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Cafe Josie
Cafe Josie

Cafe Josie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafejosie.com
  • Phone: (512) 322-9226
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: 3:00 - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday Happy Hour: 3:00 - 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International, American
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Fuller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wine Me Dine Me Dinner's that take place on the first Tuesday of every month. Join our email list for information and invitations at winemedineme@cafejosie.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blanco
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Cafe Josie is a part of "Pecan Square", so anywhere there are signs that designate Pecan Square is ok to park. More specifically, there is a parking lot at the corner of 6th and Blanco in front of Clarks's and next to The Wally Workman Gallery that is part of our parking. Also, if you take a right on Blanco Street and then a left in the first alley, you will find a parking lot behind Cafe Josie. If both of these spots are full then we recommend parking along Blanco Street.
A word from Cafe Josie
Established in 1997, Cafe Josie strives to provide our guests with a memorable dining experience. We focus on using locally sourced ingredients to create innovative and playful dishes in a warm and relaxing atmosphere.The cafe is located in an old carriage house that was restored in the '60s into a restaurant space featuring antique doors and original brick floors.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Fun menu. Creative specials. Pickles in shot glasses. White linen tablecloths. Exquisite desserts. What luxury! Good for special diets. Is there any way to award Cafe Josie 6 stars?"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Been coming to Austin for 6 years and I only recently found this place. It is great all around although a bit off center."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Cafe Josie has been in business a long time but its menu has been evolving. It has a vaguely Caribbean theme but it has moved away from such firey dishes as jerk chicken. My wife and I had a delicious meal there. We had the grilled octopus for an appetizer. The octopus had a chorizo gastrique and a tomato aioli sauce. Just a bit peppery but not too much. For a main course I had the redfish and my wife had quail with polenta. The redfish was served on a bed of chopped vegetables. We were extremely pleased to find such an interesting and tasty meal here. The main courses cost about $20 apiece so the bill was very reasonable. I would highly recommend this restaurant. If you have not eaten here lately you should give it a try."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Was looking forward to this one for awhile. Made last minute reservations for 8:30. The host was missing form his podium. Someone came after about 30 seconds and sat us in a corner - the whole exchange was a little awkward. The place was packed and the corner seemed to catch every conversation. My partner and I couldn't hear ourselves talk, much less the wait staff. The wine list was great and we were very pleased with the knowledge waiter. The food was tasty but there wasn't anything stand out that would make me crave returning. Overall, I'd give it another shot but only a hopefully slower weeknight where the noise level is lower."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining at Cafe Josie after attending the gallery opening right next door. It was convenient and the food was good as always. Perfect evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I was looking for a place to eat at 3pm and just went to open table and found this place. It was awesome. Tucked away off west sixth with parking. It was great. Differently going back"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We've been going to Cafe Josie for almost 6 years now, and have never been disappointed. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were not happy with the service. There was a fly that kept buzzing our food and table and when we brought to the waiter's attention, he just made a joke about it instead of offering to kill it. Asked for salad without Proscuitto, they said they would but bought out Proscuitto on the salad. When we asked for another salad, they said they just remove it though I insisted a fresh new salad without Proscuitto remnants on it. The Redfish tasted fishy and not very fresh."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not attentive. Never served the wine. Had to ask to remove dirty plates. Limited wine list with few under $50. Expected more."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The service was slow, I asked for bread and she forgot to bring it. There was a loud group nearby, made it very hard to have a conversation at our table. Food was good."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food and service are very good. On the downside, the room at the bar is limited to about 4 persons and they only serve beer and wine. The atmosphere in the restaurant seemed quiet, which may appeal to some diners, but not others."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This was our first dinner visit to Cafe Josie. After being seated we asked our waiter for a wine recommendation. He said he would be glad to as he was also the wine buyer. His suggestion was delicious, chilled perfectly and very reasonably priced. My cold curried squash soup was so good and perfect for the warm evening. My husband had eggplant camponata over coconut quinoa and I had a delicious redfish with a chipotle sauce and summer vegetables. We shared a ginger creme brûlée with poached blackberries. A perfect dessert. We will always return to Cafe Josie when our travels bring us back to Austin. It is comfortable, classy, friendly and delicious. Austin at its best."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The Caponata was good in its own right but a bit disappointing since it really wasn't a true Caponata. It was a nice dish but I couldn't call it Caponata, which is a Sicilian dish of Arabic origin made of cubed eggplants, tomatoes, olives, capers. It's a very Mediterranean dish. Josie's was not this."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My wife and I came to Cafe Josie's for our 10-yr wedding anniversary because we love the food and wine. We started with the cheese plate and thought that the sauces were paired perfectly for the selection of cheese. For our main course, the sirloin was cooked perfectly and the grilled quail had a great taste. The creme brulee and chocolate mousse were a nice, light ending to our meal. Overall, the meal was okay but not as great as previous visits. Our waiter was very nice and put us on their special events email list since we love the tastings events. We were disappointed that none of the staff congratulated us on our wedding anniversary even though we listed it in our reservation. Hopefully they pay more attention in the future."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went with a group of 12. People who got the octopus, trout, snapper and brussel sprouts thought they were phenomenal. Unfortunately, people who got the red fish ranged from dislike of the dish to considering it inedible. Fortunately, I asked the waiter which fish dish he would recommend and he did not recommend the red fish. The restaurant should consider taking it off of the menu. Also, the creme foie dessert was bizarre and left an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Not a great way to end a meal. The service was excellent, the wines terrific and several of the dishes were superlative. If you go, make sure you that you ask the excellent wait staff which dishes to pick and which to stay away from."