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Austin Taco Project

3.8
3.8
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
A two-minute walk from the heart of the city, Austin Taco Project once and for all renders the "where-should-we-get-tacos" question irrelevant. Spain to Japan, Texas to Thailand, our inspiration — and our flavors - come from every corner of the world. In our digs or on our patio, join us for fusion tacos, custom cocktails, and a shameless celebration of all-things eclectic. As a Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Restaurant, Austin Taco Project is dedicated to sustainably serving you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Sun 7:00 am–4:00 pm Wed–Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 682-2739

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Ben-David

  • Private party facilities

    Entertaining a group of tacos enthusiasts for a special occasion? Book a private room for 12, 20, 32 people, or a large party up to 300 people. Need an audiovisual hookup? We’ve got you.

  • Private party contact

    Caitlin Caldwell: (844) 884-3074

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Parking details

    Valet is $10<br />Hilton Parking Garage FREE with validation

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 33 people are saying

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.3Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Austin

    Kid Friendly

  • Austin

    Good for Groups

  • Austin

    Kid Friendly

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  1. J

    Jasons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the waiter was fantastic. plus I was able to watch the Football game
  2. RD

    RadDocCHL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food good but service very slow
  3. LG

    LeeG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great service and relaxed atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation and hear one another. We ate tacos, queso dip, and drank margaritas for lunch one day. another day we had breakfast tacos and a breakfast burrito. everything was delicious.
  4. JB

    JillB

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Being able to sit outside and listen to live music was such a bonus. The food was delicious. Drove from Waco to listen to Graham Nancarrow. I would suggest staff could have more training. A few food handling miscues.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    You can tell they are short staffed
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The menu listed on open table is not the menu available at the restaurant. We were there for about 2 hours, were never asked if we’d like to order more drinks after the first round. Food was extremely slow, but with a lot of restaurants being short staffed we assumed that was the issue. Then we noticed other tables who came in after us were finishing their meals before we even got ours. When someone finally came to check on us we asked about our food, turns out they never put our order in. Maybe it was an off night, but we won’t be going back to see.
  7. BM

    BrianM

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Wasn’t very busy. Ordered my food. 40 minutes goes by, was never checked on and fid not get my order. The waiter finally noticed. He walked by an sets down my tacos and leaves. Guess what, it’s not even my order. To be honest, I could not tell you how the food is and I will mot be back.
  8. c

    csk80

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary breakfast with family!
  9. BC

    BillyC

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service1ambience5
    Well, we had a lot of fun, in spite of some hiccups. We had two families of four with kids in high school for a couple of hours of relaxation and playing on a Saturday afternoon. The game play was fun, the food was good and the physical atmosphere of the bar/restaurant was pleasant. The reservation system didn't work - I reserved from the website and when we got there, we were told that we ONLY reserved for food, not the game site. Very odd, since I was on the game site room reservation page when I was logged in, but fortunately there wasn't a reservation in the time slot right after ours, so we got to play. I did find that weird because while I was searching for a reservation to book a room, the site told me there was nothing within 2 hours of my requested time, so we booked earlier that we wanted to... The host was very gracious and nice. The bar staff, not so much. We ordered appetizers and drinks for 8 (which isn't cheap). When our food came, we received no napkins and there aren't any available for guests to self-serve, so we asked for napkins and the guy actually says "why?". What? I had to explain that we ordered apps for 8 people and wanted napkins.....and he acted like he was being put out to get them. Not cool. When we were ushered into the gaming suite, we were given VERY minimal instructions on how to make the games operate. We figured it out and had fun, but there are probably some tricks that we needed to know on how to make the best of the games sensors....and no one bothered to help with that. I even asked (the same guy) the attendant if there were tips and he literally said "I probably know some" and then walked out.... Fortunately, we were there just to have fun, but we spent a lot of money on the rental and then more on drinks and apps and what was a good experience could have been soooo much better.
  10. CA

