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Ranch 616

4.6
4.6
1067 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
South Texas Ice House, "Texas Cuisine" Products from the Texas Gulf to the Texas Hill Country.

"The huge snake logo on the outside of an otherwise nondescript building -- created by Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, best known for the oversize boots that front San Antonio's North Star Mall -- is your first hint that this place might be a bit, well, different. Inside, cowboy kitsch, 1950s diner decor, and Mexican folk art mingle, as do workers from the nearby county offices, local movers and shakers, and anyone else looking for terrific food that, like the decor, defies easy categorization.

Call it South Texas gourmet. You can really taste the chipotle chilies in the tartar sauce that comes with some of the best crispy oysters this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the Gulf fish tacos are gussied up with chili lime aioli and Tabasco jalapeño onions. You get the idea -- lots of spicy dishes."

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 479-7616

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Williamson

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant is available for buy outs.

  • Private party contact

    Preston Nagel: (512) 479-7616

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Parking details

    Surface and Garage Parking available nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,067 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. DZ

    DianaZ

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have missed Ranch since it was closed for more than a year due to frozen pipes flooding the restaurant. The food was great, drinks, excellent. so glad to have one of our longtime favorites back!
  2. MM

    MelodyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and drinks was more than we expected. The food was fantastic!
  3. CC

    CCATX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best. Better than all the rest. Seriously, we love this place and are so happy it's back.
  4. L

    Longtalltexican

    Central Texas

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Praise the lord that nothing has changed since The Ranch closed a couple of years ago but is now reopened. So many great, cool places close or have remodeled but not here and "that's a good thing". One of the best spots in Austin!
  5. A

    Ajaaaaay

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Extremely loud, like overly loud in there. Could barely hear our waiter. Food was subpar but the prices were outrageous. $22 for a poorly seasoned chicken fried steak is insanity. Would not recommend & will not be returning.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Too much AC, music way too loud, food was mediocre at best. This used to be a great place to eat but no longer. Waste of time and money.
  7. j

    jennih

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always! Great food, amazing service, fun atmosphere.
  8. T

    Thursday

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Reservation was made far in advance for 4 for 7:15. Waitperson was disappointed that we requested paper menu, asked if we were ready to order entrees 5 min after we were seated. Entrees delivered before starters were finished. Food was just ok. Waitperson came back at 8:30 to tell us that next reservation was here and handed us our check. We explained were were not finished and would like to consider dessert. Asst Mgr came by and explained that if reservation was made on OpenTable for 4 or less on weekends, dinning was limited to 90 mln. This is the first we heard of this policy. In terms of ambiance, You could not hear your own voice. Disappointed in 616 that they used OpenTable as an excuse to rush us & make us leave.
  9. KG

    KristinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took the recommendation of a bar-tender to come here. The Ranch Waters were perfect for the hot afternoon. The fried oysters were on point as were the calamari. Everyone enjoyed their meal—I loved the beer can chicken and Thai spiced green beans. Our waitress was super sweet, attentive, and knowledgeable.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good food, service felt rushed and the noise level was so loud we could hardly carry on a conversation at a small 4 top.
  11. MH

    MarkH

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    I was really looking forward to lunch at Ranch 616. I hadn't been there since before the pandemic and the new owners. I invited a friend who's new to Austin to meet me there. While the service was outstanding, the food was mediocre. Perhaps my memory of the place before the pandemic is faulty -- or, it might have been what we ordered -- but the oyster sandwich and fried chicken sandwich were underwhelming to say the least. Ditto for the fries, and the onion rings should be avoided. We both left a lot of food on the table. Even our server confided that the fries are mediocre in their (gender neutral pronoun) opinion. Maybe y'all will have better luck with other dishes. There are too many other great lunch options for a return visit.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every bit of it!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was really good. Only thing that I was upset was that I ordered the ribeye off the menu and got a chuck eye steak.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appreciated the service, atmosphere and great food.
  15. LG

