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About Hudson's On The Bend - Permanently Closed
Located in the hill country just west of Austin, Hudson's On The Bend, offers axis venison, wild boar, pheasant, quail, as well as trout, lobster, shrimp and Black Angus beef medallions topped with smoked lobster...and way too many wines.
Southwest, Contemporary American, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering options available
Private Party Facilities:
Fine dining with a casual atmosphere. Hudson's is a 50's ranch house transformed into the number one five star restaurant in Austin with several private and semi private rooms with capacities ranging from 6 to 100.
Private Party Contact:
Rosi Sparmann: 8777096916
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour at our patio bar
Hudson's On The Bend - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
One last time...
This was the last dinner service at Hudson's on the Bend, at least the last service for this particular incarnation of Hudson's. Jeff has sold the restaurant to new owners after 30+ years at the helm, to focus on his health.
Hopefully the new owners maintain the spirit of the restaurant. This is definitely a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
We will be back when the restaurant re-opens after renovations. I'm sincerely hoping that we return to essentially the same Hudson's we fell in love with so many years ago.
I had found out about this restaurant la ...
I had found out about this restaurant last year on my hunt to find the perfect place to take my boyfriend for his birthday dinner. We didn't end up going then but we had the pleasure of dining at Hudson's for his birthday this year. When we got there, the place was charming. The garden and lighting were cute. We had a reservation and I had called them to let them know we were running late (had to call a few times because no one answered.) Upon entering the restaurant, we had to wait about 15 mins before we were seated because there was no hostess or anyone there to seat us. I expected it to be a cute, quaint, romanic restaurant and I can't say it was. We were seated next to a bachelorette party. Needless to say, it was LOUD. Our server took a long time to take our order even though we were ready pretty quickly. Overall, I'd say the service was pretty slow. The food, however, was absolutely divine. Starting with the bread and the entrees and dessert, everything was just phenomenal. My only other major complaint aside from the service is- when making the reservation, I had specified that it was my boyfriend's birthday. When we ordered dessert, I expected them to maybe write 'happy birthday' on the plate with chocolate syrup as most restaurants do, or put a candle on the cake we ordered at the very least. I had also mentioned to our server in conversation a couple times that it was his birthday. But they did nothing of the sort so I was pretty disappointed by that. I also wish they had more vegetarian options as I am a vegetarian and wouldn't go back numerous times to eat the same thing again and again.
Worth the Drive
The food here is consistently excellent. A number of unusual wild game dishes. The duck diablos are great. The smoked quail salad is fantastic. The elk blackstrap is always tender, lean and vey tasty. The hot and crunchy trout is a favorite. The pork chop was really good. I bave eaten here many times and had only one bad experience. It was with the ribeye which was way too thin, very tough and over cooked. Everything else has been great.
Excellent food,however our waiter was no ...
Excellent food,however our waiter was not the best. He forgot to bring our drink and never came back to check on us. He apologized later on and said the drink is on the house but still charged us for the drink. We had to ask another waiter to get us what we wanted several times. Overall I did like the food so much I bought the recipe book for $32.00 .
Hudson's always pleases!
Hudson's is truly one of the gems of the Hill Country! This time we chose the chef's 3-course tasting menu and were treated to a delicious dinner. The crunchy trout and the beef tenderloin were prepared just right, and the service was spot on too.
Decent Food and Service
The food was good, but not all it was hyped up to be. The ambiance was great, and gives an older feel that you often get in Austin. Service was great and makes for a perfect date night spot. I don't feel the food was as good as the price tag suggested though. Overall, I would return to try again, or maybe just check out the happy hour.
Fun date night
This was my second time to Hudson's on the Bend, and the food was just as delicious as last time. We used Groupons so the value was pretty good. And the complimentary pumpkin bread was delicious! I always get the goat cheese salad for my first course, because I love it so much. This time I tried the pork entree - I think I like the crispy trout more, but the apple cider brandy sauce with the pork was amazing. I am pretty angry that when they packed it for me (because I couldn't finish), they didn't pack the sauce! Then for dessert, I tried the wild turtle pie. Last time, I tried the key lime pie, and I can't pick which I like better. They're both wonderful. The wild turtle pie is pretty rich though, so if I want something light after dinner in the future, I'll get the key lime pie.
Love this place!
We had the special Valentine menu--the first 3 courses were extraordinary- dessert was only average and I love sugar!! Tables were a bit too close together and their was a loud table next to us. I really had to concentrate to have a conversation with my spouse. It got way better after they received their food. Next time I will ask for a different table. It's an old favorite for us!! Great food and fresh updated menu - love it!!
