of the fireplaces were able to be turned on. Good music but the speaker over the table was too loud for us to be able to converse quietly.
There were 5 of us who were celebrating an early Thanksgiving at the Stagecoach Inn. All but one of us had the chicken fried steak, the fifth had the salmon. We all agreed we'd had better steak but it was good. I'd eaten about half of mine and was cutting into the other end, I just happened to notice it was raw! Not just rare, but raw! Of course, I called it to the attention of our waiter, who was very apologetic and immediately took my plate away. I told him I was already finished with my meal anyway, so there was no need for a replacement. He assured me he would "take care of it." As it should have been, I was not charged for that portion of my dinner.
Alex, our server for the evening, was amazing. He was always nearby, but never "hovering." He was friendly and attentive, and we will definitely ask to be seated in his section the next time we return.
All in all, we all had a lovely time, and going to the Stagecoach Inn was a special treat.
This restaurant has one of the greatest history’s in Texas, and the food was the best in the state for decades. After closing and reopening under new ownership and management, the attempt has been made to keep the menu items but radically alter the recipes. It didn’t work; and it won’t work. Too many people connect the menu with the world-class recipes that kept Stagecoach Inn a special place to eat. It is not special any longer; and it’s a shame.
Excited to finally go to the new re-opened Stage Coach Inn, we sadly were disappointed. While the food was good it was not worth the price. The decor was a mix-match from room to room, the plating was dis-jointed and some items placed on a plate didn't even seem to have a good reason for being there. On the 4 course meal, which is what we ordered, I had the chicken salad (again not worth the price for a sandwich to be on the 4 course selection) and with the 2 pieces of bread, a melon balled portion of chicken salad they added 2 mini biscuit like bread - ? made no sense.
We enjoyed the updated Stagecoach Inn. Many of the historic touches have been maintained but the new decor is up-to-date and lovely. Instead of offering only a four-course-meal, the new menu had both a la carte choices or the option to make any entree a four-course prix-fix meal. The crowd was small on the night we visited. so I can’t say that it will always be quiet, but we were glad to be able to chat without competing noise. My husband has celiac disease and the server was very helpful with gluten-free options. Our food was delicious and we will definitely be going back.
I don't feel like the menu fits the location. I would have thought there would be more steak options instead of sandwiches. We ordered deviled eggs and fried bacon for appetizers and they were both good, not great. I had the chicken fried steak, which came with mashed potatoes and green beans. I thought the chicken fried steak had great flavor. The sides were good, not great. My husband had the prime rib ( one of two steak options). He said it was good. For dessert I had the famous strawberry kiss! All I can say is it was weird. Not a lot of flavor and hard to eat. My husband had the mint grasshopper bite, which he said was good. I was hoping for more. I would suggest they change the menu to include more cuts of meat and more variety of side items. When you hear the name Stagecoach inn you think Steak house/ not pimento cheese sandwiches. Maybe have that on a lunch menu. I heard other tables making the same comments.
I almost didn't go after reading some of the reviews I'm so glad my husband convinced me to forget the reviews and go. We both enjoyed our lunch and the service was great. I did the 4 course meal of Turkey and Dressing I truly enjoyed everything I was served. My husband chose the his favorite Chicken fried Steak he said it was fantastic and you could cut it with a fork. We will definitely return. By the way we drove 2 1/2 hrs. Just to eat at this restaurant.
It’s always hard to fill the shoes of a legend and unfortunately this falls short. Trying to replicate recipes from the original that falls short and is in no way as good or better than the original is a huge mistake. Though the remodel appears fresh and modern the ambience is cold and very noisy. The food is expensive ($28 chicken fried steak for the “four course meal” which is essentially a small appetizer, a green salad, main and standard dessert). Wine menu is impressive but way too many wines over the $100/bottle price point and not enough in the affordable, drinkable range. Hushpuppies were greasy, consomme was salty, salad served AFTER the main course, pork chop was salty, strawberry meringue kiss went flying across the table it was so hard. In short, we won’t be back and unless they do a MAJOR redo.
