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Where to Eat in Dripping Springs

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pieous

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12005 W Highway 290
Austin, TX 78737
(512) 394-7041
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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.

2. Crepe Crazy

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660 B W 290 Highway
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

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3. Rolling In Thyme & Dough

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333 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 894-0001
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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.

4. Proof & Cooper

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18710 Hamilton Pool Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78738
(512) 264-1014
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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.

5. Oak Creek Cafe

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660 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 829-4593
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Nothing fancy here, just straightforward country cooking including fried catfish, burgers, and cobblers.

6. Creek Road Café

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301 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 858-9459
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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.

7. Lox, Box & Barrel

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9521 US-290
Austin, TX 78736

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.

8. Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria

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598 E Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 858-9697
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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.

9. Smoke 'N Hops

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3799 E US 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 655-3069
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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.

10. The Mercantile

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211 W Mercer St
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 829-4723
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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.

11. Homespun Kitchen and Bar

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131 E Mercer St
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 829-4064
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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.

12. Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza

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13187 Fitzhugh Rd
Austin, TX 78736
(512) 900-9079
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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.

13. The Pizza Cave

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110 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 829-4157
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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.

14. Drippin Donuts

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651 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 858-2255

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.

15. Carmela's Pizzeria Cafe & Deli

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18901 Hamilton Pool Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 264-2535
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This dinner-only Italian restaurant offers simple, straightforward fare with something for the whole family.

1. Pieous

12005 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

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.

12005 W Highway 290
Austin, TX 78737

2. Crepe Crazy

660 B W 290 Highway, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Crepe Crazy/Official

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.

660 B W 290 Highway
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

3. Rolling In Thyme & Dough

333 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

333 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

4. Proof & Cooper

18710 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78738

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.

18710 Hamilton Pool Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78738

5. Oak Creek Cafe

660 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Nothing fancy here, just straightforward country cooking including fried catfish, burgers, and cobblers.

660 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

6. Creek Road Café

301 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

301 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

7. Lox, Box & Barrel

9521 US-290, Austin, TX 78736

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.

9521 US-290
Austin, TX 78736

8. Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria

598 E Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

598 E Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

9. Smoke 'N Hops

3799 E US 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

3799 E US 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

10. The Mercantile

211 W Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

211 W Mercer St
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

11. Homespun Kitchen and Bar

131 E Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

131 E Mercer St
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

12. Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza

13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736

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.

13187 Fitzhugh Rd
Austin, TX 78736

13. The Pizza Cave

110 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

110 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

14. Drippin Donuts

651 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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.

651 W Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

15. Carmela's Pizzeria Cafe & Deli

18901 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

This dinner-only Italian restaurant offers simple, straightforward fare with something for the whole family.

18901 Hamilton Pool Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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