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Bacalar, Austin, TX

Bacalar

4.6
4.6
27 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Bacalar is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. Located on Lady Bird Lake in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District, the restaurant was created by Chef/Partner Gabe Erales and the team at Urbanspace Hospitality. Our thoughtfully-designed space is an immersive experience inspired by nature, accompanied by a menu that highlights the nuances of the diverse global influences of the Yucatan region.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 517-1656
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Gabe Erales

Experiences

  • Masa Series Vol. 5

    US$125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 24, 2024 only
    - Guest Chef Alexana Cabrera was born and raised in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She trained under acclaimed chefs Andrew Weissman at IL Sogno Osteria and Anne-Sophie Breysem at De Kwizien in Hasselt, Belgium. She is one of San Antonio's leading female culinary leaders, inspiring latinas to follow their dreams and make lasting changes in their communities. Alexana Cabrera and her restaurant MIxtli in San Antonio are part of the 2024 James Beard outstanding restaurant finalists. - Cocktails Specials by Carabuena Tequila - Wine pairing available. - Guest DJ. IMPORTANT: - This event is non-refundable and will start promptly. In order to honor the careful design of the menu we are not able to honor substitutions or dietary restrictions.
    Masa Series Vol. 5 photo
  • Neta: Mezcal Master Class and Tasting

    US$85.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 30, 2024 only
    Join Neta Co-Founder Niki Nakazawa for a masterclass and tasting of 5 x 15 ml expressions of Neta, including Bacalar's single batch Cuixe Verde. Ticket includes 3 Bacalar snack pairings. NETA works closely with over 20 small family producers from the southern valleys and hills of Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. Situated at the southern tip of the Central Valleys and the foot of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. The recipes and knowledge have been passed down and shared through family and community ties. Since 2012, Neta's relationships with families in communities across Miahuatlán have allowed access to a world elusive to those not born into it. IMPORTANT: This event is non-refundable and will start promptly. Seating is at a communal table.
    Neta: Mezcal Master Class and Tasting photo

Offers

  • Bacalar Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.,Tue - Sat - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Please join us at Bacalar for happy hour daily on the shore of Lady Bird Lake from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (*closed Mondays) Happy Hour Specials Include: $3 off Wines by the glass $10 Margaritas $12 Mezcal Margaritas and Palomas $10 Señor Negroni $3 off all Signature Cocktails $10 Mezcal Flights $2 off Draft Beers $5 off Botanas (snacks)

    Bacalar Happy Hour photo

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Good for business meals

  • Austin

    Innovative

  • Austin

    Healthy

  • Austin

    Hot spot

  • Austin

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Austin

    Romantic

  • Austin

    Lively

  • Austin

    Good for business meals

  • Austin

    Innovative

  • Austin

    Healthy

  • Austin

    Hot spot

  • Austin

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Austin

    Romantic

  • Austin

    Lively

27 Reviews
  1. R267

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been twice! Food is always amazing, and the design is superb! However I felt the couches are not ideal for eating at a table because you sink low into them. First time, service was ABOVE AND BEYOND! The server was experienced and made our dinner fantastic. Second time, service was good, but music was way too loud on patio especially for 5P. The complimentary birthday dessert was very generous and delicious!

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  2. Brockstar

    Austin

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! We will be back . Food was great. Service and cocktails were great also.

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  3. Christian

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    After two exceptional visits, we returned for a third bringing guests from out of town and was a big let down. We won’t be returning. The starters were great and went downhill from there. The server misguided us and pushed extra food. There was then a very long wait for food to arrive. The market priced steak that was featured was mostly fat and served at room temperature after sitting out. The pork (which ive had before and loved) tasted gamey and was also not warm. Too many great places to go in Austin to spend this kind of money for such a poor experience.

    2 people found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time as always. Love eating here. Staff is wonderful and knowledgeable. The fresh market fish is always a favorite for us

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible horrible horrible. The service was terrible. The worst service I’ve ever had, took over 3 hours for our meal of appetizers.

