If you are looking for a romantic restaurant in San Marcos, look no further. The Texan city is home to Texas State University, and a charming Historic District with beautifully restored buildings including the 1903 Victorian Gothic–style Old Main building, and the 1909 Hays County Courthouse. Large urban spaces include the Rio Vista Park and Sewell Park, both of which are set in the banks of the San Marcos River, and the Five Mile Dam Park on the Blanco River. After exploring these exciting attractions, head to one of these intimate and romantic restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience.

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1.A-Tan Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

A-Tan Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
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A-Tan Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is a modern Asian bistro that serves classic Japanese and Asian-fusion cuisine in a stylish and sophisticated setting. The family-run business led by head chef Mike Yeh in the kitchen, A-Tan Asian Bistro is the third location for the restaurant and serves a menu of freshly prepared, from-scratch sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, and more. The designer dining room is spacious and light with exposed steel structural elements and sleek Asian-inspired fixtures and furnishings, with wooden accents adding a touch of warmth. A striking wall print of the famous painting, The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai is the focus of the dining room, and a full-service bar serves a range of libations from hot and cold sake to Japanese beer and casual wines. A-Tan Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

107 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-667-9539

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2.Blue Dahlia Bistro

Blue Dahlia Bistro
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The Blue Dahlia Bistro is a charming European-style restaurant with three locations in the Austin, Texas area that focuses on serving delicious, healthy, and sustainable fare using local and organic ingredients when possible. The cozy eco-café serves a seasonal menu of market-driven cuisine such as fresh salads, fruits, herbs, and vegetables, organic chicken and sustainable seafood, prime grass-fed meats, and homemade desserts. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. The Blue Dahlia Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.

1115 E. 11th Street, Austin, Texas, Phone: 512-542-9542

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3.Cody's Restaurant Bar & Patio

Cody's Restaurant Bar & Patio
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Cody's Restaurant Bar & Patio is a lively, locally-owned and operated eatery in the heart of the Hill Country that serves New American cuisine and craft cocktails in a relaxed, laid-back setting. Inspired by the desire to provide San Marcos with unique and unforgettable dining experiences, Cody's serves innovative menus of award-winning small plates for sharing and hearty entrées, prepared with locally sourced ingredients and presented with passion and flair. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Cody's Restaurant Bar & Patio is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

690 Centerpoint Rd #209, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-393-2867

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4.Italian Garden

Italian Garden
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Celebrating the rich culture and heritage of Italy, the Italian Garden is an old-school BYOB eatery that serves classic Italian fare in a homey, welcoming setting. Located across the street from Texas State University, the little restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, drawing crowds who come to enjoy the authentic Italian pasta, pizzas, and fresh seafood dishes. Signature dishes include Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Siciliano, Baked Lasagna, Baked Eggplant Parmigiana, Linguini Carbonara, and Veal Siciliano Scallopine. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. The Italian Garden is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

415 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-392-8730

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5.Komal Latin Kitchen and Bar

Komal Latin Kitchen and Bar
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Komal Latin Kitchen + Bar is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers a unique gastro-travel dining experience. Owned by Rolando Osorio, the restaurant serves Latin American cuisine and Brazilian Style Churrasqueria in a relaxed, laid-back setting with fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and traditional recipes from Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The culinary journey begins hand-curated cocktails off the signature craft cocktails menu or a drink from an extensive selection of local fine wines and beers. The menu features from-scratch ceviche, Salvadoran pupusas, and Cuban tostones, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

2550 Hunter Rd #1106, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-667-6724

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6.Nostimo Mediterranean Cafe

Nostimo Mediterranean Cafe
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Nostimo Mediterranean Café is a charming Greek café that serves a creative menu of Mediterranean-inspired fare in a warm and welcoming setting. The restaurant has a comfortable dining room with wooden tables and chairs, artwork-adorned walls, and a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Boasting a menu that features traditional Greek dishes such as falafel, gyros, moussaka, spanakopita (spinach pie), and a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, the restaurant also serves a range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Nostimo Mediterranean Café is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

206 W San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-667-6348

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7.Palmer's Restaurant Bar & Courtyard

Palmer's Restaurant Bar & Courtyard
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Palmer's Restaurant, Bar & Courtyard is a charming eatery set in the Palmer's Guest House that showcases down-home Southern dishes and fine wines in an elegant and refined setting. Located four blocks from San Marcos’ town square, the beautifully furnished, quaint and cozy guest house is an ideal spot for a romantic dinner with stylish décor, exceptional cuisine, global wines, and an intimate ambiance. The creative menu features the best of Texan cuisine with prime steaks and other meat dishes, fresh seafood, locally sourced salads, fruits and vegetables, and homemade desserts. The food is accompanied by a range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Palmer's Restaurant, Bar & Courtyard is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

218 Moore St, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-353-3500

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8.Patio Dolcetto

Patio Dolcetto
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Inspired by the laid-back atmosphere of the surrounding Hill Country, Patio Dolcetto is a casual and charming café where visitors can relax over great food and craft cocktails in a contemporary space. The bistro-style eatery has a natural Pecan wood bar with a hand-carving of the San Marcos River starting at Spring Lake and inlaid with precious stones. In addition to serving inventive farm-to-table fare and fine wines, Patio Dolcetto also displays works of art from local talented local artists in a wide variety of mediums. The full-service bar offers over 90 different bottles of wine, more than 40 craft beers and microbrews, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Patio Dolcetto is open for dinner seven nights a week and Sunday lunch.

322 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-366-3605

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9.Root Cellar Cafe

Root Cellar Cafe
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The Root Cellar Café offers a casual dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal menus of market-driven, farm-to-table fare, and a variety of libations. Sourcing ingredients and produce from local farmers and artisans, the restaurant serves innovative menus of homemade soups, scratch-made sandwiches, fresh salads, wood-fired pizzas, and homemade desserts, as well as locally roasted coffees. The attached Root Cellar market sells a range of gourmet and handcrafted items such as locally-produced BBQ-sauces, North Carolina beers, homemade jams, peanut butter, and salsas, local artworks and a wide variety of wines. The Root Cellar Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

215 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-392-5158

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10.Saltgrass Steak House

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.

221 E Sessom Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone: 512-396-5255

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10 Best Romantic Restaurants in San Marcos, Texas