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About 1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel
The 1886 Café & Bakery serves classic American cuisine in a casually elegant setting. We are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, 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.
Austin, TX 78701
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am -11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 5:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available for all guests at The Driskill Hotel. Please have your valet ticket validated for a reduced fee.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
1886 Cafe & Bakery - Driskill Hotel Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
We booked Christmas dinner, day-of, as they had their usual menu but also a special Holiday pre-fix. W're glad we made reservations because a few parties without one had a significant wait. None of us got the pre-fix. This is what we ordered, came out to $102.00 for 3 people:
1) Roasted cauliflower with blue cheese dressing (hold the buffalo sauce)
2) Honey glazed fried chicken with mash and asparagus
3) Chicken fried steak with mash and asparagus
4) Goat cheese and strawberry salad with chicken added.
5) 2 beers and 1 glass of wine
6) Hazelnut torte dessert
The fried chicken and mashed potatoes were excellent. The chicken fried steak wasn't bad but wasn't the best we've had either. The roasted cauliflower with blue cheese dressing was simple and delicious. The hazelnut dessert was very sweet but we all enjoyed a couple bites. All together the meal was great and prices affordable.
Cute ambiance and nice walking through the Driskell Hotel lobby. This made for a lovely holiday dinner and we had a great time. We will be back!
We usually have good experiences with food and service but not this time! The seafood medley was too salty and spicy. Same with the wings. My go to Hangover burger was too salty and the bacon was completely burnt. Dessert was fine though. Note to self: never come here for dinner on a Sunday night! Is the B Team on duty on Sunday nights?!?
Always love everything at the 1886 Cafe, except for the hostess this time. We set a reservation for 10 am, showed up at 9:45. Hostess ostentatiously looked at her watch and said "well it's not 10 yet" and proceeded to sit a couple that came after us. Still would recommend this place because I've never been treated that way before or since (and I've been since) and the food is so good.
Lunch was pricey. There was no wine list. The menu does not tell the customer the ingredients so you end up with chef surprises, and ours were not very good. I had a Cuban sandwich and the mustard aioli was basically mayo. There are better options for a Cuban sandwich nearby. My wife had the Smoked Trout & Avocado Toast which had onions and cilantro which ruins any meal in her book although she did her best to scrape it off. The saving grace was the cheese soup. It is priced reasonably and is fantastic. Come here for a cup of soup and some history, but then go have lunch somewhere else.
We visited 1886 Cafe and Bakery to celebrate a birthday, have a delicious meal and observe some of the history of the Driskill Hotel in Austin. All three were accomplished with style. We enjoyed Shrimp and Grits with the perfect seasoning and Pork Mac and Cheese. Both were outstanding in taste and presentation. The waiter helped create a warm and welcoming environment and the decor of historic detailing and tasteful remodeling gave us the perfect get away that we were looking for. As we strolled through the other areas of the Driskill Hotel after dinner, we enjoyed a historic plaque and portrait of the founder, a handsome bar/lounge area, and the gorgeous lobby. The history and beauty certainly is impressive but the staff keeps you comfortable.
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