Fun and game

New family-friendly restaurant emerges in the wilds of West Austin

New family-friendly restaurant emerges in the wilds of West Austin

Wild Kitchen Austin
Wild Kitchen's sophisticated setting brings the outdoors in. Wild Kitchen & Bar
Wild Kitchen Austin
A 18-hole gold course adds to the fun. Wild Kitchen & Bar
Wild Kitchen Austin
The tiered patio looks over the ground's playscape. Wild Kitchen & Bar
Wild Kitchen Austin
The interior looks out to the landscaped grounds. Wild Kitchen & Bar/ Facebook
Wild Kitchen Austin
Wild Kitchen's menu focuses on approachable game like bison burgers. Wild Kitchen & Bar/ Facebook
Wild Kitchen Austin
Wild Kitchen Austin
Wild Kitchen Austin
Wild Kitchen Austin
Wild Kitchen Austin

For families with kids, restaurants that appeal to all ages are the rarest of species. Now, the hunt may be over thanks to a new Bee Cave eatery that combines grown-up cuisine with plenty of fun for the younger set.

After a successful soft opening, Wild Kitchen + Bar is set to officially debut on September 29 at 15506 W. Hwy. 71, according to a release. Owners Colby and Lindsey Crelia set out to create a space will help everyone blow off steam, whether via the playscape for children or the full bar for adults.

On the more mature side is a menu that focuses on approachable Texas cuisine. Much of the offerings take inspiration from its Texas Hill Country setting with game forming the foundation of dishes like a coffee and chili-spiced venison loin, wild boar lollipops with chorizo hash, and a bison burger layered with cheddar and house bread-and-butter fried green tomatoes on a Texas French Bread brioche bun.

Diners who are looking for something less hearty can opt for wild-caught salmon in a Meyer lemon beurre blanc, pan-seared diver scallops in a cilantro oil gremolata, or a vegetarian portabella mushroom burger dressed with pesto. There’s also a selection of locally sourced salads ranging from roasted baby beets in a pomegranate vinaigrette to red and yellow watermelon tossed with arugula, mint, and feta.

For drinks, a curated selection of wines is available as well as a tap list that focuses entirely on Austin breweries. Wild also offers classic cocktails like margaritas and iced Irish coffee as well as signature libations made with spirits infused with strawberry jalapeño, vanilla lime, and cucumber.

Younger guests can enjoy a kid’s menu that has little for picky eaters to turn their noses at, but still takes a few creative leaps. Chicken tenders are battered in cornmeal, mac ’n’ cheese is baked with chicken and bacon, and simple buttered fettuccine gets a healthy sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

The three-tiered patio gives parents an unobstructed view of the natural playscape — complete with a sandbox, climbing wall, and balance beam — so they can continue to enjoy their meals while the children inevitably rush out to play.

Of course, adults may want to head out themselves to play the miniature golf course. Rather than re-landscaping, the owners took advantage of former occupant Hill Country Golf & Guitar’s beautiful 18-hole course, complete with a waterfall. The feature is sure to make Wild a favorite for date nights.

Families can check it out themselves during the grand opening celebration on September 29 from 10 am-9 pm. The all-ages fun includes face painting, live music, a pop-up beer garden, local liquor tastings, and a maker’s market featuring area artisans.