Kerbey Lane Cafe - Northwest

★★★☆☆
  • 13435 Hwy 183

    Austin, TX 78750

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  • 512-258-7757

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Locally-owned; made-from-scratch comfort food.
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I love the queso. This is where I come when it is late and Kerbey Lane is way better than Denny's or IHOP or other late night places. The food is good, but during the day, there are some better places out there, but Kerbey is Kerbey and I will always love it

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★★★★★

I love the queso. This is where I come when it is late and Kerbey Lane is way better than Denny's or IHOP or other late night places. The food is good, but during the day, there are some better places out there, but Kerbey is Kerbey and I will always love it

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I have been there just once and about had it. After waiting for 45 mins...yikes! I was hungry. If I am paying $13 n up per person at least they could,
1) sweep the floor once a while ..there were paper napkins, stains on the seating, crumbs on table all chairs were messed around.
2) have descent food...my pasta was floating in olive oil..n my husbands beef dish was dry.
3) Have patient staff...not rude.. dont bother me attitudes..waiter took forever just to get 2 glasses of water
4) Have the staff cover their tattoo n piercings! Gee what is with that? our server had her belly ring greeting us and the whole snake/dragon thing on her uncovered hand...It was a turn off! Is it just me who finds this a little over the top?

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been there just once and about had it. After waiting for 45 mins...yikes! I was hungry. If I am paying $13 n up per person at least they could,
1) sweep the floor once a while ..there were paper napkins, stains on the seating, crumbs on table all chairs were messed around.
2) have descent food...my pasta was floating in olive oil..n my husbands beef dish was dry.
3) Have patient staff...not rude.. dont bother me attitudes..waiter took forever just to get 2 glasses of water
4) Have the staff cover their tattoo n piercings! Gee what is with that? our server had her belly ring greeting us and the whole snake/dragon thing on her uncovered hand...It was a turn off! Is it just me who finds this a little over the top?

Pros: None

Cons: Unclean , overcrowded, impatient staff, not professional

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You have to love and get Austin to understand this review... My wife and I loved eat at the 183 Kerby Lane. It was a Saturday thing we did every week. It was in an old house from stains on the carpet to the art local on the walls the tattoo perced freindly waitstaff and the great breakfests they served, it felt like Austin. One of the only places that still did along 183 north. We were driving by one day a few months ago and noticed that they had moved to Anderson Mill and 183 into one of the strip centers there. Decided to go there that day and check it out and find out why they moved. Well as we walked in I could tell the whole vibe was different, it felt cold and corporate ( a four letter word in Austin, or it use to be) like any out of town chain, think The Black Eyed Pea, Applebees, what Cedar Park is turning into. But the waitstaff was still the same so I figured it was just because it was a new location, we were seated and asked our waiter why they moved and he had no idea, we could tell he wasn't that happy with the move he thought the new location felt very corporate as well. We got our food, it was good but they I started looking around at the photos on the walls, they we of Austin ,all the landmarks, I noticed there was a photo right above our table, a shot taken from the ground looking up at the sky in downtown. the only thing in the frame were cranes. Just cranes, not the birds mind you. I felt sick. That told me that yes Kerby Lane had turned away from what they once were, now it's all about the money baby!!! I just hope the other locations doen't follow suit. And to anyone from out of town, Go to the Original one one Kerby Lane or Magnolia Cafe if you want a real Austin Experience.

0
★☆☆☆☆

You have to love and get Austin to understand this review... My wife and I loved eat at the 183 Kerby Lane. It was a Saturday thing we did every week. It was in an old house from stains on the carpet to the art local on the walls the tattoo perced freindly waitstaff and the great breakfests they served, it felt like Austin. One of the only places that still did along 183 north. We were driving by one day a few months ago and noticed that they had moved to Anderson Mill and 183 into one of the strip centers there. Decided to go there that day and check it out and find out why they moved. Well as we walked in I could tell the whole vibe was different, it felt cold and corporate ( a four letter word in Austin, or it use to be) like any out of town chain, think The Black Eyed Pea, Applebees, what Cedar Park is turning into. But the waitstaff was still the same so I figured it was just because it was a new location, we were seated and asked our waiter why they moved and he had no idea, we could tell he wasn't that happy with the move he thought the new location felt very corporate as well. We got our food, it was good but they I started looking around at the photos on the walls, they we of Austin ,all the landmarks, I noticed there was a photo right above our table, a shot taken from the ground looking up at the sky in downtown. the only thing in the frame were cranes. Just cranes, not the birds mind you. I felt sick. That told me that yes Kerby Lane had turned away from what they once were, now it's all about the money baby!!! I just hope the other locations doen't follow suit. And to anyone from out of town, Go to the Original one one Kerby Lane or Magnolia Cafe if you want a real Austin Experience.

