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Magnolia Cafe South

#67 of 2,987 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, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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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
Menu has huge variety of options for every meal

This place is really, really good. There are so many choices on the menu it might be difficult to make a decision, but whatever you decide on, you're probably going to like it. This place has always got customers, and a lot of locals eat there, so you know it's good. They also sell gift... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
NatashaTxParalegal
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Dallas, Texas
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This place is really, really good. There are so many choices on the menu it might be difficult to make a decision, but whatever you decide on, you're probably going to like it. This place has always got customers, and a lot of locals eat there, so you know it's good. They also sell gift certificates in any denomination, so... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Magnolia South was recommended to me as a MUST DINE experience. I was not disappointed! I arrived for lunch just after the rush and had no problems getting seated. Service was excellent. The servers know the menu and give great advice as to choices. Magnolia has a solid beverage selection and my beer was cold and in a cold glass.... More 

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Marina del Rey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We were told by a few friends that Magnolia Cafe was a necessary stop on our visit to Austin so we decided to grab lunch there. We walked from downtown to the location in a leisurely manner, stopping in at several stores along the way (not to mention that we were on a mission to EAT in Austin, so the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My friend took me here after a concert in Austin. Breakfast tacos! Delicious! The service was so friendly, the decoration eclectic, food selection very nice. I would love to visit Austin again just to have a meal here.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Always good to chow down on Austin food. I love the sandwich items but there are many Austin and Tex-mex items to eat and eat! Just order the menu!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

LOVED this place - kitchy atmosphere, great service, amazing food! I had the porkchop with sweet potatoes and my friend had the Magnolia stir fry... both were ahhhmazing Fun wait staff, great service.!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My family and I visit this spot every now and then. I usually order from the breakfast menu. The bacon and potatoes are delicious. The pancakes are good and the omelettes are ok.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was on Drive In, Diners and Dives so we expected a LOT. Everything was fine, but there wasnt anything that blew wind up my skirt! We started with spinach dip. It was good, but standard. I ordered chicken tacos. They were good, but standard. My son got breakfast. Again, good, but standard. My hubby got the pork special and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

For a huge variety of affordable good food and fun, try the Magnolia for an early dinner. Pasta dishes are large enough to share and the kids are kept entertained with coloring pages so you can enjoy your dinner conversation. The servers and staff are super nice. Interesting, eclectically decorated place on the end of Congress makes for a good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We arrived around 9 on a Sunday morning, inside seating had just filled up, but we were able to be seated immediately in the patio in the back. My bacon and broccoli frittata was great, so were the peach pancakes. Friendly service. By the time we left the wait line was out the door.

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Address: 1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
Phone Number: 512-445-0000
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner

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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, Large groups, Local cuisine

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