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South Congress Cafe

#35 of 3,000 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food was terrific. The Greek salad was very tasty and they served carrot cake french toast with pecan sauce that was very unique and very tasty. We never had it before and would definitely order it again! The Remedy Burger was very large as well.

Thank Donovan O
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well that was a first: The first time I've ever walked out of a restaurant after getting poor or nonexistent service. Totally unexpected from a restaurant I frequent a few times a year with visitors. I even used to buy restaurant gift certificates for my employees here. And I'm actually not a Service Diva! It all started when we walked... More 

Thank SMarco85
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was PERFECT. From start to finish. Best Bloody Mary ever. What a sweet little spot. I highly recommend! The service was great considering it was ACL weekend and it was slammed! I will definitely be back

Thank Debthorpe2
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313 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the street, but is is a first-class restaurant with diverse American cuisine. The wait staff are pros. The food is uniquely prepared and beautifully presented. I had the Very Blue salad (blue cheese and gorgonzola) and the roasted duck breast) - they were both delicious and artistically presented. There were at least four... More 

Thank Dave J
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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107 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When on Congress Avenue this café is a good place to visit for brunch, lunch or dinner. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. The crab cakes was a good appetizer. Go ahead and order the jalapeno venison meatloaf - it is delicious. The helpings are quite big so it can be shared by two persons. The guacamole and tortillas... More 

Thank jolly370
Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was steered here by a local business owner a few blocks down Congress. After a very disappointing experience at Gueros nearby I was looking for options. I ate lunch at the bar for 20% off. Great frozen peach Bellini which was so refreshing on this hot Texas day. I went for blackened fish tacos. The plate comes with everything... More 

Thank chgoclaire
Round Rock, Texas
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 just because the food was good. I had a very tasty omelet. I will say it was very loud and the service was slow. The price was a little high-

Thank TraciC4324
Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wandered in after hearing music in the neighborhood. I had really excellent gumbo with duck and oysters and the very blue salad. Both were first rate. My husband ordered duck breast. It came out undercooked(ugh) and very tough. When he told the waiter, the dish was taken away ..so far so good. The dish reappeared some 10 -15minutes later. No... More 

Thank cara-in-italy
Joppa, Maryland
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on a recommendation and weren't disappointed. We were there 10 minutes before happy hour so the waitress suggested we sip our water and study the menu until she could put in our drink and appetizer order at the start of HH! The appetizer was a startler. We got the salsa sampler and couldn't decide which... More 

Thank dgtrip66
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I think this place is overhyped and overpriced. Because of all the outstanding reviews we went here for my birthday breakfast and it was a disappointment. The food was just average American diner food, the decor was clean but old, the service was pretty slow (and we were the first ones in the door). Most importantly it was so overpriced... 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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-447-3905

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