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Counter Cafe

Counter Cafe

Diner, Burger Joint, and Breakfast Spot · Old West Austin
626 N Lamar Blvd (btw 6th & 7th), Austin, TX 78703, United States
Open until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:30 AM–4:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

The Counter Cafe is a unique 21st- Century Authentic American Diner focused on serving up the finest of fresh, local and organic food with global love.


Based on 168 votes

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    Lindsey R.
    "Can't go wrong with the Counter Burger or the blueberry pancakes!"(5 Tips)
    Lucia B.
    "Killer breakfast tacos an arguably the best burger in town!"(8 Tips)
    Sam M.
    "The blueberry pancakes are particularly fantastic."(9 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "The Counter Benedict is the perfect hangover cure."(4 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • burgers
  • blueberry pancakes
  • biscuits
  • counter benedict
  • sandwiches
  • sweet potato fries
  • homemade jams
  • lively
  • steak
  • eggs
  • casual
  • good service
  • great value
  • authentic
  • crab cakes
  • micheladas
  • coffee
  • bacon
  • pork chops
  • Megan S.

    No joke, the pancakes here could be eaten without syrup. They're that delicious.

    Megan Sherer · January 3
  • Sam M.

    Pancakes are thick and fluffy. The blueberry pancakes are particularly fantastic.

    Sam Melnick · January 3
  • Doug K.

    Counter Benedict rocks!!

    Doug Kissner · December 15, 2015
  • Kelsey O.

    The best pancakes in Austin/the world.

    Kelsey Ohman · October 25, 2015
  • Maria B.

    Awesome granola and biscuits & gravy

    Maria Burke · April 30, 2015
  • Visit Austin

    Counter Cafe’s cakes and eggs or pastrami benedict are a mandatory a.m. must-do. Read more

    Visit Austin · March 13, 2015
  • Andrew A.

    The Hang Town Fry, when available. Omelette w/ bacon, mushrooms, and fried oysters.

    Andrew Alvarez · January 28, 2015
  • Lauren H.

    Blueberry pancakes

    Lauren Harris · November 26, 2014
  • Aaron O.

    Steak and eggs was amazing. I ordered it medium and eggs scrambled. Salad with orange citrus dressing is amazing.

    Aaron Ortega · October 19, 2014
  • Patty R.

    Sweet breakfast spot. Good service, great Benedict.

    Patty Rathbun · September 20, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Counter Cafe as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
  • Maxwell B.


    Maxwell Berins · August 25, 2014
  • John H.

    The blueberry pancakes lived up to the hype. My wife's home fries were very dry. Seemed old.

    John Hume · August 23, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    James Holmes, chef of Lucy's Fried Chicken, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Counter burger. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Nick S.

    Get the blueberry pancakes for breakfast and the chicken curry burger for lunch.

    Nick Scott · August 18, 2014
  • Nick P.

    Great breakfast tacos

    Nick Prokesch · August 10, 2014
  • Wendy K.

    next time will try breakfast. liked the salad with asiago dressing.

    Wendy Kalthoff · July 15, 2014
  • April L.

    Excellent! Order the pork chop and eggs. Homemade jam is AMAZING!

    April Lambert · May 28, 2014
  • Carmen M.

    Perfect cup of coffee...smooth and bottomless for 2.75.

    Carmen McFarlin · March 13, 2014
  • Kyle B.

    The Blueberry Pancakes: DO IT. Trust me.

    Kyle Bunch · February 23, 2014
  • Dan G.

    Best Pure Burger I've ever had. Amazing beef and crazy-good bun. Perfectly cooked (get medium rare). You won't regret it!

    Dan Gladwell · December 30, 2013
  • Bob M.

    The egg sandwich is great!

    Bob Martin · December 21, 2013
  • Scott A.

    Had the biscuits and gravy was not dissapointed

    Scott Abel · November 10, 2013
  • Victor R.

    Best burgers in Austin!

    Victor Ramos · September 27, 2013
  • Cassandra S.

