Cafe Blue - Downtown

4.2
396 reviews
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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 Alaskan King Crab Legs, Shrimp Cocktail, and Island 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 40 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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GM
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely delicious! Great service , beautiful restaurant -would definitely return

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CD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was empty. I think there were five other people in there. The clam chowder was watery. The molten cake was cold, and the molten was hard. The bread was weird.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Place was dead 8:30 pm on a Friday. Oysters were 46/doz but just so so.

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mahi Mahi was fresh and delicious. They were able to meet our special dietary needs very easily.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, very attentive to gluten free needs. Dined outside which was very nice. Our server Jordan was very attentive.

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was no service, no one came to our table till after we went to the buffet line and started eating.
No told us it was buffet style when we booked. The food was bad cold and out of some items.
I felt bad for my wife for taking her there for Mother's Day. We spent $200.00 for there people.
I should have gone next door to Flemings for that price.

Lee Penland

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B
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Part of the issue was the buffet for Mother's Day, but there was significant inattention of the waitstaff. No silverware, taking forever to respond to a simple request, etc. The price for what you got also seemed high for the quality. The food was good and the variety was nice, but overall the experience was not up to what I have had at the Galleria locations (long time customer of those). I would likely give it another chance based on the other location, but this time was a disappointment.

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MB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Decided to eat there for Mother's Day brunch, won't be doing that again. The food selection was ok but nothing special and their selection was small. For a seafood restaurant, you would think they would offer more then oysters, shrimp, and salmon! Our table was bare, not even silverware was on it. We had to ask for silverware because the waitress didn't notice it was missing. Their mimosas were adequate but must have been made with the cheapest of champagne or sparkling wine because everyone who drank them got a headache afterward. This was not the Mother's Day experience we were hoping for, definitely not a special occasion restaurant! We had eaten at their Bee Caves location and the food was always good, but this was definitely underwhelming.

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M
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was super disappointed by Cafe Blue (downtown) Mothers Day Brunch. I have attended it at The Galleria location in the past and liked it but yesterday was underwhelming. The oysters and shrimp were fine (which is really what I was there for), but the brunch cocktails and regular brunch offerings were cold, dry, and disappointing. Not to mention it's pretty expensive and our bill came with an additional cocktail on it that wasn't ours. I won't be attending the Special Brunch again.

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San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ford was delicious. Ambience was perfect, and the service was exceptional.

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CF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food but terrible service! Incompetent server and also very slow kitchen, although the restaurant was not busy. This was an anniversary treat and we were disappointed. Will not go there again!

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L
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Not worth the money. So many other options, parking is tough, valet is higher than other restaurants and food is fair for the money- not excellent!

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AE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was amazing! the recommendations are perfect and delicious!

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E
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The martini I ordered was pathetic. The glass was less then 1/3 full. Needless to say, I only ordered one. The stuffed founder was good. I would have liked to have had more then 3 spears of asparagus.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I really enjoyed ourselves, we will definitely return 😁

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud. But otherwise very pleasant. Great food. Amazing brussel sprouts.

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JA
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The seafood is always fresh and well prepared. Nice atmosphere and attentive staff.

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda was a great waitress, food was delicious. We ate outside and it was very nice.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Didn't realize on Easter Sunday that the buffet was the only choice. There was only 1 choice of Eggs Benedict and 1 choice of french toast (both items that this restaurant is known for). The food was room temp. At $41.95/person we could have gone to Flemings or even Eddie V's for brunch. A $280 bill with tax for 4 people and we left unimpressed.

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

It would have been nice to know in advance that this was a buffet option on Sunday, not the regular menu. I don't like buffets! Also - the wait service was quite slow and inattentive. Food was average but not worth $100 that we spent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We went there for Easter and the buffet was very expensive with not that many offerings. I feel like it was priced too high for what you get without and option to order off the menu.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I was disappointed. The oyster chef refused to get a pair of tongs for the oysters and told me "they were out of tongs and everyone just grabs them with their hands." Umm. No. I will not be returning.

