Dining

Tasty fare. San Marcos flair.

The infusion of cultures and lifestyles in San Marcos bring a surprising range of flavors to the table. Soak up some local art while sipping your perfectly blended cup of jo. Grab a bite from a food trailer at one of the mobile eateries before hitting the river. Enjoy a freshly crafted dinner at a local restaurant then stroll the Downtown Square to catch live music or an adult beverage from a rooftop view. From home-cooked treats and comfort food, to international cuisine, upscale dining and lunch on the go, you’ll find just what your belly is looking for. Even your four-legged friends are welcome at many locations that have an outdoor patio or deck. Just look for a paw print on the restaurant listing photo.

Alvin Ord's

Visit this beloved vintage sandwich shop in San Marcos across the street from Texas State University. The first bite of the savory Salvation will make you a believer in all things Ord. 

Gil's Broiler

For mouthwatering burger specials, you can rely on the oldest restaurant in the area - Gil's Broiler & Manske Bakery.

Grins Restaurant

Whether you're craving a World Famous Hamburger with Texas-size homemade onion rings, delicious catfish, steaks, or sizzlin' fajitas our menu offers something for everyone.

Palmer's Restaurant

Enjoy Texas Hill Country cuisine, luscious cocktails and a carefully selected beer and wine list that includes some of Texas' best. Now serving Sunday brunch. 

Rhea's Ice Cream

If you need something a little sweet to get you through the day, stop in for a few scoops at Rhea's Ice Cream. Rhea makes each unique flavor from scratch. Avacado coconut, anyone?

Root Cellar Café and Brewery

Root Cellar is proud to be a part of San Marcos culture. The waitstaff and experienced chefs are sure to provide an extraordinary experience to keep you coming back time and time again.

Wake the Dead Coffee House

This funky Tim Burton-esque serves breakfast and lunch. Choose from a variety of over 55 imported and domestic beers. Monthly exhibits showcase local artists.