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The Driskill Grill - 41 Reviews - 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701-3672, Austin, TX - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (512) 474-5911

The Driskill Grill

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701-3672
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-5911
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This place is so sweet/cute!!!! The hotel first off is this gorgeous historical place. I remember meeting a guy's mom here when I was in college an...


three/four star hotel that claims five? the high end does not do well in atx, and the driskill (despite some claims) is not high end. the entire hotel is uber texas kitschy, and...

Very GOOD!!!!! 12/31/2010

russingirl Provided by Partner
This place is so sweet/cute!!!! The hotel first off is this gorgeous historical place. I remember meeting a guy's mom here when I was in college an... more

kitsch 9/5/2010

three/four star hotel that claims five? the high end does not do well in atx, and the driskill (despite some claims) is not high end. the entire hotel is uber texas kitschy, and this works perfectly for the bar (which is awesome and well staffed with pro's). however,"turn of the century charm" often means "tiny old room," and if that is what you want, it hits its mark perfectly. with the exception of the bar staff, no one in this hotel is trying very hard... and hasn't for a long time. the quality of hotel and price of room/experience at this hotel are very disparate. both restaurants are horrible. avoid them. if you're looking for some ridiculous texasy historic hotel type experience, you've found it. if you're looking for a well run five star hotel, then stay at the four seasons. more

Amazing bloody mary! 3/28/2010

The Driskill's 1886 cafe has amazing bloody mary's and great food all around. They also make specialty cakes for celebrations and special occasions that taste great! For my graduation brunch they made a great white cake with a longhorn on the top, everyone loved it! Pros: great brunch and bloody marys Cons: a little expensive and can get crowded more

beautiful hotel, badly managed 7/29/2009

housekeeping was sloppy, I had to change rooms three times in one day because 1) air conditioning didn't work, 2) electrical outlet didn't work... it's a shame because it's a great location, but the management practices are better at a Motel Six... what a horrible waste Pros: young attractive staff Cons: nothing works, no communication more

Best Restaurant in Town 6/5/2009

It's been months since I visited the Driskill, but upon perusing CitySearch, I noticed they have a relatively low rating at the moment so I thought I'd throw my two cents in. I went with family and friends as a special treat and the only way I can describe it is "perfect." We all chose the tasting menu (as was recommended), and every single thing that was in front of me was delicious. The wines were paired excellently. One of my family members was in town from Manhattan, and she is quite the foodie. She ranked the Driskill right up there with the best and most famous restaurants in New York. The meal was perfectly timed, leaving enough room in between courses but not so long that we felt that we were "waiting," and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Everything was cooked flawlessly and the atmosphere was wonderful. The dining room is on the small side, so there's no normal restaurant din. Overall, just perfect! It IS an expensive restaurant, but it was worth every cent. I wish I had the bucks to go there every night! Pros: Service Service Service! Cons: Pricey (but worth it) more

Good Decor, views, restaurent...disappointing room service 4/2/2009

AC was not working...called up the front desk...and they wanted to fix the issue over the phone...was "instructing" us how to fix it....I attempted twice what he asked me to do...yet no success....then they sent the guy over...n sure there was some problem...he said it is now fixed....took half the night for the room to cool down.... When you charge $$$ for a room...atleast make sure everything is working.... Rest all was great..decor, views, n break fast at the restaurent... If the ac issue was not there n the front desk more helpful... i would have given it 5 star Pros: Decor, views, restaurent Cons: AC was not working more

Beautiful historic hotel in superb location 12/7/2008

We booked several rooms for UT graduation and were thrilled we choose someplace special. The front bellhop, valet service was efficient and friendly. The front desk staff was courteous and helpful. Trenton, the concierge, was doing a great job balancing several people at one time. He gave us great suggestions and was quite helpful. The bathroom lighting is dreadful, and I agree with a previous reviewer one has to go over by the window to put on make-up. The rooms are smallish, but they're lovely. I don't care for in-room coffee makers, having been a flight attendant and knowing some people wash their pantyhose, etc., in in-room coffeemakers. They hotel is beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the discreet presence of security was reassuring. The Capitol is close-by and a nice walk. Pros: Great location and ambience Cons: Price, bathroom lighting more

