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El Chile Cafe y Cantina

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University of Texas
Mexican, Café
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1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Chicon and Lafayette)
(512) 457-9900
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Welcome to El Chile. El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of...
Welcome to El Chile. El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good as always

Food is prepared fresh and served immediately. Ingredients are locally made in house. Drinks are huge and good value. The daily specials are always different and great. My favorite is puffed chicken tacos which they do but are not on the menu

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
lynn48SpringTx
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spring tx
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
spring tx
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

Food is prepared fresh and served immediately. Ingredients are locally made in house. Drinks are huge and good value. The daily specials are always different and great. My favorite is puffed chicken tacos which they do but are not on the menu

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Deer Park, TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

First, let me say this is not Tex Mex!! They serve a wide variety of Latin American dishes. Their mole' is delicious. Their enchiladas and stuffed poblano peppers are also great. I am particularly fond of their brunch that is served weekends and holidays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, a special menu with specially priced "morning" beverages. This is... More 

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Hudson Valley, NY
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88 reviews 88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Worth a trip or two to Manor Road. The sauces are interesting good! Next time we will sit outside so we sat in back. We were not forgotten. All was very good.

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Austin, Texas, USA
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The offerings are tasty and freshly made. The Manor Road location is convenient to The University of Texas area. I love the hot sauces. They are very tasty. Everything I have tried has been delicious.

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

El Chile has great drinks, especially margaritas, chilangos and sangria, at outstanding happy hour prices. Some of their appetizers are also half price. We tried the shrimp nachos and rajas con queso which were both very,very tasty. We give it the thumbs up " y puro yummmm" place for a delicious food and drinks. This could be our favorite happy... More 

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Andrew just brought me another sangria... this place is great. Especially happy hour! Located in groovy South Austin. Lots of windows, nice open dining space.

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Fresno
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great restaurant....absolutely amazing presentation/plating of the food (almost too pretty to eat) Watch out for the margarita as it is HUGE and will sneak up on you. The sauces and guacamole are outstanding. The food is not greasy and is plentiful. Definitely a 'go back.'

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

They have some great daily specials and solid regular menu items. It's a great neighborhood spot, always full of locals.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a very good Mexican place, with a good range of dishes. Good drinks menu, with a great range of Mexican bears. The food was very good, and it is clearly a very good neighbourhood restaurant. I'm not sure I'd recommend a trip out to it, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Solon, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Have visited this restaurant 3 times over the past 8 years. First the drinks. The El chilango margarita is outstanding. A blood orange looking drink with a solid amount of tequila and a spicy pepper rim. Made to perfection each time with no swing in quality. A must have if you come here. The Chile Relleno was just the right... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
    (Chicon and Lafayette)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
  • Neighborhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: (512) 457-9900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating

Description

Welcome to El Chile. El Chile Cafe y Cantina offers a combination of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican cuisine.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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