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South Congress Cafe

#44 of 3,059 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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Boston, MA
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121 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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 1 April 2017 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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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 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 

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Pasadena, Maryland
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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 

Thank zydecolady
Seattle, Washington
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112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Stopped in this place when I was in town. Yelp said they had good reviews so we tried it. It was during the day on a Saturday and we had lunch. The best part about my visit was that we had no problems getting seated outside. Love the patio area. Definitely could imagine this place hopping at night. I had... More 

Thank BMacSeattle
Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Really different, delicious menu options. Wonderful brunch cocktails. Laid back and uber-friendly. Gets crowded quickly. Opens a bit later than expected - 10 a.m. during the week - but worth the tummy grumbles leading up to it.

Thank LynnL0
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I had a very brief window for dinner during SXSW and enjoyed the service and the food here, as well as a nice glass (or two) of cabernet sauvignon. Although they were crazy busy, they accommodated me and brought the food out quickly and with a smile

Thank Gale A
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Phenomenal food. The Carrot Cake French Toast is unbelievable, so memorable and it comes with cream cheese pecan syrup that we felt like we could eat by the pound, it was so good!! Other food was also very tasty, and paired with great, friendly service. Would love to go back!

Thank bonefish22
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Service is stellar, food is so delightful and satisfying. I am still craving the best pancakes I have ever tasted!!! Great coffee, ambience and style!

Thank susanhayward2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We were looking for a good place for breakfast and our hotel recommended this place. We were glad they did. It's a funky little cafe that seems to fit right into Congress Street. The brunch/breakfast menu wasn't extensive, and the service seemed a bit pretentious for a cafe, but we enjoyed our visit. The croque madame was delicious and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?