About Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel
The legendary Driskill Grill serves exquisite modern American cuisine Tuesday through Saturday. The Driskill Grill is a Four Diamond rated restaurant and is repeatedly ranked the number one restaurant in Austin. The Driskill Grill invites diners to feast on an ever-changing array of innovative and impeccably prepared fare in the most elegant of surroundings. The Driskill Grill uses locally sourced products, seasonal ingredients and cutting edge menu choices which create a truly memorable dining experience.
The Driskill Grill has received numerous awards and accolades including the coveted Foder's Choice Award, Zagat's ranking of "Extraordinary to Perfection" and OpenTable's Diners Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America's leading wine appreciation magazine has honored The Driskill Grill with their "Award of Excellence 2011."
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Happy Hour in the Bar: Daily 5:00pm - 7:00pm, and all day Sunday
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Driskill Grill and Driskill Bar have live music Tuesday - Saturday offered in the Lounge starting at 6:00pm and ending at 11:00pm.
Valet parking is available for all guest at a discounted rate through the Driskill Hotel.
Private Party Facilities:
The Chisholm Room is the historic private dining room accommodating groups of up to 35 People. Reservations are required for this room and special audio visual needs are available.
Private Party Contact:
Ashley Singleton: 512-391-7178x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The ambiance was the only missing factor ...
The ambiance was the only missing factor, I felt the lighting could have been dimmed for a 8:00pm dinner. TI'd suggest having some light music in the dinning room, and toning down the lights to make it feel more romantic. Additionally, the lounge area was also very noisy and you could hear them when the doors would swing open -- but again it was the F1 crowd.
Overall the experience was plesant but t ...
Overall the experience was plesant but the service was unacceptable for the reputation and the price point of the Driskill. Our steaks were not cooked to order, actually flat wrong, where the entrees were exchanged between the guests.
The bill was incorrect, where we were overcharged, and we did not receive attendance after the meals were served until a significant time later.
I did not find the steaks flavorful or memorable.
The restaurant needs to change the carpeting as there is a funk smell and carpet is outdated.
The restaurant is difficult to access for people with physicial disabilities.
Old Texas setting with food that ranged ...
Old Texas setting with food that ranged from excellent to good +. In the latter category was my sort-of tasty dry-aged Wagu ribeye that was far less tasty than those I buy from Whole Foods and others of like source. In the former were the salads and new potatoes (cold on the first try but fabulous upon revisit to the kitchen). Service was very attentive and friendly.
Seated immediately for our reserved tim ...
Seated immediately for our reserved time. Sat for over 45 minutes while the waiter took care of two other tables. There were no other people in the restaurant ( this should have been a sign). Ordered drinks that never came. Finally got up and left . It doesn't matter how good the food is if you get bad service.
We went to the the Driskill Grill for ou ...
We went to the the Driskill Grill for our 46th wedding anniversary. Given its reputation we expected to have a very good experience with excellent food. From the moment we sat down we were an interruption to our waiter, who was rude, short, and basically unpleasant. When my $60 dollar ribeye came it looked and tasted like a piece of round steak. My wife's lamb was as bad. Both entres were warm and the quality of meat is better at Outback for less than a quarter of the price. We will never go back and will let everyone we know aware of the bad food and bad service. After talking with others here in Austin our experience is not unusual at the Driskill Grill.
The Driskill experience is more than the ...
The Driskill experience is more than the restaurant, which is gorgeus, but also includes walking around the hotel. The restaurant features just outstanding decor, and is worth seeing in its own right. The food is excellent, but the portions are small. Extensive wine list. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.
As always, the Driskill Grill has one of ...
As always, the Driskill Grill has one of the best steaks in Texas...this time however the risotto was undercooked, the mussels were bland and the spinach was over cooked. Our service was mediocre at best. Having said all that I will definitely go back again because the atmosphere, history and management are great.
This meal and the service was so bad I d ...
