Elizabeth St Cafe

4.8
97 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Elizabeth Street Café is a neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery in South Austin opened in December 2011. The little restaurant boasts sunny dining rooms and a shady garden patio and serves fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as takeout.

Elizabeth Street Café is known for: great croissants and Stumptown coffee, bánh mì served on house baked baguettes, fresh spring rolls, Kronenberg on tap, steaming bowls of pho, spicy curries, house cocktail & fruity boozy punch, fun kids menu, and tropical macarons.

Learn more about McGuire Moorman Hospitality and their family of restaurants at www.mcguiremoorman.com.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 97 people are saying
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipATXaggie
Austin
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

ES used to be a cool place serving quality, TASTY food. Without skipping a beat, my last 3 visits there have been miserable and as of yesterday, I have concluded that I will not return. Why?
1. Prices are insane with minimal protein served with dishes ($18 pho??)
2. Seafood Pho tastes fishy and gross, served with whole chunks of fish including skin and scales?!
3. Ordered the Pork Bun yesterday: chock full of rice noodles but minimal vegetables and maybe a 3oz portion of pork which was super fatty and tough (inedible)
4. Service was just bad. Server interrupted us twice but then decided to leave us sitting there for 10 minutes before returning to toke order. He had NO CLUE how to consolidate and make use of his passes by our table.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food, service, and environment. The incense in the bathroom was such a nice touch to it. 🙂

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FaithW
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so good! And 1/2 price apps and bahn mi from 3-6 is such a great deal. We tried the escargot and they were amazing!! If I could eat that many carbs everyday, I’d go there every day!!

KC
vipKCKcoats
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a fun family birthday dinner. We tried several special dishes and had some of our mainstays. It was such a great night of food and fun conversation.

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Mweis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server. Love happy hour. Best dessert program in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious! Cute atmosphere and great service.

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vipGoody
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the spring rolls, Banh Mi Sandwich and Bun. Great outdoor heaters for outdoor dining. Very good social distance inside. Can’t wait to visit again

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bethesdamomof3
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is delicious but portions are very plentiful. Pho bowls are particularly large. Recommend sharing dishes.

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Annonymous
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The martini was terrible. Service was okay. Vibes fabulous, and food amazing!

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TracyW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, experience and atmosphere was great as usual!! Thank you!!

JT
vipJamesT
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a tremendous meal. Love it and can’t wait to go again

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take your girl.

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CaseyL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Elizabeth St & we'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was really good! They’re happy hour prices are phenomenal and so tasty:)

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KateFantastic
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish I had was exciting, unique and a perfect blend of flavors and ingredients that made my mouth so happy. Service was top notch, the space was lovely and I’ve never found French, Vietnamese and a macaron bar in one place! Parking was a bit of a pain, but well worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What fun! The aesthetic is super cute, but the music was too loud for conversation inside. Our service was wonderful and food great. Pro tip- if there is a specific pastry you want, call ahead to set them aside... they sell out! Know before you go- the green tea is blueberry flavored, limited lot parking, reservations highly recommended!

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Kristy
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

All staff was rude when approached with questions. They seemed bothered and annoyed for having to be there.

RC
vipRobC
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner. Hostess on 1/22 was very accommodating and courteous even though I was a little short tempered with her. She remained calm and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was incredible except the service, which was alright. Our server didn’t seem very experienced and brought the wrong entree and charged us for our neighboring tables drink. But he was very polite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pleasant and relaxing

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NataschaS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with good selections for sharing, including vegetarian options.

GA
GaryA
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was extremely professional, knew the menu inside and out, made some wonderful suggestions we had not tried before. This is one of our favorite spots in Austin. Don't miss the delicious desserts!

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vipLisaW
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the food to the service!!

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vipChris
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot. Everything is just right. We come here frequently

MJ
MistyJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Flavorful Food. Would highly recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Tables too small. Not socially distanced enough.

