Best Ribeye in Austin
My experince started the moment I walked into the hotel with its splendid architechture. I am from NC and a friend suggested that I not leave Austin without visiting the 1886 Cafe. I must say that I am glad that I followed her advice. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and willing offered advice as we thought about first our selection of a cocktail (fantastic by the way), our entree, and finally our desert. I took his advice on the banana pudding to be described in one word "WOW!". I come to Austin at least once a year to attend a conference. Rest assured that I will not leave again without a stop by your restuarant.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was an easy walk from the
It was an easy walk from the parking garage at One American Center. We had a great supper and then had plenty of time to get to our show at the nearby Paramount Theater.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
my wife and i went here for a late dessert. my wife ordered tea, and i ordered a decaf coffee with their awesome chocolate cake. i changed my coffee order to a decaf americano. he brought me coffee. i didnt make a big deal out of it b/c my wife and i just wanted to have some time to enjoy by ourselves and our meter was running outside b/c for some reason the parking meter would not take any of our cc's. we only had about 30 min to have a quick dessert and walk back to the car.
other than that, our experience was great. our table was waiting for us with water on the table when we got there. outside of the coffee snafu, good as always.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for informal business lunch
An easy place to have a business lunch; prompt service; decent food; natural light; valet parking or walk from downtown locations; easy to hear each other talk, but lively enough environment to be interesting. The Driskill Hotel building is beautiful inside, and the restaurant period decor is interesting and comfortable.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Group Lunch
I work nearby, and we took our first trip for lunch a few days ago. The Driskill is such a fun hotel, and has some excellent architechure, but to be honest, the food was even better. I had the turkey BLT, and I highly recommend it. The fresh fruit is also really good. One of our guests had the fresh fruit soda, and loved it.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place but waiter was sub-par
Loved the meal, ambience, and beautiful hotel, but the waiter was a bit grouchy and sloppy for a more sophisticated place in a nice hotel. When I asked his advice about an item, he said "it's your money, do what you want," and he several times asked "you kids doin' alright?" (we were all adults and certainly older than he). I don't even recall a smile! He definitely soured the experience, but it was a beautiful place with great food.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
very nice dining experience
Having been to the 1886 before for a group on Christmas Eve, no less, i knew the restaurant to have good food and excellent service. this visit didn't disappoint either. I had the shrimp tacos which were delicious. The restaurant is right there on the edge of Congress and 6th street in the famed Driskell Hotel.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our brunch. Everything was perfect. Since we made a reservation we were given a window booth. Food and service was excellent.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
No Driskill Ghosts - Just Good Food
After reading mixed reviews I decided to take a chance during my Austin trip, and book an impromptu lunch the last day. Glad I did! Set in the grand ambiance of this 19th century hotel, the cafe is yet informal. Promptly seated. My waitress was very polite, sweet; gave me time to look over the menu; made suggestions. Although I was going to get one of the burgers, I went with the Roasted Chicken & Brie Melt suggested by my waitress. I'm glad I did as it was just the ticket: nothing was dry or unappetizing; the meat was tender, the roasted apple and the hatch chile aioli set it off perfectly. The handcut fries were crisp, not overly well done. The manager checked in with me at the end to make sure all was fine. It definitely was!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the perfect place for Thanksgiving brunch. It is very quiet and private; the decor is lovely; the food is great; and the service is attentive. It's becoming my favorite place to start the holiday season early on a Thanksgiving morning.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM