Fixer Upper fans (me! me!) have a new reason to visit Waco, Texas. Chip and Joanna Gaines have opened a new restaurant called Magnolia Table – and it totally lives up to the hype (if you’re okay with a wait, that is!).
But like any Magnolia experience in Waco, it comes with crowds, long lines, and lots of other folks who are also super excited to be there. So I thought I’d share some tips for anyone planning a visit to Magnolia Table in Waco.
If you’re planning a trip to Magnolia, be sure to start here – that entire post is all about the logistics of visiting the silos, and what else you’ll want to see in the area!
When we first started visiting Waco a few years ago, we didn’t really have many eating choices. There were restaurants around, but many of them were chain restaurants. With the exception of a few local favorites, we felt pretty limited, and I would not say Waco was a restaurant destination by any means.
I’ve really seen this change over the last few years as the city has grown and it really has become a destination. Fortunately, this also means more places to eat (and get a drink or two) have been popping up.
Magnolia Table, while only a short drive from the Silos, requires a drive to the restaurant (unlike many other attractions in Waco, that you can walk to once you’ve found a parking space!).
The parking situation is okay. The lot is large and while I did have to walk a bit from where I parked (and this on a Thursday, mid-morning visit), there was definitely parking available. I imagine it gets pretty crowded on the weekends, though.
The restaurant is, of course, gorgeous. As we all knew it would be! There is plenty of outside seating, and even an outside coffee and pastries bar, for diners waiting their turn to eat. You can also kill some time in the gift shop (which sells treats and some kitchen goods).
When we arrived, they took Sarah’s number and told her they’d text her when it was our turn to be seated. Initially, they told us it was a 90-minute wait. They text you with information about how many people are in front of you, waiting to be seated, and updates in your seating time. I think there were almost 80 people in front of us (and when we left, there was a line just to put your name in!). It went quite a bit quicker than anticipated though, and we were seated in 45 minutes.
The menu is amazing – all the foods I love to eat! I was so torn, I ended up getting the BLT and the Tomato Bisque – plus donut holes to go. Lavender lemon donut holes, y’all.
Our waitress was super sweet, as were all of the employees we interacted with (the same is true at the Silos!). It was a little slow, but there were a ton of people and we weren’t in any hurry, so we were fine with it. Once you’re seated, you won’t feel the crowds…the tables are big and spacious and there is plenty of room.
It is absolutely kid-friendly. You’ll know if your kids can handle the long wait times or not.
Magnolia Table does not take reservations, and they are closed on Sundays. They are open from 6AM to 3PM Monday – Saturday.
If you have any questions, I’d love to answer them for you. You can leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.