Cafe Eccell
Cafe Eccell

Cafe Eccell

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafeeccell.com/
  • Phone: 9795997929
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andreas Dallis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cafe Eccell accepts catering events. Please call with your interest.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Eccell will book parties from 5-300 people. Please call with your inquiry and let Cafe Eccell's large party coordinators book your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Dallis 9798467908

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wellborn Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Eccell
Open since 1989, Cafe Eccell is an integral part of College Station's landscape. Cafe Eccell bills itself as a "fresh seafood bistro". The various seafood entrees reflect multi-regional and fusion cuisines. The seafood is shipped in fresh four times weekly to ensure quality and freshness. Chilean Sea Bass, Pacific Ahi Tuna and various others are offered. Award winning dessert, homemade mesquite fired pizzas, CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF, and a full bar and wine list round out this surprising culinary gem halfway between Houston and Austin.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cafe Eccell reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (11)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (7)romantic (6)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Welcome Back!
    JanKVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    So happy that this place has found a new home and re-opened. Much more spacious than before, great service and very well-prepared dishes. The new digs are going to be great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs some kinks worked out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was very good. Good menu, not overwhelming. Unfortunately, they were not ready for the "game day" crowd. One wait staff for at least 5 large parties. One of the parties left before they got their order taken. By the time we left, it was evident that the manager had stepped in and pulled another person from the wait staff to assist and the service improved.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No recommendation
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Caesar Salad had no flavor, no anchovies at all & part of the lettuce was brown with parts of the core in it. Was told they did not have a pepper mill so no cracked pepper said they had moved 3 weeks ago & had not had time to get one. I had made a reservation but was given a small table in the corner when we asked to be moved we were told no that the tables in the area we asked about had been reserved and no other offer was made even with lots of empty tables around us. The old location is gone which I understand but a new location is no excuse for lower quality. We have been eating there for at least 15 years but probably will be awhile before we go back if ever. I will warn friends not to expect old service or food quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I wasn't expecting much on game day, but the quality of the food rivaled some of the best restaurants I've ever experienced. We managed to please teenagers, vegans, and gluten-free dieters with appetizers and outstanding entrées. Our server went out of her way to change the channel on the nearby TV to the football game we wanted to watch. We will be back every time we visit our Aggie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Returning
    rerequestors
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Making a reservation online was a smart move, since walk-ins were told they had at least a 20 minute wait. Wish there were different menus for lunch and dinner. Soft drinks should not be long to arrive. There was much activity throughout the seated areas, giving you entertainment while waiting. Our food was good. I did re request a menu so that I could remember the components of what Still we will return to sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad they are back
    Foodgurl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    There are so few places with fresh fish as well as an inventive menu in BCS. Cafe Eccell did not miss a beat as far as the service and quality of food that was the norm at their previous location. If you haven't tried the chocolate tart, you don't know what you're missing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very unhappy
    Grumpy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food for two of four pretty. Entree was brought very soon after salad. Pasta was crisp from warming light. Fish cooked so hard that it had to be cut with a knife . Will not return
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    mssuzumac
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our third visit back to the newly reopened Cafe Eccell. We found it too noisy to talk, our waitress was very stressed, food just ok, and most importantly my martini filled about 1/3 of the martini glass. When I asked the waitress about it she just gave me a blank stare.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing food
    txdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed lunch a few times and love the convenient location, atmosphere and delicious food! If going for lunch, be sure to have a reservation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting the check was a challenge
    unhappy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    AFter nice conversation with friends, we waited a good thirty minutes for our check while our waiter bussed tables and flitted around the room doing other things AFTER he had picked up our cards. This was totally uncalled for and made a very nice experience into a frustrating one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The new Eccell lacking in flavor
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I decided to try out the new location. We have been to the old location a few times. We weren't very impressed with the food. The tuna appetizer had a ton of mayonnaise and you didn't get a lot of ahi tuna for the $15 price. My street tacos lacked flavor and came with a side of plain white rice (maybe some beans would have made the side better) and my husband said his gyro was okay. My cocktail was tasty (Bryan Texas breeze) and so was our tart dessert. We were disappointed and will probably try the pizza before we only come here for drinks and dessert. The new restaurant is beautiful, but if they want to fill that space, they need to do better in the kitchen. Our server was great and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad Service and over cooked Fish
    Alan
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's an OK kinda a place.Ordered a grilled Snapper which came overcooked and the Crab cake was Ok the.only thing that was good was a Pizza also the pricing of all the items are very High.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have always loved Cafe Eccel but we were disappointed upon coming back after their reopening. The place was done up very very nice but they changed the menu. The red snapper was very disappointing from what they used to make. Also the ribeye was very chewey and over cooked. The service was not very good but I believe we had a brand new young waiter which deserves another chance if he was new but maybe they should train him during the week. We were there on Friday night. Also ordered the creme brûlée and it was served cold. Sure hope they bring back some of old menu. Very disappointing to spend $160 on that kind of meal. MAybe we should stick with pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as it used to be!
