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The 8 Top Restaurants Near Hamilton Pool Preserve

From fried chicken to barbecue to juices out in the Hill Country

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Now that it’s so hot outside, it’s time to seek out the nearest watering hole. One of the Austin-area’s most popular and stunning ones is Hamilton Pool Preserve out in Dripping Springs, where the blue-green water is surrounded by rock formations and a waterfall.

There’s plenty to eat and drink before or after a swim at the pool, and even takeout options for a picnic. There’s fried chicken and cocktails from Proof & Cooper, beer and Southern Cajun fare at Family Business Brewing Co., Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Sorellina, and much more.

Keep in mind, reservations are required to visit the pool, which must be made online, through the end of October (it’s only required during weekends and holidays in November and December). Reservations are $11, and there is an additional $15 car fee in person that is cash-only. Reservations are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then again from 2 to 6 p.m.

For other Hill Country eating, there are the area’s best restaurants, barbecue, and pies, and likewise, where to refuel after tubing in Central Texas’ popular rivers.

Everything listed below is within a 30-minute drive from Hamilton Pool Preserve at 243 Hamilton Pool Road. Is a favorite Hamilton Pool Preserve-adjacent restaurant missing below? Let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pizzeria Sorellina

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23526 Hwy 71 West Bldg. B
Spicewood, TX 78669
(737) 222-6061
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Bypass fine dining restaurant Apis (pool time isn’t the occasion for it) for its casual pizzeria offshoot right next door. Much like Apis, Pizzeria Sorellina focuses on high quality, seasonal ingredients on its Neapolitan pies, like fermented and dried shiitake mushrooms, fennel, and chilis, along with its house-cured meats. For something lighter, there’s a particularly refreshing butter lettuce salad.

Pizza from Pizzeria Sorellina
Pizza from Pizzeria Sorellina
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2. Its All Good BBQ

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22112 Texas 71
Spicewood, TX 78669
(512) 264-1744
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The Spicewood barbecue restaurant offers up the expected smoked meats, from brisket, chicken, turkey, to an assortment of ribs. There are sandwiches, desserts, and particularly handy family packs. The latter boasts of two pounds of meat and two quarts of sides, perfect for snacking at the pool.

Ribs from It’s All Good BBQ
Ribs from It’s All Good BBQ
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3. Angel's Icehouse

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21815 TX-71
Spicewood, TX 78669
(512) 264-3777
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Angel’s Icehouse is the answer for simple and easy drinks in a fun alfresco space. On deck are beers, burgers, queso, and the requisite chicken fried steak. The icehouse often hosts live music too.

Frito pie and salad at Angel’s Icehouse
Frito pie and salad at Angel’s Icehouse
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4. The Rooster

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21521 TX-71
Spicewood, TX 78669
(424) 228-6276

Breakfast tacos/burritos and burgers can be found at the Spicewood food truck. The tacos and burritos are simple: think eggs, chorizo, beans, potatoes for the mornings and steak or chicken fajitas for lunch. Keep in mind it’s only open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it’s closed on the weekends.

The Rooster
The Rooster
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5. JuiceLand

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2422 Ranch Rd 620 S
Austin, TX 78738
(512) 284-9044
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Juice is a perfect pool beverage, and luckily, JuiceLand has a Lakeway location.

6. Verde's Mexican Parrilla

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16018 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin, TX 78738
(512) 263-0500
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For Mexican, look no further than Verde’s, where the spicy salsa is plentiful, to pair along with tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas. Surprisingly, the chipotle-honey glazed pork chop is a sure bet.

Fajitas at Verde’s
Fajitas at Verde’s
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7. Family Business Beer Company

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19510 Hamilton Pool Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 829-4202
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Combine beer (from the co-star of science-fiction television show Supernatural) and Southern/Cajun food, and you’ve got Family Business Brewing Co. and on-site food truck Jep’s Southern Roots. The space is meant for lingering, with a stylish taproom and expansion outdoor area.

