Fredericksburg is known for many things, but one of its greatest claims to fame is its amazing selection of world-class restaurants. Honestly, our biggest challenge has been narrowing down our choices! As with everything on this website, these are all our words, our thoughts, and our choices. There are a LOT of other great options, but here are some of our personal top picks.
Warning: August E’s serves one of the highest octane margaritas in town! Of course it also boasts an amazing array of high quality steaks, seafood, and sushi. The ambience is tres chic and very romantic, white table cloths and all!
Crossroads is one of the most popular steakhouses in town with a down-home feel and live music most nights. So pack your cowboy boots and take a spin around the hardwood floor and then enjoy a delicious meal to wrap up your evening.
Navajo Grill’s outdoor dining/bar area is one of the most beautiful and charming in town.The Seared Duck Breast is delicious as is their signature dish, “Navajo Blanket” Definitely worth a taste!
From the warm goat cheese appetizer to the coconut crusted shrimp and the salted caramel topped apple pie… oh, I’m getting too hungry just thinking about it. Cabernet Grill has a charming, if somewhat more casual, atmosphere that lends itself to good meals, good times, and great memories.
Class all the way! Vaudeville has taken elegant dining in downtown Fredericksburg to a new, and very elegant level. The charcuterie board appetizers are beautiful as well as delicious. Vaudeville’s wine selection is also incredible. In the brief time it has been open, Vaudeville has carved out a niche at the top of Fredericksburg’s elite dining venues.
While Otto’s has an eclectic, always interesting menu, it tops our list of bistros for one very special reason. Foie Gras Infused Creme Brulee. Seriously. If you didn’t think creme brulee could get any rich, just try adding a little foie gras! And a side of pomme frites, or french fries as we would say! The atmosphere is cozy and quaint, causing Otto’s to be a serious hangout for locals. Don’t miss it!
Rathskeller is a word used in German-speaking countries for a bar or restaurant located in a basement, and that perfectly describes this hidden gem. Located beneath the old hospital, this intimate, softly lit jewel offers some amazing specialties, both German and American. The peach and pecan french toast is a breakfast must-try!
THE original Fredericksburg hot spot still sets the bar high. This is definitely the place for a lovely lunch with the girls. Homemade quiches, sandwiches and soups grace the menu daily. If tea rooms are on your radar, this is definitely one not to miss!
Alamo Springs Cafe
This WAY off the beaten path burger joint has graced the covers of Texas Monthly more than once as offering some of the best burgers (and onion rings) in Texas! This hill country classic is located around 20 miles from Fredericksburg near the bat tunnel. Perfect juke joint! Worth hitting the back roads!
Gourmet burgers, decadent shakes, delicious salads...and all in the middle of downtown Fredericksburg! What more could you ask for? Wings? Munchies? Check! Definitely worth swinging by for lunch while hitting the shops in downtown Fredericksburg.
You just can’t beat a good old fashioned cheese burger with fries and a milk shake. Porky’s is located on the far end of the street, away from a lot of the hustle and bustle of Main Street.
Hondo’s on Main
THE best margarita in Fredericksburg (Mayor’s Margarita), and the Nacho Construction Kit is absolutely sinful! The brisket platter is pretty awesome too! Hondo’s is named for Hondo Crouch, who turned Luckenbach, Texas into a household name. Hondo’s offers live music regularly and has a great atmosphere. A favorite of tourists and locals alike.
Silver Creek has a popular outdoor biergarten right in the middle of the “golden blocks” of Main Street. Live music is a mainstay at Silver Creek as are the pork medallions. They also stay open later than most places on weekends.
El Milagro has a nice courtyard tucked away from Main Street. They have great appetizers and drinks and have live music on a regular basis. Stop by and enjoy the laid back atmosphere.
If you are looking for German food in Fredericksburg, Texas….you’re looking for Friedhelm’s. It’s a classic and although the staff still wears kitschy uniforms and the atmosphere is straight out of 1975….but the schnitzel is head and shoulders above any we have ever had anywhere else. Tammy prefers the cheese schnitzel while Wes favors the jager. Why not try them both and let us know your favorite!
If you like fettuccine alfredo, theirs is HANDS DOWN the best on the planet! It has ruined us for eating it anywhere else (and that includes our trips to Italy….where they have never heard of alfredo sauce by the way!) Honestly, everything is good here, and they have a nice wine menu. But we just can’t get over the alfredo. Just sayin’.
Hilda’s is a long-stand local hangout a few miles from the Main Street crowds. We don’t know what they do to make their burritos so amazing; but there must be a trick! Their basic beef, bean and cheese burrito is the best we’ve ever had. And their homemade chips and salsa (our favorite flavor is the brown sauce) are absolutely addictive!
Mamacita’s is a mini-chain, meaning it has five restaurants in the family, all within a couple hours of Fredericksburg. Nevertheless, you will ALWAYS find locals dining there, enjoying a huge variety of menu options. Their cheese enchiladas and taco salad are fantastic, but so is the seafood pasta! We’ve never tried their hamburgers personally, but we’ve heard they’re among the best in town.