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El Alma Cafe y Cantina, Austin, TX

El Alma Cafe y Cantina

4.7
4.7
937 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Patio seating is first come first serve. Reservations are for indoor dining room only.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina is vibrant, homespun take on the authentic flavors of Mexico. Chef Alma Alcocer prepares food as she would cook for you in her home.


"It"s fun, flavorful Mexican food that is very approachable. It's a casual, authentic representation of the food I grew up eating." - Chef Alma

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am -3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Happy Hour: Every Day: 3:00pm - 6:00pm;
  • Phone number
    (512) 609-8923
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Alma Alcocer
  • Catering
    For caterings email us at info@elalmacafe.com.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Dawson
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 937 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Mexican

  • Austin

    Mexican

937 Reviews
  1. CathyS

    Austin

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a table at the window. The table was clean but the window well was dirty - food crumbs and other stuff. Service was not good although there weren’t many customers. We had to flag down our waiter a couple of times to get her attention.

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  2. brocksdining

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great margaritas and service. Beautiful patio in back overlooking the city of Austin!!!

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  3. MadisonP

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First walking in and approaching the host stand really set the mood for the remaining of our dinner. I greeted the hostesss and neither acknowledged me. When they finally stopped arguing with each other they asked how they could help and I let them know about my reservation. One of the host grabbed two menus and just walked away. She took us to a table right by the bar and threw the menus on the table and walked away. I thought I had made a note asking to sit on the rooftop. Either the hosts didn’t see the note, they didn’t have it available or they didn’t care. Our waitress was awesome so that improved our experience. The drinks were great and the queso blanco y rojo is the reason I was so excited to come back here. We ordered some tacos which I expected them to have better flavor but they were ok. All in all our waitress and the queso were the highlights of this dinner.

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  4. Austin24

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Alma was the first restaurant we hit when we first moved to Austin….and it has been a frequent visit ever since. Always will be.

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  5. PaulS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    From the host to the server the service was unfriendly. They all looked like they were unhappy and miserable to there. The food was nothing to rave about very bland as far as flavor goes.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch, El Alma is my favorite place in Austin.

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  7. CourtneyV

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We used to love this place for their margaritas but this time, the margaritas weren’t even frozen. The texture was actually similar to ones you’d make at home. Not sure what’s up with the machines but I had to send mine back and noticed other people doing the same. We finally got seated upstairs after about an hour and the only saving grace for this restaurant was the waiter was amazing. Even if so, I honestly won’t be back.

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  8. NikkiV

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love going el alma!! They have a lot of vegan options for me and their cocktails are so refreshing and so good!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is FANTASTIC EVERY TIME! Always bring people who visit us from out of town.

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  10. ProfJohn

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the duck enchiladas with mole' sauce. My companions had the quail, also with mole' sauce. One of the best moles' in Austin. The margaritas were excellent and we got "happy hour" prices. Tostadas and salsa for nibblies while we had a round of margaritas and decided on our meal - try the lime-based salsa, it is "to die for". Excellent service - another superb meal at one of our favorite Austin restaurants.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

El Alma Cafe y Cantina is rated 4.7 stars by 937 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for El Alma Cafe y Cantina

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Dawson
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am -3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Happy Hour: Every Day: 3:00pm - 6:00pm;
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Alma Alcocer
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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