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Magnolia Cafe South

1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503 (South Austin)
512-445-0000
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Ranked #57 of 3,115 restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: South Austin
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English first
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

very good food at a reasonable price! the staff wasn't all that great and we had to wait a while before someone came to our table. Overall it was a good experience and the brownie a la mode is to die for!

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Went here with a few friends visiting from Houston. A local suggested that we must try the food because it was the "best." The customer service is great and we had a amazing dining experience. The food was filling but not as flavorful as we hoped. It was very mediocre but I grew and live in Houston... restaurants there are... More

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Alberta
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The menu was varied and the atmosphere was fun and eclectic. It was like a 50's diner but with funky punk touches. It's a burger and fry establishment and is a great treat for shoppers at the end of the famous SOCO shopping blocks.

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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great home cooked style meals. Delicious gingerbread pancakes or yummy enchiladas. There is usually a wait around meal times but the food is well worth the wait.

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Had to have some Magnolia Mud, better than we remembered. Our sandwiches were very good, Nice beer selection. Service was excellent considering the press of humanity.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went on a Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Was seated right away and our waiter took out drink orders within 1-2 minutes. Waiter was attentive through out our whole visit. the menu is extensive - breakfast all day, sandwiches, dinner menu AND dinner specials. Our son had salmon which was a little too rare for him but a quick 30... More

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Midland, Texas
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Enjoy the local color of South Austin at Magnolia Cafe. Fun place to eat. Spinach lasagna was deliciously flavored, but slightly greasy from all the cheese. Chocolate cake was excellent. Extensive menu offers variety including vegetarian. Recommended without hesitation.

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Bartonville, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I love Magnolia Cafe! I love the atmosphere, I love the food, I love the hibiscus iced tea. This is a solid restaurant.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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173 reviews 173 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

"Sorry We're Open" read the sign on the door of this funky south Austin eatery, bust most aren't sorry when they leave. The food here is very "diner" (it's been featured on Food Network's Diners-Drive Ins and Dives) but it is very good..I've eaten here twice and neither me or my dinings companion(s) had a bad meal. The interior is... More

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Duncanville, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We like it all the service and the food is excellent. We planned a stop in Austin just to eat at the Cafe.

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