Chavez
Chavez

Chavez

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chavez-austin.com/
  • Phone: (512) 478-2991
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6.30am - 11.00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-2am
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour 4pm-6pm nightly. Half off liquor, beer, and bar food.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Cirkiel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With gorgeous views of lady bird lake and a downtown location that can’t be beat, Chavez’ private dining options are sure to impress your guests.

    2 private rooms with unmatched views, state of the art audio/video capabilities, and Chef Cirkiel’s acclaimed menu make for a perfect business lunch, sales presentation, cocktail party, or formal dinner for parties up to 40.

    Our covered pool deck can also be reserved for casual cocktail receptions, dinner on a beautiful night, or as an extension of our two other private dining rooms.

    Contact our events team to plan your next event at chavez!
  • Private Party Contact: events@chavez-austin.com x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress Avenue
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Parking is available in the hotel garage for all restaurant guest. Valet Parking is also available.
A word from Chavez
Chef Cirkiel describes Chavez’s menu as “what it means to be from Austin and Texas and the Southwest.”
Homemade mole, tamales, meat and fish grilled over Texas oak, ceviche, oysters and a large section of shareable plates. Chavez serves a hearty breakfast, not to mention an amazing weekend brunch buffet, a diverse lunch featuring tortas and salads, as well as dinner. Chef Shawn Cirkiel's creative menu carries into room service, a lounge and pool menu, as well as a beautiful banquet facility overlooking Town Lake.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Chavez reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (60)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (35)good for groups (34)romantic (27)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (15)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (11)neighborhood gem (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Sunday Brunch
    Brunch
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I am not verbose. I say what I mean in as few words as possible. Receptionist, Cash, Waitress, Ellie, and the concierge were all polite, friendly and customer focused. I will be back and probably for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    RanRan
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great atmosphere. I like the architecture. Food was good and the variety excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place hidden in central Austin
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great restaurant and bar with very good, relevant food, hidden in central Austin in the Radisson Towne Lake Hotel. Make it a point to check it out. You will be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A southwest flair
    123delishVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Chavez was very good. The service was excellent. The ambiance was outstanding. The Caesar salad was so fresh with a delicious, light dressing. The wine list was good with reasonable priced "wines by the glass." The ribs were tender and seasoned well. The mahi mahi was lightly crusted and so fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but not great
    JeffnJaclyn
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time at Chavez. We ordered several of the appetizers. The ceviche was good but it came with chips of which many tasted hard and stale. The martini with rosemary was creative but not very good. Also, they should make the door into the hotel much nicer in order to enhance the experience. It was all scratched up and ready for a Motel 6. The ambiance was very nice and our waiter Jacob was good and attentive. I would recommend it but make sure to return your chips if they are stale.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Yumz
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We had a great dining experience that all 3 generations at the table appreciated. The service was just great. Unobtrusive and on the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and even better service
    Flengord
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Javier took care of our rambunctious party of 11 and did a great job. Even split our checks in advance when can't be too fun. Love that guy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommendation pays off
    bennettrp
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I was advised that the smoked cherry habanero margaritas were to die for............... and they were. Service and server advice was outstanding as well. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We live in the neighborhood. So this makes it a great spot to walk to.however we were very disappointed. It was in a beautiful setting, but the waitstaff was more like something you'd find at TGIF. Nothing wrong with that only it's probably five times the price. We are going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The place looks great. Service good buy the food had no wow factor, not bad but not great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    Mariana
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My friends and I had dinner there on Thursday. There were five of us and we all ordered to the center and shared plates. The food was awesome, but our waitress was nowhere to be found. Whenever we wanted to order a drink or ask for something we literally had to wait for five minutes before she showed up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TonyeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We live locally this is our 3rd time to the restaurant. The service was horrible and the food not as good as it has been. They need to dim the lights and hire more people
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great taste, great views, service
    jseeman
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went for our 15th year anniversary and the staff did everything they could to make it a special night. We had a table with a great view of the river/congress ave bridge. The food looked and tasted great. Little pricey, but not too high. It wasn't very loud at all, so we could talk normal and be heard just fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Potential
