Cafe Eccell
Cafe Eccell

Cafe Eccell

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafeeccell.com/
  • Phone: (979) 599-7929
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cafe Eccell reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (44)great for lunch (40)fit for foodies (36)special occasion (35)neighborhood gem (25)vibrant bar scene (23)romantic (18)hot spot (15)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (13)late-night find (8)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Hire or Fire
    Picky
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Nice makeover of an old Luby's and continueing the Eccell tradition but the service needs attention. Hire more waite staff or fire the ones that you have.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    SLfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Kasey did a great job handling our group of (6) before a football game. Food and servive was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was marginal. We actually preferred the ambiance and food when it was at the prior location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmosphere could use some work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Cafe Eccell is not bad at all. I enjoyed my food alright, nothing wrong for what it was (tried quinoa for the first time, not a fan). What would have made it the experience better would replacing the tables along the walls with booths. My girlfriend and I have been twice, and the tables just do not feel romantic, and they do not fit the feeling the restaurant is trying to give off. Also, if the ceilings were lowered, that would add to the coziness.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Food for CS standard
    AguiarVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went in CS to visite our daugether at TAM. We picked up this restarant by a friend,s recomendation. the service was pretty good. The food was OK. My other members dish were OK on the price point of view. However mime was pretty overpriced ($30 for a small PC of fish). The server suggest a mediterranean plate as apartize. Acttaly it was verry taste. As overall the food and the service was goood considering a student city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Welcome back, Cafe Eccell!
    Bluebonnet77
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    On a recent Saturday night visit, the food was very good, the service was excellent, but I could have appreciated a little lower noise level. The Napa Valley appetizer plate was very good, and ,arge enough to generously share between two people. The Medittereanean chicken was moist and tasty. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New location not quite the same
    mccs
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My family has been to this restaurant many times, at the former location. The new location, is much bigger, but the ambiance is much more casual, as is the menu and apparently, the dress code. The food is still excellent, but not as many upscale entree's as before. We used to choose this restaurant as a more upscale option in College Station. It seems to be going for a more casual ambiance. Not sure we will return as often as before.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and menu
    Craigf69VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great atmosphere... The new location does not disappoint. The best Greek salad ever! Our waiter Philip make it an enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret Sunday Spot
    Dallasnewbie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Different restaurant on a Sunday night - the bar was busy but the restaurant was quieter. Great time to catch up with old friends. I hate the tvs in the restaurant area, do not mind them in the bar and waiting area. I do not like going to dinner with my preteen and having her stare at the screen over my head all dinner. Especially The Simpsons. "Clockwork Orange" spoof does not make comfortable dinner time conversation with a 12 year old. Maybe make the guacamole standard on the taco plate - my waiter has forgotten it every time I order it, and has had to take it off the bill. The rice is not very tasty, could use a lot more cilantro, was like parsley, just green, no flavor. The pumpkin tart can stay on the menu forever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Eccell
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The 'new' Cafe like Eccell is much like the old, but bigger. Good food but very very noisy. Hard to have a conversation, even in the smaller rooms.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great mini tacos
    Bellsmom
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Nice selection for late night dining for weary travelers. Craft beers and special drink selections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Week Night Birthday Dinner
    Feeling22
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    They were very accommodating to our party of 16. I went for my birthday dinner and made a reservation Monday (for Tuesday night). The table was set nicely and right at the time I reserved for. The service was great and everyone enjoyed their food. I would mention that the happy hour menu and special menu are only good if you sit in the bar area. For example, the menu said the strawberry tarts were $5 all day, but that special is only if you sit at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A new, old experience.
    seafood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were pleased to see how well the restaurant "transplanted". The increase in natural lighting is nice, but we were glad to feel the same general ambience that the old place had. The food and the service were great. My only complaint is that I was charged for a very small container of extra sauce (2 Tbls. at the most) for the quesadilla leftovers that I took home. I've never been charged before for something like that. It was a shame that the meal had to end with a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak. Otherwise, we enjoyed our experience. Diners just need to beware of petty charges.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BQWolf05
    BQWolf05
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was my first trip to the new location. We made reservations and we were able to be seated right away. We ordered the queso with shrimp appetizer and it is one that I will go back for The steak (prime Rib) was cooked very well and my wife enjoyed her pizza. I am looking forward to being able to try them again to try something new.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit to New Location
    CJTraveler
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was my first visit to the new location. The service and food were very good, as was the selection of beers and wine. My only criticism is that the place is very loud, not like it was at the old location.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The cafe does eccell
    Alexsawineguy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a great place with above average food. Perfect for a before game meal when you want to go a little upscale in a college town. The burger was top notch and the sesame tuna portion was large. Attentive service and nice craft brews round out the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ASH73
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good find and food... a lil slow on bar drinks before the football game - served by Sam! He has a great sense of humor just needs to speed it up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo guys. Really well done.
