Annies Café & Bar

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In a Nutshell

  • Café fare with an upscale twist
  • Downtown fave for more than 27 years
  • From breakfast croissants to dinner steak frites
  • Fabulous mussels

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid toward alcohol. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, brilliant thinkers such as Schnitzler, Freud, and Klimt habitually met in cafés to trade theories about the final season of Lost and why girls only go for jerks. Today's Groupon lets you enjoy a delicious meal while discussing Schnitzler, Freud, and Klimt discussing stuff. For $15, you get $30 worth of creative café fare at Annies Café & Bar, nestled downtown in the historic Day Building. Reservations are recommended for dinner, as Fridays and Saturdays can be extremely packed.

Annies Café & Bar has been wining and dining the tummies of Austin for more than 27 years—long enough to watch Titanic 73,150 times or, on network TV with limited commercial interruption, 17 times. Enjoy the restaurant's extensive variety of creative café comestibles for all three of the day's major meals plus brunch (the freak meal). Put some pep into your morning step with a breakfast of farmer's omelette (three farm eggs, ham, sweet onion, potato, and gruyere, $8.50) or a fried egg sandwich on grilled sourdough bread with bacon ($5.85)—or sink your sweet teeth into a short stack of buttermilk griddle cakes ($3.95 for short stack). Midday bites sure to delight include the ham and havarti sandwich topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard ($6.25); a grilled salmon filet served with asparagus and English pea ragout ($12); a bistro burger with frites ($11); or a light and healthy farmer's market salad (roasted baby carrots, red and golden beets, radishes, arugula, goat cheese, grilled chicken, and horseradish vinaigrette, $7.95). For dinner, pre-party your palate with a succulent bowl of saffron mussels with white wine and chorizo ($12) or duck confit ($14) before migrating your mouth to a plate of chicken schnitzel ($16), vegetable risotto ($14), or pan-roasted rabbit ($22).

On warm summer evenings, you can unwind among Annies' quaint, newly renovated interior while regaling first dates with enthralling tales-within-tales, then stopping at a suspenseful point to guarantee a second date. One Groupon can be used per table, so treat your poker-playing dogs to a nourishing nibble with today's Groupon to Annies Café & Bar.

Dine-in only. Not valid toward alcohol.

Reviews

Yelpers give Annies Café & Bar 3.5 stars, and 82% of Urbanspooners like it. Take a look at what Texas Monthly and the Austin Food Journal say:

  • In a Cinderella move, the former Apple Annie’s cafeteria has settled into a gorgeously revamped historic building and transformed itself into a full-fledged restaurant. – Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly
  • The portion sizes are very generous and more importantly, the food was very good. – Austin Food Journal
  • I've had dinner and lunch here before and both were delicious. They also have a really nice bar area. – 78703foodie, Urbanspoon

Annies Cafe & Bar

An admiration of European-style bistros and sidewalk cafés inspired Love Nance and Sherry Jameson to open Apple Annies in 1982. Then in 2008, the longtime Austin-residents moved their lunchtime café to a new location, added breakfast and dinner to the menu, and renamed their quarter-century-old eatery Annies Cafe & Bar. The dinner menu’s rapid success, fueled by farm-to-market dishes such as farmer's-market vegetable platters and roasted free-range chicken, helped the brasserie earn acclaim from various local media outlets and one interstellar radio transmission.

Each morning, Annies Cafe & Bar lures early birds by wafting the aroma of fresh-baked baguettes out its large front doors. Around noon, made-to-order lunches, sandwiches, and salads from the convenient deli case make their way into the paws of businesspeople, while evening heralds gourmet dinners and specialty cocktails from the zinc-topped bar.

Customer Reviews

Excellent food, pleasant surroundings, delightful waitress. Do not be in a hurry for drinks or food, though, but well worth the wait.
Nancy B. · October 3, 2012
Delicious and fabulous atmosphere!
Greta C. · September 30, 2012
Great downtown Austin restaurant. Great food, great service!! Our waiter was super knowledgeable about the wine list and allowed us to taste and compare a couple of wines. Great fun!!
Kay C. · September 30, 2012
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    Downtown

    319 Congress Ave.

    Suite 100

    Austin, Texas 78701

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