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South Congress Cafe

#31 of 3,048 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Joppa, Maryland
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Christine V
Victoria, Australia
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242 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The cafe looks fine and there were plenty of people eating there, however my fishcakes were very disappointing and were served lukewarm. Service was very friendly but I wouldn't return.

Thank Darlene3501
Vail, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was phenomenal, very friendly staff, and cool location.One of the best Filet Mignon's I've ever had, crispy quail and crab cakes started the meal off perfectly. Definitely will be back!

Thank CT2323
Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have scheduled several lunch meetings here and the food and service has always been great. They change up the menu and have interesting options. I've loved most soups that I've tried and they are accommodating to those with special dietary requests. They have great apps and drink prices in the bar during happy hour and it's fun to sit... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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313 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the variety on the menu, the drink choices and the service. We had the scallop/shrimp ceviche which was in a great avocado cream base. Very yummy. They were very accommodating and let us change the eggs Benedict to Florentine style. Another delicious item! Service was impeccable. Enjoy!

Thank Yokum
Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is excellent. Staff is in low gear from host, bartenders, to wait staff. We were told 30 min, it took over an hour to be seated and another hour for brunch. My glass of tea was empty for 15 min before some bus boy walked by and stopped. If you go, call in to get on the list.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I travel alone, I often prefer to eat breakfast outside of the hotek I am staying at - even when that hotel, is The Four Seasons. Having researched where to go, I opted for the highly acclaimed, South Congress Cafe - a brisk 20 minute walk from San Jacinto Boulevard. I ordered the Eggs Benedict - with Chipotie Hollandaise... More 

Thank WorldTravellerFirst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good service ... Great food.. If you get a chance dine out in the patio.. They have a beautiful set up and the open air compliments the food very well

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cedar Park, Texas
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I woke up this morning and thought about where to have breakfast, I immediately thought of South Congress Cafe. Why? ...Carrot Cake French Toast! It's so good. My daughter got the CC French toast, and I got the eggs Benedict. Delicious. There weren't a whole lot of people in the restaurant so I shouldn't have had to ask the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Gluten Free Options, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?