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El Gallo Restaurant

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2910 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-6424
+1 512-444-6696
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Austin, Texas
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92 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Gallo Restaurant in Austin has finally closed it's doors. What a loss. We have been eating here since the 1970's. I suppose that the land it sits on has become too valuable not to sell. What a loss for Austin. All of the places that kept Austin "weird" are closing, however, many new places are opening. It just hurts... More 

Thank mikesabirder
Elgin, Texas
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I just loved this place they have experienced staff and good food. I highly recommend the chicken tortilla soup. I am very particular when it comes to soup and I loved it! The soup was not to spicy but not bland either my husband and I shared a bowl of it with our dinners. We both had... More 

Thank Dana S
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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125 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Food is decent. Been around for close to 60 years. Room a little small for a big party of 32. Food was hot when served. Truly authentic.

Thank BradBSpurs
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Solid service and decent food with very reasonable pricing. Driving around a hotel in a more obscure part of Austin, found this along Congress. Cheese enchiladas seemed like they were filled with canned cheese sauce, but that's the only negative. Overall positive - complimentary praline with meal and mariachi band performs.

Thank Keith D
Pflugerville, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We found this place just driving around and decided to give it a try. What a great find ! I had the best taco, enchilada,beans and rice. I can't wait to return. The waiter was great and the food came out fast !

Thank ccscrapbooker
The Woodlands, Texas
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We had tacos, enchiladas, tamales, beans and rice. All were really good! When eating Mexican food many restaurants are either bland or they are over seasoned with chili powder or peppers. This wasn't the case. The flavors were a perfect blend and you could actually taste and appreciate everything in it. We left full and without the indigestion! Would definitely... More 

Thank rotherjoann
Rhode Island
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

When visiting Austin, I searched out a place that offered an interesting menu and a decent selection of tequilas. I was greeted warmly by my waiter, "D", who upgraded my margarita with a reposado tequila that tasted quite nice. A Native American and Marine vet, he was a blast to talk to and full of stories and insights. He strongly... More 

Thank Ray C
South Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

By chance we stopped here as parking lot was full Best salsa Verde ever! Fantastic service and great Mariachi several evenings and Sunday afternoon, Surprise praline treat at the end

Thank chuquirules
Real de Catorce, Mexico
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

El Gallo has been there forever and the food has been the same forever. It is neither great not bad. It is what it is. For a good Tex-Mex fix it serves the patrons well. I love the green enchiladas and the salsa. A good place with no frills.

Thank Stiglitz11
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

The most deliciious Tex-Mex in Austin. Family owned. They know how to make chili gravy the right way, and have been using the same family receipes for years. We drive out of our way to go here, and it is ALWAYS a treat!

Thank teeth16

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2910 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-6424
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-444-6696

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