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Blue Dahlia Bistro

Café, French Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Central East Austin, Austin
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  • The experts at Eater and Austin Chronicle recommend this place
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  • Caroline A.
    "Try the prosciutto tartine with raspberry thumbprints cookie."(18 Tips)
    Igor M.
    "Blueberry blintzes are my favourite."(6 Tips)
    Carlos V.
    "The mushroom crepe and the black beans salad are very good."(3 Tips)
    Amelia
    "Best for brunch; the frittata is savory and delicious!"(9 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]
  • Sergio R.
    Sergio ReynalOctober 15, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GordonFebruary 18
    Comfortable atmosphere with excellent French food. I had the meatloaf and tried the scallop special, both delicious. You'll want to eat here.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterJune 6, 2015
    The coffee and chicken salad tartine were great. Nice spot to get some work done in the AM.
  • Amir R.
    Amir RasJanuary 1
    Try the frittata. It has a vegetable frittata and a sausage one. Both were very good.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Rix
    RixMarch 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!"
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanOctober 6, 2013
    Seafood salad with smoked salmon is good! East meets west :) for only less than $10?! What a steal!
  • 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.
  • Find a Coffice
    Find a CofficeMarch 18, 2015
    Great coffee and ample sitting, but gets busy at lunch so plan accordingly!
  • 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.
  • Monika G.
    Monika GarnyteMarch 12, 2013
    Best breakfast we had in Austin. Try their frittatas and waffles. Everything else also looked really good too!
  • Marilyn P.
    Marilyn PooleMay 16, 2016
    One of my favorite breakfast stops.  Great hostess! Ask for Penny.
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinFebruary 18, 2015
    quaint, french, and so cheap on E11th. All the tartines are good
  • 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??
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 11, 2015
    Don't miss out on their frittata! Sit in the patio if you can!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Dianne H.
    Dianne HillhouseApril 23, 2016
    Coffee, tartines,salads - such a relaxed, cozy atmosphere
  • Vonia
    VoniaJune 22, 2016
    Coq au Vin. Ahi Tuna. Great ambiance. Nice patio.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AndersonJune 17, 2015
    Nutella and bread. I repeat: NUTELLA AND BREAD
  • Amelia
    AmeliaDecember 6, 2014
    Best for brunch; the frittata is savory and delicious!
  • 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!
  • Caroline A.
    Caroline AnneNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    My absolute favorite restaurant! Try the prosciutto tartine with raspberry thumbprints cookie.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMarch 12, 2013
    the ravioli and the ratatouille are fantastic. as is the house-made breads-n-spreads.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandJuly 6, 2015
    Nice spot!! The sharing plates were awesome.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RayFebruary 16, 2014
    Sandwhich presentation is a delight! Lovely lattes and gorgeous salads! xoxo
  • Brad K.
    Brad KwaterskiMarch 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The black bean salad with chicken salad is to die for!!
  • Carol R.
    Carol ReeseMay 30, 2011
    Soooooo good! This place is a keeper! Everything we ordered was perfect and the atmosphere was just right...
  • Rossy B.
    Rossy BenavidezOctober 11, 2016
    Roasted turkey tartines, crepes and waffles! Yum
  • 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...
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Long standing favorite. Great food & love their back patio.
  • Yasmin Y.
    Yasmin YusriApril 19, 2012
    Smoked Salmon Tartine during happy hour (3-6:30) is good. Bread Pudding with Butter Rum is BETTER
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