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“Special place in a small town”
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Reata Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 44 Restaurants in Alpine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The original Reata Restaurant located in the scenic Davis Mountains of west Texas offers the same fine dining and Legendary Texas Cuisine you can find at the Fort Worth location. Alpine, home to Sul Ross State University is near Texas tourist destination Big Bend National Park and the towns of Marathon, Fort Davis and Lajitas. Alpine is also a short drive from Marfa, Texas renowned both for the mysterious Marfa Lights and Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation. Reata, named after the legendary ranch in the James Dean classic movie, “Giant”, which was filmed in nearby Marfa, boasts the same high quality Southwestern dining you can find in Fort Worth. This is not food for the faint of heart, from Chicken Fried Steak to Calf Fries or the Pepper Crusted Tenderloin and Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, this is a dining experience not to miss. Today, Reata Alpine remains a true destination restaurant, attracting loyal diners from miles beyond the charming converted farmhouse where our Legendary Texas Cuisine was born.
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We've eaten at the Reata in Fort Worth and it was excellent. We decided to try the original Reata while we were in Alpine and it was every bit as good. They even comped our dessert because it was my birthday. Our server was very attentive, but not hovering. We were there on a Monday night, but would have liked to have been there closer to the weekend so we could enjoy the full atmosphere.

Thank David E
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

The menu is full of simple food that you'd expect in West Texas. All the dishes especially the Tortilla Soup were terrific. The portions are large and the atmosphere, rustic. The clientele has personality too, bikers, older folks, families and date-night couples. It's a sophisticated destination in the desert of Alpine. Try it. And if you are from a large city like Dallas or Austin, all the better because the price is great.

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Thank Dell L
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We went to the Reata Restaurant after arriving in Fort Davis, yes it was a 25 mile drive from Fort Davis but it was worth it.

We had the Carne Asada Topped with Reata's Cheese Enchiladas since it was a "specialty" and thankfully we split it. Even when splitting it was a lot. The steak was excellent and well prepared the cheese enchiladas wasn't my favorite as it had a BBQ sauce taste but it was good. All of these sides were great.

For desert we split a bread pudding tamale, which is break pudding wrapped in a tamale corn shell. Very unique and it was good but our was a tad cold and a bit dry.

The atmosphere at the Reata is great, very nice inside and out. The wait staff was prompt and friendly.

If atmosphere counts this is the place.

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Thank Bob W
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Very good food, the salmon was very good as was the margarita. Highly recommended. A pleasant surprise for a town the size of Alpine.

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1  Thank olenodak
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Good LORD where to start? The wife and I stopped here on a Monday evening. She'd seen some wonderful reviews on this place so she was keen to try it. I was dubious when I saw the ad board outside and got a good look at the specials and their prices.

I'm not sure what their decor is going for, maybe instead of shabby chic they are trying for shabby cowboy meets drug store cowboy with a bit of snobby thrown in. First impression wasn't good when we entered off the street and walked into one of the small dining rooms with no obvious area for the wait staff to greet you. That led into us having to wait until someone discovered we had come in and wanted to sit down and order some food. we opted for the back of the restaurant where the outdoor seating is located. On the plus side they have some very good older country that plays softly in the background.

I settled on one of the specials which was pork chops with a pear/bourbon glaze, green beans and mashed potatoes. The wife got grilled chicken breast with tomato/blue cheese garnish green beans and mashed potatoes. I tried to order a draft beer but was informed they were changing out the beer taps and only had bottle beer. To top that they only had the usual domestic beer, which is a disappointment in this place that tries to set itself apart as a "finer establishment". And why would you offer the "usual" when you have so many craft beer options so close? On the other hand the cherry vodka limeade my wife had was, according to her "EXCELLENT", which it better be at $9.95.

The waitress disappeared after a lengthy wait for our drinks and stayed away until our food arrived. Funny, because the place was not crowded at all. They probably missed an alcohol sale for that.

On to the food:
I absolutely love green beans. Cooked correctly and with the correct ingredients and they can be a meal all by themselves. These were not cooked well. In fact they were barely warmed. To even call them al dente would be a stretch. I don't think you could even call what they did to them cooking. In short, they were inedible. Raw would have been better.

Mashed potatoes. Eh, ho-hum, nothing special, I had WAY better.

Pork chops. They were bland. And f you really knew me, you would know that is saying something.

The wife's chicken was pretty good. She had the same complaints about the sides but the only complaint about the chicken was the topping. It was supposed to come topped with bleu cheese and tomatoes. Instead it came with bleu cheese, tomatoes and very small diced red onions. Onions which she cannot eat, at least not raw.

Overall this was a huge expensive mistake. Total bill with tip was over $60. I would NOT go there again and would NOT recommend this place.

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1  Thank Kenny M
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