Cafe Eccell

★★★☆☆
  • 101 Church Ave

    College Station, TX 77840

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  • 979-846-7908

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If you don't have much experience with nicer menus, you may love this place. However, If you come in with any expectations it may prove a letdown.

I ordered their lamb chops, a glass of wine, and their apricot cheesecake. The chops were disappointing- cut thin and overcooked. Their default is medium-rare, I requested rare, and they came out medium. Whoever poured the wine was inexperienced. One bottle should make 4 glasses. Mine was maybe a 1/2 glass if that (they have a 1/2 glass option also, but that wasn't what I ordered or was charged for). On a more positive note, the cheesecake was good.

Our waiter was just alright, and that is how I feel about the restaurant as well. They probably wouldn't make it in a town with more of a food culture, but in this sheltered setting they manage to pass for "fancy" dining.

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★★★☆☆

If you don't have much experience with nicer menus, you may love this place. However, If you come in with any expectations it may prove a letdown.

I ordered their lamb chops, a glass of wine, and their apricot cheesecake. The chops were disappointing- cut thin and overcooked. Their default is medium-rare, I requested rare, and they came out medium. Whoever poured the wine was inexperienced. One bottle should make 4 glasses. Mine was maybe a 1/2 glass if that (they have a 1/2 glass option also, but that wasn't what I ordered or was charged for). On a more positive note, the cheesecake was good.

Our waiter was just alright, and that is how I feel about the restaurant as well. They probably wouldn't make it in a town with more of a food culture, but in this sheltered setting they manage to pass for "fancy" dining.

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I suggested Cafe Eccell to my out-of-town parents for a nice dinner for my graduation and they made reservations. 6 people showed up, and all 6 ordered seafood dinners. I will point out the waitress was great! She was going out of her way throughout the night as things went downhill quickly to make sure we were happy and to make things better. When we first received our food, we ALL realized after a few bites that everything was cold. We sent the food back and a manager came by made excuses and told us that if we order Ahi Tuna rare the middle will be cool. That was only 2 of the dishes and we need that! Everyone else's food was cold, including the sides. He really made us feel belittled and stupid! After about 5 minutes or so they brought out our food and is was the EXACT SAME FOOD REHEATED!!! A restaurant of that caliber should never do that. and it is definitely unacceptable! We then sent it back again, with 3 people changing their orders to steak because they were fed-up with the kitchen and management and figured steak would be a better option in terms of cooking. At this point the manager came back and again made excuses about being busy, which should NEVER be an excuse at a restaurant! The attitude and demeanor of the managers (because at this point, the head manager was brought into the situation) were uncaring and it was apparent they had no intentions of fixing their mistakes within the customers' minds. The new food was brought out and this time was cooked properly. The managers only wanted to give us coupons for a free appetizer next time we visited. We were astonished, as I am a service major and one of the first things we learn is that in a case of a mistake, you ALWAYS go far and beyond to fix it so the customer(s) only remember what you did to fix it, and not the mistake. In the end, which felt like pulling teeth, 2 bottles of wine and only 25% were discounted off the bill. The managers RUINED MY GRADUATION NIGHT!!! I have a coupon for a fee appetizer, but I am sure I will never use it, because they have lost my business, as well as many of my friends who have heard about this story! They can't believe what happened! I mean a friend went to TGIF's the same day and received bad service and the manager took care of the entire bill, no questions asked as well as gave her 2 coupons for a free appetizer or desert and a $10 gift card. How is it that a "fine dinning" restaurant in town, Cafe Eccell, doesn't even come close to what a chain restaurant, TGIF's, did for its customers in terms of fixing a mistake!??

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★☆☆☆☆

I suggested Cafe Eccell to my out-of-town parents for a nice dinner for my graduation and they made reservations. 6 people showed up, and all 6 ordered seafood dinners. I will point out the waitress was great! She was going out of her way throughout the night as things went downhill quickly to make sure we were happy and to make things better. When we first received our food, we ALL realized after a few bites that everything was cold. We sent the food back and a manager came by made excuses and told us that if we order Ahi Tuna rare the middle will be cool. That was only 2 of the dishes and we need that! Everyone else's food was cold, including the sides. He really made us feel belittled and stupid! After about 5 minutes or so they brought out our food and is was the EXACT SAME FOOD REHEATED!!! A restaurant of that caliber should never do that. and it is definitely unacceptable! We then sent it back again, with 3 people changing their orders to steak because they were fed-up with the kitchen and management and figured steak would be a better option in terms of cooking. At this point the manager came back and again made excuses about being busy, which should NEVER be an excuse at a restaurant! The attitude and demeanor of the managers (because at this point, the head manager was brought into the situation) were uncaring and it was apparent they had no intentions of fixing their mistakes within the customers' minds. The new food was brought out and this time was cooked properly. The managers only wanted to give us coupons for a free appetizer next time we visited. We were astonished, as I am a service major and one of the first things we learn is that in a case of a mistake, you ALWAYS go far and beyond to fix it so the customer(s) only remember what you did to fix it, and not the mistake. In the end, which felt like pulling teeth, 2 bottles of wine and only 25% were discounted off the bill. The managers RUINED MY GRADUATION NIGHT!!! I have a coupon for a fee appetizer, but I am sure I will never use it, because they have lost my business, as well as many of my friends who have heard about this story! They can't believe what happened! I mean a friend went to TGIF's the same day and received bad service and the manager took care of the entire bill, no questions asked as well as gave her 2 coupons for a free appetizer or desert and a $10 gift card. How is it that a "fine dinning" restaurant in town, Cafe Eccell, doesn't even come close to what a chain restaurant, TGIF's, did for its customers in terms of fixing a mistake!??