    Michca
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Having very positive dining experiences at some of Shawn Cirkiel's other restaurants, I was really looking forward to dining at Chavez. Unfortunately, while the experience was not terrible, it was underwhelming. Between the awkwardly bright lighting, no music, and long wait times for both a table and food, I plan on giving Chavez time to work out the growing pains before I return. On a positive note, the bartenders and wait staff were lovely and knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Average
    kendall
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was bland, but the service was great. Unfortunately we will not be back. Too many other options in Austin.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening at Chavez!
    aggiediner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is an amazing restaurant hidden from view within the Radisson hotel. Beautiful décor, outstanding service and exceptional food. Would (and have) recommend to any one looking for an ambience second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a group of 18 for a wedding celebration. They took great care of us. We had several special requests; appetizers waiting on our arrival, special printed menus without prices and several folks splitting meals. You would have thought we were celebrities for as great of service as we had. And the food was exceptional. I would recommend this for large parties or a romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Meal
    TomG
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Enjoyed dining at Chavez. Our first time there. Started with guacamole and chips, which were crunchy and delicious. Had the flank steak. Came out too rare, so waitress returned it to the kitchen for further cooking. Came back perfect (medium). Meal was very good and we'd go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great HH, Terrible Lunch
    austinative
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I recommended this restaurant for a company birthday lunch, because I always go to the bar in the evenings. My experience at the bar is always very positive - great bartenders, exceptional service, lively ambiance, etc. The company lunch was the polar opposite. There were 3 other smaller tables at the time. After ordering, our server disappeared for 30 mins and did not tell us our plates would be late until my boss inquired about the food. Tortas for 7 people took over an hour. We were told the desserts would be out in 2 mins, but even boxing them took over 20 mins. We were told that the reason for the delay was a new line chef. The bar experience at happy hour and in the evening is amazing, but the lunch experience was terrible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner For Two
    IMSherlock
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had made reservations at this restaurant not realizing it was situated within in a hotel. At first when I arrived I was a little disappointed by this fact as we walked through the hotel lobby to greet the hostess; but my worries were dispelled quickly. An oyster bar is situated up front where you are greeted and a second bar is placed off to the side away from dinner tables. We were seated next to a glass window with a view of the river and the restaurant was quiet at 8:30 in the evening. We selected oysters from the bar as appetizers; they were divine. We then split the heirloom tomato salad and the blade steak al pastor as our main course. No desert was had this time but I will surely be back again in the future!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good experience
    wmc515
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food quality and presentation very good. Wait staff extremely knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    jkroth
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The portion sizes are good, not too much, not too little. The salmon was ok, their corn side dish was outstanding! The flan dessert was also amazing. Service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted to like it
    austxusVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I wanted to like this restaurant, as a child the Crest was THE hotel in Austin and I spent a lot of time there. Right now, the restaurant looks out of place. You have to go through the rundown lobby of the hotel to get to the restaurant and they do not match at all. Interior of restaurant is really nice but food is ok on the Austin scale. I am not a fan of deconstructed dining and this restaurant tries too hard. It will be a tough road ahead. I have never been asked to give them my credit card before being served dinner. That set the mood for a bad night. There are just too many high-end restaurants ($70+ per person) in Austin to be just average. Just like Qui, they are trying too hard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is good. Service is too slow.
    Review01
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It took 30 minutes to get our food. We ordered, respectively, a burger and a salad. We were the only customers there. Our waiter, when I asked what the veggies in the salad were sauteed with, said, "I don't know. I would guess olive oil." I told him I'm counting calories and he didn't even bother to go ask in the kitchen. We were there on our lunch hour (1 hour) and barely made it back to work in time, even though we work across the street. Once our food was served, our waiter went over to the bar to hang out with the bartender. I had to wave my arms around for about half a minute before he noticed me. Had to ask for the check. The food was good. Service was ridiculously slow.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service.
    Miguel
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything we tried was delicious. From the fresh oysters to the lamb on mole. Let's not forget about the amazing churros. The service was friendly and timely. The prices very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Deb1950
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service, food, and view were spectacular. Our appetizers did take 30 minutes before they were served. That was the only hitch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid experience
