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Best Places to Eat in San Marcos Texas

One of the best parts of taking a tour with Paddle Smtx is that you’ll be around some of the BEST food and drinks that you can find throughout all of Central Texas. There are tons of options for many types of food (though the Tex-Mex is hard to beat!) Below you will find some of our favorite stops around town that you should definitely include on your next stop in San Marcos!

*** It should be noted that this entire list could be devoted to the TexMex we have here in town… maybe that should be our next blog? ***

Casa Maria

706 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666

Are you looking for a nice evening out where you are able to enjoy a fantastic margarita & incredible enchiladas all in an upscale environment? Then Casa Maria is for you! This restaurant is known for their high quality food and drinks along with fantastic service. Casa Maria provides this top quality experience every time you visit, so you are pretty much guaranteed to walk away with a smile on your face. Definitely give them a try out on your next trip into town!


242 N LBJ Dr Ste 103, San Marcos, TX 78666

Crafthouse is known for some of the best burgers around, but you will fall in love with their upbeat and friendly atmosphere when you eat with them. With a full menu of comfort foods and great drinks there is a great option for everyone. As a bonus, they are located in the heart of downtown SMTX and are very close to the river and many other bars/shops! Definitely plan on making a stop here if you’re looking for an exciting and fun start to your evening.

Don Japanese Kitchen

829 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

In the era of restaurant infusions there are few who do it as great as Don’s Japanese Kitchen. A small humble restaurant, the owners of Don’s have found a way to infuse both Japanese and Mexican style dishes into some of the greatest meals you will ever eat. From their sauces to their tofu, the flavors here will blow you away! This is a hidden gem and is a MUST try for your next trip into San Marcos.

Dos Gatos Bakery

700 N LBJ Dr 102A, San Marcos, TX 78666

Dos Gatos KNOWS how to make a MEAN Kolache! With a friendly staff and a wide selection of options, Das Gatos is probably this writer's favorite place to grab a quick and delicious breakfast in San Marcos. If you can dream it, they probably have made it into a Kolache here! Additionally, they have some fantastic coffee roasts at Dos Gatos which are sure to start your morning off right!

Hays County BBQ

1612 S Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666

If y’all are gonna spend time in Texas, then you HAVE to give the BBQ a try before you leave. Much like our Mexican food options, it is hard to go wrong with Texas BBQ in San Marcos… but Hays County BBQ gets the shout out due to how often their experience goes above and beyond! With some of the best pit masters in the city, Hays County BBQ is often serving up some of the best meats you have ever had. Top that off with a masterful selection of high quality sides and your meal here will be one of the best you ever have. Hays County BBQ is definitely one of our favorites here in town!

Herberts Taco Hut

419 Riverside Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

How can you make a “Best Places to Eat in San Marcos” without including Herberts Taco Hut!!?? If you have been through our humble town prior, you may have heard of this restaurant. Being one of the longest tenured and most famous places to eat throughout all of San Marcos, this is a place that we will always recommend. They have mastered the art of TexMex and are sure to be one of your favorites too!

Ivars River Pub

701 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666

What better way to enjoy an afternoon cocktail or plate of comfort food than with a view of the beautiful San Marcos River! Ivars River Pub (as hinted in the name) is located right on the San Marcos River providing views of the Rio Vista Falls and park. But even better, they have some of the best comfort food you will ever have! Definitely plan on stopping by here on your next trip into San Marcos!

Pie Society

700 N LBJ Dr # 107, San Marcos, TX 78666

You would never have known that Pizza could be made to be enjoyed so fully until trying one of the unique pies from Pie Society. With a masterful command of distinct flavors, Pie Society is everything that is right with the perfect slice of Pizza. They deliver so that's a plus, but we would recommend eating inside their restaurant for one of the coolest experiences you can have in any pizzeria!


625 S L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

If you are looking for a classic dining experience with what might possibly be the best migas plate you’ll ever have then Rogelio’s is for you! Being one of the longest tenured restaurants in San Marcos, Rogelio’s has been serving up all the classics. This is one of our personal favorites and you can’t go wrong eating here on your next trip into San Marcos!

The Root Cellar

215 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

The Root Cellar is one of the most fantastic locations to dine in San Marcos if you are looking for a full dining experience. This place is definitely for the “foodies” out there, as Root Cellar provides some of the most unique and highest quality options that you can come across throughout all of Central Texas!

Sylver Spoon

6700 I-35, New Braunfels, TX 78130

“Wow” is all we can say after eating the food here. On the merit of their high quality meals alone, the Sylver Spoon should be on the top of your list for places to try. But when you combine that with their friendly staff, fantastic drinks, and unique dining experience you have found a one of a kind restaurant. If you are looking for entertainment after your meal, head over to their lounge style theater for a variety of different shows for you to enjoy each weekend!

Thai Thai

1104 Thorpe Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666

Ask anyone… everytime you walk away from Thai Thai you are guaranteed to be full and satisfied! They offer some of the most delicious Thai and Chinese inspired dishes providing an option for all tastes! From soups to stir frys, there is something here for the whole family! If you are looking for a casual and refreshing dining experience Thai Thai is for you!


No matter where you choose to eat in San Marcos you are well suited to have a great experience! If you are looking for more specific recommendations, feel free to DM or email us anytime ( or @paddlesmtx).


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