    2 people found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nicole had an unprecedented knowledge of the menu and clearly knew food and recognized her audience were foodies and that I was a cook. She was utterly amazing! Also, Bella re cocktail and ingredients and brands available w her descriptions was also very informative. We can’t say enough about Nicole. What a gem. She made the night one of my best dinning experiences ever.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and we all loved everything we ordered. Wait staff was stellar as well. Can’t wait to go back for dinner

    1 person found this helpful

  8. TrishA

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were great, food was amazing and service was awesome! We were a group of 4 and tried a bunch of different items that we all tasted and literally everything we ordered was so tasty. We will definitely be going back!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and was the perfect dinner for our large group of 10. Staff was amazing.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. CarlaG

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate outside & the ambiance could not have been more perfect to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. Delicious made to be shared plates.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. Fgarcia

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shout out to Luke and Bella for giving exceptional service! Food was delicious. Can’t wait to come back!

    1 person found this helpful

  12. tinar

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for their Sunday brunch! Food was great! Especially loved the conchas and infladita! The masa pancakes was an odd one in the menu and didn't fit the rest of the dishes, wish we did not order that one! Overall a bit pricey, but great ambience and service! Will definitely come back for their dinner menu!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent server. Some of us are vegetarian and there was enough on the menu for us to choose from and dishes were very flavorful

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EXCELENTE COMIDA. Definitivamente uno de mis restaurantes favoritos aquí en Austin, volvería a ir mil veces. La comida es exquisita y tiene su sabor auténtico! El postre fue lo máximo. Buenos precios, buen ambiente y excelente servicio! Volveré pronto segurísimo.

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  15. Melissa

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such strong flavors and wonderful portions. Def a good place to impress and just for a nice night out. Only complaint is that the seating on the patios are not ideal for tall people. I wish they would have more comfortable seating.

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  16. James

    Austin

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is arguably the best experience in Austin! Amazing food, amazing service, and ambiance. Alex R always has legendary service as host. Would strongly recommend this place to everyone! Cheers JK

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was flavorful our waiter was amazing but the prices are too high.

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  18. LeticiaT

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, atmosphere and the service was excellent ask for Taylor he was the best !! My friends and I been there twice for brunch and dinner , probably one of my new favorite restaurants.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    While food was enjoyable, I had a less pleasant experience when the server accidentally spilled drinks on me. I was expecting someone from management to talk to me about it but no one came to do so. I was drenched in champagne for most part of the night. I also think that the ambiance isn’t matching with the music that they are playing. The space is very romantic and dimmed and the music playing in the background doesn’t match it.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Strange and limited brunch menu. Service was great. Ambience nice, beautiful decor. Not a fan of the menu.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible the food the service the atmosphere everything can’t wait to come back. Will recommend everybody!!!

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  22. SOFIAL

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance and service are superb. The food was creative but not as flavorful as I would expect from South Mexican cuisine. The scallop and tuna ceviche was unfortunatelya tad slimy, but presentation was great. The mole tamal was pretty bland. Pork Belly tacos were decent. Had a mocktail that was amazing, which I was supper happy about since most crafted mocktails tend to taste very syrupy. Dessert was a good finale. Our server was amazing, he noticed out dissatisfaction with the appetizer and very kindly compensated our experience.

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  23. BrandyOeschger

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant in Austin. Everything is 10/10

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  24. ChrisH

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is unique and the blend of flavors is top notch. Wait staff was very attentive but not in your face. We had some of the specialty drinks and they were all good too. Highly recommend.

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  25. DebbieH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a party of 9, so we just let the waiter order for us. Everything was fantastic - the table was split between the crispy pork tacos and the lamb dumplings for the favorite. Really though, no one had any complaints about any of the dishes.

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  26. BrentonSchu

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Great food, cocktails, and service. I’ll be back!

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  27. NoraR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious, I'd come back for sure!

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FAQs

Bacalar is rated 4.6 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bacalar

44 East Ave 100, Austin, TX 78701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Gabe Erales
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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