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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
People Watching (7)
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Local Ingredients (5)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

So much fun! Definitely a fun place to go with friends - service was excellent, food was good (pretty heavy), great place to go with friends before hitting the nearby bars.

If you have a birthday, be sure to ask for the special dessert.....worth a photo.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Very loud! Couldn’t have a conversation. Several large tables with many folks drinking to excess.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2018

First visit, and we will be back. Great food, very knowledgeable waiter, and all round good experience

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Ranch 616 is always fun. The food was great and our waiter very attentive. It’s a great place to take out of town guests to get a feel of Austin.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Walked in and immediate was seated at the table with zero wait! We are usually on a tight schedule so open table is amazing!! We love open table, and alway love ranch 616’s hospitality and good vibes!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I always love coming here! Amazing food and the coolest atmosphere. Thank you!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went here for NYE as we typically do. We ordered the crab and lobster quesadilla and it was delicious. Then my boyfriend ordered the flank steak medium rare, and I ordered the lamb chops. The flank steak was over cooked, which is disappointing for a place know for their meats. My lamb chops were delicious! I could have done with a slightly for savory flavor, but they were made to perfection.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awesome restaurant and vibe. Great location one block north of W. 6th scene. Great food & drinks, fun DJ playing cool music, small, quaint restaurant with funky Austin vibe. Cool outdoor dining as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2017

So loud, but always so so good!!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Ranch 616 never disappoints, great service, delicious food and fun drinks.

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

We loved the food AND the atmosphere! The staff was amazing. We can hardly wait to come by when the weather is nicer to sit on the patio!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great Time!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Divorced quail still excellent! However the halibut was not!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Traveled to this restaurant from Houston before seeing the Nutcracker Ballet. Excellent service. We were late arriving from Houston. They quickly accommodated us and was able to serve us quickly in order to make it to our performance on time. Drinks were great and food was delicious. TopoChico Margarita and divorced dove was super tasty and I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 6, 2017

In Austin on business and decided on 616 Ranch for dinner. Live music during our awesome meal. Unique Austin flare from signature drinks to cuisine. Try the crunchy oysters. The fish tacos were great as was the steak and crab. The interior is eclectic and fun as you’d expect in Austin.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Ranch 616 is so much fun! Awesome food, great drinks and atmosphere! Love it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Had a fantastic business lunch...great food, great service.....Love the Ranch 616

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our food was notcooked well, not season well an some dishes where to spicy. Over price.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Intimate, fun vibe, service great, food very good. Had ribeye - great cut seasoned well and cooked perfect.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, perfect service!

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vip
 (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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 (Austin)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Ranch 616 has been my favorite spot since my first visit in 2004. I recommend to locals and visitors alike - every friend who visits goes to Ranch 616 every visit. Fun, great people, great food and drinks. Unbeatable ambiance - it portrays the Austin people have loved and envied for decades.

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date
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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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vip
 (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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