Cabo Bob’s Restaurant In Austin – Detailed Review for 2022

Emily Barrett | March 25, 2022

Originally opened right here in Austin, Texas in 2008, Cabo Bob’s has quickly become a Texas favorite. Inspired by the local surfers in Baja, California, the founders use “Cabo Bob” to refer to anyone who just seems to have life figured out – they never stress. This is precisely the energy when you enter the restaurant. It’s bright, beachy, and obviously Baja, California inspired.

about Cabo Bob's located in Austin

Upon entering, you are immediately greeted by the smell of fresh tortillas. Cabo Bob’s prides themselves on fresh ingredients – from making your tortilla in front of you to fresh guacamole to top off your tacos – you can truly tell by the taste. With an easy build-your-own style ordering system, the busy lunch rush never makes for too long a wait. Just get in line– it moves quickly.

Cabo Bob’s Menu

Cabo Bob’s has the option to build your own tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, or nachos, which is their most popular way to order. If you select an option that requires a tortilla, you have an array of options to pick from including buttermilk flour, cilantro tomatillo, ancho chili, and smoky cheddar.  They also have a corn option for those who tend to stay away from gluten.

Next, you’ll move down the line and choose your fillings. They offer a variety of meat options such as grilled chicken, shredded pork, crispy fish, and even grilled steak, ranging in price from $7.25 to $9.49. Most other toppings such as rice, beans, and pico come at no extra charge. Guacamole and queso are $1.89 and $1.20 extra.

Cabo bob's dish from the menu

If you’re not feeling up to crafting your own just yet, the menu also includes “Bob’s Specials” which can be ordered as-is. With 10 options from Baja Fish Tacos to a vegan Seventeen Veggie Burrito, there really is something for everyone. The prices for specials range from $7.49 to $10.49, so whether you’re getting creative or ordering from the menu, prices are similar and decently affordable.

Cabo Bob’s Reservations Process

There are no reservations needed! At Cabo Bob’s you can just walk up and order, so feel free to just show up and enjoy.

Online Order Process

If you prefer to order ahead of time, the Cabo Bob’s website has online ordering for curbside pickup.

  • Start by clicking the “Order Now” button on the top right of the home page.
  • Select the location closest to you. Once you’ve done
  • Select your order and toppings from the menu.
  • After entering your card and checking out, your order will typically take around 20 to 30 minutes to prepare.

When you arrive at the store, you can park in a numbered spot and simply text your name and spot number to 737-733-1690 and your order will be brought right to your car!

Locations + Hours

Right here in Austin, home to the original Cabo Bob’s, there are now four locations.

  • Ben White (original): 500 E Ben White Blvd SUITE D-100, Austin, TX 78704
  • Rio Grande: 2828 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
  • Shoal Creek: 7849 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
  • Northwest/Hwy 183: 13429 US-183 Suite 100, Austin, TX 78750

Every location is open from 10:30 am to 9:05 pm, except the Rio Grande, which stays open until 10:05 pm. Cabo Bob’s has also since expanded to San Antonio with a location at 847 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209, as well as Houston with a location at 1810 Fountain View Dr, Houston, Texas 77057, both of which are also open from 10:30am to 9:05pm.

It is important to note that all Cabo Bob’s locations are closed on Sundays.

Cabo Bob’s Catering

Cabo Bob’s has an extensive catering menu, with options for taco bars, pre-rolled burritos, a nacho bar, and drinks, sauces, and desserts. The minimum order is 5 people for pickup and $100 for delivery. The price to deliver varies based on location. Within 10 miles of the restaurant is $10, 10-15 miles is $20, and 15-20 miles is $30. If your delivery is further than 20 miles, the price will depend on distance. For this price, they both deliver and set up your order.

However, they do require a call at least one day in advance. To place a catering order in Austin, you can either contact the catering department directly by calling  (512) 432-1115 or emailing catering@cabobobs.com. They answer more catering FAQs on their catering page, but to name a few – yes, they do weddings, and they have handled events of up to 1000 guests.

Cabo Bob's catering

Cabo Bob’s FAQs

Is there Indoor or Outdoor seating?

The Austin locations all have both indoor and outdoor seating options.

Are there gluten free options?

Yes. They offer gluten free corn tortillas, however their other tortilla options are made with flower, so they are not considered a gluten free environment.

Are there vegetarian options?

Yes. All ingredients are vegetarian-friendly except the steak, chicken, fish, pork, and brisket. Their beans and soup broth do not include any meat products.

Are there vegan options?

Yes. Their Ancho tortilla, Cilantro Tomatillo tortillas, and corn tortillas are vegan friendly, as well all sauces except the Chipotle Crema and Ancho Rancho.

Are there dairy-free options?

Yes. Their menu is mostly dairy free, with the exception of the following.

  • Buttermilk Flour tortillas
  • Smoky Cheddar tortillas
  • Fried fish (buttermilk in the breading)
  • Queso
  • Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chipotle crema
  • Ancho Rancho

Who owns Cabo Bob’s?

John Stepan, Don Brinkman, and Terri Brinkman. They are also the founders.

Where did Cabo Bob’s originate?

Cabo Bob’s originated in Austin, Texas. The original store is located on Ben White Blvd.

Is Cabo Bob’s a franchise?

No, Cabo Bob’s is not a franchise.

Conclusion

Cabo Bob’s Austin is a great spot for lunch or dinner when you’re craving tacos, burritos, nachos, or just some good, fresh ingredients. It has a great, laid-back atmosphere that feels like you’re at the beach and incredibly caring and friendly staff. Cabo Bob’s emphasizes their business feeling like family, and I think anyone who experiences their Austin restaurant can walk in and feel that immediately.