    Snickerdoodle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We ate old favorites: Greek salad, Barbeque chicken pizza, tarts and wine......a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great but getting there
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    #1 late Saturday night ( liked that it was still open) . I ordered the filet. It came overlooked and on a plate with a hunk of mashed potatoes and a small bunch of green beans. It looked like a Luanne platter from the old Lubys ( minus the roll). The server was nice but inexperienced. #2 early Sunday evening. Sat in the bar and had a great drink and the Voodoo salmon which has always been a favorite and was excellent. Service great. #3 early on a Tuesday evening. I had the snapper which was perfectly cooked on a bed of saffron linguine and garnished with avocado slices. It was a beautiful presentation and was delicious. Our waiter was overwhelmed as he kept getting busier. We waited a LONG time to get our credit cards back after paying
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bar service not great
    alwayseating
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I thought the drink menu was good, but the prices are higher than they should be and don't match the prices of the food. I paid $10 for a martini that didn't even make it to my table until I was halfway through dinner (I ordered it first). When it arrived, there were 2 HUGE olives stuffed with Bleu cheese (delish), but the glass was barely half full. If you took out the olives, it was about a 1/3 of the way full. That was disappointing, especially after I saw the price. I wouldn't go there for beverages, but dinner was amazing and affordable and dessert cannot be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first experience and perhaps we were expecting to much. Based on what we saw, it's a pizza and burger place, much like a sports bar. We'd do it again if we were looking for that experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 244 reviews are from the Cafe Eccell reviews archive.
  • Best desert in BCS!
    MANDYVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We always enjoy Cafe Excel, especially the chopped salad, bbq chicken pizza and strawberry tart. Unfortunately, for all of us who love Cafe Excel, they are being forced to move in March. We have been told they will reopen at a new location in the fall. We sincerely hope this is true!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls day out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Loved the wine list. The food was very appetizing. Was kind of disappointed that since I had been there last, lots of pasta taken off the menu. However, not a deal breaker. Neighborhood gem! Waitservice was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • last visit
    say1VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Restaurant could have been more "kid-friendly." They did not offer that the sauce on the pasta and meatballs that we said was going to be shared with a 3 year old was spicy. We did not ask, but we did not expect that such a dish would be as spicy as it was. They also charged for a refill on the child's milk, which he needed in order to eat any of the spicy pasta. They also charged for a substitution of a salad dressing...not an addition, a substitution. Again, there was no statement by the waitress that a substitution would incur an extra charge...this was removed when we complained.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please stay!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    I would gladly walk from Northgate pay parking, as would everyone else I've talked to. Please stay in business at your present location. Fingers crossed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining review
    Yabbado123
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    My husband made reservations for our family of 4 for my birthday last week. The Appetizer was not as good as it has been before. We ordered the Mediterranean plate. I ordered the Seafood linguine and it had no flavor so I had to ask for salt (which was not on any of the tables). My husband had the prime rib and it didn't taste like anything either. My son had the Gyro which had way too much Tzaziki (sp?) in it and he had to take it off since it had way too many onions on it. The desserts were good as usual. I've been coming to Cafe Eccell since before we had children and i have to say it's just not as good as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Pizza Ever
    David
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We opend with this Ahi Tuna Nachos. An awesome blend of flavors. We followed with the best custom pizza ever. We like a bit of everything, so we really went over the top and the kitchen came through for us !!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like the seafood options;
    seafood
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I like the seafood options; my wife loves the steaks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food Rocks !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our waiter was outstanding and knew his wine ! Everything from our appetiters to the 6oz. tenderloin was out of this world! I can't remember the last time i had such a good meal !r
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & atmosphere but no coffee!
