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South Congress Cafe

#41 of 3,066 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
+1 512-447-3905
09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sounds weird, but I'm still looking up the recipe to try make this for myself... it was SO good. Weird interiors, didn't quite match the vibe they were trying to convey. Food was great all the same.

Thank Steeeel
Springfield, Virginia
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located on the artsy South Congress Avenue, this neat and unpretentious restaurant delivers great food and friendly service. I had the sea bass for lunch, and it was as good as any haute cuisine restaurant. Go shopping on the avenue and then make time for this neighborhood gem!

Thank Bleu-I's K
Chicago, Il
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The South Congress Cafe was recommended to our group of 5 as a great spot for brunch. Yes, we called ahead and got our name on the list as they do not take reservations, but unfortunately, we were a little late and missed the table. The hostess directed us to the outside cafe patio to wait. We were SO glad... More 

Thank TapperIII
Shelton, Connecticut
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68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So many delicious options for brunch it was hard to choose 1. My friend and I stopped here before I left Austin for my last day. We had a bottle of champagne for mimosas and could choose which type of fresh squeezed juice (we chose orange). The bottle was $24 total for the both of us which was very affordable..... More 

Thank Lauren T
Kerrville, Texas
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174 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like it, they serve it, comfort food that is! The prices are fair, the service is good and the food is outstanding!

Thank David E
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122 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice crisp clean interior very very good service. Enjoyed an excellent steak. Intended to go back the next evening but got waylaid.

Thank 6491
Austin, Texas
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I totally forgot about the great outdoor patio under the trees in back that you get to via the side on Monroe St. Great place for lunch, but the best is the Happy Hour every weekday! Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm, featuring...domestic beers $3.00, imported & draft beers $3.00, mojitos $3.00, half priced appetizers, house rocks or frozen margaritas... More 

Thank MKF526
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a reservation via TripAdvisor/Open Table for dinner for 4 people; can be difficulty to get in without reservations although this particular Sunday didn't seem overly crowded. Trendy but not pretentious. Server was very nice and attentive. Food was tasty and nicely plated. Good drinks. Although somewhat pricey overall, this cafe is recommended.

Thank RhodeIsland-DinaS
Sudbury, Ontario
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a quiet patio to enjoy our last Austin meal, before hitting the continental club, and this was great! Just off congress, nice quiet patio, great music and atmosphere. Food was unique and delicious, local fare and interesting drinks, tons of bourbon. My only concern was our waitress, she was very bizarre and made us super uncomfortable... More 

Thank swinglo_1
Salem, Massachusetts
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605 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Two of us enjoyed lunch here, and it was delicious, starting with a Bloody Mary and Margarita and moving on to a Salsa Sampler, Seared Hamachi, and Red Fish Tacos. Service was good, too. We would happily return.

Thank abecedarius

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-447-3905

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