This meal and the service was so bad I don't know where to begin. The waiter was totally arrogant as if he was doing us a favor to be served at the famous Driskill Grill. The first 2 wine selections were not available and then there's the meal. The ice berg lettuce was not drained so there was a pool of water on the salad plate and the dressing became white water not dressing. The menu read "Wagu New York Strip" The stake came but it was not a steak it was 4 small slices of tough meat which I couldn't eat. We would have all sent our meals back but it was a dinner meeting and could not be interrupted with diversions around a bad dining experience
After trying out all the "new trending e ...
After trying out all the "new trending eateries" we decided to give the Driskill another visit since it has been a long while since we last went. I have to say it was a wonderful and delicious choice. We were greeted warmly and personally. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of not just the menu items and it's preparation but also of the wine list. We shared the steak tartar and the peach salad. The attention given to the sharing of the plate did not go unnoticed - they weren't just split in half, they were portioned out and presented to the mirror image of each other. I had the Venison and my husband had the duck. Both dishes we tend to stir clear of outside restaurants not focused heavily on game. Both dishes luscious. We dont eat dessert so we opted for coffee and port - a perfect ending to a fabulous dinner. It is also worth mentioning that probably because there was fabric around (linen table clothes, carpeting, drapes etc.which absorbs the noise of a full dining room) we were able to talk comfortably to each other without having to shout across the table or lean in to be heard. It was a pleasant and welcomed change to not have to talk over the table next to us.
This place was simply fantastic. From th ...
This place was simply fantastic. From the door, the hostess (Chris) was charming and welcoming. The wait staff was professional, knowledgable and warm. The food was unparalleled...I had the venison and my wife had the sea bass. The chef sent out something special for dessert to boot. I WILL be dining here again when I return to Austin. A+!
I'd like to see chefs get past the "deco ...
I'd like to see chefs get past the "deconstructed" trend. It's old news, and not very good.
The Driskill Grill is elegant in appearance, and the staff is quite friendly. We did not find the food particularly good, except for the soft shell crawfish appetizer. The Wagyu beef had gristle in it, not fat, gristle...which I could not believe. It's a lovely place with great history, but the kitchen and Grill and wait staff need a bit of attention, in my opinion.
Restaurant looks spectacular. Very roman ...
Restaurant looks spectacular. Very romantic. Service was great. Most of the food was good, but my wife's main entree was very disappointing. Room temperature ribeye over cold mush. Even if it had been executed correctly, it would have been interesting, at best. My venison was very good, however, and so was the grilled peach salad and chocolate dessert. Overall, everything was too salty, and definitely overpriced. It was a good way to celebrate our anniversary, but we wouldn't go back.
The best dining experience I've had in q ...
The best dining experience I've had in quite a long time. The waitstaff was very attentive but not overbearing. The food was excellent. We were disappointed to learn that the dish my boyfriend ordered was not available, however, the steak more than made up for it. I had the duck. It was tender and flavorful. We overdid it with desert. I ordered the Chocolate Terrine, he had the Creme Brulee. The Chocolate Terrine was almost too rich. I would suggest sharing this desert. We will definitely return to the Grill.
Easily one of the best dinners I've ever ...
Easily one of the best dinners I've ever had. We ordered the five course tasting menu, which was absolutely delicious. Not a single course was a disappointment. On top of that the wait staff was very attentive and polite. There were three waiters/waitresses taking care of our table and they timed the dinner perfectly. I also never had a moment where I had to wait to order another cocktail. At the end of the dinner they brought out a trio of the amazing desserts for my grandmother who was celebrating her birthday. Overall it was just an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for special occasions as there is no detail left unattended.
It was our last night at the hotel so we ...
It was our last night at the hotel so we decided to try the Driskill Grill. We sat at a lovely table that we later found out was LBJ's table. Who knows if it's true but it did make for a good story. I had a Lady Bird cocktail in honor of our table. It was delicious. Our waiter was terrific the right amount of chatty and helpful with great suggestions but gave us our privacy too. The meal was outstanding. One of the best steaks I've ever had, really flavorful and done to perfection. My husband splurged on the 10 oz with foie gras and was not disappointed. It's not an inexpensive meal but the quality, service and atmosphere make it perfect for a special occasion.
It was our 43rd anniversary and as we wa ...
