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About El Chile Cafe Manor

Welcome to El Chile.
El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine.

1809 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Sunday and Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm


Tuesday thru Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Chicon and Lafayette

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 457-9900

Website:
http://www.elchilecafe.com/

Catering:
Inquire with us for your next party, wedding, and corporate event. Contact Gina.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Martinez

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

El Chile Cafe Manor Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We originally booked for a group of 9. We needed to increase to 12 and they accommodated us with no problem. We even had our own private room. We got there at 6 and after ordering, realized the show we were attending was at 7 and not 8. The kitchen and our server were very helpful and rushed everything out. I wasn't blown away by the food, but it was tasty and plentiful. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant and the quick and freindly service! Kudos!

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great atmosphere for dining with friends. Drinks are also very tasty. HH is a great time to go!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Prickly Pear margarita’s are heaven in a glass. I sometimes go here just for the Prickly Pear. Love this place, been coming here for over 10 years and it has never let me down.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is one of my wife and I's favorite restaurant. We love sitting outside and enjoying the strong margaritas and good food. The Verde enchiladas are the best.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I absolutely LOVE this place!!! I can't get enough of their amazing food and cocktails!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Randolf was the MAJOR issue here. His rudeness and absence of hospitality and service may cause me to never return to this establishment. I would appreciate a call from the ownership and management as I'd like to detail, in full, how unwelcomed we felt. We did not tolerate or endure the treatment. Instead, we left and went to another establishment nearby.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 13, 2017

They helped make my mother in laws birthday special with a tres leches cake and a biggo shot of tequila!!! Thank you El Chile!!!! We love coming for dinner here!

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Service and food were awesome! Only issue is the noise. The tables are close together and the concrete floor amplifys noise to the point it is hard to have conversation.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was of low quality, especially for the price. The margaritas are decent though, and their salsa is good, which are the only reasons I'd go back or recommend the place to a friend.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Very reliable place, with friendly staff and good food/drinks.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Good strong margaritas!!! Food is not Tex-mex but a different Mexican food. The enchiladas verdes are so good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Service was great. Very nice. The food was good. Unfortunately, it was so loud inside that we ended up taking our food to go because my daughter had a headache.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Sunday brunch here very good. Margaritas and bloody Mary's well received by all. Migas and Bandera burrito quite tasty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Try anything with the mole sauce!

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 3, 2017

El Chile never disappoints. The food and service are always excellent. The only thing that makes my review less than 5 stars in the ambience category is that it's always loud and can be difficult to hear others at your own table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Awesome food and service as always. This is truly a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I'm pretty much a regular here! Love this place! Love the Chicken Mole and Chicken Mole Enchiladas! Great Food! Great Service! Great Location!

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food and drinks! Noisy at first, but thankfully the culprits left before we got our food! Ole'!

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 13, 2017

First time at this restaurant that I chose for Mother's Day -- was not disappointed. Food was good, corn tortillas were excellent! The caso was a bit watery and the tortilla soup tasted like enchiladas -- was not my favorite but I will return to try other entrees and appetizers. The house frozen margarita was excellent!

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Casual, Vegan, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great happy hour! Margaritas and guac were on point. Service was friendly but not intrusive. Special was short rib enchiladas - tasty but a bit dry. Would def come back.

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 22, 2017

El Chile is my favorite place, and for 10 years I've brought every out-of-town visitor I've had there. The food is consistently delicious and beautifully presented, and the service is always excellent. I haven't had a bad meal there, though I have a hard time not ordering the Enchiladas de Cameron because they are so very delicious. The only thing that could be improved is the noise level. It's definitely noisy both inside and out, but it's worth dealing with that for all the other good things.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Everything was great (food, service, value) except the noise level. We were seated inside with a group of 8 and it was impossible to hear anyone unless they were seated in the next chair. There is nothing to absorb sound in the small indoor restaurant space.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 8, 2017

El Chile is my go-to destination when I have out of town guests. It's casual and affordable, but also consistently good with consistently good service.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was very good, especially the queso, but the noise inside made it very difficult to carry on conversation. It negatively impacted our experience as we were trying to get to know a friend's new significant other who wanted good Mexican food while in town. We had to shout just to communicate anything.

We would still come back, though maybe on a less busy night.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 29, 2017

The habenero sauce is worth driving across the country for. Great food. Fun atmosphere. High volume of noise.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Went for lunch. Was the blandest Tex-Mex food I've ever had. Ordered a soup to start. They brought it out with all the entrees.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 13, 2017

I wish I had read Happy Hours' review that margaritas were good but food poor. What a disappointment!!! There needs to be a "star rating reduction" to further warn people. I love Mexican and Southwestern--spicy or not. The 2 sauces they brought for the chips were not palatable and I had to ask what they were. Charred pepper? and carrot "something?" I had to order a side of pico de gallo and asked if they had ANY hot sauces. They didn't. Ordered a stuffed poblano with pork. VERY mediocre--lots of meat, no flavor and not a great pepper. Staff nice but nothing else.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Attentive staff, good food and desserts! We would have loved regular old salsa with the chips, but that was our only change we would make!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2017

LOVE this place! Great service, food & drink. Fun outdoor patio and they have serapes when it's cold.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The food is alright, but I definitely do NOT recommend the margaritas lol.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Good Mexican food at a reasonable price. All 4 of us had different dishes and all 4 of us enjoyed our tasty dinners!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 26, 2016

The gent who showed us to our table was muy amable! Our waitress was really nice too and advised us on how to get the complementary queso verde which was very yum. Love the food. I will go back.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 10, 2016

I was disappointed that we had a reservation. The couple in front of us did not. They were given a choice table while we were given the one by the kitchen. Other than that.....it was great

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 10, 2016

A bit overpriced

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Dropped in here before a show at bass concert hall. Super friendly service. Happy hour options good. Sat outside on cute patio with heaters going. And blankets to sit on! Loved everything about the place. Food delicious.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2016

really amazing food - loud atmosphere which was good for our big group

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We eat at El Chile about once every 2 months and always enjoy the food. The sauces served with the chips are unique and very tasty. This trip we enjoyed the pollo con mole rojo and the chile relleno as well as some delicious guacamole. The relleno won the prize for best entree. My only gripe was that our frozen margaritas were served to us in hot glasses so they promptly melted.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Waitstaff are great. salmon tacos on special were amazing prickly pear margaritas a little on the sweet side. Salsas alone were worth the trip

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Met a group for after-work drinks. The Happy Hour is good, makes the prices more tolerable (it's a bit pricey) and service was awesome. Recommend the queso and queso flameado as well as the beef fajita taco (which you can order a la carte!).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Food is mediocre. Drinks are great blahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Tags: Happy Hour
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