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About Ranch 616

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."

616 Nueces
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southwest, Wild Game, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
7th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 479-7616

Website:
http://theranch616.com/

Catering:
Contacts:

Preston Nagel
prestonj616@gmail.com

512.479.7616

Parking Details:
Parking garage nearby. Valet on weekends

Executive Chef:
Kevin Williamson / Antonio Vidal

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

Ranch 616 Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Hot Spot (14)
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Fun (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Cozy (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Tapas (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great atmosphere, perfect service!

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food, but for the price, I expect cleaner facilities. The bathrooms (confirmed with my husband that the men's is also this way) are dirty. Really dirty... The hand dryers have mold and scum growing on them. Pretty gross for any restaurant, but unacceptable for one where we're paying $150 for dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Eight of us celebrated our daughters birthday, the reservation and table prep were handled perfectly for such a popular place. As always, the food is the star here. We enjoyed great crab cakes and shrimp appetizers, perfectly cooked rib-eye steaks and lamb chops featured for our entrees. We brought a birthday cake from Sweetish Hill for dessert, the waiter could not have been more accomodating. The cocktail menu and wine list are excellent, its a terrific place for an adult birthday. I would say it isn't particularly kid friendly nor vegetarian focused, but a great example of what Texas cuisine has to offer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Ranch 616 is a great place for dinner - interestingly decorated and a great unique menu. Our meals were very prepared and of course tasted great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Love the menu and the south Texas theme. Texas eclectic atmosphere. Definitely unique and not a chain feel. Best fried oysters around. No beers on tap, but an adequate bottle selection. Very accommodating on seating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Best food I have ever had and best drink ever. Had the drink called the patio loved it. If ever I could say someone had a master degree in cooking it would be the chef on duty !!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Was super disappointed with my experience. Made a reservation, waited over 30 min to be seated. During that 30 min, everyone tried getting a drink and not one of us were successful. Hosts were so incredibly rude (with the exception of the one female hostess). Server was put out and provided the worst service. Because we were a very large party, gratuity was automatically included, so I suppose he thought he could get away with the most horrendous service ever received. Only highlight was that the food was very good, but with the sort of service we received, no food is good enough to be treated that way again.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food is always awesome! The stuffed pork chop special was unreal!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome. Great service, ambiance, and food.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My only complaint would be that instead of letting us know our table was needed for the next reservation, the hostess peered around the corner giving us dirty looks several times. Wasn’t happy about that, considering the amount of money we spent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 17, 2017

First time I had a bad overall experience, unfortunately it was when I brought business colleagues under my recommendation. Removing this from one of my favs of the future.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great service and the food was amazing! Definitely recommend making a reservation during peak times as it's a smaller place.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

dined outside on patio nice space, fun atmosphere and great people watching

service was a tad off but food and cocktails good

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, great location, very friendly staff.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

First we did arrive 10 minutes late because of traffic. Then upon arrival we were told we had to be out of our seats in 1 hour because they are busy. NOT IMPRESSED WITH THAT!
Appetizers were good and service was good.
Steak was ordered medium rare and came out rare. It was not a good cut and had a lot of tendon tissue in it but that can be hard to see in a kitchen. Lamb chops were ok.
Was surprised at the quality and greeting.
Does not make me want to recommend or return.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 28, 2017

They don't split tickets which is super inconvenient

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My only complaint was the noise level inside. Wish we had gone outside but it was kind of warm so chose inside. Very hard to hear ourselves !

