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Congress Restaurant

#487 of 3,000 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary
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201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4021 (Second Street)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Fairfax County, Virginia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016

Had the Duck Breast- what a delight! The restaurant offers a first class dining experience with very attentive staff. Good for casual dining an business alike.

Thank roderpa
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

Needed some place close and quick. Stopped here. Overpriced and sloppy dressed servers. Is this place a fine restaurant or a beer joint? Hamburgers ok. I'll pass next time.

Thank Glen B
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2015

This was the second time we visited this restaurant, both times we had reservations. The first time we were put-off by the arrogance of the host and the negative atmosphere she created. Maybe this was a one-off we thought and tried going to the restaurant again. Same thing........While the chefs may be amazing, their staff take all the joy out... More 

Thank BoboandMimi
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2015

The chef is a genius. It was one of those meals where the flavors would unfold almost sequentially with every taste of each course. The chef put together flavors that were unique and delicious. The only slight negatives that we experienced were that our waiter suggested an extra course, which ended up being a bit too much food, and my... More 

Thank Kayakerjim
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2015

We were seeking a foodie place for our last night in Austin; dont confuse this with the lively, packed "Bar Congress" next to it.... This is supposed to be the fine dining room aligned with the popular mid range Bar Congress. While the food was indeed delicious and inventive, the beautiful room was completely empty on a Thursday night, with... More 

1 Thank 877AlanC877
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Every thing was amazing😍 so good... But..... They gave us CINNAMON STEAKS....... The steaks were horrible. And the restaurant was so so so so quiet. It felt awkward to talk.😶 to be honest I was expecting more😔

Thank sydney_vacation
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

We took our family of four to celebrate a special occasion. My husband and I had been before and knew what to expect. You go to a place like this knowing you are going to pay a lot but you are going to have a terrific experience. Unfortunately the experience didn't happen. Service was ok to poor. Waiter was well... More 

Thank AustinTexasFamily
Wilmington, DE
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224 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

Congress is definitely an upscale restaurant with a menu to match. Perhaps I'm not as sophisticated as I should be but it was just ok to me. The dishes were good but portions were generally small so we left feeling hungry. Service could have been a little quicker.

Thank Woodstock1968
New Braunfels, Texas
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86 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

Because David Bull changes his offerings fairly often, it's hard to be definitive on one visit. We had the tasting menu on Saturday 12 Sept. Of the 7 courses + amuse bouche, only 2 REALLY stood out, the lobster bisque and the rib cap. Same true with the wine pairings. The Dry Creek Valley Cab Sauv was very good with... More 

1 Thank Max H
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2015

I ate here as part of a work event. I can't really comment on the value, as honestly it is was paid for by my company. However, the food was out of this world! We opted for a 4 course meal, with enhancements between each course. Everything was divine, and the service impeccable. The only odd thing, is the french... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $50
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4021
    (Second Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-827-2760

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