Located in the Westin Austin Downtown Stella San Jac serves up expertly crafted southern comfort food all day long. Both casual and elegant, the eatery captures the spirit of Austin from the menu to the decor. Like the rest of the building, Stella San Jac's decor is inspired by guitars and music.
Disclosure: I was invited to experience Stella San Jac as part of my stay at the Westin Austin Downtown. Accommodations, food, and drinks were provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.
Normally I shy away from restaurants and bars in hotels. All too often they are indistinguishable from each other in bland decor and unimaginative dishes. That wasn't the case at The Westin Austin Downtown's own Stella San Jac.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel. Plenty of windows and the street view give you the feeling that you're part of everything going on in Austin. Small dishes on each table hold moon cactus in lieu of the normal flowers. The red, yellow, and orange tops of the cacti bring a pop of bright color to each table.
The service is perfect. Friendly and knowledgable servers seem to be at your elbow exactly when you need them and discreetly invisible when you don't.
The bar is the perfect spot to enjoy before dinner cocktails or after dinner cocktails, or any time of the day cocktails. The hardest part is choosing which to try first.
If you asked what my favorite was I wouldn't be able tell you. I attempted to try as many cocktails as possible so that I could let you know which to try when you go. The answer is... all of them.
Oh the sacrifices I make for y'all.
The truth is that there wasn't a cocktail that I didn't like. The Blackberry Snowcone was exactly that -- a tasty, refreshing adult snowcone. It's a pretty drink (or is it a dessert?) made with Avion, Mezcal, Agave, Violette, and thyme. The Rose and Fig, the Triple P... it was all good.
Close your eyes and point - you'll do fine.
Stella San Jac: The Restaurant
More in this series:
Part 1: Westin Austin Downtown
Part 3 Where to Eat in Austin