Tuesday June 2, 2015
Although delightfully situated only 20 miles from all the dinning choices in downtown Austin, Bee Cave itself has a thriving restaurant scene with plenty of tasty eats steps away. From upscale dinning to quaint bakeries, casual lunch spots to quick food choices, Bee Cave offers a taste of everything you wanted with a pinch of what you never knew you desired.
Baguette Et Chocolat
Some favorite local spots include the divine and authentically Parisian bakery Bagguette Et Chocolat which boasts the best ice coffee in town, French pastries and fresh bread. The owner Chi-Minh, originally from Versailles near Paris, worked in France for many years perfecting his magnificent pastry creations. The diverse menu includes crepes, paninis, salads, breakfast options and of course coffee and desert. Enjoy a taste of Paris in the comfort of your Bee Cave community and bite into a chocolate éclair as you imagine sitting along the Seine River. A Bee Cave favorite, Baguette Et Chocolat, offers Texas residents a little taste of European flair.
If you are in the mood for some coastal flavor look no further than Café Blue located at the Hill Country galleria. This restaurant features seafood favorites such as the Redfish Louisiana, Brown Sugar Cedar Planked Salmon, and Oysters on the half shell. In addition, Café blue has an extensive wine list and award winning Sunday Brunch. With a contemporary setting and large aquariums inside the restaurants, dinner here feels like an escape to the Caribbean islands. Add some delicious seafood and a bottle of wine to complete a wonderful evening out. Cafe Blue also serves up great lunch specials including crab mac and cheese and fish tacos, and a great happy hour every week Monday-Friday. Last year Café blue was awarded one of the Top 20 restaurants in Austin and Best New restaurant, officially earning a spot as one of Bee Cave’s finest.
If you are in the mood for some Southwest flair, Chisos Grill brings Texan and New Mexican comfort food to life. With a warm and casual atmosphere, Chisos Grill is the perfect spot for dinner with family and friends. Serving up steak, seafood baskets, burgers, and delicious sides of Corn Grits and corn on the cob, no one leaves Chisos Grill hungry. In addition, the menu features a number of Gluten-Free options and their large cocktail menu features exciting choices such as make your own martini and over 30 beers. Conveniently located at the Hill Country Galleria, Chisos Grill defines home-style cuisine. The perfect spot for lunch, happy hour or an evening with friends, Chisos Grill has something for everyone.
The Emerald Restaurant
If you are in the mood to spend a little more and experience the unique delights of the best fine dinning in Bee Cave, The Emerald Restaurant located of Hwy 71 is the place to go. Housed in a recreated quaint 1927 Irish cottage, The Emerald Restaurant combines culture, flavor and exceptional service in an elegant and romantic dinning setting. Marge Kinsella, originally from West Ireland, opened the restaurant in 1984 to fulfill her dream of sharing her love of Ireland. The menu includes delicious traditional Irish food with many recipes coming directly from Kinsella’s home kitchen. Unique favorites such as The Galway Shawl – leg of lamb, Irish Whiskey Cake and Irish Stew are just some of the savory Irish dishes at The Emerald. Experience a fine dinning experience like no other right in the Bee Cave neighborhood, or plan a special occasion dinner at this charming and unique spot.
Santa Catarina in the heart of Lakeway only 3 miles from Falconhead Blvd. is a hidden gem. Tucked away in a quaint shopping center, this restaurant serves authentic interior Mexican food. Locally owned, Santa Catarina serves inspiring dishes created with only the freshest seafood, pork, and beef tenderloin. Every item on the menu is rich in flavor and pair it with their famous hand squeezed margaritas and you have yourself a delicious feast. They are famous for their Conchinita Pibil (tender chunks of pork steamed in a banana leaf), the Huitlacoche, or the savory roasted-corn soup. And even more famous for the bar as all the drinks are organic, featuring fresh-squeezed limes, fresh fruit, and agave nectar. Santa Catarina is a must try restaurant!
In addition to the numerous restaurants located in Bee Cave you can also find a wide assortment of quick eats including Panera, Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, food trailer park, and Which Wich for a quick meal on the go. Whole Foods, located at the Hill Country Galleria, also provides a great option for healthy and fast meals when convenience is key. Whether in the mood for fine dinning, dinner and drinks or a quick bite, dinning in Bee Cave is a tasty experience.