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“Laurel Tree - Utopia - An Oasis in the middle of no where” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Laurel Tree Restaurant

Laurel Tree Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Utopia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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334 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Laurel Tree - Utopia - An Oasis in the middle of no where”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Laurel Tree is 80 miles north west of San Antonio and 2 miles south of Utopia - a hidden oasis in the middle of the hill country. Discovered it via the internet and decided to try it on our visit to the hill country. Beautiful rustic lime stone building in huge fields with 100 year old Oak trees - decor was wonderful country French with covered patio and huge backyard filled with antiques, wishing well all centered around another old oak. The tables had french tablecloths, flowers and candles surrounding a double-sided fireplace. Reservations are required and they are only open for Saturday lunch and dinner. We reserved for dinner which is a 5 course meal. Since it is a dry country, you are allowed to bring in wine, beer, etc and they will gladly serve you - - the staff was friendly and attentive. We were immediately served the appetizer - crunchy banana pepper filled with a light cheese spread, tomato with balsomic glaze and a slice of salami. My favorite was the minced vegetable roasted garlic soup with an herb muffin. I ventured to the back yard during the next course to take pictures and view the garden - lovely. Small chandeliers hung from the trees. Our mixed salad came next - we had a choice of entree - I had the smoked pork chop with grilled peaches (fabulous) and the other guest selected the tile fish coated in artichoke / breadcrumbs with 3 cheeses and light wine sauce. All came with lemon mashed potatos (unique and wonderful) crisp carrots, snap peas and peppers. Dessert was a creme brulee (excellent) with rasberries and a mint sprig - - This was the highlight of our week in the hill country. Chef Laurel Waters dream of creating a fine dining establishment with the "Guest Table" concept in the middle of no where is something to share with everyone! Get out your maps and find this hidden treasure! Such a treat!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Brackettville, Texas
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191 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

You reserve your table for the evening here and are served what they are cooking. But don't let that keep you from making the reservations!! We chose to stay at a nearby lodge and enjoy our evening. The food was great, can't say anything bad. Gracious hosts. Were proud to show off their kitchen.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Dd S
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Texas
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Gourmet food in the Hill Country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

$39 five course gourmet dinner prepared by a Cordon Bleu Paris trained chef. This is a must if you are visiting the Hill Country or the San Antonio area. The restaurant is in a "dry" part of Texas, so if you like wine our anything else you have to bring it with you, which further cuts the cost. For about $100 you will have one of the best couples experience available. Be sure to call early in the week as they are only open on Saturdays for Lunch and Dinner.

Visited April 2013
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Tampa, FL
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Poppies!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

We recently dined at the Laurel Tree. What a treat! The property is beautiful - there are two enormous fields of beautiful poppies and so many photo opps on the property. We had a delicious set menu with a choice of two entrees. The chef came out and greeted everyone. We brought a couple of bottles of Prosecco which was a perfect accompaniment. In between our entree and dessert courses, we took a stroll around the back garden where there are herbs, vegetables and beautiful flowers. Really felt like we were in Utopia!

  • Visited April 2013
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“A Little Taste of Heaven/France in Utopia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

The Laurel Tree owned by chef Laurel Waters is worth the 80 mile drive from San Antonio, TX. Just south of Utopia, TX - made better known by the book Seven Days in Utopia - this is a jewel. Waters, trained in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, brings the concept of "guest table" to her restaurant. Her desire is that you feel you are guest in her home eating what she would be serving. Laurel also has family ties to Utopia; she is a Texas girl!

The restaurant is open on Saturdays for lunch and dinner and special occasions. The menu is fixed except for two entrée options. And the food is delicious! Four courses and well worth the price. You need to call for reservations, and once there, you will believe you are in Utopia, heaven, or France.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Charlotte M
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