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El Alma Cafe y Cantina

4.7
4.7
749 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Patio seating is first come first serve. Reservations are for indoor dining room only.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina is vibrant, homespun take on the authentic flavors of Mexico. Chef Alma Alcocer prepares food as she would cook for you in her home.


"It"s fun, flavorful Mexican food that is very approachable. It's a casual, authentic representation of the food I grew up eating." - Chef Alma

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am -3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Happy Hour: Every Day: 3:00pm - 6:00pm;

  • Phone number

    (512) 609-8923

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alma Alcocer

  • Catering

    For catering please call (512) 391-0936 or email us at info@elalmacafe.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Dawson

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 749 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Austin

    Outdoor Dining

  • Austin

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. CF

    CarolF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and excellent service. Will definitely go back. But we sat inside and it was very loud. Had trouble hearing one another.
  2. SB

    SloaneB

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous!! And great margaritas as well !
  3. SB

    StaceyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Friendly and attentive staff. Food was AMAZING
  4. PR

    PRSS

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It had been a long time since I’ve eaten here. Food was delicious. Our wait person, Miles, was wonderful - attentive, friendly and helpful. Will definitely come back soon.
  5. HS

    HannahS

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Alma is one of our top favorite spots for Mexican food in Austin. They serve true Mexican food, not TexMex. SOOO GOOD
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying out the place. I’m impressed with the dining service and food was amazing. Highly recommended!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food. Rooftop is well worth the wait.
  8. DM

    DonnaM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Loved this years ago. Tonight was the worst food that I have ever had in Austin
  9. B

    Bob1

    Austin

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    El Alma is one of the very best Mexican restaurants in Austin. The food and service are excellent. I highly recommend it.
  10. AC

    ACR1

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service and ambience just aren’t there. Nothing horrible but it just feels like let’s get them in and out as fast as we can. I was expecting a much more engaged staff - and they’re not.
  11. B

    Barbs

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Alma has probably the best Mexican food I’ve ever had. The menu has a lot of variety and we all thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. Also, I would highly recommend the mango margaritas! We ordered the queso blanco dip with chips for our appetizer, two of us had chicken enchiladas, and one had the veggie enchiladas. The portions were very generous, we brought home leftovers to enjoy tonight.
  12. M

    Mikeylikesit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't worry about what to order. It's all wonderful. I'd made reservations for Sunday brunch. My guest went to the wrong restaurant and was late. We were never made to feel uncomfortable (I'd already ordered one Watermelon Mimosa) and were served the best breakfast with constant refills on salsa, waters and drinks. Just go!
  13. j

    jenc

    E. Tennessee

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The veggie enchiladas with tomato chipotle was fabulous.
  14. LD

    Love2Dine

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Great experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly service. Delicious food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Stopped by for lunch and totally enjoyed the food and space. Recommend
  17. L

    Linda

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can always count on a delicious meal at El Alma no matter what you order and the service matches the excellence of the food.
  18. SB

    StacyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We love coming to El Alma when we are in town each year. The avocado margarita is a winner (yes, it does sound odd). So far everything I have sampled has been delicious! I can't wait o come back next year!
  19. C

    Cjustus

    Austin

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We love El Alma food! and drinks! had the Aji Tuna Tostadas, So good, the escabeche and the Callejuera for Apps. Yum Unfortunately they brought our entrees out too soon so I would recommend not ordering entrees until apps are done We had the Shrimp and Crab Relleno MMMMMMM with the corn souffle and the unbeatable slaw don't know if I'll be able to order any thing else in the future! Also had the chicken tinga enchiladas with the black bean sauce, so unusual and delicious.
  20. Y

    danawithaY

    Austin

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect appt for a biz meal. Will definitely return! Loved the ambiance & service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great!
  22. BA

    ButchinAustin

    Austin

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    El Alma was the hot ticket just a year ago; indeed, my date had been there nine times before last night. The bloom is off the rose. But the menu is very small and very manageable. Everything was good even if nothing was great. The ceviche was ample but lacked freshness--there was an insufficient amount of lime juice. the chips, which accompanied the ceviche, and other dishes were not that same as those that came with the "complementary" salsa, and were tough and perhaps slightly stale. My paloma was too sweet and had too little ice. We were never offered dessert, perhaps they don't sell dessert. The staff is very friendly, very familiar, very casual. Their at-table electronic check payment system, which I appreciate, had a ludicrously high "suggested" tip as the default, making you scroll to get to 20 percent. But I got there.
  23. PC

    PatiC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tacos de carne asada were AMAZING! I will definitely visit El Alma again when I come back to Austin. Keep up the good work!
  24. JC

    JohnnyC

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful lace w fantastic food and wonderful service. My favorite restaurant in Austin
  25. SD

    SarahD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Our servers were awesome. So personable. And the food was fantastic. Don't sleep on the queso fundido!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a large party with me and my waiter was super attentive and got all of our orders right! Amazing service!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a friends birthday. The drinks, food and ambience were all great. Just a little pricey
  28. j

    jonp

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    El Alma's provides a modern take on Mexican cuisine. I've never had anything that isn't delicious here. The sauces are sublime. The meats are cooked and spiced to perfection. Don't ignore the guacamole - I think the best in Austin. Upstairs deck is a neat spot with plenty of umbrellas and fans to keep things cool enough to enjoy your meal - even during our string of 100F days from Hades. The serving staff are young but very good at anticipating the customer's needs. They are always smiling so it must be a good place to work. If you're looking for TexMex, this isn't the place; but if you want Mexican food with a 21-century touch you're going to love el Alma's!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was amazing. The service on the other hand was slow! We ending up getting our apps first before drinks :( everything took really long to come out. Sat down at 9:15pm and didn’t leave until 11pm.
  30. P

    Poppy

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Chile Relleno. Loved the ghost pepper margarita. Super service. Can’t wait to return.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch spot
  32. BB

    BrennaB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, great presentation, cool vibes! Definitely an Austin staple.
  33. M

    Maigrebleu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to El Alma's for my daughter's birthday. The staff was so sweet and made her feel special. The food was so good, as always!
  34. T

    Toniknik

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Was seated at a table that was dirty. Sat outside and the venue was empty. The table next to us was also not cleaned. Would recommend that servers stay on top of the cleaning especially when its slow. Was kind embarrassing. Food was good. Ordered from lunch menu. Rice and bean portions were small. Good for a business lunch,
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just Great! Go eat there!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous and solid. One of our favorites.
  37. JO

    JO123

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great shrimp tacos!
  38. Y

    Yankee

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Food is delicious. A great place for a meal for two or a group.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little wait for food but well worth it! Everyone loved their food and the atmosphere was terrific.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Restaurant was a bit dirty but the food was good.

FAQs

El Alma Cafe y Cantina is rated 4.7 stars by 749 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 43 times today
Google Map for El Alma Cafe y Cantina

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dawson

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am -3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Happy Hour: Every Day: 3:00pm - 6:00pm;

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alma Alcocer

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (512) 609-8923

  • Catering

    For catering please call (512) 391-0936 or email us at info@elalmacafe.com.

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