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El Alma Cafe y Cantina

4.6
390 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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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;
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Phone number
(512) 609-8923
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alma Alcocer
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Catering
For catering please call (512) 391-0936 or email us at info@elalmacafe.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dawson
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 390 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Went here with friends to celebrate my birthday! I️ loved everything about it! The food was great service was awesome! It was pretty busy but I️ would go back here again. All my friends were commending me on my choice!, they loved it too!

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vipLaughingTraveller (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Great service. Great margaritas. The best Mexican food we have had an Austin. Reasonable prices. Very friendly and attentive service. Prices are totally reasonable

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Definitely a hot spot, even on a random Wednesday in February. Food was excellent, service was efficient but impersonal.

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EdlS (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Creative interior dishes as variations of more popular dishes--all done with panache and style and seasoned perfectly.

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JulieJ (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food and staff at El Alma was outstanding. The only drawback to our dinner was the noise level in the restaurant. We had a 7PM reservation and was seated promptly. We plan to return for brunch soon!

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vipNolaATXgirl (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Met friends for a pre-concert nite. El Alma is always consistent with great margaritas and clean food.

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Quesadilla (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We made a special effort to dine at El Alma after being unable to dine due to the previous night’s wait. Aside from the enfrijoladas, which were bland, all menu items were great. Tony was an excellent server. He was friendly and helpful. A blonde female server was not.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great for a big group. Wide variety of menu options.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and love the people!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Big fan of the apps and drinks. Their specialty margaritas are always amazing! The dinner plates are a little on the expensive side!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Took out of town guest. It was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service. Our waiter Micheal was polite, quick and demonstrated a great attitude. We enjoyed the meal, and the ambiance. I love the fresh taste of your meals, but would prefer a less spicy or hot overall flavor. The bloody Maria, was just the right amount of spice.

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ThomV (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

OMG! The pork made with Mexican coke and the Ribeye are amazing! so so so good!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Brunch was excellent - the complimentary red and green salsas rivals any top salsa in Austin - outstanding flavor
Our waiter was attentive and very helpful
Weather was cold - looked like a great spot for cocktails on their rooftop patio
We will decide definitely return

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maryanne85 (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

El Alma is an Austin favorite. Whether it's for Happy Hour, lunch on the patio or a dinner with friends, I have never been disappointed! The food, drinks, atmosphere, and service are all top notch!

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