Disappointing stay 9/2/2008

I just returned home from for my disappointing 30th birthday stay at the Driskill. First, our room was tiny - the bed comprised nearly the entire room - and the air conditioning obnoxiously loud. Second, the lighting in the bathroom was awful - I had to apply make-up by the window - and there was no soap in the shower. Next, my boyfriend had a detailed conversation with the lead concierge three times about where he should take me for a formal dinner. My boyfriend used the word "upscale" to describe the restaurant he would like. After first suggesting a place that was closed, the concierge sent us to a loud restaurant full of people in jeans eating ice cream sundaes. Huh? I looked ridiculously out of place in a dress and nice shoes. Furthermore, the two common sundry items I forgot - dental floss and ibuprofen - were not available at the front desk or anywhere in the hotel. If it hadn't been for the price of this hotel, I would have overlooked some of this. You simply do not get what you pay for. I suggest spending time in the lobby if you would like to visit the Driskill. more

Awful Service on my WEDDING night! 9/2/2008

My new husband and I arrived at the Driskill in a horse and carriage. I was in my wedding gown and he in his tuxedo. We walked passed 3 door attendants and no one offered to help us with our luggage. I guess your not important if you don't get married at the Driskill. STRIKE ONE My husband had dropped off our bags and our party clothes earlier that afternoon. We had reserved VIP and bottle service at one of our favorite bars for us and our guests after the wedding. THE DRISKILL LOST OUR LUGGAGE FOR OVER AN HOUR!!!!! We didn't get our luggage until really late and barely made it to the bar before it closed. STRIKE TWO My sister paid for the room as a wedding gift. She also paid for a welcome basket and breakfast in the cafe. Of course, we didn't get either. STRIKE THREE If we had been staying here on vacation I wouldn't have minded or gone out of my way to blog. But this was our wedding night!!!!! It was a once in a lifetime experience and the Driskill did nothing to make it special, memorable, or even accomodating. The hotel itself was beautiful but I have had better service at La Quinta!!!!!!! Pros: location Cons: service more

disappointed 3/17/2008

We booked a room with a king bed and got 2 doubles they said they only had so many kings. But they booked a reservation for a king and did let us know they were not available when we could have changed our mind. It took 3 tries to get the room key to work--the room was very small no morning coffee maker We will go back to the DoubleTree or Omni rather than stay here again Not worth the money Pros: none really Cons: over-priced impersoanl service more

Not worth it... Bad Experience 11/26/2007

One of my friends just moved to Austin and I cam intown to see him. He wanted to go somewhere nice so we went to Driskill. It is located in a Hotel that is absolutely gorgeous. The restaurant is really stuffy though. They had a great wine list. And the incourage you to order a three course meal the is $65 dollars per person. You choose one meal from each course list. The serving are so small you may need a magnifying glass to see them, and the food truly just wasnt that great. There were 5 of us a the table and not one of us liked the food. It wasnt worth the price. I really want put off by the price until I tasted the food and it totally wasnt worth it. Especially considering we were not even full when we left. The presentation wasnt even appealing. The service was ok but the staff sortof sticks up thier nose as if they are better then everyone. Its very uncomfortable. The next day on the other hand, we went to S. Congress Cafe which was absolutley awesome! The food was amazing, the drinks were different and pretty and the service was great! And I only spent $20. I would pass on The Driskill guys. more

Lack of consistensy, slow service. 10/10/2007

My first time in the restaurant was about 3 months ago, it was a good experience, good food, good service. This time around we sat and wait for about 10 mins until a waiter came an greeted us. Then my friend ordered a cocktail while I waited for the wine list, I ordered the wine, they brought the wine back and they still didn't serve the cocktail until we asked a second time for the drink. Then we ordered the meal, the appetizer Ahi Tuna had a very weird kind of old taste... then the Lobster Bisque was warm, not "hot"... by then we had been sitting for One hour and 40 minutes ( 1:40hrs) when finally the entree was brought... needless to say I was hungry, tired and not happy with the food... we had to ask for the food to go.... I never experience such a slow service and poor food in a so called "excellent" restaurant. Never going back, specially with those prices, totally NOT worth it. Pros: Classic setting, quiet Cons: Slow service, food is not consistant more

Good, but not quite deserving its reputation 8/31/2007

We found it good, but not living up to its reputation. The nine course tasting menu was varied, ranging from superb (lamb with mint tapioca) to excellent (smoked tuna and the beef tartare dishes) to strange and awful - the chorizo-covered shrimp not only seemed out of place, but was puzzling, as the chorizo totally overpowered the shrimp, and to add injury to insult the shrimp was very overcooked. Worst of all, the Driskill seems to take the "tasting" part of the tasting menu literally, as each course was minuscule, barely a bite or two. We were barely full after dessert. On the plus side, the chef was kind enough to send out a complimentary tenth course of short ribs, without which we would have gone home hungry, a sorry state of affairs when the nine course tasting menu for two costs $400. The wine pairings also seemed not quite right at times... I'm not a big wine connoisseur, but at Zoot or Wink I'm usually impressed by how well the wines they picked go with the courses... here not so much. The atmosphere was good, excepting the fire alarms going off in the middle of dinner, which I presume is not normal. While there was no siren it was sort of distracting to have the strobes blinking; it took many minutes to get them turned off. The service was impeccable, though impersonal. This is a plus or minus, depending on whether you like your servers to have personality or not. We noticed some of the other servers seemed much more gregarious, so it was probably just our server as opposed to restaurant policy. There was one 15 minute period between courses in which we were foodless, but that may have been related to the fire alarm. All in all, a mixed bag. If you go, I'd recommend ordering something you know is good, as opposed to gambling on the tasting menu. Pros: Ambiance, service, some dishes Cons: Parking more

