Dining in The Driskill is a unique experience in and of itself, where quality meals are served in a luxurious historic setting. The hotel offers a variety of meal options that would cater to most needs, ranging from an evening tipple to a date night. The highlight of the hotel’s culinary offering is the award-winning fine dining restaurant, The Driskill Grill.
The Driskill Grill is Austin’s top restaurant, and it is an AAA four-diamond award recipient since 2013 and has been rated by Zagat’s as the top 25 US hotel restaurants in 2011. The establishment has been around since 1929 and was also where US President Lyndon Johnson had his first date with his wife Lady Bird Johnson. Its menu changes on a daily basis to reflect its use of seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, including a bounty of Texan produce and game that are prepared in creative ways, from crispy soft-shell crawfish to filet mignon. Pair the dishes with a selection from the extensive wine list that has been awarded by Wine Spectator, America’s leading wine appreciation magazine. The bottles have been carefully selected from small-production wineries, particularly from California, France, and Italy. Diners can enjoy more than 500 selections available in the restaurant.
The 1886 Café & Bakery provides all-day dining options in a comfortable but elegant setting in what was originally the hotel’s former salon and billiard hall. It dishes up classic Texan comfort food, including its Hangover Burger and signature Cheese Soup, as well as a daily selection of freshly baked bread and pastries such as croissants and buttermilk biscuits. The café also offers full bar service.
The Driskill Bar has been recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of the best US hotel bars, and Garden & Gun magazine also ranks it as one of the top 50 Southern bars. It has a hunting-themed venue with rustic Texan décor that includes tufted leather sofas and gilded ceilings. Living up to the city’s reputation as the capital of live music, the bar also offers the city’s best local music gigs six nights a week, allowing guests to enjoy local tunes with a carefully crafted cocktail in hand. The restaurant’s commitment to Texan ingredients also extends to its bar, with its signature drink using locally distilled Tito’s Handmade Vodka mixed with hibiscus and agave.
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