The outdoor space at Family Business Beer Co.
The outdoor space at Family Business Beer Co.
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8. Proof & Cooper

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18710 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin, TX 78738
(512) 264-1014
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Proof & Cooper offers up Texas bar food (hatch chili queso to fried chicken to burgers) and and cocktails like classic Old Fashioneds and passion fruit/black cherry/peach punches. Even better: there’s Sunday brunch.

Pimento-stuffed jalapeno peppers from Proof & Cooper
Pimento-stuffed jalapeno peppers from Proof & Cooper
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1. Pizzeria Sorellina

23526 Hwy 71 West Bldg. B, Spicewood, TX 78669
Pizza from Pizzeria Sorellina
Pizza from Pizzeria Sorellina
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Bypass fine dining restaurant Apis (pool time isn’t the occasion for it) for its casual pizzeria offshoot right next door. Much like Apis, Pizzeria Sorellina focuses on high quality, seasonal ingredients on its Neapolitan pies, like fermented and dried shiitake mushrooms, fennel, and chilis, along with its house-cured meats. For something lighter, there’s a particularly refreshing butter lettuce salad.

23526 Hwy 71 West Bldg. B
Spicewood, TX 78669

2. Its All Good BBQ

22112 Texas 71, Spicewood, TX 78669
Ribs from It’s All Good BBQ
Ribs from It’s All Good BBQ
It’s All Good BBQ/Facebook

The Spicewood barbecue restaurant offers up the expected smoked meats, from brisket, chicken, turkey, to an assortment of ribs. There are sandwiches, desserts, and particularly handy family packs. The latter boasts of two pounds of meat and two quarts of sides, perfect for snacking at the pool.

22112 Texas 71
Spicewood, TX 78669

3. Angel's Icehouse

21815 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669
Frito pie and salad at Angel’s Icehouse
Frito pie and salad at Angel’s Icehouse
Elle H./Yelp

Angel’s Icehouse is the answer for simple and easy drinks in a fun alfresco space. On deck are beers, burgers, queso, and the requisite chicken fried steak. The icehouse often hosts live music too.

21815 TX-71
Spicewood, TX 78669

4. The Rooster

21521 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669
The Rooster
The Rooster
The Rooster/Facebook

Breakfast tacos/burritos and burgers can be found at the Spicewood food truck. The tacos and burritos are simple: think eggs, chorizo, beans, potatoes for the mornings and steak or chicken fajitas for lunch. Keep in mind it’s only open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it’s closed on the weekends.

21521 TX-71
Spicewood, TX 78669

5. JuiceLand

2422 Ranch Rd 620 S, Austin, TX 78738

Juice is a perfect pool beverage, and luckily, JuiceLand has a Lakeway location.

2422 Ranch Rd 620 S
Austin, TX 78738

6. Verde's Mexican Parrilla

16018 Hamilton Pool Rd, Austin, TX 78738
Fajitas at Verde’s
Fajitas at Verde’s
Rich G./Yelp

For Mexican, look no further than Verde’s, where the spicy salsa is plentiful, to pair along with tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas. Surprisingly, the chipotle-honey glazed pork chop is a sure bet.

16018 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin, TX 78738

7. Family Business Beer Company

19510 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
The outdoor space at Family Business Beer Co.
The outdoor space at Family Business Beer Co.
Julia Keim

Combine beer (from the co-star of science-fiction television show Supernatural) and Southern/Cajun food, and you’ve got Family Business Brewing Co. and on-site food truck Jep’s Southern Roots. The space is meant for lingering, with a stylish taproom and expansion outdoor area.

19510 Hamilton Pool Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

8. Proof & Cooper

18710 Hamilton Pool Rd, Austin, TX 78738
Pimento-stuffed jalapeno peppers from Proof & Cooper
Pimento-stuffed jalapeno peppers from Proof & Cooper
Proof & Cooper/Yelp

Proof & Cooper offers up Texas bar food (hatch chili queso to fried chicken to burgers) and and cocktails like classic Old Fashioneds and passion fruit/black cherry/peach punches. Even better: there’s Sunday brunch.

18710 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin, TX 78738

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