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Hudson's on the Bend
American Restaurant$$$
Today 6:00 – 10:00 pm
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3509 Ranch Road 620 N Austin, TX 78734
3509 Ranch Road 620 NUSTXAustin78734
$$$American Restaurant, Fine Dining RestaurantToday 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 – 9:00 pmTuesday 6:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 6:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 6:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 10:00 pmSunday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
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Steaks, chops, venison & snakes are dished at this New American steakhouse with a ranch-style feel.- Google
People talk about mixed grill, tasting menu, game dishes, lobster bisque and coca cola baby back ribs
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Lesa Rossick
reviewed a month ago
Hudson’s on the Bend has been a classic restaurant for years, providing the best wild game menu in Austin. Located on Lake Travis, the restaurant is hill country styled elegance with amazing food and staff. The winner on the menu is the Hudson’s Mixed Grill with Venison, Rabbit, Quail, Sausage and Buffalo. TIP: Open for dinner, reservations suggested. Cooking classes are held monthly at Chef Blank’s home! Products and cookbook available online.
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Stuart Morgan
reviewed 6 months ago
I was excited when I saw this restaurant's reviews and decided to take my wife there for our first anniversary. I'm sorry to say the experience, as a whole, was a big disappointment. The dining area was compact. The table was small and the seats were uncomfortable. The matre d' sat us at our table, and the next group of guests were sat directly next to us. It felt more like a cafeteria than a restaurant. The waiter was cold and too relaxed at times. The food, was ok. I really can't say more than that. Their special "cheddar croutons" tasted more like a cut up grilled cheese sandwich. The rabbit bratwurst was exceptional, however, the remaining 5 courses went down hill from there. The portion of antelope was small and was honestly the toughest piece of meat I've ever had. It was a chore just to cut. The soup course tasted like any other canned soup I've purchased at HEB. I did notice the bathroom was adorned with multiple magazine and newspaper critiques showing how exceptional this restaurant is, however, i also noticed all of the reviews were from ~10 years ago. This makes me think the restaurant has taken a dive over the past 5-6 years. The final course (of 6) was an ice cream sandwich. The ice cream was fine, but not exceptional. The sandwich portion crumbled and became a balancing act between my fork and the crumbs. I guess the main point of this review is the food was ok, but nothing exceptional. Nothing stuck out. There was nothing that made me want to return. There was no romantic ambiance at all. I truly hope our next anniversary dinner is better.
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Dennis Cao
reviewed 7 months ago
Having lived in Austin for over a decade now, Hudson on the Bend is one of those places where I've consistently been advised to try out. One day a Groupon deal for a 3 course meal came so I decided to try it out with my wife and some friends. The menu was promising to say the least. You are given the choice of many wild game (mostly venison and duck) and unique meats like rattlesnake than you wouldn't often see in most conventional restaurants. The Groupon deal was limited to 2 appetizers, entree, and dessert choices. I tried the lobster bisque for the appetizer, the beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and vegetables for the entree, and the pecan pie dipped in Belgian chocolate. We also tried the rattlesnake pistachio cake as an additional appetizer and were treated with a shot of a daily soup the chef was preparing that day. The rattlesnake cake was disappointing honestly. It had the same consistency as a crab cake, just with rattlesnake meat instead of crab. This is the first I've tried rattlesnake, but I honestly could not tell what it tastes like because I couldn't differ anything in it. The complimentary shot of soup was pleasant. I don't recall what it was called, but it came slightly chilled and the obvious flavors consisted of cantaloupe, coconut, and some kind of heat like cayenne. I would've preferred if the soup was slightly colder, but it was decent. Our set lobster bisque appetizer was about average. It's not the best I've had, but it's not the worst. It does have a bit of an acidic kick at the end of every spoon. Seeing as how the chilled soup also had a spicy kick at the end, I was beginning to suspect that Hudson likes to leave that type of impression with its customers. The beef tenderloin, which I and many at my table ordered medium rare, came out slightly over cooked, which is not an irreparable by any means, just disappointing for a restaurant with such high prices. Overall the meat was delicious, just drier than expected. The accompanying vegetables and mashed potatoes were pleasant and complimented the tenderloin well. The mashed potatoes, also had a spicy kick to it. After experiencing all of those after taste kicks in 3 of the things we tried at Hudson, we were joking that perhaps our dessert would have an acidic or spicy kick at the end as well. Fortunately, Hudson left that punch line alone. The Belgian chocolate dipped pecan pie was delicious and I thought was a good way to end the 3 course meal. I must say that after trying out the set 3 course meal at a decent price through Groupon, I will not be a returning customer to Hudson. Although the majority of the food I tried was decent, none of them were memorable, especially at the prices they are charging for them normally. If you're interested in trying some game meat and money is of no concern to you, I would suggest Hudson, but if you're economically conscious and only want exciting or memorable food which you'll crave again, I would say that there are other restaurants in Austin that would do the trick.
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Lindsay Blair Brown
reviewed 6 months ago
We only did happy hour at Hudson's - still would highly recommend it in general. We had the lobster & crab quesadillas and margaritas. The drinks were strong and the food was fantastic! We saw someone order the duck dish - looked amazing as well. The decor and atmosphere in the bar seating area was wonderful, the inside looked even better but we didn't have time to stay. While the meal was a bit pricy, even with the happy hour discount, it was well worth the visit. The bar tender was a sweet heart and chatted with us quite a bit while we hung out and enjoyed our time there. Neat side note: the glasses have a slanted bottom - totally caught me off guard at first.
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Scott Hassman
reviewed 5 months ago
My wife and I each had the 3 course with wine. .. amazing. Wine was perfectly paired for each course and the tenderloin was quite literally the best I've ever had. My wife was trying to get me to go here, I wanted Eddy V's.... I'm glad she won that round :)
Kevin Lewis
reviewed 8 months ago
Superb! My buddy took my wife and I to dinner for a retirement celebration last Friday night. Everything was perfect; service was excellence, and the food impeccable. Great place to relax away from the kids and enjoy the company of great friends.


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