Cafe Malta
Cafe Malta

Cafe Malta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafemaltaaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5128539584x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer a wide variety of catering options. For information, please write to catering@CafeMaltaAustin.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brodie Lane
  • Public Transit: William Cannon & Brodie
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Malta
Cafe Malta is a neighborhood bistro serving Mediterranean-inspired fare. It combines a warm, relaxed atmosphere with a perpetually creative kitchen.

Named for the island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Cafe Malta finds inspiration in the cuisines of Italy, southern France, Morocco, Greece and Spain, and in the Mediterranean tradition, Cafe Malta cooks seasonally and features a variety of local ingredients.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cafe Malta reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (23)notable wine list (13)romantic (12)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (8)good for groups (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • What a find!
    Madrilena
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We have dined at Cafe Malta a number of times and it has always been fabulous. Their menu changes seasonally and there are a few choices that are always offered. It is one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing as always
    foodieATX
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Cafe Malta is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. This was my first time going to a wine pairing dinner there and they didn't disappoint. Everything paired perfectly except the dessert. The flan was good. The wine was good,but they just didn't work that well together. I would still recommend Malta to anyone that loves food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    Marine782VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have eaten here a few times and the food and service are always first class. Not a huge menu so the chef is able to provide outstanding dishes that will probably match most everyone's tastes. The mussels are fantastic and one order easily serves two people. I also recommend the brisket stuffed ravioli along with a cold Italian beer. A nice, friendly neighborhood type restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved everything about it!
    Mandy24
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Happy hour food and drinks were amazing (and really well priced)! Table service was also incredible. Our waitress was so great and she really knew the menu and what to suggest. The service was so quick and the menu looked amazing. We ordered a bunch of things off the menu and shared, which was a very smart choice. Each dish came with more then enough for just one person, but not too much to be a total waste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Found the Sweet Spot
    Hokey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We usually go to the Tour de Forks event but it was always crowded. We'd set the reservation around 7:30pm usually. This time, however, it was booked so we went earlier. It's the best time to go. If you are there between 6-7 for Tour de Forks, you're also in their happy hour. So you can get some drinks during the meal for happy hour prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dessert left a "dry" finish
    Charity
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Hey guys, This is the 4th time we've attended tour de forks, and I'm starting to see a pattern... not a good one. Every time we go, the meal is amazing! The apertif is delicious, and the 3 main courses are all very tasty, however each time, we've all felt the dessert has been lacking. Y'all have this tremendous opportunity to send us away full and content, but at each of the meals, the dessert has been dry, heavy and almond~y. Now, I know almonds are a staple of the Mediterranean, but Every. Single. Dessert. Dry, heavy and almond~y. No thanks. We are hoping when we come for Lebanon, dessert will leave us saying, ahhhhh, instead, uhhhhh. One more suggestion... perhaps the apertifs could be offered as a happy hour drink special??
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  • No chains
    nochains
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wonderfully flavored dishes in a very pleasant environment. Service was attentive but not overly so. A small yet varied menu. Make sure you get a reservation as the place is intimate and always full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab!
    Mandy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love coming to this south austin gem! Thank you for the great food and service! Can't wait to come back!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I like it a lot
    PizzaMan49
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The server was attentive, the cheese plate charming and the dinner delicious. Best risotto I've had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No chains
    nochains
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Superb food. The chef really knows how to bring out flavored. Excellent value and variety on the menu. Great bar as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cafe Malta was highly recommended by a friend. As an appetizer I ordered the lamb stuffed squid that was the special . Taste and quality poor. Took a long time to come out and when it did it was cold. My husband ordered the chicken which was served raw in th middle. The waitress finally came by and my husband told her the chicken was not cooked. She said sorry took our plates and came back with desert menus. We were taken back that she did not offer to bring another chicken plate or something else so we just asked for the check. To top it off she charged us for the raw chicken that my husband did not eat. We told her we would not be paying for that plate. Owner came over and apologized and made adjustment. Won't go back.
