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Magnolia Cafe South

#31 of 3,024 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
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1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
+1 512-445-0000
06:00 - 05:30
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Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Comfort food. Sincere service. Worth the wait. The veg reuben sandwich is remarkable. Queso never disappoints.

Thank jmac350
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725 reviews
410 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 595 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Eclectic and rather old restaurant. Fairly extensive breakfast menu. A long wait on Sunday morning for a table. Fairly extensive breakfast menu. Nothing really outstanding.

Thank TorontoMusicman
London, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Visited Austin twice in October and went here both times. The menu has a great choice of food, and the only downside is that sometimes there can be a bit of a wait for a table. The staff are all really friendly, and I'd definitely go back again.

Thank travels_ahoy
Summit, New Jersey
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110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

There's a wait at Magnolia's, but it's worth it. The cafe has a quirky SoCo vibe with a unique menu. We tried the corn pancakes, breakfast tacos and blackberry pancakes--all things we don't find where we're from. Everything was delicious! The pancakes are huge--one was plenty. Prices are very reasonable so we tried more than one thing each. All of... More 

Thank Shery211
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

Visited magnolia cafe south with my colleagues to have omelette and pancake. They were great like real home made. People were nice too. Except for food, I would like point out one thing. During our dinner, a woman was wandering around in the cafe vacuuming. In terms of health, vacuuming is not good. People don't know well how much dust,... More 

Thank YoungJK
Houston, Texas
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

A friend recommended breakfast here for a true "Austin" experience. The experience was good as we loved the local flavor, unfortunately I can't say the same for the food. My breakfast tacos were average and my wife's french toast was also average. Our waiter was friendly and kept my coffee cup full. Several sites had this in their top ten... More 

Thank Kenneth727
Trondheim, Norway
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

This is one of my favorite breakfast places in Austin. Really good food. Good atmosphere. Don't miss their hibiscus iced tea.

Thank AlfSt
Dublin, Georgia
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409 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

First time here. Parking was ample and convenient. Was seated very quickly and with a smile. Our waitress Alex was great. Our food was served promptly, hot, and cooked to order. Will definitely return soon and try other menu items.

Thank CobaltConnection
Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

The food was amazing morning, noon or night or late night! The staff is friendly. Everything was fresh and delicious.

Thank andreamarc2015
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

Huge variety, huge portions, great friendly service in a quirky laid back atmosphere. I had the corn cakes with bacon, my friends had a variety of breakfast tacos & we were all happy with our orders.

Thank iMelanieMe

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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
American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?