    Great burgers & salads but when I want breakfast food they have it down.

    Cassandra Schloser · September 26, 2013
  • Jennifer L.

    Portions are small, quality is good.

    Jennifer Liou · September 1, 2013
  • Beth E.

    The Micheladas are delicious! If you like them spicey

    Beth Espinosa · August 3, 2013
  • Austin Chronicle

    This tiny spot offers excellent crab cakes, quail, and hanger steak alongside more typical diner fare. The Counter Benedict with pastrami and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches are standouts. Read more

    Austin Chronicle · June 19, 2013
  • Brandi L.

    Every single time I eat here it is the best steak I've ever had. I also like the sweet potato fries and even the fruit sides are always fresh and excellent.

    Brandi Lyons · June 12, 2013
  • Nick B.

    Breakfast Tacos are excellent choice

    Nick Braun · June 7, 2013
  • TY

    Burger, yes. Sweet potato fries, noooooo!

    TY · May 11, 2013
  • Lauryn B.

    Eggs. Bacon. Biscuit. Fresh fruit. Top 5 Breakfast. And/but I'm a New Yorker so take that as you will...

    Lauryn Bennett · May 3, 2013
  • Holly C.

    Counter Burger

    Holly Crabtree · March 26, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    This retro diner serves classics with a Texas twist. It's so tiny that you'll inevitably wait for a table, but it's worth it for dishes like the Counter Benedict.

    Serious Eats · March 8, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    The Counter Benedict is the perfect hangover cure. Thick slices of Niman Ranch pastrami and two gooey-yolked eggs perched on a flaky, open-faced homemade biscuit.

    Serious Eats · February 28, 2013
  • Matthew G.

    One heart is not enough for this place. Simple things done very well. Fantastic burger. Fantastic bacon. You should eat here.

    Matthew Gordon · February 28, 2013
  • Kyle B.

    If you like blueberry pancakes, this is your spot.

    Kyle Bunch · February 24, 2013

    Can't go wrong with any of the following: (in no particular order) burger, breakfast tacos, blueberry pancake (w/ honey butter) and the biscuits & gravy. Sit at the counter & watch the magic happen.

    DATABOY · January 13, 2013
  • Richard

    I LOVE the breakfast tacos. Just the right amount of food.

    Richard · January 13, 2013
  • Ty C.

    Breakfast tacos, boom! Legit!

    Ty Clark · January 8, 2013
  • Josh L.

    If you appreciate good biscuits, you must try them at Counter! Some of the best I've ever had. Comes with warm butter & a side of strawberry jam.

    Josh Lloyd · December 23, 2012
  • Benjamin A.

    Breakfast burritos are the jam

    Benjamin Amaefule · December 15, 2012
  • Courtney A.

    The chicken burger is spicy but delicious. Be sure to add goat cheese! Yum!!

    Courtney Anne · December 6, 2012
  • Lindsey R.

    Can't go wrong with the Counter Burger or the blueberry pancakes! Love that breakfast is served all day!!

    Lindsey Rendon · October 18, 2012
  • Aida N.

    The pancakes are awesome

    Aida Nava · October 13, 2012
  • Jeff B.

    Five words: cantaloupe & mint leaf soup (and lovely, weird waitresses)

    Jeff Bobula · September 2, 2012
  • Jeff B.

    Gdamn an extra $3 each to add shrooms and bacon...but gdamn was that one of the best burgers I've ever had or what?

    Jeff Bobula · July 29, 2012
  • Lucia B.

    Great Austin restaurant with true Austin values. Killer breakfast tacos an arguably the best burger in town! Seating can be a tight. Check out on your iPhone while waiting in line!

    Lucia Briones · July 13, 2012
  • Social N.

    Avoid going with more than one other person for seating's sake. Best bun around.

    Social News Network · June 22, 2012
  • Ryan P.

    Favorite burger in Austin. Get it with the pimento cheese and sweet potato fries!

    Ryan Pombrio · June 1, 2012

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