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Magnolia Cafe South

#77 of 3,207 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$
American, Café, Diner
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1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
512-445-0000
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We ate here for breakfast, of course there was a little bit of a wait, but nothing we couldn't handle. Once we got to our table, we ordered mimosas (a must). Our waiter was SUPER friendly. The menu is very diverse, but we went for breakfast food and pancakes. The breakfast menu is an all day deal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Midland, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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388 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Midland, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We ate here for breakfast, of course there was a little bit of a wait, but nothing we couldn't handle. Once we got to our table, we ordered mimosas (a must). Our waiter was SUPER friendly. The menu is very diverse, but we went for breakfast food and pancakes. The breakfast menu is an all day deal, you cant beat... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Whenever we travel to Austin we always eat at the Magnolia the first evening. The omelettes are always awesome as are the black beans and pancakes. The wait can be long during peak times, especially on the weekend.

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Had not been to this location in 3 or 4 years. Stopped for breakfast during SXSW. Had to wait 5 min for a table, which was perfect. Food, coffee and service were great. Will certainly return if I'm down on south congress again.

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Aweful service! Rude staff! We were ignored and others who can in after were seated first.When I asked how much longer they would talk directly to me but said to ask someone else. We ended up walking out after 10mins of waiting and unfriendly looks.

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Madison, NJ
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128 reviews 128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Be ready to wait a while during peak times, but the food was really good. The homemade blackberry pancakes and biscuits with sausage gravy were killer. Just what the doctor ordered after a long night out for SXSW. Worth a trip.

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Leander, Texas
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171 reviews 171 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We seem to stop here after retuning to Austin. It is kind of on our way home so when we get in a little late to Magnolia we go. I love their sign "Sorry we are open" First I always enjoy the wait staff - kind of friendly place with kids that have a quick wit to get the meal... More 

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We ate breakfast here recently, and were a bit disappointed at the plain quality of the food. It was a good basic meal, but nothing special. The portobello omelet was good, but the home fries tasted like they had been double-salted. Our server brought a replacement and they were OK. The buttermilk pancakes were fair. We went mid-morning and the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere of this SoCo eatery. Each of 4 family members ordered a different meal, and everyone was happy. The gingerbread pancakes were a hit.It's a busy, popular place, so don't be surprised if you have a brief wait.

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Houston, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I went for breakfast with a friend. The French toast was delicious and the coffee was hot and plentiful. This is a nice relaxing spot for a quiet meal. The prices are reasonable and the service is friendly.

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Houston, Texas
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13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love this place. The menu is a bit more interesting that regular diner food with more vegetarian options. Service is efficient but friendly and you don't feel rushed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-445-0000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Café, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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