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When you’re searching for casual dining options in Waco, Texas, you’re in luck! There are so many things to choose from – from local favorites to cuisines from around the world – that you can eat out every night of the year and experience something wonderful every day. Never the same meal twice!

Today’s casual dining environments have to offer more than just great food – you want a great experience! Dining out can be expensive, and budget is always a concern, but what about a specific restaurant makes them really special? Makes you really want to go back again and again, take all your friends, and tell everyone you know?

Simple: Atmosphere.

Casual Dining at Waco Hippdrome Theater

When you’re looking for a great atmosphere – and at a great price – then the Waco Hippodrome Theatre should be at the top of your list. Casual enough to go to all the time, special enough to enjoy at holidays and for special occasions – if you haven’t tried it yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!

The Waco Hippodrome Theatre offers two of the best rated casual dining options in town. Check them both out to see which one is the right one for you.

The Waco Hippodrome Theatre is a refurbished stage theater converted into a movie theater. Catch a show, and enjoy the social setting. Even rent out this unique venue for your own special events, weddings, and more. If you like what we have to offer, we also provide catering. Dine in or order for your group – the Waco Hippodrome Theatre offers casual dining options for everyone.

Casual Dining at The Raleigh Diner


A fun, warm, happy setting that serves up some of the best tasting dishes around. What more could you ask for?

Our updated diner features local brunch favorites – all named after your favorite movies. Try the unique burgers, amazing chicken fried steak, and all your favorite lunch and dinner specials. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (all times local!). Enjoy sitting in our cozy diner, or our open patio, where you can soak up the views and the beauty that Waco has to offer.

And, did we mention that the Raleigh Diner is so casual, so much an “at-home atmosphere” that we’re pet friendly? Come in and pal around with your best furry buddy. Take advantage of our pup water station on the patio.

Raleigh Diner Legendary Brunch 

Our weekend brunch has become a highlight of many people’s weeks – and we want it to be the highlight of yours, too! From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy a mix of traditional and tasty breakfast items, pastries, wine options, and even champagne. There are options for full brunch or to order a la carte (if you didn’t show up with your whole appetite). And we love to accommodate special orders. Stop by for coffee and chocolate chip cookies, a ham sandwich with French toast, or a mimosa with a side of chicken tenders. We won’t judge. Whatever makes your weekend taste good, we want to prepare it for you.

Casual Drinks at the Hightop Bar 


On top of our exemplary casual dining experience (pardon the pun!) is our classic Hightop Bar. Enjoy the ADA accessible (via elevator) rooftop bar, with both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s where we serve up tasty drinks, lots of laughter, and incredible views of historic Waco. Get cozy and stay awhile – we serve happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. everyday, but the bar stays open the same hours as the restaurant, so you don’t need to rush. Have a drink. See a movie. Come back for more. We keep it casual here at the Hightop Bar.

Casual Dining to Rock Your Week

Although we’d love to go out and eat every night of the week, not all of us live that type of lifestyle. When we do go out, we want to make the most of it. And when we go out with our friends, why not make memories that can last a lifetime?

Casual dining for your Friday night release, your Monday after-work unwind, or your weekend splurge. The options at the unique and easy-to-love Waco Hippodrome Theatre has got you covered.