This area of the city has become popular enough that you can't count on being seated last minute (as we tried to do at Jaleo--an hour/45 wait!) There are plenty of pub-type places up 7th St. but all are a bit of a walk.
Unlike other theatres, Goldstar seats for Shakespeare Theatre are usually far from the stage. I was a couple of rows from the back row of the mezzanine (in the middle). I could see the stage fine but next time I'd bring my binoculars for closeups.
We ran into traffic on Friday night so didn't make our dinner reservation. Arrived at Hillcountry Barbeque just down the street about 45 minutes before showtime and had plenty of time to eat and make the show.