February 11, 2013

Top 10 Places to Eat on Valentine's Day - 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!! Well, almost. You still have a few days to make some romantic dinner plans. To make it easy, I've put together a list of the top places in Bastrop County to go for a romantic dinner. Now, you have no excuses!

Stories Fine Dining Establishment
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek, TX
(512) 308-4860

Stories Fine Dining Establishment is elegant dining at its best! The atmosphere is romantic and luxurious. There will be a three-course prix-fixe menu, including oysters and caviar, seared sea scallop, filet mignon, Texas quail, braised short ribs, lobster bolognese, triple chocolate cake, and more. $65/person. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Stories Fine Dining Establishment

Hasler Brothers Steakhouse
931 Main Street (entrance on Chestnut Street), Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-1171

Hasler Brothers Steakhouse offers fine dining in an upscale environment. There is a piano bar and cigar lounge where you can relax and enjoy the evening in style. They strive to exceed your expectations with high quality wines, steak, sea food, sushi (on Tuesday and Thursday nights), and more. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Hasler Brothers Steakhouse

Baxters on Main
919 Main Street, Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-3577

Baxters on Main is a jazzy, casual fine dining experience enhanced by raw brick walls and 1920's decor. They offer hand cut Certified Angus beef steaks, fresh seafood, house-made desserts,a nd an extensive wine list. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Baxters on Main

Cedar's Mediterranean Grill
904 College Street, Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-7808

Cedar's Mediterranean Grill is a delicious blend of predominantly Italian and Lebanese food, with the same heart-healthy ingredients known throughout the region. They were voted "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Best of Bastrop County 2012 contest and won "Fan Favorite" at the 2012 Empty Bowl Project. Reservations are accepted.

Cedar's Mediterranean Grill

Bassano Del Grappa Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
141 Tahitian Drive, Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-3393

Bassano Del Grappa Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is a cozy Italian restaurant with New York style pizzas, home baked pastas, veal, seafood, salads, beer, and wine. They are NOT taking reservations, it's first-come, first-served.

Bassano Del Grappo Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Maxine's on Main
905 Main Street, Bastrop, TX
(512) 303-0919

Rated by Texas Monthly as one of the "40 Best Small-Town Cafes" in Texas and one of the "40 Best Breakfast Places" in Texas, Maxine's on Main is a good old fashioned homestyle cafe with character to spare. On Valentine's Day, you can stop by for breakfast and enjoy some red velvet pancakes with maple cream cheese drizzle or a delicious dessert like red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, chocolate covered strawberries, and "cutie" pies. Or come for the dinner special, which includes a garden salad and drinks, followed by a grilled, bacon-wrapped filet and shrimp scampi, a twice baked potato, steamed asparagus topped with hollandaise sauce, dessert, and a rose. $89/couple. Plus, they will have live music by Dunn Deal. Reservations are recommended.

Maxine's on Main

Bastrop Brewhouse
The Crossing
601 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-1144

If you want a more casual and fun Valentine's Day dinner, Bastrop Brewhouse is the place for you! Sit out on the multi-level deck overlooking the Colorado River and enjoy an exceptional four-course dinner (menu to be announced), a locally brewed ale, and flamenco, jazz, and classical guitar from Chris Vincent. Reservations are recommended.

Bastrop Brewhouse

Comfort Cafe
111 NW 1st Street, Smithville, TX
(512) 629-7065

The Comfort Cafe is a casual little restaurant in downtown Smithville with a surprising twist. The restaurant is donation only! Diners can pay what they want (or not at all if you can't afford to pay), and all proceeds benefit Serenity Star Recovery Center. On Valentine's Day, they will be offering a four-course dinner from 6-9pm, including beef wellington and grilled salmon, with live music from The Better Halves.

Comfort Cafe

Morelia Mexican Grill
197 Hwy 290 East, Elgin, TX
(512) 285-3550

Morelia Mexican Grill is not necessarily the most romantic spot, but the food is excellent and they have margaritas, sopapillas, fried ice cream, and a banana burrito. Yummy!

Morelia Mexican Grill

Gracie's (The Grace Miller)
706 Pine Street, Bastrop, TX
(512) 988-0026

Known for their chicken fried steak and home cooking, Gracie's is a quaint and casual dining option that prides itself on its southern hospitality. Relax on the covered patio or dine inside. Choose from delicious dishes like beef tips, grilled pork chops, meatloaf, chicken fried steak, and more!


There are a lot of other restaurant choices in Bastrop County, but these are the top 10 that we recommend to make your Valentine's Day super special this year. Where are you eating this Valentine's Day?

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