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Magnolia Cafe South

#25 of 3,188 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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American, Cafe, Diner
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1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
512-445-0000
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 253
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  • 190
    Very good
  • 57
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  • 9
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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
Excellent and Unique

Came here for dinner and enjoyed excellent service. This is a place where you can wear anything you want and be anyone you want. Nobody cares. The menu is broad from american to Tex Mex. I got the large salad with grilled chicken. Great big salad with all the fixens. Homemade blue cheese dressing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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442 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came here for dinner and enjoyed excellent service. This is a place where you can wear anything you want and be anyone you want. Nobody cares. The menu is broad from american to Tex Mex. I got the large salad with grilled chicken. Great big salad with all the fixens. Homemade blue cheese dressing and also got a nice piece... More 

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Thank Nailcutter
Edmond, Oklahoma
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a touristy cafe, but soon good. It had several veg and vegan friendly options, as well as great Tex-mex staples. The Mag Mud was delightful and the huevos rancheros was unbelievable!

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Thank Jennifer M
Lakeway, Texas
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Located on South Congress Avenue, the Magnolia Café South is our favorite breakfast place. We drive 30 minutes to get here and the drive is well worth it. My favorite is the ginger pancakes with Texas pecans added. For a special treat, include sliced bananas. This place is always busy so plan on a short wait but well worth it.

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Thank trip14
Milton, Massachusetts
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150 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My Daughter moved to Austin a few months ago. So we went here for breakfast during the week. It was so good, I went there on a Sunday again. There was a line. My daughter says always a line on the weekend. They serve breakfast all day. So I have only tried the breakfast here. The The Queso Omelette was... More 

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Thank Michael C
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was nice, nothing special. The worst thing was the waitress, she was rude and didn't like her service. When she was asking us fro drinks I said nothing thank you, because I wasn't feeling well and I didn't want anything, the rest ordered their drinks and she replied my comment with a: " ok, these drinks and one... More 

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Thank mgarraus
Temple, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in on my birthday last November on a recommendation from the Internet. The parking lot is quite small for my truck but the food was well worth any hassle that involved. The staff was extremely friendly and this place is undoubtedly Austin. The food was excellent and we plan to go back soon for more!

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Thank Bryan G
Stanford, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Magnolia never disappoints. Unbelievable that it serves great food with excellent service 24 hours a day.

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Thank Shelley F
New York City
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56 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most varied and inclusive menu I've ever seen. They have great American, Tex-Mex and breakfast food all day!! Prompt service and they heat the back patio when it gets crowded in the main dining room (which it does very quickly especially on Friday/Saturday nights). Absolutely delicious food. The chips and queso/hot sauce was amazing. I had the enchiladas and... More 

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Thank ProfessorCool
McKinney, Texas
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I recently enjoyed a weekend trip to Austin. Based on the positive reviews I read, I was put Magnolia on my list of must try restaurants. On our first evening in town were searching for a place that looked good that didn't have a waiting line outside (it was cold our we had our 10 mo old... More 

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Thank Tiffany C
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Our arrival at Magnolia Cafe seemed promising as everybody we had asked for a breakfast recommendation from said to go here. Plus, the joint was packed and tables were constantly being turned so how could we not already have a good impression. Well, we got seated in the covered and heated patio (in which a bird was flying around in)... More 

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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 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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