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Congress Restaurant

201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
512-827-2760
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Ranked #156 of 3,119 Restaurants in Austin
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Price range: $30 - $50
Hours:
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Second Street
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Rural Virginian
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167 reviews 167 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Fulshear, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We enjoyed the food as well as the atmosphere, the service was phenomenal. However, we walked away still hungry after eating every bit of a 5 course meal. I am 145 lbs, wife is 130 lbs...I am not an over eater. Also, everything was very rich...like overly so. I would have rather had a 2 course meal with more on... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The congress is a great place with a restaurant, bar and outside caffe called 2nd Kitchen. I enjoyed a lovely Carrot Gaspacho and Kale, Quinoa and Shrimp salad with a (ok, two) lovely glass of Rosè Cremant d'Alsace. It was a delightful sunny day so couldn't think of a better way to spend my Sunday afternoon. The staff are friendly... More

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Houston, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The chef is one of the finest, anywhere, period. He keeps his menu fresh, his imagination sharp and knows how to balance flavors perfectly. Trust him. Chef Bull has managed to choose a staff that is as notable as himself.....and the atmosphere is terrific. I could keep gushing, but just make reservations and go eat there....treat your palate!

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Marble Falls, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Chef David Bull brings it! What a well oiled machine he has at Congress. With it's great location In the heart of tres cool Austin, you are greeted from the friendly hostess as she leads you to the table. The room is not large and decorations are sparse and elegant. Immediately, someone is there to take a drink order and... More

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Italy
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302 reviews 302 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

First of all, our waitstaff was perfect. We wanted a crisp glass of prosecco which wasn't too dry...this wasn't an option on the regular menu, but we were offered a great glass of Bocelli from next door. The servings were a perfect size and allowed us to enjoy dessert without feeling miserable. Even though the "foam" preparation is a little... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This was a gourmet four course meal. Our waiter was from Australia and he was very good. I had goat tenderloin and key lime pie. It was a wonderful finish from a West Texas visit.

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Phoenix
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Had the eggs and steak with a beer. Excellent location and service. The beer was not bad either. Parking was a little bit of a hassle but you would expect that from a downtown location.

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Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Not noisy or crowded. Went for a special birthday dinner. The food and service were excellent and they had a special plate with a dessert on it.

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