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Cafe Blue - Downtown, Austin, TX

Cafe Blue - Downtown

4.3
4.3
959 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Escape to the coastal and tropical flavors of Cafe Blue. Our Oyster Bar features a variety of freshly shucked Oysters on the Half Shell, as well as Snow Crab Claws, Shrimp Cocktail, and two kinds of Ceviche. Popular seafood selections include Cedar Plank Salmon, Crab Stuffed Flounder and Kick Ass Sea Bass. Our steaks are dry-aged in-house for 14 days, and all desserts are scratch-made. To complement our menu, we feature an extensive, award-winning wine list, with over 30 varieties available by the glass. Our bar offers a number of Caribbean-inspired cocktails such as the Painkiller and the Dark & Stormy, as well as popular martinis and fresh lime juice margaritas.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 428-5796

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Nathan

  • Private party facilities

    The Tortola Room is an intimate dining room that seats up to 30 diners comfortably and our St. John Room seats 60 diners at max capacity. Our Main Dining Room accommodates 80 diners and can be privatized be a floor to ceiling curtain. The Lounge stands 80 guests + appetizer buffet.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Severson: (512) 635-7867

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Trinity

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available around the restaurant. IIn addition, the Austin Convention Center parking garage is only a block away at 2nd and San Jacinto, and is open to the public.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 959 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Good for business meals

  • Austin

    Good for business meals

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Josh is awesome, food is awesome, never have a bad experience here.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Good variety on the menu. Excellent service. Overall we really enjoyed the evening and when we needed to add 2 people to our reservation it was no problem just by calling the restaurant.
  3. K

    Keitha

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was mediocre especially relative to the price. Service was great though.
  4. A

    Audig4

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great environment and food is always on point! Location is perfect. Park in the garage around the corner and then enjoy a night of DT afterwards
  5. L

    Lori

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a girls night out with a friend. Variety of great seafood on the menu. Had trouble deciding so shared a few things and will definitely go back. Service was very nice, food hot and perfect snd half price wine on Wine Down Wednesday was a bonus. Enjoyed the coconut shrimp appetizer, Maine lobster roll and the crab stuffed jumbo shrimp. Even the French fries were amazing - and addictive!
  6. JC

    JonC

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Overpriced for average food. Service was excellent. Atmosphere strange. No one there.
  7. KF

    KathyF

    Austin

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Met friends from out of town. Good food but atmosphere was a bit stark. Overall enjoyable evening.
  8. K

    Karina

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Seafood! Quick dinner before dropping husband off at DJ gig downtown. Thank you! Keeping our musicians healthy.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and our server Lee made our dining experience terrific.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best seafood in Austin!
  11. R

    Roze

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and our service was speedy and sweet! There was a large party there the night we went so there was a wait at times but nothing too long and our server was always prompt when he got to us. He gave us great recommendations and still made time to check on us. Will definitely be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Nathaniel and the staff made it a good dinner. Oyster Rockefeller was not great. Overall a good meal.
  13. F

    Finncrowd

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brunch was awesome and on point
  14. ME

    MarkE

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Generally not a bad value......would like to see a bit more creativity in the menu, but that's the main improvement suggestion. Our service was a little shakey at times. We had made it clear that we wanted separate checks, but were presented a single check.....it took a couple of iterations to get it right.
  15. S

    Sh151000

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends reunion dinner. Our waiter was attentive and not over bearing. He made great menu suggestions.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious steak and seafood! We will definitely dine again
  17. CD

    CarlosD

    Los Angeles

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great culinary experience last night; started with fresh oysters on the half shell and followed it with a delicious crab stuffed fish. Great service
  18. NM

    NancyM

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    With reservations for 6 which included one child an baby we were seated at a high top. First we were told they couldn’t make changes, then said they’d figure something out. Eventually the pulled a table from somewhere and seated us appropriately after we told them how to solve the problem. No apologies. Spotty service, took 15 minutes to solve problem. Made for a tense birthday dinner.
  19. M

    Michele

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The calamari were good but chewier than we're use to. The half pound shrimp were good. Both of these appetizers were too expensive for their quality, but the quantity was abundant. The tuna was awesome! The shrimp brochette was fantastic, though I prefer mine with the tail already removed. The shrimp crepes were also wonderful. My paloma cocktail was really good, could be a little sweeter. The gin martini was great, but not much for the money.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Great service and food.
  21. LW

    LisaW

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dining experience at Cafe Blue. All the food was fresh and tasted delicious! Great service too!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Ordered fish, tasted like chicken. Never have had such awful and tough fish before
  23. S

    Sean

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Older and smells like Golden Corral. Beef tips were doused in liquid smoke and gave us beef jerky vibes but the salads are a safe bet.
  24. PJ

    PattyJ

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We selected the restaurant because of its location and because we wanted seafood. It was located close to our hotel (the Hilton) and the food was fine - nothing extraordinary and the prices were not cheap so we were expecting a little better than we got. The main reason for my low rating was that service was horrible. There were barely any tables in the restaurant and still our server was unable to get us refills on our drinks within 30 minutes of our first round and our main courses took over an hour. She did not seem to have good service/table managment skills as she would serve the table 2 down from us but not even check on us after checking on them and was only able to do one thing at a time when serving us. For example, instead of taking our drink and appetizer order (we knew the app we wanted because it took her over 15 minutes to come by for our drink order) she only got our drink order and ran away before we could volunteer our app request. And, instead of even considering that we'd like to order dinner when we ordered our app she again ran off so we could not provide our full order. When our appetizer finally arrived about 40 minutes after we were seated the food runner helped and got us another round of drinks. Our server was simply inattentive and unavailable. She said something about having another table in a side room but when I got up to try to find her at one point there were no tables in that room either. She just seems to need some training. I know it's hard to find good help these days, but an investment in training by the restaurant would help those who they do find to work to be better at serving. As a server for many years, I know there are ways to make your efforts work more efficiently. Unfortunately our server did not have that insight. If we'd have been in any kind of rush it would have been even worse. Please train your staff Cafe Blue!
  25. HB

    HeleneB

    Austin

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My best friend lives in New Braunfels, and I live in Round Rock. We wanted to pick something downtown and have brunch together. The quality of food and service was excellent Steve the manager gave us great customer service and suggestions. If you’re wanting excellent seafood in Austin, this is a place to go, you will not be disappointed.
  26. GT

    GaryT

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our server had too many tables and could not provide the service we expected, or that he would have liked. Both the Salmon and the Trout were overcooked. We did not receive bread and butter. We asked our server's helper who said she would bring some -- but never did.
  27. l

    lynneb11803

    Austin

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Cafe Blue many times. I have never been disappointed. The food was amazing, the service was wonderful and we were able to sit leisurely after our meal to chat and spend time together.
  28. t

    terrylyn

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious brunch and great service! I would definitely return the next time I’m in Austin.
  29. AH

    AdamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We picked the perfect day to come in had the back room to ourselves. Food was great and Josh our server was fun and informative. Will be back for sure !
  30. F

    Fishfan

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food.
  31. SS

    SteveSF

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Impressive menu. Excellent variety of seafood options. Wait staff was excellent. Conveniently located in downtown Austin. I ordered seabass and it was some of the best seabass I have ever had. Nice wine list with a significant number of options at fair prices.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Thanks for amazing. Service was great. oysters on the half shell were amazing and oysters were good. They need to work on the freshness of the food we got Oscar‘s filet Young steak was not very fresh and the potatoes were whipped. They kinda taste like they were instant opposed to real potatoes and the coconut shrimp was overcooked. Could’ve been cooked a little less and the french fries were lukewarm. However, the drinks were also very good cocktails were good, old-fashioned blood, Mary, and a rum and cook.
  33. LB

    LBrotherton

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Ok food Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook
  34. KM

    KarenM

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    We made a reservation and stopped by to check it out. Great location in downtown. We were seated in the busy bar at a hightop. No idea why the host chose that location for us when there was an entire restaurant that seemed pretty open. The bartender was pulling double duty serving all drinks, as well as serving the tables in the bar. We felt sorry for the poor lad as he appeared to be the hardest working person there. The food was ok. The salmon was a bit too fishy for my taste. The hubs had steak, and that was better (but they are a seafood restaurant). The bread was yummy. The bartender recommended the wine, and he was spot on. The bar was so loud that it was not a relaxing dinner, and we could barely hear each other over the noise. In summary, we won’t go out of our way to go back to this restaurant. There are so many other excellent eats in downtown, I doubt that we will visit again.
  35. EK

    EllenK

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoy the food. I was impressed that our server overhead my toast about 2 birthdays in September and she unexpectedly brought pie and a candle. Nice surprise
  36. HG

    HaileyG

    San Antonio

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    IT HAD A SMELL. EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. SERVICE WAS GOOD. I WILL NOT RETURN
  37. HR

    HenryR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the service was great. The atmosphere was nice.
  38. MA

    MichelleA

    Fargo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wanted a quiet place to visit and good food that wasn’t outrageously priced. This fit the bill. The calamari was great and the service was awesome! Milan recommended the tuna and we were not disappointed. Shrimp tacos were great and the Red fish Louisiane was wonderful as well. If you are downtown and love seafood and want to get away from blaring music I would highly recommend Cafe Blue.
  39. RE

    RobE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    No one was there, literally we were the only table. It was a business lunch, so that was perfect. Server was great, food was good. Unfortunately, they had a speaker issue and couldn't figure out the problem for about an hour. Hisses, static, etc. Very annoying, hard to hear, hard to concentrate. I'm sure it was a 1x thing, but it was distracting. The server had a great attitude.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time place was very nice and the food was outstanding. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Cafe Blue - Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 428-5796.

Cafe Blue - Downtown is rated 4.3 stars by 959 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Cafe Blue - Downtown

340 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Trinity

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available around the restaurant. IIn addition, the Austin Convention Center parking garage is only a block away at 2nd and San Jacinto, and is open to the public.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Nathan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 428-5796

  • Private party facilities

    The Tortola Room is an intimate dining room that seats up to 30 diners comfortably and our St. John Room seats 60 diners at max capacity. Our Main Dining Room accommodates 80 diners and can be privatized be a floor to ceiling curtain. The Lounge stands 80 guests + appetizer buffet.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Severson: (512) 635-7867

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