Austin >Food & Dining > Red River Cafe
2912 Medical Arts, Austin, TX | Directions 7870530.289643 -97.728330
Weekdays 7 AM - 9 PM
Weekends 8 AM - 5 PM
Neighborhoods: Central Austin, Hancock
Fast, cheap, and no-frills, Red River Cafe is the ideal decompression site after a too-crazy night on the town. With whole sandwiches available under $5, and pancakes less expensive than that, you can roll in and dine like a king with the change on your car's dashboard.
Looking for a low-key, small-town cafe in bustling Austin? Try Red River Cafe, right on the outskirts of UT's campus. And it's actually 1 block west of Red River, on Medical Arts Parkway! I love this place for its classic American breakfast, and the giant eggs on the building of course.
Rude, Rude, Rude – Spoke to the owner and he was extremely rude, dis-courteous, and plain old mean. I will never eat at this establishment
Incompetent wait staff – The red-header waitress with glasses never brought silverware, spilled water, spilled coffee, brought out half the orders and forgot to place the rest of them and didn't even notice until we ask her (10 minutes later after everyone else was done eating), charged us too much and when we asked her to explain she couldn't figure it out so we just left.
The waitresses were laughing and shouting to each other while we ate and were too busy to recognize our needs. The food was okay, but the ignorance of the wait staff was bad enough to make me never go back.
Cool place, good breakfast, good coffee, great service – I go to this place all the time. I love it. The waitstaff is extremely friendly. I have a lot of good memories going here with my Dad for years. He would always complain about the coffee, but they actually have really good coffee... Anderson's I believe. Anyway, I usually go for breakfast, and if you like a good simple breakfast and coffee, this is a great place. And it's cheap, and the service has always been really great in my experiences. I saw one person was upset with the service on here, but I've always had good service, and the waitstaff is extremely friendly.
For a simple meal that doesn't ever take a lot of time (in my experience) or money this is a great place. And sitting on the patio on a nice day is always great. My 2 cents.
get rid of your waitress – Went to Red River Cafe because we had limited time, wanted a great, cheaply priced meal. We received our drinks and were quickly asked for our order. Needing a little bit more time we asked if she would give us a minute. However, our minute was too long because I had to get up to get her attention. We placed our order and waited for 30 minutes. After which time I asked about our order and the waitress forgot to place it. We walked out ignoring the apology that was given from not her but the other waiter.
Had good experiences in the past, but it just takes one on the wrong day to spur me to action in writing a review.
Relaxing atmosphere, tasty healthy gfood and easy on the pocketbook. – In Short
This cafe, a block from UT, has a mellow diner-like atmosphere with comfy booths and an outdoor patio. The menu offers a variety of breakfast, brunch and dinner, including fruits, freshly made salads and generously sized breakfast tacos, all at affordable prices. Meals are made to order, the staff friendly, and the service fast. It's open all week and easy to find; just look for a giant egg stuck to the front of a building.
RRC: Really Rad Cuisine!!! – I would have to give this restaurant a 10 out of 10. My hamburger came with everything it was supposed to, including meat and a bun. I had to pay extra for fries, but they cooked the patty FOR FREE!!! My life partner got the breakfast tacos, which came with fillings and tortillas. The ratings only go up to 10, otherwise this place would be getting a solid 11 from me! LLRRC (Long Live Red River Cafe!!!!) FOREVER!
Great spot for people watching... – I've lived down the street from RRC my entire life, and grew up on their avocado burgers. Their coffee is not of the super strong variety, but has a pleasant flavor and goes well with a relaxing breakfast or brunch. Inside the walls are bedecked with unusual artwork, but the real gem of the cafe is it's covered porch and it's great for people watching. The food is affordable and is served with a smile, but while some menu items shine (hello fat ultra-crispy french fries of my youth! Avocado burger, you still make me happy!), others may be a bit odd or disappointing (BLT, why are you so small? Breakfast tacos? Very unusual), but if you frequent RRC regularly, you will find items that you love, and stand by them. So thankful that places like this still exist (and within walking distance!)
Nothing to write home about – Red River cafe is an average place with average food. The portions were pretty dismal, and the quality was only so-so. I ordered the club sandwich with a side of fruit, but the plate wasn't even full. For the fruit, I had a sliver of cantalope that was cut up into four different pieces. The lunch was hardly filling and not worth the $4.75, plus $1.50 for the coke.
fine prices, pretty average food – Red River cafe is never really packed. On a nice day, their patio is a great spot to enjoy the weather or do a little studying. The servers here have always been very nice.
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