Austin >Food & Dining > Ranch 616
616 Nueces St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.270334 -97.748196
Mon-Thu 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
The Ranch is a comfortable South Texas Ice House featuring South Texas cuisine from the Gulf Coast of Mexico to the Bordertowns of Texas and Mexico.
Eccentric, well-prepared plates reflect a chic Southwestern aura.
Turned away – We live in the neighborhood and have been wanting to try Ranch 616 for a while. We got together with friends on a Friday night and got there around 6:45pm. We were turned away because we didn't have a reservation. The place looked really cool, so needless to say we were very disappointed. This was a first for us in Austin... most restaurants won't even take a reservation for a party of four, especially on a weekend night. Bottom line: if you want to check this place out, call ahead and make a reservation.
Extremely Dissapointing – We tried 616 last night for dinner. We will not be going back.
We had a reservation but when we arrived we were told there would be a wait. This is not usually a big deal, but there was nowhere to sit as the bar is small and was full. A large group was seated before us. They had a later reservation and it was clear they were friends of the staff. People who had reservations after us were leaving after standing and waiting for considerable periods of time. We were starving by the time we sat down.
Drinks were okay. I ended up with a really bad martini, but I chalked it up to the bartender having a bad night (everyone does) and they replaced it without complaint with a good one.
The service was very strange. The wait staff seemed more interested in waiting on their regular customers or friends than anyone new, and I got the distinct feeling that the waiter was rather put out that he had to bother with us. Service was fast, but when we needed a new bread plate we were rushed a dirty one. We never received the biscuits promised to us by the waiter.
The food was good, although we ordered one beef dish to be medium rare and it showed up medium well. At that point we were so hungry we didn't complain. The mixed grill, filet and beef shoulder were good, well cooked, the sides were tasty and the food was hot. We didn't get dessert.
I advise taking a flashlight. It's so dimly lit that reading the menu or really seeing your food will be a challenge. Maybe other tables had better lighting, but ours was a cave.
So if you want a clique-y atmosphere where you wait for an hour for a table although you have a reservation, tolerate being tolerated by the waitstaff for okay food and eat in the dark then this is the place for you. In my opinion there are too many really good restaurants in town to put up with it.
Attn: Dissappointed Guests... – I am the manager at Ranch 616 and I am sorry to hear the problems that a few of you had at the Ranch. I would like to personally apologize for the mistakes and ask you to please return and give me a chance to make up for your experience. When you visit please ask for me, Miguel Vidal, and I will ensure that you get a wonderful meal and dining experience. Again, we apologize for your dissappointment and would love to have another chance.
Happening Place with GREAT Margaritas – If you are looking for a hip, fun place with awesome food and great music Ranch 616 is the place to be! The food and the margaritas are to die for. The Ranch is a exciting restaurant to hang out with your friends while listening to hip music and chowing down on some fried aspargus or homemade biscuits with honey. My favorite item on the menu is the onion rings with jalepanos and the fish tacos. The wait staff and the bartenders are attentive and the cooks know how to cook up some yummy viddles.
Great Food, Awesome atmosphere an Austin original! – Ranch 616 is the one of the best things about Austin. The atmosphere is funky and fabulous! You are always treated like family. The food is delicious and worth every penny. If your looking for some sleak, polished restaurant, the Ranch is not your place. The comfortable, laid-back, Austin atmosphere is more of what you'll get. For starters we had the fried calamari which we were told were"voted the best in South" by Southern Living magazine were divine! Along with the shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with jalapenos and cheese. For our entrees we ordered the sugar cured quail and the ribeye. The quail were succulent and tender. The ribeye was huge and perfectly prepared with blue cheese on the top. The sides were awesome mashed potatoes and green beans. We also had the biscuits smothered with sweet butter! You will not leave hungry. If you go on there website they are described as a "South Texas Ice house" which is exactly what you get. I think the other reviewers were looking for something different. They are dead wrong.
Will defintely go back for the food, fun, and the atmosphere can"t be beat!
Total Disappointment – We had dinner there last night. To begin they had lost our reservation. We were told we could sit at the bar and they would get us a drink, implying an apology for the lost reservation, but no we paid after waiting over thirty minutes. The bar service was poor bringing one drink at a time at 5-10 min. intervals. When seated the waiter said he would bring us three appetizer which he named but we stopped him ordering only one. I understand he is trying to increase the total bill so his tip will be larger but we were not ordering inexpensive meals. We also ordered a bottle of wine which was not brought to the table until long after our meal arrived also not at the same time for each of the four. Three ordered the steak and shrimp which was tasty but the potatoes and asparagus were only slightly warm The other meal arrived at the table significantly earlier making that person feel obliged to share his meal. We had not been served the biscuits that come with the meal, so we inquired about them. We were told they were not available when we were seated. To me that does not mean they are never brought to the table, there should have been an apology for the lack of biscuits at that time with the assurance they would be delivered to the table when ready. The recorded music playing through overhead speakers was so loud we found it very difficult to hear each other. We asked could it be turned down slightly and the result was the music got louder. The waiter was rude and unpleasant. We will never go again. There are too many resturants nearby with better food, service and ambience. I am curious if there has been and owner or management change recently with there being several negative reviews lately.
Eccentric, well-prepared plates reflect a chic Southwestern aura. – In Short
Ranch 616 stands out with an outrageously fun snake-like sign announcing its presence. Large plate-glass windows line one side, filtering daylight into the modestly lit restaurant. Notice the details, like iconic candles and mix-and-match light fixtures. Roomy circular booths and standard tables outfit the distinctive, intimate interior. The small menu and daily dinner specials provide unique choices, such as shrimp quesadillas, chicken-fried quail and gulf fish tacos heaping with shredded cabbage and chili lime aioli.
Its like Chilli's But Expensive! – Recently visited the Ranch and was not impressed. The food is expensive the portions are small and your practically sitting on top of the people eating next to you. The wait stuff is rude and easily annoyed, getting water, bringing you an extra napkin, taking the food back because it was cold, bringing you your check, you know the usual.
Eat at Chilli's after a few margaritas the food all tastes the same.
DON'T GO – When you spend over $300.00 dollars on a dinner for 9, you expect the waitstaff to be somewhat poliet. We were rushed to place order and the waitress appeared very put out to have to bring any additional condiments, beverages, silverware, etc.. The food was unimpressive and over-priced. If you plan to have a conversation, don't go on Tues or Thurs. The band played too loud. Why would you have a 5 piece band in a restaurant that tiny? Don't plan to return. Austin so many other nice places.
so so – The chocolate dessert was good, but the steak was unimpressive and the quail's nest was weird. It was too dark at our teensy little table to see what I was doing, so I couldn't properly disassemble the quail and ended up eating a couple of bones. And our waitress was obviously tweaked out. Too expensive for the experience.
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