Cons: Atmoshere

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I find the food to be ok at best, but the wait and the horrible wait staff (ok there is always one cool hippie chick working there) aren't worth it. Last time at the downtown location the garbage was overflowing, food trash strewn on the ground outside and a rash of flies and ants were everywhere - more than is remotely acceptible.
Older punk/goth folks always make great servers....wait no they don't. At all.
We're done with either location and never going back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I find the food to be ok at best, but the wait and the horrible wait staff (ok there is always one cool hippie chick working there) aren't worth it. Last time at the downtown location the garbage was overflowing, food trash strewn on the ground outside and a rash of flies and ants were everywhere - more than is remotely acceptible.
Older punk/goth folks always make great servers....wait no they don't. At all.
We're done with either location and never going back.

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New to the area, and my husband wanted to go to the "famous" KLC. Okay. We went to the one off 183. Sunday at 12. We waited an hour for a table (but noticed many empty tables in back- maybe they were short a few servers). The waiter was ok, but not great. The food was just ok. I got the frisco egg sandwich thing. It was ok, the eggs were over cooked, and I only got a little sliver of avocado. He got biscuits and gravy. Again, only ok. The biscuits were a bit heavy. We also got pancakes, which I found very heavy, and with too much almond extract flavor. The food was lukewarm, and delivered by another server (perhaps ours was out back smoking?). It wasn't horrible food, but it certainly wasn't great, and nothing like other reviews would have had us believe. I did, however, like the coffee. If you want good breakfast food, head across the highway to La Tapateria- great food, way cheap.

1
★★☆☆☆

New to the area, and my husband wanted to go to the "famous" KLC. Okay. We went to the one off 183. Sunday at 12. We waited an hour for a table (but noticed many empty tables in back- maybe they were short a few servers). The waiter was ok, but not great. The food was just ok. I got the frisco egg sandwich thing. It was ok, the eggs were over cooked, and I only got a little sliver of avocado. He got biscuits and gravy. Again, only ok. The biscuits were a bit heavy. We also got pancakes, which I found very heavy, and with too much almond extract flavor. The food was lukewarm, and delivered by another server (perhaps ours was out back smoking?). It wasn't horrible food, but it certainly wasn't great, and nothing like other reviews would have had us believe. I did, however, like the coffee. If you want good breakfast food, head across the highway to La Tapateria- great food, way cheap.

Pros: plenty of parking, open 24 hours

Cons: the wait, the food, the service

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First, I used to love Kerbey Lane, the old one, actually on Kerbey Lane. I hadn't had the best experiences at the one north on 183 and now that they've moved to their new location near Anderson Mill, they've gotten even worse. The waiter took forever to come over and get our drink order, so we put the entire order in all at once, of course he didn't write it down, and of course it was wrong. Later he came over and said they were out of one part of our order. When the food finally came, he brought my son the wrong meal and before we discovered the problem, he was gone, so I told the hostess, who was close, about the problem. She actually came over and told my 4 year old that if he "didn't eat it, he would have to sit there for another 20 minutes with a hungry belly." It was all I could do not to reach over and choke her. Luckily, my son told her that he wanted what he ordered. When it came, it was thrown together and pretty gross. My food was mediocre at best, tasted like it had been sitting out for a couple of hours. I know Kerbey lane is supposed to be kind of an Austin experience, but if outsiders came here, they would think Austin is a nightmare. Magnolia, please please open a restaurant up north.

