1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel

4.8
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180 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
**The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is always a top priority. In light of COVID-19 and for precautionary measures, 1886 Café & Bakery has temporarily suspended normal operations until further notice. **


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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch. Good selection of menu items.

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vipmusicandfood
Austin
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Yup1
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience and the food was delish. Recommend making reservations. Parking was terrible but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy Driskill

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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Culinary
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing coffee roll! Delicious shrimp and grits. The cherry tomatoes and charred lemon really added zing.

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vipHopeful
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRoundmidnight
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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AnitaT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was superb!!!

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vipAnonymous
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful location, impressive for out off town visitors.

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Jackie63
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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Lex88
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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JoyceT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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GlendaW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive service and fun, tasty food!

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BarbaraD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RickH
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LottaTX
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, nice presentation of food, great pastries,

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JennyW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFoodie
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Family visit lunch

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vipDonnaV
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipm10019
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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JayH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CapChix
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBill
Orange County
247 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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JulieM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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KurtP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Quite nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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BrandieD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kate9
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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.

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OnTheRoadFoodie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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