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  • Time to Waste!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This place always has good food. The biggest problem is the ticket time. When my Wife and I are the only ones in the restaurant and they still have a 35 minute ticket time there is a problem. We love this place for the quality of the food and the prices are great. But when we come in at 11:00 AM and are the only guests in the restaurant and we order a Medium Rare Malta Burger and the Linguini and it talks 35 minutes there is a problem. (Not to mention) the burger was "well done" & the frits were half cooked at best. Great food, Great atmosphere. But if your have a short lunch this is not the place for you. My only question is what happens when they have several guest in at one time? 1 hour ticket time?? We will probably go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yogini
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    not my cup of tea. strange fogettable food. very salty. loud. This was my 3rd and final time to try this restaurant. I really want to like it because I know the owner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative food at a good price
    europeanlover
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Cafe Malta cooks excellent Mediterranean dishes from all over the Mediterranean region at affordable prices. I especially like their creative Tour de Forks where they focus on a four course meal from one specific region or city on the Mediterranean sea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great surprise!
    janelleVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were not expecting much when we drove up-it is in a very non-distinct shopping center. LOVED the Hummus! It tasted like it was fresh ground just before it came to our table. The Eggs Malta were wonderful with crispy pancetta and a hearty biscuit. My daughter had the Gnocci and the cream garlic sauce was divine. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are always great!
    Peripatetic75
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This neighborhood gem never disappoints. My husband and I have been patrons for quite some time and have brought a number of couples with us. Each one has gone back on their own because the food and service are always great and the menu is appealing. The wine prices are also reasonable, as is the food. I only wish it was closer to me. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    sxswHATER
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very good experience at Cafe Malta. Reserved table was ready on time despite the place being packed. It is vibrant and fun. Excellent, knowlegable waiter who was able to recommend off menu items to accomodate my daughter's finicky palate. The food was good, but not exceptional. With a bit of tweeking on the menu, they could really do well. I'll be back (sans kiddos) for date night or with friends when we can hang out longer and try some other menu items.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great find!
    1xamonth
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I have been choosing one restaurant per month to try in Austin; kids are getting older, so husband and I are taking turns choosing a place to dine. A family member lives down the street from Cafe Malta and recommended the charming place. Therefore, it was my pick this month, we went and loved the restaurant......we'll definitely return.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winter21
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had an 08:00 pm reservation. We were finally seated about 08:40. They were out of several of the dishes we wanted by the time we were able to order. The food we were able to get was not the best--salad was a bit limp, and the bread for the appetizer was burnt. It was a busy Friday night. Maybe they were off their best effort. Be a while before we go back.
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  • Delicious... but hurried
    Maggim
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything about the experience was excellent. We had a reservation and a table was set for us. From beginning to end, we enjoyed our meal, especially the frilled peaches at the end. But then the waiter told us another party had a reservation and we had to leave. We had only finished paying a few minutes earlier! We're not the type to linger for an unusual amount of time. Perhaps the restaurant will want to space out their reservations a bit more to make this a perfect place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mediterranean fare
    exoticfoodslover
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My wife and I have been to Café Malta 3 times: once for lunch, and twice at the cafe's First Tuesday Tours de Fork, in which the theme of the dinner is a country or area within the Mediterranean region. The lunch was delicious, though not exceptional. But the Tours de Fork WERE exceptional. The Tours take the form of a $25 prix-fixe menu of 2 choices for each of the first 3 courses, plus a dessert. The focus on a country or area enables the chef to choose items that characterize the area but are not necessarily familiar to Americans. So far we've thoroughly enjoyed all 14 menu items at our 2 Tours. We plan to be regular First Tuesday diners from now on. The wines are mostly from the Mediterannean region; we've liked all our choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great resturant hidden in an older strip mall. Food is fresh and local when available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Nvergooutsoneedstobegood
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I had heard great things about Café Malta and I was excited to finally try it myself. So I was really disappointed when the food was just so so. I ordered the appetizer of the day which was sausage stuffed mushrooms and they were dry and just not special in any way. I then had the Halibut served on a bed of something with the texture of watery hummus - grainy and runny at the same time. The fish was cooked perfectly, but the texture of the stuff it was served on was yuck and the presentation was off putting. There was apple and Prosciutto in the mush which gave it some flavor but really it was the color of clay. My dessert mousse with candied pecans was delightful. Service was fine, noise level got pretty loud, just not special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pattiecw
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I hosted 8 ladies and each had a different meal. All was simply delicious!!! We are going again in August....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sesalch
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Café Malta is a hidden gem on William Cannon in SW Austin. The nightly specials are excellent; get there early before they're all gone! I had an exquisite swordfish dish with polenta and my friend had another fish dish that was also very tasty. Nice by the glass wine selection. Reasonable prices for such quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Service was very slow and the small water glasses were ridiculous when that was your only beverage.
