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El Chile Cafe y Cantina

$$ - $$$
University of Texas
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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1809 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722-2432 (Chicon and Lafayette)
+1 512-457-9900
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We dropped in for a quick snack and drinks after UT graduation. We were a little alarmed because there were a lot of big tables and very little staff. Well the staff did an amazing job of taking care of all the tables quickly and efficiently. We arrived after 3 pm which meant that it was Happy Hour time...YAY! We... More 

Thank dyann s
Hurricane, United States
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place. Make reservations if you have a large party. Margaritas are fantastic, also they had a special Sangria which was great.

Thank aly694
Fredericksburg, Texas
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176 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Their "Perfect Margaritas" are perfect with Tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice-no simple syrup. Mole sauce has authentic flavoring. Salad fresh. Guacamole is great. Service is average verging on irritating. Go for the food and outdoor seating is better as inside is noisy

Thank jmik66
Austin, Texas
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I'm a fan of this place. I almost changed my mind last night when I ordered tortillas and I was told tortillas were .70 each. I am Mexican, I don't like to pay for extra tortillas. Needles to say I was annoyed and I complained to our waiter, Victor. He was sooo nice about it that he gave me all... More 

Thank _rene_camiba
Kennebunkport, Maine
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395 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here with family. Our server was very friendly. I ordered the Chicken Fajitas but got the Beef Fajitas. I said that was ok and that I would eat the beef. The first bite of the beef was very tough and I couldn't chew it. I ate all the vegetables, which were caramelized, the way I like them in... More 

Thank Kay S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here with colleagues. I ordered the fish tacos. They were very tasty. One of my colleagues ordered the limonada drink. She thought it was very tasty. I was not a big fan of the tortilla chips or the sauces. I think.it is because they may have been corn tortillas and I'm used to flour. I'm also used to... More 

Thank Ayo A
New Jersey
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362 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

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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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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 78722-2432
    (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?