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Root Cellar Cafe

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215 N Lbj Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5621
+1 512-392-5158
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07:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 07:00 - 22:00
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San Marcos, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great dining experience, homey atmosphere, good craft beers and wonderful food. Prices are moderate. Service can be slow during lunch sometimes.

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Thank smitty58
Tijeras, New Mexico
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a lovely afternoon here eating outside. Service is great! Food is good! Sangrias are wonderful especially at happy hour prices!!!

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Thank Robin E
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have never had a bad lunch here! Great food - unique menu. Crowded for lunch, get there early. Popular spot for students.

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Thank Lanita L
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

John took great care of us for breakfast. He was warm, and very personable. The Rae sandwich was very tastey. Atmosphere was cozy and quaint. If I was in the area longer, would return for dinner. They have a few microbrews they make which I would like to try. The unique thing about this place is you enter with a... More 

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Thank vs54
San Marcos, Texas
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My latest trip to the Root Cellar was great. The food is consistently good and every staff member has always been very attentive. The handicap access is non-existent, but it is a super old building. Try to avoid the lunch or dinner rush because there can be a wait. I will definitely be back.

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Thank princessnannykins
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had breakfast here during a walk around San Marcos. Having eaten here before ( dinner ) in a previous trip we knew breakfast would be special and it was !! Great service by the staff and chefs - food was delivered swiftly and with a big smile 😉 Would thoroughly recommend the Root Cellar to all my friends !!

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Thank paulie5416
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in after a meeting with my thesis advisor for an afternoon pick me up. Ordered a cappuccino and tried the cheesecake as recommended by the barista. Both tasted heavenly. I am extremely picky about a good balance of milk, foam, and coffee in my cappos. After living in Italy, I also can't stand bitter American coffees being used to... More 

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Thank Kathleen D
Kyle, Texas
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The craft beer is really good and they are always adding new beers to the menu. Great wine selection too. Don't go without trying the beer bread. They make the bread with the grains they use to brew their beer, grill it, and serve it with cinnamon compound butter.

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Thank Vince C
New Braunfels, Texas
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our meals and I definitely will recommend the burgers. They do offer beer, I really like beer, and a small variety of local beers. (I really like local beers) The only down side, in our eyes (or shall we say ears) , was how loud it was in there. The music was at a level in which... More 

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Thank Matthew B
New Braunfels, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Yes, some people will rave about Palmers, but the best place to eat in San Marcos is the Root Cellar. It's the only restaurant with a unique atmosphere that makes a dinner out cozy and enjoyable. Their wine list is so-so, but food is great. If you are eating out in San Marcos and want more than college-style fare, go... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 N Lbj Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5621
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 512-392-5158

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?