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Ranch 616

4.6
4.6
1101 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."

NEW Chilled Pistol Patio with NEW misters, to keep you cool all summer long.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 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

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What 1,101 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DF

    DadFoodCritic

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We got there and got seated immediately. The place is extremely loud (and we knew that ahead of time). It’s probably one of the loudest indoor restaurants in Austin. The large AC duct that runs down the center of the indoor seating blows extremely cold air on you. Yes, I’ve been in Texas for 44 years and I love AC but this was obnoxiously cold. We ordered apps and within 4 min they brought it out. Hmmmm. So already cooked and waiting to be dished out? The oysters and calamari were over fried. The Divorced Quail was amazing. The older teenagers were not impressed with the Quesadilla of the Day. Mushy and not tasty. I like the 616 but lost some respect for them last night.
  2. A

    Allen

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pam Blanton, Katherine Clapner and Tony Trungale have done an incredible job with the reopening of Ranch 616. What a great honor to our good friend Kevin Williamson who past away last November. Ranch waters to all!
  3. JB

    JuanitaB

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service! Love the little water glasses! Had a great evening with family and friends!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience and delicious food! The waitress was also very helpful and made speciality drinks based on our preferences.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome place for the true "Austin" feels
  6. S

    Samantha

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vivian was an outstanding server. We had a delicious meal. We will be back!
  7. WS

    WillS

    Louisville

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cool atmosphere. Service was very good, food excellent and great drinks… try the jalapeño shot thing 😝
  8. t

    taylorc

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and such a fun restaurant! Food was pretty basic but very good. Would definitely recommend!
  9. SS

    ShaneS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is favorite spot. We had four or five people attending our table all food was delicious and perfect timing.
  10. AC

    AllisonC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing as were the drinks. Would definitely recommend!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DIMITRIUS WAS AMAZING!!!
  12. S

    Suavice

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After years of establishing a great reputation, Ranch 616 continues to be one of the best restaurants that captures the spirit of old Austin. Highly recommend taking any out of town guest for a wonderful meal and memory!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    It’s not nearly as good as it used to be. This was once my favorite restaurant and I am so sad to see its decline. The food was poor quality, bland, and not properly cooked. Way overpriced for the value. So sad to this Austin institution in the shape that it’s currently in.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is really wonderful. Our server was terrific. Place is older; a little bit cramped. But very ‘Austin’.
  15. K

    Kugs

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ranch 616 never dissapoints and even at 6pm at 103 degrees out, the patio is shaded, misted and cool. Great place for a group dinner
  16. RC

    RickC

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food was average. Not a lot of crab in the crab cake. Fried green beans were greasy. The trout dish was loaded with rice and tortillas. Not what we expected. We miss the sea bass that was on the menu years ago. Drinks were good and service was great
  17. MG

    MattG

    Central Texas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent meal on the patio with a great assortment of food. Tried the bacon wrapped shrimp, funeral eggs, Redfish and surf and turf. All were outstanding. Service was efficient and friendly. Highly recommend.
  18. GS

    GregS

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great people and food! Love the place one of my favorites in Austin it’s a must!
  19. DT

    DavidT

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good to be back at Ranch 616! Still great atmosphere and great service from Viv.!The quail and chicken fried steak were really tasty as were the enchiladas but the Ribeye quite disappointing. Ordered it medium rare and it was over cooked . Also wasn’t expecting a 1inch thick ribeye at this price point
  20. MM

    MorganM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was such a fun atmosphere and definitely had an austin feel! Excellent food and vibe!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been coming to Ranch for almost 20 years. This was our first time for dinner. Food and service were great as always. The restaurant was very crowded and loud, which made conversation challenging. I think we will stick to our lunch visits.
  22. TW

    ToddW

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to 616 before and still good food and great atmosphere
  23. PS

    PaulS

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I had the crispy oyster appetizer and divorced quail dinner. Both were excellent. Also had a couple Ranch Waters, and they were delicious. The place is very loud, but the vibe is fun and food is good.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    There’s a reason I eat here 2-3 days a week.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the host was able to accommodate our last minute reservation for 12.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED everything about this place. the atmosphere. the service. the food. the unique drinks. our server was incredible and even gave us a little history lesson.
  27. KK

    KarinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and unique dishes! The divorced quail was so good with a tomatillo sauce to spice it up.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Noise level was absurd. Bachelor and bachelorettes parties. Cheesy scene.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great vibes, service, drinks and food. Shrimp tacos. Steak quesadillas. Chopped salad. Thanks for the bday dessert too. 10/10
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was good, but the fans and misters were blowing so hard I had no choice but to wear sunglasses. The music in the restaurant was competing with the live music next door and made the noise a little too loud.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our date at Ranch 616. It was a little loud, but didn’t take away from overall experience.
  32. KC

    KennyC

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both of us had enchiladas of the day which were ribeye chimichurri… amazing. Fast and friendly service.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  34. L

    Lorie

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The service was over the top wonderful. The noise on a Friday night was too much for me Could not have a conversation Music and vibe very fun but maybe better suited for 20-30 somethings
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always so good and so fun!
  36. DZ

    DianaZ

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    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!
  37. MM

    MelodyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    CCATX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

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

    Longtalltexican

    Central Texas

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    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!
  40. A

    Ajaaaaay

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.

FAQs

Ranch 616 is rated 4.6 stars by 1101 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 44 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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