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Magnolia Cafe South

#33 of 3,046 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a diner serving diner food. It wasn't exceptional nor was is disappointing. Prices were on point. Service was fast and coffee was abundant. Not sure why it's #32 out of over 3000 restaurants on TripAdvisor... that seems a bit inflated. It's good for people who want the norm and/or picky eaters.

1 Thank Andrea F
Big Bear Lake, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grabbed lunch here today and while I was uncertain if I would like the food based on the menu (I am not adventuresome), I was very pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly and efficient, and the food was great. I would highly recommend this place if you find yourself travelling through the 'weird' zone of downtown Austin.

Thank Steven C
Austin, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

stopped in after attending a fundraiser so it was after midnight. we were seated immediately. The waitress was very attentive, and the food was just like home. I could spend hours in here chatting with friends and relaxing late at night.

Thank Texan4life
Fairfax, Virginia
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163 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant serves breakfast and lunch items. Those that ordered pancakes (peach) were happy. I had fish taco's which were dry and tasted more fishy than anticipated. Not soft fish but cooked hard. I probably would order something else if I ever go back. Staff very attentive and friendly but food average in my opinion.

1 Thank Sara C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We liked the variety of items available. The hummus tabbouleh plate was delicious. Chicken fajita plate had plenty of roasted red peppers and onions, salsa, rice and beans, etc. it was tasty! The order of a cheeseburger looked good and very large.

Thank Jackiegh
Leesburg, Virginia
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97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten here a couple of times while visiting Austin and it is always an enjoyable experience. Service is great, food comes out fast and lots of options to satisfy just about anyone.

Thank Mohamed E
Chicago, Illinois
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280 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting a friend recently and he took me here; a favorite of his. The atmosphere is hipster cool. I enjoyed my chicken stir fry very much. My friend had one of the specials, a creamy seafood pasta. He said it was tasty, but we both agreed that the amount of sauce was WAY too much. It was swimming... More 

Thank jahhp
Miami, United States
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Austin to visit my son. When came to Magnolia Cafe for breakfast, it was about 10:45 AM on a Saturday morning. I had the Texas Benedict. It's a spicy spin on eggs Benedict; came with fresh home fries (not the frozen potatoes some places use). It was okay. I tried the ginger pancakes as well with a... More 

1 Thank Thomas H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many great places to eat on South Congress. Magnolia Cafe South did not disappoint. There were so many choices that it was really hard to pick. I chose an entree from the specialty menu- pan seared tilapia with the most delicious scalloped potatoes and veggies. And it was only $9.99! Tons of variety. Fresh ingredients mindfully prepared. Wanted to... More 

Thank katerochford
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunch with good friends as we attended a wedding. Quirky place with good food, decent service and a reasonable turnaround.

Thank Greg R

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, 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?