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Congress Restaurant

#272 of 3,120 Restaurants in Austin
#299 of 3,414 Places to Eat in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
American, Contemporary
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201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Second Street)
512-827-2760
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    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
One of my top five meals - ever!!!

The chef is a genius. It was one of those meals where the flavors would unfold almost sequentially with every taste of each course. The chef put together flavors that were unique and delicious. The only slight negatives that we experienced were that our waiter suggested an extra course... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
Kayakerjim
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Bloomington
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Needed some place close and quick. Stopped here. Overpriced and sloppy dressed servers. Is this place a fine restaurant or a beer joint? Hamburgers ok. I'll pass next time.

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Thank Glen B
Munich
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

This was the second time we visited this restaurant, both times we had reservations. The first time we were put-off by the arrogance of the host and the negative atmosphere she created. Maybe this was a one-off we thought and tried going to the restaurant again. Same thing........While the chefs may be amazing, their staff take all the joy out... More 

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Thank BoboandMimi
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The chef is a genius. It was one of those meals where the flavors would unfold almost sequentially with every taste of each course. The chef put together flavors that were unique and delicious. The only slight negatives that we experienced were that our waiter suggested an extra course, which ended up being a bit too much food, and my... More 

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Thank Kayakerjim
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

We were seeking a foodie place for our last night in Austin; dont confuse this with the lively, packed "Bar Congress" next to it.... This is supposed to be the fine dining room aligned with the popular mid range Bar Congress. While the food was indeed delicious and inventive, the beautiful room was completely empty on a Thursday night, with... More 

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1 Thank 877AlanC877
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Every thing was amazing😍 so good... But..... They gave us CINNAMON STEAKS....... The steaks were horrible. And the restaurant was so so so so quiet. It felt awkward to talk.😶 to be honest I was expecting more😔

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Thank sydney_vacation
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

We took our family of four to celebrate a special occasion. My husband and I had been before and knew what to expect. You go to a place like this knowing you are going to pay a lot but you are going to have a terrific experience. Unfortunately the experience didn't happen. Service was ok to poor. Waiter was well... More 

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Thank AustinTexasFamily
Wilmington, DE
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185 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Congress is definitely an upscale restaurant with a menu to match. Perhaps I'm not as sophisticated as I should be but it was just ok to me. The dishes were good but portions were generally small so we left feeling hungry. Service could have been a little quicker.

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Thank Woodstock1968
New Braunfels, Texas
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61 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Because David Bull changes his offerings fairly often, it's hard to be definitive on one visit. We had the tasting menu on Saturday 12 Sept. Of the 7 courses + amuse bouche, only 2 REALLY stood out, the lobster bisque and the rib cap. Same true with the wine pairings. The Dry Creek Valley Cab Sauv was very good with... More 

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1 Thank Max H
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I ate here as part of a work event. I can't really comment on the value, as honestly it is was paid for by my company. However, the food was out of this world! We opted for a 4 course meal, with enhancements between each course. Everything was divine, and the service impeccable. The only odd thing, is the french... More 

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Thank Selbelina
Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Food was good. Felt the wine pairing was a little off. Nice waiters and beautiful restaurant. Next time will order off the menu and chose my wine. The cheese course was a total miss for us on the tasting menu but the rest of the dishes were excellent except for the wine pairing on a few of them.

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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?