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  • Sub-par selection
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I usually find the food to be creative and very enjoyable. However, on my recent visit for dinner, the porcini pasta was so salty that I could only eat a little.
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    VMMATX
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Lovely cocktails, casual ambiance and good food. I wish I lived nearby!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food; terribly noisy
    GoDownMoses
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Second time I've been. The first time was later (9:00 p.m.) and on a Tuesday and, as a result, the ambiance was very nice. This time, however (Friday 8:00 p.m.) it was so noisy that my date and I were yelling at each other. Not only that, but the patrons on either side of us were doing the same, to the point that we overheard their entire conversation, and they ours. It looked like both couplers were attempting a romantic dinner date, as were we, so the atmosphere left a lot to be desired in that regard. Were I supreme ruler of Malta, I'd work like hell to get some stuff in there to deaden the sound. I liked the food very much but I doubt I will return because of the deafening roar.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • michelle
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food and service was great. Too noisy though. Put some battens or something in the ceiling to absorb the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the Tour de Forks
    Charity
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We took my parents to Cafe Malta for the Tour de Forks and had a wonderful time! I had never been to one of their tours, and our "trip" to Turkey did not disappoint. The food was perfect, as always. My only criticism would be that it was so loud by the time we left, we could hardly hear each other. My dad, who is losing his hearing, wasn't able to talk much toward the end because he couldn't hear the conversation. Otherwise, it was a lovely evening!
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  • as always
    arlu66
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our dinner was great , as it always is at Cafe Malta. WE go regularly because the menu is always fantastic. It is noisy but we put up with the din, and enjoy our din-din.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy, but noisy
    jandj
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We arrived around 8:00 and it was so loud, we could barely hear each other. Since we stayed until abut 9:30, it was much emptier and very pleasant. The food and service were wonderful! I hope they will invest in some sound attenuation measures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 246 reviews are from the Cafe Malta reviews archive.
  • Hit or Miss
    payattention
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I have visited Cafe Malta twice. The 1st time I ordered the Chicken Pot Pie. It was just OK & I wouldn't order it again. My husband ordered the special, a fish dish & it was amazing. On our 2nd visit , I ordered the Filete Andaluza. The fish was so tough, had to cut it with a knife & the Risotto was bland and tasteless. My husband ordered the Bistro steak which had a good flavor but was very stringy. When the waiter asked how we liked our meals (he could see I hadn't eaten but a few bites) We told him the fish was tough and his response was simply that it was probably a kitchen error. When we got the bill, we were charged full price. On a positive note: the chocolate cayenne creme brule was amazing.
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  • Karina
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We (my family and friends) love Cafe Malta from the 1st time we dined there. The specialty is their friendly courteous staff, I can recommend this place to anyone, you cannot be disappointed. The food is always good. My family celebrated their 35th anniversary and it was truly made "special"...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in noisy room
    Vintagengine
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Too many people in too small a space. The food makes up for a lot but our service was slow.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected pleasure
    Bradford
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Not just another strip mall hole-in-the-wall. Seasonal menus, well considered selections, fresh ingredients. (They don't even have a freezer.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taking a gustatory trek
    principetavola
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This is the 2nd time we ordered the Paella: a repeat treat! The seafood is cooked to retain the correct texture and flavor (I usually avoid paella due to the fact that some or all of the seafood is traditionally over-cooked) and the infusion of real bomba rice makes this selection stellar. Also ordered was the Fettucini Porcini, still another god-like dish combining the pairing of pasta and a pesto of porcini and pistachios (wow, the 4 Ps). The Maltese Chicken also alighted on our table, another paean to our clucking friend...this proves that chicken really can be prepared to exude juiciness and chickeny-harmony. Cafe Malta is truly a gustatory trek through the viands of Mediterranean/North Africa.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Mother's Day Dinner
    Stanci
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The overall ambiance of the restaurant was nice, however I did not like the fact that the seating is very close together. Knowing it was Mother's Day the restaurant was understaffed, therefore it took a while for the water, food and ticket to arrive. The flank steak was very chewy/stringy and the risotto was a bit undercooked. Mentioned the chewy steak to the waiter and he just nodded his head and brought the check...probably will not be returning.
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  • AWE~some!!!
    Charity
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Perfect, as always!! Food was delicious, atmosphere inviting, drinks much needed!! Love, love, love, everything about this place!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.