We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

South Congress Cafe

#30 of 3,045 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
American, Southwestern, Cafe, Gluten Free
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

562 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 559: English reviews
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got there right before the end of happy hour, so the apps were half price and the mojitos and frozen lemonade only half price. Caprese salad had a little too much bread attached to it, but the baked brie was delicious. Thought it was going to be a regular cafe until you walked in, a lot more upscale than I... More 

Thank shelly m
Lexington, South Carolina
Level Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food, but overpriced for the amount that you get on a plate. We got an omelet special for the day. The server Colton wasn't super friendly, but it was a cool atmosphere.

Thank DorySCtravel
Level Contributor
374 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

SCC is a great restaurant and they always put out great food. There are a couple of things that happened hence the rating of 4 out of 5. The food we all ordered were very tasty and delicious. However, our waiter wasn't very attentive and I was very disappointed in how he served our water glasses... he handled them for... More 

Thank Omar R
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had brunch here on our latest visit to Austin. We'd been here before, and had a very good brunch experience. This time - not so much. The wait took forever (nearly an hour), and once we were seated, the food was - sort of aggressive and not quite right. I had an omelette that was OK, and the meat... More 

Thank Frank S
Level Contributor
136 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was amazing! food was good, more adult friendly menu, but the food was tasty. A little on the healthy side.

1 Thank 5Starr4Me
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not been to SCC for about 3 years, but remembered it as a lively spot with good food and an upbeat atmosphere. We made reservations for 4 people on June 26th for an early dinner after a theater matinee. There was only one other couple in the restaurant when we got there. We were seated promptly. Our waitress... More 

Thank Maureen P
Level Contributor
42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here Monday early evening. Place was almost empty. Maybe we were just early. I ordered the Very Bleu Salad and the Filet 1600 with asparagus and new potatoes. Everything was very good as usual. My friend had the rabbit entre. He said it was good. I wasn't wowed but everything was very good.

Thank Hot_Laps
Austin, TX
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our fav's in Austin. Great food that is pretty unique. Can get a little loud and crowded in the dining area, but always enjoy the delicious meal.

Thank dop79
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On this occasion we visited for lunch, there were 5 of us and all our dishes were excellent. Portions are pretty big, as is usual in Texas, I had the crab cake appetizer which was plenty for me. I have had brunch here before and would recommend that too. The carrot cake French toast has to be tried, although probably... More 

Thank SueUKTexas
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came on a sunday and they were packed which is a good sign. They had a brunch menu and everything sounded fabulous. My eyes would go to all the dishes that others were ordering. Everything looked so good! We had salads as we wanted to eat light. We were not disappointed. Their salads are made so unique but all... More 

Thank monicaluvs2fly

Travelers who viewed South Congress Cafe also viewed


Been to South Congress Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Southwestern, Cafe, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of South Congress Cafe and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from South Congress Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?