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Cafe Blue - Downtown, Austin, TX

Cafe Blue - Downtown

4.1
4.1
1053 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Escape to the coastal and tropical flavors of Cafe Blue. Our Oyster Bar features a variety of freshly shucked Oysters on the Half Shell, as well as Snow Crab Claws, Shrimp Cocktail, and two kinds of Ceviche. Popular seafood selections include Cedar Plank Salmon, Crab Stuffed Flounder and Kick Ass Sea Bass. Our steaks are dry-aged in-house for 14 days, and all desserts are scratch-made. To complement our menu, we feature an extensive, award-winning wine list, with over 30 varieties available by the glass. Our bar offers a number of Caribbean-inspired cocktails such as the Painkiller and the Dark & Stormy, as well as popular martinis and fresh lime juice margaritas.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 428-5796
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Benjamin Nathan
  • Private party facilities
    The Tortola Room is an intimate dining room that seats up to 30 diners comfortably and our St. John Room seats 60 diners at max capacity. Our Main Dining Room accommodates 80 diners and can be privatized be a floor to ceiling curtain. The Lounge stands 80 guests + appetizer buffet.
  • Private party contact
    Heather Severson: (512) 635-7867
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    Trinity
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available around the restaurant. IIn addition, the Austin Convention Center parking garage is only a block away at 2nd and San Jacinto, and is open to the public.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,053 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Good for groups

  • Austin

    Good for groups

1,053 Reviews
  1. JohnC

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything just fine, Thanks OpenTable, seated immediately, service and menu spot on, food fine as previously enjoyed, pricing got the bang for the buck, will enjoy again when visiting Austin for fine seafood.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Easter brunch thanks we’ve been 2 years in a row wonderful

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  3. CCBacchus

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Ram, was excellent. The food was great. We had a lovely dinner.

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  4. Pixel

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved this restaurant. The food was excellent, the service friendly and helpful. A great night. My only small grumble is that it was a little chilly inside.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was pretty much empty, but we still got great service front Lee. The Maine Lobster Roll, the Almond Salmon, and the Crab Stuffed Shrimp were great!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak was amazing. We came for a birthday dinner and while on vacation. The jerk chicken quesadillas were a hit with our party.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was not very good- honestly had some oysters that tasted like they went bad. Service was slow and they where sold out/didn’t have the first 3 things our table tried to order

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  8. SeanR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite the fact we had a reservation, we were set 20 minutes late. When we finally got our table, we were set at a table in the corner in the bar section. There was absolutely zero light to read the menus. We had to use the light from our cell phones. my wife ordered the oysters as an appetizer. They tasted so bad., we paid the check left and went to Flemings next-door and had an awesome meal.

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  9. Kristine

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! The drinks were good but a bit over priced. The service definitely left room for improvement! We sat at the bar and it took 20 minutes to take our drink order. Then another 30 minutes after we ordered apps, they came by to tell us they were out of mussels and do we want something else. We had been there for about an hour and 15 minutes when we received our apps then immediately our meal which we had to inhale to make our show time. The bartender never returned to ask if we wanted another round of drinks in all that time. I definitely recommend the food and perhaps it was bad luck and they had a lot of call ins from staff but that was my experience.

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  10. Kevin

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Everything we ordered was fresh and we did not have to wait long for a valentines day

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  11. KristenF

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and wide variety of choices. The wait time between courses was quite long.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The oysters were great and the food in general was very good. Farrhad was outstanding and very helpful throughout the night. The general atmosphere would have been more cohesive and coherent with the intention to provide excellent food and service without the visual cacophony of the big screens on the bar.

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  13. CathyK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow wow wow!!!! Best salmon I have ever tasted. Great staff! You will not be disappointed!!

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  14. Denell

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter wanted her birthday brunch here and the service, atmosphere and food where amazing. I couldn't be more pleased.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tommy was absolutely a pleasure to speak with, great food, and an amazing ambiance.

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  16. YeseniaS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    VERY DISAPPOINTED AND DO NO RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!!!! For the price, the food quality is really bad. Was looking forward to going to Cafe Blue, but was very disappointed with the meat. Ordered the NY strip and it was like chewing rubber. The kitchen made me another strip, but unfortunately it was very chewing as well. Knowing that it wasn't the way they were cooking it, but rather the meat quality, I asked if it could just be removed from my bill. The waiter insisted that it was just the NY strip that is possibly tougher and that he ensures that the ribeye would be tender. They packaged me a ribeye to go, with sides and I regret to say that it was just as tough to chew. For almost $50 per plate, I would expect a higher quality of meat. Also, the potatoes were hard and the to-go box was soo cheap that the box was soggy by the time we got home. Also paid $112 for 4 old fashions!!!

