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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Central Texas

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Central Texas? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Casa Do Brasil - College Station restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2288)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
College Station
About the restaurant
Casa do Brasil is an upscale Brazilian Steakhouse in South College Station serving fire-roasted cuts of USDA Prime Aged Beef, Chicken, Lamb, and Pork served tableside by our Gaucho Chefs. Our Salad Bar features over 50 seasonal dishes, including fresh vegetables, homemade salads, cured meats, imported cheeses, seafood, soup, and more!

Visit our Bar & Patio for Happy Hour specials and a la carte entrée dining. And every Sunday, we offer an unlimited brunch that is family-friendly!

We offer private dining space, catering, and butcher cuts to go through our online ordering system. Visit our website to enquire about private event space or catering.

Top review
Caljordvip
Dined 2 days ago
good food and great service. some of the best steak in town.
A photo of Magnolia Table restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3654)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Waco
About the restaurant
Magnolia Table is a breakfast and lunch restaurant that specializes in fresh ingredients and features both new recipes and family favorites. Whether you come to dine in or swing by to pick up something to-go, we hope to meet you at the Table soon.
Top review
SteveS
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service, love the atmosphere and food was tasty.
A photo of Luigi's Patio Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1407)
$30 and under
Italian
College Station
About the restaurant
A family legacy brings you the most authentic Italian dining experience in the BCS. With nightly live music, a select Wine and Cocktail list, friendly yet polished service, and your favorite made-from-scratch recipes, you'll be sure to come savor the moment with us time and time again.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Was good for our graduation party!
A photo of Porters Dining + Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1208)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
College Station
About the restaurant
Porters Dining & Butcher features a wood-fired grill and premium cuts of meat, along with an extensive wine list and cocktail menu. Enjoy a drink at the bar or on the patio. Porters is open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Private Dining available contact: portersdiningbutcher@gmail.com
Top review
PeterG
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter, Drew, was outstanding; courteous and attentive without overbearing. Management visiting our table and also checking on us was the right touch. Overall, easily becoming one of our favorites for family get together and for date night with our significant other. Thank you, Porter's for assisting us in celebrating my son's 16th birthday. Easily 5 stars!
A photo of 1860 Italia restaurant
4.7
4.7 (961)
$31 to $50
Italian
College Station
About the restaurant
Choose from one of our specialty pizzas or select your own ingredients. Our Italian restaurant is a dine in or takeout with a choice farm fresh ingredient menu serving the Navasota, Bryan, College Station area.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful service. Excellent food. I will return.
A photo of Gate 12 Bar & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1070)
$31 to $50
American
College Station
About the restaurant
Gate 12 Bar & Grill is the sister restaurant to J. Cody’s Steaks and BBQ. It is a full service steakhouse with a few pasta dishes, seafood plates and chicken offerings and a full bar to round out the menu. There is a private dining room for events of approximately 50 or less.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great restaurant! Wonderful food, excellent service and great location!
A photo of Casa Mangiare restaurant
4.7
4.7 (369)
$31 to $50
Italian
College Station
About the restaurant
We pride ourselves on our commitment to authentic Italian cuisine. Our team brings together the freshest and finest ingredients to craft a menu showcasing Italy's rich and diverse flavors. From handmade pasta dishes to succulent seafood and mouthwatering grilled meats, each plate is a masterpiece that tantalizes the senses and satisfies even the most discerning palate.

Our extensive wine list features a carefully curated selection of Italian wines, ranging from well-known classics to hidden gems from small, family-owned vineyards. Our sommeliers are on hand to guide you through the choices, ensuring a perfect pairing that enhances your dining experience.

Top review
JimPvip
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and service. Good music choices. Great ambiance.
A photo of Juanita's Tex Mex Cantina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (73)
$30 and under
Mexican
College Station
About the restaurant
~ 2023 OpenTable Diner's Choice Award Winner ~

Juanita’s Tex-Mex Cantina is a boutique culinary experience born out of diverse parts of Mexico where authentic recipes and creativeness meet familiar Tex-Mex dishes served in our Lone Star state. Our central location at the heart of Aggieland gives you access to the posh shopping around Century Square, superb accommodations right next to The George Hotel, and is within walking distance to Texas A&M University. From private events and caterings to birthday fiestas and social hours, Juanita's is an upscale and lively cantina where our Tex-Mex roots and culinary expertise will make your experience memorable. And if you prefer to stay in, we partner with DoorDash to bring the fiesta to you.

Top review
DanaA
Dined on May 9, 2024
We went for a Graduation dinner and it was a wonderful experience
A photo of Elia Cafe Tapas Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (63)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Bryan
About the restaurant
Join us for a culinary journey through Spain at Elia Cafe Tapas Bar. Our delectable tapas, paella, sangria, and mouthwatering dishes will transport you to the heart of Spain. Enjoy a glass of wine from our distinctive wine selection to bring out the flavors in every bite. Located in the beautiful Old Bryan Marketplace, Downtown Bryan's historic building dating back to 1910, the warm ambiance and relaxed elegance of our restaurant will have you feeling right at home. And, to make your experience even more special, we offer live music every weekend. Come for the food, stay for the music, and leave with unforgettable memories.
Top review
janep
Dined on May 9, 2024
We went on a friend's recommendation and loved it! We weren't super hungry but wanted some good apps and drinks, and Elia met the mark! We had the Gambas shrimp, Pimientos al Patron, and calamari. We agreed the shrimp and pimientos were our favorite. Calamari was good, but not remarkable. Drinks were lovely; I had the Malaga Cosmo and my husband had a Spanish beer. My cosmo was fresh and generous. Our server Isaiah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable about menus and almost talked me into trying the Caracoles which he said were delicious and we promise to try next time! Shelby is a bartender extraordinaire! Truly, creating amazing drinks and knowing her trade is her passion. She stopped at our table and let us try her "fortified wine", with secret recipe. If you have the chance to have it you need to! It was delicious and so different! Santi, the owner, also walked around to check how guests were doing and was obviously an invested owner. We will be back, hungrier next time to try some dinner entrees that looked divine! Very reasonable prices for quality of food and atmosphere you will enjoy.
A photo of Red Board Tavern & Table restaurant
4.2
4.2 (178)
$31 to $50
American
College Station
About the restaurant
We're happy to serve the Downtown Navasota Railroad District. Red Board Tavern & Table is led by Executive Chef Craig Schmidt, a Northern Californian who went on to acquire a Culinary Arts Degree from San Joaquin Delta College. Then, Chef Craig added additional degrees in Baking and Pastry at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Chef's many years of expertise has aided in his selection of food pairings for our guests to enjoy.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
We had a lovely late lunch. The deviled eggs were delicious. I had the bacon bacon sandwich so good.
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