0
★☆☆☆☆

First, I used to love Kerbey Lane, the old one, actually on Kerbey Lane. I hadn't had the best experiences at the one north on 183 and now that they've moved to their new location near Anderson Mill, they've gotten even worse. The waiter took forever to come over and get our drink order, so we put the entire order in all at once, of course he didn't write it down, and of course it was wrong. Later he came over and said they were out of one part of our order. When the food finally came, he brought my son the wrong meal and before we discovered the problem, he was gone, so I told the hostess, who was close, about the problem. She actually came over and told my 4 year old that if he "didn't eat it, he would have to sit there for another 20 minutes with a hungry belly." It was all I could do not to reach over and choke her. Luckily, my son told her that he wanted what he ordered. When it came, it was thrown together and pretty gross. My food was mediocre at best, tasted like it had been sitting out for a couple of hours. I know Kerbey lane is supposed to be kind of an Austin experience, but if outsiders came here, they would think Austin is a nightmare. Magnolia, please please open a restaurant up north.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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Kerby Lane, Kerby Lane, Kerby Lane...

When I say that name, all can think about is my favorite Cobb Sandwich on Sourdough with a side of black beans and a cup of fruit. The Odwalla Orange juice with so much pulp it's just so yummy. If I'm feeling a little naughty... two buttermilk pancakes that are sooooo hot and steamy with real butter and warm maple syrup tops off the evening.

I have eaten at every Kerby Lane in Austin. Since I live South, the one on South Lamar is the one I call home.
Jackie, Kevin, and David are three of my favorite waitstaff. Seriously they all so cool!

Did I forget to mention... Kerby Lane Cafe makes the most beautiful cakes for any occasion.
I called upon Kebry Lane Cafe Specialty Cakes for a wedding I was planning on Christmas Eve of last year.
The manager at the time personally delivered the cake to our function at "The OASiS". That was super cool!
It was Incredibly delicious and so incredibly beautiful.

So, If you're hungry for anything, checkout the menu. There's something for you, I promise!
If you're looking for an AwEsOmE artistic baker, it's Kerby Lane Cafe.

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★★★★★

Kerby Lane, Kerby Lane, Kerby Lane...

When I say that name, all can think about is my favorite Cobb Sandwich on Sourdough with a side of black beans and a cup of fruit. The Odwalla Orange juice with so much pulp it's just so yummy. If I'm feeling a little naughty... two buttermilk pancakes that are sooooo hot and steamy with real butter and warm maple syrup tops off the evening.

I have eaten at every Kerby Lane in Austin. Since I live South, the one on South Lamar is the one I call home.
Jackie, Kevin, and David are three of my favorite waitstaff. Seriously they all so cool!

Did I forget to mention... Kerby Lane Cafe makes the most beautiful cakes for any occasion.
I called upon Kebry Lane Cafe Specialty Cakes for a wedding I was planning on Christmas Eve of last year.
The manager at the time personally delivered the cake to our function at "The OASiS". That was super cool!
It was Incredibly delicious and so incredibly beautiful.

So, If you're hungry for anything, checkout the menu. There's something for you, I promise!
If you're looking for an AwEsOmE artistic baker, it's Kerby Lane Cafe.

Pros: I love everything about Kerby Lane,it'shome to me!

Cons: I have leave because, there's always someone who's hungry and needs your table...

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Food is ok,just ok sometimes,I grew up with this place and it has declined so much.The thing that gets me is when I first came in after moving back to Austin,I was all gunned up to eat and show off the local eatery,well blah the place smelled like pine-sol and pee.We made jokes just thinking something must have happened,Ha this place really does smell like pine-sol and pee,for a year the smell has not changed.The staff is friendly but your food takes forever even when your the only one in the joint,and its all dried out when it gets to you,lay back on the doobs guys,you might get more tips.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Food is ok,just ok sometimes,I grew up with this place and it has declined so much.The thing that gets me is when I first came in after moving back to Austin,I was all gunned up to eat and show off the local eatery,well blah the place smelled like pine-sol and pee.We made jokes just thinking something must have happened,Ha this place really does smell like pine-sol and pee,for a year the smell has not changed.The staff is friendly but your food takes forever even when your the only one in the joint,and its all dried out when it gets to you,lay back on the doobs guys,you might get more tips.

Pros: Its 24 hrs

Cons: smells

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This is our second visit to a Kerbey Lane Cafe and our first time at this location. We were disappointed both times, but let me write about our visit at this particular location.

We arrived after 10 pm and were seated promptly. The server took our orders and that was about the extent of their good service. I don't know if the server was untrained, inattentive or both. When our drinks were delivered, I asked for straws, and she brought back only 1 and gave it to my SO. We ordered an appetizer and the entrees at the same time. We were hungry and you would think that she would bring out the hummus first. But no, everything was brought out all at the same time. The hummus was good, but the pita bread could be better. I asked again for a straw and though she acknowledged my request, she never came back with one.

