Z'Tejas Arboretum

4.5
608 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest

About

Z�Tejas Arboretum is located in Austin, Texas and serves up a huge menu of Mexican favorites. This establishment offers brunch, lunch and dinner. There is also a happy hour menu and a full cocktail menu for those who enjoy a drink with their meal. Z�Tejas Arboretum also offers catering for parties or gatherings. There are also vegetarian options for those who prefer not to eat meat.

One of the best items on the menu at Z�Tejas Arboretum is the five-cheese macaroni and achiote chicken. You get a combination of jack, cheddar, parmesan, Romano and bleu cheese with a crispy bacon gratin on top. For dessert, many try the skillet cobbler, which is made with seasonal fruit and comes a la mode.

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TraciF
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, fair prices and portions. Street tacos are tasty and so is the pork tenderloin with fresh veggies and mash potatoes.

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annettek
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and great food. Our waiter was wonderful.

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vipSallieW
New Mexico
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is always good, the waitstaff was attentive

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vipSEETACS
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food is interesting but not Tex-Mex. Margarita was so-so. I can say I have had better. Gustavo was an amazing server. Very attentive and entertaining. This is not some place I would go out of my way to visit but if I happen to be in the area it is a good option.

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AustinVet
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent Valentine's day dinner there. We didn't get the package one, but ordered on our own. It was excellent, reasonable and the service was top notch. The only suggestion would be that they have a complex seating system for reservations that is to cumbersome and takes to long. We got seated in a spot we didn't like, and after a bit of a discussion with the person at the door, we finally got a table we enjoyed. To go that, they had to cancel one and put us in. It was 5:20 in the evening and shouldn't have been such an issue as they had lots of tables open. 6PM was another matter. Without a reservation I think it would be a very long waiting time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for bday brunch. Loved the make your own Bloody Mary bar.

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Tami
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise level is too high. Can’t hear person seated beside me much less across the table. Too many hard surfaces in the dining room. Good and service was excellent. Recommend making the catfish bites into a poboy or main dish- excellent!!! Complementary chocolate birthday pie slice was excellent wAy to finish a great celebration. Thank you very much!!

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DavidB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, ambience, and service. Outstanding complimentary cornbread.

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vipAndrew
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was disappointing! The appetizer tacos were plastic & tough. The main course was okay but way under par from previous occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to a Austin and tried this place out for our Anniversary. The entrees were good but the appetizers we ordered were fantastic. We will go back and just order apps and drinks!

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vipBuddy
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's nice to see that the cornbread at Z'Tejas is now, once again, complimentary. It's excellent. And the food is good too, even though the menu remains pretty much the same, year after year. Z'Tejas continues: no surprises here, but you know what you're getting.

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vipStanT
Austin
36 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It has been at least several years since I visited Z'Tejas Arboretum, and I guess things change. The brunch menu looked so good, but, well it didn't turn out that good. Food was marginal, service not attentive and ambiance average at best. I will say, though, that the hostesses and servers were all quite friendly. I think it'll be several more years before I go back, however. I appreciate the smiling faces, but it's not enough.

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KimM
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We had a good time with friends.

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WillT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was great as well as the service. It was a little loud though for a business meeting over lunch. The chicken fried chicken was good!

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vippamp
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good as always but the service was very slow .

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ShirelleL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time eating there and everything was great! I would like to give extra acknowlegedment to our waiter Ben! He met both me and my friends expectatioms as we had a girls night out! Thanks.

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MelissaA
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Alex, was fantastic. The food was beyond compare. We’ll all be back with our friends!

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Notsure
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I won’t be returning. First, when we walked in there was an awful smell. I don’t know if maybe something was wrong with the air conditioning, but they had those huge air conditioning portable units in a few different places. We tried to sit inside, but the smell was so bad that we asked to be moved outside. The outside patio and view is beautiful. Now, on to the food...the queso was decent as was the salsa and guacamole. I got the fish tacos as my entree and it was really bad. The tortillas tasted a bit stale. The fish inside was so small that it MAYBE covered half of the taco. The fish wasn’t fresh and was way too heavily breaded and was dry. I ended up having to cover my taco with queso to just get it down. Oh, and I only ate half of every taco because the rest of the taco was just empty without enough filling.

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EdwinaV
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring clients and friends for a nice lunch.

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PamW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andy has done a great job with customer service training of the staff and the menu choices are updated and delicious. Stopped going for a couple of years and it's now our "go to" place again.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Have not been in a while. Date night for my wife. Food was good. Server was slow and disinterested. Weird smell inside that was not very good. Had a mojito that was not crisp and tasted more like.water.

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TomB
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Happy hour with reduced price appetizers was a nice surprise. Our waiter was awesome - personable, attentive, and kept up with the six of us, including splitting the check.

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BillyA
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Best Asada I've had in the Austin area.

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MariaF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, besides I’ll recommend more varieties new things in the menu

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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TerryL
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The 20 year reunion of the high school cheerleaders was in progress and these six 50 somethings were in full cry after that second rita. Their husbands were just sort of looking sheepish and nursing their beers. The wait person got us a different seating so we could have a conversation. I get it, I'm not mad, not your fault you had pack baptist ladies that's not used to drinking. It was amusing, but we just needed to be able to hear one another . We'll be back and recommend you to our friends!

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vipLSKN
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We've dined here many times over the years but hadn't been in a long time as we relocated out of Austin 5 years ago. We were in town and decided to eat here. The restaurant had a mildewy smell. There was a big fan/dehumidifier in the front lobby, so maybe they'd had a kitchen flood or something, but the smell was unappetizing and the carpet should have been ripped up and replaced, it looked old. Our server was really friendly but brought us cornbread, our appetizer, and our entrees within a span of less than 10 minutes. The place wasn't busy so I guess the kitchen got it all done fast, but we ended up not really eating much of the appetizer because the entrees came out so fast. Some pacing of the meal would have made it more enjoyable.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was treated poorly at this restaurant and basically called a liar about my reservation with Open Table. Never put my friends or myself in this situation again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guests we invited really liked the food and service.

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vipCWBK
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding!

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vipAmirs
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. The food was great and the views excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The customer service was not very good. They weren’t rude, just didn’t really care one way or the other. The food tasted terrible and was cold. Will not return.

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vipHeleneB
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 4 of us had outstanding food (wedge salad, chicken fajitas, enchiladas, chicken fried steak). The tableside guacamole and queso was GREAT!

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Unplugged
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and outstanding food (apps, entrees, & deserts)! We were able to sit outside and watch the sunset while we ate which really set a great tone for the evening. Super awesome staff made the Birthday celebration lots of fun! Highly recommended by our whole party!

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Clle
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This is definitely more suited to Happy Hour.Nice view from the deck, but the inside space lacks atmosphere and is noisy. We have been here several times and the food is consistently average - not sure why, but just doesn’t taste as good as the Downtown location. Our waiter, Aaron was excellent, and the service was the best part of our visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid choice, delish food and nice atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Z Tejas!

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BilieS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place with a great menu! Happy hour appetizers were a deal!

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MelodyC
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome waitress. I believe her name was Allison! We had a great time and the food was very good!

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Z'Tejas Arboretum is rated 4.5 stars by 608 OpenTable diners.