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Cafe Eccell

4.1
380 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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About

Emphasizing a casual dining experience for all, Caf� Eccell in Bryan, TX offers only the freshest foods and beverages. Dedicated to house made and from scratch dishes, even the cocktails feature an amazing level of attention to detail.

The menus at Caf� Eccell vary between lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert and the impressive wine list. Any beverage will pair well with the dishes. Choices include a lot of Mexican influenced options, such as the signature ceviche or the guacamole, but there are Mediterranean favorites throughout the menu, too. Sandwiches and melts, wood fired pizzas and innovative entr�es round out the choices at Caf� Eccell.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(979) 599-7929
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andreas Dallis
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Private party facilities
Cafe Eccell will book parties from 5-300 people. Please call with your inquiry and let Cafe Eccell's large party coordinators book your event.
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Private party contact
Sarah Dallis: (979) 846-7908
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Catering
Cafe Eccell accepts catering events. Please call with your interest.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wellborn Rd.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMicki (Houston)
1.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

I booked this restaurant for my son's college graduation celebration well in advance. I then called the restaurant to make sure that they would have meals for everyone in my party. I have a son on the Autism spectrum who has very limited palette. My dad would be with us and also eats a limited diet. When I spoke with the person who answered the phone I explained all of this and was assured that the items (chicken nuggets/tenders, cheeseburger, french fries) we needed would be available. NOTHING was said about a special graduation event menu. That was not the case, however. We arrived to find that the regular menu was not available and no accommodations would be made. Plus the special menu was much more expensive than the regular menu. We were told that there were no options, they didn't have the ingredients in the kitchen. It pretty much ruined our celebration. We did eat at the restaurant but only because at that point we couldn't get in any where else on such a weekend. I was very upset, disappointed, furious. Had I been told when I made the reservations through OpenTable, or even when I called and spoke to the restaurant, that there would be a special event menu and that the dishes we needed would not be available, I would have made other arrangements. I felt very deceived. I probably will not go back to this restaurant at any time much less a special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

Good food; nice ambience. It was quiet when we were there, but then again we were dining at 4:30pm (we felt fortunate to get a same-day reservation during A&M Parents Weekend). We would definitely go here again.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2016

We went for brunch for my birthday, the service was amazing, our waitress was so sweet and informative, the menu was extensive and everything sounded delicious and was even better when we actually ordered and ate! The constantly changing menu provides new and innovative dining experience. You'll want to keep going back so you don't miss out!

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Service was a bit under standard and food was average.... Very difficult to get something for vegans, server did not seem to understand I wanted a salad with all the vegetables...

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2016

When I go out to eat, I'm looking for great food that is worth savoring. Cafe Eccell definitely satisfies here.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

My husband and I joined our friends here for brunch on Valentine's day. Boy was it a treat! We had never been here before and figured it was a great day to try it out. It did not disappoint! The service is fast and efficient, the atmosphere is lovely, and the food is amazing! Great quality and thoughtfully put together. We savored every bite. This will become a regular place for us now. Just love it!

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RickiM (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

A great place to enjoy a group visit and many choices for all palates. Our server, Jacob, was very helpful with menu choices and beer/wine selections. It was perfect for our luncheon.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2016

Lots of seafood selections top the menu. Great preparations.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

Terrance was a great server in spite of being swamped with tables.

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JessicaL (Central Texas)
3.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

I would recommend their food to anyone in College Station who are interested in the pizza and dessert. Their pizza is so delicious, and the best is the classic one. And, their tart desserts are beautiful and yummy. But, our waiter is not as professional as others. He seldom came to check on us for the refill the drink or did not even ask us about the food. Maybe because we sat in the corner, so he usually forgot us? Anyway, food is good, but next time I hope to have another one to serve us.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

Reliably good food and flexible atmosphere lets it go from a casual dinner to great for a group event to a romantic dinner.

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TooHighExpectations (Houston)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

Interesting menu and good service, but my food (lamb gyro) was tasteless and visually uninteresting. On-line menu was different than one in restaurant.

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Parker (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

First visit after moving to the area. Not a fancy place. Casual feel with lots of light at dinner. Corn and crab bisque was wonderful. Ordered the Voodoo Salmon and it was so good, I can't explain it. We can see why it's a favorite. Shared the strawberry tarte and it was perfect for 2 and also very tasty. Our server was Lotta and he was attentive, professional and offered lots of help. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

I wish the entire menu had been available, instead of selected dishes for graduation.

