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The Salt Lick: Thurman's Mansion & Pecan Grove

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Driftwood, Texas, TX
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(512) 894-3117
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 76 Reviews


    Debbie

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  • Salt Lick food is always great and their private rooms are perfect for a rehearsal dinner. The atmosphere is really the ideal "Texas" experience, especially if you have guests coming in from out of town. Our rehearsal dinner was lovely and the food was delicious. I do think that when all was said and done it was a little expensive for BBQ though.

    Kay

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  • Look for Carson! She was available, friendly, and very helpful. The venue itself was affordable and contained a lot of natural beauty with it's trees, creek, and rustic like design. We also had a lot of guests from out of state, so the idea of great bbq food at a reasonable price for out guests was a big plus. We love this place!

    Tiffany

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  • There are not enough words to describe the fantastic experience that we had working with Carson and the rest of the staff at Thurman's Mansion. The venue is breathtaking and one-of-a-kind; a true Texas-style mansion. We didn't really have to do too much to decorate, because the venue and natural decor are so classy! Prior to the wedding, Carson was in frequent, clear communication with us and always willing to work with us and ALL of the questions that we had that were specific to our event. She was so professional and respectful that we never felt like there was anything that we couldn't ask! The staff was also extremely accommodating for our many spontaneous visits pre-wedding to walk through some additional details. The day of the wedding was FLAWLESS. It could not have been more well executed - the staff was on point with the food, service, etc. The Banquet Captain was extremely helpful when needed and our guests raved about the venue. The outside patio provides a really nice oppor... Read more

    Sara

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  • Perfection. The venue is exquisite and the food, well c'mon, we all know the food was off the charts! The real gift was working with Carson. She is a professional and worked with the vendors as the "team leader" for the site. I was so impressed with how much she cared about every detail and her vast knowledge of events. I have no more weddings, but IF I did, this would be my number one choice. It is our number one referral. Everything was perfect, perfect, perfect....

    Tara

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    5 out of 5
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  • Salt Lick is our favorite BBQ and is a big reason why we decided to get married in the Driftwood area. We live north of Dallas and wanted a beautiful outdoor setting with good food. We honestly didn't even look at other catering options once our venue was booked, because we knew we loved their food, and their value is exceptional. Everyone we dealt with was professional, and one of the staff members at the wedding even made a point to visit us and offer congratulations. Salt Lick exceeded our already high expectations. We would (and do!) recommend them to anyone who appreciates good BBQ.

    Samantha

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  • Pecan Grove (or, truly, either of the Salt Lick venues) is the perfect place to have a wedding. I could write paragraphs on the amazing food but I'll keep it to a few sentences. Of course, the BBQ is great. But everyone was so impressed with the passed hors d'ouevres--the chef at Pecan Grove is a master. Truly delicious stuff all around. The grounds are gorgeous. My pictures are bright green everywhere thanks to the beautiful grass. It was such a stunning place to get married. The space is large but not too large--there was room for eating, dancing, photo-boothing, and sitting for my 150+ people. There certainly could have been room for more. A lovely bridal suite and grooms room--we shared the bridal suite with the groom party after first looks and had a blast in there. I think perhaps the most wonderful thing about Pecan Grove might be Carson, the manager. She goes above and beyond to make your wedding perfect. I had a situation with a missing cake, and Carson, who's job description ... Read more

    April

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  • I am so absolutely happy that I chose Thurman's Mansion as my wedding day! Of course, the food at Salt Lick is wonderful and Carson was great to work with. She was always willing to be there 24/7 when we needed her. We had to change to the rain plan/plan b the morning of my wedding since it was raining and I am glad that this happened and we had to go this route because no one would ever be able to tell. I got so many compliments on the venue and the staff and how the whole wedding looked and was handled. I would recommend this venue to anyone wanting to get married in the hill country or Austin area. We knew we wanted to get married in the hill country and looked around all over the area and this was the first place we looked at and went back here after looking at about 10 other places!

    Kaitlin

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  • We had our rehearsal dinner at the salt lick. We had a lot of out of town guests and we wanted to show them true Texas BBQ. the atmosphere was great, we had our own private room and the food was great as usual!

