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Chispas, Austin, TX

Chispas

3.7
3.7
23 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chef-curated tacos and hand crafted margaritas in downtown Austin! Indoor and outdoor seating, weekday happy hour & weekend brunch by Chef Jason Dady. Dine in, to-go or catering!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 551-2554

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason Dady

  • Catering

    Let Chispas spark the party with every catering and private dining event! We offer customer pick-up, party package delivery and full-service experiences for any occasion. Our professional wait and bar staff will make this your most memorable event yet. Choose from customer pick-up, downtown Austin delivery, or full service experience and live everyday like it's Taco Tuesday.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    4th & Lavaca

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was mediocre! Service was bad, slow and establishment could use some updating. Lots of other choice for Mexican food. Find another place to eat.
  2. h

    heatherb

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Great guacamole and pretty good tacos. We enjoyed the butternut squash and carne guisada tacos. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here but would pop in for lunch if I was close by.
  3. M

    Meredith

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic! We enjoyed every single thing that we ordered. The cocktails were good too, and we appreciated their wine list. A lot of Tex Mex or casual restaurants tend to fail in the wine department.
  4. KA

    KaceyA

    Austin

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Our experience was less than satisfactory. Though we had a large party, the waiter continually had to be asked to take orders, remember drinks, etc. When we would remind him of forgotten drink, he would say “well someone else must’ve drank it,” and not bring another? At the end, we were still being spoken down to, and after we finally received checks, their house margarita was charged $2 more per receipt, and did not match menu pricing. When we pointed this out, he snarkily said “well you are lucky I didn’t auto add gratuity like I could have.” ???? We left 20% anyway, and did not appreciate the continued attitude for no reason.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We all really enjoyed the tacos! From the duck, sweet potato and brisket, they were all unique and amazing. The prickly pear margarita were excellent!!
  6. GW

    GWillis

    West Palm Beach

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The tacos were good but wish we had more of a Mexican variety. Server was nice. Decor was cute. I am guessing they get more of a bar crowd.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Appetizers were great, but downhill from there. Waited a very long time for our food, poor overall service. They did comp some of our food because the wait was so long, but by the time we got the food it was luke warm, the beef was very dry, and average at best.
  8. S

    Shana2cool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun vibe! Appreciated the food and the simplicity of the experience, while feeling like we could enjoy our night out!
  9. MR

    MsRhodes

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Our server was unattentive and forgetful. We never received water refills, and he was very slow. When we looked around to see where he was, he was at the bar chatting with another employee on 3 separate occasions. The food was good except for the guacamole and tortilla soup. The guacamole was brown, as if it were made with old avocados or had been made much earlier in the day. I guess they are unaware of the trick of leaving the pit in the prepared guac to keep it from turning brown. The tortilla soup was lacking overall. It was watery and overly spiced. But the spice wasn't flavorful, it was just peppery with no depth. The tacos, queso, elotes, and margaritas were pretty good, and the saving grace for this review.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was super nice and attentive and tbe food was great! Great prices too!
  11. M

    Markg

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We went for restaurant week. We felt the menu was very overpriced. The fish tacos were good but the mushroom tacos seemed very greasy and the butternut squash tacos were overly salty and burnt.
  12. DM

    DanielM

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner was great. Nice staff.
  13. t

    texasgal

    Austin

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a quick bite here. The food was very tasty and the service was great. My paloma was just so so though. It just didn't taste quite right. It was pretty lively for being early on a Saturday night, so if super loud restaurants are not your thing, you may want to sit outside or avoid visiting during busy times.
  14. JS

    JennyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a big group out on the patio for dinner and the setting was great! Our server was extremely accommodating and friendly. We will certainly be back, everything was awesome!
  15. TS

    TamiS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Waiter was friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this place!
  16. MM

    MaggieM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    I don’t normally have bad experiences at restaurants but I won’t be back to Chispas and don’t think it’s a place that is worth spending money at amongst the restaurants in Austin. Worst tacos I’ve ever had here. They brought the wrong ones at first, then the correct ones were small in portion and meat was way over cooked. Like I actually noticed how hard they were to chew. There are MUCH better places to get tacos, chips/dip and frozen palomas.
  17. AT

    ATXadrienne

    Austin

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    If you crave a fast-food experience at 4X the price, this place hits the spot! The margaritas tasted so cheap, I couldn't finish mine (this is a first for me). I ordered the Burraco, which is a burrito stuffed with a "Deluxe Crispy Taco." But the DCT is not even on the menu, so that weird. FYI: The meat in the DCT is steak, but could actually be beef jerky it was so tough and dry. Our waiter, Truett, rushed us right through the whole dining experience. We sat down at 6:30 and were done by 7. He was so anxious to get us out of there, he asked my husband if he was ready for the bill as a forkfull of food was en route to his mouth! If you do, try this place - stick to the green chili queso, the store-bought chips, and cerveza.
  18. K

    Karla

    Austin

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Hand made corn tortillas make all the difference!!! Really enjoyed ir
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly an amazing place and amazing drinks thanks for everything and great staff.
  20. BE

    BethE

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The tacos were amazing! I had duck confit, yum. Also ordered quac which was the best I have had at restaurant. Service was impeccable. Will definitely be going back.
  21. CS

    ChrisS

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The corn tortillas were amazing. The frozen palomas are a must try. Our server, Juan was the best! I highly recommend this restaurant. I am not a fan of beans, but the borracho beans are fantastic.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    The men’s and women’s restrooms were disgusting. They looked as if they had not been cleaned in a month. Some of the food was good. The egg on my husband’s taco was undercooked even for ‘over-easy’. Our waiter was the best part of our experience. He was a great waiter.
  23. l

    larissaleighh

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    There are amazing tacos in Austin but they definitely aren't here!

FAQs

Chispas does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Chispas also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 551-2554.

Chispas is rated 3.7 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th & Lavaca

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Dady

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 551-2554

  • Catering

    Let Chispas spark the party with every catering and private dining event! We offer customer pick-up, party package delivery and full-service experiences for any occasion. Our professional wait and bar staff will make this your most memorable event yet. Choose from customer pick-up, downtown Austin delivery, or full service experience and live everyday like it's Taco Tuesday.

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