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Towne Crier Steakhouse

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818 US Highway 80 E, Abilene, TX 79601-6114
+1 325-673-4551
11:00 - 21:00
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San Angelo, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Great variety on salad bar. Chicken fried steak was ok. My husband enjoyed the salad bar and soup. We enjoyed the variety on the salad bar.

Thank Isabel G
College Station, Texas
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127 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

I've eaten here several times over the years & the food is OK, but the restaurant on a whole is dark & dingy. I don't like to be in such a dark place that I can't see if it is clean or not. The food was OK, nothing I would jump up & down about. The prices are OK, but... More 

Thank Weazy123
Rhonda M, Owner at Towne Crier Steakhouse, responded to this review

Hi Weazy, I hope you come try us again soon. We have been cleaning and painting and refreshing many parts of the restaurant. It's not a whole lot brighter, but we did lighten a couple places on paint and made sure we have all new lightbulbs in many areas. Plus we added new tile floors. We will soon be adding... More 

Sweetwater, Texas
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67 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

Another reviewer said this place reminded him of the old Steak & Ale. I totally agree. But it took me back to a time when going out to eat was a big thing with the entire family. This place also had old-time service and respect for their customers. You don't find that very often these days. Food selection was broad,... More 

Thank Sumnertex
Hudson Oaks
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109 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

We have friends in Abilene, and during our occasional visits there, we like to eat at the Towne Crier. The food is good, with a lot of variety. And we really enjoy the soup and salad bar. Service is very good. Will stop in again next time we are in Abilene!

Thank Dan S
Abilene, Texas
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316 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

The new owner is there to great you as you go to your able. She is very friendly and is genuinely glad to see you. The menu board has got a new coat of paint and the listed menu items are easy to see and read. The menu continue the tradition of a great selection of various meats at a... More 

Thank Richard S
Rhonda M, Owner at Towne Crier Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words Richard S. ! More 

Abilene, Texas
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104 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Amazingly good steaks. They have fish, and it is very good, but you waste your time going to this place for anything but a steak. OK, I have eaten the fist more than once, but when you can't find a steak at Golden Corral, come to the Towne Crier Steakhouse. The fresh hot (and I mean HOT) rolls delivered to... More 

2 Thank Richard M
Rhonda M, Owner at Towne Crier Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review! We have been repairing and fixing up the old order board so people can enjoy it for many years to come. We do want people to try the chicken fried chicken and other things though too :) More 

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106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

We ate here at lunch. We both had the Chicken Fried steak and it was pretty good. Good salad bar, but the best was the yeast Rolls. Great!

1 Thank Anita W
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366 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

This restaurant seems to have a good local following, but I am not sure why. No complaints on the staff but the décor, menu, etc. has not changed much over the many years and I consider the food below average.

1 Thank ERL972
Rhonda M, Owner at Towne Crier Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review ERL972. I hope you will come try us again sometime. I took over the restaurant on November 1 and we are working hard to make things better. Expect to see some new menu items and new preparation techniques soon! More 

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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

This reasonably priced steakhouse has been in Abilene for many years. It is always busy, and the soup and salad bar is very good and the entrees are okay. The tables always feel greasy, and I wish it were cleaner. Having said that, however, I have eaten there many times over the years when visiting in Abilene.

Thank Mary Beth S
Rhonda M, Owner at Towne Crier Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Mary Beth S. I hope you will come visit next time you are in town. We have been working very hard on cleaning and refreshing the restaurant and it looks much better. New tile floors are the biggest change. More 

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233 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

This steakhouse was one of the strangest I have ever been in. The salad bar was stocked full of delicious fare, and the soups looked good too. Entering into the restaurant, you order at a counter, then wait for your food to be brought to you. No one really knows who your server is, they all kind of take care... More 

1 Thank Miranda S
Rhonda M, Owner at Towne Crier Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Miranda.... we are kind of odd indeed! I think it just happens naturally when you have been open 50 years. We do plan on changing to a more modern system of having your server wait on you at the table in the coming months. Come see us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 US Highway 80 E, Abilene, TX 79601-6114
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Abilene
  • Phone Number: +1 325-673-4551
Family owned steakhouse that just celebrated our 50th Anniversary! Well known for our chicken fried steak, hot fresh rolls with butter, and soup and salad bar. Yes a salad bar still exists in town! Towne Crier Steakhouse opened for business on February 18, 1966. The highest priced steak dinner was priced at $1.39! Neil Fry opened the restaurant and long time owner Dwight Aston started here in 1977. Rhonda Williams bought the restaurant in 2015. We are also known for our Chop't Steak, Chicken Fried Chicken, Chicken Strips, Kids Meals, made from scratch desserts and much more !

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