Out in the Texas Hill Country is Dripping Springs, the once-sleepy hamlet now popping with restaurants and bars. Here is Eater’s guide to dining and drinking in Dripping Springs, from doughnuts, pizza, to fancy dinners. For the purposes of this map, restaurants west of Highway 71 in Oak Hill were included. Is your favorite Dripping Springs restaurant missing? Let us know in the comments below or through the tipline.Read More
Where to Eat in Dripping Springs
Pizza, bagels, drinks, and more
Even though pizza is the name of the game at Pieous, the pastrami is a can't-miss menu item, as is the banana cream pie. There's also the recently opened Pie-é-tea next door, serving coffee and pastries for the breakfast crowd.
You might not expect French street food in this tiny town, it's here. Start your day with a Cowboy Up breakfast crepe, or pop in for a ham and swiss at lunch, or just satisfy that sweet tooth with a Nutella Royale.
Rolling In Thyme & Dough
Primarily a bakery and lunch cafe, Thyme & Dough offers fresh pastries in the morning, light luncheon fare, and desserts. Thursday are Bistro Nights, where dinner is served from 6 to 9 p.m. There's Sunday brunch, too.
Proof & Cooper
This former bait shop on the road to Hamilton Pool has been converted into a haven for those who love bourbon, beer, and unpretentious picnic fare in an idyllic setting.
Oak Creek Cafe
Nothing fancy here, just straightforward country cooking including fried catfish, burgers, and cobblers.
Creek Road Café
Creek Road Cafe embraces its Hill Country identity with Westcave Wedge Salad, Pedernales pork chops, and much more on its extensive menu. It's your best bet for date night dinner in the area.
Lox, Box & Barrel
The newest addition to the dining scene is the gourmet deli, offering bagel-forward breakfast, handcrafted sandwiches (like the classic Reuben), and freshly baked desserts. Be sure to check out the lox, which was what launched the enterprise in the form of Celtic Seafare.
Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria
Located in the HEB shopping center, Hill Country Ranch offers casual family dining. The menu spans hot dogs, burgers, salads, pasta, and pizza. Unique to this joint is the Big Game Hunter pizza, which is topped with venison, wild game sausage, and alligator.
Smoke 'N Hops
The barbecue joint is undergoing changes right now from a restaurant that didn't serve traditional barbecue plates to serving only bar food until renovations to the taproom are done. Hopefully this includes house-smoked meats in sliders and queso, still.
Located on historic Mercer Street in downtown, The Mercantile offers tapas and wine, with a rotating, seasonal menu sourced from local favorites like Johnson's Backyard Garden.
Homespun Kitchen and Bar
The Hill Country fare here consists of deviled eggs, fried pickles, chicken schnitzel, filet, and more. For drinks, pick something out from the admirable bourbon and wine selection.
Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza
You don't have to be on a visit to Jester King Brewery to enjoy Stanley's, although the beers certainly pair well with the pies. The wood-fired artisanal pizzas come with classic toppings as with the Lana and the Dexter and classic Texas, like the brisket-studded Willie. There are plenty of local brews and unusual wines to accompany your meal, and the Hill Country setting is pretty darn idyllic.
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The Pizza Cave
Pizza Cave prides itself on bringing New York style pizza to Dripping Springs, along with subs, salads, calzones, and garlicky garlic knots. Other items include an assortment of Texas wines, and gluten-free pasta and pizza.
Whether you're just passing through or on your way to work, this is the place to stop for doughnuts, fritters, cinnamon rolls, and kolaches.
Carmela's Pizzeria Cafe & Deli
This dinner-only Italian restaurant offers simple, straightforward fare with something for the whole family.