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Cafe Malta, Austin, TX

Cafe Malta

4.5
4.5
1174 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Cafe Malta is a neighborhood bistro serving Mediterranean-inspired fare. It combines a warm, relaxed atmosphere with a perpetually creative kitchen.

Named for the island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Cafe Malta finds inspiration in the cuisines of Italy, southern France, Morocco, Greece and Spain, and in the Mediterranean tradition, Cafe Malta cooks seasonally and features a variety of local ingredients.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, French, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 853-9584

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We offer a wide variety of catering options. For information, please write to catering@CafeMaltaAustin.com

  • Neighborhood

    South Austin

  • Cross street

    Brodie Lane

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    William Cannon & Brodie

  • Additional

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

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What 1,174 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best restaurant in south Austin.
  2. AB

    AliB

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a family birthday dinner here. The place was packed, so I’m glad we made a reservation a few days before! Service was outstanding, as were the drinks and dinner. It was pretty loud, but to be expected in a small, packed space.
  3. P

    Phishman

    Austin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great neighborhood cafe. Food is always good and priced affordably. Wish the menu would get expanded some more.
  4. AJ

    AndrewJ

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, great small neighborhood feel with really good food! Good wine selection and tasty cocktails. Brisket ravioli is a fav and the steak is a high note as well.
  5. CG

    ChazG

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious from start to finish!
  6. B

    Bethanytx

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    amazing food. our server was the only 1 on that night a d she did great!
  7. NP

    NassP

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No complains at all! The food was excellent, the service was the same (considering we had dinner at the busiest perhaps evening of the year), the menu full of surprises (but we did wish for a salad in the end, though this a minor comment). We are glad to have this rare gem of a restaurant in S Austin!
  8. RD

    RickD

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite cafe. The ambiance reminds me of a restaurant I visited in southern France. Great food and service.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE pre-fix dinner. It was a fun evening.
  10. BB

    BillB

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We live in the Chicago area and have been visiting Austin for 10 years due to our daughter living here. We have been to Cafe Malta numerous times over that time frame and have found their food to be exceptional. The fixed priced New Year's Eve dinner was very good, but not as good as their usual menu items. I believe the volume of food that needed to be prepared in the time frame they allowed caused some problems. My wife and I enjoyed the selections up until the dessert, which was disappointing, in that it was not soft and delicious, it was over cooked and dense. The overall experience will not keep me from going back in the future, though. One course does not make a meal, and we were happy with the meals, but not the last course.
  11. C

    Chris

    Austin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated on arrival, it was about 3/4 full, but it soon filled up. We selected our meals , the server Jason was quick to respond throughout our meal. Food was served hot and we both enjoyed our selections. Ceviche to start (ok but spicy wit jalapeños), followed by snapper and d’affete (both very tasty) and crème brûlée. The only down note was the Turkish Chardonnay recommended by Jason, dry with little body. It was also a more expensive selection. Other than that it was an enjoyable dinner
  12. j

    jpho

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive, efficient and courteous wait staff with innovative, delicious menu.
  13. A

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cozy atmosphere and very decent Mediterranean dishes.
  14. VS

    VeronicaS

    Austin

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to neighborhood place for dinner. The food is amazing and the service is so attentive. Terrific happy hour as well! Until next time, cheers!
  15. D

    Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Food quality was low and had to be sent back twice
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All was very enjoyable. lFor dinner The entire restaurant was lit up so some of the ambience was lost
  17. J

    Justmythoughts

    Austin

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've lived in Austin for 26 years and can't believe I've never known about this hidden gem! It was everything I had hoped it would be to celebrate my Christmas Eve birthday. The service was great! The food was great! And I am looking forward to bringing my friends here to experience Cafe Malta. Thank you for a great night!
  18. RM

    RachelM

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Malta is our favorite neighborhood restaurant.
  19. WH

    WhitneyH

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Server was sweet. Too busy fir just one person. Needs more staff.
  20. BK

    BK2ATX

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    no dinner music. just loud chatting. at last have some music. The food was awful - it was definitely excellent the last 2 times i went pre-pandemic.
  21. S

    Sweetpea22

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vibe in Cafe Malta reminded us of a cafe in New Orleans with candlelight, and a wonderful ambience. It is nested within our neighborhood and evokes a warm and comfortable place. It will be my new happy place. The food is wonderfully prepared and taste great. Also, the drinks are pretty cool. I just came away with a warm wonderful feeling something you just can't find these days.
  22. RW

    RonW

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Hadn't been in awhile. Food was fresh and good. Reasonable wine price, too.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Service was slow for us. Adjacent tables turned over twice before we got our food— some of which was served not fully heated.
  24. MV

    MarkV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    So close to being a really fine restaurant. I love the concept and design. Food ingredients were high quality, but the use of spices was heavy handed and disappointing. We’ll try them again at a later date to see how things change. Service was off, too. They appeared to be short staffed on the floor. The waiter was in such a hurry he brought us a glass of red wine when we ordered white, but he never even looked at us when he delivered it. We tried to get his attention, but it was at least 5 minutes before he reappeared. He never checked on us. Disappointing.
  25. EF

    ErikaF

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Moms group selected Cafe Malta for our gift exchange. We received the best service. Our waiter noticed that one of our moms wasn't having Rose to drink and made her non alcoholic beverage. It was such an observant and kind thing for him to do. She really appreciated it! The food was good, too!
  26. SB

    SteveB

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic and tasty food. Prepared just right!
  27. h

    htuck29

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Went to Cafe Malta for a special family dinner. I have passed by the restaurant several times, but this was my first dining experience. It was so cute! Really good atmosphere. The service was good- it got more crowded as it got to peak time, but we weren’t forgotten about. The food was really good. We had appetizers, entres, and dessert. We had a table of picky eaters and everyone complimented the food. Will definitely go back soon.
  28. CG

    ChrisG

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent meal-from cheese board to desert Every bite was great
  29. K

    Kamaaina

    Austin

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful hidden gem! Tucked away in a strip center, behind a gas station & a fast food restaurant is this delightful hidden gem! Walking through the doors feels like a transformation to a cozy Mediterranean style cafe. The colorful artwork on the walls & white tablecloths help set the mood. The menu is not extensive but, there’s a good variety of Mediterranean influenced dishes to appeal to many different tastes. The snapper with couscous & sautéed veggies is delicious! Reservation recommended as it is a cozy restaurant. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  30. BN

    BrianN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little neighborhood restaurant and gem located in a strip mall. The food is upscale at reasonable prices and the service is great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice quiet lunch with a dear friend. The food was delicious and the service friendly and helpful! Local flavor, locally owned, give them a try!
  32. CT

    ClaireT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    First time here in a few years. Same menu, but the food was awful. No flavor, burned bread, small portions.
  33. JG

    JenniferG

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Unfortunately, even with a reservation we were not seated for 40 minutes. Several of the dishes were hot and really delicious while others were room temperature at best. It was a bit of a disappointment.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    All was enjoyable. A wonderful neighborhood bistro!
  35. GG

    GraceG

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant in south austin. Unexpected that its so great b/c it's in a strip shopping center... but grateful to have it!
  36. GP

    GeorgeP

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Ended up ordering at the bar. Loved the food, my first time and I will be back.
  37. RR

    RobertoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance was spectacular. Great place for any occasion.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambience and incredible food!! Although this restaurant is in a strip mall, once you’re inside you totally forget. It’s decorated so nicely and has such a European vibe. More importantly, the food was so delicious and at such a good price. Highly recommend!!
  39. CC

    CatherineC

    Austin

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The waitress was downright hostile. I will never go back because of her. The food was underwhelming, and took way too long, and was a bit cold when we got it. Too bad so sad, you need to hire better people or just close.
  40. J

    Jax1972

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Malta still offers great food at great prices. Friendly service and great food.

FAQs

Cafe Malta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 853-9584.

Cafe Malta is rated 4.5 stars by 1174 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 8 times today
Google Map for Cafe Malta

3421 W. William Cannon Dr., #127, Austin, TX 78745

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brodie Lane

  • Neighborhood

    South Austin

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, French, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    William Cannon & Brodie

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (512) 853-9584

  • Catering

    We offer a wide variety of catering options. For information, please write to catering@CafeMaltaAustin.com

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