El Chile Cafe Manor

El Chile Cafe Manor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elchilecafe.com/
  • Phone: 5124579900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday and Monday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Martinez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Inquire with us for your next party, wedding, and corporate event. Contact Gina.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicon and Lafayette
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from El Chile Cafe Manor
Welcome to El Chile. El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine.
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El Chile Cafe Manor reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)fit for foodies (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Sunday Brunch with a Big Group
    Steph
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a brunch for 15 planned for no good reason, which is exactly the best reason. They had the table waiting and our waitress was ready when we arrived. She was very attentive and kept up with new arrivals to ensure everyone had their drinks promptly. Our food was all looked and tasted delicious, and the portions were perfect. I will be happy to brunch here again, and I can't wait to try it for other meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    kwinkles
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were a large party and the service was still fast and helpful, the food was great, like usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get Rid of the Flies ASAP
    Wagner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    While the food was delicious, we were seated next to a window where the flies were way to distracting due to the sheer numbers of them. There were several fly traps in the window but they were full. We might as well have eaten outside. Our waiter was distant and whenever I asked him a question, he would answer as he was running away from our table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it used to be
    Robertgg
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I'm not sure what happened. Wife and I have been coming here since it first opened (the original time) - staff used to be upbeat and friendly and food was fresh and hot. Friday night it seemed like they were doing us a favor. Two tables that were seated after us had their chips and drinks before anyone even greeted us. Food came out quickly as expected as far as timing but 3 of the four plates looked as it they had been sitting under the heat lamps for some time. El Chile is typically where we take out-of-towners for tex-mex with a different twist but I'm not sure it will be that place for us anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great queso, chile relleno!
    Foodfan
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had a great dinner at El Chile on Manor Rd., as usual! Staff are fun and friendly, service is prompt. Food is exceptional. Love the Sangria! Go now!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 11 reviews are from the El Chile Cafe Manor reviews archive.
  • Good food and drink
    LongTimeVisitorVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised. The food and drink were very good. We sat outside on their front porch, which was pleasant although there's a fair amount of street noise as it's very close to Manor Rd. The plastic chairs are not very comfortable, but the restaurant thoughtfully provides woven blankets that you can use as a back rest which helped a lot. The wait staff was very attentive and pleasant, but the kitchen was a little slow with our order. We had one of the fancy nacho dishes and a rainbow trout special, and both were very good.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    An out of town friend came to visit and I brought her to El Chile Manor. I am so glad I did! We had a fantastic server who gave great suggestions and really tailored her recommendations to an out of town visitor.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Spot for Easter
    vyrgrl1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We went to the restaurant on the recommendation of my brother in law who says the margaritas are the best in Austin. We had our Easter dinner there on Saturday. It was very good food and a good time was held by all. The margaritas are indeed very good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    Brittexas
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The noise level was so loud that it was hard to hear my date. Also, the space is so small the waitress and waiters would almost run into us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • BEST MEXICAN EVER
    lynneb11803
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    GREAT! THE BEST HOMEMADE SHELLS AND TORTILLAS. WAS THERE ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND HAD TO GO BACK AND WILL LOOK FORWARD TO GOING BACK AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    cdbr
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the vegetarian dishes are full of flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good experience
    Saorsa
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Unpretentious, pleasant restaurant with tasty Mexican and South American food, and very good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good tex-mex & margaritas
    Torsten
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Tex-mex well prepared with some unusual items that are delicious. Try the specials.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Austin favorites
    DaveD
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    We travel to Austin 2-3 times a year, and always have at least one meal at El Chile each trip. I love their ceviche; my wife has sampled much of the menu and enjoyed everything she has tried. In terms of drinks, they make very good Micheladas and specialty margaritas.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Lack Taste
    Larry
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Our party of four had dinner and ordered Parilla de Fajitas (2), Camarones al la Plancha, and the Downtown Charlie's Special. We had eaten at El Chile's before but were sorely disappointed on the lack of flavor, due to lack of adequate seasoning on the chicken and beef ingredients. Furthermore, the dishes were sparse on chicken and beef and were piled high with "filler" chopped lettuce, tomatoes, etc. Therefore, we felt that we did not get our money's worth from the items ordered from the menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for grown-ups?
    VlySummitVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Austin has lots of Mexican, Tex-Mex restaurants. El Chile, returned to Manor Road, can't compete with the more modestly priced and simpler Chango's or El Chilito. The food is too cheesy (literally) and not really good. (I had the tamal Oaxacana.) The helpings are generous. The staff is sweet. We were there opn a Friday night and lots of margaritas and bottles of beer were flying around. The margaritas were weak and undistinguished. We sat outside, which was fine unless the bus was going by, but that is out of the restaurant's control. Inside was quite loud and crowded. It wasn't a special or celebratory experience. Loud frat boys in back of us. All in all, I won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic