Elsi's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 6601 Burnet Road, Suite 300

    Austin, TX 78756

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  • 512-454-0747

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We went there last night to try the mole based on these reviews and it was the worst mole I had ever had in my entire life. I couldn't even swallow it. My hubby got the impenadas which cost about 7 bucks and they were super tiny and tasted "fairly" okay. By no means was it great. It was literally an appetizer not an entree as they implied on the menu. Service was extremely lousy and unprofessional. We left in a hurry vowing to never return again. I don't think I'll be searching for a review on this website again based on this experience. I can't trust the source.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there last night to try the mole based on these reviews and it was the worst mole I had ever had in my entire life. I couldn't even swallow it. My hubby got the impenadas which cost about 7 bucks and they were super tiny and tasted "fairly" okay. By no means was it great. It was literally an appetizer not an entree as they implied on the menu. Service was extremely lousy and unprofessional. We left in a hurry vowing to never return again. I don't think I'll be searching for a review on this website again based on this experience. I can't trust the source.

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I went here for lunch and ordered the enchiladas with mole sauce.

The mole was REALLY good! The place itself isn't very fancy (in a strip mall), but the food makes up for it!

Parking is decent, since there are a number of businesses next door with ample parking.

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★★★★☆

I went here for lunch and ordered the enchiladas with mole sauce.

The mole was REALLY good! The place itself isn't very fancy (in a strip mall), but the food makes up for it!

Parking is decent, since there are a number of businesses next door with ample parking.

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I moved out of state a couple years ago and I still find myself missing Elsi's on a Saturday morning! Their chilequiles with verde sauce and a fried egg on top is one of my favorite dishes. The atmosphere is welcoming and the food is great.

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★★★★★

I moved out of state a couple years ago and I still find myself missing Elsi's on a Saturday morning! Their chilequiles with verde sauce and a fried egg on top is one of my favorite dishes. The atmosphere is welcoming and the food is great.

Pros: food, staff

Cons: none

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I LIVE IN FAR SOUTH AUSTIN, I FIND MYSELF DRIVING 20-25 MILES JUST FOR THEIR FOOD. THE WAITSTAFF IS WONDERFUL AND ATTENTIVE AND THE PLACE IS ALWAYS BRIGHT AND CLEAN. THE FOOD TASTE ALMOST LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER HOME COOKING. THE FOOD ALWAYS TASTE SO FRESH AND I CANT SAY THAT I HAVE A FAVORITE DISH, BECAUSE ALL THE FOOD IS GREAT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL MY FRIENDS!!

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★★★★★

I LIVE IN FAR SOUTH AUSTIN, I FIND MYSELF DRIVING 20-25 MILES JUST FOR THEIR FOOD. THE WAITSTAFF IS WONDERFUL AND ATTENTIVE AND THE PLACE IS ALWAYS BRIGHT AND CLEAN. THE FOOD TASTE ALMOST LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER HOME COOKING. THE FOOD ALWAYS TASTE SO FRESH AND I CANT SAY THAT I HAVE A FAVORITE DISH, BECAUSE ALL THE FOOD IS GREAT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL MY FRIENDS!!

Pros: FOOD IS GREAT, GREAT ENVIROMENT

Cons: NOTHING

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We got the pupusas and a dish that was similar to chicken flautas. I wasn't totally wowed, but they were pretty tasty. We loved the black beans, very flavorful, unlike some places which are very bland. The service was very good, as were the margaritas. We will definitely give it another try; we really would like to try the breakfast.

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★★★★☆

We got the pupusas and a dish that was similar to chicken flautas. I wasn't totally wowed, but they were pretty tasty. We loved the black beans, very flavorful, unlike some places which are very bland. The service was very good, as were the margaritas. We will definitely give it another try; we really would like to try the breakfast.

Pros: black beans, margaritas, service

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Elsi's is a wonderful, down to earth restaurant, with excellent food, prices, and friendly staff. Everything I have ever tried here has been delicious and well worth the money. My favorite dish is the Pupusas, a specialty plate from El Salvador. I love it so much I have to go there when I am having a craving! Their traditional Latin food is just as great, and you must stop in for one of their wonderful breakfasts, which are quite popular. This has become one of my favorite affordable places to visit, with my family, or when I am needing some Mommy time out! Please give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

Elsi's is a wonderful, down to earth restaurant, with excellent food, prices, and friendly staff. Everything I have ever tried here has been delicious and well worth the money. My favorite dish is the Pupusas, a specialty plate from El Salvador. I love it so much I have to go there when I am having a craving! Their traditional Latin food is just as great, and you must stop in for one of their wonderful breakfasts, which are quite popular. This has become one of my favorite affordable places to visit, with my family, or when I am needing some Mommy time out! Please give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

Pros: Excellent food, service, and prices!

Cons: None.

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A great place for residents of Allandale. It used to be in a small house a few blocks south, but is now in what used to be an Academy. Everything is good here, except for the accoustics.

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★★★★☆

A great place for residents of Allandale. It used to be in a small house a few blocks south, but is now in what used to be an Academy. Everything is good here, except for the accoustics.

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I liked it the handfull of times that I've eaten there. Read the neg reviews, I don't doubt that they might have had an off night, every restaurant does occationally. The food was good, beans and rice were excellent. The host that seated us was quiet but not rude, I would think in keeping with the style of the restaurant. The "head waiter" came to our table and chatted us up, he was very friendly and welcoming. This place really has a family feel too it, try it. Their prices are very reasonable and the food is served literally within 10 minutes of sitting down, they're fast so be ready to eat when you order, not much time for an appetizer.

