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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 #48 of 3,123 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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Frisco, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Worth the wait. I've been here a couple of times and the food does not disappoint. The pancakes are huge and amazing. I was with my family, and all 5 of us devoured our meals. Delish! They have parking, too, which is really a bonus in this city.

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Palm City, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you're looking for a local Austin place to eat a great breakfast- Magnolia is the place to go. Be prepared to wait since it is a small place but totally worth the wait. Intimate seating, great portions, and Austin-vibe in this local place.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Absolutely loved their blueberry pancakes. Was there last Sunday for brunch, was recommended by a friend who just moved to Austin a month back. Also ordered their Alaskan eggs Benedict...yummy !and their flaco tacos are good too...

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Really enjoyed a lunch. Lots of interesting food ideas to try. Good service and did not feel rushed although it was busy. Even bought the T.Shirt. Def on the 'must try in Austin' list.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Saw this place on our favorite food show and had to slow down and check it out. It was totally worth the effort. The 6 different versions of Eggs Benedict alone would make me come back. Funky art work on the wall and awesome service. We were constantly asked if we needed coffee refills or anything else to make us... More

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Austin, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Consistent good food served by Austin's hip corps. Back to the 70's, in a good way! Great breakfast but stir fry is special. Best at 2am. It's in my regular rotation. The manager asked what kind of tunes I wanted to have from the kitchen ! Heavy metal keeps the cooks happy.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Pleasantly surprised we only waited 10 minutes on a Sunday morning. The TRex omelette is the size of a TRex. Ridiculously filling and delicious choice. The home fries are nice sized pieces of steamed red potatoes. The coffee is typical diner coffee. Glad we came here and will definitely be back!

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The place to go in Austin. I make a point of eating here at least once every time I'm in town. It's down to earth and diner-style, nothing too fancy. People complain there is a wait and it's crowded, but I haven't experienced much of that, I go at off times and usually by myself so it works out well.... More

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Houston, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Our entire family loved our breakfast here. Each time we have eaten at Magnolia the pancakes, and Mexican breakfast are tops. Austin has many great breakfast places, but Magnolia gets my vote for best breakfast every time.

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Fulton, Maryland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had an enjoyable lunch at Magnolia Cafe. It was busy on a rainy Monday afternoon around 1pm but the wait was manageable and there was a place to sit while we waited. They do not accept reservations. They are well known for their breakfast menu which is available all day; however, we had sandwiches. My husband had the Flat... More

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