Cochineal is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. Our goal is to present our guests with elevated, yet accessible food and stellar service in an inviting atmosphere. Cochineal is about sharing great food with good company and it is our hope that this honest, focused approach will resonate with both our guests and community. 

The Kitchen

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Cochineal is a casual fine dining restaurant helmed by Executive Chef/Owner Alex Gates and Pastry Chef Sabine Blaese. Alex and Sabine became friends while working under Michelin Star Chef Ingrid Roettele at her New York City restaurant Roettele A.G. back in 1990's. After many years pursuing separate paths in the industry, they reunited in 2017 to begin the journey of making Cochineal a reality.

Our philosophy is that the essence of fine cuisine is the thoughtful and creative use of the finest ingredients. At Cochineal we prepare our dishes using traditional and innovative cooking techniques inspired by our Swiss and German roots, but reimagined using local and regional ingredients as a means of creating a unique dining experience for our guests. Our daily evolving menus spotlight our commitment to sustainability and we make every effort to source our ingredients from our garden as well as from farmers, ranchers and others throughout Texas and beyond that share in that commitment.