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“A great kept secret that's getting out!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina
1310 RR 620 South, Suite A4, Lakeway, TX
512-300-0946
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Ranked #1 of 39 Restaurants in Lakeway
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Phone 512.300.0946. Please add Santa Catarina restaurant to your listing. Santa Catarina is a unique boutique restaurant that serves interior mexican food.
Austin, Texas, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A great kept secret that's getting out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I almost hate telling everyone what a great Mexican restaurant this is because it will just increase the wait time, but this is likely the VERY BEST Mexican food in Austin (even though it is Lakeway). The drive takes a bit, but you will not regret your dining experience. Everything served is fresh, unique and authentic. Be sure and try the house-made corn tortillas...they are the best.

Visited October 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Bluffton, South Carolina
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Interior Mexican Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We've been fans of Santa Catarina since they opened. The Peruvian Margarita is possibly my favorite margaita in town. All of the enchiladias are top notch but my favoirte meal that calls to me everytime is the grilled taquitos dorados. The shredded cabbage and queso fresco on top of the grilled chicken taquitos just makes them special. Whenever my daughters visit the first meal they want is the enchiladas suizas from Santa Catarina. On top of the yummy food, the staff is always friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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34 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great menu and Margaritas.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Great menu and Margaritas. Lots of locals. Good Mexican decor. Try the mixed plate. Fair prices. Outside sitting too.

Visited June 2013
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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Classic Interior Mexican Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Three friends and I savored a long, leisurely lunch at Santa Catarina on Memorial Day, seated at an outdoor table on the patio, surrounded by flowerboxes of colorful petunias. The Peruvian Margarita was fantastic! The tortilla soup was thick with tender pork strips. The ingredients in all our meals were fresh. Best of all, if you are weary of restaurants that serve way-too-big portions, the portion sizes at Santa Catarina are sensible and satisfying. We did not feel rushed. The waiter was attentive and cheerful. The parking was plentiful. The prices, especially the lunch specials, were very reasonable. A delightful dining experience, we cannot wait to go again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
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“Definitely not Tex-Mex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stopped in at Santa Catarina on the way home a few days ago. There is ample parking in front of the restaurant which is located in a medium size commercial building group just off of RR 620 South. There are quite a few tables outside but it was warm so we headed inside. The interior was cool, nicely decorated and clean.

We were greeted immediately and seated promptly. Two of us ordered margaritas and one had a glass of Tolosa wine. The flavored, frozen margaritas were (as is usually the case in Austin) on the sweet side but not as bad as some others. We chose some guacamole and chips along with the chili con queso for appetizers. Both were very good and of sufficient quantity for three people. HInt: ask for a basket of the chips that come with the guacamole instead of the standard tortilla chips.

We ordered the Tacos de Carne (beef) and the De Mariscos relleno for our main course. Again both entrees were very tasty and well presented. The menu is definitely not the usual Tex-Mex fare. More authentic interior Mexico style. Our server was never far away and kept us supplied with drink refills. It was a pleasant dining experience. The only down side I could find is the sweetness of the margaritas and the price of the wine ($12 per glass). Our bar bill was more than the food!

Bottom line is that Santa Catarina is a good place to visit. They have lunch, brunch and dinner menus, drink specials and a happy hour. If one avoids brand-name, expensive wines, the tab is quite reasonable.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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