Bandera Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bandera

April 14, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

Bandera is the county seat of Bandera County, Texas, United States, in the Texas Hill Country, which is part of the Edwards Plateau. The population was 857 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Bandera

1. 11th Street Cowboy Bar

307 11th Street, Bandera, TX 78003 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Pub Late Night, Drinks +1 830-796-4849
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

11th Street Cowboy Bar

Reviewed By Manbyk - San Antonio, Texas

Wow, simply Wow! On Wednesday nights the 11th Street Cowboy Bar fires up the charcoal grills for guests who bring whatever they'd like to grill, steaks, burgers, sausages, chicken, whatever. And, if the bar doesn't sell it (hard liquor), you can BYOB. Beer, wine, mixers are available and must be purchased at a very reasonable price. They provide sides of salad and bake potatoes at $7/pate, all the seasonings for the meats. But wait there's more. The management has a live band where people two-step all night long. This is what Texas is all about. Don't be surprised to see horses hitched up alongside trucks, motorcycles and the like. There is only one 11th Street Cowboy Bar in the world and this is it. By the way, ladies, if your brassieres are too much to deal with, feel free to hang them in the rafters...

2. Dairy Queen

421 State Highway 16 S, Bandera, TX 78003 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 830-796-3595
Excellent
30%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Reviewed By Texascouple9290 - San Antonio, Texas

Great place to stop and cool off from a hot ride on the 2 wheels. A cold blizzard will cool you right off.

3. OST Restaurant

305 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Southwestern Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 830-796-3836
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 453 reviews

OST Restaurant

Reviewed By Karen S

Old Spanish Trail (OST) restaurant is a great stop for any meal....good basic food plus a salad bar which always includes Texan-famous banana pudding. Super sausage gravy and other tasty offerings. Nothing fusion or gourmet there! Reasonably priced too. We try to sit in the ‘John Wayne’ room (one of two dining areas) with plenty of photos. We usually spend 4-5 days a year in Bandera and eat at OST 2-3 times while there. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a few horses hitched out front amongst the car and motorcycles!

4. Busbee's Bar-B-Que

339 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003 Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 830-796-3153
Excellent
46%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 284 reviews

Busbee's Bar-B-Que

Reviewed By Jeannene A - Hannacroix, New York

We went for dinner, there were already 6 people sitting, and the place was only opened for about 15 minutes! You walk up to the counter, pick your menu (you can see some of the meat near the counter here), pay for everything, and sit. They bring it all to you. Hubby had the ribs, slaw and beans. I had the smoked Turkey dinner with slaw, and corn on the cob. Everything was very good. Several folks came in and picked up take out orders. Popular place!

5. Brick's River Cafe

1205 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 830-796-9900
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Brick's River Cafe

Reviewed By KEJOTU2013 - San Antonio, Texas

We live in San Antonio, Texas, and my husband and I are usually looking for a nice out-of-town restaurant on the weekend. I think we've eaten everywhere in a 100-mile radius, but Brick's River Cafe is one of our favorite places - for several reasons:

1) The food is always good. My husband enjoys the King Ranch Chicken Enchilada Plate - I call it a 'heart attack on a platter' - and I haven't found anywhere else that can fry up liver and onions so tender and moist. The side dishes are fabulous, especially the steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. The salads are always wonderful and the pies are absolutely to die for.

2) The drive from San Antonio to Bandera on Hwy 16 is just gorgeous and this little 'Cowboy Capital of the World' always has something special going on.

3) The prices are very reasonable, which makes the cost of driving from SA to Bandera much easier to swallow.

4) The service is great. All the waiters and waitresses are very attentive and careful to get your order right. These days I really appreciate that.

5) We love the atmosphere. It's a rustic restaurant with sort of 2 levels - the lower level is lined with large windows which gives you a beautiful view of a tropical garden. An outside patio allows a view of the Medina River flowing nearby, lined with gorgeous old cypress trees.

So...the next time you want to visit a small town, enjoy a lovely drive, and end your day with a delicious dinner served by friendly folks in a down-home atmosphere, go to Brick's River Cafe in Bandera, Texas.

6. Sid's Main Street BBQ

702 Main Street, Bandera, TX Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 830-796-4227
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Sid's Main Street BBQ

Reviewed By seetheworld010 - minneapolis

My husband and I came to sweet Bandera and of course, was Hungary. Stopped at Sid's. Best idea all day. The BBQ sauce was to die for and the sandwiches were great. Don't forget the sweet potatoes casserole--fabulous! Thanks for a great meal!

7. Tj's at The Old Forge

807 Main Street, Bandera, TX 78003 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 35 +1 830-796-9990
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Tj's at The Old Forge

Full service restaurant serving steak, pasta, full salad bar with all you eat baked potatoe and fresh soups. Daily specials. Visit us on line for menu details.

Reviewed By DrewandCrew - Austin, Texas, United States

We dropped in by chance looking for football, music and good food. We found it all at TJ's Old Forge! The owners were omnipresent making sure everything exceeded our expectations! We dined upstairs, inside as it was a little toasty out. We are excited to...MoreThank you Drew for the compliments. We are glad you enjoyed your evening. Please dine with us again soon.

8. The China Bowl

1206 Pecan St, Bandera, TX 78003 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 830-796-8494
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

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Reviewed By Nancy S

Good atmosphere and quick service. Lots of varieties cooked fresh with no msg added. The price is good and the dinner portions are enough for two people. The lunch specials are plenty and again many choices. You can also add or subtract ingredients. Food is tasty.

9. Pap's Italian Grill

702 State Highway 16 S, Bandera, TX 78003-4477 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Reviewed By PamRoad - Texas

Pap's Italian Grill is an excellent choice for a family meal in Bandera. The food is very good and reasonably priced, the portions are generous and the service is excellent. They do not have a liquor license, but are happy to serve your liquor, so bring your favorite label and enjoy!

10. Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

706 MainStreet, Bandera, tx 78063, Bandera, TX Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 830-796-8047
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By Charles U - Kittery Point, Maine

We went to this Restaurant while visiting the bandera area for 3 days. Its a friendly little place that was hesitantly recommended by our Airbnb host, and I can see why.
One of us had steak fajita, the other had steak Ranchero. The steak Ranchero was terrible -the meat for Texas, was nothing but fat. The Mexican steak fajita fair to good. The prices and service were average. We did not return.

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