$15 for $30 Worth of Upscale Southwestern Fare and Drinks at Corazon at Castle Hill

Old West Austin

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  • Savory southwestern recipes
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Decades of experience
  • Colorful, welcoming interior

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Promotional value expires Oct 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per every 2 persons at table. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Valid only for dinner. Not valid for Happy Hour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Delicious aromas emanate from chef Michael Taddeo’s classic southwestern dishes and fill Corazon's welcoming, vibrantly colored confines. The dinner menu starts a warm blaze beneath appetites with the posole blanco, whose hearty spoonfuls are laden with green chilies, tomatillo, hominy, and roasted pork ($3.95 / cup). The house salad overflows with fistfuls of crisp jicama, beets, and pasilla chilies ($5.95) like the pockets of a lottery-winning farmer, while the half-rack of lamb ($23.95) glides across taste buds on a piquant carpet of poblano-infused chili sauce.

Corazon at Castle Hill

In 2002, when asked about his role as sous-chef at the wildly successful Castle Hill Cafe, Michael Taddeo told the Austin Chronicle, “We have lots of fun doing what we do”. Yet, following executive chef David Dailey’s retirement, Caste Hill’s co-owner, Cathe Dailey, decided to temporarily close the café’s doors and focus on a rebirth of sorts, refurbishing everything from the eatery’s menu and 110-year-old home to its very name.

Today, Chef Taddeo has taken the reins in the kitchen at the resurrected café—Corazon at Castle Hill—where he and much of the old staff continue to churn out upscale Mexican cuisine tweaked with a few changes. Today’s menu adapts to the seasons, with the chef using products that are fresh and locally available; when the Austin Chronicle's Mick Vann visited during the winter months, he sampled warm comforting plates of flautas carnitas and arrachera beef, calling them a “huge winner” and “wonderful.” Yet, in the summer, the chef’s menu consists of lighter tastes, including shrimp enchiladas, potato-corn sope, and pork tenderloin roasted over a boy scout’s campfire.

Red-clothed tables set with white napkins and small vases of fresh flowers give diners a visual clue to the eatery’s elegant-yet-comfortable vibe. Customers’ eyes also wander to the dining room’s vibrant orange walls, which house Cathe’s personal touches including Mexican folk art culled from her personal collection.

Customer Reviews

2185 Ratings

The vegetable chile relleno is very tasty. We asked for seconds on the corn pudding tamales. Our waiter, Carlos, was friendly and efficient. We also like the decor and genuine Austin vibe. Highly recommended!
Mary S. · January 13, 2015
Wonderful and romantic!
Marie T. · December 23, 2014
Excellent place for a special occassion.
N · October 23, 2014
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