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El Alma Cafe y Cantina

4.6
377 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
  • Authentic (13)
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 377 People Are Saying
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4.6
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food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
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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 24, 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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MichelleT (Austin)
5.0
Dined on December 22, 2017

Dinner before the nutcracker with my daughter

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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Wombat2 (Austin)
3.0
Dined on December 17, 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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Ziggy (Austin)
4.0
Dined on December 15, 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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vipBones (Toronto)
4.0
Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0
Dined on November 26, 2017

My wife and I LOVE El Alma! Everyone is always gracious and accommodating. And the food is fantastic...every time!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0
Dined on November 22, 2017

There clearly is a group of talented staff here. The food is beyond the ordinary. The salsas, for example, are flavorful and balanced, Entrees are clearly well prepared and not from some large container etc. I really like this placew

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0
Dined on November 19, 2017

Food is overpriced for the amount you get

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