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★★★☆☆

I liked it the handfull of times that I've eaten there. Read the neg reviews, I don't doubt that they might have had an off night, every restaurant does occationally. The food was good, beans and rice were excellent. The host that seated us was quiet but not rude, I would think in keeping with the style of the restaurant. The "head waiter" came to our table and chatted us up, he was very friendly and welcoming. This place really has a family feel too it, try it. Their prices are very reasonable and the food is served literally within 10 minutes of sitting down, they're fast so be ready to eat when you order, not much time for an appetizer.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Great Food, Fast Service

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Upon arriving with my party of 6, we were greeted (using the term loosely) by a waitress who never even smiled and didn't seem very attentive. I was hoping her bad attitude would be overshadowed by having some delicious food, but even that was mediocre. The spinach and mushroom empanadas had almost no flavor and were not worth the money spent. None of the other members of my party seemed thrilled about their meals either. I definitely wouldn't go back there again and would never recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

Upon arriving with my party of 6, we were greeted (using the term loosely) by a waitress who never even smiled and didn't seem very attentive. I was hoping her bad attitude would be overshadowed by having some delicious food, but even that was mediocre. The spinach and mushroom empanadas had almost no flavor and were not worth the money spent. None of the other members of my party seemed thrilled about their meals either. I definitely wouldn't go back there again and would never recommend this place to anyone.

Pros: Nice decor, No wait

Cons: Poor waitstaff, Bland food

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My family has breakfast at Elsi's most Sunday mornings. The food is excellent and there is a good variety of choices, including American choices for my mom who does not care for Mexican. The place is clean and spacious. We have at least 5 and sometimes as many as 15 people, so far they can accomodate us easily. The service is slow but the staff is friendly. You will not be rushed, but you may have to flag down your server!

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★★★★☆

My family has breakfast at Elsi's most Sunday mornings. The food is excellent and there is a good variety of choices, including American choices for my mom who does not care for Mexican. The place is clean and spacious. We have at least 5 and sometimes as many as 15 people, so far they can accomodate us easily. The service is slow but the staff is friendly. You will not be rushed, but you may have to flag down your server!

Pros: Inexpensive, good parking, good food

Cons: noisy

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It is not often I write a review simply to criticize a restaurant, but in the case of Elsi's I feel compelled.

First, we weren't seated very promptly when we arrived-always forgivable if everything else goes well...but...

We ordered the El Muy- a chicken or beef taco and cheese enchiladas. Whatever arrived in the chicken taco was bright pink and tasted like canned tuna. The cheese enchiladas were to come with a ranchero sauce, but they came with a tasteless beef sauce instead. The beans were overcooked and sticky, and while the queso was the only thing decent tasting, it was runny.

Maybe all these issues occured because because it was the end of the night, but when we complained to our waiter/the manager, he was barely bothered by our pink chicken taco.

All in all, there was nothing redeeming about eating at this restaurant. Highly advise against it.

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★☆☆☆☆

It is not often I write a review simply to criticize a restaurant, but in the case of Elsi's I feel compelled.

First, we weren't seated very promptly when we arrived-always forgivable if everything else goes well...but...

We ordered the El Muy- a chicken or beef taco and cheese enchiladas. Whatever arrived in the chicken taco was bright pink and tasted like canned tuna. The cheese enchiladas were to come with a ranchero sauce, but they came with a tasteless beef sauce instead. The beans were overcooked and sticky, and while the queso was the only thing decent tasting, it was runny.

Maybe all these issues occured because because it was the end of the night, but when we complained to our waiter/the manager, he was barely bothered by our pink chicken taco.

All in all, there was nothing redeeming about eating at this restaurant. Highly advise against it.

Pros: None

Cons: bad/undercooked food, terrible service

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After moving to Austin from Houston I had yet to find an ethnic restaruant that actually tastes good. Elsi's made me feel like I was in a pupuseria back home. The food had an awesome taste and the spotless interior was more comforting on the quality of the food than most taquerias leave you. I recommend this to anyone who wants a taste of something different.

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★★★★★

After moving to Austin from Houston I had yet to find an ethnic restaruant that actually tastes good. Elsi's made me feel like I was in a pupuseria back home. The food had an awesome taste and the spotless interior was more comforting on the quality of the food than most taquerias leave you. I recommend this to anyone who wants a taste of something different.

Pros: Staff, Portions, Happy Hour

Cons: Price

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This is my favorite weekend breakfast place! The Salvadorian Breakfast plate -- a large Salvadorian tamale, eggs, beans, and tortillas is amazing. Service is friendly and homey, too!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite weekend breakfast place! The Salvadorian Breakfast plate -- a large Salvadorian tamale, eggs, beans, and tortillas is amazing. Service is friendly and homey, too!

Pros: Yummy, Friendly staff

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Elsi's is one of my favorites. The El Salvadorian menu wears like Tex-Mex with a wholesome twist. Lots of good, fresh ingredients are prepared by a staff (family?) that works hard and rarely disappoints.

Try their Huevos Motelenos for an authentic breakfast treat - and (if you like 'em) the plantains rock!

Good luck to Elsi's in their new location!! I'll see you there!!

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★★★★★

Elsi's is one of my favorites. The El Salvadorian menu wears like Tex-Mex with a wholesome twist. Lots of good, fresh ingredients are prepared by a staff (family?) that works hard and rarely disappoints.

Try their Huevos Motelenos for an authentic breakfast treat - and (if you like 'em) the plantains rock!

Good luck to Elsi's in their new location!! I'll see you there!!

Pros: consistency, location/parking, reasonable prices

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It feels like a neighbor's home that's been converted into a casual Mexican diner, with comfortable booths and colorful chairs and tables. Chips with piquant salsa are served immediately. The Al Pastor entree is a…

 

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