A happy birthday dinner
I can't believe I never tried this place before in all my travels to Austin. It is a bit out of the way but well worth the trip. Game centered menu (elk was the feature to us) is imaginative and well prepared and presented. Service was attentive and the country atmosphere was great. Not a bargain but a great choice for a special occasion.
First trip to Austin
First, let me say the place was recommended by our Son. Our trip started out as a 15 mile drive that took an hour and fifteen minutes. 6 PM reservation on a weekday in afternoon traffic. By the time I arrived, it was drink time. We still was fifteen min. Early. Eased into the bar and ordered drinks. Bartender was very nice. Another young man was playing a guitar and singing. Nice touch. At six we finished our drinks and was seated for dinner. Started with some great pheasant spring rolls. We both ordered the wild game platters for our entrees. Deer, bison, quail, boar, elk. All were unique and tasty. Something different.
Our service was perfect, the food was delivered on time, the drinks were tasty and the ride home was much better.
This is an out of the way place but if you get a chance, try it.
Austin has many fine restaurants and new ones open almost every day. Hudson on the Bend was here long before we moved to the Lakeway area 19 years ago. For my dollar it still is one of the very best I've ever eaten in including New York City (lived there 9 years), Houston (40 years) and Europe. Their Hot a Crunchy Trout is to die for.
Good food/Terrible service
Our food was very good but the service was terrible. We waited 40 minutes to order. Since it took so long, we said we wanted to order salad, entrée and dessert all at once. We were never asked if we wanted more wine throughout the night (which we did). Each course took forever. When it was time for dessert, she came by to take our order (which we told her we already gave her but she said we didn't). We had to try to catch her to order coffee. It was over 3 hours which would have been okay if we were being served drinks and coffee but we were just waiting for everything. There was also another table in the next room that was extremely loud. I gave it 3 stars overall because the food tasted great. Should be 4-5 stars but service ruined it.
Not up to expectation
My last visit to our favorite neighborhood restaurant for my wife's birthday did not go well. I had contacted the restaurant beforehand to let them know about the birthday. This place is noted for its fine steaks but my New York strip arrived very tough and fatty and was really a rib eye not a New York cut. Waiter fully agreed and took fatty meat back for replacement. Came back and indicated that the chef was dissatisfied with quality of that cut and suggested a tenderloin instead. The replacement steak was ok but had to be eaten after my wife completed her dinner. Restaurant should have taken steak off bill but didn't. After waiting for the check for 20 minutes we left with no recognition of wife's birthday. Will give Hudsons another chance sometime.
Hudson's Bend Gem
This restaurant fired on all cylinders: food, service, atmosphere, and noise level. My wife had an excellent duck and scallops combination. I had the Weiner (Vienna style) Schnitzel cooked by someone who knows their way around German food -- a skill not always present, even in German restaurants. The portions were large enough to allow reproducing another complete meal the next day. The wild game selections offer outstanding choices for those with adventurous tastes.
Minor critique: If diners arrive via Highway 620 at night, they need to look for the Christmas lights at the entrance on the right side, as they drive around the curve. It is easy to miss the entrance.
Great experience -- we will be back!
Great for a romantic night out
Took my family (2 teenagers) out to celebrate my birthday. Must say grades would be much different if it was just my wife and I or with another couple. Server did the minimum although the water guy, cleaners were pretty diligent; we spent a long time waiting around to finally order & then for dessert choices.
Good, but not lasting.
Hudson's is remarkable in that the grounds and drive out from Austin are a pretty backdrop and impart the ever so slight feeling of being in the hill country. The restaurant was a little empty, which doesn't translate to a warm invitation. But once inside, the decorations were festive (apples hanging from the ceiling) and the ornaments and lights very whimsical. My comment is this - for a $400 dinner (with no bottle of wine - just pairings) there was no one morsel that you never wanted to end. Everything was good, but not so interesting, unique or great, that you wanted to share it with others or experience it again and again. In fact, the 3 course tasting menu was too much in flavor and heft of food. So by the time dessert came around, you didn't want to finish a dense pecan torte with chocolate because you'd already had two pieces of trout. The wine parings were excellent though.
I regretted bringing my out of town guests here. And instead wished I took them to a restaurant in Austin like the Odd Duck or Barley Swine. It may have been more trendy, but a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to swallow the tab with some good boos.
I think the restaurant will need to revisit itself very soon. Austin's food scene is very respectable and demonstrable. You can just have expensive good food and survive, at least not by my standards.
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