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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beer Garden
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“Very nice outdoor country dance venue. Steak Night on Wednesday night. Bring your own steak, they'll have the grills fired up and ready for you. Live music, of course. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Lovingly referred to by locals as, “The OST,” the only thing bigger than the pancakes is the John Wayne Room – covered end to end and floor to ceiling with Western memorabilia and a neat collection of John Wayne specific collectible items on display. Featuring an antique bar with actual horse saddles, you can pull on up and enjoy delicious Tex Mex or a pretty famous handmade beef patty. The salad bar is an old wagon, and the only thing cooler than that is hot blackberry cobbler with cold, delicious Blue Bell ice cream on top! Take a stroll around the shops in historical and quaint Bandera while you're at it - you won't regret it. You might see a faux Western gunfighting show on the streets or park your car next to a Longhorn with better manners than most humans. Don't worry, he'll tilt his horns when he enters the doorway and he always gets his bath at the local carwash to stay smelling mighty fresh. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
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“They serve the best old fashion country foods. My favorite is Chicken Fried Chicken and braised cabbage or Thursday, steak night when you can get a steak dinner for $8.00. There's live music on the patio on weekends and a $3.00 happy hour. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Museum
“This little museum is PACKED full of interesting pieces and history. It could take you all day to get through it. It contains a lot of history of the Old West and of Bandera.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“If you have little ones that love dinosaurs....check their website because sometimes they have guests (dinosaur George)”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“This is our favorite swimming hole and picnic spot in the area. Free on weekdays and (I think) $5/pp on the weekends. For clear shallow water good for wading and for kids, drive down towards the end of the park for a fun swimming area!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Market
“A small town grocery. Has most of what you need, more than Hill Country Grocery. It's a little pricey. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There is something on the menu for everyone! I've never ordered anything that wasn't delicious. Large, open sports bar family setting. Great for lunch or dinner. The bar area is nice too. For fair weather days, the front or back patios are nice if you want a smaller more private setting and there's great selection of appetizers half price during happy hour.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Beautiful white stone building with rocking chairs on the patio, along with awesome coffee and homemade sweets! YUM!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“This antique mall houses collections from many collectors and artists. Its much bigger than it looks from the outside. There are at least 2 floors...I get lost.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great glass of wine & light fair at reasonable prices. Gathering place for many on Thursday-Saturday evenings.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Historic bar right on main street. More mature crowds here. Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Live music on weekends. Serves beer, liquor, wine and FOOD. Fun to play pool and dance on the small dance floor.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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Mexican Restaurant
“Lovingly referred to by locals as, “The OST,” the only thing bigger than the pancakes is the John Wayne Room – covered end to end and floor to ceiling with Western memorabilia and a neat collection of John Wayne specific collectible items on display. Featuring an antique bar with actual horse saddles, you can pull on up and enjoy delicious Tex Mex or a pretty famous handmade beef patty. The salad bar is an old wagon, and the only thing cooler than that is hot blackberry cobbler with cold, delicious Blue Bell ice cream on top! Take a stroll around the shops in historical and quaint Bandera while you're at it - you won't regret it. You might see a faux Western gunfighting show on the streets or park your car next to a Longhorn with better manners than most humans. Don't worry, he'll tilt his horns when he enters the doorway and he always gets his bath at the local carwash to stay smelling mighty fresh. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
“They serve the best old fashion country foods. My favorite is Chicken Fried Chicken and braised cabbage or Thursday, steak night when you can get a steak dinner for $8.00. There's live music on the patio on weekends and a $3.00 happy hour. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There is something on the menu for everyone! I've never ordered anything that wasn't delicious. Large, open sports bar family setting. Great for lunch or dinner. The bar area is nice too. For fair weather days, the front or back patios are nice if you want a smaller more private setting and there's great selection of appetizers half price during happy hour.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Beautiful white stone building with rocking chairs on the patio, along with awesome coffee and homemade sweets! YUM!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Live music on weekends. Serves beer, liquor, wine and FOOD. Fun to play pool and dance on the small dance floor.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Our second restaurant with our son Brick. We wanted a healthy option for Bandera.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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