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El Chile Cafe y Cantina

#338 of 3,092 Restaurants in Austin}
$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722-2432
+1 512-457-9900
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good48%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“mole” (9 reviews)
“grilled steak” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
$$ - $$$
1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722-2432
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here for a work lunch the other day. We wanted to sit outside, but there was a 45 minute wait? So,we opted to eat inside. The cafe is decorated so nicely and has a trendy vibe to the eatery. The food was very...More

Thank whitneyleann07
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Overall dont get me wrong it was great food, but really the drinks were the over priced part. The mexican food with a little flair, all the plates i tasted were great including the queso! I would recommend it, but maybe stick to a regular...More

Thank arsimes
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Nice spot for early dinner and drinks. Interesting sauces, especially the mole. All dishes have good seasoning. I liked the beef picadillo chile relleno. The "top shelf" margarita is a good choice.

Thank weyl-59
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We dropped in for a quick snack and drinks after UT graduation. We were a little alarmed because there were a lot of big tables and very little staff. Well the staff did an amazing job of taking care of all the tables quickly and...More

Thank dyann s
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Great place. Make reservations if you have a large party. Margaritas are fantastic, also they had a special Sangria which was great.

Thank aly694
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Their "Perfect Margaritas" are perfect with Tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice-no simple syrup. Mole sauce has authentic flavoring. Salad fresh. Guacamole is great. Service is average verging on irritating. Go for the food and outdoor seating is better as inside is noisy

Thank jmik66
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I'm a fan of this place. I almost changed my mind last night when I ordered tortillas and I was told tortillas were .70 each. I am Mexican, I don't like to pay for extra tortillas. Needles to say I was annoyed and I complained...More

Thank _rene_camiba
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here with family. Our server was very friendly. I ordered the Chicken Fajitas but got the Beef Fajitas. I said that was ok and that I would eat the beef. The first bite of the beef was very tough and I couldn't chew...More

Thank Kay S
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here with colleagues. I ordered the fish tacos. They were very tasty. One of my colleagues ordered the limonada drink. She thought it was very tasty. I was not a big fan of the tortilla chips or the sauces. I think.it is because...More

Thank Ayo A
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The salsas were the most interesting things here -- a creamy one made with carrots, and another one that looked like a mole but was in fact charred tomatoes, chiles, etc. The agua fresca drinks were also very good. The main dishes were good, but...More

Thank Xman_7
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Diane S
11 February 2016|
Response from mountainmay | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see one -but they are very family friendly- warm and great hosts.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722-2432
    (Chicon and Lafayette)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
  • Neighbourhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: +1 512-457-9900
  • E-mail
Welcome to El Chile. El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine.
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