Café No Sé

4.6
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235 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in South Congress Hotel, Café No Sé is an all-day café featuring seasonal breakfast, lunch & dinner fare, as well as weekend brunch. Enjoy Café No Sé All Day Rosé, featuring 25% off bottles of rosé from sun-up to sundown daily.

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AddieP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST FOOD IN AUSTIN!!! The service was incredible, atmosphere was amazing, and this is my top recommendation for brunch, lunch or dinner in Austin!

Café No Sé
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you SO MUCH for the great review, Addie!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Lots of hype and unfriendly servers. There were very few reservations available so we were grateful to finally get a one. Upon arrival we were surprised to see only 15% of tables occupied. Plus the server was arrogant and unfriendly. We opted to forgo ordering dinner and left after one round of cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time with my girlfriend! Great food

Café No Sé
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for choosing Cafe No Se for such a special night with your girlfriend! Come back and see us soon!

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TabethaG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the crawfish beignets, the hanger steak, and the butterscotch lava cremeux. One if the best dinners ever. 10/10

Café No Sé
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, Tabetha! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time! Come back and see us soon!

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MatthewS
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavors for Valentine’s Day.

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HappyHourHappyLife
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Service was extremely slow. My biggest complaint is the bathroom sink. The sink was clogged and it was a low profile style which didn’t leave much room between the bottom of the sink (and even less because it was clogged) and the faucet. Made it hard to wash my hands and not touch the dirty clogged sink water. Yuck.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Big portions, nice environment

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vipStevenL
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an AMAZING experience at Cafe No Se. it’s one of our favor day date spots. The service is always personal and individualized. The food is healthy and delicious! Our puppy, Lucy also love this spot because they have pup-sicles:) thanks for always being amazing!

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vipDinomite
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I was not particularly impressed with the food. We had avocado toast and the cowboy breakfast. The toast was decent. I disliked the pork on the cowboy as it was sweet. The beans had a decent flavor but the sunny side up eggs we cooked through with no yolk. I ordered coffee but it was lukewarm. Just expected fantastic based on the reviews and $35 price tag. Probably not going back.

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ScottS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in Austin. Wonderful location for work, dates, or catching up with a friend. The service is second to none.

Café No Sé
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thanks for the five stars, Scott!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great dinner but had an issue with the table we were given. The hostess was quick to move us, but you really should inform your guests they will be seated at a high top table beforehand, we could have let them know that wouldn’t work. My mother has a back problem and can’t sit in a higher chair.
Overall loved the food and will be back, wanted to let you know about our experience. Thank you!

Café No Sé
Responded on February 5, 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We are always happy to accommodate specific requests for seating preferences - simply add a note in your reservation to let us know ahead of time! Thanks again for stopping in, and we hope you'll be back soon!

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vipBLW84
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We got the laffa bread to share, which was delicious, and the warm olives, which were disappointing. The hanger steak was great. Cocktail sizes were pretty small, too much ice, better to get wine or beer.

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KathleenJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly less crowded Austin on South Congress option for a date night. Great vegetarian options plus something for all (burger and fries or shellfish Paella). My Crispy cauliflower was delicious. The space feels tucked away from the Congress Street bustle and multiple parking options were available. Waitstaff was helpful with our drink order (paleta in your drink description means frozen treat)- we enjoyed the Salty Bee. Reasonable pricing and a nice atmosphere. Will return.

Café No Sé
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Kathleen! We hope you'll be back soon.

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KristyE
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Location is great. Food was meh. Service was meh. Drinks were meh. If I’m paying that much money I expect all of the above to be waaaay better.

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angelap
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for an early NYE dinner and were blown away by the food, value, and service. Most restaurants were charging and arm and a leg for prefixe (sp?) NYE menus and we were getting discouraged with out search. We then found a reservation at Cafe No Se and the food was absolutely delicious. I have always had a pleasant experience here and highly recommend!

