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South Congress Cafe

#40 of 3,027 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Their gumbo was delicious. The calamari was hot, fresh, not chewy. The sauce with the calamari was good but I really didn't need it. My friend and I had the gumbo two nights in a row! My dirty martini made with Tito's vodka was perfect- not too salty. Bartenders were attentive. The environment was chill. Same great experience I had... More 

Thank Nikki W
Anaheim, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped in for lunch and were treated to excellent quality and service. I enjoyed the Cobb salad and my wife got their soup of the day - butternut squash.

Thank michaelbaugh
Lunenburg, Canada
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112 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice during a two-week visit to Austin. Once for apps & drinks during happy hour - the drinks and crab cakes were good. Once for brunch - the carrot cake French Toast, venison sausage and short-rib hash were really good. Servers were more interested in each other and clearing plates from tables than their patrons. The "how's... More 

Thank John G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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219 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an ok place to go and apparently "to be", but the service was not great, food ok but also not from another world, so I would say they have to try harder to get me back in there

Thank Els J
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu online, looked divine. The reviews were good. It was close to our hotel and we wanted to treat a family member to a congratulatory evening for their recent nuptials. We had an excellent meal last night at another restaurant close by, so we had high expectations and were really excited. The cocktails were "meh" - except the whisky...but... More 

Thank NoSweatTravelBlog
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am visiting family in Austin, Texas for the holidays. While shopping along South Congress St. we decided on lunch at the South Austin Cafe. What a treat! An eclectic menu, good prices and tasty food. I'll be back!

Thank mamayer102
New York City, New York
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Casual restaurant on South Congress - we've eaten there several times for lunch but this was the first dinner. Didn't start well - we had a reservation for 8:15pm, arrived on time, the manager said the table in the window was reserved so we had a booth at the back. My frustration rose as dinner went on and nobody took... More 

Thank Robert R
San Antonio, Texas
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88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Don't let the word 'CAFE' in the name fool you: We went for an early dinner - before a concert. We were very surprised by the upscale atmosphere, detail to attention and great food and drinks. My wife had the Crab Cake appetizer and a cup of butternut squash bisque. The appetizer included 3 cakes and salad. The soup was... More 

Thank Robert M
Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This place didn't look very busy on this Monday night,which at first put us off, but we were SO glad we came! Truly awesome food - real comfort food, where everything on the plate tasted absolutely fabulous. I had the beef medallions, which were kind of like chicken fried beef, but to call them that does the dish a disservice.... More 

Thank dumpling56
Overland Park, Kansas
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

A unique brunch menu, with great service. The carrot cake French toast was absolutely to die for! Come hungry, because there's plenty of it. Try the different sausages, too. Omelets are huge. Highly recommend this place. Nothing fancy, just very good food.

Thank Mark K

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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
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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?