    ConferenceAttender

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The service was very slow - but, maybe they were understaffed. Pork tacos were so salty I could barely get one down. Another person's food came out wrong - twice. Manager was great.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on August 1, 2022Hello, Thank you for taking time out of your day to provide us with feedback. We are truly sorry that you experienced slow service. We are currently in the process of hiring more team members so that we can provide a seamless dining experience for our guests. We do hope that you will give us another chance so that we can make it up to you. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  11. D

    Diner

    Dallas

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were greeted very cordially by the host (Hope, Leslie, Germaine) each day at breakfast. We had excellent service from Heather and Aden. We appreciate chef Roy for his excellent food preparation. We enjoyed our experience at the Austin Taco Project.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on August 1, 2022Hello, Thank you for taking time out of your day to provide us with feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed dining with us! Our team members appreciate your kind words and we look forward welcoming you back again soon. Thank you! Emma Marketing Team

  12. L

    Lils

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The food was great unfortunately our server was impressively slow and forgetful. We received our appetizer last and received the bottom of the bag chip all broken for queso. Could be a cool place but the service makes it hard to come back.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on June 27, 2022Hello, Thank you for taking time out of your day to provide us with feedback. We are currently in the process of hiring more team members so that we are able to provide faster service. We do hope that you will come give us another chance in the future. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Food was mediocre at best. Overpriced and understaffed. Continued to seat people even though they were not staffed for a full restaurant.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on June 27, 2022Hello, We are so sorry that you had a less than perfect experience at Austin Taco Project. We are currently hiring more team members so that we are able to provide a seamless dining experience. We hope that you will visit us again soon so that we are able to make it up to you. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We were so excited to have dinner there for our special occasion…. Unfortunately it wasn’t worth the $100 we spent there. We couldn’t finish our dinner, the meat tasted like cubes of salt, not meat. We had to go eat somewhere else after. We did mention it to the waitress and she said “oh yeah, people have been saying the meats too salty…” and that was it. It was soooooo disappointing. Such a waste of money.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on June 22, 2022Hello, We are so sorry to hear that you did not have a perfect experience at our restaurant. Our team and kitchen staff are currently looking into your feedback on our meat so that we can improve in the future. We do hope that you will consider visiting us again so that we can provide you with a better experience and make it up to you. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very quick to bring our food out!

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave us a 5-star review!

  16. AS

    AnnaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Seemed like the server never put in our order. Waiting 50 mins for tacos and when they finally came, came out two orders at a time when there was 6 people. Ran out of ice tea. Seemed like the server didn’t want to be there.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on June 13, 2022Hello Anna, Thank you for taking time our of your day to provide us with feedback. We are so sorry that you had such slow service. We do hope that you will give us another chance and visit us again so that we can make it up to you. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  17. CB

    ChristaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Bad service or they were completely understaffed. Not sure. And for some weird reason they hardly give you any ice in your drink. It’s 100 degrees outside. Can I please have a cold beverage?

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on June 8, 2022Hello Christa, We’re so sorry that your experience did not match our high standards of service and hospitality. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and would love to learn more about how we could have made your stay better. We are currently in the process of hiring more waitstaff to make everyone's experience seamless. Please call us at (512) 482-8000 so we can learn more about what went wrong.

  18. M

    Melanie1212

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Overall it was really overpriced and they were really understaffed. We had to send a drink back which I’ve never done before because it was just too nasty. They didn’t have any of their specialty cocktails and they charged us for a more expensive drink than we originally ordered even though we had to send it back.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on May 23, 2022Hello Melanie, We are so sorry to hear that you had a less than perfect experience at our restaurant. We do hope that you will consider visiting us in the future so that we can provide you with a better experience. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  19. AF

    AmyF

    Austin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation here for my birthday, only to drive 45 minutes, pay for parking, and find the restaurant closed. I've contacted the restaurant and in 3 days no one has gotten back to me. I do appreciate the apology from OpenTable, but apparently it's a communication issue on both parties and I wish the restaurant would respond and "throw me a bone." My group had to eat at a crappy place nearby where there wasn't a wait, because we had another thing to get to at 8pm.
  20. HR

