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South Congress Cafe

#17 of 3,188 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
American, Southwestern, Cafe
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 300
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    Very good
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  • 7
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
A true Austin Spot

The food is "down home" good. If you are not acquainted with "southern meets Tejas", then you need to come on by and taste to goods.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is "down home" good. If you are not acquainted with "southern meets Tejas", then you need to come on by and taste to goods.

Thank DoubleM2
Austin, Texas
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not expecting much when I first went to South Congress Cafe, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food is very unique and really good. Their chefs put a unique twist on some great dishes. I was also suprised to know that it is owned by the same people that own Trudy's. Definitely check this place out if you... More 

Thank Ryanphllp
Austin, Texas
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120 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cafe on the southern end of South Congress Street. It is a great place to stop after seeing the sights and shops of SoCo. We stopped by on a Sunday afternoon around 1400 hours. Even at that time, there was a 45 minute wait. You can wait at the bar or an outdoor patio area. We waited... More 

Thank catchyjingle
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sort of happened on to this place and avoided a wait by eating at the bar. Katie, our server, was tremendous. We followed her recommendations and were thoroughly pleased. They have great Bloody Mary's and Migas (a first for us). All of the staff was extremely personable, food was great, as was Austin vibe.

Thank LSUGoose
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164 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got seated after three tables of 10 (yes, 3 tables of 10 men each). Needless to say, our service was great, but the food took over 1 1/2 hours to get to us. The pork osso bucco didn't quite hit its mark (but the grits were great), but the dark beer was fabulous. The only downside is that the... More 

Thank Karin23320
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I got the shrimp and grits while my husband got the crab cake benedicts. We both thoroughly enjoyed our food. Service was great and we got 20% off our tab for eating at the bar. Can't beat that.

Thank Christine C
Palm Coast, Florida
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213 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good wine... check! Great bartender... check! Nice atmosphere... check! Half-price appetizers... check! Brunch at 4pm... awesome!

Thank nboutot
Edinburg, Texas, United States
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167 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely a local treat. It was my first time at the South Congress Cafe, but I was extremely impressed with both the menu options & the service. It was a little busy around brunch time, but luckily we had the option to receive a text when our table was ready (we looked around the next door shops). Great... More 

Thank thereeds_2704
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would give this place a 4.5 if I could. Our server was excellent and helped us pick an incredible bottle of wine. The kitchen also accommodated some of our requests (swapping out sides, etc.) Being right off Congress, be prepared to have a little trouble parking (give yourself time!)

Thank JennerTX
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch in the bar. The food was really fresh and flavorful. The drinks were exceptional! The Bloody Mary and Old Fashioned were the best I have EVER had! Chase the bartender was super knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank parisfan51

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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: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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?