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South Congress Cafe

#43 of 3,001 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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9:00 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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 267
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 36
    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
The Food and the Service were very good

I arrived at around 5:30 to 6:00 and I was by myself. The host invited me to sit at the bar where I could get full service and also get 20% off.... So I sat at the bar. I ate a half portion of the Caesar salad which was crisp,fresh and very good. I also ordered the Mornay steak which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
RedHeadAgent
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Bethlehem, PA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Bethlehem, PA
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I arrived at around 5:30 to 6:00 and I was by myself. The host invited me to sit at the bar where I could get full service and also get 20% off.... So I sat at the bar. I ate a half portion of the Caesar salad which was crisp,fresh and very good. I also ordered the Mornay steak which... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were in Austin earlier this week moving my daughter in at UT and wanted to try a local restaurant on South Congress. South Congress has a real off-the-wall Austin feel so it's a good place to visit if that appeals to you. We visited on a Sunday ngiht and were able to get a table without waiting at 8pm.... More 

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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

First time visit here after many trips to Austin. During our 45 minute wait, I enjoyed a supposed "Best in the nation" Bloody Mary. It was very good but not sure it was the best I've ever had. My friend tried the frozen lemonade and gave it the thumbs up. The food was good but they need to use a... More 

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atlanta georgia
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The service was excellent. . The atmosphere was casual. I would return but it is not what I would call a must when visiting Austin

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San Francisco, California
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great menu for breakfast or brunch. Always popular on the weekends so do yourself a favor and call ahead. The menu is eclectic with cocktails and wine to get you in a weekend mood. There are several breakfast items on the sweet side, french toast and specialty pancakes as well as more savory dishes such as crab cakes Benedict and... More 

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Austin, TX
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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went on a Friday at 6 and got seated quickly! Great service from Dave. The ceviche was outstanding! The "meh" came from the vegetable risotto. Chef - add a few more vegetables please! Two of our guests ordered this dish and were disappointed. Maybe some broccoli, carrots, green beans, tomatoes. "It tasted good,but needed more veggies" our guests said.... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We really enjoyed this cafe. The bloody marys were spicy and the food delicious. We were warned about a wait, but ours wasn't more than 20 minutes.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We stopped for late lunch and I had the blackened shrimp tacos. What a treat we were treated like locals and the service was perfect. Cute joint, gtreat food, and of I lived in Austin I would be a regular!

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Georgetown, Texas
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156 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

On the spur of the moment we decided to have a late lunch at the South Congress Café which we had not visited in 3 or more years. As usual the restaurant was crowded. We had to wait 45 minutes for a table. The hostess took our cell number to text us when the table was ready. We visited the... More 

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Douglasville, Georgia
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Everyone in our group enjoyed their meals.. a couple people ordered carrot cake french toast which looked very tasty and was a large portion but I ordered the calamari and it was the best calamari I have ever had.. very tender and not chewy at all. Sauce was good too.. If you're looking for some unique dishes you should try... 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, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
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?