    Nicole

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  • Katie and Thurman’s Mansion did an INCREDIBLE job for our wedding on Saturday (06/14/14)! I was planning our Austin/Driftwood wedding from Virginia so I didn’t have an opportunity to meet Katie in person until several days before the wedding. However, she was professional and easy to work with via telephone and email. The food (Salt Lick BBQ) was outstanding and the venue looked great. We were fortunate with the weather and even had a cool breeze at the time of the ceremony. That is certainly a lucky thing for June! The cocktail hour and reception went off without a hitch. Adrian and the other banquet staff members were fantastic. Guests all commented on how good the BBQ was but knowing Salt Lick, we expected no less! Thanks Katie and your entire team for making our wedding so memorable!

    Mya

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  • Great food and service, even created a vegan meal for one of my guests that didn't eat meat!

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  • We canceled our wedding at Pecan Grove because the photos are not representative of the actual venue. The classy stone walkway is covered by a wooden deck, the natural interior is pained over grey and white, those big clear windows are actually warped, synthetic material, and the ceremony site is on top of a swamp with a drainage pipe less than 15 yards away. To top it all off, we specifically asked if the venue was close to any highways that would disrupt a ceremony with noise. Their coordinator Carson assured us that it was not, but when we arrived we saw that the venue and ceremony site is less than 60 yards from a major roadway. Who wants to say "I do" with cars and trucks whizzing by at 55mph every few seconds? We live in California now, but my fiance went to college in the Austin area and has been to the Salt Lick many times so we had no reason not to trust the photos. On their website, their brochure, and even extra photos we requested by email--everything looked beautiful so... Read more

    Katie

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  • First of all, The Salt Lick is DELICIOUS. It's my family's favorite BBQ place, so of course my husband and I picked it to cater our very Texan wedding! We and the guests were very satisfied with the food. It was a little pricey, about $30 a plate, but that's still less expensive than a traditional plated wedding meal, so I thought the cost was worth it for such great food. They were also very helpful in ensuring we had a special meal available for a friend with several food allergies. My only complaint: We ended up with a lot of extra food. I felt pressured to add a handful of extra plates to the final RSVP count, because we were told that it was possible there would not be enough food if the headcount was not EXACTLY right. This was not the case and we were left with a LOT of extra food. We didn't mind, since we and both our families were happy to take home leftovers, but it would have been nice to save a little money. That said, it was still delicious, so very "us," and everyo... Read more

    Stefanie

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  • The Pecan Grove at the Salt Lick was the perfect location for our wedding reception! With half of our 200 guests coming from out of town, it offered plenty of space, a beautiful landscape, and a true Texas feel. The Pecan Grove's recently added a porch that added an extra special touch. We also appreciated not having to decorate much because Christmas lights were already hung around the pillars indoor and there were a few chandeliers already hanging from the ceilings. The windmill and expansive green grass made for great pictures as well. Having a Sunday wedding there is also very affordable. My recommendation would be to ensure that the food is warm when served. While very tasty, it was cold by the time our guests ate. In addition, their "cash bar" literally means "cash", which can be an inconvenience for guests if you are not supplying the wine, beer, and/or alcohol.

    Carmen

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  • It was a very casual affair. Difficult to get a reservation prior to a month out, but well worth the wait. Very low key, casual location, excellent BBQ! The staff was outstanding.

    Ashley

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  • Our July wedding at Thurman's Mansion was absolutely beautiful. From start to finish, we were so happy with our choice in venue. We started out in the lovely and spacious dressing rooms. We had fantastic weather under the big oak tree and looked out over the green lawns and vineyards, which provided the perfect backdrop for some amazing photo ops. The staff were professional, yet enthusiastic and made us all feel special. The Salt Lick BBQ, was, of course, delicious and a huge crowd pleaser. The only hiccup in the night was that the bar package we had selected was not the one that was provided. Key parts of the wine menu were changed or missing. It was a bit disappointing that our wedding suffered from a miscommunication between the Salt Lick and their bar services. However, I will say that the staff handled the mistake beautifully. They were sincerely apologetic and comped part of the bar bill for us. Overall, we had a beautiful night and it would not have been the same anywhere el... Read more

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