8120 Research Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875830.352520 -97.713882
Good comfort food – We tried this place on a Saturday night for dinner, and found the food to be good, and the atmosphere decent (although not very cozy). I had the stuffed cabbage and sauteed mushrooms, while my husband had the chicken schnitzel with french fries. The stuffed cabbage was very good, and the sausage it came with was excellent. My husband thought his schnitzel was a bit bland, but it was nicely cooked. The mushrooms were very good (if they were canned as some reviewers suggested, it didn't make much of a difference in the dish as they came in a delicious, flavorful broth). The french fries were good as well, with a hint of some flavor beyond just the frying oil. Overall, the dishes here are subtly spiced, so if you are looking for bold, spicy dishes, look elsewhere. The prices are very reasonable; most entrees were $10 or less at dinner.
Good food! – This is a very small hole in the wall place but the food was excellent and decently priced.
We took my oldest daughter for her birthday and they were very accomodating with us and her birthday cake.
We stuffed ourselves silly and left happy.
Excelent food, a must try – First I was a bit skeptical of going to a Romanian restaurant in Austin, but now I'm glad I did ... I really missed the food back home. The restaurant does not look very nice, maybe a bit creepy, but the food they serve totally makes up for the lack of ambiance. It was excellent, really tasty and all for reasonable prices (3.99 for a soup and 9 - 12 for the main course). I'm a Romanian and I've lived 25 years in Romania and the food served here was better than many restaurants or even home cooked meals back in Romania.
A Restaurant Named after an Eastern European Tyrant...YUM! – Was that a Romanian restaurant we just passed? I proclaimed as we drove southbound on 183. That's how our Romanian restaurant experience started. We decided to pull in and try it out....The ambiance was a little disappointing, mildly depressing actually. The food was bland, way to much dill and everything tasted like it was from a package that said "Add Water" or open can and heat. "These mashed potatoes taste like the ones from KFC"...hardly Romanian but whatever. The food was greasy, and the rolls were stale. Just Keep Driving....
European delight – I've had incredible home-cooked meals in Romania. The food at Drakula's equals or surpasses them. The mici, stuffed peppers and goulash were excellent. The cheese pie, apple pie and whipped cream desserts were all very good. Our waitress was attentive and friendly but not overly so. The prices were VERY reasonable. The background music came across as easy listening Romanian pop, similar to Roma (Gypsy) music played throughout southeastern Europe. My only concern is that our group of three was the only group in the place on Sunday evening. I hope that there are more customers at other times during the week, as I would hate to see this delightful place disappear.
Hearty Romanian fare – I had never had Romanian food, and I was really excited to see this place open up! It's home cooking, for sure. I had the meatball soup because it sounded so interesting. The soup was fine, but dunking the delicious rolls in the soup was really fantastic! I had the goulash. It was really good, very meaty! There was no room for dessert, but I'd love to go back and give some a try.
I was happy to see the restaurant featured Romanian wines. We tried two Pinots, and they were very good, too.
Only Eastern European – It's great to have an Eastern European restaurant in Austin. Surprisingly, given the Czech and German population in Central Texas, there are no such restaurants in Austin. This one is a keeper. The food is quite authentic, as is the decor. Having recently been to Romania a couple times, the visit felt like an authentic old-world experience. The prices are reasonable, and the food, while not gourmet, is very typical of a good home-cooked Romanian meal. The Romanian strudel was a great dissapointment, either being a couple days old or having been forzen-- because the dough was not crisp and fresh but limp and stale. I will go back-- because there's nothing else in Austin like it.
Very Authentic – Having lived in Romania for more than two years, it was great to find a restaurant where not only the food is authentic but the ambience as well. Drakula takes me back to the neighborhood restaurants where I lived in Giurgiu Romania. And the food is fantastic and a great value for your money. I recommend the snitzel, mici (homemade skinless sausage) or the cabbage rolls. I have never been disappointed with the food. And the service is just like you would get in Romania also, where dinner is an event, not an in and out experience.
nothing special – The food was OK, but just OK. Appetizers were nice, main dish OK, using canned mashrooms for the side dish is a bad choice. Dessert was excellent, together with the coffee. The ambience was dissapointing.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Family owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Romanian fare in large portions with lunch specials.
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