Picturesque, historic and home to a stellar dining scene, Fredericksburg, is located in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Famous for producing delicious wine and German fare in the heart of Texas. We pick ten of the best restaurants in the area.
Exterior of the restaurant | Courtesy Farm Haus Bistro
Specializing in steak, seafood and sushi, August E’s offers a sophisticated dining experience in a stylish and contemporary setting, serving its own unique interpretation of Nouveau Texan cuisine. In a space designed by locally based firm, Mustard Design Architects, with cool, industrial chic elements teamed with vibrant, colorful abstract art, guests are presented with daily changing, seasonal menus created by executive chef and co-owner Leu Savanh. The menu features dishes like the signature crab stack starter, layers of tender lump crabmeat, diced avocado and tomato served with buttered crostini and wasabi aioli, mesquite grilled steak and sushi rolls alongside a number of sakes and Japanese beers.
Located at the Fredericksburg Herb Garden, a peaceful country farm just a short distance from downtown Fredericksburg offering dining, spa facilities and lodging, Farm Haus Bistro resides in a historic rock house dating back to the 1890’s, set within picturesque gardens. Talented and creative young chef Taylor Fraser brings contemporary flair and a love of Southwestern flavors to Farm Haus Bistro’s constantly evolving menu of fresh, locally sourced fare, much of which comes from the Herb Garden, with menu highlights like the shrimp and crab cake starter with a petite salad and lime cilantro vinaigrette and the pan-roasted salmon entrée with a tomato-basil relish and fresh vegetables.
For a unique and memorable dining experience in Fredericksburg, look no further than the Airport Diner. Based within the boutique, Hangar Hotel, on the ground of the Gillespie County Airport, this one of a kind restaurant offers a nostalgic atmosphere, classic American diner food and the opportunity to see aircraft take off and land. Inside the Airport Diner features a retro 1940s railcar diner style interior with comfy booths, a long black granite counter, black and white tiled accents and aviation themed artworks. Guests can dine on dishes with aircraft inspired names like the B17 Flying Fortress, pulled pork braised in the Airport Diner’s secret signature sauce served in a toasted hoagie roll with coleslaw.
Although American wine making is usually associated with the valleys of California’s Wine Country, Texas is also home to a number of thriving vineyards. Cabernet Grill, with its impressive list of over 75 wines from across the state is one of the best places to sample the wares of Texas Wine Country. Based at the beautiful Cotton Gin Village bed and breakfast, Cabernet Grill boasts a stunning timber framed building complete with a picturesque patio, while executive chef Ross Burtwell cooks up Texas Hill Country inspired fare, such as the grilled Texas quail stuffed with jalapenos and wrapped in bacon, alongside his specialty seafood dishes like the green chili and crab stuffed shrimp with lemon cream and honey mango slaw.
Casual, fun and friendly dining at its best, Hondo’s on Main is a restaurant, bar and live music venue offering Texan fare on Fredericksburg’s vibrant Main Street. Self service is the name of the game at Hondo’s, with guests choosing from dishes like the Texas fried chicken with cheddar cheese topped smashed potatoes and spicy poblano chili cream gravy and placing their order at the bar before collecting from Hondo’s kitchen window. Named after local legend John Russel ‘Hondo’ Crouch, a writer, humorist and the self-proclaimed mayor of neighboring Luckenbach, Hondo’s offers live music every night, a songwriter’s showcase on Wednesdays and Sunday lunches accompanied by live gospel music.
Another wine focused eatery, Lincoln Street Wine Market is the city’s oldest wine and cigar bar-cum-restaurant with an impressive wine list of over 300 global varieties, including a predominant number of Texan selections. Overseen by owner Sean Smajstra, Lincoln Street Wine Market exudes casual elegance with a beautiful interior space and picturesque patio with a fireplace and live music, while its menu features food perfectly matched to its many wines, with a number of sandwiches and pizzas on offer alongside gourmet meats and cheeses. Guests can also purchase food to go, gift baskets and bottles of wine priced between $20 and $500.
Given Fredericksburg’s strong German heritage, it would be a shame not to visit a German restaurant when dining out in the city, and Otto’s, a beautiful bistro serving authentic regional German and central European fare, is a particularly fine example. At Otto’s, traditional recipes are paired with locally grown produce and creative presentation, resulting in tempting dishes such as the Venison Klopse Appetizer, venison meatballs sourced from neighboring Luckenbach served with home fries, horseradish gravy and lingonberry jam, and the paprika schnitzel entrée of tender pork with spatzle, red cabbage, paprika gravy and pickled peppers. Wash down your meal with a local beer, wine or a handcrafted cocktail.
Open for breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch, Sunset Grill is a popular daytime dining option in Fredericksburg offering New American style bistro fare. The eatery is owned and operated by chef Angela Mancino, who cooks up creative dishes crafted from fresh, locally sourced produce. Go for brunch and try a new take on classic French toast,dipped in vanilla and cinnamon batter, grilled and topped with caramelized bananas. Or try a Sunset Grill lunch with the Southwestern turkey melt sandwich, a grilled sourdough bun stuffed with smoked turkey, pepper jack cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, guacamole, corn salsa, tomato, onions and chipotle mayo.
Recently named one of the ‘Top Ten Dining Destinations in Texas’ by Texas Monthly magazine, Vaudeville is a multi functional venue combining boutique shopping, contemporary art exhibitions and bistro dining, housed in a splendidly renovated historical three floor property on Fredericksburg’s bustling Main Street. Vaudeville’s bistro has a classic and contemporary design while chef and co-owner Jordan Muraglia offers guests French inspired fare crafted from produce sourced from local ranches and farmer’s markets. Vaudeville offers standout dishes including the crawfish etouffee and the French dip sandwich with certified Angus prime rib steak. Guests can also peruse Vaudeville’s wine cellar and food market to recreate dishes at home.