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Cabernet Grill’s watermelon gazpacho
Cabernet Grill’s watermelon gazpacho
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Where to Dine in Hill Country’s Fredericksburg

A guide to everything from high-end German cuisine to unforgettable roadhouse pie

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Cabernet Grill’s watermelon gazpacho
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Fredericksburg was never going to stay a hidden gem, with grassy rolling hills, a burgeoning vineyard scene, and proximity to otherworldly hiking spot Enchanted Rock. The flux of tourism to this Hill Country locale attracted talented chefs, and the city boasts quite a food scene, buoyed by ample local suppliers and winemakers.

Here are Eater’s picks for the best restaurants and bars found in Fredericksburg. Stay true to the town’s German roots by stopping for a schnitzel at Otto’s. Those looking for sophistication will be pleased with offerings at The Nest or Cabernet Grill, or opt to keep it casual with comfort food and friendly proprietors at Hill Top Cafe and Fredericksburg Pie Company. Finish your evening with an evening stroll down Main Street, with nary a high rise in sight.

The Texas Hill Country has much to explore, from restaurants to barbecue. Keep up with the rest of Eater Road Trip Week on Eater Austin, as well as the other sites.

Everything below is listed in geographical order, from north to south. Is your favorite Fredericksburg restaurant or bar missing below? Let Eater know through the tipline, within the comments, or over on the forum.

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Hill Top Cafe

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North of the main town district, this old school roadhouse pays special attention to its ingredients, produce, and meats, which means the menu focuses on tasty down-home fare like gumbo and stuffed flounder. Saving room for dessert is essential, especially when there are pies.

Hill Top Cafe
Hill Top Cafe
Hill Top Cafe/Facebook

Fredericksburg Pie Company

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An adorable shop with a pie for everyone. Try some of Fredericksburg’s famed peaches in pie form, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a classic for a reason.

Pies from Fredericksburg Pie Company
Pies from Fredericksburg Pie Company
Hillary T./Yelp

Fredericksburg Herb Farm

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The Fredericksburg Herb Farm makes a romantic backdrop for this gorgeous garden bistro. Items like still-warm cinnamon rolls and almond waffles make it a popular spot for brunch, though the restaurant is open for dinner as well, featuring hearty entrees brick chicken and lasagna.

Chicken pot pie from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Chicken pot pie from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Fredericksburg Herb Farm/Facebook

The Treaty House

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Tired of all the wine? Kick back on the patio of this upscale bar for a carefully-concocted cocktail and delectable small plates (think: truffle fries, lobster macaroni and cheese).

Ramos gin fizz at Treaty House
Ramos gin fizz at Treaty House
Treaty House/Facebook

The Peach Tree Restaurant & Gifts

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Stop by the adorable house for a light lunch of quiche or a salad, and peruse the odds and ends found in the gift gallery.

The Peach Tree
The Peach Tree
Dawn R./Yelp

Otto’s German Bistro

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For the full German dinner experience, head to Otto’s, just slightly off the main drag. The menu changes often, so hope the rich duck schnitzel or pillowy ricotta gnocchi make appearances.

Otto’s German Bistro
Otto’s German Bistro
Otto’s/Facebook

Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille

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This fun-loving saloon on Main Street is hiding some pretty serious kitchen chops. Try the tender short ribs with spaetzle or the trout with lemon butter sauce, while enjoying live music and people-watching on the patio.

Wiener schnitzel at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grill
Wiener schnitzel at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grill
Wilhelm V./Yelp

Lost Draw Cellars

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Escape the antiquing crowds and cool down with a glass of wine off Main Street. The tasting room offers charcuterie and cheese to snack on as well.

Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars/Facebook

The Nest

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In a place focused on small town charm, dishes at The Nest exude elegance in the cozy converted home from the 1900s. The silky soups are highly-praised, and the seafood and steaks are perfectly cooked and seasoned.

The Nest
The Nest
David M./Yelp

Cabernet Grill

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This Hill Country restaurant shows its state pride by boasting an exclusively Texan wine list. The menu features big flavors like oak smoked pork tenderloin and thick grilled steaks.

