Hours of Operation:
Open Daily: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Espresso bar and to-go menu available until 4:00 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 on 6th Street in downtown Austin, the 1886 Café & Bakery remains a respected establishment and favorite 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 until 4:00 p.m.