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shrekless (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

The service is professional and attentive, without being intrusive. Our server Josh made good wine recommendations and kept the food well-paced throughout the evening. The menu is not overly ambitious, yet manages to provide some interesting choices (tuna, lamb), particularly given that the town is rather conservative. Café Eccell is more Coconut Grove than College Station! Where the restaurant shines is in the food preparation and plating. Our group shared appetizers and desserts, all delicious, colorful and bite-sized. An image of one of the pie samples is now the wallpaper on my cell phone. That good! It was a farewell party, and a good memory to leave on.

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Aggiepirate (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Went on Thanksgiving great experience! Also went for brunch and it is so well worth it.

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AggieMom (Grand Rapids)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

All the traditional dishes without overindulging! Food was delicious and no dishes to wash.

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critter (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Celebrated Thanksgiving dinner there and classes turkey, dressing
etc were great. No wait to be seated and food came in a very
reasonable time. Restaurant was quiet. Waiter was excellent
A very pleasant dining experience on a very busy day.

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JRCZAR (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

We had eight guests from out of town, and as usual we take them to Café Eccel. They were very impressed and want to return when they come back to visit. Thanks for making this a wonderful experience. I always tell everyone that the salmon is the best ever and my guest that had it agreed. Also the steaks are the best. It's all good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2015

For the past two years I have been taking my Grandson (attending Texas A&M) out at least one a month to a nice sit down dinner. This restaurant is NUMBER 1. My grandson also agreed to this statement. We had:

Appetizers we had-PANKO CRUSTED JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES and PACIFIC AHI TUNA NACHOS
Entree we had-MEDITERRANEAN SNAPPER and “TOMAHAWK” PORK CHOP
Dessert we both had the Pumpkin Bread Pudding

We are going to return to this location next month.

Also, the service was great and restaurant was very well laid out so we could talk and hear one another.
This is a MUST visit if you are in town!!!

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disappointedinmgmt (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

Food is decent with wide variety- but they simply had horrible systems and not enough wait staff to serve customers. Had reservations- which they totally ignored. Had to wait anyway. Just horrible service! Wait staff totally overwhelmed- hire more people, for pete's sake!

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vipMANDY (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2015

We had a wonderful lunch with our friends at Cafe Excel. We had an appetizer and 3 entrees and all were delicious. Cafe Excel's strawberry tarts are the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2015

Great food - love the pizzas. Queso dip was excellent!

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vipKINGOAKSQUEEN (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2015

Kim is an excellent waitress! Steaks were excellent as were the crab cakes, wine, & dessert!

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Callahans (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

We had a party of 7 on a game weekend Friday night. We had a reservation for 9:00. They were very busy with a special event also. We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. The waiter was well-informed and attentive. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent.

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Kristen (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2015

Excellent food. We all had something to eat that we enjoyed and plenty of it.

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vipKINGOAKSQUEEN (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

All of their dishes have a twist and it's all fresh.

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Franklin27 (Central Texas)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

Last time we sat on the patio and it was so much quieter. Overall is was fine. A nice evening with a lovely waiter. Lynn Stegall and John E. McKemie

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vipESM1540 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

I love, love Cafe Eccell. It's the perfect place for a casual lunch or dressed up date night with someone special. And I appreciate the fact that I can get gourmet food at a reasonable price that is healthy. Thank you!!

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vipCathy (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2015

We are veterans of Cafe Eccell for many years-so when they moved to a former Luby's Cafeteria we weren't sure what to expect in terms of ambience. Their original location, the old College Station City Hall was very cool. We are pleased to report the new digs are great! Spacious dark concrete floors, interesting paintings on the wall, a fantastic big bar--lots of light in the outer room, and--best of all a menu better than ever. We shared a Quatro Fromaggio pizza and a Sauted Pear salad. Both were delicious. The Pinot Grigo we chose was delightful. The menu is really innovative, and I swear next time I come I will venture out for something else. Lots of interesting healthy but delicious-sounding combo plates as well as great sandwiches, clay-oven pizzas that are terrific, as well as luscious entrees.

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