Cabernet Grill’s chicken fried steak topped with lobster
Cabernet Grill’s chicken fried steak topped with lobster
Cabernet Grill/Facebook

Hill Top Cafe

Hill Top Cafe
Hill Top Cafe
Hill Top Cafe/Facebook

North of the main town district, this old school roadhouse pays special attention to its ingredients, produce, and meats, which means the menu focuses on tasty down-home fare like gumbo and stuffed flounder. Saving room for dessert is essential, especially when there are pies.

Hill Top Cafe
Hill Top Cafe
Hill Top Cafe/Facebook

Fredericksburg Pie Company

Pies from Fredericksburg Pie Company
Pies from Fredericksburg Pie Company
Hillary T./Yelp

An adorable shop with a pie for everyone. Try some of Fredericksburg’s famed peaches in pie form, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a classic for a reason.

Pies from Fredericksburg Pie Company
Pies from Fredericksburg Pie Company
Hillary T./Yelp

Fredericksburg Herb Farm

Chicken pot pie from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Chicken pot pie from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Fredericksburg Herb Farm/Facebook

The Fredericksburg Herb Farm makes a romantic backdrop for this gorgeous garden bistro. Items like still-warm cinnamon rolls and almond waffles make it a popular spot for brunch, though the restaurant is open for dinner as well, featuring hearty entrees brick chicken and lasagna.

Chicken pot pie from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Chicken pot pie from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Fredericksburg Herb Farm/Facebook

The Treaty House

Ramos gin fizz at Treaty House
Ramos gin fizz at Treaty House
Treaty House/Facebook

Tired of all the wine? Kick back on the patio of this upscale bar for a carefully-concocted cocktail and delectable small plates (think: truffle fries, lobster macaroni and cheese).

Ramos gin fizz at Treaty House
Ramos gin fizz at Treaty House
Treaty House/Facebook

The Peach Tree Restaurant & Gifts

The Peach Tree
The Peach Tree
Dawn R./Yelp

Stop by the adorable house for a light lunch of quiche or a salad, and peruse the odds and ends found in the gift gallery.

The Peach Tree
The Peach Tree
Dawn R./Yelp

Otto’s German Bistro

Otto’s German Bistro
Otto’s German Bistro
Otto’s/Facebook

For the full German dinner experience, head to Otto’s, just slightly off the main drag. The menu changes often, so hope the rich duck schnitzel or pillowy ricotta gnocchi make appearances.

Otto’s German Bistro
Otto’s German Bistro
Otto’s/Facebook

Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille

Wiener schnitzel at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grill
Wiener schnitzel at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grill
Wilhelm V./Yelp

This fun-loving saloon on Main Street is hiding some pretty serious kitchen chops. Try the tender short ribs with spaetzle or the trout with lemon butter sauce, while enjoying live music and people-watching on the patio.

Wiener schnitzel at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grill
Wiener schnitzel at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grill
Wilhelm V./Yelp

Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars/Facebook

Escape the antiquing crowds and cool down with a glass of wine off Main Street. The tasting room offers charcuterie and cheese to snack on as well.

Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars/Facebook

The Nest

The Nest
The Nest
David M./Yelp

In a place focused on small town charm, dishes at The Nest exude elegance in the cozy converted home from the 1900s. The silky soups are highly-praised, and the seafood and steaks are perfectly cooked and seasoned.

The Nest
The Nest
David M./Yelp

Cabernet Grill

Cabernet Grill’s chicken fried steak topped with lobster
Cabernet Grill’s chicken fried steak topped with lobster
Cabernet Grill/Facebook

This Hill Country restaurant shows its state pride by boasting an exclusively Texan wine list. The menu features big flavors like oak smoked pork tenderloin and thick grilled steaks.

Cabernet Grill’s chicken fried steak topped with lobster
Cabernet Grill’s chicken fried steak topped with lobster
Cabernet Grill/Facebook

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