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South Congress Cafe

#35 of 2,996 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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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: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 266
    Excellent
  • 128
    Very good
  • 35
    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
Great lunch

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Jim W
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West Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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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 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The location and atmosphere were good. I thought the food was pricey for what you get in that part of town, and was not impressed with the offerings. If you are looking for a niche restaurant in Austin this could be for you.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were walking SoCo and wanted brunch. We saw cafe and just walked in. Little did we know it is one of the most highly rated places in Austin and we agree! The food was delish. I had the carrot cake french toast and I pretty much died. The staff was friendly and the food was so fresh. Don't skip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This place was amazing. I got the short ribs and it was to die for! My boyfriend got the pork shank and that was just as good! The food overall was just excellent!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The Crab Cakes are fabulous. Our waiter was awesome. Everything that we had was great. The decor of the Cafe is very cool.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Don't judge a book by it's cover...not that the cover was bad, but the interior and the menu of this café far exceeded our expectations! We arrived about 9:30 on Sunday for breakfast. CROWDED with a 40 minute wait. Luckily, there were seats at the bar where we were able to access the full menu AND watch the efficiency of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Walking around Austin, TX looking for a place to have brunch. It was a Friday morning, we stumble across this cafe. Waited for the cafe to open, wow it was worth it! We decided to dine at the bar since we were with a group of friends. We prefer bar dining. This food was excellent. The cocktails even better! Fire... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We wandered in to escape the heat of the evening and discovered a delightful, delicious dining experience! Our meal started with squash blossom appetizers. Fried delicately, stuffed with creamy, tasty goat cheese and complimented with fresh local honey, our taste buds were happy! My entree of wild mushroom risotto and my husband's caveman sized roasted pork shank continued a wonderful... More 

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