StarDate Café Information and Menu


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The StarDate Café, in the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, offers a selection of sandwiches, drinks, and snacks. The Café is typically open 12 p.m. through roughly 15 minutes prior to the end of the Star Parties on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (the Cafe offers a snack menu only from 2:30 - 4:00p), and from noon to 4:00p on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (currently closed on Sundays).

Parties of 15 or more are strongly encouraged to discuss arrangements with our StarDate Cafe staff, email our Café Manager.

The StarDate Café does not serve alcoholic beverages. The Observatory is a University of Texas campus and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the property.

Star Party crowds average between 400 and 500 people during the summer and between 300-400 throughout much of the rest of the year. Holiday crowds can be far larger. Please plan ample time to order and enjoy your meal before your program.

Please note: during busy periods and on Star Party afternoons/evenings, some hot food service may not be available.

The current Cafe menu is available here.


The Café is seeking hourly staff to help us with our busy time of the year. Interested? Email us to inquire.

Know Before You Go

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.

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