    LloydG

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Home of the original Ranch Water. Always fabulous food and atmosphere. It's my favorite place to take folks from out of town to share the unique fusion of Hill Country Ranch style/Tex-mex cuisine.
  16. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    My friends and I went to Ranch 616 for dinner while visitng Austin for a Bachelorette party. The food was very delicious and the Fire in the Hole shots were fun!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The market fish was incredible! Everyone loved their food. We’ve loved ranch 616 for years, it never fails.
  18. CS

    CalebS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was amazing, great cover from the Texas heat, thank you for making my 25th an amazing experience!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were short staffed and still provided excellent and quick service. The staff was friendly and multiple staff members checked on us throughout our dinner. They were accommodating and very pleasant! The food was 10/10 - sooo good!! We’re definitely adding Ranch 616 to our rotation.
  20. JS

    JennaS

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was incredible and they were so accommodating. I accidentally made the reservation incorrectly and they didn’t skip a beat to adjust and make it a special experience for our group. Such a great, iconic place and so glad they’re open again!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Haven’t been to 616 in a few years…nice to be back. Can never go wrong with a Ranch Water and the Don Combo.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and incredible staff. Very accommodating and on top of it!
  23. MS

    MonikaS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food unfortunately is not what it used to be years ago. Love the Ranch water and atmosphere. Food is way overpriced for the quality. Service was good.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great!
  25. D

    Diners99

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic dinner! Service was impeccable and the atmosphere fun. Sat outside and loved all of it
  26. SS

    ScottyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Great service, good food and they accommodated our seating request.
  27. CC

    CaitlynC

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Ranch 616! We had our first date here 4 years ago and were so excited when we heard it was back open after the pandemic. Great & unique food, fun drinks, and energetic atmosphere!
  28. D

    Dudekidwow

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great vibe & service. Food was good but not a great value.
  29. RC

    RandyC

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Been going to R616 for nearly 20 years since it opened-new owners are making a few tweaks so don’t expect it to be the same old same old. Still a fun evening.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing better than a night at The Ranch
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It was too loud. And the food wasn’t nearly as good as before it closed
  32. MK

    MarkK

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hasn’t skipped a beat. Still the best place to dine on a Friday night.
  33. J

    Joanie

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    It was vary loud but the food was vary good and we had fun
  34. JF

    JenF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and vibe … as always!!
  35. L

    Lincolndiner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    This place is a fun vibe and crowded and loud always. Great drinks (the ranch waters are terrific) and really great fried oysters (we ordered a second platter). The service was pretty good; they were struggling to meet demand but making an effort. All the appetizer plates when we first sat down were dirty and we had to ask them to take them back to the dishwasher and bring us clean ones. They forgot part of my order entirely, and the Caldo de Pollo, which three of us ordered because it sounded so good, was one of the saltiest things I have ever tasted anywhere. None of us could eat it, altho we tried, which was a shame because we could tell it would have been really fabulous, great concept, great chicken stock, without the salt. I’m glad they’ve reopened and they need to work out a few kinks yet. We will try again in a month or so and see how they are doing then.
  36. PK

    PaigeK

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, so happy they are back open again!
  37. R

    Regents

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. It is too noisy in the restaurant; need some sound attenuation. Might be better to sit outside on the patio if you want to have a conversation.
  38. KN

    KellyN

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and beverages! Brought out of state guests - first visit to Austin and they loved it! So happy for the re-opening and will be back!
  39. ZR

    ZachR

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Jess, Caleb and Scott are the friggin’ BEST! Go get y’all some med rare steaks and fire in the hole shots!
  40. M

    Msjs

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were excited to try this restaurant while visiting Austin. We were disappointed with our experience. The food was VERY overpriced for what we got, they did not have items available that were on the menu and we were charged more for an item than what it was listed for on the menu. The food and drinks tasted good, just not worth the money.

FAQs

Ranch 616 is rated 4.6 stars by 1067 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for Ranch 616

616 Nueces Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Surface and Garage Parking available nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Williamson

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 479-7616

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant is available for buy outs.

  • Private party contact

    Preston Nagel: (512) 479-7616

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