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El Alma Cafe

#152 of 3,011 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1148 (Dawson)
+1 512-609-8923
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Ardsley, New York
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went for a late dinner. Interesting layout, great bar, but I thought the menu was limited. My tamale special came out a little dry and not particularly hot. The other meals were OK, but not great. The margarita's kept coming so by the time the second or third came around, who really cares about the food? Service was good. Prices... More 

Thank swid9
Newcastle, Australia
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had appetizers and drinks during happy hour. Service very quick and couldn't do enough for us. Food yummy. Moved downstairs when it started to rain.

Thank fmckay
Kerrville, Texas
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Nice place. Food was good, trendy. Very loud, not good for conversation or romantic dinner. Outside seating may have been better. I had the Pork chop and it was very good. Great Guacamole. Others in party said food was good and they would come back but not a destination place. Parking is difficult. We would come back.

Thank Stephen1963
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Good Mexican restaurant, a cut above the more standard fare, located on the edge of bouldin. Excellent service, good food, gets busy early with locals - always a good sign. Recommended.

Thank Fortysomething7
Austin, Texas
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133 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a very plain and noisy place across the street from the Long Center and near Zilker Park, so it's near lots of Austin activities and can be really crowded, which you'll guess while trolling their large but bumpy and crowded parking lots. One is adjacent, one across the street. Margaritas are good (happy hour pricing 3-6), waiters friendly,... More 

Thank Eileenthepainter
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132 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Met friends for a drink and conversation at El Alma last week and found several things worth noting. The drink menu is extensive and the small bar downstairs and the rooftop bar keeps everyone taken care. The Classic Margarita was a good start and HH priced and followed with the Margarita Chilanga. Orange, spicy and new taste to enjoy. Special... More 

Thank Bill78727
Austin, Texas
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I've been to El Alma a few times now. My favorite part of the restaurant is the fantastic location as I can walk to it. The food is good and the service is great. I recommend visiting this place and if not too hot, seat on the patio!

Thank Cristian A
Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Service is a little bit slow. A/C works but is not very cold. If you can handle these, then this is a great place to taste some wonderful Mexican cousin. Mixed drinks are great as well.

Thank Marion S
San Antonio, TX
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Wonderful dinner with appetizers, all different and all delicious. Fairly new. Packed at happy hour - reservations are a must. Nice patio. A little pricey - but excellent.

Thank ClassicTheatre
Austin, Texas
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I just recently discovered El Alma and have gone back many times since. I love sitting on the upstairs patio, when it is not too hot outside; the atmosphere is fun and festive. The interior is also very nice. The food and drink at El Alma is always freshly prepared with good ingredients. I am addicted to the coconut agua... More 

Thank Paniola

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1148
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-609-8923

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?