Austin >Food & Dining > Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
We go frequently, and unfortunately, will not be going back. Last night was not only disappointing, but very frustrating. The only thing that went right was the valet guys did a great job at parking my car. The manager was extremely accommodating and did all he could to ensure we left on a good note, but you don't pay that kind of money for a Chili's experience.
Views, Food and Music - OH MY!. I love this place! I can’t decide what I like better: the view, the live music, the food or the friendly staff! Always a pleasure!
I recently went for Valentine's Day, and they had great V-Day specials. The standard menu is great too. I've twice had their New Orleans style Mahi Mahi, and it melts in your mouth.
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a place for a special occasion or just for a regular dinner. Oh, and the view is incredible. Great views of Lake Travis with the hillsides and beautiful at sundown.
Great View, Bad service, bad food.
nice looking place, but I was there with a party of 10 and our service was HORRIBLE.
Once we did get our food ( my steak was not medium rare, not even close) it was cold. I even think if it was hot it wouldnt of tasted that good anyway. I didnt want to send it back because I was starving and coudnt wait another 45 minutes. Getting a drink was another task, All I has was beer, and it took forever to get it .
Too may good steak places in Ausitn to blow $150 buck on, not here. This was my first time here, and probably my last.
Great view. Wanting a special evening we went to the Steiner Steakhouse for 1st time. Beautiful location, the facility is perfect. Relaxing music - what an evening it could have been. The "nice" young waitress took our drink order - just fine. She came back for dinner order and rattled off items not on the menu apparently. She spoke very fast, neither of us could understand half what she said. We ordered the prime rib (which sounded delicious) medium rare, specificing we wanted pink with a little red. Both orders came back well done. I asked her to bring one more rare. She brought back one that was medium - no pink. It went downhill from there. No sugar for the coffee. No refills until time to leave. The desert with ice cream was melted. Getting the waitress' attention for anything was very difficult. We had thought we would take an expected group of out of town guests there, however we definitely have changed our mind. .
Go for the views, skip the steak.
We had read reviews of the mediocre food but decided to keep an open mind and try SRS for ourselves because the weather was gorgeous and we were looking forward to great views. Unfortunately, our low food expectations were met --- the steaks are really, really bad, especially for the $30-40 per steak price point. They claim the beef is prime, and perhaps it is, but the steaks suffer from both butchering and cooking problems. Our $38 14 oz NY strip steaks were undercooked (rare instead of medium rare); the meat was tough and full of gristle. Over half of the steak was inedible because of the gristle. (Good marbleing is fantastic; excessive gristle is gross.) The standard side of mashed potatoes tasted as though they were out of a box --- no creaminess, no flavor. The asparagus was limp and also lacked flavor. We had also ordered two appetizers: The beef toranados were tough and accompanied by bland pico and sad, old greens. The queso was better but still on the bland side. We also ordered cocktails, which were very tasty, and wine, which was from an uninspired and overpriced (400% markup) but solid list. Our total bill for 2 was $300, including tip. This did not include desserts or salads.
On a positive note, the views are lovely, and the outdoor patio scene has a terrific vibe. People are in a good mood here, and everyone seems to be celebrating. If you can stand the wind, this is a great place to come for drinks, socializing, and music (The Drew Womack band is excellent). The patio has both heaters and a fire pit for chilly evenings, as well as lots of comfy chairs. We also experienced very friendly, competent service, and it was fun to see several members of the Steiner family mingling with customers and enjoying the place as well.
Bottom line: for a true steakhouse experience, you can spend less money and have a better meal at Fleming's or III Forks. But for drinks, a happy vibe, and great views, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse is worth a visit.
We ordered two steaks. One highest quality, one disappointing (same cut).
If you like your steaks medium rare, order them "medium", as both our steaks were undercooked (compared to what would be considered normal). Especially if you order a bone-in steak.
The orzo (standard side dish) was HORRIBLE. Must have been cooked overnight. One big pile of tasteless mush. Seriously the worst I've ever had. Avoid at all costs. Pay extra to have it excluded from your plate. Get the potatoes instead.
Asparagus was great, though. Small diameter, seasoned nicely, cooked perfectly.
Unbelievably, they don't have an espresso machine. Only "coffee or decaf" after dinner. HUH????? I can get a Latte at McDonalds with my $4 happy meal, but not with my $230 dinner. Just stupid. Really stupid.
The waiter was probably what saved the meal. I think his name was Daniel. He was attentive without being intrusive, knowledgeable and made good recommendations. The rest of the staff was very friendly as well. Sorry if I got the name wrong. Ask for the trim kinda tall guy with silvery hair, probably late 30's +/- 5 years.
Meal was about $230 (NOT including tip) for 2 people. This included an $80 bottle of wine, one appetizer (split) and one soup and one dessert (split).
Anyhow, I think for that kind of money, the food should be better.
The facilities were nice. Lake Travis looked sad :( but I don't hold that against them!
great view/decent food/ service is lacking. OK- here is the deal. I live in steiner so going here is really easy . However, If you plan to drop 2 Bills on dinner and you want the full on steak house experience i suggest eating at Eddie V's,Three Forks,hands down . If you are cool with OKservice then get on it. Not for me though. The waiters are not professional and much is lacking in that department. For instance, if you don't mind waiting five minutes for a steak knife after your 40 dollar filet is served hot then you will be ok here. If you have a higher standard then reconsider. The food is actually decent but not as good as Ruth Chris or Three Forks. The view is SPECTACULAR and the outdar bar scene is great. If that is meaningful then you need to check it out. If i am choosing restaurants in Steiner then i would go to Fion's vs. SRSH 9 out of 10 times. BB
Beautiful views of the lake, fun crowd at the bar, delicious fine-dining, live music and Texas hospitality! What more can you ask for?!
The sea bass is especially good. You can tell the owners have pride in their work and are genuinely interested in providing a great experience for their customers. They're good people that deserve good business. SRSH is a special place! Check it out!
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