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Star Date Cafe

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3640 Dark Sky Dr, Inside Frank N Bash Visitors Center, Fort Davis, TX 79734-3010
+1 432-426-3644
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Tue 12:00 - 22:30
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Aubrey, Texas
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68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The sandwich I ate was good. The staff was nice enough. Food was decently priced. Could have used more food options.

Thank EmKay823
Ontario, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

As usual for a tourist center, the cost of the food was a little expensive. It was very tasty and was made in good time. We were there on a slow day but there was lots of staff to handle more people if needed. Staff were very helpful and friendly.

1 Thank 548christyp
Houston, Texas
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481 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We decided to eat here before the star party since there is nothing anywhere close to here to eat. We ordered the chicken tacos and avocado tacos which both were very small. It did get us by though.

Thank houstonnative47
CafeJeffe, Manager at Star Date Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for eating with us. Our tacos are a bit small, street taco style. I'm glad they were enough to get you through the night. If anyone is looking for a heavier meal I would recommend our quesadillas or sandwiches. Thanks again. More 

G-Patch, Texas
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464 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Better than average for a "museum cafe." They have a decent selection of food that's prepared quickly. We were really thankful that they had the cafe there and that it was open extended hours during the Twilight Program and Star Party because we hadn't eaten beforehand and there is literally nothing else out in that direction for MILES! And there's... More 

Thank P5_Crazy_Train
CafeJeffe, Manager at Star Date Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much! So glad you enjoyed your time at the observatory! More 

Oklahoma City, Ok, United States
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We attended the Twilight program and Star party at the McDonald Observatory and your miles from anywhere else to eat so if your hungry the Star Date Cafe is it. That was our case and was quite pleased with the service and food. This place is so small though I would call it a snack bar instead of a Restaurant.

Thank George H
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205 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

If your attending one of the night programs at the Nash Visitors Center this place comes on very handy. They have a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks available for purchase. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Kevin M
Dallas, Texas
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234 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to eat here before the Star Party rather than trying some place in town and we were all happy with our meals (chipotle chicken sandwiches and quesadillas). We weren't expecting anything spectacular...friendly service and clean eating area. If going to the observatory, I would eat here rather than in the town of Ft. Davis.

Thank SuziQinTexas
Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This cafe in McDonald Observatory looks like a little "microwave frozen food" cafe. I got the avocado tacos. 3 tiny tacos that seemed fresh & very tasty. Our group also got chicken tacos- 3 tiny tacos that were reported to be fresh & tasty, & a grilled cheese on ciabatta (the ciabatta seemed fresh). The windows look out on a... More 

1 Thank cajedy
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

When at the Visitors Center you will be missing out if you don't try something on the menu of this fabulous little eatery. Surprisingly big menu to choose from. Very friendly folks doing a great job.

Thank Katherine G
CafeJeffe, Manager at Star Date Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! More 

Comfort, Texas
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had gone to a star party, and had a quick dinner here. We had quesadillas, tacos, and a Reuben sandwich. All of the food was fresh, and the shredded red cabbage instead of lettuce was very nice. It was a very nice surprise. The prices were good, even for being so far out.

Thank 830Countryside

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$9
Fusion, American, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3640 Dark Sky Dr, Inside Frank N Bash Visitors Center, Fort Davis, TX 79734-3010
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Fort Davis
  • Phone Number: +1 432-426-3644
The StarDate Cafe, in the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, offers a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, hot dogs, chili, soft drinks (coffee, sodas, juice drinks, tea, etc), as well as various snacks. For a menu of current selections, please go to our web-page.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?