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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."
Austin, TX 78701
Steakhouse, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Happy Hour in the Bar: Daily 4:00pm - 7:00pm
$50 and over
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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant has declined since we ate there about four years ago. The food isn't bad--my lamb rack was good enough--but at the offered prices it should be excellent. Moreover, the noise is unpleasant--a cacophony of contemporary music played on speakers inside the dining area, live country music that can be heard through the thin wall separating the restaurant from the bar, and loud conversation/laughing of the many patrons in the bar. Finally, our waiter was a bit surly. When my wife politely told him she could not eat the soup because it contained cream, he said "You should have said so earlier." Mind you, she wasn't asking for it to be taken off the bill. And, someone needs to tell him that repeatedly saying "You got it" is inappropriate for a place that puports to offer fine dining.
Food was extremely good. We've dined many times over the years and we were worried since the chef had changed since the last time we went. We really liked the menu and the combination surf, turn and swine was a real hit. Service was great. The deserts were novel and tasty. $20 to park was a bit high -we were not expecting that. We will definitely be back.
Honesty I expected more from the chef. My rack of lamb was over cooked, our Risotto was over cook. They took the risotto back but I didn't complain about the lamb because the flavor was still good and it takes an hour to get your meal because it's a nice restaurant which I totally get. My friends steak was also not cooked to what she asked for. I would of spent my money somewhere else nd just walked the hotel to look at history.
The quality and ambition of the menu have declined over the past 2-3 years. We last dined at the Driskill Grill in Summer 2015, and were impressed by the game meats and artistry; this Summer, the menu was very average and unimpressive. The servers were decent and pleasant, but were neither polished in their presentation nor particularly knowledgeable.
This was me and my wife's first date in years, and our waiter Roy made the occasion a wonderful experience and went into great detail about each dish, since we were not food savvy. If you have the option to have Roy as your waiter please ask for him.
If I could give 6 stars I would!!!!
Our food was very good but the waiter was not at all enthusiastic. He took one of our appetizers assuming we were finished without asking the table if we were ready for him to remove it. He leaned over the table to remove plates - across guests - which is very rude and not appropriate. He didn't appear to like the restaurant desserts when asked if they were good. He did not pay attention to our requests - when our male dinner guest requested another glass of wine for one guest - he failed to bring it. He never smiled and seemed irritated to be waiting on us. The $400 plus dinner was less than overwhelming given the lack of enthusiasm from the waiter. I am not sure I would recommend the restaurant based on this experience. I am unsure of his name, but this was on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. and he was a Caucasian waiter with glasses. We were sitting at the back of the restaurant on a 4-top.
We were there to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter, Andrew was exceptionally gracious and treated as the most special of his customers. He made it very special for our special day. We thank him for all of his special treatment. Marilyn and Paul Schilling Saturday night 1 July.
My wife and I ate at the Driskill Grill for a date while visiting Austin. Andrew was our server, and I honestly cannot say enough good things about him. As a Chef myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the food. I ordered the Wagyu Strip which was excellent. My wife ordered the French onion soup, which I tried. The soup was the only part of the meal that was subpar in our minds. The creamed spinach was excellent, and the bleu cheese in the creamed spinach was not over powering. The okra and tomatoes was by far the most surprising and my favorite dish. If you visit the Driskill Grill, ask for Andrew. You will not be disappointed.
Unfortunately, the Driskill Grill isn't what it used to be. While our waiter was friendly and very nice, the service was very slow. Two hour dinner for five with a restaurant practically empty. The food was excellent, no doubt. However, there is no dress code, so the other diners were in shorts and tank tops. The Driskill is one of the most iconic and historic venues in town, with $$$$ menu prices. No one should be there in shorts and tank tops. It was sad.
The food was well-seasoned but for an evening of one to cost over $50 without wine is a bit much. I wanted to experience the Driskill hotel and restaurant. I will not return to either. I can have a nice experience at other Hyatt hotels without the price tag.
Party of 2. Wedge salad sent back. Limp lettuce on both wedge salad and caesar salad and flavorless dressings. Side dish of risotto with English peas was good.
Wagyu steaks ($64 each) were only fair, both dry with little flavor and only average tenderness.
Bread basket very ordinary and bread not really fresh.
Huge expensive disappointment.
This was the most impressive dining experience I could think of to treat my wife for our wedding anniversary. When I made the reservation, I asked for a 7 course meal with wine pairing, completely at the chef's discretion, and to not even bring us menus. I expected some fun, but I was blown away. Every course was something new, fascinating, delicious, and complex. Even the beet salad, which sounds terrible, was amazing.
