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Magnolia Cafe South

#30 of 3,009 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
+1 512-445-0000
06:00 - 05:30
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 05:30
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Edmonton, Canada
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

When arriving at the restaurant you put yourself on the waiting list, grab a free cup of coffee, and then walk over to the souvenir shop. The wait doesn't seem long at all if you are shopping. ;) Staff are all very friendly and helpful. Our server, Jenny from N. Jersey, was awesome. Very attentive, funny & great! Food was... More 

Thank Jenilee V
Los Angeles, California
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

I haven't been in Austin in years, but Magnolia was always one of my favorite late night spots. I came back for ACL this year with my wife and knew I had to take her. She's never had queso before so I introduced her to it here. We pretty much licked the bowl clean. Her tuna melt and my huevos... More 

Thank Phil E
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

This was our second experience at Magnolia Cafe South -- and we loved it as much as we did the first time. This time we had three in our party, all ordered a breakfast entree, and all were ecstatic with the meal! We took someone's advice and ordered one ginger pancake in addition to our scrambles or omelets, and shared... More 

Thank ALD1947
Austin, Texas
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352 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Always good to chow down on Austin food. I love the sandwich items, especially the burgers but there are many Austin and Tex-mex items to eat and eat like I always seem to do! I would feel self conscious about ordering breakfast AND lunch but I have almost done that many times! Busy on the weekends!

Thank La E
Wayne, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

I came here for breakfast with my husband. When you first walk in you'll notice that the space is very unusual but very artsy. Our server was very polite and friendly as all the other employees were. I ordered a single pancake which turned out to be the size of my entire plate,which was more than enough. I really enjoyed... More 

Thank lmontes3109
West Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

You wont be impressed by the appearance on the outside. However, the food is very good. This deserved to be called a dive but their breakfast is awesome. I had chorizo omelet and it was spectacular. My guest had the French toast and it was also very good. They have a back patio that gets you out of the small... More 

Thank Jim W
Houston, Texas
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90 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Great food and great service was definitely worth the 45 minute wait for brunch! The server was attentive without being intrusive, kept our coffee and water filled and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. I ordered the Peach Buttermilk Pancakes- so good. Would definitely order again. If you are in a hurry, don't come here. For a leisurely meal,... More 

Thank Braave1982
Austin, Texas
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85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Their is arguably no other place like Magnolia's. Offering an extensive menu 24/7 to all tastes. I love the fact that you can order anything from a simple wheat toast and two eggs or a full fledged meal. I especially love their hummus plate. They offer a selection of beers and wines and unlimited iced tea and coffee. The world... More 

Thank Sylvrina
Rockwall, Texas
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451 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Magnolia Cafe was just about what we expected - older building, not much parking, crowded entrance, and small interior. Hostess was friendly and we were seated quickly due to being between meal times. The restaurant was busy and our waitress seemed more disinterested than helpful. It took a while for her to take our order and drink refills were difficult... More 

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Seminole, Texas
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Not the first trip, after seeing this on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, I've made this a regular stop when coming to Austin on business. Last trip I had migas with black beans and corn tortillas for breakfast. Very tasty. As I sat savoring my coffee I decided my sweet tooth was calling. Added a gingerbread pancake with bananas to my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 05:30
06:00 - 05:30
06:00 - 05:30
06:00 - 05:30
06:00 - 05:30
06:00 - 05:30
06:00 - 05:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-445-0000

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