Cafe Blue - Hill Country Galleria

4.7
899 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 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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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 899 people are saying
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PED42
Austin
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another very enjoyable Sunday brunch at Cafe Blue. Although Dylan was very busy with too many tables, he delivered dood friendly service.

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vipBdiner
Austin
94 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Used open table to reserve an outdoor table a week in advance. I confirmed our reservation, upon arrival, we were told no outdoor tables were available but we could wait, but there were others ahead of us. We opted to dine there but were UNFORTUNATELY seated in the back of the restaurant. ZERO ventilation and no view! The fish we ordered, both redfish and trout were good but overdone and dry. Service was fine, but we would probably have had a second glass of wine and dessert but we were uncomfortable being confined inside the restaurant. I don’t think outdoor seating should be an option for reservations if the restaurant does not honor the choice. Very disappointed with the dining experience .

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KarynB
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were good.We would eat here again.

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Tamikiwa
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café blue is one of our favorite places to go for a more high end experience, but it’s still casual enough to be really comfortable. My daughter absolutely loves the aquariums!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Service was very good and quiet atmosphere appreciated. Coconut shrimp were excellent as was the Redfish. Thanks for a nice dinner.

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Ronnie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable. Will definitely go back again and it will be on the regular dinner rotation.

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Bubba
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was outstanding!

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DJackson
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was just as I expected. Food was excellent. Atmosphere was a little off because of the small amount of customers due to virus restrictions. The snow crab claws were excellent.

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JulieF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with oysters on the half shell-fresh and delicious. The Blue Points were my favorite. I had the Filet Oscar, which was beautifully prepared. My husband enjoyed the cCrab Stuffed Flounder. We came for a late supper, so it was quiet and private. Great service too!

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ConnieG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We were able to talk and enjoy a great meal with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, clam chowder was bomb! Salmon perfectly cooked , oscar style is a must!
We checked in from out of town, celebrating a birthday and got our dessert in the house, which was nice. service was good, out server was very friendly, and wasnt too overbearing. We went on a Tuesday night, so the restaurant wasnt busy. However, if you sit in the booths (like we did), even with one booth worth of spacing, you can hear other people's conversation. It didnt bother us, but I can see where someone else would. Nonetheless, def will be back next time we are in town !

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vipRumor
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Staff is welcoming and on top of things. We have become regulars and are on a first name basis with many waiters. Adam, Dillon, Alyssa and Maddy are our favorites!

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vipKeithD
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

4 snow crab claws for $34 seems excessive. There was maybe 2oz of meat on each claw. The filet was bland and over cooked. Now I remember why it took us 5 years to return. It’s unlikely we will be back, as there are so many better options in Austin.

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vipThadH
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Food, service and ambience was great.

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TomS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I had the crusted ahi tuna which was perfectly rare, and the wasabi mashed potatoes were also very good. Jeremy, our waiter, was very helpful. He offered tastes of wine rather than his opinion, a very nice touch. A friend loved the sea bass and his wife enjoyed the simply grilled trout. This has become a favorite place.

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vipPaulB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great business lunch in the small private room.

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Sllk
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

In this time when restaurants are struggling, Cafe Blue was busy and this was lunch. Made a reservation thinking we would be seated in one of the two empty outside tables, but were told those tables were for walk ins only, first come first serve. We were seated in the middle of the dining room where the noise level was awful. We asked to be moved to a booth and did get one in the back of restaurant where it was comfortably quiet. Service was excellent. The food was so bad, we will not return to Cafe Blue. Shrimp Cobb was swimming in dressing. Everything fried looked like the oil was past due to be tossed. French fries were terrible, soggy and looked like the dirty oil. Salmon plank was fishy and looked like cooked in something that needed cleaning, the spinach and mushrooms inedible. The waitress took the salmon off the bill. Many thanks to her.

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vipPseudofoodie
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here many times. Food and service is constantly great. Will be back many more times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great! Definitely going back.

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vipCassandraC
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the crab cakes and the blackened reddish (special). Let me just say, we ate at Eddie V’s and Fleming’s this week and hands down Cafe Blue beat their socks off. The fish was so good and perfectly prepared. We had redfish at Eddie V’s and it tasted like fish jerky. :(.
The bread that arrived was like the rolls my mom made at Thanksgiving!

We had a lemon drop and Benzinger Sauvignon and they were yummy.

The staff were super attentive and we were seated immediately!

Highly recommend!

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QB66
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Courteous service and good food. Nice wine selections.

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vipTRex512
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always- great food and service. Crab cakeBenedict was superb!

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Matilda
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are new to the Bee Cave area. The first restaurant we tried was Cafe Blue for brunch. It was a hit. the Eggs Benedict Arnold sold me immediately. Not to mention their mouth-watering beignets. We now call this our place for a special occasion brunch. Like our 40th anniversary this past weekend.

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Rhyno
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab stuffed anything here is amazing and the desserts are great too!

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vipJeffrey
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience, and will definitely return. Clean and safe environment. Food was excellent. Rebecca, our server, was 5 stars as well. We'll be returning multiple times just to continue trying all of the amazing options on the menu.

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vipGuruofscm
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 7 months of curbside pick up dining, we were finally able to enjoy dining in at the finest seafood restaurant in Bee Cave - Cafe Blue! Because Eggs Benedict don't travel well, I selected it for my brunch. It was so good... a classic that is one of my favorite items. That said, for the past 7 months we've also had the fabulous blackened Mahi tacos and my wife's fave the grilled chicken summer salad. Cafe Blue offers a tasty and crisp calamari appetizer to complement fresh New England oysters. The clam chowdah competes with any on the cape, in Boston, Maine and New Hampshire - very authentic and tasty. I recommend having many meals at Cafe Blue!

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TravisM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Blue was predictably excellent with good service and a great ambiance. Menu allows wide selection from salads to main courses.

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LeslieK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was mediocre. Would compare the fried shrimp to Red Lobster or Long John Silvers. Service was almost non existent. Had to ask a passing waiter to refill water glasses. Martini”s were excellent. You would probably have bought a bottle of wine but I couldn’t get the tiny QR code to work. Noted that it was a special occasion by indicating that it was our anniversary on the reservation but no recognition was made at all. I would not mention this except we were an 8:00 pm seating. The place was not busy at all even considering max of 50% occupancy. I really think a manager ought to be visible and attentive but I never saw one anywhere.

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MikeC
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Just ask to make sure they are not understaffed if you’re expecting timely service. Other than that, the experience was a good one for us and the food/presentation was superb

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vipDebbieMitchell
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish on the menu is outstanding. I've been visiting Cafe Blue in the Hill Country Galleria very frequently over the past 5 years and have never been disappointed. I've tried all versions of eggs benedict, the blue plate, and almost every item on the menu for brunch and they are all delicious! I also recommend every piece of seafood, no matter how it's prepared - so fresh! Of note recently - the crab mac and cheese - amazing; seafood crepes - again amazing; the best clam chowder ever and delicious gumbo (almost as good as mine) :-)
Be sure to make a reservation!

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Patriciad
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Sunday brunch with lots of options and great beverages.

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vipDrDory
Austin
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding server, Kenny, had big 💙 for our special needs son, making sure his order, with sooooo many allergies, was accurate. There were 3 of us. I had the trout almondine, Spouse had crab stuffed flounder, and son had rotisserie chicken--all prepared to perfection, tho we all had such specicific requests!! We love Cafe Blue & will definitely return soon!!

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vipMarkinlagovista
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table outside on a pleasant evening....Service was attentive, friendly and appropriate. Food was excellent quality wise. I would have liked to have seen slightly larger portions of the main ingredient in a few cases. A $40 Scallop dish had 3 scallops....but was mostly sauce and garnishment. The Scallops were delicious....no complaint about that. OTOH the appetizer version of Lobster Rolls were far more generous with 3 medium sized rolls. Overall probably one of the best seafood restaurants in the Austin area and I would recommend.

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SteveD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always reliable, fresh, great-tasting seafood. Our favorite in the Galeria.

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vipAnthonyC
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Bee Cave mall.

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viphbweaver
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a terrific find while we were in the Austin area. Went there for my birthday. Truly the best seafood gumbo I have ever had--flavorful, spicy, delicious. (In fact, going back there tonight to have a big bowl of it). Also solid blackened redfish, hubby loved their wedge and stuffed flounder. And terrific service. Discovered a new wine we loved too.

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DerekF
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Redish Louisiane was delicious as was the sesame crusted Ahi tuna.

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BarbaraM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The personnel are always nice. And the food is always fantastic.

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RickH
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat.

FAQs

Cafe Blue - Hill Country Galleria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 366-5230.

Cafe Blue - Hill Country Galleria is rated 4.7 stars by 899 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Blue - Hill Country Galleria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cafebluetx.com/gift-cards.

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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