    Bodean
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was good--bluepoint oysters, grouper perfectly done, small but well executed filet. Service was attentive and efficient. Especially appreciated the quietness of the place--not dead by any means but four adults could actually make conversation across a spacious booth, a rarity in Austin's current dining scene
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very special meal
    SoWhat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved this place, despite it being in a hotel setting. The floor to ceiling windows of the river really open the place up. You feel like you are in a treehouse. The presentation of the food was photo worthy. And the quality was even better. Loved the oyster nachos, heirloom tomato salad, grouper, enchilada side dish, and steak. Will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    AustinFoodie24
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I love this place. The food is fresh, light, thoughtful, healthy but decadent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view and food
    Allie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We decided on Chavez for two reasons; the food and the view...for bats, of course. Bats performed as required and the food was wonderful. We each had something different and shared... Excellent! And the staff was extremely accommodating. Will be back! Bats or not!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaves for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Beautiful view of Town Lake, peaceful dining room, very good service, loved the homemade chips and guacamole, Torta was okay, I was not a fan of the bun it was served on but the veggies and fried fish were terrific.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yumyum
    yumyum
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a small birthday lunch. I am a big fan of Michael Hsu so somewhat picked the restaurant for the atmosphere he created. Love SW cuisine and Shawn Cirkel cuisine so knew I could not go wrong. Wanted a light lunch so picked the large heirloom tomato salad because I would be dining again for dinner latter in the day. It was beautiful and tasted fabulous but wow the portions for us all were tiny. The description on the menu of large salad was not appropriate. If the portions had not been so stingy, I would have rated 5*.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    BertVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Well we were looking for a new brunch spot and we liked it we were just surprised that it was a Buffett style only. I wish we would have known ahead of time. The restaurant being in a hotel, we knew would be pricie but a Buffett style is not what we were looking for at a high cost. Service ambiance quality of food are perfect and we will visit again just not for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-
    TN06VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love the food, raw bar, cocktails and wine list. The chocolate dessert is killer. The restaurant design is gorgeous - just wish it wasn't in a hotel. If the entrance was separate, rather than through the lobby, it would help tremendously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chavaz - First time
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Place - I have to say the restaurant looked & felt fantastic. It was open, clean and simple in a very good way. Not bold, aggressive, but very comfortable. Great deign, except for one thing, the all wooden chairs were very uncomfortable. Bad selection there! The Food - The early signs were great. Ice tea with lime (true to a real Mex. restaurant place), a great Caesar Salad (again a real Mex detail most don't view as Mexican). The Ribs appetizer was excellent, cooked perfectly and the favor light but delicious. The soup was just ok, thin on flavor and thin on substance. The entrees not so much, both entree's lacked flavor and really under delivered. The meat (pork) was not tender, the chicken (mole) was very bland.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Meal
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went to Chavez for my birthday dinner and had a great experience. Not only was our waiter attentive, the dishes we ordered were beautifully presented and there were a few unexpected twists like the butter-marinated onions that was served as a side to the beef brisket empanada. The Herb Crusted Mahi Mahi was good but the Grouper was outstanding. Portions were just right. Highly recommend the Cafe con Leche dessert which is gluten-free. Ask for a table with a lake view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pros and Cons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Pros: Nice design, great drinks, great appetizers, great dessert, great service. Cons: The entrees weren't great. We have designated this a drink/appetizer hangout and will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a must try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had a long list of places I'd like to try downtown...thought we would check one off of out list. That was accomplished but not much more. Service was awful, and the food was mediocre at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem
    1toughladyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant is stunningly beautiful, in modern decor, mostly white, that still somehow manages not to be cold or intimidating. The service is the same; professional but still warm and personal. The food is, quite simply, delicious. The empanadas and sopas are excellent appetizers, as is the smoked salmon. For main courses, the blade steak al pastor can't be beat for flavor and surprising tenderness, though my husband liked his lamb mole nearly as much. This is my third time at this restaurant, and I'll be going back again. It's that good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time experience
    traveldiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I held a small business dinner at this facility. They seated us next to a beautiful view of the lake, with a great view of the bats leaving late evening. Once a couple of very large parties finished dining the noise level was very expectable. I found the food very well prepared and presented. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic