Cafe Blue - Downtown

4.4
614 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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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 614 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was average. Drinks were good. Waiter was good and attentive. Overall, a decent experience. Have had better for sure.

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vipDWG1
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place!
Stumbled across this on Open Table in our search for Valentine's Dinner (Saturday night) and was more than pleasantly surprised. The Lobster Roll appetizer was incredible and plenty to share! The Crispy Ribs were delicious and plenty of fall off the bone meat. We were only there for drinks and appetizers but can't wait to go back. Speaking of drinks, they made an awesome Espresso Martini.

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vipLydia
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

This place is fine, but it doesn’t belong in downtown Austin. The food and experience is incomparable to its neighbors. I’m shocked by the high ratings. The peel and eat shrimp was great, the cocktails were not good and all ice, the wine marked up 400% for some bottles, the main entrees were fine and satisfying, but overpriced for quality (not overpriced for location). Was I disappointed? Not really, just underwhelmed. Would I go back? Probably not.

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vipdixiem
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Cafe Blue. Everything from the food to the service was great! My hubby already wants to go back and try different entrees.

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SheilaA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Cafe Blue but will not be my last, the food was great and we had not issues or concerns with our service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It was very slow with not so many people. The food was fair. The Paloma was great

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LarryF
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was very slow and waiter was non-attentive. Food was mediocre at best. My wife sent her chicken fried ribeye and eggs back because it was very greasy. I would not recommend this restaurant for brunch.

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Catherine
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Will absolutely go back when in town,

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JessE
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was great....very attentive and friendly....Appetizers were great...(oysters and mussels) ....fish entrees were fresh but a little over-cooked....sauce and crab stuffing was a little lacking....sauce was bland and it was as if crab meat was pasteurized....not as fresh tasting as typical lump, backfin is...

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vipPatBateman
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cook didnt wear a mask, oysters were sold out. Would not go again.

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RossD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I will start by admitting that we had a large group of 8 people that hadn’t seen each other in quite some time. That said, we were a little louder than other tables.

The service was extremely slow, and I felt as if our waiter didn’t serve us, so as to make us want to leave. It was a late dinner, in a restaurant in the middle of downtown on a Friday night. I would expect to see parties who may want to come to your restaurant to have a good time.

Ultimately, we left and went to Geraldines up the street and had a remarkably better experience. The entire staff was very friendly and welcoming, the food was great, and the atmosphere was welcoming to large parties to want to have a lot of laughs.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was very good. I felt the oysters were a bit pricey for what they were. Overall I enjoyed it, but our server started off strong and then dropped the ball the second half. I would eat there again, and recommend it overall.

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vipLynn
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ceviche is some of the best we have had and we have traveled extensively and tried ceviche in many parts of the world. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food, service and wine. Server was very knowledgeable and accommodating.

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Mari
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The waiter was rude and the food was mediocre. Definitely Not worth the price.

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KeishaS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our waiter was very attentive and did a great job as well. Will definitely be back our next visit to Austin.

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LaurelW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven was a wonderful host to our table for 2. They were knowledgable about the entire menu and provided great hints. The noise was quiet for about 5 other tables near us. Food was excellent.

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vipDebraC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pleasant place, good location, Food was good but they did not get our order correct.

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Cait
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was looking for a last minute option for 10 people for 7pm on a Friday night. This was a for a group of Execs and the CEO of my company. There weren't many options available and I had previously been to Cafe Blue's other location in Bee Cave so I felt good about recommending the team here... The ambience is a bit tacky, the lighting is bright and the decor is lacking. Signature marlin on the wall and not much else. Music level was great. Some of the staff were wonderful, but our server must have been having a bad day as the service was not great or even very friendly. We were the only table there for the most part so that was disappointing. Mostly everyone enjoyed the appetizers, the calamari and the coconut shrimp was great. Then the entrees... Our CEO and COO both got steaks, and to our dismay both were very overcooked and really tough. Needless to say, they were gently sent back and both of them ordered soups- my CEO also got a wedge salad. When the salad was presented, I was quietly horrified- it came garnished with beautiful tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon....and cheddar goldfish crackers. The kind you give to kids. I get it, a fun little joke for a "seafood" restaurant...but my CEO got an inedible steak followed by a wedge salad with GOLDFISH CRACKERS on it...sigh. Maybe a nicer restaurant could have pulled off the crackers, but this time it was not the right audience at all. I waved goodbye to my career as we left the restaurant. CEO and COO got some bomb french fries down the street and had a much better experience.

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kenn
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu choices. Reasonable prices considering the location and ambience. The COVID situation well handled, we felt secure. Attentive servers. Wish you would open a spot in Georgetown.

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MorganD
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Every plate was crafted well, the flavors meshed perfectly. Our server was knowledgable and perfectly attentive.

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Tomeka
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The 2 men working on Sunday night were not welcoming at all! No margarita should cost someone $32.00. Or WARN people Bc no one is ever expecting to pay 32.00 for 1 margarita. They were not friendly at all. We were in town celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary looking to have a nice evening. The place was pretty empty and they could have given us more attention but it was as if they wanted us to hurry up and leave. If the service had at least been half way decent maybe the $64.00 I paid for 2 margaritas wouldn’t have hurt so much! But to have poor customer service on top of sky high prices it was a horrible experience! I will tell everyone I know about this experience and warn them of how unpleasant and inconsiderate the staff was. It was totally degrading for us. It was our last night in Austin and I HATE that they were our choice. Never again!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! And they make substitutions. Had great mimosa selections too.

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CareyH
Tallahassee
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh; the menu varied and perfect; If you haven't been, run don't walk to either location!

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BrianM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food wasn’t very good. Wine greatly over priced and warm.

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sixofus
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Was disappointed to eat in The bar. Not what we were hoping for that evening. Food and service were good enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters! Good service.

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vipToni0820
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The poached eggs were very under cooked but other than that everything looked just like the pictured and tasted great .. I would revisit the restaurant.

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vipFineDineFineWine
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service

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YuriL
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. Our waiter Patric was extremely nice.

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vipa2James
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven was awesome second visit this week again the food was perfect the service was great thank you again foe a wonderful meal

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vipDinnerBratt
Central Texas
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!

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vipa2James
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was awesome a great server. The meal was great Filet Oscar was cooked perfectly we will be back very soon

DH
vipDonnaH
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Blue, being able to sit outside & food & drinks are always great.

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vipGlennandJR
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice place and has a patio; located downtown across from Marriott and convention center. We had Oysters, trout and Fried Shrimp. The food was good along with the service. We recommend trying it.

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Rayd
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Only two asparagus spears with meal. Bread rolls stone cold. Caesar salad full of romaine ribs. All in all, just mediocre meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went for Sunday Brunch. Service and food were great !! I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Could be better for the price you pay

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vipRawhide
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Mediocre dining experience. Food is a solid three star. Service was inattentive. Had to consistently ask for water refills, etc

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RoyN
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for outside lunch. The oysters were delicious, and I will happily go back again and again. The outdoor music created a fun vibe.

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Cafe Blue - Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cafe Blue - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 428-5796.

Cafe Blue - Downtown is rated 4.4 stars by 614 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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