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Root Cellar Cafe

215 N Lbj Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5621
512-392-5158
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Ranked #2 of 223 Restaurants in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Tue - Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went there for lunch and it was so good we invited friends to meet us there for dinner the next day. They only take reservations up til 4 p. we got there at 6p on a Wed and had no trouble getting in. Parking easy. Appetizers: beer bread with the honey butter fantastic. Tomato brushetta good. They have great... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I had heard of this place from a friend of mine and decided to make the trip up to San Marcos for the evening. I was very impressed with the location; right on the town square in a basement of a building built in the 1800’s. This place had a unique feel with dim lighting and rock walls. The best... More

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TX
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85 reviews 85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Creative venue. Lots of menu choices but they either need to take fish off the menu or learn how to cook it properly. Both fish entrees were overdone despite asking waiter to ask chef not to over cook the fish. Apparently "blackened" means charred to this chef so order accordingly. risotto was heavy and probably had cream added instead of... More

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San Marcos, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a favorite restaurant in San Marcos. The food is carefully prepared, the decor is interesting, and the staff are very friendly. There are vegetarian options for those who prefer a no-meat alternative. Downsides: Sometimes the wait can be long, and the acoustics are not the best (gets noisy).

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Crescent, Oklahoma
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor and thought we would give The Root Cellar a try. What a disappointment. Prices were midrange. My husband ordered the chicken cordon blue. It was simply a grilled chicken breast with a slice of luncheon ham and deli Swiss cheese. Edible, but not good. I ordered the spicy penne pasta and... More

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Bulverde, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Get there early - it is not a big place and everyone in town eats here! Great lunch menu - I could not decide what to get but finally decided on the Veggie Deluxe the first time I went and it was delicious. The second time I got the Cubano Club and it was a lot to eat but so... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had breakfast here. The food was not bad, and the menu was a nice departure from your typical greasy spoon. I enjoyed the atypical setup that they've adapted in this cellar. They brew their own beer here (no I didn't have it for breakfast). They filled my insulated growler to go. Beer was tasty and good... More

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Wimberley, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

"We strive to create an experience for our customer" uhhh..... ONLY IF YOU ARE ABLE BODIED. They have chosen not to make the restaurant ADA compliant, handicapped people can not get into the building. Business owner is not willing to pay for the change to the building (EXPENSE IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE) & sacrifice a few seats in the dining room.... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

If you are looking for a quality lunch, in a cozy, English country pub-like atmosphere, this is the place to visit. While the cuisine didn't wow, it was thoughtfully prepared. We visited for lunch but the breakfast options looked wonderful and may warrant a trip back to try. The staff and service were excellent and children of all ages were... More

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california
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92 reviews 92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We ate lunch here yesterday after going to the farmer's market nearby on The Square in downtown San Marcos. I had the Cubano Sandwich with kettle chips and my friend had the Texas BLT Sandwich with the chips. The "B" here was house smoked brisket and it was great. We shared one of their house desserts - the bread pudding... More

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