El Chile Cafe Manor

4.6
227 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Welcome to El Chile. El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine. Please remember to limit your visit to 90 minutes as a courtesy to your fellow guests. We do have several tables on our patio for guests with pets. Please leave a note on your reservation if you would like a pet friendly table, and we will contact you if we can not accommodate your request. We appreciate your patronage.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 227 people are saying
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RobertM
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice place, waze takes you to the wrong location across the street. A little understaffed and slower service but overall very good

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Ralmidu
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great trip. Love the new location! Looking forward to the next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of course love El Chile :) but for feedback prob would say more comfy chairs. Thank you for being amazing!

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PaulA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food in Austin. We loved the chicken tinga enchiladas with mole rojo, and the shredded pork enchiladas with creamy chipotle sauce. Both were excellent and the service was perfect--always there but not in our hair.

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drewn
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I love the El Chile atmosphere, but the food has been hit or miss for me. My first visit was delicious! This past visit for brunch was just OK. Dry chicken, ingredients weren't very fresh, etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation on Open Table. Hustled to get there in time, and when we arrived we were told (after waiting for some time) that they did not have our reservation. I showed them the screen with our confirmed reservation, but we were told they were hanging problems with their system and did not have an outside table for us, which is what we had reserved. Very disappointing experience with a restaurant we had previously enjoyed many times.

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vipCharlesD
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was disappointed in the service, but maybe it's because of the lack of staffing.
The food was also disappointing. In the Capitol of Tex-Mex, they need to do MUCH better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Extremely poor service, and very slow. Took a very long time to take our order, and then no follow-up after food arrived. We had to flag down waitress to get missing items and she kept forgetting. Our queso flameado came with no tortillas, and the migas didn’t come with tortillas either. Had to ask for things multiple times, and food came out cold. Very disappointing.

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Lara
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love El Chile - one of my favorite restaurants! Food and service never disappoints.

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vipWineaux
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Meh. I wouldn’t recommend or go back. Nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Reservations are a good idea on weekends as they had a long wait. Delicious high quality food! Nice outdoor option with misters :).

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Archibald2024
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

it wasn’t the best experience. drinks took a while and the restaurant wasn’t even that packed.

JC
JCsuperstar
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite spot on the East Side for a long time -- we're excited to see the new location open up!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Outdoor patio is quite pleasant.

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GlennH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite “go to” at El Chili is the Nachos Especial with chicken. They go great with margaritas and they’re not too filling.

I ALWAYS get the Premium Margarita… usually Herradura. On the rocks with salt. If you’re driving you better just drink one! if you’re not driving hey, life’s short go for two! : )

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AnthonyS
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been eating here since it opened and the quality of food and service remains the same!

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davidrh
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic as usual. Excellent guacamole and chips. Pork Riano fabulous. And dessert was amazing: raspberry chipotle chocolate chip ice cream. Are you kidding me? Get you some of that!

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RichK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food, really loud inside even with limited tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After church regulars. Sweet staff, attentive but not too much. Love this place!

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Atxtrish
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best and most underrated restaurants in Austin.

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JaneF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As a regular of many years, El Chile is solid. The availability of outdoor seating, always excellent service (even when short staffed or when a new server is training, you always feel the willingness to make it a good experience), solid-to-excellent food and good drinks at reasonable prices all contribute. I've seen menu changes over the years, right now (2021) the effects of the pandemic seem to have curtailed the choices on the menu a bit, but the there's plenty to choose from and the quality is as high or higher than ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Outdoor during rainstorm. Roof leaked. Put inside. More leaking.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always constantly great.

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Josh
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing
As always

CC
CC2001
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the patio stayed nice and cool with fewer tables, fans, and misters.

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Luluhams
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always delicious! One of my favorite places 😊

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. We had queso and the special fish dish. Both were outstanding and perfect portion size. Our waiter was top notch; helpful and attentive. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that it was very hot in the restaurant and there were a lot of flies because the restaurant is open to the outside. I doubt the heat would be an issue when it’s not summertime. We’d definitely eat there again.

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vipGreenlaura
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful meal last night. While we love everything on the menu if there is a special we always try it and are never disappointed. Last night's special was grilled drum with a crab relish and light cream sauce, served with black beans and poblano rice. It was delicious. We like to sit on the patio as it is quiet and we find it is comfortable no matter the temperature.

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Joep
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, great value for the money and a fun Austin vibe. Service on our first visit was just average, but it did not diminish our excellent experience.

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Caitlin
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Superb food and drinks! I had the enchiladas verdes and it was so delicious I basically licked the plate clean. I really really love their food. Service was slow and slightly negligent but not horrible. The patio could use a few more fans.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere!

AJ
ArlJo
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Mexican food. Attractive plate presentation. Great service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We love this place. Our service was slow which was fine because we were visiting with family, but the host came the moment we signed our checks to tell us they needed to turn the table over for another reservation. Had we been able to order/got our food as quickly as usual it wouldn’t have felt so weird, but the fact that it was a service issue made getting the boot feel a bit strange.

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DamitaW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Drinks were AWESOME. Will be back to try brunch.

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vipChrisH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful experience, we had a few servers help us out (Sarah and Kevin) and they really were so fun and wonderful! We always had full drinks/water, always had everything we needed. The food was AMAZING! Was really blown away, we got the carne asada meal and the pollo dinner, was really delicious. My favorite was the queso flameado with chorizo tho! We will definitely be back.

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Emmie
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready when we arrived. Everyone was courteous and the food and drinks were amazing! Definitely we’ll be back. Thank you!!!

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KathyP
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been a number of times on a Sunday afternoon for brunch, I think they serve brunch until 3. Over the last few times, service has been really good and much improved. Food quality is excellent, portions are good sized and more often than not, we get a “to go” box and get another meal! I personally prefer to dine outside, I think it’s more relaxing and less noisy. El Chile is one of my Eastside favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was cold and over seasoned.

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MaryB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Disappointed that there was no Tres Leches Cake; VERY LOUD; need to have 1/2 orders of nachos; Beef Picadillo was disappointing - tasted like chili.

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JayS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's one of our go-to's, significantly influenced by Prickly Pear margaritas.

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You can order delivery directly from El Chile Cafe Manor using the Order Online button. El Chile Cafe Manor also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. El Chile Cafe Manor also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 457-9900.

El Chile Cafe Manor is rated 4.6 stars by 227 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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