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I suggested Cafe Eccell to my out-of-town parents for a nice dinner for my graduation and they made reservations. 6 people showed up, and all 6 ordered seafood dinners. I will point out the waitress was great! She was going out of her way throughout the night as things went downhill quickly to make sure we were happy and to make things better. When we first received our food, we ALL realized after a few bites that everything was cold. We sent the food back and a manager came by made excuses and told us that if we order Ahi Tuna rare the middle will be cool. That was only 2 of the dishes and we need that! Everyone else's food was cold, including the sides. He really made us feel belittled and stupid! After about 5 minutes or so they brought out our food and is was the EXACT SAME FOOD REHEATED!!! A restaurant of that caliber should never do that. and it is definitely unacceptable! We then sent it back again, with 3 people changing their orders to steak because they were fed-up with the kitchen and management and figured steak would be a better option in terms of cooking. At this point the manager came back and again made excuses about being busy, which should NEVER be an excuse at a restaurant! The attitude and demeanor of the managers (because at this point, the head manager was brought into the situation) were uncaring and it was apparent they had no intentions of fixing their mistakes within the customers' minds. The new food was brought out and this time was cooked properly. The managers only wanted to give us coupons for a free appetizer next time we visited. We were astonished, as I am a service major and one of the first things we learn is that in a case of a mistake, you ALWAYS go far and beyond to fix it so the customer(s) only remember what you did to fix it, and not the mistake. In the end, which felt like pulling teeth, 2 bottles of wine and only 25% were discounted off the bill. The managers RUINED MY GRADUATION NIGHT!!! I have a coupon for a fee appetizer, but I am sure I will never use it, because they have lost my business, as well as many of my friends who have heard about this story! They can't believe what happened! I mean a friend went to TGIF's the same day and received bad service and the manager took care of the entire bill, no questions asked as well as gave her 2 coupons for a free appetizer or desert and a $10 gift card. How is it that a "fine dinning" restaurant in town, Cafe Eccell, doesn't even come close to what a chain restaurant, TGIF's, did for its customers in terms of fixing a mistake!??

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★☆☆☆☆

I suggested Cafe Eccell to my out-of-town parents for a nice dinner for my graduation and they made reservations. 6 people showed up, and all 6 ordered seafood dinners. I will point out the waitress was great! She was going out of her way throughout the night as things went downhill quickly to make sure we were happy and to make things better. When we first received our food, we ALL realized after a few bites that everything was cold. We sent the food back and a manager came by made excuses and told us that if we order Ahi Tuna rare the middle will be cool. That was only 2 of the dishes and we need that! Everyone else's food was cold, including the sides. He really made us feel belittled and stupid! After about 5 minutes or so they brought out our food and is was the EXACT SAME FOOD REHEATED!!! A restaurant of that caliber should never do that. and it is definitely unacceptable! We then sent it back again, with 3 people changing their orders to steak because they were fed-up with the kitchen and management and figured steak would be a better option in terms of cooking. At this point the manager came back and again made excuses about being busy, which should NEVER be an excuse at a restaurant! The attitude and demeanor of the managers (because at this point, the head manager was brought into the situation) were uncaring and it was apparent they had no intentions of fixing their mistakes within the customers' minds. The new food was brought out and this time was cooked properly. The managers only wanted to give us coupons for a free appetizer next time we visited. We were astonished, as I am a service major and one of the first things we learn is that in a case of a mistake, you ALWAYS go far and beyond to fix it so the customer(s) only remember what you did to fix it, and not the mistake. In the end, which felt like pulling teeth, 2 bottles of wine and only 25% were discounted off the bill. The managers RUINED MY GRADUATION NIGHT!!! I have a coupon for a fee appetizer, but I am sure I will never use it, because they have lost my business, as well as many of my friends who have heard about this story! They can't believe what happened! I mean a friend went to TGIF's the same day and received bad service and the manager took care of the entire bill, no questions asked as well as gave her 2 coupons for a free appetizer or desert and a $10 gift card. How is it that a "fine dinning" restaurant in town, Cafe Eccell, doesn't even come close to what a chain restaurant, TGIF's, did for its customers in terms of fixing a mistake!??

Cons: Management was HORRIBLE!

