El Alma Cafe y Cantina

4.7
643 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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


Please note that reservations available through OpenTable are for dining room only. Please email reservations@Elalmacafe.com for patio and larger parties.
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DLskcat
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just ordinary & so so. Our waitress was not very friendly, she kept asking of we were done & tried to clean our table several times and I told her we were still enjoying our food.

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ErnieG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bargain! Great meal and service very reasonably priced. The building is unique and interesting. Reservations recommended. It looked like a long-ish wait, in the parking lot, for people without reservations.

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DebbieT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had lunch there with friends and we all really enjoyed it. Great margaritas. Excellent mole sauce. I really appreciate that they take reservations.

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thollahan
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time visit. Outstanding! Can’t wait to return.

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KathiT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there right as they opened, were seated immediately on the roof, as we'd asked in our reservation. Our waiter was attentive and very nice. The food, as always, was terrific!

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NickB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Foods a hit or miss the past few times, but last night was a hit loved it

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AnnieB
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Have had many good experiences at this restaurant- last night was not one sadly. The food was far below previous standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, fantastic food! Will be returning soon!

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MichelleK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch!!! Cannot go wrong. Only complaint is the bees on the patio but it’s outside In texas.

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CindyJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and drinks in town! And the view of downtown is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience for a happy hour/early dinner and our first time there. Servers were knowledgeable and helpful. Food was phenomenal.

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MaxJ24
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date location! Reserve a spot on the upper patio for downtown building views !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit to Austin

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Made reservations several weeks in advance to sit on their patio. When I arrived, they tell me it will be another 40minutes until table is ready. A little annoying, why even have a reservation?
Food was not terrible, but not great. Probably would only come back for the drinks at happy hour. I wouldn’t bring a date here.

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MichelleK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent happy hour. Great view on the roof. Must try place!!

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MeredithR
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know how I have never been to El Alma, and I have lived in Austin for 13 years now. The margaritas were great! Service was great! Happy Hour was great! My friend and I Sat on the rooftop bar overlooking Barton Springs Rd. I will definitely go back. Also, the green salsa they bring to the table was YUMMY!

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our server was wonderful...friendly, knowledgeable.

The reason for the 3 Stars for service is in reference to the hostess. I made a reservation for 5:00pm requesting outside. We arrived a 4:45 and the hostess said that we would have to wait 45minutes for outside. We decided to sit inside. During the entire time we dined, we watched as group after group was taken upstairs to the outdoor patio. Perhaps I don't understand the system.

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viplongtimeAustinite
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and margaritas. Attentive service with pleasant waitress.

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vipkh6404
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.
Wonderful food...prepared exquisitely.
We come to Austin to visit family 5-6 times per year and we come here every time.

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TSherrill
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Ama is one of my favorite places in Austin! You must have the duck mole (traditional) enchiladas! The best I've ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was bland tonight and we were very disappointed.

JM
vipJMBATX
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaritassssssss!

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ToniH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, El Alma did not disappoint and was excellent in all categories.

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brocksdining
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Staff is terrific and accommodating. Always fun dining experience.🍸🥃

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RonnieE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here several times now and it’s been great every time!!!

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LoraC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely views of downtown park and skyline. Delicious food, good prices, and excellent staff

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AlixA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeremy was a fantastic server! Great brunch for labor day, really glad I was able to make a reservation. Will be back.

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Evan
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We stopped in for dinner at the end of our Austin weekend visit. Had high expectations & the were fully met. The queso fundido was excellent, & the shrimp & crab relleno was an incredible mix of flavor & presentation. The overall atmosphere was very accommodating, & the service was very good considering how busy they were. We will definitely be back.

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brocksdining
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! We loved our server. Drinks are always a treat

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Tyler
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for our first date, We'll never forget it. Loved eating out on the patio at 8pm and the walking around the park to see the city at night, lastly getting ice cream afterwards. This is a great location and business. We will happily be returning.

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vipBirthday44
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had lunch there ~ it really was not necessary for a reservation as there was no one there at that time. I am super glad that we went it was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We went for brunch and were very pleased. The food was awesome and so were the drinks! Definitely recommend! I have been for dinner a few times but never Brunch. Will be back for both!

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rojaspga
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and the restaurant are absolutely amazing. The service is by far the best you will get anywhere downtown. The food and drinks were absolutely delicious. If you need a great place to sit outside with amazing food and views, this is the place for you!!

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vipDennyKofATX
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tings de pollo in the enchilada was dry and unremarkable our other two entrees were fine.

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ShanaM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Consistently top-notch Tex-mex with comfortable outdoor seating. Great cocktails too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Almost feel bad about recommending it so highly, because it will become even more popular than it already is, but they have it all; great food, service and ambiance. Parking is not the easiest. That’s the worst thing I can say.

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vipZeke1963
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks at El Alma are always great. Love sitting on the patio.

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MelissaG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Alma has fabulous unique Mexican food with a large multi-tiered patio with large shade trees. The service was friendly and the food, especially the duck tacos, was great! Don’t let the exterior fool you - step inside to a great restaurant

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BKDTexas
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always looking for yummy Mexican food when dropping my boy off at UT and El Alma did not disappoint! Just OMG on the Queso Blanco - the poblano peppers & shrooms were such a great addition and the chips were delish. Shrimp! Shrimp and more shrimp! From the enchiladas to tacos, everything we tried with shrimp was beyond great and they were cooked to perfection. Speaking of tacos, love their combinations and we ordered a lot of them - all were GREAT! As a side dish, the ancho sweet potatoes and spinach was a standout and we could have eaten 2 more orders. Our waiter was great and staff was so friendly and super accommodating when we had to move our reservation back an hour. Will definitely be back.

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Vernon
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They serve some of the best interior Mexican food I've ever had here in the States. I love the pasilla mole in particular. Other notable dishes include the chicken tostaditas, ahi tuna tostadas, and duck tacos. The atmosphere is great, grab a seat in the upstairs patio/deck area for the views.

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El Alma Cafe y Cantina is rated 4.7 stars by 643 OpenTable diners.

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.

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