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“One bad dish can spoil a meal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hudson's on the Bend

Hudson's on the Bend
3509 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78734
(512) 266-1369
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Ranked #54 of 3,158 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $31 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Austin, Texas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
“One bad dish can spoil a meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Our experience is that of a good dinner damaged by a very poor dish. After a pleasant amuse bouche, my husband enjoyed the smoked duck diablos, and I had escargot sauteed with asparagus, hearts of palm and baby artichoke served in lemon garlic butter. This was a terribly designed dish because you couldn't eat the artichoke half. You couldn't peel leaves by hand because it was in a soup of lemon butter. A fork and knife were ineffective on the artichoke, also. The tart hearts of palm combined with the tart lemon butter was really unpleasant, so the escargot and aspargus were the only tasty bits amidst frustration. The tamale stuffed pheasant and smoked angus rib eye were both delicious entrees, and the wait staff were just right.

I am sorry to rate this restaurant 3 stars, but it is inexcusable to have a really poor dish at a restaurant this expensive.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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39 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Special "Texas" food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Delightful upbeat and different in a great way--just thinking of this place reminds me of Austin and Texas! Offerings unlike those found elsewhere and very good!! Have been there many times in my visits to Austin and have enjoyed it each time!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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20 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Take your money elsewhere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We had dinner at Hudson's last weekend, after my son's graduation from UT -- we won't bother going back. The food was OK but not great -- at the prices that Hudson's charges (maybe 30% over what we pay in Houston for comparable cooking), the food should be exquisite, which it is not. Admittedly, the carnivores in our group were happy with the mixed grill and the surf-n-turf, but the salads were ordinary and the peach cobbler had almost no fruit in it. And don't bother with the $26 gnocchi entree -- 7 small lumps of potato flour with a few mushrooms and a few leaves in a bitter broth.

As for atmosphere, only the prices make Hudson's a "special occasion" restaurant. The building is a rambling shack with low ceilings, uneven stone floors and no windows (claustrophobics beware -- many tables lack a line of sight to the only door out). On the night we were there, the air conditioning was really struggling, even though it was only 90 degrees outside -- may explain why a "casual elegant" dress code actually means anything goes, another disappointment at a restaurant that charges $30 to $50 for most of its entrees. And best not to think of the outside tables as a viable alternative, except maybe during the winter. The hostess initially had us slated for the gazebo in the garden, where she insisted there would be a good breeze later in the evening -- as the garden is small and scruffy (board fence on one side, parked vehicles on another), we opted instead for a table inside and the puny AC. (Negatives aside, we did appreciate her willingness to relocate us during prime time on a Saturday evening, and our servers were competent throughout. Not so the bartender, however, who sent back word that he couldn't do any Gin Gimlets because he didn't have any Rose's Lime Juice.)

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
“Expensive treat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

The food is really good, but the prices keep me from going back. There is a trailer on South Congress that serves food from the. I frequent it often.

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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012 via mobile

We had Mother's Day dinner here. The food quality was poor and overly priced. The starter I order was an iceberg head of lettuce wedge and a special goat cheese dressing and avocado. What I received were three leaves of lettuce and thee thin spices of avocado. Price $15.95. My entree was the Mother's Day special of heirloom tomato stuffed with a seafood mixture of lobster, crab and shrimp. I was served three very small, unripen tomato each filled with two tablespoons of finely chopped seafood and celery. Price $35.

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