Retail Roundup: Senna Hills Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Senna Hills is less than 10 minutes from the Hill Country Galleria, an upscale, outdoor shopping destination in the tiny village of Bee Cave.

Featuring more than 100 shops and restaurants, Hill Country Galleria is a handy resource for Senna Hills residents and neighbors. Some of the Galleria’s most popular stores include Banana Republic, Chico’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, Eddie Bauer, Relax the Back, Soma Intimates, and Victoria’s Secret, as well as White House Black Market, American Eagle Outfitters, and many other popular beauty, accessory and clothing boutiques. For a special treat, residents can be pampered with facials and salon services at Milk+Honey spa, or relax and enjoy a movie at the Cinemark 14 Theater.

For groceries, homeowners often head to Whole Foods Market at the Galleria, or an HEB about 5 minutes away.

In addition to the Hill Country Galleria, there are two major shopping centers, The Village at Westlake and Barton Creek Square Mall, are both less than 15 minutes away. Together, these shopping centers host more than 210 retailers, services, and restaurants.

Dining at the Galleria — An Embarrassment of Riches

Hill Country Galleria offers plenty of restaurant options for shoppers and destination diners alike. Chisos Grill offers Southwestern specialties such as their New Mexico green chile cheeseburger and tortilla-crusted chicken. For a more intimate and elegant meal for two, diners might make reservations at Buenos Aires Café, where diners in the know select parrillada, a traditional Argentinean mixed grill entrée served with chimichurri and criolla sauce.

Another popular restaurant at the Galleria is Iron Cactus. This Austin icon began with its famous location on 6th Street. This new location has a slightly upscale vibe, but is still suitable for the whole family. Regular diners often choose the famous Yucatan fish tacos with mango salsa, and a sweet, delicious slice of tres leches cake for dessert.

Exquisite Dining Options, from Interior Mexican Cuisine to Fine Dining Masterworks

Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant serves delicious versions of familiar Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas, flautas, and chalupas, and also serves Interior Mexican specialties such as la cochinita pibil, chiles rellenos, and a deliciously crafted mole sauce. Regular diners insist newcomers sample the outrageously good queso fundido — melted jack cheese, chorizo, pico de gallo and poblano peppers — served with two of Los Pinos’ very popular freshly homemade corn or flour tortillas.

Nestled beneath a large, lush stand of oaks just minutes from Senna Hills, Ronnie’s Real Food Bistro takes a very traditional approach to preparing excellent food and an unusual approach to service. There is only one seating per evening. Everyone lucky enough to dine there sits down at 7 pm, and reservations are required. The menu, posted on the restaurant’s website a few weeks in advance, is a four-course dinner. The soup, salad, and dessert are the same for everyone, but diners select their entrées from three choices — usually two meat options, and always at least one vegetarian. Diners place orders at the same time as their reservations. Ronnie himself frequently visits diners at their tables, and he runs a kitchen that produces food that has garnered a loyal and enthusiastic following.

Another foodie favorite, Plate By Dzintra, cooks only with fresh, unprocessed ingredients and creates everything they put on their plates from scratch. Everything is made in-house from real ingredients. The menu changes by the season and changes according to what products are best at market, but frequent diners say it is consistently fabulous.