My chicken tortilla soup was about the only thing that was good. I ordered the special and it was supposed to come with fresh baked bread. I asked the server what kind of bread it was, and she didn't know and said she would find out. I said that's ok I'll just go ahead and order it anyway. But she never brought out the bread (she didn't charge me either for the bread so that was good at least.)

My SO's turkey panini was really greasy and had too much spread on the inside that he scraped it off the bread. The casear salad was ok.

It took forever for her to bring us our check. She looked like she was punching something on the POS system and needed help from someone else. When we got the check, we didn't risk paying with a credit card lest we be kept there for another 15 minutes. We just left cash and went.

The table next to us left after 10 minutes of being seated because no one came to their table to take their orders.

Not sure if we'd give it another chance. It was a bad experience that we even thought of just hitting the IHOP the next time we needed a meal late at night.

1
★★☆☆☆

This is our second visit to a Kerbey Lane Cafe and our first time at this location. We were disappointed both times, but let me write about our visit at this particular location.

We arrived after 10 pm and were seated promptly. The server took our orders and that was about the extent of their good service. I don't know if the server was untrained, inattentive or both. When our drinks were delivered, I asked for straws, and she brought back only 1 and gave it to my SO. We ordered an appetizer and the entrees at the same time. We were hungry and you would think that she would bring out the hummus first. But no, everything was brought out all at the same time. The hummus was good, but the pita bread could be better. I asked again for a straw and though she acknowledged my request, she never came back with one.

My chicken tortilla soup was about the only thing that was good. I ordered the special and it was supposed to come with fresh baked bread. I asked the server what kind of bread it was, and she didn't know and said she would find out. I said that's ok I'll just go ahead and order it anyway. But she never brought out the bread (she didn't charge me either for the bread so that was good at least.)

My SO's turkey panini was really greasy and had too much spread on the inside that he scraped it off the bread. The casear salad was ok.

It took forever for her to bring us our check. She looked like she was punching something on the POS system and needed help from someone else. When we got the check, we didn't risk paying with a credit card lest we be kept there for another 15 minutes. We just left cash and went.

The table next to us left after 10 minutes of being seated because no one came to their table to take their orders.

Not sure if we'd give it another chance. It was a bad experience that we even thought of just hitting the IHOP the next time we needed a meal late at night.

Pros: Open 24 hours

Cons: Bad service

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I suppose I was expecting something spectacular in dining at Kerbey Lane for the very first time. While I lived in and visit Austin regularly, I never made it 'til this past Monday. We were seated quick enough, but, of course, we got there at about 1130pm, so I wasn't too worried. Our server was nice enough, as servers go, too, but she wasn't all that attentive. I had the migas, which, while they looked a little questionable, ended up being pretty solid. The place is super loud, though, even at 1130 or 12 at night, the crosses hanging everywhere are slightly unnerving, and the wait staff seems a little, well... untrained, maybe. As I stated, the waitress was nice, but she only came for a drink order, food order, and someone else delivered our food. Getting a refill was out of the question, and hot sauce for my migas wasn't happening either.
I'd probably go back if someone else was heading there, but it CERTAINLY doesn't live up to its hype.

1
★★★☆☆

I suppose I was expecting something spectacular in dining at Kerbey Lane for the very first time. While I lived in and visit Austin regularly, I never made it 'til this past Monday. We were seated quick enough, but, of course, we got there at about 1130pm, so I wasn't too worried. Our server was nice enough, as servers go, too, but she wasn't all that attentive. I had the migas, which, while they looked a little questionable, ended up being pretty solid. The place is super loud, though, even at 1130 or 12 at night, the crosses hanging everywhere are slightly unnerving, and the wait staff seems a little, well... untrained, maybe. As I stated, the waitress was nice, but she only came for a drink order, food order, and someone else delivered our food. Getting a refill was out of the question, and hot sauce for my migas wasn't happening either.
I'd probably go back if someone else was heading there, but it CERTAINLY doesn't live up to its hype.

Pros: Migas with black beans, I guess?

Cons: Loud, average to below average all around.