Don't miss the apple martini and the pesto goat cheese pi... 7/4/2007

LaurenCarter Provided by Partner
Don't miss the apple martini and the pesto goat cheese pizza. Atmosphere is boots and blazers. more

Nice Hotel with ok amenities 3/24/2007

This is a nice old hotel with nice service. Rooms are old fashion. The location is good, but a little noisy Pros: location Cons: expensive more

What a Stunning Historic Hotel! 3/21/2007

We have stayed here twice and the service keeps getting better!!! The rooms are on the smaller size, but it is a historic property! The thought that people have been staying here over 100 years is amazing! The food is great, what a cute bakery idea! (TRY THE COOKIES!!!) It is on the expensive side but is a Luxury Hotel!!! The halls of The Driskill feels like an art museum, i had a fun time just walking to get ice! The hotel is right on 6th street with easy access to all of the downtown sites! Great for a historical visit to the capital of Texas!! Pros: Beautiful Lobby, Great Location, Attentive Staff more

Do not waste your time 3/15/2007

The main lobby as an historic property, but the rest of the hotel. Don't waste your money. There are better places in downtown. more

Get your tastebuds ready! 1/19/2007

Since I had heard such great things about the Driskill, I decided to go there for my birthday. In my opinion, this is some of the tastiest food in Austin! While the ambience is a bit stuffy and decorated in a fashion that is very antiquated, in my mind, the food is among the best there is. My husband and I each had the six-course menu, and every course tasted like heaven. Though I'd never heard of skate wing before, it was one of our courses (the courses are selected by the chef if you opt for the 6 or 9 course meal), and it was the most tender, delicious seafood I have ever tasted. Every course is a culinary experience in itself, and the only downside is that the "tasting" is so small that both my husband and I, who don't have big appetites, were a bit hungry when we got home. When we return, I will probably opt for a selection from the appetizer and entree menu, as those portions are not only bigger, but they allow you to really enjoy the dish you choose. I LOVED every single course that we ate. If you enjoy good food, and price isn't an obstacle, you will love the Driskill Grill. (Though I will forewarn you that the cheapest bottle of wine in the place was $30.00 and most wines averaged $60.00) Pros: amazing food Cons: expensive, small portions on multiple course menu more

Not what we had hoped for - dissapointing 11/11/2006

We ate at the Driskill in celebration of my wife's birthday and our experience was very dissapointing. After seeing the Chef on Iron Chef we were extremely excited about our trip to the Driskill. Not only was the service average but the menu was not that exciting and the food simply was not that good. We each went with the 3-course menu, my wife choosing the quail as her second course and it was awful. My steak was fatty and not that tasty. We love food and the Driskill is simply not what it is advertised to be, especially for the money spent. Don't go unless someone else is paying!! Pros: classic setting Cons: not worth the $$ - poor experience more

Don't do it 10/4/2006

The lobby is beautiful. The rooms are tiny and VERY expensive. The staff are arrogant and rude. I stayed there for my honeymoon and upon arrival did not have my wallet for them to "swipe my credit card." They would not let us check in, even after agreeing that I had given them my CC # when I made the reservation and would have charged it if we had not shown up! My wife had to write a check for the room! The room was a "suite" with a small, but nice balcony overlooking 6th St. The room itself was barely bigger than the bed in it...Literally. The fancy marble shower flooded the bathroom floor because there was no drip sill to stop the water. I expected way more for over $400 a night. My biggest complaint was how we were treated by the staff, however. more
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  • In Short
    Inside the multi-million-dollar renovated Driskill Hotel is a sedate, refined, dimly lit space. Presidents, writers, actors and other celebrated faces dine at these tables, presided over by the jowly portraits of former governors. The ever-changing menu is set up in three courses plus dessert, or a nine-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. Popular menu standards include the pan-roasted duck breast with apple-raisin hollandaise and pistachio-crusted sea scallops with a truffled herb salad.

  • 10/8/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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