Our waiter, who I believe was named Roy, gave a great little spiel about each wine and how it was meant to compliment the food, and otherwise, simply left us alone for our intimate meal. Between each course we were in suspense as to what was next, but never were we wanting for anything. Our service was world class.
The restaurant itself was mostly empty; it's a beautiful, historical building, and initially our table was perfect. A private spot as I requested. The hostess was the only problem we experienced. She sat a group of bickering old men in shorts just inches from us, despite the restaurant being more than 90% empty. Our little corner went from a nice quiet corner to a noisy trap where I couldn't hear myself think. Fortunately, we requested to be moved to another table and had no further trouble, but the hostess should have been more familiar with my instructions. This was a $400 check, and she could have spoiled the occasion needlessly. But thankfully the restaurant is full of great tables, and once we moved we were back to enjoying the terrific service, food, and ambiance.
I only wish I had thought to thank the chef for what appeared to be hard and inspired work.
I took my wife here for a special occasion. I let them know in the reservation that we were celebrating a special occasion. When we arrived, we were the only patrons in the restaurant (it was early). They sat us at an intimate table for 2 in aback corner. Then a party of 6 arrived, and they sat them right next to us. Destroying any intimate atmosphere that had been there.
I had asked them for something special to help us celebrate. I guess I should have called to clarify that I was not simply looking for a freebie, and would be happy to pay for something extra. What they came up with was a free dessert. I can get a free dessert at The Olive Garden. I expect a place like this to come up with something better
We had dined at The Driskell Grill before at Easter. They had a huge spread on the 2nd floor with every food you could imagine. This dining experience was nothing like that. For a $112.00 person you were offered a limited menu that didn't sound good on paper and was worse when it was served. One of the offerings was rabbit, who serves rabbit on Easter! My children were appalled. I had the wild boar for lack of anything else to order, it was tough and had a huge piece of fat through the bottom. My children ordered off the children's menu and received a waffle at $35.00 a piece. The service was terrible, had to ask for a refill of coffee and my husband's drink finally came as we were signing for the bill. I did ask for some compensation and received $50.00 off a nearly $400.00 bill. Never again!!!
We were disappointed with the wait staff. We chose the 7 course chef tasting menu with wine. Generally, that includes the sommelier talking about the food and how it pairs with the wine. We got no explanation or description about why a particular wine was chosen for a certain course. The time between courses was ridiculously long. This is the first time I have ever been disappointed with a meal at the Driskill.
The dinner was for my birthday but I did not notify the restaurant of that. During our meal one of the wait staff must have overheard a "happy birthday" from one of my guest because at the end of the meal our waiter brought out a dessert. It was wonderful and very thoughtful!
Waited so long for the Driskill Grill receptionist to appear that I began to wonder if my business was important to them. The free appetizer, and cream squash soup, were excellent. The marble potatoes were tasty but so salty that I ate only half of them. The fillet was also salty to the point were I wondered if I would finish it, but I did. The fillet was $10 more expensive than that at a quality restaurant 2 blocks away. To me, this experience was a very expensive disappointment. I do not plan to return.
This restaurant is very good, but very pricey. We loved everything we ate except the steaks. They were coated in so much salt that they were inedible until we cut off all of the outside (which ended up making the steak much smaller than 8oz. ).
That said, I'd still go back. I just wouldn't get the steak.
It's one of only a handful of truly first-class restaurants in Austin. The decor is what used to be called "masculine" (oak, leather, etc.), and the ambiance is quiet and semi-formal. The waitstaff is expert and efficient without being overtly "cozy". And the food is exquisite---we loved the lamb loin with spinach, and the first course beef tartare was scrumptious.
We were at the Driskill Grill for Valentine's Day dinner. We did not realize it would be a fixed menu, but staff made some accommodations for dietary restrictions. We opted for the additional wine parings and had great time discussing the choices and pairings with our waiter who was quite knowledgable. Service was Outstanding. Andrew was on of the best waiters we've had anywhere in the world. Historic decor is lovely. Price was a high.
We visited this hotel for Valentine's dinner. The food was excellent however service was not good at all. The menus was 5 course with your choice of 3 different entrees. Servers did not seem to be very knowledgeable about food and preparation. Much more expensive than what we anticipated at 150 per person especially when service was subpar. I believe the regular menu may not be quite as expensive but not for sure on that one.
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