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“Great Food - Unique Atmosphere”
Review of Hill's Cafe

Hill's Cafe
Ranked #1,697 of 3,742 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: US$10 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: After-hours
Description: A local South Austin hot spot since 1947, Hills Cafe has been serving up the best southern comfort food, steaks and BBQ anyone could ask for. An old Austin original with live music, catering, outdoor dining and large oak trees, Hill's Cafe is a destination for great food and fun! Did we mention a full bar and awesome drink prices?
south carolina
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Food - Unique Atmosphere”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Had dinner here with my wife and son in late August. Got a hardy welcome when we entered the place and was seated promptly. The restaurant was not very busy, so that may have had something to do with it. The server greeted us right away and had a great personality, easy to talk to, joked around with, and very knowlegable with the menu items.

Food was very good and cooked as requested. Service was excellent. Mainly a steak house, but a variety of other items are offered as well.

The place has a lot of pictures and old time memorbilia on the walls. Very interesting to take a closer look at.

Would highly recommend to anyone looking for great steaks or country home cooking. Very casual. If you are looking for an upscale modern place, this is not it.

Enjoy!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Midland, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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“Step Back in Time”
Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

From the decor, to the music, to the food, Hill's Cafe is a step back in time. The place is interesting and the food is good. It is typical of south Austin and worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Texas
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Do not stop here!”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We were looking for something different on our way home from the hill country and stopped by Hill's Cafe. We waited in the front lobby 10 minutes before the hostess poked her head around the corner. She said she would be with us shortly. At this time there was a party of 10 waiting for a table ahead of us. She came back out and said that their table would be ready in 15 minutes and told us we could be seated in 15 minutes also. I thought that they were just really busy. We waited in the front lobby for 20 minutes and she pops her head around the corner and says maybe in another 10-15 minutes she could seat us. It is 1:45pm on Sunday and the place is not packed..... we started asking questions. Turns out that the hostess was just trying to keep us hanging around without telling us anything.... because they had 3 or 4 waitress' not show up for work that day. They could not serve us because they did not have the staff to do so... but, they didn't have the courtesy to inform us. I guess they felt like .. if they could get us to stand there long enough that the 1 server they had could get to us EVENTUALLY! They had us stand there for NO REASON and we never got to sit down or EAT. WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FOOD TASTES LIKE? The hostess seemed very flustered.... and apparently there wasn't a manager there either to help pick up any of the slack.

  • Visited August 2013
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The Woodlands, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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“Real comfort food”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Craving BBQ, so we headed out South College and found Hill's. My daughters shared a CFS (chicken fried steak, y'all) with white gravy and mashed potatoes. They had never had it beofre and ate every bit. Hubby got the meatloaf, a huge slice with veggies in the loaf. I had a BBQ brisket sandwich on sweet kolache bread. Everything was very tasty though I didn't really care for the potato salad. Will definitely try the cole slaw next time. The fresh rolls were so awesome we forgot to slather them with butter. My Arnold Palmer, called a 1/2 and 1/2, was served in a Ball canning jar. Very rustic decor, very comfortable, very filling. Will definitely come again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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“CFS very good”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Much better than Threadgill's. Choice of pepper or yellow gravy. Steak was tender and easy to cut and chew. Sides were good but the rolls are superb. Friendly service.

Visited June 2013
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