Texas Hill Country is the place to be in 2024, and these hidden Wimberly restaurant gems (and personal favorites) await to tantalize your taste buds and enchant your senses. From charming cafes to upscale eateries, this vibrant region boasts a diverse culinary landscape brimming with flavors as rich as its history. Join us as we uncover three Wimberley restaurants that capture the essence of Texas hospitality and showcase the best of Hill Country cuisine, and happen to be our favorite go-to spots for great meals and comfort food. We invite you to savor the unique flavors and warm hospitality that define dining in this picturesque corner of the Lone Star State.

Trattoria Lisina

Be transported to the sun-kissed hills of Tuscany with its authentic ambiance and delectable fare. From the moment you step through the rustic wooden doors, they are enveloped in an atmosphere of rustic charm and warmth. The scent of freshly baked bread and simmering sauces wafts through the air, enticing guests to embark on a culinary journey unlike any other.

Trattoria Lisina prides itself on sourcing the finest ingredients, from locally grown produce to imported Italian specialties, ensuring each dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to quality. Whether savoring the velvety texture of handmade pasta or indulging in the savory perfection of a wood-fired pizza, every bite is a celebration of Italian culinary mastery.

But it’s not just the food that captivates; it’s the soul of Trattoria Lisina that leaves a lasting impression. With its charming courtyard, vine-covered pergolas, and panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country, dining here is not just a meal, but an experience to be savored and remembered.
In a world where culinary trends come and go, Trattoria Lisina remains a steadfast beacon of Italian tradition, inviting guests to partake in a feast for the senses that transcends time and place.

What to order:

  • Insalata Di Asparagi – you might consider sharing this delicious salad that tastes like someone just harvested the vegetables in the garden.
  • Pollo Menichino or any of the seafood specials are my favorites. Lynn often chooses their wild game or ravioli specials.
  • Save room for any of the delicious desserts, especially the Gelati E Sorbetti.

Pro tips: They take reservations and recommend that you make them a few weeks/days before you arrive. The beautiful gardens provide a relaxing atmosphere in which to sit and have a glass of wine, as well as great photo opportunities.

Tillie’s Restaurant

Drawing inspiration from the bountiful produce of the surrounding Hill Country, Tillie’s menu is a symphony of flavors, showcasing locally sourced ingredients crafted into contemporary Southern dishes. Whether indulging in the delicate flavors of Gulf Coast oysters or savoring the smoky aroma of slow-roasted barbecue, each dish reflects a commitment to seasonal freshness and culinary innovation.

Yet, it’s not just the cuisine that sets Tillie’s apart; it’s the ambiance. The restaurant’s sprawling grounds, adorned with century-old oak trees and lush gardens, provide a picturesque backdrop for unforgettable dining experiences. Guests can dine al fresco on the charming patio or cozy up by the fireplace in the elegant dining room, soaking in the relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere that defines Tillie’s.

More than just a restaurant, Tillie’s embodies the spirit of Dripping Springs – a community rooted in tradition yet flourishing with creativity and passion. Whether gathering for a leisurely brunch with friends or celebrating a special occasion with loved ones, Tillie’s invites guests to savor the simple pleasures of good food, good company, and the timeless beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

What to order:

  • Roasted Vegetable Caesar
  • Smoked Porkchop
  • Smoked Beefrib

Pro Tips: The atmosphere is beautiful, so if you are not able to make reservations for dinner or prefer a lighter fare, plan to come early for lunch. Our favorites are the Smoked Turkey BLT and the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Save room for dessert; our favorites are the Sorbet or Gelato.

Wimberley Café

Stepping into the Wimberley Cafe is like stepping back in time, with its cozy interior adorned with rustic decor and the unmistakable aroma of freshly brewed coffee filling the air. From the moment you take a seat, be enveloped in a sense of familiarity and community, as friendly staff members greet you by name and regulars swap stories over steaming plates of home-cooked goodness.

The menu at Wimberley Cafe is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to Southern comfort food at its finest. From fluffy buttermilk pancakes and crispy bacon for breakfast to savory chicken-fried steak and creamy mashed potatoes for dinner, each dish is prepared with love and care, evoking memories of home-cooked meals shared with family and friends.

But it’s not just the food that keeps locals coming back time and time again; it’s the sense of belonging that permeates every corner of the cafe. Whether stopping in for a quick bite or lingering over a leisurely meal, guests at the Wimberley Cafe are treated not just as customers, but as cherished members of the community, making every visit feel like coming home.

What to order:

  • Pecan Crusted Chicken
  • Chicken Fried Chicken
  • Brussel Sprouts

Pro Tips: On the weekends, call a few minutes before arriving to be placed on the waitlist. If the parking on the square is busy, you can find plenty of parking along with a newly built public restroom just a block away from the square on Oak Drive. Plus enjoy shopping on the square.

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