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Magnolia Cafe South

#33 of 3,049 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
+1 512-445-0000
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06:00 - 05:30
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 05:30
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Well worth the wait!! The staff is fun and friendly and the food is FANTASTIC! It is an excellent choice for breakfast.

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Thank Roni1536
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

We visited the magnolia cafe 3 times for breakfast during our week in Austin. It has a nice atmosphere and the food is great. I would recommend the Gingerbread Pancakes with the premium maple syrup

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Thank Martyn H
austin
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221 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

So where else can you be seated By a world traveling, sommelier,have a great meal, served by the lovely Elizabeth? No where but Austin I would guess. It's what makes this cafe, congress avenue and Austin a special place.... Don't miss it!

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Thank micyer
Norfolk VA
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121 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

You may have to wait for brunch but it's worth it. If the wait is long you can cruise the weird gift shop or get a haircut next door. The food and service was top notch. 3 Alarm breakfast tacos and the Texas Benedict both very good. They have beer and wine but not liquor which was a disappointment since... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

Warm and inviting atmosphere, long waiting periods at times but absolutely worth the wait! Great spinach, free coffee refills!!!!

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Thank Fatma D
Baltimore, Maryland
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92 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

The Magnolia Cafe's atmosphere is quirky, like the rest of the South Congress district, but the food is good and not expensive.

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Thank TowsonLady
Chesterfield, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

I love this place for breakfast, but not so much for lunch. For the first time I sent my meal back as the Voodo Chicken (an alleged specialty), was as dead as dead could be. The life and flavor were cooked out of the dish. My wife had the special Spinach Quiche, which was a new definition of average. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

We went over for lunch one day and got a couple of very good salads. They have a good menu, and is a pretty cool looking place as well.

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Thank swearengen
Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

I had gingerbread pancakes, very nice. Only I wish i would have broken them up...next time I'll get three: one gingerbread, one cornmeal, one buttermilk. Husband had flaco taco...so good!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

This whacky diner has plenty of character, very friendly staff, unique decor, traditional home cooked food and a fabulous breakfast. Frequented by locals. No frills but definitely worth the walk up Congress street.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 05:30
Monday
06:00 - 05:30
Tuesday
06:00 - 05:30
Wednesday
06:00 - 05:30
Thursday
06:00 - 05:30
Friday
06:00 - 05:30
Saturday
06:00 - 05:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3503
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-445-0000

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