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Our Story

From Deep in the heart of Texas.

Welcome to Ranch 616.

A one-of-a-kind restaurant in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since opening our doors in 1999, we have been proud to offer our guests an exceptional dining experience rooted in the bold flavors and creative dishes of Southern, Gulf Coast, and Tex-Mex cuisine.

Our Legacy

Our Restaurant is the vision of renowned Texas chef, Kevin Williamson.

He created a legacy of bold flavors and unique culinary experiences that we continue to uphold and build upon to this day. Our menu is a celebration of the rich culinary traditions of the Lone Star State, featuring fresh seafood, grilled meats, and classic Texas sides with a twist.

During his time at Ranch 616, Williamson gained a reputation as one of the most influential chefs in Austin, and his legacy lives on through the restaurant’s continued success and commitment to his culinary vision.

Two Texas Icons Collaborate

Bob "Daddy-O" Wade created the 100-foot-long snake sign for his buddy, owner Kevin Williamson.

The iconic “Big Daddy” sign at Ranch 616, designed by Daddy-o, captures the essence of our vibrant Texan personality. Standing tall and luminous, this neon masterpiece graces our restaurant, exuding retro charm and setting the stage for unforgettable moments. The creative touch of Daddy-o infuses the sign with a timeless appeal, making it more than just a sign – it’s a symbol of Ranch 616’s lively energy and the flavorsome experiences that await within. Take a snapshot with this cherished landmark and become a part of our legacy, celebrating the fusion of art and Texas culinary excellence.

Kevin Williamson named his mixture of tequila, orange liqueur, lime and Topo Chico a Ranch Water after his restaurant Ranch 616.

Williamson, whom longtime friend Caleb Campaigne says used to sneak ice-cold tequila in his water jug on hunting trips with his father, created Ranch 616’s signature drink by mixing reposado tequila and orange liqueur over ice in a Collins glass and serving it with lime and a bottle of Topo Chico.

The restaurant’s eponymous cocktail helped popularize the sparkling mineral water that was once such a little-known commodity in the United States that in the restaurant’s early days, Williamson used to drive around town to Fiesta grocery stores and load up his Suburban with cases of the now iconic glass bottles.

Topo Chico, bought by Coca-Cola North America in 2017, honored Williamson with a social media post following the restaurateur’s death, a first for the brand.

In the Press

How to make Ranch Water, the tequila-lime cocktail that keeps so many Texans cool

This Unassuming Texan Cocktail Is the Drink of the Summer

Ranch 616 owner and creator of 'Ranch Water,'

Our Team

Kevin Williamson's departure created a void in Austin's culinary scene that's hard to fill. Yet, his legacy lives on at Ranch 616, inspiring our team with his passion for bold flavors, creative dishes, and exceptional hospitality. Entrusting Ranch 616's future to three dedicated individuals, his culinary legacy continues to flourish, driving us to deliver outstanding experiences to our guests.

Katherine Clapner

Pam Blanton

Join the Team

Join the Ranch 616 team and be a part of one of the most vibrant restaurants in Austin!

If you have a passion for food, hospitality, and creating unforgettable dining experiences, we would love to hear from you!

Be part of a legend!