Everybody loves to visit wineries and enjoy the excellent wine during each visit. But what happens around noon or near the end of the day while you are visiting wineries? Answer: you get hungry! So to help that natural tendency to replenish yourself in addition to having food in your stomach while drinking wine, many Texas wineries offer some kind of food to eat, whether it be cheese trays or other snacks.
A number of wineries are putting in wood fired pizza ovens which definitely is great. But when you want something other than a pizza, you want a restaurant with a wider selection of food. Wineries often offer special events including dinners, but on a regular basis, here are Texas wineries where you can get a great meal for lunch and/or dinner.
Southeast and East Texas
Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery
Casual dining is available at Enoch’s Stomp Thursday through Sunday, but reservations are needed for Friday and Saturday dinners. Also on Friday and Saturday evenings is live music. Check the website for more information.
Frascone Winery offers something unique in their Italian/Vietnamese Bistro. They prepare their homemade pasta and sauce on Fridays, and their Vietnamese food on Saturdays and Sundays. Be sure to check their website for information on how you can reserve your dinner.
Kiepersol near Tyler is a destination in itself. Besides the winery, distillery, accommodations, RV park, and more, is a fabulous restaurant serving fine dining. The finest foods from steaks to seafood is served at tables beside an incredible wine cellar two stories tall. Private banquet rooms are also available. More information about the restaurant is on their website.
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
Also in East Texas is Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards with a wonderful menu serving tapas, pasta, wood fired pizzas, panini, and salads. There are also chef specials where you can always be sure to try something new. Don’t even get me started on the Lobster & Crab Mac N Cheese which is to die for. Enjoy listening to live jazz while you enjoy your dinner every Friday and Saturday night. Their website has more information about the restaurant.
Messina Hof Winery & Resort – Bryan
Messina Hof in Bryan has fine dining at The Vintage House Restaurant. Adjacent to the tasting room and gift shop is a full service restaurant offering lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Entrées include items such as pasta, seafood, and meats. Save some room though for their famous tableside flambé desserts! See their website for more information and to make reservations.
Tara Vineyard & Winery
Driftwood Estate Winery
The view is incredible at the Driftwood Estate Winery. Now you can enjoy the view along with a great meal at The Driftwood Bistro.
Flanigan’s Distillery & Winery
Flat Creek Estate
Grape Creek Vineyards
On U.S. 290, Stout’s at Grape Creek Trattoria team up to offer great Italian food such as pizzas, salads, pasta specials, and panini. Be sure to check their website for winery hours and visiting information.
Inwood Estates Vineyards – Fredericksburg
The Fredericksburg location of Inwood Estates Vineyards has a bistro and tasting bar adjacent to the winery. Enjoy Texas barbecue and salads in the bistro including Gatlin Family Ribs. The menu and information is on their website.
The Vineyard at Florence
If you are looking for a great Sunday Brunch, don’t look further than The Vineyard at Florence as a European-style brunch buffet is offered with mimosas. If you’re looking for lunch, it is available with salads, panini, wood-fired pizza, and pasta.
La Diosa Cellars
The High Plains is not left out of a fantastic dining location with the winery La Diosa Cellars. The bistro offers a light lunch or a full dining experience along with wonderful wines and music. Their website has the menus and how you can make reservations.