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Congress Restaurant

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American, Contemporary
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201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Second Street)
512-827-2760
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Incredible Experience

We went here for Valentine's Day and it was exactly what we wanted for the special occasion. Great tasting menu with wine pairing, and an exceptional staff focused on hospitality from the minute the host greets you at the door. The food was delicious to say the least, and i'll definitely return... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Mike J
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Brooklyn, New York
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  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went here for Valentine's Day and it was exactly what we wanted for the special occasion. Great tasting menu with wine pairing, and an exceptional staff focused on hospitality from the minute the host greets you at the door. The food was delicious to say the least, and i'll definitely return next time i'm in Austin.

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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Congress is definitely one of Austin's top restaurants, if you are into fine dining. We had the tasting menu last night and it was one of the best meals we've had in Austin. The wine pairing was very well done, including one in which the wine by itself was kind of meh, but it came to life when eating the... More 

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belton, tx
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is a lovely restaurant with wonderful food. If you are looking for a great evening, go here. Do make reservations first. Wish they would open one in the Temple or Belton area so people here could see how really good food is supposed to taste!!

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Althought the restaurant offers a fixe price menu, it is still possible to order ala carte which we did. The wait staff is totally awesome and are extremely attentive. Their sommelier is very knowledgeable but the wines are very pricey. The food was prepared very well from start to finish but the chef seems to enjoy putting pickled items in... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I couldn't find a more perfect setting for a most special date with my fiancé!! Wonderful menu, amazing service.

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Merto Ny
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194 reviews 194 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The chef at Congress prepared an amazing private multi course dinner for 12 in the private dinning room . Friends [thank you Linda & Forrest] hosted the meal which included a lot of white truffles. each course had a selection to choose from and each were well thought out and wonderfully prepared. The wine selected perfectly accompanied the meal. This... More 

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Italy
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336 reviews 336 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

First of all, the dining room at Congress is serene and beautiful. However, the chairs are RIDICULOUSLY heavy and without a lot of effort, it's nearly impossible to leave the table. Since the prix fixe menu was not to everyone's liking, we decided to order off the menu and were not disappointed. The appetizer(s) were very simple, but the ingredients... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Given South Congress Cafe is located in a very touristy area I was surprised how good the food tasted. I had the seafood risotto which was seasoned just right. There were 4 of us and the other meals were good. We had made reservations and were seated as soon as we arrived. The waiter was very attentive and helpful. Enjoyed... More 

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Rural Virginian
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173 reviews 173 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was such an elegant and wonderful restaurant. We really enjoyed our dining experience. And it IS an experience--our dinner took about three hours and all we had were small plates and entrees, no desserts or intermediate courses. Still, it was wonderful. The artisan cocktails were wonderful and all the food was great. Loved the ambiance, too.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Don't even get started that this is fine dining so don't compare it to......... I have had my share of fine dining and congress was sub par. I was in a group of 4, thus ordering 4 three course menus aka, everything on the menu. PROS: The ambiance/environment/ was elegant. Service was top-notch (the waiter would've scratched my back if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
    (Second Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-827-2760

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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