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DarcyA
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing all around, but Makinley was exceptional! We will definitely be back more often due to her hospitality!

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Visitor4
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Super cute and trendy place to socialize with good friends. Parking was horrendous. Side street parking if you’re even lucky to find a space. Highly recommend car pooling (or walk if you live near this adorable neighborhood). Making a reservation was extremely easy and special request was granted without any issues. Desserts and pastries were decadent and mouth watering delicious. The Vietnamese food such as the Banh mí sandwiches, grilled pork, and beignets were all a disappointment. Being Vietnamese, there are a lot of other authentic Vietnamese restaurants in north Austin that serves WAY better food and half the cost. The drive was worth it to meet up with friends but we definitely won’t be returning. It’s a hint when you don’t see the place filled with Vietnamese people. We know our food and we’re darn picky when it comes to good food.
Overall, Great service, sweet ambiance, horrible parking, and less than mediocre Vietnamese food. You want a good authentic banh mi sandwich and pho, go to Pho Van! Sandwich for $6, pho bowl for $8. The cafe is overrated.

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GaryA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely tasty every time we visit. Service is always on point and drinks are fantastic and creative.

JC
JaimeC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go-to cafe. Dog friendly so I usually bring my goldendoodle. MUST GET: chili oil dumplings

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vipcicirider
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always liked this place a lot but since the pandemic Elizabeth Street has kicked it up a notch. Everything is somehow better and more crave worthy.

And it had sort of become a sleepy second tier, as a scene as well, before the pandemic but now is seriously buzzy again.

Must-haves, Pho, of course, and my favourite the shrimp and pork crepe. Actually, those two to share make a perfect meal.

Latte with oat milk is creamy perfection.

Pot de creme excellent and not too sweet.

Cocktails are very good too.

Wait staff are proficient and look amazing in their super cute uniforms.

The outdoor dining set-up can’t be beat. The lushly landscaped wall of SWAY makes it an even more idyllic spot. For a second you could think you were in the South of France.

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masdole
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellence all around as always! This is our favorite place!

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JenniferK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Austin and as always, Elizabeth St Café did not disappoint! For brunch I highly recommend the Singapore Noodles and the brioche French toast.

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MarilynM
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was accommodating of our preferences for drinks and food, even replacing items we did not like. It worked out for the best because the rib-eye with fried choice turned out to be our favorite thing of the meal! Everyone was friendly and the food was excellent.

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vipfangeldunc
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We come to ESC all the time ... great food & happy hour. Servers are AMAZING. Food is GREAT. Seating policy & host station ... DISAPPOINTING. How is is possible that during this pandemic, we can't book a seat on the patio? Most of the MMH restaurants offer at least a portion of outside seating to folks who PLAN AHEAD & make a reservation. The last two times we waited 30+ minutes for a spot on the patio, which pretty much made it pointless to book a reservation at all. And upon arrival for one (indoor seating) reservation, we were assured we'd be NEXT since we had a reservation. But in fact, several parties got seated before us. Extremely frustrating and honestly, there are so many other restaurants that guarantee outside seating. That said, it will be a while before we come back.

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vipClaireH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food- such quality ingredients and great service! We had the best waitress, Gaby and it's our favorite spot in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had really good experience here.

AB
vipAudreyB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place more every time I go

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vipMM26
Orlando
124 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last meal in Austin was a treat. Whatever you do try the beignets with both jams.

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KristaD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

If you’re going to allow people to make reservations you need to tell them they can’t reserve outdoor tables ESPECIALLY if you have a bad weather policy! Showed up for more outdoor reservation was told “they didn’t reserve tables outside” nowhere is that on the app. When we said we were unsure about sitting inside due to a PANDEMIC we were told we could be added to the very long wait list or go elsewhere, no attempt to work with our group, very rude. I made the reservation several days in advance and specifically requested an outdoor table. I love Elizabeth Street but was very disappointed.

FAQs

Elizabeth St Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 291-2881.

Elizabeth St Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.

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.