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Easter Brunch

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great time, food was great. Will recommend to friends for sure!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in and grabbed a seat at the bar. Bartender was prompt and great with food suggestions. Got some Blue Point Oysters on the half shell and they were delicious and fresh! Ordered a NY Strip and was cooked to perfection. The kitchen is open to the public view so it’s really cool to see how hard the chefs work to make that place run. Would def recommend and will be back soon.

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S
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Blue is one of my favorite places in Downtown Austin. The food is always excellent and the ambiance is perfect, whether for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Amazing wine list, and a seafood menu to die for. Check them out!

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c
Austin
47 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We go out of our way to have brunch here and we are never disappointed.

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VT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were very accommodating for a large party. Service was great, as well as the food.

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TD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Cafe Blue for my birthday dinner. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Everyone had a different entree and each plate was a visually appealing and flavorful. The calamari appetizer is a must and finished off the meal with chocolate cake and Amy’s ice cream. Definitely would recommend.

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C
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town from Ohio for a conference and this remarkable place was just down the street from our hotel. Simple amazing. No. Other. Words.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Came here for my boyfriend’s birthday. Made a reservation for a regular table, but was also given the option of a high top off the the side to keep us away from a larger group (which was nice). Waiter was attentive. Food came out fairly quick. I’ll go over a highlight of the pros and cons.
Pros- The food was very tasty.
We had the crab cakes & ribs as an appetizer (probably my favorite part of the meal)
I had the jerk chicken, and my boyfriend had 1lb of blue king crab legs.
The service was exceptional.

Cons- They only serve Moscato in a 2oz wine glass. It was almost laughable that you could get other wines in larger glasses. But the “dessert wine” only in a 2oz. That’s all I drink. So I was a little sad.
The crab legs come to you ALREADY HALVED. You don’t crack them open yourself. The issue with this is, it’s a lot of meat, by the time you’ve eaten 2 pieces the rest of your food is cold. The shell is what keeps it warm. (The crab was fairly pricey too, about 60$ for the lb. It was yummy though.)
The valet is on a weird corner, so depending on what side you come up on, you may have to turn around. Which was a little tough with traffic.

All in all, we had a good experience. Wouldn’t come back for the crab as long as it’s prepared that way. Not a fan of paying $60 for cold food. Would come back to try some other options on the menu.

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DF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

While in town for the SIR Conference, went to Cafe Blue for dinner. Very disappointing. Our party got the feeling the place is ready to close down. Mostly all of the beer taps were shut down. Our waitress told us this was happening " all over the city". We had been to many restaurants in the city and we did not experience a " beer shortage". Food was mediocre at best, although one person in our group had great oysters on the half shell. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful, but the overall dining experience was poor. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent as well as the choices on the menu. The service was great. The restaurant was a bit noisy but overall a good choice for high end seafood and oysters.

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JM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good but loud crowd made it challenging to hear

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AW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in every way

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Nothing special. Food was okay.

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1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always stop by here when we are in Austin, seafood and service is always great. Ceviche and tenderloin tips and mussels are well recommended!

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LJ
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Blue is a restaurant near the Austin Convention Center. Our server, Amanda, was attentive and friendly. They have several varieties of fresh oysters and I had a delicious half dozen Gulf oysters on the half shell. We also shared an order of Calamari with an very tasty sauce. The rolls and butter we were served were wonderful. I had crab stuffed flounder and my husband had the Ahi tuna. Both were plenty of food and very good. We finished this meal with a slice of one of the best key lime pies we have ever had. Thank you, Blue Cafe!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, I really enjoyed it.

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NP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Hostess was rude and unaccommodating. Crab stuffed flounder lacking flavor, took a long time for food. However redfish Louisiane, oysters and bread pudding very good. Way to pricey for wait was received.

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