DINE IN GRILLS
Ensconced within the historic Holland Hotel is the newly restored and aptly named Century Bar & Grill, evoking the best traditions of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. Richly textured furnishings inspired by the vast ranches of 1880s West Texas combine with the streamlined sumptuousness of the 20th Century Limited, complemented by 21st-century dining fare.
Whether you choose to spend an evening in the friendly Century Bar, within a luxurious leather banquette at the Chef’s Tables, in the magnificent Rio Grande Room or in the natural setting of the Courtyard, fine cuisine served with typical West Texas hospitality will not fail to satisfy.
The Century Bar & Grill invites you to enter those grandiose days when the rail and the ranch were the rule.
All aboard for the Bar at the Century Bar & Grill! Inspired by the classic dining and bar cars of the lavish 20th Century Limited, the Bar features enormous windows that give way to a view of the heart of downtown Alpine and the Sunset Limited railroad depot. The ceiling of the Bar itself comes from the design of a private dining car reserved only for wealthy railroad barons of days gone by. Venture into a bygone era when railroad porters would escort their passengers across Holland Avenue to the historic hotel, settling them in at the Bar as their luggage was deposited and their rooms prepared.
Relax in this elegant setting while sipping on thirst-quenching local beer from the Big Bend Brewery, traditional spirits, or select from a list of unique cocktails and fine wines. And while you enjoy your favorite beverage, treat yourself to one of the delectable appetizers from Chef Moran’s kitchen that vary from fried green tomatoes to seared foie gras and everything in between.
Won’t you come aboard with us at the Century Bar and Grill?
The Century Bar & Grill’s Chef’s Tables presents the best of both worlds: the coziness of an interior space offering a direct view to our chef’s kitchen and the sensation of being out of doors created through our décor. Settle into one of our oversized banquettes and succumb to the aromas emanating from the kitchen while watching a culinary artist at work.
The ambience of Chef’s Tables is moored in our 17-foot-wide, 7-foot-high painting portraying the breathtaking beauty of the high desert mountains of the Big Bend. The image, the crown jewel of the venue, is by Xavier Gonzales, one of the most important artists in the region’s history. Gonzales was a primary leader of the Sul Ross Art Colonies in the early days of the university, and this artistically significant canvas from the 1930s, previously displayed in Alpine’s City Hall and the Museum of the Big Bend, now graces the spacious east wall of Chef’s Tables.
Pamper yourself in the lush atmosphere of Chef’s Tables and dine on the most mouthwatering, artistically prepared cuisine in the region.
RIO GRANDE ROOM
For those unfamiliar with the Big Bend area of Texas, it’s called the Big Bend for a good reason. The changeable ribbon of water that separates the United States from Mexico is the Rio Grande, the great river. To Mexicans, it is known as El Rio Bravo, a fearsome, rushing stretch of water to be revered. Just 118 miles due south of Alpine, the 1,900-mile Rio Grande diverts itself from its southern course to a sudden big bend toward the north, giving Texas its uniquely unmistakable border.
In tribute to the river, the grand dining hall of the Holland Hotel is the Century Bar & Grill’s Rio Grande Room. The spacious setting has ample seating for 40 and is decorated in the classic style of the Southwest, a blend of cultures represented by some of the six flags that once flew in succession over the State of Texas. The furnishings are reminiscent of a Mexican hacienda, the artworks with which the dining room is ornamented are by Big Bend regional artists, and the grand arched doors that open out onto the airy romance of the terrace are French.
Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of an earlier time where cultures and friendly neighbors mingled in common over a fine wine and a good meal in the Rio Grande Room in the Century Bar & Grill.
Nestled back behind the Holland Hotel is the Century Bar & Grill’s Courtyard. This outdoor setting is a unique venue in Alpine and is the perfect spot to unwind following a day’s work or a sightseeing trek through the Big Bend region. Here you can enjoy a cool drink, a warm beverage, a bottle of wine, or a specialty cocktail while you satisfy your appetite with the full dinner service offered in the Courtyard from our hearty yet elegant menu.
The Courtyard evokes the mood of a classic hacienda in its ageless design of Saltillo tile, its opulent fountain and its massive fireplace. The open-air site is bursting with dozens of native plants, trees and flowers and is festooned with subtle lighting cascading from overhead. The Courtyard also frequently boasts live music from locally renowned performers as well as by visiting artists.
Whether you choose to kick back and star gaze or kick up your heels, natural Southwestern loveliness, comfort and hospitality await you in The Courtyard.