The Texan city of Waco may have the reputation of being a student town, but when it comes to finding a great restaurant for a romantic dinner, there are plenty of spots from which to choose. Head to DiamondBack's for prime steaks, fresh seafood, and handmade sushi; enjoy authentic Thai cuisine prepared with old family-recipes at Bangkok Royal, and tuck into farm-to-fork fare at Café Homestead after a scenic hayride. Here are some of the best spots to go for romantic dining in Waco. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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One Thirty-Five Prime offers a unique and unforgettable fine dining experience in the heart of Waco. Owned by fellow attorneys Billy Davis and Steve Harrison, the fine-dining restaurant promises exceptional cuisine, world-class wines, impeccable service from attentive wait staff, and an elegant, relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is committed to using only the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients such as day-boat whole fish, top-grade selection of Akaushi beef, organic vegetables and salads, and housemade desserts. The food is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. One Thirty-Five Prime is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1201 Hewitt Dr #110, Waco, TX 76712, Phone: 254-666-3100
1424 Bistro is a small, chef-owned restaurant located in downtown Waco that serves gourmet seafood and steak in a warm, brick-walled setting. Boasting an intimate ambiance which is perfect for romantic wining and dining, the eatery serves a menu of creative cuisine such as fried oysters, fettuccini alfredo, Texas brown shrimp, grilled pork tenderloin, and of course a variety of prime steaks grilled to perfection. Lunch offerings include Philly cheesesteak, club sandwiches, Reuben sandwiches, and tortilla soup. The food is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. 1424 Bistro is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, as well as Sunday brunch and lunch.
1424 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-752-7385
Located in River Square Center, DiamondBack's steakhouse is a traditional Texas-style chophouse that serves prime steaks, fresh seafood, and handmade sushi in an elegant, wood-lined dining room. The restaurant serves an inventive menu of award-winning cuisine with signature dishes ranging from classic lobster bisque and jumbo lump blue crab cakes to garlic, and herb-roasted prime ribs and sesame seared tuna, along with world-class wines from around the world. The full-service bar also serves a variety of classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits, and gourmet coffees to pair with homemade desserts. DiamondBack's is open for dinner, Monday through Sunday.
217 Mary Ave, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-757-2871
4.The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro
© The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro
Nestled in the Ridgewood Village Shopping Center, the Grape Wine Bar and Bistro is a cozy eatery that offers the perfect place to unwind after work or enjoy a romantic dinner for two. The restaurant features a comfortable dining area, an elegant bar backed by floor-to-ceiling wine shelves, and a charming patio with outdoor seating for alfresco summer dining. The bistro serves a daily-changing, seasonal menu of inventive fare ranging from gourmet appetizers and entrées to decadent desserts created by Chef Jason Rolf, along with an extensive selection of wines from around the world. The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
2006 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710, Phone: 254-772-1866
5.Portofino's Authentic Italian Restaurant
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Portofino’s Authentic Italian Restaurant is a traditional Italian restaurant in Austin Avenue that serves casual Italian fare such as housemade pasta, from-scratch sauces and wood-fired pizzas in a comfortable setting. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves authentic favorites like spaghetti, lasagna, veal parmigiana, and chicken marsala, along with signature dishes like lobster ravioli and chicken Albanese in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with soft candlelight. A list of casual easy-drinking wines is available to pair with the food, as well as imported spirits, classic cocktails, and craft beers. Portofino’s Authentic Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
725 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76708, Phone: 254-753-8900
Bangkok Royal is a contemporary Thai restaurant that serves top-notch cuisine in an elegant setting. Owned by Victor and Sue Anantasomboon, Waco's premier Thai food restaurant has been serving authentic Thai cuisine for the past 19 years, using passed-down family recipes and traditional Thai cooking techniques. Boasting a reputation for delicious, unique cuisine, the restaurant serves a menu of delicious dishes such as green, yellow and Panang curries, Pad Thai, Pad Gra Prow, Spicy Catfish, Choo Chee Salmon, Yum Nue or Yum Gai, and Tom Yum Goong. Bangkok Royal is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
215 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-757-2741