    Christmasbdaygirl
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    I've always loved the good and atmosphere at Cafe Eccell. Fine dining for special occasion or a special lunch that is reasonably priced. However, with as nice as the menu and desserts are that are offered, I'm so disappointed that they do not offer lattes, cappuccinos, etc. Just seems odd to me that this isn't offered to go with those popular desserts! When we asked if they had any out waiter said no and didn't even offer plain coffee or cream. Just apologized and brought our check.However, any restaurant that would be a competitor to this one in town-- Maddens, Christopher's, La Riviara, etc offer nice cappuccinos, lattes etc. or at the least a really nice coffee and cream as a finish to a nice meal!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was what it was
    Jle013
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Food was good, the room we were in was noisy and the lighting was so bright for an evening dinner. The waiter was new, too new to be taking on a big table alone. So our food and drinks were late coming out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    winedndined
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    My boyfriend took me to Cafe Excell for my birthday. They set the table especially for us and out waiter Tanner was superb and very knowledgable! Great birthday!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post-Bulldog beatdown
    BEDE
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Our table was ready promptly at 7pm on a busy post-game night in Aggieland. We had excellent service with good wine recommendations. The Greek salads and pizzas hit the spot. We always try to find time to hit Cafe Eccell when in College Station if time allows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot away from college scene
    bulldog95
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    great variety of menu items, pizza, seafood & sandwiches. if you are looking to get out of the patio college bar scene after the game or just have a nice meal in college station them this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night in Aggieland
    foodieinagggieland
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Our first visit -can;t believe we waited so long to try this place out. We will definitely be back. Try the strawberry tart - it's the best dessert I have had in College Station! I had barbeque chicken with veggies, hubby had Prime Rib eye steak. Both were perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress was wonderful
    Miss
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Our waitress was wonderful and the ambience was nice. I had the tilapia which was dry. It was served with "roasted vegetables" which was a few pieces of squash and a lot of onions. However, the charge for the fish was removed from our tab, which we appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • real food right off campus
    aggienewbie
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    This restaurant was recommended by a bed and breakfast in the area and had many good reviews. We were pleasantly surprised to find a place serving good to excellent quality food not geared to the standard college student's menu. The Mediterranean appetizer was delicious, especially the tzadziki. Our son really wanted fish, which he says is not available anywhere on campus. He loved the salmon entrée. Our pizza was very good although we couldn't find any sausage on it and the crust was a little too soft in the center. Prices were higher than other restaurants but comparable to the difference in food quality. The atmosphere was a bit dark and dreary which made it a challenge to read the menu. No problems with the table service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for dinner
    RickM
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Food and charm lived up to our memories from our younger days as struggling undergrads. Great ambience and energy. Our waiter was apathetic and often distracted when dealing with us but it did not detract from dinner as a whole to any great degree. All in our group of four were ultimately satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great A&M find
    Monica
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Visiting for Parent Welcome Weekend and dined at Eccell. We enjoyed ourselves and our meal.. it was nice to see others/assist manager help out the wait staff with drink refills.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT EVENING
    AGGIEFAN
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I loved the convenience of making our reservation on-line. Our table was ready when we walked in the door 5 minutes before our reservation time. The server was friendly, efficient and checked on us just enough to let us know he was aware, but not so much as to be intrusive. I had the Sea Bass which was perfectly cooked and season, another dinner chose the Snapper and was delighted, another had the gourmet grill cheese and tomato basil soup, and another had the Penne Pasta with Chicken with Rosemary Cream Sauce. I must admit I enjoyed a fair amount of the Penne Pasta with Chicken dish, on the ruse that I was trying to figure out the sauce. The Strawberry Tarts were incredible. We can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food selection and character
    jmor90
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The special was excellent. Desserts were fantastic as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    aminor
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Delicious food, especially from the dessert menu. I definitely recommend Café Eccell to anyone stopping in College Station. Only downside was how dimly lit the restaurant was.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chocolate strawberry tart
    Jason
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    The chocolate strawberry tart was the best dessert I have ever had. That's no exaggeration. Everything about it was great. The shell was crunchy and melted in my mouth, the strawberries were fresh and sweet, and the chocolate was smooth and tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back in town after several
    Diane
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Back in town after several years---as always---delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.