Austin >Food & Dining > Z Tejas Grill
1110 W Sixth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.272400 -97.755926
Neighborhoods: Old West Austin
Unique restaurant – I was staying downtown and someone suggested Z'Tejas. I can be a picky eater, but I found a few things I would have liked. I chose the Red Chile and Mango Steak Salad and it was delicious. It had some kick to it, but I LOVED it.
Delicious food! – I would recommend anyone to stop in and eat at Z?Tejas. I love, love the Chile relleno! It is absolutely amazing!! It is so flavorful and unique. Their food is so fresh and delicious I can?t think of anything bad I have ever had there. I recently tried the pecan crusted chicken salad and I was impressed. I have found that all of their salads are extremely delicious. Of course, you must try their famous margaritas too! They are the best tasting margaritas I have ever had! I have never had a bad experience at Z?Tejas, the food and service is always excellent.
Terrible service! – I ate at Z Tejas last Saturday. It was a friends birthday. We were having a bite to eat before going out for drinks. The waitress, Jess, was very rude. She even "shh" and pointed her finger at the birthday girl. She ignored requests and was overall a terrible waitress. Our appetizers arrived with our food. That was the 2nd problem. Not only that, but I never got my food. Everyone else got theirs and I was so embarrassed. I reminded Jess again and it appeared to me that she forgot. She blamed the kitchen and walked away. After realizing that my party was finishing up and I still had not received my food, I walked to the waitress station to ask Jess to cancel my order because I didn't want to hold up my group. She knew that she would still get her 18% and did not care to treat us with any respect. After that, she asked me if I wanted to take the food with me? I had cancelled the order. I was so emabarrassed in front of my group. I have never been treated with such disrespect. She can have her 18% because I will never return or recommend that place to anyone again. Management should do something about her.
Great Food, Acceptable Ambiance – I'm not sure what some of these other reviewers are talking about, I think Z Tejas has some of the best food I have ever tasted and I am very particular. I have never had a dish there that I did not like. My only complaints are that there is always a very very long wait and though the restaurant is in two old houses (which is cute), the ambiance is lacking. The bar area is nice but it's hard to get a seat there and the main seating area in the restaurant is kind of bland and generic restaurant like. For a place w/ such amazing food I think the decor could be a little bit more classy.
Note to Mr. Foles – This location is struggling and the word on the street is decidedly negative. On my last visit, I hate to say, your staff was rude and unprofessional. It appears that you have in your employ immature children as employees.
The food-this is a Taco Bell facsimile. Low end menu, mediocre quality and cold food. When you serve your meals on plates from the school cafeteria it leaves patrons with the impression of a paper plate and plastic fork experience.
I spoke with others waiting to be seated and no one could understand the appeal, on this revelation several groups began leaving.
You've taken on the Texas strut but you can't carry it off with this style.
Eclectic Tex-Mex and extraordinary taste keep the locals coming to this popular Sixth Street staple. – In Short
The menu is spicy Southwestern, but you'll find creatively prepared pasta dishes and traditional salads alongside unique items like the Navajo taco: A crisp, flat tortilla piled high with fried spinach, black beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, zucchini and sour cream. The fish tacos arrive as soft tortilla rolls artfully spread out on the plate. For a warm treat, check out the thick, creamy poblano corn soup with an individual bread basket.
A good time! – Z'Tejas is lots of fun! Even though the restaurant was busy, we were seated quickly and our drink orders were taken. The menu isn't extensive and there aren't any vegetarian options but selections can be made without meat. I had the Jrk Chicken Salad (sans chicken) and it was FABULOUS! The restaurant is rather spacious so things tend to get loud; it has a bit of a barn feel to it with lots of different rooms. There's also outside dining options and a bar.
A sure hit! – I don't live in Austin so I was really happy that the one meal I had there about 5 years lived up to my expectations 5 years later! I had the stuffed pork medallions both times and I would go as far as saying that this is the meal I would want if it were my last. My wife had the snapper which was also superb. Waiting sucks but at least the ambience of the place makes up for it. Parking there also sucks. Valet is really the only option. Who cares!
What Happened? – Having Sunday Brunch at ZTejas is like a tradition. We hadn't been by in a few months because we had been trying out other places. We were eager customers when we arrived at 11pm. What happened to this place? The usual prompt, attentive and extremely efficient service was replaced with a lethargic and uncaring attitude, and not from one employee, but from the few we had to interact with. The pert, peppy hostess was quick to dump us off at a table, then nearly five minutes later our server came by and was totally unprepared to take our order. I would mention that it was not busy. The food came out with an uncharacteristic sloppy presentation on very small oval plates; the type you get at cheap Tex-Mex cantinas on South First. The food was not tasty at all. I write this hoping that ZTejas will get back on track.
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