The season of outdoor eating is almost upon us, y’all! In about a month, the temperature is gonna start dropping (albeit slowly, since this is Texas), and we can once again enjoy a meal on the patio without sweating to death. So what better place to kick off this glorious time of year than at a riverside restaurant? Lucky for us, Texas has plenty of them. Here are 7 that you definitely need to check out:
1. Gristmill River Restaurant (Gruene)
Not only is this rustic restaurant located in a quaint German community, but it also boasts some of the freshest, most delicious food in the hill country AND provides breathtaking views of the Guadalupe River. My family and I make it a point to come here every time we're in the area, and I highly suggest you do the same.
2. Little Rhein Steakhouse (San Antonio)
Little Rhein has been serving San Antonio some of the most exquisite steak around since 1967, after the owners purchased and renovated the historic Otto Bombach House. I won't lie - it is a little pricey, so I'd save it for a birthday or anniversary dinner. But you definitely need to come here at some point, because there's nothing like enjoying a meal on a balcony as you watch gondolas pass by on the river below and feel the gentle breeze on your skin.
3. Brick's River Cafe (Bandera)
This casual cafe in the self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of the World has all the standard Texan fare like burgers and steaks. What sets it apart from other restaurants is the beautiful view of the river out back. The best part is it's hardly ever swamped since Bandera isn't a huge town! I'm not entirely sure what river this is, so if any of y'all do, I'd love to know!
4. River City Grille (Marble Falls)
Okay, so it's actually a LAKEside restaurant...but I think this view and the fact that "river" is in its name are enough to make up for that little detail. Seriously, though, this is patio dining at its finest. At night, those little lights come on and shimmer over the slowly drifting water below to create one of the most romantic, relaxing ambiances you'll ever experience.
5. The Oasis (Austin)
This one overlooks a lake as well, but when my burger and fries comes with a sunset this gorgeous, I'll be the last one to complain about it.
6. Casa Rio (San Antonio)
Casa Rio is the oldest restaurant on the River Walk, so obviously it had to make the list! The vibe here is simply incredible, especially at night when the entire strip comes alive with colorful lights and upbeat music. Not to mention the food is delicious - they've had decades to perfect their craft, so be prepared for some of the best Tex-Mex you've ever had!
7. Pump House River Restaurant & Bar (Victoria)
This is definitely one of the lesser-known restaurants on the list, but that doesn't mean it's any less worthy of trying! The food is amazing whether you come for dinner or Sunday brunch, and there's often live music on the patio to entertain you while you eat. All of that with an added bonus of being up close and personal with the gorgeous Guadalupe River makes for a pretty unforgettable dining experience (especially if there's an impending storm on the horizon like there is in the picture).
Have you been to any of these riverside restaurants in Texas? Are there any others that are worth a mention?