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We tried café josie a few months back after a long hiatus and were pleasantly surprised. Its a different restauraunt than the café josie we once knew and has quickly become a favorite. We've been back now a few more times and plan on keeping it in the rotation - a clarksville gem!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, very quiet. We liked the fact we could bring our own wine."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is wonderful--Egg Plant Caponata! Just delicious."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Menu was a little limited, and the wine a little pricey by the glass, but our order was excellent. The food, service and ambiance made the evening a special one with my wife of 26 years. I would most definitely recommend Cafe Josie to my friends. My compliments to the chef! Excellent night out."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Cody and the staff are so amazing and the food was that as well. Great for a special occassion"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Cafe' Josie is one of our most favorite neighborhood places. We live a mere 3 blocks away."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "watermelon salad to die for...excellent service....engaging staff...great place"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is excellent, great presentation and service. Everything I ordered was top notch."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Don't miss it, either. A rare treat. The rest of the dinner was OK. Portions small and prices high, but go elsewhere for happy hour and come hear to graze on goat."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been to Café Josie's many times...and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "First time at Café Josie. Attentive service, excellent choices and menu, very well prepared. Duck was substantial and perfectly cooked, as was the specialty swordfish. And the pickles on the appetizer menu are both unusual and a bit whimsical. Love them!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We found the food was excellent and left full and satisfied. The service was superb, but it was a very slow night and the waiter had lots of time to attend to us and others. He did a wonderful job checking on us and pampering us with service and good advice. A very enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Went here for our wedding anniversary. Our server, Nathan, was a delight. Food was well prepapred and flavorful. A special evening!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. The foods is fresh, local and amazing. Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Free, shady parking at lunch. Adventurous menu. Food prepared really well. Unexpected combinations of flavors. I'll be back."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Service was excellent! Had Quail - small portion, but tasted very good. Wine - 1/2 bottle $40 …very expensive. My wife loved everything about it. Acoustics not good…was very loud…."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try Cafe Josie since they changed their menu several months ago, and I was not disappointed. The food was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. There were four of us and we each had a different entree - three fish dishes and the vegetarian choice. All were excellent. The Brussels sprouts as an appetizer is amazing. My only complaint - and it's a minor one - is that we were seated at a picnic table outdoors. The surroundings were lovely and the weather very pleasant, but not having a chair to lean back on during a 2+ hour meal was a little tiring. I will definitely go back but will opt for indoor seating or one of the non-picnic tables outside. Overall, a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable on every menu item, great ambiance for our anniversary dinner. Looking forward to returning very soon!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wife and I took 2 friends for a special "thank-you" dinner. All thought the two "small plates" -- brussels sprouts and rabbit confit-- were a touch above the "large plates" -- three of us had the curry goat ribs, one the quail. All were tasty and reasonably priced for Austin. The wine was excellent but the list is a bit pricey (very little below $40 per bottle). The service was excellent and the overall experience quite favorable. This was our second visit, and we will no doubt go again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The first thing that we noticed and that stuck with us throughout the meal is the excellent service. Roger, our server, was superb. While the food was good, it was a bit overpriced. And parking at lunch can be a bit of a challenge."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Café Josie has a good location and nice design which provides a comfortable dining experience. The service was outstanding, with our server making good recommendations on wine and food. The only downside was the quality of the fried oyster appetizer; maybe it's just too late in the season."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening dining outside on the patio. Cafe Josie serves gourmet quality food and well priced wines by the bottle or glass as well as offering a choice of more than a dozen beers to compliment the dinner. Service was attentive and pleasant. Try the small plates - the crispy oysters are lightly breaded and perfectly prepared, the duck confit is a large portion of moist shredded duck nicely seasoned and served with freshly baked & toasted bread and the fried Brussel Sprouts are the incredible. We both enjoyed the red snapper entree and followed it with the house prepared chocolate mousse for dessert. Highly recommended for an enjoyable evening out in Austin"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was creative & delicious. The chef paired ingredients together that were incredibly unique & delicious. The cherry/rum soaked Brussels sprouts were amazing, as was the beet salad, & the striped sea bass special of the evening we also had the special soup of the day which was served cold and was very wonderful for a hot day. 10 out of 10 on these items. The almond torte dessert served with tarragon ice cream and a carrot purée was out of this world. 10 out 10. Fried oyster appetizer was average nothing really special or unique but good. Our server Roger was so knowledgeable and passionate about the menu it was really a welcome change. My experience when I travel for work is one of below average restaurants. Wonderful and amazing!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We chose Cafe Josie to celebrate our anniversary. The food was creative and delicious. The waitress (Lucy) was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu and the wine list. She made some great recommendations, and we were very happy with the food and the service."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant while attending conference in Austin. The place was great, and the service was impeccable. The food was excellent - we decided to do tapas, and everything we ordered was outstanding. The brussel sprout dish was especially wonderful, with crispy sprouts, dried cherries, and toasted pecans. Also had oyster dish and cheese tray - also excellent. There were 2 of us that needed to meet someplace quiet & away from conference crowds, and this fit the bill. We had to take a cab to get there, but worth the trip. We did eat rather early, and this may be reason for the quiet, but I would still strongly recommend."
    Dined on 4/23/2014