Where to Eat in San Marcos: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Misti Hsu

Located between Austin and San Antonio in Texas Hill Country, San Marcos has numerous attractions, especially for the adventure-seeking visitor. At the center of the city is the San Marcos River, which offers tubing. The nearby Rio Vista Falls has three drops for a great kayaking adventure. Explorers can visit the Wonder World activity center to discover a cave formed by an earthquake.
Things to do in San Marcos

1. Hays County BBQ

1612 S Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666-6009 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 512-392-6000
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 340 reviews

Hays County BBQ

Reviewed By jfadds - chicago

This modest place was chosen by Texas magazine as one of the top 50 places IN THE ENTIRE STATE!!!
Boy- did they get that right. Outstanding brisket and ribs-- and the jalapeno and cheese sausage is over the top.
Eat in or carry out- eat it now or later. Whatever- this place rocks.

2. Root Cellar Cafe

215 N Lbj Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5621 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 512-392-5158
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 358 reviews

Root Cellar Cafe

Reviewed By tootsie12 - Frisco TX

Ambiance was fantastic and our server Jenny was very attentive to our table. Two glass of house Cabernet with tomato arugula, bruschetta appetizer excellent. We decided for our main course daughter got the strip steak very nice flavor and seasoned nicely with red potatoes and I got the bourbon pecan crusted chicken 5 ⭐️ with horseradish potatoes and asparagus fries, loved them. Prices for our meal reasonable would definitely go back.

3. Pie Society

Sessoms St, San Marcos, TX 78666 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 512-805-8900
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Pie Society

Reviewed By gustav2011 - Louisville, Colorado

I really wanted to love their food. This is a hip little restaurant where you can get a slice or order food at a bar stocked with a lot of different beers both tap and can. There are tables inside and out, servers were nice and walked around to make sure everyone had what they needed. I just wasn't a huge fan of their pizza choices and the pizza we ordered our way was okay, not great. Kind of greasy, a little too thin, not enough cheese or toppings. The meatball sub was okay too, not as cheesy and saucy as we'd like. I'm not sorry we went but wouldn't go out of our way to go back. Prices were reasonable for the amount of food.

4. Cody's Bistro & Lounge

690 Center Point Rd, Suite 209, San Marcos, TX 78666-6161 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 12 - SGD 39 +1 512-393-2867
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Cody's Bistro & Lounge

Cody's opened in October 2012. We are locally owned and managed, having San Marcos as our home for over 20 years. Our goal is to provide a customer experience that will garner your loyalty and allow us to build upon the diligence and attention to detail that you deserve.Cody's management team has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.Located in Centerpoint Plaza - across from Premium Outlets and next to Starbucks.

Reviewed By Elliot G - texas

Ok was at the outlet mall and pulled up on trip advisor. Went in and the waitress could not say enough good things about the burger. So I had it. They undersold it. It was bizarrely good. Highly recommend.

5. Centerpoint Station

3946 S I H 35, San Marcos, TX 78666-9375 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 512-392-1103
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 248 reviews

Centerpoint Station

Reviewed By marilyna98 - San Marcos, Texas

Stopped by with family on Sunday evening after traveling. While it was close to closing time, the person who took our order never said, “we’ll be closing soon,” or gave any indication that we would be given the bum’s rush out. Two hungry, crabby children...MoreWe're sorry you had a bad experience at Centerpoint Station. We pride ourselves on delivering great food combined with top-notched customer service. Thank you for sharing your feedback and we hope you'll give us another chance in the future. We hope to see you again.

6. Herbert's Taco Hut

419 Riverside Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-6934 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 512-353-7440
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 266 reviews

Herbert's Taco Hut

Reviewed By Charles J - San Marcos, Texas

Always tasty Tex/Mex menu items. Not much on style however. Appeals to the younger crowd. Sometimes there is line to get in. Has a good reputation among the college students. Looks like a hole in the wall, but it has always been clean. Cheap eating. Not the place to take out of town guests, but if you like authentic Tex/Mex, this is a place to go.

7. Palmer's Restaurant Bar

218 Moore St, San Marcos, TX 78666-4416 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks +1 512-353-3500
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 402 reviews

Palmer's Restaurant Bar

Reviewed By PaulandMargaret2013 - Mesquite, Texas, United States

Location for graduation dinner based on multiple recommendations. Fourteen in group. Food, service, and atmosphere all contributed to a memorable experience. Nice change of pace from the world of cookie-cutter franchised restaurants. Happy hour prices at bar along with skilled bartenders was an added bonus....MorePaul/MArgaret - thank you for finding us and reviewing your great experience. Look forward to seeing out again! Take care, Monte

8. Kent Black's BBQ

510 Hull St, San Marcos, TX 78666-6211 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 512-878-0795
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Kent Black's BBQ

Reviewed By jrdtsta - Clifton, Tx

Followed the smoke to a great meal!
Having loved the original Blacks in Lockhart, Tried this spin off, and will return. We prefer lean, charred, bbq— delicious brisket and fixins. It’s just off of a main San Marcos street— had to use GPS and a big sign pointing us to the restaurant which was worth the effort!

9. Saltgrass Steak House

221 E Sessom Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-4697 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 512-396-5255
Excellent
43%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 205 reviews

Saltgrass Steak House

Reviewed By GoodEatsFan1960 - Big Spring, Texas

Went for a Saturday Lunch with my wife and the food was great as always. Enjoyed watching the people at the river while waiting on our lunch.

10. 54th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse

1303 S Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666-7736 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 512-396-5400
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

54th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse

Reviewed By gustav2011 - Louisville, Colorado

The menu was almost daunting like the Cheesecake Factory. Everything from sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, pastas, steaks, Mexican plates and BBQ. Service was good, the food came out fast. There is a lot to see visually. The parking lot looked full but there was still a lot of empty tables inside. Decent portion sizes.

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