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“Best Dining in Austin”

Congress Restaurant
Ranked #838 of 3,830 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Second Street
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Absolutely try the tasting menu. If you are going to eat at a restaurant of the caliber and detail of Congress, you owe it to yourself to try the full tasting.

Each dish has so many components that it would take a novel to describe them. They are eye appealing and full of flavors that dance across your tastebuds. I love the complexity, and intricacy that you don't necessarily see at a lot of other fine dining restaurants and that can be lost on even the most savy patron if you don't stop and observe each dish and give it the attention it deserves. The other important thing to note is that Chef Bull is no stranger to the dinning room and its wonderful to see him interact with guests. The carrot ravioli changed my life and it will change yours too, if you let it.

The wine list is well written and full of personal favorites. The staff also gives great recommendations, so ask them anything.

Lastly, Hannah the Maitre'd and Hostess Extraordinaire is amazing and personable and a warm welcome when you first walk in and say goodbye.

Only drawback is the dinning room is a bit plain and patrons can wear jeans, neither of which are necessarily a negative, but more of a stylistic preferenece.

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Thank JLCrossland
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Had the 3 course dinner and enjoyed each bite. It was for a business dinner and the quality and pace of service was perfect.

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Thank WMC2800
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We both had the 3 course dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the quality, presentation and satiation. Each dish (and we had six different ones) was beautifully presented and had superb tastes. It's nice that Austin has such a fine white table cloth location in the heart of downtown. The ambiance is quiet and lovely. The service was excellent. All that said, there was just something missing. Maybe there just needs to be a bit of Austin quirky thown in. It's sort of like using citrus to make the flavors pop. I came away sated but not wowwed. Looking forward to eating next door and their Austin forward more casual spot.

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Thank Martin D
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Only serve fixe prix meals. Food was excellent but have had better and extremely expensive. Seating is too chummy for an upscale restaurant. Way too many choices in Austin to ever go again.

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Thank Judy D
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband did the 7 course and I did the 3. We appreciated them letting us do this as we have been places that require you to order the same thing. The food was outstanding and at the end my husband declared that it was top to bottom the best meal he'd ever had! It was very unpretentious but I would have preferred the service to be a little more polished. We had lots of different people waiting on our table and I often felt that the left hand wasn't necessarily talking to the right. But overall, it was an outstanding meal.

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Thank Suzanidoo
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