© Café Homestead
Based at the traditional craft village at the Homestead Heritage, Café Homestead is a long-standing restaurant that serves farm-fresh fare prepared using sustainable, organic ingredients sourced from the surrounding farming communities. The deli serves a market-driven menu of farm-to-fork fare such as homemade soups and salads, gourmet sandwiches, hearty burgers, and homestyle sides, and one-of-a-kind desserts with Mediterranean and Texan influences. The village is also home to craft shops, a gift barn, and a model homestead and offers scenic hayrides to the property’s scenic overlook. Café Homestead is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705, Phone: 254-754-9604
8.Baris Pizza & Pasta
© Baris Pizza & Pasta
Baris Pizza & Pasta is a quaint family-owned and operated Italian eatery that serves traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxed, laid-back setting. Owned by Cheryl and Tony Bardhi, Baris Pizza & Pasta offers delicious house-made pasta and pizzas, artisanal bread, ocean-fresh seafood, and a mouthwatering list of daily specials. The menu also features prime steaks and veal dishes, along with a variety of vegetarian and vegan option, and the food is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Baris Pizza & Pasta is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
904 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710, Phone: 254-772-2900
9.Klassy Glass Wine Bar
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Located on Austin Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Waco, Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro is a comfortable and cozy eatery with tables, and dining booths for intimate and romantic dining, as well as a few bistro tables with a sidewalk café, feel. The restaurant serves small snack plates of dips and crostini, cheese and fruit trays to pair with the drinks, which range from a wide variety of wines from around the world that can be enjoyed by the glass, flights, and the bottle, along with 20 different varieties of beer and ales. Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro is open Monday through Saturdays.
723 Austin Ave #1, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-752-1808
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10.Brazos Bar & Bistro
Located inside the Hotel Indigo, Brazos Bar & Bistro is a charming, neighborhood bistro that serves Texan-inspired seasonal menus of delicious fare prepared with locally sourced and regional produce. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, the restaurant is a great spot for a casual lunch or an intimate dinner, and has a bar that serves a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Brazos Bar & Bistro is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, daily.
211 Clay Ave, Hotel Indigo, Waco, TX 76706-1039, Phone: 254-754-7000
11.Saltgrass Steak House
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Saltgrass Steak House is an award-winning steakhouse renowned for its prime USDA hand-cut steaks and other all-American fare in a comfortable space. The family-friendly steakhouse serves a menu of 100% certified black Angus cuts of beef, fresh seafood and fish, handmade pasta and sauces, made-to-order salads and sides, and sublime desserts. The innovative fare is accompanied by a diverse selection of wine from an air-conditioned wine room, as well as signature cocktails, local craft beer, and imported spirits. The bar has a classic chophouse feel and is ideal for after-dinner drinks. Saltgrass Steak House is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
5600 Legend Lake Pkwy, Waco, TX 76712, Phone: 254-420-0067
© Fuji Steakhouse
Located in the Richland Mall, Fuji Steakhouse serves fresh sushi and sashimi dishes, noodles and stir-fries, along with prime steaks and New American dishes. The restaurant features a stylish space with modern décor and serves a wide range of delicious dishes from across Asia, including tataki, tempura, teriyaki, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, California rolls, udon, ramen, and various noodles dishes as well as prime USDA steaks and chophouse fare. A full-service bar offers craft beers and microbrews by the bottle or on tap, top-shelf spirits, classic cocktails, and fine wines from around the world. Fuji Steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
5901 W Waco Dr, Waco, TX 76710, Phone: 254-772-8880
12 Best Restaurants in Waco, TX
- 135 Prime, Photo: 135 Prime
- 1424 Bistro, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Diamondback's, Photo: Diamondback's
- The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, Photo: The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro
- Portofino's Authentic Italian Restaurant, Photo: Portofino’s Authentic Italian Restaurant
- Bangkok Royal, Photo: weyo/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Homestead, Photo: Café Homestead
- Baris Pizza & Pasta, Photo: Baris Pizza & Pasta
- Klassy Glass Wine Bar, Photo: Klassy Glass Wine Bar
- Brazos Bar & Bistro, Photo: NORN/stock.adobe.com
- Saltgrass Steak House, Photo: Saltgrass Steak House
- Fuji Steakhouse, Photo: Fuji Steakhouse
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