El Alma is a Tex-Mex spot with an excellent patio and some of our favorite queso in town.
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
Great service and food! I really like that we were not rushed out of restaurant-last diners.
As always, El Alma delivers on great food, great service and an awesome outdoor patio!
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.
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!
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.
Great outdoor dining on the upper deck! Good food, great happy hour deals.
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.
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!
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!
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
Definitely a hot spot, even on a random Wednesday in February. Food was excellent, service was efficient but impersonal.
Creative interior dishes as variations of more popular dishes--all done with panache and style and seasoned perfectly.
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!
Met friends for a pre-concert nite. El Alma is always consistent with great margaritas and clean food.
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.
Great for a big group. Wide variety of menu options.
Great food and love the people!
Big fan of the apps and drinks. Their specialty margaritas are always amazing! The dinner plates are a little on the expensive side!
Took out of town guest. It was wonderful
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.
OMG! The pork made with Mexican coke and the Ribeye are amazing! so so so good!
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
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!
Dinner before the nutcracker with my daughter
Lunch is good priced and delicious. Service can take a bit too long
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.
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.
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.
My wife and I LOVE El Alma! Everyone is always gracious and accommodating. And the food is fantastic...every time!
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
Food is overpriced for the amount you get
Always enjoy my meal at El alma's. The atmosphere is great and there's not a bad dish on the menu. The sweet potato chile relleno was over the top delicious.
The brunch was exceptional as always, and our “I’m covering your table now” server was pleasant and thorough. However, we nearly walked out of our months in advance family reunion reservation due to the very sarcastic, snippy and somewhat confused hostess. Too many good restaurants in this town to have to put up with the chance of another like encounter.
We loved the waitress Sarah. They have excellent happy hour; margaritas are terrific. Several happy hour apprtizers are very good. Very pleasant evening.
Once again horrible service. Had to ask three times for drinks. Not going back I've tried this place five times. They always claim it's unusual to be busy. They can't keep up. Bad service.
The margaritas and food are excellent. The wait staff is quite pleasant, but a little too busy. I would definitely go again.
First, the food at El Alma was great. My issue was with the service. OpenTable allows you to make a reservation at El Alma up till 1045pm. I made a 1030pm reservation for a party of 10. When El Alma called the day-of to confirm, it would have been a great time to tell me that the kitchen closes at 11pm. But that wasn't the case. Instead, our table wasn't ready, we weren't seated until 1045pm, and at THAT time, we were told we had 15 minutes till the KITCHEN and BAR closed. We NEVER would've brought in a group of that size if we knew we had such a short amount of time to order.
When we were told the bar closed at 11pm too, we asked if we could order multiple drinks. They said yes, we could order two. After we HURRIED to order, we got our yummy food, and were sitting around enjoying it. At 12am, a staff member came over to our table and told us that our drinks would be pulled in 5 minutes. Again, a heads up of more than 5 minutes would have been greatly appreciated. We ended up leaving a good amount of food and drinks on the table that would have been consumed otherwise.
El Alma should not take reservations that late, especially for parties that large. And if they do, they should have the courtesy to give them a heads up on the phone when they confirm. The conduct of the staff ruined the experience for a number of the people in our party.
Breakfast was good for business meal. My client really enjoyed it!
Great food! The patio is beautiful