Experience true Hill Country hospitality.

Tarbox & Brown offers San Marcos a rotating seasonal menu focused on delicious American and Texas fare with inspired dishes and comfort food.

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Located on the golf course at Kissing Tree, Tarbox & Brown is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, dinner, golf service and special events on our huge outdoor patio. Local brews, Texas wines, and carefully crafted cocktails are available to pair with each meal.

Why Tarbox & Brown?

Established in the late 1840s, the Brown and Tarbox Stagecoach Line played a significant role in providing passenger and mail services between San Antonio and Austin. The coaches traveled an average of 5 miles per hour, depending on road conditions. Stops were established every 12 miles so that passengers could stretch their legs, horses could be changed out, and mail could be exchanged.

In 1851, the home of James Purdy Matthews became a stop on the stage route right here in what was then Stringtown, a small settlement south of San Marcos along the historic Camino Real. Passengers enjoyed sitting in the shade of the Matthews’ wide porch, enjoying a cool drink of water, a warm cup of coffee, or perhaps a delicious tea cake before continuing on their journey. Today, we hope you feel that same welcoming spirit of hospitality each time you visit Tarbox & Brown.

Executive Chef David Rhoads

Meet our chef.

As one of the founding chefs of Tarbox & Brown, Chef David Rhoads is known for creating delicious, seasonal dishes that offer extraordinary flavors and perfected presentation. Originally from Delaware, Chef David attended college and culinary school in Rhode Island before working in several prestigious kitchens in the Northeast. He honed his skills at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia, where he worked with many international chefs. In San Antonio, Chef David built a name for himself at restaurants including the San Antonio Country Club, Castle Avalon, and most recently the Rio Terra community. We are thrilled to have Chef David at the helm of Tarbox & Brown, and we’re excited to share his talents and culinary creations with our diners.