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vipCourtneyT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always my go to spot for breakfast. The place is cute, the food is great, and it’s usually not as crowded in the morning time. I would definitely recommend this spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We came with high expectations based on the reviews and scarcity of open reservations and were disappointed on almost every front. Our meal was during off-peak hours and service was still snails pace. The eggs were over-cooked, the bacon was what you’d expect from a hotel continental breakfast, you’d have to get 3 drinks before you felt a buzz (despite having empty stomachs from the slow service). Two stars for the artwork alone. Maybe they intentionally starve you so you spend ample time observing the space rather than eating. Enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving lunch/brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious! We sampled quite a few of the pastries! Everything we tried was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place- delicious food and bev, and great service

Café No Sé
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thanks for joining us! We are thrilled to hear we hit all of the marks for you. We look forward to having you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were here for Austin Restaurant Weeks and are from their special menu. It was amazing and I look forward to going back again for their regular menu items.

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MaggieO
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Waiter didn’t seem like he wanted be there, but the food was excellent.

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SuzanneS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the restaurant week menu. The food was all complex and very delicious. The desserts were especially wonderful. All in a lovely setting.

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LauraB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We went on a Monday evening and it was pretty empty. There were about 5 tables and 3 servers. It took us 30 minutes to just get drinks and the whole dining experience was 2 hours for apps, entree and dessert. We did the kale salad and crawfish beignet. The salad was covered in dressing and there was only one small beignet. The steak had 5 small bites and it was over cooked and tough. The chicken was fine, but nothing amazing. We ordered the peanut butter and the rhubarb desserts. They were fine, but not great. 2 hours and $130 later, we finally left.

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EllenJ
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This year, I have eaten in Dallas for restaurant week and in Austin. This was, by far, my favorite meal. Now, I did not understand all the items on the menu, but the server explained them well.
The crayfish beignet was awesome! My friend's chilled cucumber soup with avocados and pickled (something) was subtle and flavorful. Try the hanger steak, wonderfully cooked with a little kick to it. No need for a steak knife. I think my favorite was the butter cake with rhubarb, sorrel sorbet and cream. Oh my gosh, each bite with all the combinations was a true treat and beautiful to look at.

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LoveKC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience. Had a reservation to celebrate a birthday and took 10-15 minutes to get greeted. Tables all around us were getting service and we were completely ignored. When the waiter finally came up he was beyond rude and didn’t give us attention. Decided to leave and go else where.

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DawnS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was ok but felt like it was just trying too hard to be different and unique. Some
Of the flavors overwhelmed others and some weird combinations just didn’t work.

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vipCindy
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated against the wall and the air conditioning was quite chilly. Food and Service was very good with a unique menu.

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PennyM
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There some very creative and delicious items on the menu.

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BobA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lived our experience. Our reservation was at 5:00, so it was quiet, and we were not rushed at all. The food was exquisite and delightful, as though the chef really enjoyed preparing it! Fun, nurturing food adventure.

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vipHeleneB
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was ok, not fantastic. Shrimp was over cooked in the paella.

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WilG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Cafe No Se. This place has a clean and sophisticated dining experience but won't break the bank. All the food is freshly sourced and the waiters are all very nice and great at their job. If you're looking for a place on South Congress for a delicious brunch or a calming early dinner, this is your spot.

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TomL
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great salad with Gravlax!

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vipumamimami
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Menu is static.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Service was great but the food was less than average. Super disappointed since I had heard good things about this restaurant.

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Brandy
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday night after a holiday was a little quiet, and great for us as locals not having to deal a lot of other people. The food was very good, and a small substitution was not a problem, and the service was top notch. Value was in line with other restaurants along S Congress. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cute restaurant but not the best food ever- service was eh but the hotel was overall a great concept

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vipWorkinmommie
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was pretty good though despite asking how much avocado was in the cucumber soup and getting the “not much” answer I was just overwhelmed by what should have instead been called avocado bisque! The tuna poke bowl was delicious as was the avocado toast and home fries. The drinks are super pricey especially given they give you ice tea in one of those little orange juice glasses and charge $10 for a 16oz bottle of lemonade. We sat outside and the fans weren’t on (we’re later told they were broken when asked if they could be turned on) so we suffered through swarms of flies trying to share our lunch. I’d probably go again given the great location and people watching as well as majority of the food. Tho next time I won’t order the soup or sit outside.

FAQs

Café No Sé offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 942-2061.

Café No Sé is rated 4.6 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Café No Sé does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cafenoseaustin.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.