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Z'Tejas Arboretum

461 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for Groups (566)

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Phone number
(512) 346-3506
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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
Carlos Juan Manzano
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Private party facilities
We offer the patio space for private parties. Please call us for more information.
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Cross street
N. Capital of Texas Hwy
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking is offered in front of our restaurant.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

The food was very good as were the drinks however the music was too loud for normal conversation at a booth that sat eight. The table was wobbly & too tall for an average height adult plus the air temperature of this space was very warm. Very sad as we've always enjoyed eating at Z Tejas in the past.

vipDeborahG (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Service was very poor. We were forgotten. Drinks were weak and lacked flavor. Kitchen forgot to add essential sauce to fish fish and one serving was completely dried out I have had s much better experience before so I will probably try again.

vipSoBe123 (Miami)
4.0  Dined on June 15, 2016

We had our own large booth for our birthday gathering. Thank goodness, because the place is very popular for happy hour and early diners and the noise level is high. Chocolate pecan pie with candles came as the birthday cake. Wow! Great trout and veggies.

at3161 (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

Our waitress was outstanding!!! I haven't had that level of service in a very long time!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

Waitress treated really well.

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Inside was wayyyyyy to noisie. The atmosphere needs some work as well. The serving staff was good and so was our meal.

vipMaryinNWHills (Austin)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

Great brunch.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

Good food, so so service but 20 men seated behind us were far too loud!!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2016

We had a great lunch but it was a business lunch and it was a little loud for a casual conversation. I know it was just a result of where we were seated because it was right in the center of the restaurant. I've been plenty of times and not had this problem.

JonathanS (Austin)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We dine at this Z-Tejas location a lot. This review is specific to our Mother's Day dining experience. The food, as always was outstanding. They are super consistent. Typically the service is very good to outstanding, depending on who your server is and how busy they are. Mother's Day was an exception to that service level. As a former restaurant manager of 10 years, it's pretty easy for me to see where the breakdown is service was. We had a new server. And by new, I mean new to serving tables...ever. Every step of service was slow and he would "go to check on things" a lot and disappear. Our next encounter would be with a food runner, who we would have to ask for LOTS of things (water, the fruit and muffins that were supposed to come with the entrees, the wine that was ordered 20 minutes ago that we would have asked our server for, but we hadn't seen him in 20 minutes, etc.) I don't blame the server, this is a management issue. They should have never let him go on the floor solo. He just wasn't ready yet. We were there in the late afternoon (after the brunch rush), so there was no excuse for the lag in service. Even as disappointing were all of the other servers standing around talking who could clearly see that our server was in the weeds with his two tables and never lifted a finger to see what we (or he) needed. Overall, we still love Z-Tejas and if not for the usual great service and always outstanding food, we would have been upset. That being said, I hope management does a better job of training their new staff members, does a better job of circling the floor to see how their guests are doing, and does a better job of instilling a team mentality to their staff.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

always such good food and service. Was there on Mother's Day so very busy and super loud. Hard to hear each other. Also a rainy muggy day and they kept the doors open - which made us sticky and muggy as well at our table near the front. Love the food but experience was not the greatest on this last visit.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
1.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Really disappointed. We had a reservation and checked in when we arrived and they said they couldn't find us even though we were standing right by the hostess desk. And once they finally seated us, our food was even worse. Cold, tasteless and didn't even look like enchiladas! We won't be going back.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Brought my out of town family there for lunch on a Sunday. Place was half-full and I had a reservation. Took 5+ minutes to be seated. Our server gave us what turned out to be a very prophetic warning that she had just had three full tables in her area seated and would do her best.

Orders taken quickly so far so good. Took at least 30 minutes to receive our food. Food was OK but not all that great -- I like Chuy's much better. A manager finally came by and comped a round of drinks but the whole staff (other than her) seemed disinterested in doing their jobs.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

The service was the worst I've ever had a Z-Tejas. The place was also very empty for a Thursday, made me wonder if the two facts were related. Sad in a way, but it was not a great experience.

vipYourRegularDateGuest (Austin)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

Hostess was a bit spacey ! Didn't register my visit with opentable