The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Today’s Groupon shelters all walks of life in its upscale, viney arms: for $15, you get $30 worth of romantic eats at The Vineyards. Citysearchers voted the Garden Ridge restaurant the best romantic and special-occasion dining spot in 2007, so escort the special speech therapist in your life out to the hill country for an evening of fine fare.
If all the uninterrupted eye contact with your beloved has your nerves jumbled in an elaborate nautical knot, divert your attention to The Vineyards’ luxurious food menu. Start your meal with a bowl of poblano corn chowder ($4) or layered beef Wellington ($12), which sandwiches tenderloin in a flaky puff pastry before bathing the feast in hollandaise sauce. Enticing entrees at the elegant eatery include New Zealand rack of lamb ($28) over mushroom risotto with drizzles of peppercorn demiglaze and an 8 oz. salmon crema ($16) filet brushed with pesto and served in a delicate nest of linguini. Conclude your dining experience by sweetening up your sweetie with a slice of The Vineyards’ signature German chocolate cake ($9). Or, gaze lovingly across the table as your honey pierces the caramelized crust of the house-made vanilla crème brûlée ($7), remembering how they pierced the caramelized crust of your heart one summer on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
The Vineyard's bucolic hill-country location makes it an ideal escape from city smog and noise. Dine on the glass-enclosed patio overlooking the rolling Texas hillside and take in views of the eatery's rose garden and vineyard, or feed your companion forkfuls of salmon in the intimate wine cellar. Call ahead for reservations.
- What a charming place off the beaten path! It feels like a cross between the TX hill country and California when you're standing there looking at all the grapevines. We went with a group of 8 and everyone liked the food and loved the wine. – Longhorns2010
- The atmosphere is relaxing and romantic. I enjoyed slowing down from our fast paced word [sic]. The food adds to the pampering with delicious flavor. And, I can not [sic] say enough for the wait staff. – Relax with Great Food
- We had a birthday to celebrate and the owners [sic] wife even took the time out to make us a beautiful flower arrangment [sic] of the birthday girls [sic] favorite flower! – leswri2374
The Vineyards Restaurant
A crackling fire warms guests perched at white-draped tables in the candlelit wine cellar. Upstairs, diners marvel at the picturesque views of the vineyard and rose garden filling the glass-enclosed patio's windows or deeply inhale the aroma of wildflowers drifting onto the vine-covered porch. It's against these intimate backdrops that servers at The Vineyards Restaurant deliver steak, seafood, and other upscale dishes to tables, which come aglow with candlelight as dusk falls.
The chefs work hard to make each bite as special as the surroundings. They age beef-tenderloin fillets for 45 days before plating them atop garlic-and-mushroom sauce and slowly marinate chicken in a spicy chipotle-garlic oil before nestling it in a bed of pasta covered in cilantro cream sauce.
With such food in such a setting, a regular night out at The Vineyards is one to remember, but a special occasion there is truly magical. For marriage proposals, anniversaries, and the reunions of long-lost pairs of socks, staffers lead guests down a candle-strewn path to a private table set for dessert among the vineyard's rows of grapevines. The Vineyards has held more than 500 weddings in its open-air pavilion, and its on-staff wedding coordinator and floral designer help plan picture-perfect ceremonies.
27315 FM 3009
San Antonio, Texas 78266Get Directions