Buenos Aires Cafe
2414 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-9000Add Hours
11/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First of all the food is good but very pricey.We had 5 people and web says reservations for 5 or more.When I called to make them the woman was very rude and said we had to have 6 or more.So we get a table quickly but she had to give us an extra chair and was very abrupt and gave us a wine list(which is outrageously priced) but no menus.She never welcomed us or anything.That was our first sign we should have left.Second sign was the waiter came over and said he just got 5 tables and it would be awhile before he could get to us.Never even took a drink order.,
We decided to stick it out.He was apologetic and offered to get us what we wanted and dessert on the house.One of our friends never got his side order until we were almost done.Then we ordered what we thought would be free dessert.We ordered three for the five of us.They charged us for two because the manager/owner would not let him give us all three.They also included 18% tip for 5 of us! The only reason for a 2 here is because the food was good but menu is limited and abit out there and the service was bad.We should have went to Iron Cactus or Gumbo's.Never going back to any of their locations.
09/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Buenos AIres Cafe recently opened in the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and we are glad they did. I highly recommend the Spinach empanada but don't forget to try them all! The milanesa is fantastic and served best plain with a generous squeeze of lemon. Although flan is the ""go to"" dessert, try the chocolate creme brulee for a delightful departure. The staff is also very knowledgable and attentive. Along with a great selection of Malbec wine, Buenos Aires Cafe truly brings Argentina to Austin.
03/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The food at Buenos Aires is fantastic. It's always fresh, always tasty, never a bad meal. The coffee and dessert are also very good. The owner, Chef and most of the staff do an outstanding job.
I eat there on a very regular basis, and am therefore somewhat familiar with their hours, and the fact that even though they may be open, they may only have empanadas, coffee and dessert at certain times of the day.
So it came as quite a shock to me a couple of weeks ago, when I went in before dinner to grab a coffee and dessert with a couple friends, and was told by the waiter that ""uhh.. yeah.. you know.. the Green Muse has coffee.. right across the street"" after stating that we just wanted coffee and dessert.
I must say, I didn't recognize the waiter, so he hasn't been there long. Certainly not one of the regular waiters. It really left a bad taste in my mouth, being turned away from one of my favorite restaurants because the waiter was either too lazy or too ignorant to handle some coffee and dessert.
02/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
to velvetspel being told ""If you want to"" isn't rude as you were not told no. You're palpably either control freaky or a psycho emotional abuser. What do your kids or significant other say about it? If you have neither, well, there you go ;P (if you can't stand anyone no one can stand you).
The service is decent, maybe busy at lunch. The alfajores de chocolate, the portabella at lunch or empanadas, the spinach salad, try a pinono and a top it with a cortado (but not after 8pm).
09/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We LOVE this place! Some friends took us to this amazing eatery a little over 5 months ago and we have been 1 (sometimes 2) times a month ever since. Every time we go there is a wait, but that is to be expected considering the quality of the food. We are immediately offered drinks while we wait and seated promptly once another table leaves. First off, try the empanadas, the carne picante is my favorite. They are truly out of this world! The organic spinach salad with pecans, goat cheese and fuji apples is to die for and a steal at $4.99 for a small and $6.99 for a large! As for entrees, you really can't go wrong. The Milanesa and Pollo al Horno are amazing, but if you want to be wowed, go for the special. It is always FRESH and very inventive. Not to mention the stellar presentation. Even if you don't do dessert, you have too here. So basically from start to finish we have loved our food and experience every time. As for service, the staff and head chef/owner are all amazing and very attentive. I would highly recommend Buenos to everyone .
05/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A friend of mine told me Buenos Aires had yummy gnocchi, so I thought I'd try it out. I took another friend who had been before and said the food was good, but the service was really bad. From what I could tell she was absolutely correct. I never actually got my meal (a sandwich) but had some really tasty empanadas. After waiting an hour (yes, an hour) for two sandwiches (yes, sandwiches) we left. It was the lunch hour, but it was a Tuesday. It appeared there was maybe only one waitress for the cafe of 10 tables, but an hour for sandwiches?! When a table that was sat 30 minutes after we were got there food and we were still sat hungry, I called the waitress over. She seemed confused by us not having any food, but said it should be right out. It became pretty clear at that point she had forgotten to put our order in or it had been lost. No apology. No more waitress for another 20 minutes at which point we left. We went across the street to Baby Greens and had delicious salad wraps in our mouths within 10 minutes.
01/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is F-A-B. Where do I start? Perhaps with the end? If a place has an ambience that sends you off into the night to show your first born whip, for the very first time, to your girl - that's perfection!
This place is truly delightful. The food is incredible, with wonderful just-right portions, beautiful presentation, and the prices are pretty damn good for the 5 star yumminess you get. My favorite part about this place is the oh so tiny size of the Cafe and the welcoming vibes in the air. Even though the tables are extremely close, it really doesn't matter much as everyone here seems to be having the time of their lives. It does get loud, but again, it just doesn't matter much ..... this place pulls off the mix of everything perfectly - casual but elegant and lovely but hot.
