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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 #66 of 3,117 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
Iowa City, IA
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159 reviews 159 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very filling, and fish well cooked, the potatoes were really rich and delicious. Lots of food. Please turn off the music when a crowd, since it very loud anyway. The noise din would keep me away. Hard to hear my mates just across the table.

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Co.Durham
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We waited a while having been recommended the cafe by the valet at our hotel. We didn't mind waiting too much and the atmosphere in the restaurant was nice, we chatted to some lovely people in the queue. We ended up sitting outside which had no atmosphere at all, the waiting staff didn't seem as positive and friendly as those... More

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Tyler, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

For all the raves I've heard about Magnolia Cafe I was excited to try it. We waited approximately 50 minutes for a table - when we turned our name in on arrival we said we'd sit inside or outside, wherever was available first. Thankfully a gentleman calling names of those waiting for a table over the intercom had a good... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Loved the Vegan Mushroom Soup, which was broth not creamy, and very rich and delicious. Also had the classic Fish Tacos with Voodoo Spices and garlic dressing, one of my favorites...We sat outside, and that was fine, but the service person completely forgot to bring us our iced teas (we had water, so not too bad) and both service people... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I went to Magnolia Cafe tonight for the first time. I live in Los Angeles, and was visiting my brother who now lives in Austin. He is a magician, and ended up talking to a group of people who were waiting for a table as he came back from the bathroom. He told them he was a magician, and because... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My friend was dying to go here and I'm always up for brunch so I agreed. The prices were extraordinarily reasonable for the menu offerings and portion sizes. She had a sandwich/soup/fries and raved about her food. I opted for the huevos rancheros and it was great! Service was quick and the employees were friendly.

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Sun City, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

For the long line of people that I saw there all weekend I really was expecting some amazing food I just found the food to be average. I got an egg dish that was supposed to have sausage it had two tiny little pieces of sausage that truly would have been missed if I hadn't sorted it out... it came... More

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I ate there twice recently, originally on the recommendation of an Austin native. Great menu and everything freshly cooked. The staff were all friendly and efficient and it was very reasonably priced. It's open 24 hours too...

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Beaumont, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wonderful breakfast spot. The eggs Benedict were superb! There was a crowd, but we were seated and served quickly. Friendly waitstaff. You can't go wrong here!

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

for 3 AM this place was hopping. I was pleasantly surprised with the great tasting food. I definitely would suggest trying this place after an evening downtown.

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