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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.

604 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
6th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 391-7066

Website:
http://www.1886cafeandbakery.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for all guests at The Driskill Hotel. Please have your valet ticket validated for a reduced fee.

Executive Chef:
Troy Knapp

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (London)·Dined 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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 (Houston)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined 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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 (Austin)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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 (Austin)·Dined 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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 (Austin)·Dined on July 21, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Great architecture!

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 (Austin)·Dined 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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 (Austin)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Austin)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, People Watching, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Vegan, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined 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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 (Austin)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Fun, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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 (Austin)·Dined 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

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2016

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

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!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 19, 2016

Although my meal choice was very good (BLT with turkey), service was good, the menu is limited and seems very casual. I was disappointed in the ambiance - It just felt "cold" - it was only 7:30 PM, yet nearly empty. I expected more from the Driskill.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2016

We had such a good dinner we went back for lunch. Great casual place with excellent food. They need to make more consmon rolls because they were always out of them. 👍😀

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 11, 2016

The Driskill Hotel is so elegant and Beautiful and their Afternoon Tea was amazing.
A must do at Christmas time <3

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Service is slow and forgetful even with hardly anyone in the restaurant. Food is just ok.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 27, 2016

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?!?

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Great food & great service. I'd definitely go here again next time I'm in Austin.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2016

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.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Had an amazing breakfast – I had the Paris Texas eggs Benedict and it was delicious and my friend had the Hippie Omelot and she loved it. Super fresh ingredients and delicious homemade breads and desserts!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Food was good, service was quick, & decor was lovely. Was very disappointed in noise level though. Those gorgeous high ceilings and tile floors don't make the experience conversation friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Food was very good, and the service, by Greg, was first rate.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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