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Congress Restaurant

#638 of 3,066 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary
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201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4021 (Second Street)
+1 512-827-2760
18:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Austin, Texas
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We first visited Congress for Valentines Day 5 years ago, shortly after it opened I believe. It was a quiet, up-market place with soft furnishings and a romantic feel. We visited again a few weeks ago with a 2 other couples expecting the some experience, but alas, it's totally changed. While they are continuing to leverage the name, Congress is... More 

Thank MikePrz78
Fairfax County, Virginia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Had the Duck Breast- what a delight! The restaurant offers a first class dining experience with very attentive staff. Good for casual dining an business alike.

Thank roderpa
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2016

Needed some place close and quick. Stopped here. Overpriced and sloppy dressed servers. Is this place a fine restaurant or a beer joint? Hamburgers ok. I'll pass next time.

Thank Glen B
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

This was the second time we visited this restaurant, both times we had reservations. The first time we were put-off by the arrogance of the host and the negative atmosphere she created. Maybe this was a one-off we thought and tried going to the restaurant again. Same thing........While the chefs may be amazing, their staff take all the joy out... More 

1 Thank BoboandMimi
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102 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

The chef is a genius. It was one of those meals where the flavors would unfold almost sequentially with every taste of each course. The chef put together flavors that were unique and delicious. The only slight negatives that we experienced were that our waiter suggested an extra course, which ended up being a bit too much food, and my... More 

Thank Kayakerjim
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

We were seeking a foodie place for our last night in Austin; dont confuse this with the lively, packed "Bar Congress" next to it.... This is supposed to be the fine dining room aligned with the popular mid range Bar Congress. While the food was indeed delicious and inventive, the beautiful room was completely empty on a Thursday night, with... More 

1 Thank 877AlanC877
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Every thing was amazing😍 so good... But..... They gave us CINNAMON STEAKS....... The steaks were horrible. And the restaurant was so so so so quiet. It felt awkward to talk.😶 to be honest I was expecting more😔

Thank sydney_vacation
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

We took our family of four to celebrate a special occasion. My husband and I had been before and knew what to expect. You go to a place like this knowing you are going to pay a lot but you are going to have a terrific experience. Unfortunately the experience didn't happen. Service was ok to poor. Waiter was well... More 

1 Thank AustinTexasFamily
Wilmington, DE
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245 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Congress is definitely an upscale restaurant with a menu to match. Perhaps I'm not as sophisticated as I should be but it was just ok to me. The dishes were good but portions were generally small so we left feeling hungry. Service could have been a little quicker.

1 Thank Woodstock1968
New Braunfels, Texas
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113 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Because David Bull changes his offerings fairly often, it's hard to be definitive on one visit. We had the tasting menu on Saturday 12 Sept. Of the 7 courses + amuse bouche, only 2 REALLY stood out, the lobster bisque and the rib cap. Same true with the wine pairings. The Dry Creek Valley Cab Sauv was very good with... More 

1 Thank Max H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4021
    (Second Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-827-2760

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?