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  17. SusanV

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 8 enjoyed our evening. The food was excellent. The coconut shrimp was delicious and the apricot sauce perfect. My husband had a delicious steak and raved about the mashed potatoes. The chocolate cake topped off a birthday meal and was yummy.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waiter was also the bartender, therefore service was very slow!!! He was very nice but for NYE they were poorly staffed!! We ended up leaving

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  19. MikeV

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent food, but over priced. Especially appetizers drinks. Ordered a seafood samplwr as an appetizer. Had 4 oysters, 6 shrimp and small bowl of ceviche. Price was “market”. I should asked ahead of time, but when I got the check it cost $85. Obviously geared towards gouging the business travelers attending conferences at the convention center across the street.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Food was creative and perfectly prepared.

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  21. AmyS

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to Cafe Blue for Christmas Eve. It was pretty quiet, but the service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meals. Excellent price point for downtown location.

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  22. montef

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    beautiful place & they were very accommodating to our 2 year old granddaughter! Our waiter took several photos of our whole family & was outstanding!!!

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  23. PatrickM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet time of the year due to the holidays, and so we got superior attention with our wonderful server !

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  24. Farmboy

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a very average experience, The lemon wedge on the ceviche looked days old. We had to request water.

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  25. MelissaV

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great portions, Delicious food. The kids serving of fish and chips was abundant which was enjoyed by my 11 year old. The mussels in spicy thai sauce was so good. Got that with a cup of gumbo which was enough for a meal. The crab avocado sandwich was enjoyed by my son. The shrimp poboy was also good although my boyfriend forgot to ask to not put the slaw on it. Otherwise everything was great

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  26. JudithS

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service and delicious seafood! We only wish that there was beer on tap. Also they were out of IPA :(

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  27. BarbP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Four different entrees and everyone loved each one. Also did key lime pie and chocolate volcano cake. Excellent food. Prices a little high but expected in Auston.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar. Great service, drinks, and food.

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  29. LarondaL

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I will say the food was good. I wasn't used to it being so empty on a Friday night. I have been here throughout the years and the ambiance has always been nice. I do not think I have been post Pandemic and this may be the reason. I surely hope that business pick up. I would hate to see this restaurant go out.

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  30. Kari

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    More on the casual side but with good ambiance. I was happy to eat here since alot of seafood restaurants downtown seemed on the upscale side, with somewhat outrageous prices. The food was amazing and cooked perfectly! Our waitress was great as well! I had zero complaints, pricing was reasonable. My husband had the rib-eye that came with a cream spinach that was so good, and I had the ahi tuna steak (rare) which was also very good. Would definitely come again

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  31. Cujotazz

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience….food and service was amazing

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  32. KAMERINN

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere very cool place and super helpful staff

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  33. VernaE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the food,drinks and atmosphere

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  34. SamP

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place. Good food. But $4 each for gulf oysters?

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  35. Lynne

    Austin

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Usually no complaints. This time service was slow and seemed a little confused

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  36. gbrown

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant excellent. Zach was a great server. Food was good. We would go again.

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  37. BPC123

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food & service and server was great to work with

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  38. TracyT

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought a friend for a birthday dinner. Everything was great other than under attentive staff. But food was great.

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  39. AndreaR

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very unassuming restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely. The customer service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and courteous. The food was awesome. We all had different dishes and everyone was very satisfied. From the appetizers to the entrees, the portions were very generous and taste was impeccable. Highly recommend for a nice evening or lunch.

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  40. VinceYoungs

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about Cafe Blue! From their exceptional food to the great service! It’s a must when we travel to Austin.

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FAQs

Cafe Blue - Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 428-5796.

Cafe Blue - Downtown is rated 4.1 stars by 1053 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Blue - Downtown

340 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Trinity
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available around the restaurant. IIn addition, the Austin Convention Center parking garage is only a block away at 2nd and San Jacinto, and is open to the public.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Benjamin Nathan
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (512) 428-5796
  • Private party facilities
    The Tortola Room is an intimate dining room that seats up to 30 diners comfortably and our St. John Room seats 60 diners at max capacity. Our Main Dining Room accommodates 80 diners and can be privatized be a floor to ceiling curtain. The Lounge stands 80 guests + appetizer buffet.
  • Private party contact
    Heather Severson: (512) 635-7867
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