The 9 Best Restaurants in Fredericksburg, TX

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Fredericksburg may have the heart of a small town, but the restaurants here don’t let the city’s quaint size slow down their ambition or creativity. With healthy doses of the area’s German heritage and Texas-style comfort food, the cuisine of Fredericksburg is an appealing mix of Europe and the American South. Whichever you decide upon, you won’t leave hungry.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Vaudeville

Vaudeville brings creative chefs who blend inspirations from France, the South, and elsewhere around the world to create upscale dishes. The bistro is amazing for lunch in Fredericksburg’s relaxed downtown, while every Friday and Saturday night, Vaudeville offers an elevated “supper club” with a tasting menu carefully decided by the chefs. Possible dishes include braised akaushi beef salad and blackberry sorbet.

Insider Tip

For lunch, it’s difficult to top Vaudeville’s take on the Cajun classic, crawfish etouffee.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Cabernet Grill

Cabernet Grill is an eatery that could only be opened in Texas Hill Country, since it combines Texas’ best culinary tradition—namely, massive slabs of steak—with a deep dedication to fine wines. Of course, the certified Angus beef steaks are a must, but the chefs’ indulgent seafood and chicken options are also appropriately large and, often, bacon wrapped. The wine list is thorough, includes plenty of locally-grown options, and your server will be able to expertly pair a glass with your Texas-sized meal.

Insider Tip

The menu includes several intriguing blended coffee drinks, many of which include alcohol.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Otto’s

Otto’s German Bistro serves the rich comfort food of Germany using locally sourced meat and produce that changes with the seasons. A molasses-cured pork chop and duck schnitzel bring the tastes of Bavaria to Texas Hill Country, but the chefs still please locals with wagyu ribeye steaks and pan seared red snapper. The patio is heated, so you can enjoy those long Texas sunsets, even when the temperature gets nippy.

Insider Tip

Otto’s German Bistro offers brunch only on Sundays, so rush over to try their orange-glazed cinnamon rolls with candied pecans.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Old German Bakery & Restaurant

Fredericksburg’s German roots are showcased at Old German Bakery & Restaurant, where traditional favorites like potato pancakes come from the kitchen with famous German efficiency. The warmly decorated and spacious restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, but you can grab some fresh-baked bread or pastries if you are in a hurry. The burgers are massive, extra juicy, and have been hailed as Fredericksburg’s finest.

Insider Tip

The veggie omelet, overfilled with spinach, mushrooms, and cheese, will ensure that even vegetarians won’t leave hungry.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Pie Company

Obviously, Fredericks Pie Company sells terrific pies—some would say the best in the nation—but the operation also includes a cozy dining area where you can eat the pastries and sip coffee. With an exterior that looks like your grandparents’ house, Fredericksburg Pie Company does its best to make you feel like family. The baked-daily pies go fast, so come early; each slice of peach, German chocolate, or buttermilk pie is worth every calorie.

Insider Tip

With 24 hours notice, Fredericksburg Pie Company can whip up a sugar-free fruit pie, just for you, that is sweetened with Splenda.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Farm Haus Bistro

Farm Haus Bistro is a small café located inside the incredibly cute Fredericksburg Herb Farm, which also offers cottage lodging and a spa. With favorites including chicken pot pie and mushroom lasagna, the menu showcases elegant takes on country comfort foods far more flavorful than any chain restaurant. Tour the herb garden and take lunch at the Farm Haus Bistro, or enjoy the orchestra of aromas during a candle-lit dinner.

Insider Tip

The Texas-style Bloody Mary is plenty spicy, and crafted with locally -made vodka.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Nest Restaurant

Housed inside a cottage built at the turn of the 1900s, Nest Restaurant serves fanciful New American takes on beloved Texas meals. If you ever thought fine dining was impossible to find in small town, Nest Restaurant’s broiled quail, stuffed with bacon, spinach, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes, will convince you otherwise. The warmly decorated dining room is quiet and unassuming, even as the menu is extraordinarily ambitious.

Insider Tip

The slightly spicy Mexican chocolate ice cream is a suitable end to a day in Texas Hill Country

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Der Lindenbaum Restaurant

Fredericksburg was founded by German pioneers over a century ago, yet their love for all things meaty and starchy still runs deep at Der Lindenbaum Restaurant in the city’s picturesque downtown area. The façade of Der Lindenbaum looks like it came from an old Western flick, yet the chef came from Europe—together, the dining experience balances earthy coziness with Old-World luxury. While Der Lindenbaum Restaurant possesses plenty of Texas-grown wine to go with your schnitzel or steak, it also has a thorough list of more than 30 German beers.

Insider Tip

The authentic German desserts like apple strudel and black forest cake are worth a visit all by themselves.

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Restaurants / Fredericksburg

Auslander Restaurant

Auslander Restaurant stands out among the crowd of German eateries in Fredericksburg; the dining room feels like an old hunting lodge complete with a giant stag mounted on the wall. The outdoor eating area is also sprawling and often boisterous, like any good German watering hole, and the food is unpretentious with plenty of options for meat-lovers, vegetarians, and children.

Insider Tip

The number of beers on tap is laudable; a thirsty guest could easily spend all day drinking and laughing in the festive biergarten.

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