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“We just keep going back... Everything on the menu is delicious.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of the whale cafe - CLOSED

the whale cafe
Cuisines: Italian, International
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Seating
Austin, Texas
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105 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“We just keep going back... Everything on the menu is delicious.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

We have now been to the Whale Cafe for dinner 3 times in the past week because each time we go, we look over at something someone else has ordered and know we have to try it. So far, we've had:

1) Chicken Stir Fry: Perfect. A mountain of veggies and chicken in a delicious sauce. $9
2) Taco Salad: So huge it wouldn't stay on the plate.
3) Pizza: Their pizzas have a thicker crust (which we like) and homemade pizza sauce. There's only one size and we finished about 2/3 of it, and took the rest home. Mixed Meat was $13, but others are cheaper.
4) Hummus and Garlic Bread (appetizer): YUM!
5) Apple Pie with homemade almond/ginger/spice ice cream: Brought a tear to my eye it was so delicious. The apple pie was made that morning, and she made the ice cream flavor to go with the apple pie...

As of Sept 2013, it's open 5-9PM Tuesday to Sundays. When they are busy, service can be a little slow, but sit back and enjoy the good food. Highly recommend!!

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank kokusai
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lovely food and lovely owners.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

You know that this food won't make you ill. There is a great book exchange here too. And, the owners are just lovely. I was in Puerto Lopez as a lone British female for over a month and I went here a few times mostly because the people and dogs had a natural and unknowing ability to let me feel safe and not have to look over my shoulder or contend with shouts of gringa or rubia.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank glazinova
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Peach Bottom,Pa
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Finally A Menu With Diversity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

We had heard this place had drip coffee but only opened after 3pm
After our whale watching tour we saw that it was open and stopped in to eat . The menu was a welcome change to the typical Latin American food we have been eating for the last four months. Thai, Italian, American, Vegetarian we didn't know where to start and wanted to try them all. We ate vegetable stir fry and the spaghetti alfredo. Both were delicious and reasonably priced. The owner from California has lived in Ecuador for thirty years and was very helpful answering all of our questions. For a change of taste, this is the place. The upstairs balcony provides a nice relaxing atmosphere for dining, plus it is above all of the dirt and exhaust you get at street level.

Visited August 2013
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Thank S B
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Canada
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804 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
“We are veggie”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Traveling and be vegetarian can be sometime painful. Always have to search more or pay more. The "Cafe ballena" was perfect for us with good veggies, pasta and pizzas. Diane & Kevin were great host and we enjoyed repeating our visit. We highly recommend the place

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Road20years
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Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“great food, lovely owners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

Had great meal here, wish we found it earlier! Pad Thai is great! Salads are also good size, and the postres are delicious - go here!

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Hamish K
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