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I ate at this location of Kerbey Lane for the first time today and was not impressed. When we arrived we were told that the wait should be around 25 minutes. We went to the bar and ordered drinks and an appetizer while we waited. Neither of us wore a watch, so we weren't aware of just how long we'd been waiting, but it began to seem like it was taking a very long time and others who had arrived after us were being seated. So, after an hour wait I went to the front counter to check on the status of our table and saw that our names had been checked off the list and they were about 15 groups past us. I asked why we hadn't been paged or called and was told they had a new pager system (which doesn't explain why they didn't bother to call out our names as they had for other parties in the bar area). We finally sat down and ordered. The food was a little slow in coming but we were ravenous by that point which probably made us slightly less patient. The fish tacos I ordered were extremely bland, and my companion's Caesar salad was similarly tasteless and uninspiring. Once we finished, I looked around for the server and saw her lingering in the corner with a drink. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared. I was frustrated that she hadn't even bothered to check in with us since delivering our food. I couldn't stand to wait any longer so I went to the front hostess stand and asked for help in getting my check. Their response regarding our server was, "Oh, she just went to smoke." OK...so I'm supposed to just chill out and wait for her to finish hanging out in the back, leisurely puffing away. I told her I had already waited an hour for the table and needed the check now, so she finally had another server print it and bring it to us. Needless to say, the whole experience was extremely frustrating and I won't be a repeat customer at this location.

1
★★☆☆☆

I ate at this location of Kerbey Lane for the first time today and was not impressed. When we arrived we were told that the wait should be around 25 minutes. We went to the bar and ordered drinks and an appetizer while we waited. Neither of us wore a watch, so we weren't aware of just how long we'd been waiting, but it began to seem like it was taking a very long time and others who had arrived after us were being seated. So, after an hour wait I went to the front counter to check on the status of our table and saw that our names had been checked off the list and they were about 15 groups past us. I asked why we hadn't been paged or called and was told they had a new pager system (which doesn't explain why they didn't bother to call out our names as they had for other parties in the bar area). We finally sat down and ordered. The food was a little slow in coming but we were ravenous by that point which probably made us slightly less patient. The fish tacos I ordered were extremely bland, and my companion's Caesar salad was similarly tasteless and uninspiring. Once we finished, I looked around for the server and saw her lingering in the corner with a drink. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared. I was frustrated that she hadn't even bothered to check in with us since delivering our food. I couldn't stand to wait any longer so I went to the front hostess stand and asked for help in getting my check. Their response regarding our server was, "Oh, she just went to smoke." OK...so I'm supposed to just chill out and wait for her to finish hanging out in the back, leisurely puffing away. I told her I had already waited an hour for the table and needed the check now, so she finally had another server print it and bring it to us. Needless to say, the whole experience was extremely frustrating and I won't be a repeat customer at this location.

Pros: Good nachos and Bloody Mary

Cons: Horrendous service and lackluster entrees

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As a regular to Kerbey Lane(s), I can tell you that this one is my favorite. Where the one near campus is usually too loud and busy later at night, this one is a bit quieter and the service is better. I haven't had any problems with slow service, personally, though I'm not usually in a hurry to leave when I'm there. The few times I've gone around the time when bars get out, it *is* extraordinarily packed.

Food-wise, their cheese enchiladas are pretty inconsistant sometimes, though usually tasty (and I keep getting them, so what does that tell you?), as well as the filling in the turkey and avocado quesadillas. The pancakes are ALWAYS good, along with the sweet potato fries, which are seriously the only kind of fries I can stand to eat anymore. Those things are good!

They also are very willing to make substitutions on most meals (like corn tortillas instead of flour, etc.), and have a vegan menu (or things that they can make vegan), unlike the other Kerbeys.

2
★★★★☆

As a regular to Kerbey Lane(s), I can tell you that this one is my favorite. Where the one near campus is usually too loud and busy later at night, this one is a bit quieter and the service is better. I haven't had any problems with slow service, personally, though I'm not usually in a hurry to leave when I'm there. The few times I've gone around the time when bars get out, it *is* extraordinarily packed.

Food-wise, their cheese enchiladas are pretty inconsistant sometimes, though usually tasty (and I keep getting them, so what does that tell you?), as well as the filling in the turkey and avocado quesadillas. The pancakes are ALWAYS good, along with the sweet potato fries, which are seriously the only kind of fries I can stand to eat anymore. Those things are good!

They also are very willing to make substitutions on most meals (like corn tortillas instead of flour, etc.), and have a vegan menu (or things that they can make vegan), unlike the other Kerbeys.

