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Blue Dahlia Bistro

Café, French Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Central East Austin, Austin
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  • Caroline A.
    "Try the prosciutto tartine with raspberry thumbprints cookie."(19 Tips)
    Mitchell C.
    "Blueberry Blintzes with Sweet Ricotta ♥"(6 Tips)
    Carlos V.
    "The mushroom crepe and the black beans salad are very good."(3 Tips)
    Jon R.
    "Order the fritata, only $4.95 and SO yummy!"(3 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 7, 2014
    This lovely restaurant has been serving up French-inspired fare and tasty salads well before the strip started booming. Their huge, shaded patio out back is one of Austin's best. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 18, 2013
    An early component of the East 11th Street renaissance, this is a restful, reliable spot for French-inspired snacks and light meals. The luscious, open-faced tartines are highly recommended. Read more
  • Sergio R.
    Sergio ReynalOctober 15
    Best place to have breakfast/brunch in East Austin, service is great, food is great and portion size are good enough. Ask for the Belgian waffles and frittata. Get early and expect a long wait.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 30, 2012
    Order a tartine and a bellini for a fresh meal, and try to sit out back to enjoy the atmosphere of this French bistro. If you sit inside, there's usually a guitar player inside and a cozy atmosphere.
  • McCall D.
    McCall DudeckAugust 23, 2014
    I'm a big fan of the tartines. My waitress recommended getting the roasted turkey and cranberry chutney and adding avocado and Brie. It was delicious!
    Upvoted Oct 11
  • Chelsea D.
    Chelsea DostalerApril 29, 2015
    Fresh homemade frittatas (spinach and shallot pictured) in the outdoor garden seating is a wonderful way to spend a morning. Options change daily.
  • Mon G.
    Mon GzaJune 13, 2015
    Great for cheese and wine with girl friends! Also, love the seared tuna nicoise salad. I always order that. Really pretty patio area out back.
  • J P.
    J POctober 6, 2014
    Ordered the roasted turkey tartine with cranberry chutney (pic), the hummus tartine and the blueberry blintzs. Simply amazing french bistro.
  • Mark S.
    Mark StaceyFebruary 24, 2011
    What can I say. I feel like the place is mine. The food, the vibe, the location. Everything just feels good, looks good and tastes good. AND I get to hug the owner once is a while. If you haven’t made
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly Garrett ZeiglerJanuary 25, 2012
    The prosciutto tar tine....I suggest requesting goat cheese instead of mozzarella. It was amazing especially if you also try a bowl of the tomato,white bean and spinach soup. YUMMY!
  • Carlos V.
    Carlos VillaviejaFebruary 6, 2014
    Whenever they toast the bread this place will be a five star. The mushroom crepe and the black beans salad are very good. Everything can be easily shared
  • Jesse V.
    Jesse VJuly 4, 2011
    I'm visiting from Dallas and I have found yet another reason that I love Austin! LOVE the food (a lot of local foods as well as organic), the atmosphere relaxed and soothing!
  • Piper J.
    Piper JonesJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the brilliant wine caddy ready for your table here. Everything is awesome at this local Austin spot.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 14, 2011
    This sunny French bistro is known for its patio and its mouthwatering tartines; it doesn't hurt that it's kid-friendly and serves a great breakfast, either. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaMarch 12, 2014
    Amazing spot with outdoor seating at the front and back. Great food, service and coffee. Also happy hour!
  • PearHaven
    PearHavenMay 3, 2012
    Great place for delicious pate and mussels! However, mussels are only available after 5:00 pm. Enjoy outside dining on the patio or in front of Bistro.
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanOctober 6, 2013
    Seafood salad with smoked salmon is good! East meets west :) for only less than $10?! What a steal!
  • Joycott
    JoycottDecember 11, 2013
    Blue Dahlia is amazing. Organically and ethically sourced, friendly, and eco-friendly. Breakfast all day, amazing cappuccinos, and the best croissants!
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterJune 6, 2015
    The coffee and chicken salad tartine were great. Nice spot to get some work done in the AM.
  • Jen F.
    Jen FrySeptember 23, 2015
    Best value for money! I had about given up on Austin for its meager portion to pricing trend. Look no further than the Blue Dahlia!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkAugust 12, 2013
    For a cheap taste of Blue Dahlia's amazing homemade bread, head there on a Sunday and order a basket of assorted breads and jams.
