Baxters on Main

Baxters on Main
Baxters on Main (Photo by John Anderson)

Baxters on Main

919 Main St., Bastrop; 512/321-3577
Tue.-Fri., 11am-2:30pm; Tue.-Sat., 5pm-9pm; Sun., 10am-2pm

Baxters on Main is an established "nice" restaurant, housed in a historic building on Bastrop's original main thoroughfare. Their website states, "Take a step back into time and enjoy a jazzed casual fine dining experience enhanced by ... 1920s decor," and this line is eerily accurate; however, it is more like stepping back into the Eighties than the Roar­ing Twenties. The menu lists dishes such as blackened catfish, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, tilapia Veracruz, spinach and artichoke dip, baked French onion soup, and gourmet pizza. Which isn't to say that any of it is bad; everything at Baxters is nicely prepared and presented. It is just genuinely something of a time-warp, especially in the realm of "fine dining" as it is experienced in cutting-edge Aus­tin. What Baxters on Main does do extremely well are hand-cut Angus steaks and baked potatoes, hand-cut french fries, and fresh cold dinner salads with gorgonzola cheese and crispy onions. The service is excellent, if slightly theatrical, and there's also a solid wine list and a cozy bar. If you stick to a thick steak, a baked potato, and side salad you will have a perfectly lovely meal.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Food Reviews
Restaurant Review: Yamas Greek Kitchen + Bar
Restaurant Review: Yamas Greek Kitchen + Bar
Inconsistent food and service mar influencers’ darling

Melanie Haupt, Oct. 20, 2023

Restaurant Review: Ramen Del Barrio
Restaurant Review: Ramen Del Barrio
In North Austin, Mexico meets the Land of the Rising Sun

Rod Machen, Sept. 22, 2023

More by Kate Thornberry
The Year in Food
Top 10 Austin Food Blogs
The 2014 tastes we just couldn't stop thinking about

Jan. 2, 2015

Season's Eatings
Season's Eatings
Our guide to finally shutting up your in-laws

Dec. 5, 2014


Baxters on Main, COTA, F1, Bastrop restaurants

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle