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Congress Restaurant

201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
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Ranked #176 of 3,177 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $30 - $50
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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English first
Austin, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

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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191 reviews 191 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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334 reviews 334 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 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
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
123 helpful votes 123 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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Fulshear, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Additional Information about Congress Restaurant

Address: 201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 512-827-2760
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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