1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel

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1886 Café & Bakery is a quaint, Victorian-style café that serves time-honored original recipes and traditional Texas comfort foods. Enjoy all day breakfast and lunch, and enjoy dishes such as Helen Corbitt's Cheese Soup, our famous Hangover Burger, or our delicate Quiche Lorraine. Peer through the charming bakery windows for a glimpse at the creation of scratch made pastries and Austin's finest cakes. Our coffee counter and espresso bar are also available for quick, grab-and-go items.
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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food! Loved the eggs Benedict and the home fries! Very nice Mimosa!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to grab a quick brunch. Service was A++ and the pecan Texas shaped waffles were amazing!

R
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Be sure to make reservations. We came for brunch. I had a truly excellent, fresh and flavorful chopped salad made with bacon, lettuce, tomato, HB egg, avocado, pepitas, Cotijo cheese, and a buttermilk dill dressing. My companions had omelettes, which they also enjoyed. Also, the table shared a cinnamon roll which was delicious, and large enough for four people to share.

1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel
Responded on August 7, 2019

Greetings and thank you for reviewing your experience at the 1886 Cafe and Bakery. We are delighted you enjoyed the fresh, chopped salad and omelettes and tried one of our legendary cinnamon rolls. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers!

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AT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Our waitress seemed unmoved by our presense. Maybe that's typical of Austin.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was superb!!!

A
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful location, impressive for out off town visitors.

J
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family and I had a delicious breakfast. We all ordered different meals and my husband only mildly complained that his salad accompanying is avocado toast only was lettuce with nothing mores. My spinach scrambled eggs with goat cheese and house fries excellent!

L
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, the Driskill hotel was fantastic. 1886 cafe & bakery was great. Service was great and food was even better. We also had the cinnamon roll for dessert, and it did not disappoint. I would highly recommend!

LH
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting combined with the food made a great dining experience. Our waitress was not engaged and was less than enthused to answer any questions about the menu, others would have received 5 stars across the board.

JT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my granddaughters. Was very enjoyable. We had a great meal

GW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Every Christmas for the past 10 years we have gone to the 1886 Bakery with our family and friends for a special treat for Christmas to have lunch. Last year we had the same waiter, Greg. He was not very personable but we thought "oh well he's having a bad day". So this year 2018 we just came from there. Guess what, same waiter, Greg. We asked for extra water in a pitcher as the glasses are extremely small. He rolled his eyes and brought us our pitcher. After that we did not see him again. We had the food manager Mitch as our waiter. He was very personable and took our order. We are all over 65 so we always spit a plate. We were hoping for the fried chicken that they have been famous for forever. Well they did not have it but it was shown on their website menu. A little disappointing but no big deal. We could all tell when we ordered they did not like we were splitting a meal and kept asking if we wanted anything else or something to drink. Very intimidating. At the end of the meal Mitch came back over to talk to us. He is very nice but we all knew what he was referencing his conversation to our splitting a plate. He asked us if we were having a big dinner planned this evening since we shared a plate today. We told him "we always share a plate and once you are our age you will too and understand". Needless to say it really put a downer on our festive yearly occasion. We were planning as usual to take our whole family of 13 there for Christmas eve but have decided to go elsewhere. I truly hope this review helps the management to explain to their employees that a condescending attitude is not productive to a well managed establishment.
Thank you, Glenda and Greg

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service and fun, tasty food!

BD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent !!! Food was great!!! Great experience !! Enjoyed being there with my friends. Will definitely return .

RH
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Brought an out of town guess and really enjoyed it!

LT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food, nice presentation of food, great pastries,

JW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter and her bff for graduation from elementary school- they absolutely LOVED it and the staff couldn't have been nicer! They want to make it a tradition!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great tasting, yet hearty breakfast. Ordered the ‘Cowboy’ and it was bigger and better than any breakfast I’ve had before!

F
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. The quiche Lorraine with tomato/leek jam was the best ever. It tasted like a soufflé. Our waiter was very attentive. Just wish the noise level wasn’t so high.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Family visit lunch

DV
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely cafe in the historic Driskill Hotel. In an earlier incarnation, staff wore 1886 period costumes but not now. Classy food and presentation, calm atmosphere. Coconut cauliflower soup yummy and complex, cheese soup was like eating queso with a spoon. Fresh, tasty salads, generous and nicely garnished sandwiches. Friendly, well-paced service.

m
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was not of a quality worthy of the Driskell reputation.

JH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The entire experience was great except for the fact that one of the wait staff (not our servers) was complaining about not being able to clock out on time due to a table staying past her shift.

It was unprofessional and did not need to be expressed out loud in the dining area to be overheard by guests. All three of us in our party overheard her and we each commented quietly amongst ourselves how rude and unprofessional her behavior was.

The food and ambiance is quite good. I felt transported to an earlier century with modern food.

OT
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and friendly staff. They made our reservation from 5 to 6 in a second

CC
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a co-worker out for a birthday lunch and everything (food, service, atmosphere) was perfect and wonderful as always!
Thanks!

B
Orange County
236 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Dinning at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel was a disappointment. There was no hostess present the evening I visited the cafe for dinner and the server was overworked. The server did his best but he needed more assistance. The menu is limited and the food was ok but not great. I would not recommend the cafe for an evening meal.

JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Restaurant is pretty empty... would have liked more people around.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scottish waiter is fantastic. The food came up very quickly and as ordered. Great breakfast experience. Works for business meetings.

KP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Quite nice.

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

2 of 3 were seated and when 3rd party arrived the hostess said there was no reso under that name ...even after she asked the first 2 who was “Jane” so obviously she had the reso down. 3rd party had to wait until we went looking for her. Service was very slow. All 3 of us received the wrong salad but were so hungry we didn’t realize it until later. When we noted it to waiter he responded “What would you like?” Ultimately they gave us a small discount and coffee and 1 dessert was free. Very sad for such a beautiful hotel.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful location and delicious food. I was a great place to take family from out of town to lunch.

K
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was extremely disappointing. The waiter was rude and impatient. He never asked us if we wanted drinks. He got our order wrong too. It was my first time visiting Texas. My boyfriend brought me here for a special date night. We were very disgusted by the end of the meal and would not recommend a friend to visit your restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Driskill’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery is always a great spot for a nice meal. We had a wonderful dinner with great service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place for Brunch. The Pecan waffle was delicious. The ambience was very pleasant. Service was a little slow. Would definitely recommend it.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a must to stop when I am in town. Wonderful food, great service and a big part of Austin Texas.

b
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fried chicken I've had in a long time! Very tender!

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hotel locals for Cafe often lead to disappointments but not here. The Cafe at the Driskill is best of Austin food choices and a great menu. From comfort food to historic Driskill hotel menu items. Not to be missed!

BO
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best steak and eggs breakfast I have had. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

S
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Wait for service was way too long even for a special occasion or for not being in a hurry

L
Austin
83 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love coming to this place for business breakfast meetings. The food is good, the setting is cool and the service is excellent.

R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun, restaurant with some excellent croissant options and a wonderful breakfast, lunch, and brunch menu. Mimosas tasted a bit off, but it could have been the champagne used or quality of orange juice this season. Great place though and highly recommended. The lobby of the hotel and the bar are musts!

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