Pros: Flexible ingredients, "veganizable," good prices, laid-back

Cons: inconsistent food quality

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I gave them a chance. I wanted to like KL. In fact I love the queso, despite it costing ALMOST $8 A BOWL! And no, there are no precious medals included in the delicious concoction. I've tried it three times and I'm officially done. A few things you can count on EVERY TIME: Slow slow slow in every respect, from the moment you arrive until you can finally track down your server to pay. Rude and unmotivated staff at hostess stand and servers. To describe the food as mediocre is usually correct and sometimes an overstatement. This place is a joke and survives solely on the reputation of their queso and being open all hours. There are far too many excellent places in Austin to enjoy to waste your money here.

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★★☆☆☆

I gave them a chance. I wanted to like KL. In fact I love the queso, despite it costing ALMOST $8 A BOWL! And no, there are no precious medals included in the delicious concoction. I've tried it three times and I'm officially done. A few things you can count on EVERY TIME: Slow slow slow in every respect, from the moment you arrive until you can finally track down your server to pay. Rude and unmotivated staff at hostess stand and servers. To describe the food as mediocre is usually correct and sometimes an overstatement. This place is a joke and survives solely on the reputation of their queso and being open all hours. There are far too many excellent places in Austin to enjoy to waste your money here.

Pros: Queso, Parking

Cons: Poor service, Unacceptable waits, Food is mediocre

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If you like breakfast Austin-style (migas, etc.), wacky seasonal breakfast items (Pumpkin pancakes during Halloween, etc.), or just plain traditional eggs & bacon, this is a great place to eat breakfast any time. Yes, the service is very slow, so allow plenty of time. However, the food is great and your friends can't escape for at least an hour.

2
★★★★★

If you like breakfast Austin-style (migas, etc.), wacky seasonal breakfast items (Pumpkin pancakes during Halloween, etc.), or just plain traditional eggs & bacon, this is a great place to eat breakfast any time. Yes, the service is very slow, so allow plenty of time. However, the food is great and your friends can't escape for at least an hour.

Pros: Excellent food & selection that's uniquely Austin

Cons: Service is very slow

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We go to Kerbey Lane on Lamar often and were in the neighborhood of this location and checked it out. The last time we went will be well, our last time. The waitress cared so very little about her job and our existence that other tables with other servers were looking at us with pity. It was embarrassing. She kept dropping menus, she gave us SO much attitude every time she came to the table and then the bill came... first the itemized bill, then the bill you sign. There were only two of us, and she added her own gratuity. I asked her to bring the itemized bill back (which had been sitting in water from our glasses) and she brought a fresh (and dry) copy that reflected the new bill we were to sign. Needless to say, there was some seriously questionable behaviour going on here. I've been in touch with management. If you go, the food is fantastic. The service is awful, so order everything you need at once. Keep an eye on your bill!

1
★★★☆☆

We go to Kerbey Lane on Lamar often and were in the neighborhood of this location and checked it out. The last time we went will be well, our last time. The waitress cared so very little about her job and our existence that other tables with other servers were looking at us with pity. It was embarrassing. She kept dropping menus, she gave us SO much attitude every time she came to the table and then the bill came... first the itemized bill, then the bill you sign. There were only two of us, and she added her own gratuity. I asked her to bring the itemized bill back (which had been sitting in water from our glasses) and she brought a fresh (and dry) copy that reflected the new bill we were to sign. Needless to say, there was some seriously questionable behaviour going on here. I've been in touch with management. If you go, the food is fantastic. The service is awful, so order everything you need at once. Keep an eye on your bill!

Pros: Fantastic food, large portions for those eaters in your family, awesome coffee

Cons: Terrible service, late-night waits take longer due to service staff's laziness to clean tables off for new customers

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It is Austin- we have declared ourself, our city "weird", and that is exactly what you can expect from Kerbey Lane. The food is great! The breakfast is probably the best around including their huge pancakes which everyone raves about. The locations are open 24 hours and the service is always friendly- don't let the tatoos or piercings scare give you any other ideas. It's a fun place with great food.

4
★★★★☆

It is Austin- we have declared ourself, our city "weird", and that is exactly what you can expect from Kerbey Lane. The food is great! The breakfast is probably the best around including their huge pancakes which everyone raves about. The locations are open 24 hours and the service is always friendly- don't let the tatoos or piercings scare give you any other ideas. It's a fun place with great food.

