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1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel

4.5
153 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Sunday Lunch
The 1886 Café & Bakery serves classic American cuisine in a casually elegant setting. We are open for breakfast & lunch daily and we serve a weekend brunch menu. The menu features daily specials complimented by traditional favorites such as Texas Pecan Waffle, Helen Corbitt’s Cheese Soup and our acclaimed Hangover Burger. A full bar offers an extensive wine and beer list, along with specialty cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am -11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Grab & Go 7 days a week 2:30pm - 4pm at the barista counter
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Phone number
(512) 391-7066
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christian Apetz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for all guests at The Driskill Hotel. Please have your valet ticket validated for a reduced fee.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 153 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Quite nice.

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1.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on November 28, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

I have eaten here several times before and was always pleased. I had a friend visiting from New York and wanted her to experience the Driskill hotel and the great food. I was very disappointed in the lunch. The food, overall, was just not that good. Everything was cold and the sandwiches tasted like they were on day old bread. The waiter was okay but not as friendly and helpful as others in the past. He seemed like he was just doing his job. No personality in it. The noise was like a high school cafeteria. We could hardly hear each other talk at the table for the noise in the kitchen. Very disappointed overall.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

In a word, AWESOME! Service and food were impeccable. My first time here, but will not be the last!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Went here for breakfast twice since we were staying at the Driskill hotel. Staff are friendly. Food was good...nothing extraordinary. A chocolate croissant was about $4.50 if I'm not mistaken. There was not wait when we went. It's in the Driskill so the ambiance and location is perfect.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

My pork tenderloin was fine, but my girlfriend had the burger and fries. The bun of the burger was stale and the French fries were old.
Cool location, but I would not go back.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

We used to love coming here for special occasions for dessert, especially the homemade banana pudding but this time the recipe was not the same. It was mediocre at best, very disappointing as we love this place.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2017

Of course we wanted to experience the famous Driskill hotel and have lunch but it was a sub par experience. The dining room was closed so we were sat in the lobby. The food was good but the service was unfriendly slow and minimal. She literally asked us 3 times for our payment and then stood there while we got out our wallets. Watched 2 different guests be sat at a broken table next to us and told "oh hahaha ya that's been broken for like 3 years sorry we can move you if someone leaves" I felt so bad for the family trying to enjoy a nice lunch. Maybe dinner is better?

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Great food, friendly and helpful staff, a beautifully restored historic building. A must-do when in Austin.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

You must try the cinnamon roll. It was the best breakfast dessert.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Great architecture!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Bread pudding French toast dense and not very flavorful. Pancakes very overcooked. Coffee not very strong. Had to wrangle waitress for water, coffee, additional order, cream, syrup for pancakes, bill, etc. Don't sit near door in cold weather--bad draft. Ambiance lovely.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2017

Our dinner was really good. We plan to go back to try other options on the menu. We grabbed some chocolate croissants to eat for breakfast the next day and those were good as well.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Beautiful historic building dating back to the late 1800s. Casual dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Good food with yummy foody twists like chili rubbed bacon. At least one vegan option, black bean burger with white bean spread. Best hot fudge sunday i have had in years. Excellent cappuccino. Very comfortable. Good people watching because attached to hotel so you have a mix of visitors and locals.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food, great service. Told waiter no nuts in the salad, sever brought a salad with nuts. Waiter corrected it and gave us some complimentary desserts for the mishap.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for Valentine's day. The steak was phenomenal and cooked exactly the way I asked. Their seafood plate was also great. I love the feel of the cafe/bakery portion. Also, it is attached to the oldest hotel in Austin - The Driskell. Very luxurious and great live music to enjoy while relaxing and having a drink.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

It was my first time experiencing the cafe. The breakfast was delicious and the service was fabulous. The manager came over to greet us and checked to see if everything was okay. I will be back!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

This place was really cute, not crowded at all but watered down drinks

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2017

I was very pleased with my experience. I made a reservation and it was ready to go when we got there, food was quick getting out and delicious. I definitely want to go back sometime

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food and service for a right price. Will come again

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

I picked this for a post-Christmas brunch with my adult children. It was quiet with lots of natural light. Enough menu options to keep everyone happy. I enjoyed the veggie burger- soft cooked with black beans and grains. It is fun to be able to wander around the hotel a bit before & after. Lots of art and history here.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Luscious and rich foods - made accommodations for seating even with a glitch in the opentable system on a holiday night.

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