1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel
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.
1886 Chopped Salad
artisanal greens, roasted corn, pepitas, local bacon, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg, avocado, queso fresco, buttermilk dill dressing
Shrimp & Grits
grilled shrimp, smoked - cheddar grits, okra, cherry tomatoes, radish, charred lemon, chile butter
Great spot for lunch. Good selection of menu items.
We enjoyed a Valentines Day breakfast here. Food was good to very good, but overpriced. We spent $51 for two breakfast plates, coffee, tea, tax and tip.
Love the ambience and the food was delish. Recommend making reservations. Parking was terrible but worth it.
Overall good experience. When we were seated, there was spilled water and broken glass on two chairs, and the problem was addressed quickly. Good food, friendly service.
Always enjoy Driskill
We had a great experience! We ate here on a game day and expected it to be packed. It was very busy, but they were prepared. Everything came out quickly and when there was a slight delay on our drinks, our waiter kept us updated and let us know they were coming soon. My mom and I ordered the Paris Texas Eggs Benedict and my poached eggs weren’t runny. I wasn’t going to say anything because I hate to complain and before I could even take my first bite, a waiter noticed and offered to bring me new eggs. It was so nice and everyone there was so attentive even during a busy time! I was so impressed and haven’t received service like that in a long time. I would definitely recommend eating here while you’re in town, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel!
Amazing coffee roll! Delicious shrimp and grits. The cherry tomatoes and charred lemon really added zing.
Great food! Loved the eggs Benedict and the home fries! Very nice Mimosa!
Perfect place to grab a quick brunch. Service was A++ and the pecan Texas shaped waffles were amazing!
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.
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!
Our waitress seemed unmoved by our presense. Maybe that's typical of Austin.
Service was great, food was superb!!!
Beautiful location, impressive for out off town visitors.
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!
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!
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.
Took my granddaughters. Was very enjoyable. We had a great meal
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
Very attentive service and fun, tasty food!
Our waiter was excellent !!! Food was great!!! Great experience !! Enjoyed being there with my friends. Will definitely return .
Outstanding as usual. Brought an out of town guess and really enjoyed it!
good food, nice presentation of food, great pastries,
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!
Was a great tasting, yet hearty breakfast. Ordered the ‘Cowboy’ and it was bigger and better than any breakfast I’ve had before!
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.
Family visit lunch
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.
Food was not of a quality worthy of the Driskell reputation.
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.
Good service and friendly staff. They made our reservation from 5 to 6 in a second
Took a co-worker out for a birthday lunch and everything (food, service, atmosphere) was perfect and wonderful as always!
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.
Restaurant is pretty empty... would have liked more people around.
Scottish waiter is fantastic. The food came up very quickly and as ordered. Great breakfast experience. Works for business meetings.
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.
A beautiful location and delicious food. I was a great place to take family from out of town to lunch.
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.
The Driskill’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery is always a great spot for a nice meal. We had a wonderful dinner with great service!
Great place for Brunch. The Pecan waffle was delicious. The ambience was very pleasant. Service was a little slow. Would definitely recommend it.
1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel is rated 4.8 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.
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