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South Congress Cafe

#41 of 2,960 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Southwestern, Cafe
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
512-447-3905
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Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 256
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  • 125
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 10
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  • 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
Last night in Austin

Saved the Best for last. Fresh made tasteful food, delightful dinning, a unique experience, a nice dinner for a foodie at heart, very happy as we leave !!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
chrissmi
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Pagosa springs
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Pagosa springs
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Saved the Best for last. Fresh made tasteful food, delightful dinning, a unique experience, a nice dinner for a foodie at heart, very happy as we leave !!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Chase gave such great service! You can just tell that man is a hardworker! My omelet was delicious and croquet madame was fantastic!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We had brunch here on a rainy Sunday. The restaurant does not accept reservations and the wait is usually an hour long - it's worth it! Service was wonderful - the waitress was friendly, attentive & efficient without being over bearing. The Italiano Omelette with salsa was the best omelette I have had - there were fresh and colorful peppers,... More 

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League City, Texas
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The traditional eggs benedict, blackened tuna fish tacos and watermelon salad were excellent. The service was good and the ambiance was enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Wonderful food experience. We were having late lunch and were seated immediately although if you are going for lunch ....there can be a wait or a line up out the door!!! Yes very busy. All worth the wait. Staff very friendly, helpful and attentive without being imposing. There is also a bar area to wait or they will text you.... More 

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Spring Branch, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Four members of our family had dinner here last night. The price points for the entrees seemed high for a South Congress venue but it was full so I guess they know their audience All four of us had the gumbo which is very good but was too spicy for two of us. We all selected different salads with an... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My wife and had lunch the other day and we both enjoyed our salads. The service was a little slow, but considering how many people were seated before us it was understandable.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Went with 2 friends, who recommended the Congress cafe, service faultless, apart from the (American?) habit of taking plates away as soon as you lay your utensils down. Crab Cakes, got rave reviews, the Breaded goats cheese starter was superb. Risotto with scallops short on mushrooms but Scallops cooked just right. Jalapeño meatloaf was as good as it gets, and... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I've eaten breakfast at the South Congress Cafe in years past, but this was the first time I'd visited for dinner. It was a most satisfying experience. From the delicious fried calamari to the exquisite chipotle filet paired with an excellent Malbec, the dinner was excellent. The creme brulee for dessert had a marvelous butterscotch aftertaste that was surprising in... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Take a break and fill your tummy with comfort food and specialty cocktails. Enjoyed a martini with jalapeños. Food was good quality. Soco. Is great for people watching and unique finds. Parking is a challenge

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Additional Information about South Congress Cafe

Address: 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
Phone Number: 512-447-3905
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Cafe

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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, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?