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South Congress Cafe

#45 of 3,225 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Southwestern, Café
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
512-447-3905
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 243
    Excellent
  • 117
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really Nice Sunday Supper

Wanted to have a nice dinner post MS-150 ride. Great location as we were staying just down the street. Everything we ordered was great. Calamari was sliced from the steak and very tender, split a goat cheese salad, Entrees were the pork chop and the Milanesa. Enjoyed a nice bottle from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
TheDudeHouston
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Houston
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Norcross, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I heard from others it was amazing, but my eggs were really oily. Not saying what I ordered was healthy but when you see it sitting in oil it feels gross. the carrot cake French toast was AWESOME though

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Houston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Wanted to have a nice dinner post MS-150 ride. Great location as we were staying just down the street. Everything we ordered was great. Calamari was sliced from the steak and very tender, split a goat cheese salad, Entrees were the pork chop and the Milanesa. Enjoyed a nice bottle from the Austin Winery. Not a single miss and felt... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

They don't have a specific Children's menu but the server was fantastic on suggesting options that my 2 (5 and 2) could have or share. The food was spectaular, my husband enjoyed a few of the local beers and enjoyed some Prosecco. Again I took the servers suggestion and was more than happy. Love the decor too. All round I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Great brunch place! We got there at 9:30 and had to wait about 15 minutes but it was just in time as the place quickly started filling up. I had the blueberry pancake special and my husband had the Denver omelet. Loved both of them! Sausage and potato cake sides were outstanding! Will definitely visit again!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We ordered their south congress burger with white cheddar and apple wood smoked bacon and warm goat cheese salad. They were both very delicious and tasty.

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Denton, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This cafe has a great upscale atmosphere and superb service (thanks Emily). If you're looking for a place on South Congress that is not a typical bar you'll find on 6th street, go to South Congress Cafe.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Doesn't open until 10 or 11am which is weird for such a great breakfast. One of the best breakfast menus I've seen if your willing to try something different. Locals prolly understand it more than tourists, but I was very impressed. Chase at the bar was outstanding. It's not a Denny's grand slam. It's craft cocktails and food that takes... More 

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Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I have to say my wife and I were underwhelmed. We want for breakfast after reading reviews that raved about the gingerbread pancakes. And I will say the pancakes rocked. But the omelette I had was totally Denny's. Completely average. My wife said the bacon was good, but the home fries average, and the fresh fruit was like a package... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Maybe people value this place based on the drinks. The sangria was good, not the best I've had, but good. Honestly, though, we've been visiting Austin for the week and this was hands down the worst restaurant we've visited. Such a disappointment; because of the reviews we were looking forward to it. My husband ordered the duck and pork belly... More 

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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289 reviews 289 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We gave this place a visit during my Austin trip. Called to make a table reservation or table hold. Arrived early waited for a few seconds for host to acknowledge. A little early we walked around. Came back as reserved. Table was not quite ready we waited in bar area. Finally got seated in the middle of this tightly fit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-447-3905

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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