Set in the picturesque rolling hills of Texas’ wine country, Fredericksburg offers visitors the chance to treat themselves to everything from classic German dishes that speak to the rich local heritage to gourmet, dry-aged steaks—a Texas staple.
This culinary roadmap of the best restaurants in Fredericksburg is just a small portion of an ever-growing foodie scene. So pack your bags and come enjoy a bite at a few of our favorite go-to spots!
Old German Bakery
You’ll find: Locals and hungry patrons, diner classics
As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by the sweet aroma of perfectly cooked pancakes, sizzling bacon, and hearty diner classics that have stood the test of time. This family-owned spot has been serving traditional German and American fare since 1998 and has cemented its spot in the Fredericksburg list of “go-to” destinations. Order Opa’s sausages, eggs, hashbrowns, and biscuits to start your day off right. If you’re looking for some local flavor, ask for the huevos rancheros and you won’t be disappointed!
You’ll find: Families and foodies, huge sandwiches, breakfast favorites
One of the best breakfast spots in Fredericksburg, the Sunset Grill serves up down-home favorites. Fresh local ingredients and a wide array of Benedicts, omelets, and signature specials have garnered the Sunset Grill a loyal and well-fed following. Beat any pestering hunger with the Big Ass Sandwich, filled to the breaking point with applewood smoked bacon, eggs, cheese, avocado, and long list of customizable ingredients—it’s one of the most popular menu items for a good reason!
Munch Food Park
You’ll find: Food trucks, families on the go, creative culinary seekers
Step outside the traditional sit-down breakfast or brunch and take your crew over to the food trucks at Munch Food Park to sample a bite of everything from chorizo egg breakfast sandwich to succulent boiled shrimp. Grab a few freshly baked cinnamon roll donuts at the Mini Donut Company or start the day off with a non-traditional plate of fish tacos from Mahaley’s Cafe Food Truck and some chips and salsa to share.
Woerner Warehouse Cafe + Catering
You’ll find: Business professionals and foodies, melt-in-your-mouth paninis, amazing Key lime pie
Nestled in the historic Woerner Feed Store building, this cafe produces everything from garden-fresh salads to “jawbreaker” sandwiches piled high with all of the ingredients you can dream up. Chef Angela offers a changing menu that coincides with the seasons, as well as menu staples like the Don Juan panini melt that mark the cafe as one of the best restaurants in Fredericksburg. Order a bowl of the signature daily soup and make sure to grab a slice of the staff favorite Key lime pie before you go.
You’ll find: Locals and sweet-treat hunters, classic German food & beer
The iconic limestone building, built by founding German settlers over 100 years ago, houses historic dishes of Der Lindenbaum Restaurant and Biergarten. From the classic mouthwatering schnitzels to the local-favorite sauerbraten (Rheinland-style sweet and sour marinated roast beef), Executive Chef Ingrid keeps Fredericksburg’s strong German heritage alive with classic recipes. Indulge your sweet tooth with a decadent slice of black forest cake and a German beer on the side as you take in the historical atmosphere.
Jennie’s Smoked Burgers
You’ll find: Families and burger lovers, mountains of tornado fries
Opened in 2015, Jennie’s Smoked Burgers burst onto the food scene in Fredericksburg with an explosion of flavor and style. This family-owned restaurant prides itself on fast, friendly service, thick-cut burgers, and of course, its famous tornado fries. Choosing only the freshest ingredients, Jennie’s’ welcoming atmosphere and commitment to never letting a patron walk away hungry has endeared itself to the community and made itself a must-stop destination for all burger lovers.
You’ll find: Couples and gourmet seekers, wine pairings from local vineyards
The award-winning dishes and ambiance at the Cabernet Grill are paired perfectly with top-tier Texas wines, showcasing the rich and unique flavors of Texas Wine Country. Specializing in signature fresh dishes that showcase true Texas flavors and cuts of meat that are an experience unto themselves, Chef Burtwell puts nothing but excellence onto a plate. Indulge in a Rio grapefruit and gorgonzola salad before pushing your palate to another level with the oak smoked, dry rubbed strip steak and sticky coconut crusted shrimp with five pepper glaze.
You’ll find: Locals and foodies, gourmet German fare
Changing with every week of the season, Otto’s is the spot to enjoy everything from a traditional Beeman Ranch ribeye to a decadent foie gras “BLT.” Sit out on the open-air deck under a string of lights and sip a pint on a warm summer night. Considered to be one of the best restaurants in Fredericksburg, Otto’s highlights gourmet flavors often lost on casual comfort dishes. This is the ideal spot to spend with friends, or just to enjoy a great meal and share a conversation with someone special.
Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse
You’ll find: Family-friendly menu, huge strip steaks, live music
The Texas-sized main dining room is decked out with crafted wood, stone, and natural accents. Crossroads Steak House features the best in live local music, while you dive into favorites like the Texas quail and surf & turf with center-cut New York strip and bacon-wrapped jalapeño shrimp. Their mammoth steaks and refreshing salads on the main menu are paired with mini burgers and grilled cheese for the kids—so good that you just might need to steal a bite!
Beer, Nightlife, & Wineries
Pedernales Brewing Company
You’ll find: Great brews (and some beer snobs arguing over the lager vs. the pilsner—both amazing!)
The team over at Pedernales Brewing Company has made a name for themselves with fresh flavors and a unique artistic style. Stop in for a flight of seasonal suds with refreshing honey pilsners to beat the heat during the summer and robust IPAs and dark lagers to warm you when the temperatures drop. Order a pint of the hefe to beat the Texas heat, and then finish off the tasting with the gold medal-winning lager.
You’ll find: Time-tested wine connoisseurs, some of the best wine in the Hill Country
When three renowned Texas winemakers come together to join forces and create their vision of a winery, you know you’re in for a treat. 4.0 Cellars is what happens when three friends come together, bring their unique and award-winning ways to the collective table, and create a fourth winery with endless potential. With decades of experience and an unparalleled love of Texas wine, these three friends put passion in a glass. Make sure you get a bottle of the blanc du bois reserve for the warmer weather and maybe a rich Montepulciano red to pair with a steak.
The Treaty House
You’ll find: Creatively-named cocktails, small plates, live piano music, great patio
From indulgent signature cocktails like Oaxacan Antigua to the mixologist’s perfectly crafted Green Eggs & Gin, this is the spot to be when the sun goes down. Smoke a cigar and pair it with one of the local Texas whiskeys out on the expansive patio while you enjoy a few small bites like the ahi poke or crab stuffed mushrooms. Head inside to listen to the piano, and maybe request a song to sing if you’re brave enough.
Fredericksburg is a crossroads of cultures, styles, and flavors, offering a down-home gourmet style that is continuing to evolve with the culinary scene. Whether you’re in town to explore the famous Wine Road 290, tour iconic steakhouses, or sample a rejuvenating lighter option, these spots are by far some of the best restaurants in Fredericksburg.
Featured image courtesy of Dave Hensley
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