10 Best Places to Eat in Waco, Texas

Waco, Texas is full of great places to eat! From large chains to small “mom-and-pop” restaurants, there is a wide variety of eateries and something for everyone. This list gives a summary and contact information for 10 of Waco’s best restaurants.

1. Health Camp: With a cuisine that could not be further from its namesake, Health Camp undoubtedly offers some of the best burgers and shakes in the area. A cheeseburger will cost you around $3.90, whereas a Bacon Cheeseburger runs at just under $5. A combo menu is also available, and trust me it will be hard to walk out without some of their delicious fries or thick milkshakes. Health Camp also offers grilled cheeses, hot dogs, and sundaes. One of my absolute favorite meals in Waco: Bacon Cheeseburger, fries, and a coffee milkshake from Health Camp.

(254) 752-2081
2601 Circle Rd
Waco, TX 76706

2. Bari’s: Located on Valley Mills Drive, Bari’s offers some of the best food in Waco for some of the best prices. A BYOB restaurant, this family-run joint offers a wide variety of different pastas and pizza. A lunch special runs at about $5.95 and includes salad, the entrée of the day, and bread. Homemade food at amazing prices – this place is not to be missed!

(254) 772-2900
904 N Valley Mills Dr
Waco, TX 76710

3. Gratziano’s: If you’re looking for good Italian food on a slightly classier scale, Gratziano’s offers a nice alternative to chains like Olive Garden. Great pizza and pasta in a great atmosphere, Gratziano’s offers a central location. Bari’s however is still the best Italian in town.

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(254) 752-8789
217 Mary Avenue
Waco, TX 76701

4. Elite Circle Grill: Situated on the Circle, the Elite offers high quality food and is perfect for a classy dinner or a date. The menu offers a wide range of salads, sandwiches, chicken plates, seafood, and steaks, all for reasonable prices. A great ambiance and a central location make the Elite a great place to dine.

(254) 754-4941
2132 S Valley Mills Drive
Waco, TX 76706

5. George’s: George’s is a staple of Waco’s culture and is popular with both college students and Waco citizens alike. This bar and restaurant is famously known for its chicken fried steak and “Big O” (18 oz. of draft beer) and even provides live music on most weekend nights.

(254) 753-1421
1925 Speight Avenue
Waco, TX 76706

George’s Waco

6. Diamond Backs: Diamond Backs is one of Waco’s most high-end restaurants and offers its patrons premium steaks and a classy atmosphere. Diamond Backs is a great place to bring a date or group of friends if you’re looking for a tranquil, high quality dinner. Plates generally start at $25.

(254) 757-2871
217 Mary Avenue
Waco, TX 76701

7. D’s Mediterranean Grill: Also known as D’s Chicken Delight, this eatery offers great falafels, hummus and chicken sandwiches, gyros, and a wide variety of great sides. A little bit of a drive from central Waco is worth it for this authentic food. A sandwich generally runs between $4-5.

(254) 754-6709
1503 Colcord Avenue
Waco, TX 76707

8. Poppa Rollo’s: This is arguably the best pizza in Waco, with its thin crust and large amounts of toppings. With many rooms, Poppa Rollo’s is great for families, large groups of friends, or parties! A back area can even be rented out for events, for a night that your friends will be talking about for ages!

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(254) 772-9348
703 N Valley Mills Dr.
Waco, TX 76710


9. Vitek’s BBQ: Vitek’s is known throughout the Baylor community and across Waco for its “Gut Pak”, a combination of Fritos, cheese, chopped beef, beans, sausage, bread, pickles, onions, and jalapenos (large option costs $7.50 and the small $4.75). Great sandwiches (beef, turkey, ham, pulled pork, sausage) run between $3-4. Vitek’s is even available for catering!

(254) 752-7591
1600 Speight Avenue
Waco, TX 76706

10. Uncle Dan’s: Another great BBQ eatery in Waco, Uncle Dan’s offers patrons awesome food in a great atmosphere. Plates run between $7-10 and include your choice of meat (brisket, smoked sausage, ham, chicken fried steak, even catfish), two sides, bread, pickles, onion, and barbeque sauce.

(254) 772-3532
1001 Lake Air Dr.
Waco, TX 76710