Good Experience from a non chain.
I am a little biased because I despise big chain restaurants, so I am always looking for good local restaurants. They usually have more character and Texas Red's doesn't disappoint.
The steaks were good, but I really enjoyed the grilled salmon, although the option for cedar plank salmon would have been nice. Staff was ok, but the owners were pretty nice so that made up for it.
I read some of the other reviews and they seem split, but one thing that surprised me was people complaining about the price. If they want a cheap steak go to Montana Mikes, if they want 5 star dining then go to Austin and pay for it.
I think this is the best restaurant in San Marcos, true there is not much competition, but all in all it was good food and a good experience.
Not Recommended. If you like frozen foods heated and served up for $$$$, this place is for you. Terrible quality. Steaks are way undercooked. Ice tea is old.
Chinzy & Cheap.
I live in Austin, but went down to San Marcos to take my brother out for a really nice meal. We happened on Texas Red's steakhouse, one of San Marcos' most expensive restaurants, and here's what happened. . .
Upon walking in, I was struck with the smell of cigarette smoke. I know the laws are different in San Marcos, but maybe Texas Red's should consider investing in a higher powered air filter unit, but I doubt they will because they seem so, well, cheap.
What I found most disturbing about this place was the audacity they have to charge the prices they do, and then to perform so penny pinching. There was the disposable ramekins that they served the butter for the bread in. Then our salads - one half a cherry tomato and one half a slice of cucumber, with 2 red onion slices served on a flat bed of lettuce - no exaggeration. Out came the entrees - a small baked potato served with 6-10 grated cheese slivers again served in the disposable ramekins on the side. Now for the famous Texas Red's Steaks, a story built up by the menu. This was a pre-packaged filet, complete with bacon wrap and pin - certainly NOT a fresh cut of meat, nor some fancy aged meat - for $30.
After dinner, I handed the waitress my card explaining that she'd have to manually enter the numbers as the stripe was broken. A few minutes later the OWNER comes over asking me if I have another card - because the credit card companies charge her an extra fee to manually enter my number. Flustered because I didn't have another card, I asked her what that "extra fee" was. Ready for this? 5% instead of 3%.
So, let me get this straight. I just paid $75 for stingy portions and pre-packaged meat, and you're going to bust my chops over an additional $1.50 that you have to pay for my patronage?
These people must be on hard times to be so desperate. Not recommended.
A Diamond in the Rough.. No disrespect to the last review writer, but haha - no, Texas Red's is NOT the best steakhouse in the country. If you think otherwise, you really should travel more to other places; and no, it's NOT romantic. Any restaurant that has bowls of peanuts on each table and the shells shucked all over the floor is NOT romantic - but enough about what Texas Red isn't - here's what it is: It IS a very pleasant surprise in the small town of San Marcos. All I could see here at first was row after row of generic chain and franchise-owned restaurants. I got online and starting looking for ANYTHING that was original and unique. Texas Red stood out because it was a local favorite and I had never heard of it. We went and were a bit surprised when we arrived. Although a bit rusty and run down on the outside, inside the restaurant was furnished with warm decor. It was very inviting. The menu consists of several burgers and sandwiches, plenty of steaks, and a lot of premium seafood (i.e., lobster and shrimp). I ordered the 12oz. Roasted Prime Rib ($22) with a baked potato and a dinner salad. The salad and baked potato were nothing special, but were prepared well and tasted great. The prime rib was ordered medium rare but came a bit more rare than I would have liked. It was also incredibly fatty. I'd have to say at least 5oz of my prime rib was fat! But it WAS good - almost sweet. My wife ordered the char-grilled quail. ($18) Definitely something you have you try if you haven't had quail. Tender and moist, the quail was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The highlight of our meal though, was definitely the service. Our waitress was never hovering over us, but managed to always be attentive and refilled our drinks almost as soon as they became low. We were extremely impressed that this kind of service could exist in a restaurant this small. Definitely the place to eat when you're in San Marcos.
Award-winning steakhouse in a restored historic cotton gin..
It's a favorite of area ranchers who know what a good steak is supposed to taste like. A beautifully restored historic cotton gin houses the restaurant and will interest history buffs and novices alike. There's a baskets of peanuts in the shell on every table. Messes are encouraged, so shells get tossed on the floor. The Texas-style menu features charbroiled beef steaks, roasted prime rib, buffalo burgers, chicken, lobster, shrimp, lamb, quail, and pork.
Best Steakhouse in the USA!. And no one outside the US has good steak to even compete. I travel 190 miles every few weeks to San Marcos from Corpus Christi to enjoy my 18 oz medium rear T-bone, always cooked the way I like it. Almost 400 miles for a great steak in which I have never been dissatisfied. Of course you can not forget the tasty bread and fun peanuts that I force my wife to keep away from me so I do not over do it before I have my steak. And the girls always providing Texas style top quality service. Some times we make a weekend of it, sometimes just a day trip. Always worth the ride for the best steak dinner in the USA!