Hours of Operation:
Open Daily: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Coffee Bar & Grab-and-Go Items available until 4 p.m.
In the citizen-owned era, The Heritage Society founded the 1886 Lunchroom, successfully operated and staffed for over 20 years by members. Stocked with recipes from the hotel's past (including a stint by Neiman Marcus culinary director and "duchess of Texas cuisine" Helen Corbitt), and their own family histories, the ladies of the Heritage Society operated a venue that to this day is known as "Austin's socializing parlor." Paying homage to the city and Heritage Society's roles, the 1886 Café & Bakery opened on July 4, 2002.
Today, located at the bustling corner of Sixth and Brazos streets, the 1886 Café & Bakery remains a respected establishment and favorite Austin bakery for many. The quaint Victorian-style café serves up delicious traditional Texas comfort foods that combine time-honored original recipes with contemporary preparation. Dine on dishes such as Helen Corbitt's Cheese Soup, our famous Hangover Burger, or a bonafide Texas classic, Hot Fried Chicken. Peer through the charming bakery window for a glimpse of Executive Pastry Chef Tony Sansalone and crew, working on an impressive array of scratch made pastries and Austin's finest cakes. Our coffee counter and espresso bar are also available for quick, grab-and-go items.
Indulge in Texas’s Favorite Southern Comfort Food on Valentine’s Day
Cured overnight in a mixture of spices, the 1886 Honey Glazed Fried Chicken is slow cooked to perfection in duck confit and fried to order. Top it off with local Austin Round Rock Honey, and you’re sure to feel the love this Valentine’s Day. For one day only, this famous dish from 1886 Café & Bakery is back on the menu. Served as a three-course meal, guests have a choice of soup or salad to start and chocolate cake or Texas pecan pie for dessert, all for only $18.86.