Where to Eat in Palestine: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Palestine (/ˈpælɪstiːn/ PAL-i-steen) is a city in Anderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 18,712. It is the county seat. Palestine was named for Palestine, Illinois, by Daniel Parker.
Things to do in Palestine

1. Oxbow Bakery & Antiques

215 E Crawford St, Palestine, TX 75801-2912 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch +1 903-723-5100
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Oxbow Bakery & Antiques

Phone is 903.723.5100. Recently featured in Texas Monthly Magazine, Discover East Texas Magazine and Texas Highways Magazine. Amazing homemade pies!

Reviewed By TrueTexasTraveler - Amarillo, Texas

We stopped when traveling through Palestine because we had heard about the Oxbow's famous pies. If you like really sweet pies, this is the place for you. If you don't, don't stop. We tried both the chocolate meringue and their famous strawberry pie and both were ridiculously sweet. They're also very expensive for just a piece of pie.

2. Red Fire Grille

400 N Queen St, Downtown in the HIstoric Redlands Building, Palestine, TX 75801-2738 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 903-723-2404
Excellent
92%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 145 reviews

Red Fire Grille

Fine dining downtown in a historical setting with Chef/Owner Christian Mailloux, a CIA graduate.

Reviewed By Chris500 - Austin, Texas

I had dinner here on 04/13/17. This is my second review and an update. I believe this time was better than the first. Chris, our waiter, was great. He was able to make the right recommendations and pairings which went beautifully with the food we ordered. The wine was great. The food better. This is a quiet, romantic spot. I highly recommend it.

3. Cream and Coffee

126 Crockett Rd, Palestine, TX 75801-3610 Takeout Cafe +1 903-922-7588
Excellent
96%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

Cream and Coffee

Reviewed By Em G - Palestine, Texas

Come to Cream and Coffee and you won't be disappointed!
I drove through here with my Mom for the first time and we were both surprised at the efficiency and friendliness this tiny building runs on. Order anything you desire, from coffee for Mom to smoothies for the children, either are delicious!
May God bless you in your travels!

4. Eilenberger's Butternut Baking Company

512 N John St, Palestine, TX 75801-2725 Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout American Lunch SGD 5 - SGD 9 +1 903-729-0881
Excellent
63%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Eilenberger's Butternut Baking Company

In 1881, F. H. Eilenberger's parents left their home in Leipzig, Germany and sailed to America to pursue their dream in the new land of opportunity. In May of 1898, young 21-year-old F. H. opened a bakery in tiny Palestine, Texas. Along with his hopes and dreams, F. H. also tucked away an old family recipe for fruitcake. Using that recipe, the finest ingredients available, and some old world know-how, his fruitcake became a delicious success. As more and more people bought his cakes, the Eilenberger reputation of having the freshest, highest quality bakery products began to grow. Despite a devastating fire, the Depression years and two World Wars, the business thrived. Just as it was in F.H.'s day, we use nothing but the finest ingredients and insist that every cake be made the old-fashioned way-lovingly mixed, baked and decorated entirely by hand. Sure it's more time-consuming, but we think our people, not machinery, are the only ones qualified to deem a product perfect. It's this unique hands-on" approach to quality that's made Eilenberger's baked goods a holiday tradition for over 119 years.

Reviewed By Kylie P - Palestine, Texas

We go here for lunch sometimes on Saturdays and it's excellent. We've had several sandwiches and they are always good. They have a shop you can buy all your baked goodies, and they serve food for lunch with a large seating area. It's a great...MoreThanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback! We appreciate your comments. Hope to see you again soon!

5. Magnolia Cafe

120 W Oak St, Palestine, TX 75801-2825 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, American, Soups Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +1 903-729-4410
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Magnolia Cafe

Reviewed By JMB48702013 - Burnet, Texas

Great lunch! Sandwiches and ice cream - fabulous!! Don't pass this spot up / take the time! You won't regret it!!! The four of us (2 couples) thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and browsing the shop afterwards before continuing our journey.

6. Pint and Barrel Drafthouse

302 E Crawford St, Palestine, TX 75801-2987 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 903-727-2711
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Pint and Barrel Drafthouse

Reviewed By Cashelg13 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

I love this place...good pub grub...lots of drink selection...friendly service!! there is an outside seating area, lots of inside seating, and the bar. They are eager to educate about the various beers and help you get the one you really want....there are so many !!

7. Switch Brick Oven Pizzeria & Wine Bar

1615 South Royal, Palestine, TX 75801 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 903-729-7700
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Switch Brick Oven Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Located on a terraced hill with an exceptional atmosphere, Switch specializes in Neopolitan pizzas and FRESH regional Italian cuisine with a vast wine cellar.

Reviewed By MamaLeah713 - Houston, Texas

We had dinner reservations for after our Polar Express train ride experience and glad we made them there. Only a couple hiccups, we were kinda forgotten for a good 20 minutes without menus, silverware, or water until we asked for service. Also I was charged for a dinner salad when what I ordered and received was a side salad. Waitress said she’d fix it but didn’t. She was sweet and quite accommodating otherwise, and overall took pretty good care our large party. When the food did come we were mostly pleased. The meatball appetizer dish was amazing, my favorite! Everyone’s favorite, we’re still talking about it! Lol
I actually order another for my meal as I didn’t care for the Cajun chicken pasta dish I ordered at all. Not Cajun and an odd flavor really. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food.

8. Sheps Bar B Q & Catering Service

1013 E Ave, Palestine, TX 75801 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 903-729-4206
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Sheps Bar B Q & Catering Service

Reviewed By ArisMiniMom

Road trip to Houston in a hurry and hungry! This was fast, generous portions and delicious! Unassuming exterior and nothing fancy inside but some great food and good service! Prices were good, too!

9. El Toro Mexican Restaurant

2107B S Loop 256, Palestine, TX 75801-5919 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 903-729-8588
Excellent
40%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

El Toro Mexican Restaurant

A local favorite for over 30 years. Come find out why our guests travel from all around to have the finest and freshest Tex-Mex right here in Palestine. We start with the finest ingredients, provide excellent service, and exceed all of our guests expectations. Don't want Tex-Mex? Not an issue. We have many menu options to pick from. There are American meals, Seafood, Fresh Salads, and a fun kids menu. Come on in because we have something for everyone. We look forward to serving you!

Reviewed By Craneninja - Houston, Texas

The newly remodeled dining room has a very cozy feel. Service was great and the entire staff is super friendly. Even sitting in the farthest corner booth, Tracey did a great job of keeping our glasses filled and making sure our meal was perfect, right down to the mountain of shredded cheese I specially requested

10. Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

2027 W Oak St, Palestine, TX 75801-4031 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Private Dining, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Italian Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 26 +1 903-729-3595
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By MRR1234567 - Dallas, Texas

Excellent bread with olive oil and basalmic vinegar. Salads are OK. Chicken dishes are OK. Seafood is OK. This time I had the veal parmigiana. Very small portion - breading was completely off the veal. Pasta was OK. Service was good - friendly and timely....MoreThank you!! Try the pizza next time...it IS awesome?? we homemake our bread from scratch and use only the best mozzarella???

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