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Ranch 616

4.6
4.6
1203 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
South Texas Ice House, "Texas Cuisine" Products from the Texas Gulf to the Texas Hill Country.

"The huge snake logo on the outside of an otherwise nondescript building -- created by Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, best known for the oversize boots that front San Antonio's North Star Mall -- is your first hint that this place might be a bit, well, different. Inside, cowboy kitsch, 1950s diner decor, and Mexican folk art mingle, as do workers from the nearby county offices, local movers and shakers, and anyone else looking for terrific food that, like the decor, defies easy categorization.

Call it South Texas gourmet. You can really taste the chipotle chilies in the tartar sauce that comes with some of the best crispy oysters this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the Gulf fish tacos are gussied up with chili lime aioli and Tabasco jalapeño onions. You get the idea -- lots of spicy dishes."

NEW Chilled Pistol Patio with NEW misters, to keep you cool all summer long.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–1:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 479-7616

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Williamson

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant is available for buy outs.

  • Private party contact

    Preston Nagel: (512) 479-7616

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Parking details

    Surface and Garage Parking available nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MJ

    MJM13

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual!!!
  2. LN

    LisaN

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drink were great as always! Service is second to none!! Love Ranch 616
  3. TF

    TracyF

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday and it could not have been more fun! The food, drinks, energy were perfect! Not only was our waiter amazing, the entire staff checked on us. Truly one of my favorite Austin spots!
  4. C

    Coug

    Austin

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the weekend brunch. The biscuits and gravy were excellent. Gravy was rich and had plenty of sausages. The biscuits were flaky. The serving was plenty to share. It's our go-to for brunch. A must try and experience a true 616 meal
  5. K

    Kyle

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good atmosphere and vibe. Servers attentive but not too stuffy. Menu is inviting and non pretentious. Reliable downtown spot!
  6. J

    Justmythoughts

    Austin

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Ranch 616 does not disappoint. Great service every time and the food is consistently good.
  7. DS

    DennisS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The Frito Pie is not as good as I remember, something has changed. Less spice/different chili?
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had some friends visit austin for the 1st time & had to show them ranch 616! They had a great time & cant wait to come back again soon.
  9. RB

    ReubenB

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    really enjoyed the pork chop with apple chutney and the red fish...and of course a ranch water.
  10. M

    Marie99

    Austin

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jillian and the food were great!
  11. I

    Isabella

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Had a very good experience here, the food and drinks were all really good, but definitely on the more pricey side. My one complaint would be that our waitress was rude and unkind to our large group.
  12. TM

    TonyM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place never disappoints. At this point maybe an Austin institution.
  13. K

    Kristin

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most perfect brunch ever
  15. SM

    SamanthaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Love this Austin staple! A noisy but we loved the food and our server!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Waitress was extremely rude and did not want to split checks. Very rude!
  17. AT

    ATX8750

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Have dined at Ranch at least 20 times in the past. Unfortunately, this will be my last visit. The food is barely edible now. I had to spit the chicken out bc it tasted old. The fish was really mediocre. To top it off, the waitress kicked us out of our table after 2 hrs. The Ranch Waters tasted different too (too sweet). Super bummed because we loved Ranch (celebrated many important life events there). It has really gone downhill under the new mgmt. Too bad!
  18. SS

    SusanS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great group lunch. Service was perfect, food was great. I was looking for a place that could accommodate a large-ish group (10) and they were great. Everyone enjoyed their meal (with the exception of an undercooked burger) and the staff was very helpful. It’s very loud and the tables are very crowded together. I would recommend dining outside if weather permits.
  19. PD

    PeterD

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service, food and timing for a business lunch. Luxury comfort food and a good pace for weekday lunch. LOVE 616!
  20. NH

    NaeH

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in on a Tuesday night, wasn’t super busy but not dead. Noise level wasn’t a problem inside. We were seated quickly and service was fast. Our table had the wedge salad, chipotle caesar salad (noted as best ever by my husband), tortilla soup, fish tacos, redfish entree, smoked gouda grits and ribeye, everyone really liked their meals. Large portions for the price. We will definitely go back!
  21. SM

    SylviaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    We ordered the chicken fried steak. Steak was grisly and fatty. Vegetables cold and overcooked. Mashed potatoes were tasteless and runny. Extremely disappointed ☹️
  22. ZH

    ZachH

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good but I was disappointed that they’ve changed the menu. Some of my favorites aren’t available anymore.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Austin!
  24. SH

    ScottH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Food was overpriced and tasteless. The service was great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Wish they could have split it more ways than 3! Made it very difficult to figure out who owes who what. Also, having 13 + more people is considered an event which is so dumb!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  27. MM

    MadMargaret

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of our favorite places in town. So glad they reopened. Great food and drinks and the atmosphere is great
  28. AT

    ATXPhilly

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It's hard to have a restaurant in Austin. The food and service has to be outstanding because prices are so high and there's a lot of competition. That said, it seems like Ranch 616 hasn't elevated their game to meet the new realities of the present. Instead, they seem to have rested on their laurels.
  29. S

    Shelley

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great place to go. Good and service were great. It was a bit loud, but that could be because there were a few holiday get togethers going on. Overall a great place to go.
  30. e

    ericg

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fav … back to the days of Kev and Daddy O
  31. BL

    BethL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was lovely. We had a big family Christmas dinner and exchanged gifts from a Secret Santa gift draw. The waiter was extremely attentive and our food and drinks were perfection!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Holiday dinner with the girls
  33. JW

    JenniferW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service impeccable
  34. PA

    PoblanoAvenger

    Stuttgart

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! This is always the first place I go when I land in Austin
  35. AR

    AlexandraR

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Super loud and very cold inside (suggest sitting outside) but food was great and so was service
  36. k

    kevin

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters are always amazing at Ranch 616...and our server was fantastic
  37. E

    Elizabeth

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner. Food was great, as was the service. Will highly recommend.
  38. VM

    VMDatenight

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and fantastic food!
  39. AT

    ATXFoodFan

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great spot for lunch with eclectic menu, good portions, and great service.
  40. L

    Lulu

    Central Coast

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Friendly and competent service. Food was good. You felt a real Austin vibe there.

FAQs

Ranch 616 is rated 4.6 stars by 1203 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 64 times today
Google Map for Ranch 616

616 Nueces, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–1:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Surface and Garage Parking available nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Williamson

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 479-7616

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant is available for buy outs.

  • Private party contact

    Preston Nagel: (512) 479-7616

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