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South Congress Cafe

#41 of 3,058 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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Kerrville, Texas
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167 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like it, they serve it, comfort food that is! The prices are fair, the service is good and the food is outstanding!

Thank David E
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122 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice crisp clean interior very very good service. Enjoyed an excellent steak. Intended to go back the next evening but got waylaid.

Thank 6491
Austin, Texas
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I totally forgot about the great outdoor patio under the trees in back that you get to via the side on Monroe St. Great place for lunch, but the best is the Happy Hour every weekday! Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm, featuring...domestic beers $3.00, imported & draft beers $3.00, mojitos $3.00, half priced appetizers, house rocks or frozen margaritas... More 

Thank MKF526
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Made a reservation via TripAdvisor/Open Table for dinner for 4 people; can be difficulty to get in without reservations although this particular Sunday didn't seem overly crowded. Trendy but not pretentious. Server was very nice and attentive. Food was tasty and nicely plated. Good drinks. Although somewhat pricey overall, this cafe is recommended.

Thank RhodeIsland-DinaS
Sudbury, Ontario
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a quiet patio to enjoy our last Austin meal, before hitting the continental club, and this was great! Just off congress, nice quiet patio, great music and atmosphere. Food was unique and delicious, local fare and interesting drinks, tons of bourbon. My only concern was our waitress, she was very bizarre and made us super uncomfortable... More 

Thank swinglo_1
Salem, Massachusetts
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605 reviews
388 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two of us enjoyed lunch here, and it was delicious, starting with a Bloody Mary and Margarita and moving on to a Salsa Sampler, Seared Hamachi, and Red Fish Tacos. Service was good, too. We would happily return.

Thank abecedarius
Boston, MA
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114 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed dinner and drinks at this lively South Congress hotspot. While it wasn't the best steak frites or caesar salad I've had, it was very good. The corn on the cob appetizer was also good, but needed more Cotija cheese. Great drinks & nice bar area with great views of South Congress.

Thank xtos
Americus, Georgia
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58 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Service. Great Drinks and Food. Love the atmosphere. Good place to gather with friends and family

Thank Lucibell
Baltimore, Maryland
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of six of us dined here recently and the service and setting was great. The food was mostly excellent. Gabe was an excellent server and very knowledgeable about the food and made good recommendations. There were not a lot of options for sharing. The charcuterie and cheese platter was disappointing because there was hardly any cheese! In a... More 

Thank ChampagneTasteMD
Pasadena, Maryland
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83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate there relatively late on a Friday night during SXSW and the restaurant was very full.\. We did not have reservations but were seated relatively quickly but we were only 2 people. I noticed larger groups waiting much longer. Our food was very good but the service was a little on the slow side probably due to the crowds.... More 

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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
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
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?