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This is a great place to go on a special day. They have great pizza, but I especially love the dessert. I even hear that the President George Bush senior eats here while in College Station!

4
★★★★☆

This is a great place to go on a special day. They have great pizza, but I especially love the dessert. I even hear that the President George Bush senior eats here while in College Station!

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It's hard to find many nicer restaurant in this town, so this place is great. The food is amazing and the service is great. Some of the foods on the menu are very typical, but there are some very unique items there. They had at least 5 different varieties just for salmon. This is a place where you don't want to be stingy-- the food costs more, but it is very much worth it!

5
★★★★★

It's hard to find many nicer restaurant in this town, so this place is great. The food is amazing and the service is great. Some of the foods on the menu are very typical, but there are some very unique items there. They had at least 5 different varieties just for salmon. This is a place where you don't want to be stingy-- the food costs more, but it is very much worth it!

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This is a fantastic little restaurant if you're looking for a fancy night out! It's pricey, but the food is delicious! The seafood and deserts here are especially recommended. We need more restaurants of this type in Bryan. (I also like it because it is not a chain, so it has a unique atmosphere and menu!)

5
★★★★★

This is a fantastic little restaurant if you're looking for a fancy night out! It's pricey, but the food is delicious! The seafood and deserts here are especially recommended. We need more restaurants of this type in Bryan. (I also like it because it is not a chain, so it has a unique atmosphere and menu!)

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I have enjoyed almost everything I have eaten at Cafe Eccell. T
he pizza however is the best. Consistently good and made with fresh ingredients. For me it's a tie between the QUATTRO FORMAGGIO (four cheese) and CRAB AND APPLEWOOD-SMOKED BACON.
For dessert, if you have not tried it, the strawberry tart is the one to get. Fresh cut strawberries covered in an apricot glaze on top of a custard/mousse inside a lacey pastry bowl. I must have one every year for my birthday dessert. The martini by the same name is also excellent.
Nicer than most places in town, it makes for a wonderful eating out experience.

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★★★★★

I have enjoyed almost everything I have eaten at Cafe Eccell. T
he pizza however is the best. Consistently good and made with fresh ingredients. For me it's a tie between the QUATTRO FORMAGGIO (four cheese) and CRAB AND APPLEWOOD-SMOKED BACON.
For dessert, if you have not tried it, the strawberry tart is the one to get. Fresh cut strawberries covered in an apricot glaze on top of a custard/mousse inside a lacey pastry bowl. I must have one every year for my birthday dessert. The martini by the same name is also excellent.
Nicer than most places in town, it makes for a wonderful eating out experience.

Pros: Ambiance, Food, Drinks, and Desserts

Cons: Service can be slow because they get so busy. If you're going on the weekend, would recommend making reservations.

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The food was very good. I took my girlfriend there for a special treat and we were dressed similarly to others in the restaurant, and ordered meals that were not the cheapest on the menu. However, our waiter treated us completely different from the table next to us and we can only assume it was because we are college students while they were older. The waiter was curt, and only came by when he absolutely had to. When it came time for desert, we saw him bring the table next to us the desert tray out and explain each item in detail. When we said we would have desert, he dropped the menu on the table, said they didnt have one item, and walked away.

Because of this, I can only say go there if you are not a college student looking for a special meal, because you will leave with a bitter taste in your mouth.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was very good. I took my girlfriend there for a special treat and we were dressed similarly to others in the restaurant, and ordered meals that were not the cheapest on the menu. However, our waiter treated us completely different from the table next to us and we can only assume it was because we are college students while they were older. The waiter was curt, and only came by when he absolutely had to. When it came time for desert, we saw him bring the table next to us the desert tray out and explain each item in detail. When we said we would have desert, he dropped the menu on the table, said they didnt have one item, and walked away.

Because of this, I can only say go there if you are not a college student looking for a special meal, because you will leave with a bitter taste in your mouth.

Pros: good food

Cons: horrible service

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Cafe Eccell is one of the best resturants in College Station. They have a wide range of food that changes depending if it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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★★★★★

Cafe Eccell is one of the best resturants in College Station. They have a wide range of food that changes depending if it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Pros: One of the few upscale resturants in the area

Cons: It is a trifle expensive. It gets really crowded on football weekends.

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I was traveling to College Station on business, and I found this restaurant on the web and it looked interesting so I tried it. Unfortunately, for me the greek salad with chicken made me very sick, and I lost a day of work because of it.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was traveling to College Station on business, and I found this restaurant on the web and it looked interesting so I tried it. Unfortunately, for me the greek salad with chicken made me very sick, and I lost a day of work because of it.

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This restaurant can be very noisy. I have been there several times and sometimes had excellent service and sometimes abominable service. There are limited vegetarian options.

1
★★☆☆☆

This restaurant can be very noisy. I have been there several times and sometimes had excellent service and sometimes abominable service. There are limited vegetarian options.

Pros: Good Corn Chowder

Cons: , Noisy

 

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