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South Congress Cafe

1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522 (South Austin)
512-447-3905
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Ranked #23 of 3,115 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Café
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: South Austin
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English first
Tyler, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Attentive, professional service, gourmet food at a reasonable price, amazing bloody marys. Expect a wait on weekends.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The dining room is bright, clean and inviting. The staff is attentive. The gourmet food was delicious and worth every penny. Thumbs up to the kale salad & venison meatloaf. Our six year old said the quail egg was life changing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Some of the best food and drinks ever! Great service great location. I love how you can shop while you wait for a table and they will text you when its ready.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The food was delicious and service really quick. Not what we were expecting from the outside at all. Carne Asada was divine!

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We were taken here by our friends who live in Austin to celebrate their son's (also my godson) graduation. My friend had booked ahead and also asked for a nice table - they'd been before so knew what the options were. However, on arrival, the only table for 5 was occupied. After much discussion and refusal of one unacceptable table... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The steak and migas benedict was awesome. Was best brekky/brunch ive had in a while. Definitely worth another visit so would recommend. Although get there early as queues. Also the bloody mary was a bit naughty very tasty.

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New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

During a recent stay in Austin, we spent 4 afternoons at their bar. Delicious Bloody Marys-perfection! Great bartenders (Christian and Chase), the bar menu offers brunch every day with some amazing selections. We wish we had eaten more meals there. The salads are creative and perfectly prepared. The crab cakes are full of crab with a crunchy crust, served on... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We came to this rather sophisticated cafe on South Congress for brunch on a Saturday...it was busy but it did nottake long for us to get a seat. Our server was friendly and knew the menu well. We started with what everyone else seemed to be drinking.. Bloody Marys. They were huge! and had a giant stick of celery in... More

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Houston, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I don't like seafood, so there was not much on their menu I wanted to eat. My best friend and I just had one drink each, at the bar, and left. The restaurant has a great atmosphere though! Not what I thought it would be.

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Texas
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100 reviews 100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

For brunch, you need to be there when the doors open, or wait until mid afternoon. Otherwise, expect a long wait. This is one of the most popular brunch places in Austin for good reason. We love to take visitors, and those who have just moved into the area. It doesn't have the weirdness, but it is definitely Austin -... More

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