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South Congress Cafe

#33 of 3,010 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
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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345 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 500 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the outside the place looks kind of dumpy. But the interior was very nice. We sat on a booth and ordered the famous bloodly mary which has a nice kick but a bit stronger alcohol would really make it a 10. I had a special burger which was delicious and excellent fries as well. Wife had the carrot cake... More 

Thank toga1k
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188 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We haven't been to So Congress in a year and wondered why we waited so long. The salads were fresh, nicely presented and huge. The short ribs, meatloaf were nicely done, tasty and satisfying. Deserts are not to be missed. The only downside was that the service was slow and inattentive- even though the restaurant was about half empty.

Thank RWG2020
College Station, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Goat cheese omelet and eggs benedict were superb. Service was very good, coffee was nice and the restaurant is in a great location.

Thank Ross G
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102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

went late on a Tuesday night, so not crowded. Colton was a top notch server and the food was some of the best ive eaten in quite a while. the mushroom filet barely required a knife and the beef milanese was delicious as well. would highly recommend. the closest ive ever came to a five dot rating.

Thank Kenneth Y
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

3 outstanding aspects of our Sunday brunch last weekend: 1. SERVICE- Amazing! Ask for Jenny... she is sheer delight! 2. FOOD- Divine! Best french toast IN LIFE (because it was carrot cake!) 3. CALL AHEAD LISTING- We called ahead, got on the list, and by the time we found parking, our table was ready. Literally no wait! So many wonderful... More 

Thank Laura R
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food, drinks and atmosphere are revitalizing in an over stimulated world of too much traffic and to do lists. So, when you can, visit South Congress Cafe at the corner of S. Congress and W. Monroe and take a load off. Go for a special occasion (my fiance took me to dinner here prior to proposing), a end of... More 

Thank Eva L
austin, tx
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must of us enjoyed our stay. The big disappointment was that they were out of a wine we ordered and the substitute wasn't worthy. The Brussels sprouts were just awful.

Thank DemTX
Golden, Colorado
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our favorite meal in Austin was brunch at this spot. GREAT bloody mary's. Delicious breakfast food. There are no reservations and it fills fast, but you can go shopping while you wait.

Thank Kelly K
New York
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here with a group of 9 friends for brunch on a Saturday. We called ahead at 9am day of to put our name down. When we arrive at 1030am, the hostess told us that she'd put our name on the list and call/text us when it was ready. She said that calling ahead shaved about 45 minutes off... More 

Thank Alexa W
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Casual family friendly upscale diner in the wildly popular SoCo district. Can get very crowded on weekends and at peak hours. Strongly suggest arriving no later than 9:45 AM for brunch if you don't want a long wait. Service is great and the food is delicious. Tiny sweet corn muffins are complimentary on each table. A brunch favorite is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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?