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El Alma Cafe y Cantina

4.7
410 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Authentic
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 410 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always a great experience. Best cocktails and unbelievable patio view. The ceviche is my favorite in town.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Probably my new favorite Mexican restaurant in Austin. More of an interior Mexican cuisine instead of Tex-Mex. Service is average. Drinks are good but not great. Overall though, a great food experience.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Beautiful day. Great patio. Good food. Wish the umbrellas were not all up. But still nice.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Post race lunch

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My party and I had a great time eating brunch yesterday at El Alma. We had a large party but the service was very attentive nonetheless. They did a great job. The food was tasty and everyone was commenting on how good the banana bread pudding was. Everyone was having a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the food! Thank you to El Alma for such a great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The staff took great care of us and the food was delicious with more than just the typical mix of selections. Don't hesitate to make reservations for a Thursday evening.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

From their zingy red and green salsas, effective Margaritas, through the marvelous entrees (we had shrimp a la plancha and shrimp/crab stuffed relleno) to the decadent chocolate cake dessert, El Alma always delivers a wonderful dining experience!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our server was EXCELLENT! I wish I remembered his name. Great food; great time!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The wait was long but worth it once we were seated on the patio. Service was great and we were given a free appetizer for the extra long wait time. Food and drinks were delicious! Will definitely be back for patio dining! Would recommend to friends and family.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Waitress was amazing but the drinks and food were definitely off their game for El Alma

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great spot! The service was great and we loved the food. Would totally recommend the chips and queso (it's incredible). We went for a double date and had a great time.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

El Alma is one of my “go to” local spots, this time was prior to a show at Long Center so perfect location. Food is always good, love the Sopa Azteca in particular. It does get really tight in the tables that are in front of the bar when the bar gets stacked up on an evening but otherwise seating is fine inside or out

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great service and food! I really like that we were not rushed out of restaurant-last diners.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

As always, El Alma delivers on great food, great service and an awesome outdoor patio!

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We came here last April and were very impressed by the food and drinks. This time around was disappointing. The service was slow and unreliable. My husband's margarita was sitting at the bar for 5-10 minutes before it was brought to our table. The salad in particular was a much lower-quality version of what we enjoyed last year. It was not very green and for some reason had two giant carrot sticks in it instead of shredded carrots! We won't be returning anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Amazing as always. Never disappoints! Always get the carne asada and rice and cheese relleno!!!! It’s sooo good! Awesome spot & great outdoor area to eat upstairs!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Friends gathered to dine with and entertain a friend/filmmaker in town for SXSW. We were looking for a place with good vegetarian fare, not downtown but not too far away, and that took reservations. El Alma was perfect. We arrived early. It was a balmy night so we ordered margaritas at the bar and sat out front until our table was called. The hostess sat us 15 minutes before our reserved time--thanks! We were seated, by request, on the rooftop, at a large table on the highest level of the deck--at the back. It was perfect for our reunion, with the Austin skyline as a backdrop for our conversation.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great outdoor dining on the upper deck! Good food, great happy hour deals.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great happy hour with discounted margaritas and queso fundido before 6 pm every day. Everything is well seasoned especially the carne asada and lamb barbacoa tacos. Service was fantastic. This was the first time we sat inside vs. the patio. Both work well.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I celebrated my birthday at El Alma on Friday night and it was perfect. Our waitress Sarah was great and made sure that our party of 12 was taken care of at all times. The food was great and the drinks were amazing, we will definitely visit again and I will make sure to have my birthday at El Alma again next year. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and love the people!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Took out of town guest. It was wonderful

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Dinner before the nutcracker with my daughter

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Lunch is good priced and delicious. Service can take a bit too long

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and location but the noise level is just too much! Can't talk at all. Wish they'd cover the upstairs for winter dining, then reopen when good weather.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants and we usually eat on the patio. This night we had to eat inside due to the weather and it was very noisy inside due to the holiday parties. Otherwise it would have gotten the highest ratings.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2017

El Alma is a cool spot with a nice rooftop patio. There is ample parking as it turns out but we parked on the river side of Barton Springs risking a tow.
Our service was as exceedingly polite and polished from a young man that could work at any resto.

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