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 7, 2011
    Just because Blue Dahlia is French doesn't mean it's too fancy for you! Try an open-faced sandwich - any of them. Their brownies are an enormous dessert with coffee beans.
  • Marta T.
    Marta TsonevaJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The salmon tartine is very delicious! And try to get here on time for the happy hour - before 6:30 PM.
  • Monika G.
    Monika GarnyteMarch 12, 2013
    Best breakfast we had in Austin. Try their frittatas and waffles. Everything else also looked really good too!
  • Rix del Rio
    Rix del RioMarch 9, 2014
    Don't ask the waitress if your soft boiled eggs could be medium, that'll leave her staring out the window in despair for half a minute then going "I mean......... We can TRY!"
  • Rocky S.
    Rocky S.October 19, 2010
    Get the mushroom crepes! They're like French enchiladas. Oh, and save room for the cheesecake--it's some of the best I've ever had (and they make it in house).
  • A.J. M.
    A.J. MerrifieldMay 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Consistently one of the best meals in Austin... Great food, fantastic service, good prices, what's not to like??
  • Diego 🇨🇴 P.
    Diego 🇨🇴 PulidoAugust 9, 2013
    Get the watermelon salad with ahi tuna & pesto. I'm not sure if it's technically on the menu, but you can certainly order it as such.
  • Beth C.
    Beth CarlsMarch 22, 2013
    Enjoyed the Sausage and Mushroom Fritatta this morning with a toasted bagel and cream cheese and large cup of coffee. Great way to start the day!
  • Activist O.
    Activist OmarJuly 4, 2011
    Be sure to order a bottle of the Malbec and try anything on the menu! Great food! Ask for Elizabeth, she rocks!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMarch 12, 2013
    the ravioli and the ratatouille are fantastic. as is the house-made breads-n-spreads.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RayFebruary 16, 2014
    Sandwhich presentation is a delight! Lovely lattes and gorgeous salads! xoxo
  • Find a Coffice
    Find a CofficeMarch 18, 2015
    Great coffee and ample sitting, but gets busy at lunch so plan accordingly!
  • Carol R.
    Carol ReeseMay 30, 2011
    Soooooo good! This place is a keeper! Everything we ordered was perfect and the atmosphere was just right...
  • erika p.
    erika propstFebruary 14, 2010
    Wine selection is tasty and served european style, the food here is healthy, often organic, unique and very good! I've loved everything I've ever ordered...
  • Yasmin Y.
    Yasmin YusriApril 19, 2012
    Smoked Salmon Tartine during happy hour (3-6:30) is good. Bread Pudding with Butter Rum is BETTER
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinFebruary 18, 2015
    quaint, french, and so cheap on E11th. All the tartines are good
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KaramSeptember 2, 2010
    Everything here is delicious, reasonably priced and really good quality. I suggest getting one of the tartines!
  • Robyne R.
    Robyne RobinsonOctober 19, 2014
    The service staff are all amazingly good looking. Our server looked like Ryan Gosling's brother.
  • Marilyn P.
    One of my favorite breakfast stops.  Great hostess! Ask for Penny.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 11, 2015
    Don't miss out on their frittata! Sit in the patio if you can!
  • Will R.
    Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Waffles, Fruit, Salad, Sandwiches all awesome!Breakfast portions are smaller, lunch portions are huge!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JordanMay 5, 2013
    The cheese plate is always delicious. A bit pricey but worth it!
  • Tocquigny
    TocquignyMarch 10, 2011
    One of the Top 5 Hidden Places to Eat During SXSW! Follow me to find out the other 4! http://foursquare.com/tocquigny or stop by BuzzBrawl.com to get the trends for SXSW 2011. Read more
  • Dianne H.
    Coffee, tartines,salads - such a relaxed, cozy atmosphere
  • Vonia
    VoniaJune 22
    Coq au Vin. Ahi Tuna. Great ambiance. Nice patio.
  • Delano M.
    Delano MirelesOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Blanche de Bruxelles is a nice tap and the staff is great!
  • Claire W.
    Claire WinslowJuly 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Do yourself a favor and get a tartine (open faced sandwich). Also, amazing Happy Hour M-F 3-630. Read more
  • Brian W.
    Brian WagnerJune 2, 2011
    Yummy! First time here and was a very good experience. The goat cheese is awesome!
  • Lisa
    LisaJanuary 8, 2012
    First of all: HUGE portion! The fritata and mocha are good.
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