    HeidiR

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Terrible service. We had a reservation fir lunch, there were at least five open tables, and yet the hostess could not bring herself to seat us. We waited for about 10 minutes while she walked the room aimlessly and then ultimately sat us at one of the empty tables. We had similar odd experience with the waitress. Took her over 10 minutes to even greet us, we had to ask multiple times for things, and she did not seem to want to be there at all. When it came time to pay, she dropped the bill and took off before I could hand get my credit card. After almost 10 minutes passed and she was nowhere to be found, we asked the hostess if she could find her. She replied test she was “checking out” someone else. When the hostess finally retrieved the waitress, the waitress took my credit card, handed to the hostess and said, “can you take care of this”? Okay… Food: mediocre at best, no vegan options, which is surprising in a restaurant in Austin. Not hard to create one vegan option with tacos.

    Austin Taco ProjectResponded on May 23, 2022Hello Heidi, Thank you for taking time to provide feedback, we greatly appreciate it. We are so sorry that you did not have the experience you were expecting at the Austin Taco Project. We do hope that you will consider visiting us again so that we are able to provide you with the best hospitality possible. We will certainly take your feedback and review it with our team to improve our guests experience. Thank you, Emma Marketing Team

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    The hostess was rude and said they did not take reservations when clearly we had confirmation e-mail. Our server was polite and did her best. Drinks took a little time.
  22. S

    Sunny

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Limited menu, noisy, and pricey. However, given that it is a hotel restaurant, a good place to go in a pinch.
  23. VD

    VivianD

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were there for a friends bachelorette. Everything from the food to drinks was great! Service was a little slower than what we are used to for a Friday night, but they were short-staffed so understandable. Our waiter was great!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 25+ minutes for a server after being seated. Asked one server and she said it’s not her table. She then asked the host to help, he looked over and ignored us. If you have no intention of serving paying patrons then you are in the wrong industry!
  25. MJ

    MitchellJ

    Austin

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate dinner in about an hour and stayed to play shuffle board and Pac-Man. Great spot for family and friends to hang out.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food and drinks were horrible. Would never come back. So over priced for the quality of food you get.
  27. FD

    FootDrDre

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Overpriced hotel lobby food.
  28. PG

    PatriciaG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food was not good. Tacos had packaged tortillas, lettuce and cabbage. Queso was canned cheese.
  29. JW

    JudyW

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I was so disappointed and unimpressed in the Austin Taco Project. The food was not good - and it is pretty difficult to mess up tacos! There drinks were also unimpressive and there staff seemed uninspired.
  30. MJ

    MitchellJ

    Austin

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    2/18/22. The food was great and such a cool restaurant. They were very understaffed tonight and drinks and food took way too long. I’ll give them another chance because I could tell it was just a staffing issue.
  31. R

    Rogen

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    We went here for dinner before a concert. The waiter was very nice. He was the only great part of the experience. The food was cold. I was served raw chicken, which the sever apologized for but the manager was told but didn’t come and say anything to us. The food needs work and Is overpriced. So many other options, pass on this one.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They didn’t honor our reservation. We waited 30 mins for a table. After over an hour of waiting for our order the waitress said it would be another 30 mins for Tacos so we left without eating. This restaurant is NOT equipped for busy lunch hours
  33. n

    nickieds

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was excellent, but the service was terrible. It was their first evening service, so we forgive them for that, but they need to work out the kinks. 45+ mins to get out drinks, 1hr to get chips and salsa trio, another 45 mins to get tacos. Our waiter was nice, but the whole place was a mess. Need to hire more and/or train better. It's unfair to the workers, the manager should have come by. We were not in a hurry but still. All drinks and food delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Austin Taco Project is rated 3.8 stars by 33 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 15 times today
Google Map for Austin Taco Project

500 E. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Sun 7:00 am–4:00 pm Wed–Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is $10<br />Hilton Parking Garage FREE with validation

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Ben-David

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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