photo by John Anderson

Best Historic Restaurant & Grounds

Green Pastures Restaurant

This place is straight out of a 19th-century novel, parading peacocks included. Imagine an authentic 1890s Victorian mansion on seven acres in the heart of South Austin minutes from downtown. No way, you say. Blink your eyes and be transported. An Austin tradition since 1945, Green Pastures is a jewel, an elegant dining establishment set amidst venerable live oaks, serving fine food and hospitality handcrafted from another era. Not cheap, but a real treat.

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