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Root Cellar Cafe

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215 N Lbj Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5621
512-392-5158
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Most enjoyable

The food is outstanding and if you have to wait for seating it is well worth it!! Have eaten both breakfast and lunch and have yet to be disappointed. And if you haven't been to their new bakery you are missing out on some great treats. Wait staff and all their employees are excellent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
MHJSMTX
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San Marcos, Texas
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Marcos, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The food is outstanding and if you have to wait for seating it is well worth it!! Have eaten both breakfast and lunch and have yet to be disappointed. And if you haven't been to their new bakery you are missing out on some great treats. Wait staff and all their employees are excellent.

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The Root Cellar Café has GREAT food! It's worth trying for sure. My only complaint is that because it's so small, there will be a long wait on the weekends and they cannot accompany more than one large party due to limited seating.

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Templeton, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I love this place. Root Cellar is my husband and my go-to option when looking for a nice date in San Marcos. The food has never disappointed, the atmosphere is charming, and the service is spot on. I can't even recommend one item--try everything! Order something new each time. You won't be disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

it took a while to get seated and a very long time to get our food. The food was good and the service was pleasant. But not worth the wait.

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DSergi
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have been going to the Root Cellar for years. Over the years the food has evoked from simply pretentious faux gastro pub to a wonderfully eclectic menu that is diverse in its offering, yet true to its theme. This is a close as you will get to a true locavore restaurant. The vegetarian menu goes beyond salads and offers... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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492 reviews 492 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a long time local favorite in San Marcos and an excellent choice as there are not that many good / nice restaurant choices in San Marcos. We ordered a bottle of wine while we waited for our table, they were very accommodating. Salads were good with a delicious dressing, we had the salmon with veggies and wild rice... More 

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Austin, Texas, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Parking was horrible because of construction but the food was excellent. A little loud for my taste, but for a younger crowd it is a perfect spot.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We had just flown in to Austin and we were looking for someplace with unique, fresh food. The Root Cellar Cafe in San Marcos hit the mark. It was a few minutes drive off the freeway but well worth the detour. We ordered the Grilled Tilapia Cakes with Russian Dill Sauce to start - very tasty. The herb-custed salmon atop... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best place I've found in San Marcos to eat. The lunch menu has lots of gluten free options, and the dinner menu has even more. Have a glass of Root 1 Cabernet with dinner, yum!

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Kaufman, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Very good food. It is a very noisy restaurant so be prepared. The ceiling are quite low. Our server was very professional. The food was excellent. The only odd thing was the amount of purple onions put in every dish. We wondered if they had over ordered onions and needed to use them up. The bread pudding was amazing as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 N Lbj Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5621
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 512-392-5158

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?