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Habanero Mexican Cafe

#223 of 3,058 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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501 W Oltorf St, Just West of S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-5447
+1 512-416-0443
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Mon 07:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Authentic Mexican food. Very happy about it. The breakfast tacos are delicious and the coffee is amazing. The staff is so so nice - I love it that they are perfectly bilingual. Highly recommend the nuevos rancheros and the egg/bacon/guacamole tacos. If I lived here, I would come every week! Buenísimo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Thank MexicanNomad
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

They take CASH only (ATM in seating area), usually very crowded with longish wait times and somewhat noisy. The decor is dated and their processes antiquated. Please don't go. 😀 Too many people already know about this great gem. The regular salsa is outstanding and then when supplemented with the spicy Habanero salsa the salsa & chips is an awesome... More 

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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Family-owned Mexican restaurant, no frills, just good food. Service is great and so is the food. Closes at 3 PM most days. No charge cards, just cash. Wonderful food!

Thank knrolo
Austin, Texas, USA
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490 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

If you have a big appetite, Habanero Mexican Cafe always serves plentiful portions. I had machacado and eggs with potatoes, and beans. The sauce was thick, tasty, and really flavorful. Everyone enjoyed their selections. The menu has great a great variety and everything I have had has been very well prepared.

Thank Gloria L
Atlanta, Georgia
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151 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Family owned and operated. Cash only. Food was great and plenty of it. We had the Zack Attack and Chili Relleno for lunch. Check their hours as they usually close at 3 except on Friday and Saturday(?). Lots of menu items to choose from for all folks.

Thank btnusa
Lampasas, Texas
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197 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We tried to try the Habanero Mexican Cafe Friday afternoon. It was around 2:00 p.m. Not the lunch or dinner rush. It is a small place, while waiting to get to the front I looked around and almost half the place was empty. Be prepared it's cash only. There is an ATM inside. They gave us a 30 minute wait... More 

Thank mikel68
Harker Heights, Texas
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

My husband and I love this restaurant. We have been eating here for over 10 years whenever we come to Austin. My favorite is the Carnitas plate and his is the Catfish Ranchero. My mouth is watering now! Staff is friendly and service is very good. Their hours have changed over the years and now they are only open on... More 

Thank atlast5
Kyle, Texas
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My new favorite place. Small, not noisy and delicious food. I had the veggie enchiladas (best I've ever had). My husband had the chicken fajitas. So tender and tasty! Even the beans and rice were great. We will definitely be back.

Thank k_l_blakley
Dallas, Texas
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Eggs ok. Service ok. Kind of crowded. Menu selection ok. Friendly and warm. If you like cumin ask for enchiladas verdes. A T M available.

Thank abcotur
Dallas, TX
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

A group of us went here the other day for the first time, even though this place has been around for years. We were seated and received waters, salsa and chips quickly. Their chips are really good because they're not too salty or thin. I ordered a combo chicken/beef fajita quesadillas, and they were delicious. They weren't my favorite, but... More 

Thank Traveling_Melissa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 W Oltorf St, Just West of S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-5447
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-416-0443

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