Dress warmly (especially for evening programs) and bring your reservation confirmation with you. The Visitors Center is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time (and additional hours on Star Party nights) every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The phone number is 432-426-3640.
StarDate Café Information and Menu
The StarDate Café, in the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, offers a selection of sandwiches, quesdillas, tacos, soft drinks (coffee, sodas, juice drinks, tea, etc), as well as various snacks. The Café is currently open from noon through the end of the Star Parties on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from noon to 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and is currently closed on Sundays. Parties of 20 or more people should discuss arrangements for ordering with our StarDate Cafe staff. Please call us at 432-426-3644. Entrees from $3-$8.50, drinks & snacks under $3. The StarDate Café does not serve alcoholic beverages, and since the Observatory is a UT campus, alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the property.
Those planning to grab a bite before the Star Parties take note .. Star Party crowds average 200 to 300 people through much of the year. Please plan to give yourself at least an hour to order and enjoy your meal before your program.
If you plan to visit during the week of March 11-18, 2017, the StarDate Café will have a reduced Spring Break 2017 menu during this week only.
Parties of 20 or more people should discuss arrangements with our StarDate Cafe staff. Please call us at 432-426-3644. Arrangements may also be initiated by emailing us at stardatecafe @ utexas . edu (remove the spaces).