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I was not impressed with this place at all. The other Kerby Lanes is way better. The service at this place just plain sucked, and the Food wasn't all that. Enough said!

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★★★☆☆

I was not impressed with this place at all. The other Kerby Lanes is way better. The service at this place just plain sucked, and the Food wasn't all that. Enough said!

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I've been to Magnolia's, Omelletry and I still love the buttermilk pancakes at Kerbey Lane. The service is usually slow as the place is always packed when I go (11-12 at night) but the pancakes will make it worth your while! Do note that the pancakes are larger than normal so even their half size is still bigger than other restaurants.

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★★★★★

I've been to Magnolia's, Omelletry and I still love the buttermilk pancakes at Kerbey Lane. The service is usually slow as the place is always packed when I go (11-12 at night) but the pancakes will make it worth your while! Do note that the pancakes are larger than normal so even their half size is still bigger than other restaurants.

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We went for breakfast today and my only disappointment was that we have not been here before in the three years we have been in Austin! Cynthia was our waitress, she was great. I had a spinach quiche, it was awesome, and you get a ton of food for the price. We had to wait about 20 minutes, but it was worth it. We had a nice little table in the back by a window. I didn't think it was grubby at all, as other people noted, it was cute and painted nicely, with local art adorning the walls.

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★★★★★

We went for breakfast today and my only disappointment was that we have not been here before in the three years we have been in Austin! Cynthia was our waitress, she was great. I had a spinach quiche, it was awesome, and you get a ton of food for the price. We had to wait about 20 minutes, but it was worth it. We had a nice little table in the back by a window. I didn't think it was grubby at all, as other people noted, it was cute and painted nicely, with local art adorning the walls.

Pros: great food, great prices

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My rating only applies to the breakfast menu. I have been to this location countless times for breakfast, which they serve 24/7, so there is no need to stray from it. If you do have to venture from the breakfast menu the enchildadas are pretty good as well as the chips and queso with guacamole. Wait staff is very nice, but only if you are open enough to accept someone with some tattoos and piercings. If you decide to go at breakfast time on the weekend, expect a wait of at least 30-45 minutes. At least there is a large waiting room with free coffee.

PROS: Breakfast menu, atmosphere
CONS: Dinner menu is lacking, can be a wait on weekend mornings

4
★★★★☆

My rating only applies to the breakfast menu. I have been to this location countless times for breakfast, which they serve 24/7, so there is no need to stray from it. If you do have to venture from the breakfast menu the enchildadas are pretty good as well as the chips and queso with guacamole. Wait staff is very nice, but only if you are open enough to accept someone with some tattoos and piercings. If you decide to go at breakfast time on the weekend, expect a wait of at least 30-45 minutes. At least there is a large waiting room with free coffee.

PROS: Breakfast menu, atmosphere
CONS: Dinner menu is lacking, can be a wait on weekend mornings

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This restaurant has great breakfast fare. Their pancakes are absolutely delicious and they are HUGE. Unfortunately, their dinner/lunch fare is lacking.

PROS: great breakfast food, inexpensive
CONS: non-breakfast food is not that great, crowded restaurant

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★★★★☆

This restaurant has great breakfast fare. Their pancakes are absolutely delicious and they are HUGE. Unfortunately, their dinner/lunch fare is lacking.

PROS: great breakfast food, inexpensive
CONS: non-breakfast food is not that great, crowded restaurant

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She had so many piercings on her face/nose/ears...etc...I actually became worried she was going to get my plate of food caught up in something! We had taken our very small children here and they kept asking why the people looked the way they did. From purple hair to strange piercings...it certainly falls with the "keep Austin wierd" theme. We could have overlooked all that...but the food just wasn't that quality. We went for lunch and we've been told breakfast is their specialty...but it is hard to muster up the desire to return.

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★★☆☆☆

She had so many piercings on her face/nose/ears...etc...I actually became worried she was going to get my plate of food caught up in something! We had taken our very small children here and they kept asking why the people looked the way they did. From purple hair to strange piercings...it certainly falls with the "keep Austin wierd" theme. We could have overlooked all that...but the food just wasn't that quality. We went for lunch and we've been told breakfast is their specialty...but it is hard to muster up the desire to return.

