San Marcos is a great city to find some of the best restaurants in Texas. It is because of the rapid growth and college students in this great Texan city. Every food truck and restaurant can’t help but to fix their menu to accommodate some of Texas’ finest students and community.

Some of this town’s best foods are hidden from the I-35 scene. So, you might want to take out your GPS if you’re thinking of finding a great restaurant in this college town. If you don’t, you will want to ask a Texas State University local for the best grub spot in the area. But to save you some trouble, we have gone ahead and done some research for you! Don’t worry, we’ve kept our list diverse in case want to eat something different.

The following is the Lodge’s list of the best restaurants in San Marcos, TX:

Fuego Tortilla Grill

Fuego’s is our top pick for Mexican food in San Marcos. It is open 24/7 and is the perfect spot for college students to get the best food for their money. The best part is the different varieties of meats and flavors Fuego has to offer. Also, the restaurant always has plenty of hot sauce to accompany your taco for those of you that are into spicy foods.

Food Style: Tacos!

Location: 913 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666

Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday: 24 hours a day

Google Rating: 4.5 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • 24 Hour Service
  • Catering
  • Drive-Thru

Local Favorites:

  • Chicken & Waffles
  • El Presidente
  • Fuego Deluxe
  • Fuego Steak
  • I-Chee-Wa-Wa

Dining Tips & Tricks:

Make sure to try out any of the rotisserie prepared foods when you eat at Fuego’s. You should also try out as many taco combinations as you can when you have the chance. It will help you discover your favorite taco flavors and open up a new world for you!

If you’re trying to avoid a long line, try stopping at Fuego’s any time from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.


We guarantee you’ll fall in love with the chicken wings at Pluckers! Whether you live your wings served with the bone in or bone out, Pluckers has you covered. The owners used to be UT students that were in need of a great wing stop. Needless to say, Pluckers was a success and now has plenty of locations across Texas and other locations. So, we highly suggest you find out why this famous restaurant keeps expanding!

Food Style: Wing Bar

Location: 105 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666

Restaurant Hours:

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Google Rating: 4.3 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Alcohol Selection
  • Daily Specials
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Member Rewards
  • Online Orders
  • Pick-Up
  • Wingo

Local Favorites:

  • Cajun Wings
  • Cheech & Chong Burger
  • Fire In the Hole Wings (Extra Spicy)
  • Fried Macaroni

Dining Tips & Tricks:

Try to visit Pluckers on a Thursday if you love the sound of endless chicken wings. They also do Wingo, which is a bingo game filled with prizes. Just remember to become a Pluckers Club member because you’ll receive a free appetizer every time you visit and some goodies on your birthday!

If you don’t like waiting, you should dine in at Pluckers before 6 p.m. Just keep in mind that you’ll be missing out on the bar fun!

Kent Black’s Barbecue

Don’t think that we forgot about you barbecue lovers! Kent Black’s Barbecue in San Marcos cooks up some of the best brisket and ribs you can find in the area. The restaurant still uses a traditional recipe that will have you licking your fingers afterwards. This barbecue spot even goes as far as preparing their own signature homemade sandwich. Kent Black’s Barbecue is also a great place to enjoy a good meal accompanied by some good music.

Food Style

Barbecue Restaurant


510 Hull St, San Marcos, TX 78666

Restaurant Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Google Rating

4.6 Stars

Restaurant Perks

  • Alcohol Selection
  • Catering
  • Live Music
  • Store

Local Favorites

  • Bacon Mac & Cheese
  • Brisket
  • Ribs

Dining Tips & Tricks

Try visiting Kent Black’s on a live music day. That is the best time to enjoy yourself a nice juicy piece of barbecue.

If you don’t care much for the music, go over and pick up some deliciousness anytime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. This is when customer traffic a little slower and easier for the restaurant to deal with.

The Root Cellar Café & Brewery

The Root Cellar is a great place to enjoy a cold beer and good food. The setup at the Root Cellar is absolutely amazing. It is decorated with wooden material to give it a rustic but modern feel. It is also a great spot to meet up with friends order some good pasta or chicken recipes. You can even order some of the restaurant’s signature waffles! You won’t regret going out to this lovely spot in San Marcos.

Food Style: Café and Brewery

Location: 215 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Restaurant Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Sunday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Google Rating: 4.5 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Alcohol Selection
  • Catering
  • Happy Hour
  • Vegetarian Selection
  • Weekly Specials

Local Favorites:

  • Carbonara
  • Pasta
  • Sandwiches

Dining Tips & Tricks:

Try to arrive at the Root Cellar when it’s not busy. This way, you can grab a good seat with good lighting. The best time for this is during breakfast and a little before 6:30 p.m. when the Cellar usually opens.

The Taproom

If you’re looking for the best classic American bar and food in town, head over to the Taproom. You can enjoy from its signature beer selection, which seems endless. Once you find out how good the alcohol selection is, you’ll definitely want to grab a bite. We know that the Taproom will turn you into a regular if you love a cold drink and a good bar.

Food Style: American Pub

Location: 129 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666

Restaurant Hours:

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Google Rating: 4.5 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

Local Favorites:

  • Burger and Beer
  • Philly Cheesesteak
  • Tap Drinks
  • Wings

Dining Tips & Tricks:

Any day is a great day to eat at the Taproom. Just be on the lookout for the restaurant’s food specials calendar. It is a great way to save some money, especially if you’re on a budget!

The best time to go is during lunch and dinner times. Even if the wait is long, you’ll be able to take advantage of the Taproom specials.

Grins Restaurant

The Grins Restaurant is very popular with San Marcos’ Texas State University students. There is a reason why our local college scholars love this place; it’s cheap, but most of all good! There’s nothing better than to find a place with quality food at a fast food price. Just do yourself the favor and order some of Grins food and check out what all the college buzz is about.

Food Style: Down Home Cooking Restaurant

Location: 802 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Google Rating: 4.3 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Daily Specials
  • Gifts & Merchandise
  • Online Orders

Local Favorites:

  • Drink Specials
  • Lunch Specials
  • Steak Specials

Dining Tips & Tricks:

You cannot go to Grins without having a drink. Just make sure you order a good burger to go along with your favorite beer and you’ll be set.

The best time to avoid customer traffic is before 6 p.m. when people usually roll in. You’ll be able to grab a good spot if you decide to dine in.


We know that you’ll love the restaurants that we handpicked for you. We did our best to find spots that included ever student’s favorite special. So, next time you don’t know what to eat in San Marcos, try any of our favorite spot. Feel free to share your favorite restaurant in San Marcos if you didn’t see it listed on our list!