    Maxx
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wish I could remember our server's name, but she was great. Good suggestive seller and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD AS ALWAYS
    KINGOAKSQUEENVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Cafe Eccell finally moved into a larger location and is still a great place to eat! The staff is so top notch and the food is presented beautifully!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Fantastic meal! We all ordered different entrees, and no one was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a favorite
    Snickerdoodle
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Café Eccell was a favorite when it was in the old City Hall in College Station..........still a favorite in its new location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a mixed bag
    Caramela
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is my 2nd visit to the new Eccell. Both time my food choices have included good & not-so-good items. The first time I split the crab cake appetizer (delicious; better than the same dish in the old Eccell) &a shrimp Caesar salad (tired & not too tasty--will not order again). My visit this weekend included the Greek burger (good though the bun is overwhelming; I took the top off), accompanied by the flavored mash potatoes of the day, soy-wasabi. The latter was awful & inedible--an unappetizing brownish color, server dry & cold with the soy-wasabi flavor unrecognizable. I'll never order this again. Our server & the manager did apologize profusely & gave our table a free (still delicious) strawberry tart, which was much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awsome dining experience!
    Teacakes4Two
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our retired teacher group was anxious to go to the "new" Cafe Eccell! We were not disappointed! Atmosphere is amazing and food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed- compared to before.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was disappointed mostly in the service , the crowded seating, and noise level. Food and dessert was great! Missed the bread and herb butter. Flatbread served was fat laden pizza crust :( Please train your waitstaff! The lady was very nice but we had to ask her for plates for bread, silverware for dessert, the restaurant had run out of tea bags! It was noisy and tables too close to each other . We tried not to recall we were sitting in a former cafeteria, but apart from a delicious meal and dessert that is what we felt like :( Next time I will order take-out as the dine in experience was nothing special .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not big on details
    Twinmom
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    When I made this reservation, I specifically indicated this was a birthday luncheon for my mom, that we had a surprise guest joining us, and that we wanted strawberry tarts for dessert. The hostess ruined the surprise, no one mentioned the birthday or asked about a celebration. We were not offered any dessert, we had to ask for it. Overall, nothing I clearly asked for was honored. I hope in the future they pay closer attention to details.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NotSatisfied
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I was very disappointed in my experience at Cafe Eccell. I took my wife there for her birthday and all I ate was the chicken, didnt touch the sides...She had ordered crab cakes as she loves seafood and was not impressed. The beer was approximately a couple of months old based on the label. It wasnt expired, but I could taste the difference in the taste. Our waiter didnt come by much to check on us and unfortunately My wife couldnt wait to get home, despite being her birthday.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious!
    foodiefrank
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was great, especially the ahi tuna! Dont forget to ask for a dessert menu when you're done because the desserts were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert!!!
    birthdaydinner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Their blueberry bread pudding was out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a delightful time. Food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch
    Alleycat8543
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had brunch here on a Sunday. We arrived right as they opened so it was not at all crowded. Love the new space, it is a beautiful restaurant, large windows, etc.. The food was excellent, the waitstaff was friendly. We will definitely be back,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my girlfriend to the old location for our first date, and then to the new location for our 1 year anniversary. I like the revamp. The food was good and the ambiance was great. The noise level was on the lower end of the moderate side, but nothing obtrusive. The service was a little slow, but we went right in the middle of the dinner hour. It wasn't abhorrent. I'll definitely be a repeat customer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place could be extraordinary!
    Hth3r
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I want to love this place. Its history with the area and great food keep me coming back--The voodoo salmon was excellent this past visit, rib tips were well seasoned paired with some of the freshest greens, chocolate strawberry tart was a sweet, rich treat to share with my hubby. Our waiter left us wanting, though: empty drinks, long absences, forgetting requests, and an overall apathetic sense of service really detracted from our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review from Ring Day weekend
    diningincs
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was good, but the restaurant was clearly overwhelmed by the number of people there. We had booked a reservation 3 weeks earlier and when we got there, we still had to wait over 40 minutes to get a table. Was very loud, and a little sad that menu had changed from other location. And we had hoped to get a cognac at the end of the night (available at the old place) only to find out that they don't have that available anymore. Will try this place again, as it had been a favorite when at the old location, but may wait a while and hope things improve a bit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    FitFoodie
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate