Great food and excellent service... what more could you ask for?
I did expect it to be just a bit more quiet... not that it was noisy. I might be a bit picky, but I was hoping for just a little more intimate setting.
Nevertheless, Castro, our server, was awesome and very attentive. The food was probably as close to perfect as you could get, too!
We both, enjoyed ourselves, and I'm hoping to one day return, with the very same woman! 😊
Always a great choice. Every meal has been really good. Thank you Cafe Malta
Always a great menu and value on Tour de Forks nights!
My wife and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary with a great dinner served by Zach. He did a fantastic job, was very personable and attentive. My wife had the chicken special and I had the brisket ravioli. Both dishes were well prepared and delicious. Of course, we also had the mussels which are always well prepared. This is a nice neighborhood type restaurant no far from home so we enjoy coming here often. The food is always great and the service is fantastic.
One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I especially like the European portion sizes. I get depressed when I get a huge plate overflowing with "food". Cafe Malta changes their menu with the seasons and I can always find something that looks good to me when I don't know what I want to eat. My husband and I both chose the Special and it was grilled swordfish on garlic risotto with veggies. It was absolutely delicious. I could eat that once a week. They are putting the Specials Menus on the website under Menus which is really helpful. Try the Chocolate Chili Creme Brulee for dessert - you can't go wrong. If they have it, the Ricotta Cheesecake is wonderful and it's not heavy like the NY Cheesecake.
The food was fine but not stellar. The seating was very cramped and I’m petite. But the unacceptable part of the evening was the noise level. “Energetic” is an undeserved euphemism. There was a large group that was extremely loud. Members of the group were obviously drunk and made lots of noise. This is a restaurant, not a bar. The rest of us diners had to yell to each other to be heard, which escalated the noise level. Management should have politely asked the loud group to tone it down and be respectful of the other diners.
Great service & food!! Zach was excellent if very busy!
Only negative was noise level was HIGH.
I made a last minute reservation on open table for three along with a special request for the occasion. The staff was more than accommodating and made me feel like a king for the evening. The mussels are unparalleled for this side of the Atlantic. The glass water bottles and small glasses with no ice evoke images of a European corner café, it’s a nice touch for that authentic Mediterranean feel. The wine selection is superb for the cozy size of the establishment as is the bar well-stocked. Our server, Zach, balanced the impossible task of being attentive while allowing us our space like a true professional. I’d recommend this spot to people who like the quality of a fine dining establishment but want a more relaxed vibe. No pressure to overdress here, though you wouldn’t stick out if you did. Definitely check it out...
One of my favorite Austin spots! Food, service, and atmosphere never disappoint!
Really like this place. Third time to visit. Made a reservation this time. Good thing as it was full by 7:15. Food and beverage was excellent as always. It gets loud but not too much that you can't have a conversation. Highly recommend.
It's always a great dining experience when one goes to Cafe Malta! Jessica is always attentive and remembers your favorites, which gives you the feeling of a welcoming neighborhood restaurant.
The food is always delicious and the price is right.
Serving water in a shot glass is just not Texas style. A real water glass would be more acceptable.
Great food and a wonderful find in South Austin
Great menu that changes seasonally and keeps us coming back often. Get the mussels! Top notch salads with fresh and unique ingredients. But ALWAYS get the mussels.
I have to confess this is one of my favorite places. It has a great atmosphere for woman. I take romantic dates there, business dates there, and my assistant there...they all love it. Even my buddies love it. The food is ALWAYS of the first rank, and the service is small and personal.
The Valentine’s Day 5-course Dinner was a delight, once again! We dined there last year for Valentine’s Day and knew we would make it a regular event. The food and wine pairings were outstanding as was the service. We enjoyed great conversation during the nearly 2-hour seating and the courses came with impeccable timing which allowed for us to really enjoy the moment. In addition to our opportunities to dine throughout the year, I will definitely make Valentine’s Day reservations again next year!
always first rate food, drinks and service...always friendly...
Great valentine’s lunch
The service has always been strong, but everything else continues to get better and better. Especially their specials and wine list.
Excellent Mediterranean dishes, great service, fabulous wine by the glass and cozy and romantic
Really enjoyed our first visit there. Food was very good but portions were small. Loved the ambience—a pleasant surprise given the location of a strip mall (with a Taco Bell and an Exxon out front!) We will return.
Always fresh, always incredible, and a constantly changing menu so always a surprise to be found! Super friendly staff. Best cocktails too!
Always love this place. Try the “I can explain everything” cocktail and the brisket ravioli.
I have eaten at Cafe Malta 3 times in recent months. I like the food and friendly, local, nice food atmosphere. I think it’s a great find !
I love Cafe Malta and come back as often as I can. It never disappoints. I brought a couple who had never been before and they were very impressed.
The tour de forks was an excellent value. We introduced friends to the restaurant who will become regulars, too.
a bit disappointed in the starter or appetizer hummus as the veggies were not fresh and the flatbread was burned.
We brought a group of out-of-town friends with us. We shared that this is our favorite neighborhood place and everything on the menu will taste great. And Malta delivered. I checked the plates when all were finished and it looked like each had licked the plate clean.
Café Malta offers fresh, inventive dishes inspired by the food of countries of the Mediterranean. Great daily specials. Decent, moderately priced wine list. Plates are not huge so you can have or share an appetizer without guilt! The special dinners twice a month look interesting.
It was our friend’s birthday get together. We all love this place, especially the mussels.
Always enjoy coming here.
Casual date night..... love this place always
Great with steaks salads and fish. Always too hot in there. Service was not up to par we were having a good meal. She missed out on a bigger ticket. We wanted to keep going but she never asked a probeing question to get us to try more things. Or more wine or another coffee.
This was our 3rd time at Malta but our first time for dinner in over a year with some friends. It was not a very good overall experience due to the high noise level and the poor service from the waitress. When we walked in, we were pretty shocked by the very high noise level. The waitress was telling us about the specials and we did not hear a word. She pointed us to the black board so we could read them but I forgot my glasses. The waitress was not motivated to be there and serve us. We had to force info. out of her and she finally admitted that she had only been there a month. I had to wave her down a few times to please bring us some water and more drinks. She did not check in on us much. Café Malta is too much of a nice place to have staff that does not promote or market the restaurant in a positive and good way.
Met with neighborhood friends for dinner. We had never been and were very impressed with the overall upscale vibe and fantastic food. Portions a little on the small side but adequate especially given the quality of the food. Delicious. Craft cocktails were also an added plus. Would recommend .
We moved to South Austin over 6 years ago from Virginia. Without a doubt, this is our favorite restaurant for all occasions. The menu is fantastic and always changing, concentrating on Mediterranean cuisine. The food is fresh, no freezer on premises. Their Tour de Forks menus are a great way to sample a specific cuisine. Can't recommend this place too much.
Our favorite restaurant, delicious food, gret wines, outstanding service.
Food I outstanding and service is good. Finest restaurant in South Austin.
It was cold sitting by window, service was a little slow for our table, left somewhat forgotten.
The special appetizer was very good--beef skewer with pesto-ganouche. Unfortunately my meal--the Bistro Steak--was FAR too salty; actually inedible. I did not send it back because we were with friends. My husband had the Brisket Ravioli which he found far too garlicky. I tried my friend's swordfish--it was moist if unimaginative. This may have been a one-off experience; we have been a few times before and enjoyed the food...will go again (hopefully I can convince my husband to do so!) and update then!