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El Chile Cafe y Cantina

££ - £££
University of Texas
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Chicon and Lafayette)
+1 512-457-9900
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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New Jersey
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356 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 not as distinctive as I was hoping for after the salsas.

Thank Xman_7
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We chose correctly a place for Sunday brunch. The group had a variety of dishes and all of them were great. The cantaloupe margaritas were superb - I was wary of such a thing at first but it was deliciously refreshing and appropriate. We had five adults, one child in a high chair and one infant in arms. The staff... More 

Thank LVR44
Austin, Texas
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My wife and I had brunch here last Sunday and it was great. Our waiter was good and the service was quick. They have fantastic brunch drink deals. The melon margarita was insane! Also, they have this sweet potato salsa or something like that and it is so good. The food was classic tex-mex brunch and was delicious. Over all... More 

Thank Ben M
Austin, TX
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We have been going here since they opened and used to go to the one on Greystone weekly until they closed. My wife loves their chicken flautas which she tends to order almost everywhere and grades the restaurant solely based on the quality of those.....Hey, it took years to get her to venture out from the taco salad or sweet... More 

Thank Vincent C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Wonderful cantaloupe margarita and puffy tacos! Had both chicken and beef so I could try each. Wonderful!

Thank kmchiles
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

The puffy tacos that I had were amazing! The chicken was in a great sauce, and served over two “puffy tacos" served with guac and fresh vegetables! The chorizo quesadillas were super cheesy and good! I would totally recommend this place- however if you don't like spice I would use caution as the Chi's and salsa served beforehand was served... More 

Thank Cassie P
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A solid choice. Nice staff, good food, refreshing drinks. I ordered the vegetarian Tamal and I liked it quite a bit.

Thank dklany
Austin, Texas
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We tried El Chile Cafe for the first time with some out of town friends. The dining area was clean and fresh. The waitstaff were pleasant and very efficient. Family friendly. The food was really excellent! I had the shrimp enchiladas which had a really beautiful presentation and a great smoky spiced sauce. Probably the best I've had ever. Others... More 

Thank bentley1973
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

I go here at least once a month. Next to Polvo's, they have my favorite salsa in town. It's definitely a bit more refined than your typical TexMex place. They really focus on developing sauces. I switch between getting the special (fried oyster tacos last time), the mole chicken, a chile rellano and brunch. GREAT brunch spot.

Thank AshleyVerrill
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188 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

We had a wonderful experience dining at El Chile. Only 20 minute wait for an outdoor table on Saturday night. Enjoyed some margaritas while we waited. Our server, Manuel, was fantastic. Very attentive and helpful in deciphering the menu. The special was a brisket enchilada with mole sauce, which was outstanding. Also enjoyed the Arrachera, grilled steak topped with melted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
    (Chicon and Lafayette)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
  • Neighbourhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: +1 512-457-9900
Welcome to El Chile.
El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine.

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