We live in Salado and usually drive to Austin for fine dining. The staff was great especially Alex who was not our server, but made it a point to check on us more than our server. Alex is definately worth keeping!! Jaqueline Nation received a crash course on disabled vetetan license plates and handicap parking, she quickly apologized and I respect that. Amazing food and Staff! We found our new favorite restaurant! Thanks to all, especially the chef.
I interviewed Dion Van Bibber at his home on Salado Creek in 1984. I found him to be a very proud and gracious man. For his legacy to be attached to an extremely poor excuse for a chicken fried steak with a a $23 price tag would have embarrassed him greatly. I love the setting of the restaurant, but could do without the toxic smell of mold. The wait staff was young and eager, but I would've preferred the charming grace of Erma McDonald.
Got very nice table for 4 on our reservation that was ready when we arrived. Front receptionists and waitress were all very friendly, courteous and professional. Ambience very nice. The upgrade in floors, decor, paintings all excellent. We all had the special for the day - a prime rib - cooked just right! Sides just right!. Dessert excellent. When done we were not rushed at all - we all enjoyed talking and our time there.
The Inn has been beautifully restored. I was very impressed with the setting and furnishings. However, the food was mediocre. I admit I had a very limited lunch, but it still should have been better. I ordered the hush puppies for everyone at the table to try since they are a specialty. They were bland and uninspired. I don't know whether there is an effort to preserve the original recipe, but, if so, it should be updated. Spices are needed. I also had a pimiento cheese sandwich. The bread was thick and tough. Get the pimiento cheese recipe from Jack Allen. Yours could be acquired from the local grocery store -- definitely needs to be upgraded. I want your venture to succeed. Thank you for restoring the Inn. Get another chef.
Having never eaten there, the ambiance was great! While I would not recommend the Chicken Fried Steak, which was average at best compared to other restaurants, all the rest of our meal was top notch. The service was excellent, and the menu selection was good. We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and the wood floors and windows made it less than intimate especially with two 6+ tables around us. If you are looking for a more lively scene, this is it. I would recommend this to any friends, especially for special occasions. Even though it is right off Interstate 35, the restaurant faces Main Street, which has many shops and is a better view. You don't even realize you are that close to the highway.
What a treat! I had eaten at the Stagecoach Inn for years while growing up in Belton and Austin. It was the scene of many a family get together and other celebratory events. The new Chef has brought many items from the old menu back to life--hush puppies, tomato aspic salad and strawberry kiss. Delicious! The decor has been modernized, but in a pleasing manner which integrates the old with the new. Kudos! We'll be back.
I was the other half of Ken's party of two. I have been going to Stagecoach since 1970. The present incarnation is very fitting. The remodel is beautiful. The nod to history with the "Traditional Menu" and the "Van Bibber Manhattan" was very thoughtful. Ambiance is very nice, a fresh clean feel.
The hushpuppies were nostalgically acceptable; first class presentation; consume was very good. The dinner salad was fresh and a lovely mix of greens (could have been better chilled, it was almost room temperature). I had the prime rib; it was just ok. Potatoes were very good. The strawberry kiss was excellent.
All in all," Welcome back Stagecoach!"
We lived in Temple for sixteen years and our kids grew up going to The Stagecoach Inn for wonderful meals and treasured family get togethers. We were excited to be in the area again, so we made a reservation a week in advance. On arriving, we were seated at a table in a hallway. It's very pretty with the new colors and flooring, etc. But, it had no ambiance and it was a busy hallway! We were SHOCKED at the new prices! Of course, we expected them to be higher, but not THAT high! We should have researched more ahead of time. We were also taken back that we had to pay for hush puppies now. We couldn't spend the $ for one of the course meals, so I had a sandwich (which was good) and my husband had the chicken fried steak. (which he described as full of gristle and chewy) But, the real reason we were there was for the legendary Strawberry Kiss. Again, a disappointment. The meringue was so hard that when my husband tried to cut it with his fork a piece went flying across the table! Very few strawberries also. Completely sad to say that we will never go back and could not recommend it to anyone again.
We were seated promptly. Our orders were taken soon after we were seated, and came to the table within 10 - 15 minutes. Everything was nicely presented and delicious. We all agreed that we will return. Prices were moderate to above average.
Great ambiance in the historic Inn. A great place to take out-of-town visitors.
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