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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Central Texas

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Christopher's World Grille restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3055)
$31 to $50
Continental
College Station
About the restaurant
Christopher's World Grille, in the historic and restored Andrews House, features an innovative, eclectic menu that reflects the world travels of Certified Executive Chef, Christopher Lampo. Our Banquet rooms makes Christopher's the ideal facility for family gatherings, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions lavishly decorated in a rich, New Orleans style with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, elaborate chandeliers and decor, private guest entry, fireplace, and wrap-around porch.
Not only has Christopher's been voted 1st Place for Best Fine Dining four years in a row by the Best of the Brazos Valley, and won several awards for Best Fine Dining and Most Romantic by the Eagle's Reader's Poll, Christopher's has recently been featured in Texas Monthly magazine.
Reservations are recommend but Christopher's also welcomes walk-ins.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Christopher’s has never disappointed. I had the chef’s recommendation. The grilled pork chop and the vegetable sides were delectable. The wine list offers choices that enhance the dining experience. College Station and Bryan are fortunate to have a restaurant of this caliber in their community.
A photo of Primrose Path Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (588)
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
College Station
About the restaurant
From the executive chef & owner of The Republic Steakhouse, Primrose Path is a Spanish & Italian style restaurant specializing in tapas, wine, & cocktails. Stunning industrial-chic decor and a lively courtyard patio scene with impeccable service is accompanied by some of the finest and most innovative food & cocktails in the region.
Top review
Velolenae
Dined on May 21, 2024
One if our favorite restaurants in BCS. The food is exceptional, craft cocktails and superb staff.
A photo of The Republic Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2267)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
College Station
About the restaurant
The only AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant in College Station, The Republic Steakhouse is known as the best fine dining steakhouse in central Texas. The Republic specializes in steak and seafood with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, stunning handcrafted cocktails, and one of the largest whiskey selections in Texas. Impeccable service along with timeless steakhouse decor, The Republic is a steakhouse at its finest.
Top review
BrianD
Dined 6 days ago
The steaks were cooked to the correct temperature. The appetizers and sides were very good, as well. Service was excellent, until the later reservations began to arrive, at that point our party (4 individuals), was all but ignored. We were going to order dessert. However, after not seeing our server for over 15 minutes, we decided against it, paid, and moved along. Overall, good meal...toss up on whether or not we will return.
A photo of Casa Do Brasil - College Station restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2293)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent dining experience! The service and food selections were exceptional.
A photo of La Riv - Temple restaurant
4.7
4.7 (320)
$30 and under
Steak
Temple
About the restaurant
We offer a seasonal menu to ensure you receive only the freshest ingredients year round.

Our pizza oven was imported from Italy and is a true “wood only” burning pizza oven using oak to provide you an authentic Italian pizza experience.

All pasta is freshly handmade daily for a truly amazing taste and texture profile.

Do not forget to explore the high end; climate controlled wine cellar to find the perfect wine. The onsite wine director and owner, Vira will be more than happy to help you pick the perfect vino to enhance your elegant meal.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Showed up for our date but unfortunately La Riv was damaged by a tornado. We were not able to dine there. I hope they recovery quickly from this adversity. I also admire them giving away all the food in their fridges for free post tornado. I hope to dine there again soon!
A photo of Porters Dining + Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1209)
$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
DaleP
Dined 4 days ago
5star all the way, Drew did a great job caring for us!
A photo of Casa Mangiare restaurant
4.7
4.7 (371)
$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 on May 21, 2024
Great food and service. Good music choices. Great ambiance.
A photo of One Thirty Five Prime restaurant
4.6
4.6 (634)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Waco
About the restaurant
For over a decade One Thirty Five Prime has been a place for fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Our commitment is to serve the finest beef, seafood, and farm-to-table produce.
Top review
ANNEW
Dined on May 10, 2024
Our waitress was wonderful as were our meals. A great night out.
A photo of Juanita's Tex Mex Cantina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (75)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Second time to eat here. Very good food. Prices are too high for the quality. Tortillas are not fresh or homemade. Fajitas are great. Drinks are good
A photo of Messina Hof Estate Winery restaurant
4.5
4.5 (979)
$31 to $50
American
Bryan
About the restaurant
Dine by the vines!

Located on the Messina Hof Winery Estate, The Vintage House offers dining with particular attention to fresh Vineyard Cuisine. Each and every dish incorporates one of our award-winning wines. Linger over quiet conversation in the romantic Barrel Room or looking out upon our vineyards. Savor a wide variety of appetizers, salads, and entrees, all designed with wine in mind.

Located Lakeside on the Messina Hof Estate, our Tasting Room and Wine Bar offers an array of light bites, wine tastings, Tour experiences, and more! Soak in the sunshine on our Lakeside deck or catch up with friends over wine slushies in our Tasting Room.

Recognized by Sante" Magazine for our high standards of quality in Fine Dining and Wine Hospitality and rated one of the Most Romantic Restaurants in America by Open Table.

Vintage House Restaurant - *For parties of 6 or more an automatic gratuity will be added*
Tasting Room Reservations taken

Top review
sheralynw
Dined on May 9, 2024
This was my second time coming for a special dinner and we just love the vibe, food and service! Every member of our party had something different and we all felt the same - loved it!
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