It was our 43rd anniversary and as we walked in to the restaurant we were greeted by our names and given a glass of champagne. We choose the six course meal and it was fantastic. At the end they presented us with a beautiful creme brûlée with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. All of the hotel staff were exceptional and the hotel and rooms live up to it's stellar reputation. Put this historic, unique, beautiful hotel on your bucket list.
Driscoll Hotel Grill--Austin
We decided to try Driskill after visiting it a few years ago. We knew it would be on the more expensive side but also that it has a fantastic history attached to it and Texas. We had heard and seen on line reviews of the Grill and that we would be treated to a memorable dining experience. We were not disappointed. We each had the 5-course chief choice meal, from soup and salad to dessert. Service was great as was each presentation. We took our time (almost 2 hours) and enjoyed each course. If you go you can offer ala carte but you do get a better "bang for your buck" ordering as we did. (You can also order a 7 course). Dress is smart casual but we saw a variety of attire. If you want a special dining experience this can be your spot.
Rates as one of the WORST dining experie ...
Rates as one of the WORST dining experiences I've ever had. I'm a local Austinite who doesn't mind paying for good service and food. Dinner started with our waiter introducing himself and we thought we were on our way to professional, attentive service at this upscale expensive historic restaurant . After we ordered we barely saw him, or anyone else unless we flagged them down. There appeared to be 1 hostess, 3 busers and 2 waiters who literally looked the other way when we were trying to get service. No one checked to see whether our food was prepared correctly or we needed something, therefore our only recourse was to literally wave our arms to get attention so we could get any service! Manager showed little or no concern. Great way to enjoy this celebration night... FOOD: 1/2 hour for bread, kale salad over dressed so too sweet, caesar salad small on lettuce, chef palate cleansing with NO explanation of what they were putting in front of us (food allergies people!), steak so cold the butter on top wouldn't melt at all, 4 steaks with no accompanying sauces offered (didn't realize waiter messed this up until end of dinner) cauliflower steak and arctic char cooked well and tasty. Chocolate dessert yummy, creme brulee not so much. We were a party of 8 so tip was set, could this be part of the problem?
The food was great. I wasn't as sold on ...
The food was great. I wasn't as sold on the bordelaise sauce for the steak as the server seemed to be, though. The major drawbacks were the service. The hostess welcomed us with a happy anniversary, but that was the last of it. We were sat right next to the door which adjoins the bar in what was a mostly empty dining room to the restaurant and the settings were right next to each other instead of across from each other. None of the service staff acknowledged our anniversary and none seemed particularly pleased to be there. We had high hopes for a special evening but were disappointed overall.
Amazing! We celebrated our daughter's c ...
Amazing! We celebrated our daughter's college graduation on Friday night (May 20th). Everything was exceptional! From the moment we entered the restaurant, through the delicious meal with wine, to the attentive service, to the congratulatory macaroons for the graduate, the entire evening was spectacular. Everyone contributed to make this a very special occasion for our family celebration. Thank you ever so much!! Leesa & Roger Flora (Atlanta, GA)
This was our first time going to the Driskill. Our reservation was for 5:30 PM (opening time) and we were the first to enter. Our waiter was friendly and engaging when we first arrived. However after we were given the menus it was quite some time before he returned to take our order. The food was great (steaks are outstanding) . After eating, it took a long time to clear our plates. At one point in time the waiter came by and touched my plate as if to pick it up, but left to go move tables. Dessert menus were offered, but no one came by to see if we wanted anything. Finally I flagged down the manager and asked for our bill. IT took another 30 minutes for them to ring up the charges and give us the credit card back. Granted, the restaurant got busy really fast, I still don't think that accounts for the service. Oddly enough, I would go back. The food was that good.
Usually, the meat gets all my focus in a ...
Usually, the meat gets all my focus in any meal, but the salads and side dishes were also amazing. Kudos to the chef and the locally-sourced produce to convince me to enjoy cauliflower (roasted with chorizo) and a grilled kale salad. I could have made a meal of the smoked blue corn grits.
This was a special occasion, our wedding party, and our wait staff, Charles and Brittany, was exceptional. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was excellent. The Driskill was recommended by friends who are locals. It was the perfect choice.
Thanks so much for the great experience.
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