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We’re All Mad Here: 2 Alice in Wonderland Themed Restaurants in Central Texas

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“Eat me.” “Drink me.” Alice did, and you can too, at these Wonderland-worthy restaurants in Central Texas. For those on the north end of the Hill Country, The Scarlet Rabbit is located in Round Rock, and for the southerners, there’s Madhatters Tea House and Cafe in San Antonio. Of course, you could follow the rabbit hole and venture to both. Just don’t be late!

1. The Scarlet Rabbit Bistro in Round Rock

The Scarlet Rabbit Round Rock Wonderland

Photo: Facebook/The Scarlet Rabbit

The Scarlet Rabbit is a whimsical Texas bistro serving creative, regionally-inspired cuisine located at 410 W. Main St. in downtown Round Rock. It’s described as “a cozy, imaginative restaurant where all things odd are cool,” according to the website. “Nestled in a beautiful 1940’s bungalow, just west of the Downtown Historic District, the restaurant is both visually stunning and inescapably welcoming. Interiors feature a playful Alice in Wonderland theme, recalling various passages from the 1865 novel and highlighted by delicate, yet bold accents, romantic lighting, robust colors and stimulating decor that blurs the lines between wonder and fantasy. Upon entering The Scarlet Rabbit, guests are greeted by a mysterious hall of doors flanking a striking red cocktail bar festooned with ornamental hares and backwards running clocks that command ‘Drink Me’ and the magical atmosphere of the restaurant immediately makes you feel like you are immersed in the classic tale.”

The Scarlet Rabbit Round Rock

Photo: Facebook/The Scarlet Rabbit

The Scarlet Rabbit features a variety of dining and gathering spaces, including an extensive outdoor patio shaded by a massive 200-year-old live oak tree draped in twinkling lights that adds to the space’s charm, the website says. The expansive patio accommodates up to 80 guests, adding to the indoor dining room’s intimate capacity of 60. “Like an inquisitive Cheshire cat, patrons can expect to grin from ear to ear upon entering The Scarlet Rabbit’s fantastical, fairytale-esque sphere.” The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers hand-crafted cocktails, wines, and beers. They serve brunch on the weekends.

2. Madhatters Tea House and Cafe in San Antonio

Madhatters Tea House and Cafe San Antonio
Photo: Facebook/Madhatters Tea House and Cafe

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