Ranch 616

4.6
1047 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."
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBobbyH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ranch water is the best drink in Austin. The margaritas are the best margaritas in Austin.

There is no competition for these drinks. Can't wait to go back next week for my weekly visit to Ranch 616.

JW
vipJW512
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ranch 616 is a reliable go-to for refined comfort food in a great atmosphere, with great service!

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HalP
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you arrived in south Texas in the 1950's, you would find Ranch 616. This great Austin establishment provides the hospitality, cuisine, and ethos of Texas that was lost many years ago. We are lucky to have The Ranch to remind us of what it was like when life was simple, and sharing a good meal with friends was one of the most important things you could do. Experience this great time capsule for yourself.

JM
JMCP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ranch 616 has an amazing drink menu to go along with their delicious food menu! We enjoyed apps, the original Ranch Waters (came with the kiddos or would’ve had fire in the hole shots too, ha), amazing quail, steak, and chicken! Sat inside this time but we really enjoy their patio too! Can’t recommend it enough!

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PeggySue
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love Ranch 616. My husband always says it’s where he would take out of town guests to get a feel for Austin. The atmosphere is funky and casual but well done. The food is interesting and delicious. The drinks are good. Our service was excellent. We really love having the outdoor seating option at this point in time!

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SpencerS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always treat us with great respect and the food is always perfect.

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EarnieS
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Didn’t have their fast ball this night. Food was underwhelming. Service was great as always.

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Johnny
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, better atmosphere. Best ranch water I've ever had.

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PatrickD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food from a varied menu.

DW
DavidW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Get the Ranch Water as your Cocktail.

AM
ArthurM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate there twice this week already, and have a reservation for this evening. Our waiters, John (the bass player) and Nick were very friendly and attentive. The food was prepared exactly as we requested. Their music background playlist was popular, yet non-intrusive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love how safe and clean I felt going to eat at 616. We haven’t been back since before covid.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If you’ve been to Ranch 616, you know their front patio is obviously the fun, colorful, artistic front facing downtown. It has the views, the restaurant name in bright lights, and other fun aspects. I made a reservation about a month before with a note that we wanted to sit on the front patio. I also confirmed this with someone over the phone. However, when we arrived, they told us we were sitting on the side patio. Which they said they called the front patio. I don’t believe that’s true... it was just busy and I think they overbooked. It was my sisters birthday and they were sassy about it. Anyways, we sat on the side patio and it ended up being a great, yummy, fun night! But definitely a bummer start.

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vipBradley
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fun. And nice patio.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in austin. We love billy and the entire stiff. Very fun experience and they make the best ranch water.

BT
vipBrianT
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service tonite. Very accommodating and did a great job!

LM
vipLeticiaM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really happy that this place has opened up again for lunch...excellent food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening. Food was served in less than 10 minutes after ordering. Extremely quick as there were only a handful of guest there. Great social distancing observed and kind waitstaff.

JH
JeffH
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe at Ranch 616 and the food, and especially the service, were great!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it love it love it. Feels like Texas version of Cheers

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Caroline
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hd lunch there. The food and service was great. Plus, cannot beat the decor!

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AustinFred
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

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MasonS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were spectacular, as always.

CM
CindyM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At first, I was worried about social distancing and the restaurant seemed a bit crowded as we arrived. However, our host was wonderful and addressed my concerns by giving us a table far off to the corner ( the J"ay-Z table") which is truly apart from all the rest.

Ranch 616 has always been and will remain my favorite place for special group occasions or an intimate dinner with my spouse.

CJM

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RonaldS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great experience!

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VeraN
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Jalapeno Maize chicken and trout are great, and something you can't get elsewhere - it is what keeps us coming back. Also appreciate the willingness to substitute sides.

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vipwino4ever
Austin
62 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been WAY too long since our last trip the The Ranch. Fried oysters are still the best in town and our server was happy to create some special Mezcal Palomas. Really tasty. Great patio and great food. Easy to see why this place has been here and so successful for so long.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

it was good! loved the ranch water

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AnnB
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Amazing ! Funnest place in austin

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AmyD
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. When friends come to visit Austin, we always take them to Ranch 616 for upscale dining With a sophisticated Texan flair.

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vipjeanettes
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best crispy oysters I've ever had. i could eat them every day.

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vipHugh
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime someone from out of town visits Austin, I bring them to Ranch 616. The staff is incredibly friendly and accomodating. The food is fantastic and authentic. I always have a great experience at Ranch 616!

JB
vipJustinB
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ranch 616 is my go to place to give out-of-towners a true Austin experience. The service and food is always great. Get a Don combo and Ranch Water

TD
vipTimmD
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great Service … A great place to have dinner with friends.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, drinks & energy/vibes of the restaurant were all amazing!!! Recommend ordering a bunch of things - the kitchen put them all on large platters for us & we got to try a bit of everything. Truly the best welcome into Austin.

AN
vipAngieN
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with the best staff! Always enjoy my time here and take out of town friends whenever I can! They must try the food, plus get a Ranch Water and a Fire in the Hole! Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The popularity of this gem is getting the best of itself.. these days, anywhere central to downtown pretty much requires reservations for an evening dinner out. That’s ok, just schedule in advance and make the most of it. Ranch 616 has the character of old Austin, and serves up fine food. One of my local favs for years now and still going strong.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience5

Our appetizer was an hour late and they tried to kick us out of the restaurant bc they needed the table before we had ordered desert and we still had full drinks. Said it was because Open Table has a 1.5 hour limit for tables. We use OT all the time and have never experienced this in over a decade. Manager was incredibly rude. We did not vacate the table. Manager’s name is Billy. We eat there all the time and bring a lot of people in for work events. We were treated horribly and told it was “our fault that Billy had to pay for half the bill of the table who was waiting for us to leave.” He was unaware our appetizer took an hour to arrive. He also accused us of being rude to the waiter which we never were. In fact, we tipped him $100 for standing by us in our refusal to leave the table. We were shaken by this experience to say the least.

SB
ShannonB
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! A little too loud to talk to everyone if you have a larger group.

J
vipJody
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! A fan for 9 years now.

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Ranch 616 is rated 4.6 stars by 1047 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.

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