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Ranch 616

4.8
698 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southwest
Perfect For:
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  • Casual
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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."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southwest, Wild Game, Contemporary American
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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

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Phone number
(512) 479-7616
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kevin Williamson / Antonio Vidal
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Catering
Contacts:

Preston Nagel
prestonj616@gmail.com

512.479.7616
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Cross street
7th
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Parking details
Surface and Garage Parking available nearby.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Ranch 616 is a Tex-Mex spot downtown where you go for a group dinner that might get a little rowdy.

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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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5.0Dined 9 hours ago

It’s all good.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our first stop when we arrive in Austin. Love, love, it

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We ate outside and had to move because of rain. That seemed to cause a problem with our server as our order ended up being taken by the bartender. The food was great, as usual.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Party central. Fun, fun, fun. Unique. Great music and dancing in the aislea. Great drinks and good food with a twist. Go if you don't mind a party atmosphere when you dine. Service great.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great ambience, service, and food! It was a great choice to showcase Austin for our out-of-town guests!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The vibe is unseen in most cities and definitely worth experiencing. Great food and even better drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I have been to Ranch 616 several times, probably 15. Totally reliable food and service. I love how crazy the interior is and the exterior dining is so cool. It used to be just a patio and they have really upped the ante on that outdoor space. It is amazing. Love this place!!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our dining experience could not have been better. The food was delicious and the staff was exceptional, from top to bottom. I would encourage anyone to go to Ranch 616 that has never been there. Everyone else knows it's great...

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had an awesome time! Dinner was fantastic and the atmosphere was great!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The spicy Mexican martini is so good! Billy also rocks!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Where do the locals eat?? Here!!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Oh my stars this is a great place! Fantastic food, great atmosphere, attentive but not intrusive staff - we loved it and will come back every time we are in Austin. Can't say enough good things about it!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I had a most excellent meal. I highly recommend the extraordinarily flavorful Divorced Quail.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I would definitely recommend the crispy oysters for appetizer and chicken fried steak dinner plate. Yummy!!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The menu was unique and food was delicious. The atmosphere is very casual and noisy. Great spot for 20-30 yr olds.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Lovely meal. Great service and good music. Loved it..

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Great food, fun ambience and very accommodating team.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

This is a hard review to write as I don't usually write negative; actually the shrimp tacos were good but could have actually used more shrimp to qualify (the fried shrimp were very tasty!) and less greenery to hide things. One of our friends had a frozen margarita - she said it wasn't particularly good, and it certainly was a bit small for the price. The key lime pie was appalling; it was a tart at that, and COVERED with chocolate sauce - yuck. The "tart" shell was very hard and thick and any key lime was maybe 1/4 inch thick inside, and then that sauce......sorry but I would never recommend this place for the extremely uneven food and rather nonchalant service. It is a little too weird/funky, even for Austin.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great food, great specials and great drinks! Definitely coming back. Location is a great starting point for going downtown

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Favorite restaurant in Austin. Been in Austin since 1997. Bear

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Fantastic place. We sat outside, close to the fire pit. Service was outstanding - we felt treated like regulars, yet we’d never been to Austin before. We shared the Dom’s Special (fried oysters and calamari - great), had Divorced Quail, which was heavenly and the tilapia, also very good. And the chocolate torte and fried pies were irresistible, if probably several calories too far. The funky decor might put you off if you just walk by - don’t: this place is a gem.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great Food and enjoyed the ambiance! Server was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Best in Austin

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Server was condescending for no apparent reason and got three things wrong on our tab, upping our bill nearly $100 and included a 20% gratuity when we only had a party of 5....

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

awesome service, amazing corner table outside for birthday party of 7 people. best fried oysters i’ve ever eaten. great job 616!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My husband and I visited Austin for the first time. We enjoyed many a great dining experience during our week long stay. However, Ranch 616 was by far the best! To say it has that "weird" Austin vibe is an understatement, but what sells it is the amazingly delicious food and generous portions. My husband had the Ribeye and I had the fish tacos ; each our favorites every where we go, hands down both of these dishes where amazing! Finishing it off with the banana/chocolate fried pie has left us planning our return trip already! Our waiter Billy provided awesome service as well!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Big note— this is a club like setting. VERY loud music and not the best for a family meal. That being said, the food was excellent, our waiter was tops, and the host did a good job getting us seated close to our reservation time. I highly recommend the oysters!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The waiter had quite the attitude. Almost too cool to serve us. Or at least thought he was too cool. And he included the tip in the bill (party of 5), which led us to believe he had nothing to lose if he gave us good service or not. I love the place and the food was good, but he was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Both of my sons were in town and I wanted us to have a special night out. Ranch 616 was perfect! Everything was delicious, from the cocktails to the appetizers to our entrees. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The Autumn Water and the Brush Fire drinks were amazing!!! Crab cake appetizer- the bomb!!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is awesome. Steak tenderloin melts in your mouth. Excellent quality of steak. Ordered it medium rare and it was so tender that I could cut it with a fork. Cudos to the chef. Best Valentines dinner ever

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was our first visit to Ranch 616. We arrived for our 12:30 reservation and had to wait about 10 minutes for a table - no big deal, really. Once we were seated, our waiter was prompt, courteous and very knowledgeable. We ordered a wonderful fried oyster and calamari appetizer, then each had salads for lunch. The food was wonderful and the prices were very reasonable. When the check came we noticed that the waiter had omitted the appetizer (about $13). When we brought it to his attention, he remarked that since our reservation was a little delayed it was on the house! We will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Restaurant was very loud compared to my visits prior. Food was not as good compared to previous visits.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Yummy food, fun spot!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Had lunch on Friday, January 9th. I’ve been there 9-10 times over the last six years. Our service/waitress was great: charming and knowledgeable of the menu. Unfortunately the food didn’t match up. I had the fried trout sandwich with a side salad. The bread was not fresh and the sandwich was dry. Also, the kitchen must have run out of salad dressing, because all three of us had to ask for more. Maybe it was an off day.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Really good food and original margaritas!! Our party of 5 enjoyed the experience!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food great service

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Food and service were off the charts outstanding!!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

It's nice to see an older restaurant doing great with all the changes in dining in Austin. Haven't been to Ranch 616 in years and now don't know why! 616 has been open for years and has always been great, menu is still creative but with a definite Texas feel and interior is just as Texas quirky as it's always been. Definitely will be added back to our list of local favorites. Quail two ways, crispy oysters, chicken fried tenderloin and some of the best green beans we've had anywhere.

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