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Cafe Malta

4.6
730 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, French, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(512) 853-9584
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer a wide variety of catering options. For information, please write to catering@CafeMaltaAustin.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brodie Lane
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William Cannon & Brodie
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 730 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnH 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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foxy (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

always first rate food, drinks and service...always friendly...

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great valentine’s lunch

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djennison (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The service has always been strong, but everything else continues to get better and better. Especially their specials and wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent Mediterranean dishes, great service, fabulous wine by the glass and cozy and romantic

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DonE (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Always fresh, always incredible, and a constantly changing menu so always a surprise to be found! Super friendly staff. Best cocktails too!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Always love this place. Try the “I can explain everything” cocktail and the brisket ravioli.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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 !

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LindaR (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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anon (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The tour de forks was an excellent value. We introduced friends to the restaurant who will become regulars, too.

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cavo18 (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

a bit disappointed in the starter or appetizer hummus as the veggies were not fresh and the flatbread was burned.

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GaryW (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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Andy (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It was our friend’s birthday get together. We all love this place, especially the mussels.

Always enjoy coming here.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Casual date night..... love this place always

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Foodman (Austin)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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 .

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ManchacaNative (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Our favorite restaurant, delicious food, gret wines, outstanding service.

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Randy (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Food I outstanding and service is good. Finest restaurant in South Austin.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

It was cold sitting by window, service was a little slow for our table, left somewhat forgotten.

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AmyJeanne (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

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utgal24 (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

The special of the night was seared scallops with a preserved lemon crema...delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Normally top notch but things seemed a little slammed on a holiday weekend evening. Most of the main courses were not hot except for that of the 7th and last plate. It could have been our waiter. But overall a very nice experience and everyone liked what they ordered.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

I think the appetizers should be portioned better when considering your table. Serving 3 pieces of chicken to 2 people was a little irritating. Other than that the food was amazing and the waitress was great. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous food and fabulous service. Highly recommend reservations!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

took the wife and kid for wife's b-day dinner. this is our third time at this restaurant and enjoy it every time. three of us walked out spending $105 w/ tip. Three mixed drinks (2.5 for me during h-hour), two appetizers, 3 entrees (2 hanger steaks and shrimp special), and one dessert(chocolate Chile creme brulee).

jeffro

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