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When I actually stopped to think about it, Kerbey Lane is over-priced and not even very tasty! You go there because it's 3AM and you're hungry and drunk and it's the only place to go. This is the 3rd time in a row I've been to this location and it was gross. I ordered simple biscuits and gravy and they screwed that up. The gravy has the consistancy of WATER. It took about 45 minutes to come out. I sent the gravy back and it came back just as watery. This was the last straw, I'm NOT going back to this location. I've never had problems with other locations.

PROS: open 24/7
CONS: expensive, bad service, gross food

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★☆☆☆☆

When I actually stopped to think about it, Kerbey Lane is over-priced and not even very tasty! You go there because it's 3AM and you're hungry and drunk and it's the only place to go. This is the 3rd time in a row I've been to this location and it was gross. I ordered simple biscuits and gravy and they screwed that up. The gravy has the consistancy of WATER. It took about 45 minutes to come out. I sent the gravy back and it came back just as watery. This was the last straw, I'm NOT going back to this location. I've never had problems with other locations.

PROS: open 24/7
CONS: expensive, bad service, gross food

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We love Kerby Lane, have to put a rating on Citysearch. Love the pancakes, Migas, Queso Dip, Greek Chicken Plate, Hummus & Tabbouili, and the Tortilla Soup may be Top 3 in Austin for sure. Sometimes service is so-so, but overall we've never had a bad experience. They do make petty charges on to-go orders (extra 10% for the to-go packaging) but it's 24 hours and no more Denny's or IHOP, these guys rule. Only competition is Mimosa, but they don't have as good of pancakes.

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★★★★★

We love Kerby Lane, have to put a rating on Citysearch. Love the pancakes, Migas, Queso Dip, Greek Chicken Plate, Hummus & Tabbouili, and the Tortilla Soup may be Top 3 in Austin for sure. Sometimes service is so-so, but overall we've never had a bad experience. They do make petty charges on to-go orders (extra 10% for the to-go packaging) but it's 24 hours and no more Denny's or IHOP, these guys rule. Only competition is Mimosa, but they don't have as good of pancakes.

Pros: Pancakes, Tortilla Soup, Great Variety

Cons: Inconsistent Service, Charge xtra To Go

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I don't know what everyone else is complaining about. Sure I waited 40-45 minutes to be seated, but thats standard for a decent breakfast spot on Sunday morning, and they provided free coffee while I waited. My food was awesome. I couldn't stop raving about it at the table. I spent 20% less than usual. Downside is the place is grubby and service is non-descript.

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★★★★☆

I don't know what everyone else is complaining about. Sure I waited 40-45 minutes to be seated, but thats standard for a decent breakfast spot on Sunday morning, and they provided free coffee while I waited. My food was awesome. I couldn't stop raving about it at the table. I spent 20% less than usual. Downside is the place is grubby and service is non-descript.

Pros: Delicious, Inexpensive

Cons: Crowded, Dirty

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really poor service, took forever and was rank when it got to us

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★☆☆☆☆

really poor service, took forever and was rank when it got to us

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We went here for breakfast, the service was so incredibly bad and the wait so long I found it hard to believe the amount of patrons lined up to get in. After over 2 hours waiting for our food we actually ended up paying for our drinks and going elsewhere to eat, who knows how much more of our day would have been taken up sitting in one of the dirtiest cafes I've been to in the US. I'm informed that his chain is simply a Texas tradition no matter how bad the service. Which can be the only explanation why this place is still in bussiness.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here for breakfast, the service was so incredibly bad and the wait so long I found it hard to believe the amount of patrons lined up to get in. After over 2 hours waiting for our food we actually ended up paying for our drinks and going elsewhere to eat, who knows how much more of our day would have been taken up sitting in one of the dirtiest cafes I've been to in the US. I'm informed that his chain is simply a Texas tradition no matter how bad the service. Which can be the only explanation why this place is still in bussiness.

Message from Kerbey Lane Cafe - Northwest

Kerbey Lane Cafe first opened our doors on May 5, 1980, serving made-from scratch comfort food out of a small house on Kerbey Lane. Today, Kerbey Lane Cafe remains 100% family-owned and we continue to stay true to our original values. We have 8 locations across Austin, many of which are 24-hours. Known for amazing queso and fluffy pancakes, Kerbey Lane Cafe is a place where everyone feels welcome.

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