About Driskill Grill - Driskill Hotel
Austin, TX 78701
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) 391-7178
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
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.
I took my fiancé here for his birthday while in ATX from Seattle. I had called ahead and discussed with one of the hostesses that I wanted a bottle of champagne waiting for us when we arrived and that it was his birthday. She assured me that they would be able to accommodate my request and that they would include some extras for his birthday.
Sure enough, when we arrived they sat us down and then brought over the champagne and poured us two glasses. I told the waitress (I forgot her name but she was very cheerful and sweet!) we would do the 5-course and oh my GOODNESS my fiancé and I couldn't get over how amazing each and every course was.
They also surprised us with an extra course at the beginning of ahi tuna with a bell pepper relish which was amazing!
Our 5 course "Chef's Signature Tasting Menu" included:
1) Roasted Beet Salad
- this was incredible. We raved about the smokiness of the ricotta!
2) Steamed P.E.I Mussels
- this was personally my favorite dish. The mussels soaked up the wine/tomato sauce and was simply amazing. There was also a thin slice of bread served as well.
3) Slow Roasted Pork Belly
oh. my. god. It was served in a cornbread purée (yes, really!) with a maple glaze. Simply amazing!
Intermezzo- "Texas Sweet Dreams" tea granita
I had never tried granita before but I was pleasantly surprised! It reminded me of a light sorbet.
4) Petite Prime Filet
- this was hands down the best steak I've ever had. So velvety and well seasoned! I also loved the carrot purée!
5) Crunch Bar
- think of a ferrero rocher bar, then make it into a candy bar. So rich and delicious! Our waitress also very sweetly surprised us with a dessert wine for his birthday which paired perfectly with the chocolate.
My fiancé also had an Old Fashioned as well as a Chimay to drink and he raved about each of those as well.
The atmosphere was sophisticated and romantic and my fiancé and I had an incredible time. Thank you so much for making his birthday dinner so special.
We ate a 7 course tasting menu. Every course was amazing and the matching wine list just made the meal even more amazing. The chef came out to speak with us and made us feel even more special. This was a anniversary dinner and everyone working made it a point to speak to us and congratulate us on our anniversary.
We were delighted with our experience at the Driscoll. The wait staff was cordial, friendly and efficient. The food quality was outstanding, cooked and displayed to perfection. We were asked up front if we had any food allergies which we are gluten free. To our surprise, they served gluten free bread. Normally we just have to bypass the bread basket and the meal was prepared with that in mind. We couldn't have been more delighted by or experience.
Our second Christmas dinner at the Driskill and again a perfect dining experience. Staff is friendly yet professional. My son is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and he was again impressed with the presentation and the wine pairing. A wonderful dinner.
The maitre'd and server were excellent. The food was good if a little esoteric. Expecting a bit more out of the steak. The risotto and Brussels sprouts were excellent. The steak tartare was good but not what I expected from the description. It was a hamburger looking concoction, I was thinking more carpaccio. Great ambiance. Not the menu for most kids.
I get it that it is in a historic venue, but seriously not affordable for many. Sure if your single and hanging out with friends and you only have to pay for yourself, but forget it if your feeding your family. Two hundred dollars (including tip and two glasses of wine). Menu emphasis is not for Joe Public and certainly not kids. Our 20 yr old, non-beef/fish eater, tried to get by with a salad and side. Sadly, that was overdone in a "electric, fashionable way" and was a a bust.
We tried the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. It was outstanding in every way and was a good value. The service was outstanding, very professional yet warm and friendly. We've always loved the bar, but it had been a while since we tried the restaurant. We will happily return.
We arrived at 5:30 and were the only diners inside the restaurant. Our opening service was pleasant but really dropped off after a couple of tables were filled. The beef carpaccio was delicious. But kale Salad was flavorless. The entrees were ok.... The Pan Roasted Sea Bass was dry and over cooked served over a sloppy, taupe-colored couscous. Steak, duck and lamb were good, but very small potions. Didn't get to order dessert. They brought menus, but we waited 15 minutes to order and were ready to just leave. Kind of disappointed.
The Driskill Grill was a great place to have a business meeting. The atmosphere is serious, pleasant, historically Texan, and unabashedly upscale. Menu features contemporary culinary takes on classically Texan cuisine, all of it of superior to superlative quality. Outside is the lobby bar, which is more causal and, on a busy night, raucous -- but the Grill is enclosed in glass and the live music and revelry from the lounge does not intrude on the fine dining atmosphere.
We went for the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast. It was anything but a feast or traditional. The food was off the wall and terrible. I could not believe they could charge $85 person for what they put on the table representing one of the finest historic hotels in Austin. I found out later that the Capital Grille as well as Ruth's Chris were serving "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner for half the price. I will never go to the Driskill to eat ever again. Do what you do well and stay away from Thanksgiving.
My boyfriend and I went to the Driskill last night to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. It's pricey and best for special occasions but was very worth it. The food was delicious- especially the filet. The meal and wine pairing were planned out perfectly and service was great. We liked the vibe out at the bar and had fun exploring some of the history of the hotel.
The Driskill Grill provided an outstanding experience -- the food was exquisite, the service was outstanding, and the ambience was everything I could have hoped for. This was a special occasion, and the restaurants did all of the little extra things that made for a memorable evening.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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