11/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at Buenos Aires many times and recommend it to everyone I know. The food is amazing and the service is even better. You feel like you are best friends with the guys running the place by the time you leave. I read a few bad reviews of the service, anyone that wrote that has never worked in the service industry. These guys do absolutely the best job they can given the circumstances. This is after all, one of the busiest restaurants in town, they appear to have no bussers or hosts or bartenders, yet they not only take care of you as quick as possible, they make sure you are happy, which must be hard in a tiny. loud, overcrowded cafe. If you go, just buy the special. It is always freaking incredible. It makes up for the fact you might have to wait an hour to sit at a table six inches away from the people next to you.
09/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Okay so, forgive me if I gush, but I love Buenos Aires. A co-worker introduced me to this place and it has been my favorite ever since. The lunch and dinner menu are completely different. Lunch has lighter dishes like sandwiches, salads and empanadas. For dinner is is completely gourmet and much pricier. The chef is a grad from Le Cordon Bleu - the highest certification for a chef - and it shows! Try the Spinach Salad and Veradura Empanada or whatever they?re offering as the special for the day. Before you eat, take a peek at the freshly made pastries. The fruit tarts are to die for.
This was our first time to this restaurant. Everything was excellent! The wines were exactly as advertised - full-bodied but incredibly smooth. The salads were plentiful and not overdone with heavy seasoning or dressing. The snapper/shrimp entree melted in my mouth. The sponge cake was to die for. The service was very attentive without being obvious and the courses were delivered quicker than any other high-quality restaurant I've ever visited. Minor negatives - they were out of several of the wines that we wanted to try, the seating was very European (bordering on crowded), and the cost reflected the quality of the cuisine - $120 for a party of four, excluding tip. Also, the entrees were quite adequate but not enough for anybody to leave anything on their plate. Even so, we expect to return many times!
My boyfriend and I love to try new places to eat. We'd never been Buenos Aires because it's on the other side of town from us. But a couple of weeks ago we decided to try it. WOW... it was delicious. WE both ordered the special which as Lamb Chops and we were so glad we did. They just melted in your mouth. We are still talking about them. They were served with huge spicey shrimp that were fresh and perfectly prepared! The only problem is that we both wanted MORE! We started with salads that were both served fresh and beautiful and very GREEN...no iceberg! YEA!. The service was great too. We had a great waiter, but they all did a good job of tag teaming to make sure everyone was well taken care of.
02/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
A nice cozy little cafe... the best soup (spinach and mint--may sound strange, but was delish!) The only downer to the experience was the waiter. We could tell he was busy because he was the only one, but no excuse for his attitude; not the friendliest--- perhaps he does not realize it. We asked if we could sit outside and he replied with, ""if you want to."" Now, why would we have asked if we did not want to? I understand he didn't want to be running back and forth, but the place really isn't that big. the pastries were yummy... we tried them in the car, and I would have run in to get more if it weren't for the waiter; I really did not want to deal with him any longer. Why else would we have enjoyed dessert in the car?
10/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've spent a lot of time in Argentina, so I know the food well. Buenos Aires Cafe is a nice representation of Argentinean food. I have been twice and have enjoyed my meal each time. There are few places I've eaten at in BA that were better than this place. This is a great place to go try something different than American & Tex-Mex at a reasonable price.
07/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We went here one evening after reading the reviews on Citysearch and trying to find something new. What a wonderful surprise! The food was very good. Started with empanadas and then we had the butternut squash gnocchi which was the special of the evening and another dish that is the house favorite (there is a spanish name I can't remember) that was similiar to shepard's pie. All the above were fantastic. We also tried one of the many freshly made in house pasteries for dessert. We were pleased with everything including the charming atmosphere and service.
One disappointment: After reading the review(s) listed on Citysearch we took some time to stop and select a bottle of wine to bring only to find out they do now have thier liquor license and were going to charge us a $15 corking fee to open our bottle. Hopefully the information is updated here soon, but in the interum it would have been more appropriate to wave the fee as we pointed out to our server that the information provided by Citysearch stated to byob otherwise we wouldn't have bought/brought it (they didn't).
Otherwise, we enjoyed our whole experience.
06/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This was a great find. It is very unassuming on the exterior but dont judge a book by its cover or in this case a resteraunt by it's icicle lights. It was delightfully charming and immaculately clean. My friend and I went to catch a World Cup game and we were extremely impressed that we weren't rushed at all through our meal. The waiter was very attentive and approachable and the cuisine was different and refreshing and very affordable. Best kept secret in austin.
04/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been there a few times and I always wonder why there's never an Argentine eating there? Maybe because of the high prices? the bad service? the fact that no-one there has any idea of what an Argentine place should feel like?
Almost $3 for one (1) empanada is unheard of, not to mention $10 choripan??? (that's just bread, and sausage). The milanesas are decent, but when I asked for a fried egg on top they looked at me like I was a madman. I don't blame the waiters for that, it is just a matter of not being able to build an authentic menu: No fried egg option, no grill meats, no fernet con cola. Well, that explains why there is NEVER and Argentine person eating there.-