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“Go for Sunday Brunch!”
Review of 1886 Cafe & Bakery

1886 Cafe & Bakery
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Ranked #40 of 3,783 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th Street
Description: The legendary Driskill Grill serves exquisite modern American cuisine Tuesday through Saturday. The Driskill Grill is a Four Diamond rated restaurant and is repeatedly ranked the number one restaurant in Austin. The Driskill Grill invites diners to feast on an ever-changing array of innovative and impeccably prepared fare in the most elegant of surroundings. The Driskill Grill uses locally grown products, seasonal ingredients and cutting edge menu choices which create a truly memorable dining experience. The Driskill Grill has received numerous awards and accolades including the coveted Foder's Choice Award, Zagat's ranking of "Extraordinary to Perfection" and OpenTable's Diners Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America's leading wine appreciation magazine has honored The Driskill Grill with their "Award of Excellence 2011."
Reviewed June 3, 2013

My wife and I were looking for a quality, traditional Sunday Brunch in Austin, TX and found it at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery in the historic Driskill Hotel. Since we weren't staying at the Driskill Hotel, we attempted to make brunch reservations using their website which re-directs you to the OpenTable.com website. There we found no reservations available within 2 1/2 hours of our preferred time. So, we decided to take a chance and go as walk-ins. The hostess was very friendly and advised us it would be about 20 minutes before a table was available. She took our name and my cell phone number so she could call to let us know when a table was ready. We decided to sit at the bar inside the cafe, order Bloody Mary's ($6 ea) and wait for her call. The only oddity is that you must order a food item to be served alcohol. I don't know if this is a state or local law, but to comply, we ordered a blueberry muffin ($3).
Within 15 minutes, the hostess called and advised us a table was ready. We sat outside on the patio overlooking Sixth Street (the weather was relatively mild, but we wouldn't recommend this during hot summer months). The server was prompt and very friendly. My wife ordered "Brazos Huevo Rancheros" ($13) and I had their "Traditional Eggs Benedict" ($13). Both meals were served quickly, hot, and very delicious! We enjoyed our brunch while "people watching".
After we ate, we took a brief, self-guided tour of the immaculate and ornate hotel lobby and meeting spaces on the mezzanine level. The Driskill was built in 1885 (or '86, depending on what source you read) and has a rich past including a relatively more recent history as the location where late President Lyndon Johnson awaited the outcome of his Senate, Vice President, and Presidential election results. The hotel's presidential suite is named "LBJ" in his honor.
We found the service to be friendly and comfortably prompt. We also found the prices of their drinks and meals to be less than average for the high quality and fascinating location. We highly recommend Sunday Brunch in the 1886 Cafe & Bakery!

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We were at this caf'e 2 times. The first one was lovely: it was lunchtime, and the great food tasted even better with the light that flooded the colourful windows of the restaurant, accenting its very nice decor. We all had burgers, and we were really happy about the experience overall as the service was also great.
The second time, when we were there for dinner, the feeling we had was the opposite: we were appointed a very bad server, who kept forgetting our orders or misplacing things. Food was not as good, and dessert, when we chose it, did not make up for it. So, overall, I believe its an "on and off" place.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Inside the Driskill hotel, great pleace to have a social or business discussion, romantic lunch or dinner, and - yes- great dessert menu!

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Thank Ilya989
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place lives up to it's legendary Driskill reputation. We had breakfast here, ordering South Congress Migas, a tex-mex egg dish with salsa, tortilla chips and beans, and the American Austin Breakfast with eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes. Both were fantastic, the potatoes in particular were fantastic, they used yellow, purple and sweet potatoes, a combination which was perfect.
While it was a little pricey, the food (and coffee) were great.

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Thank Aaron P
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Very nice place, located in downtown Austin, with a perfect retro air.The food is also very good.
The staff is very attentive.

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Thank Gustavo P
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