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was fantastic but the service was exceptional! Everyone enjoyed the lively atmosphere. Great place to start before a night of going out. The DJ was spinning great music!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Superb ambience interesting food preparation with incredible taste.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had great food, great server and fun time!! Certainly met expectations

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Love this place!! Food was fantastic, atmosphere was lively and we had great service!!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a great time at Ranch 616! This was my first time sitting on the patio, and we were lucky to get the large inset booth with a great view of the patio.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Awesome food with a great vibe - shrimp tacos were fantastic- definitely will return

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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Staff was very accommodating and understanding. We asked to have a table outside then when we got there, some of the invitees wanted to have lunch indoors.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Ranch 616 was awesome. I've been a few times and the food has always been good. Calamari and chili lime grilled prawns were SO good as appetizers. I've had the Jalapeno Maize Chicken and the Shrimp Tacos and both I'd definitely get again. Only criticisms is the service is kind of lacking and the cocktails are alright. Of the handful of time I've been, it always take 10-15 minutes to be greeted and get a water/drinks ordered. They have a large selection of drinks, but I haven't found anything I'd order again. Overall, the food is awesome and it's a great location.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Overall priced high. Quality was ok. The table they gave us was so loose on pedistal felt like going to fall off. wait staff said.."oh well".

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Going away dinner for a friend

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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Ranch 616 never disappoints! I'm from out of state, and always make it a point to come here when I visit Austin. The food is inventive, delicious, and ample in portions. The staff is accommodating and even seated us before the restaurant opened when we arrived early in the rain! I highly recommend Ranch 616.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Thanks for taking such great care of our party of 8, we really enjoyed our time and the delicious food!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

I LOVE Ranch 616. Best steakhouse in Austin! Its a monthly visit for us on date night. Cant go wrong with anything on the menu especially the steaks.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Our waiter made the experience amazing!!! BeLee rocks! Oh, and did I mention the chipotle Caesar dressing---different in all the right ways

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Love the ambience at Ranch 616--lots of interesting objects and pictures on the wall. The wait staff was incredible. Very accommodating, explained questions we had regarding the menu, drink menu, pictures, etc. and never made us feel as though we weremonopolizing his time.
We had the onion rings for appetizer and they were most unusual and absolutely scrumptious. The food was presented beautifully and tasted so good. One in our party had the chicken, one had the talapia and i had the vegetable tower--highly recommend any of the dishes. Will definitely recommend to friends and I will return!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 28, 2017

fun eclectic vibe with excellent food and good service, yet casual and very Austin.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

This is our favorite place in Austin! 10/10 always!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Our server was spot on, I liked her recommendations and she was attentive but not intrusive. Food was good and plentiful, I had the mixed seafood dish and my son had lamb chops.The vibe of this place is funky and fun. Good place to bring guests for a eclectic evening out.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Sub par at best... I thought of Cracker Barrel and when I saw and tasted the food.
I read reviews that said a must visit when in Austin; perhaps these reviews were meant for another restaurant !!! It's one of the last places I'd recommend. Poor food quality, poor ambiance (louder than average, overall quality of furniture and structure), bad cocktails, and two cockroaches... won't go back again.

We ordered 3 different cocktails, all were some of the worst we've had; no good taste and not much alcohol in them. Chicken Fried Beef Shoulder and Divorced Trout were both of poor quality and taste and all the sides that come with the dish were basically piled together on the plate (again, I thought of Cracker Barrel and when I saw and tasted the food). The lemon meringue was the worst we've had (too much of the meringue and hardly any of the lemon custard and the cookie it came on was very dry)... The appetizers were the only thing that was really good (crispy oysters and Prince Edward Mussels).

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Took way too long to eat, there were only two servers and they had to take care of the entire restaurant! The food was pretty good but the drinks were overpriced and the place was far too crowded and noisy to be enjoyable. Pictures online made it look significantly better, also. Instead of looking like an eclectic ranch, it looked like the inside of a mobile home. I would not recommend it.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Daddio, Frito pie, enchiladas, salmon salad, frog legs, steak ... what else can you say. Eclectic menu in funky downtown location. Great food with outdoor seating. Great value and wonderful place for business lunches. Only complaint is limited parking. Recommend going early or making reservations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The host was great. The restaurant was ridiculously loud...actually made conversation at our booth nearly impossible. It wasn't the music outside as no one was performing. My food (divorce trout) was cold and nearly tasteless. I was pretty disappointed. Fortunately, our Berah Zin was delicious as was our dessert. Also, our server was efficient and expeditious.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I thought we had great service. Our Service Table Lady was very nice and food came quickly and hot. I will recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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