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Hill's Cafe

) #2,025 of 3,126 Restaurants in Austin ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Cafe,
4700 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745-2303
+1 512-851-9300
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good32%
  • Average18%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible12%
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11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Cafe, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
4700 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745-2303
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Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Visited Hills with friends on Saturday night. Arrived around 6:30pm. The hostess was very nice and seated us promptly on the patio. We were a party of three, but other friends joined for a total of 11in our group. I was surprised at how empty...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2015

My chicken fried steak was very good and my wife’s sizzler ribeye steak was excellent. The restaurant’s walls were almost completely covered with wonderful old photographs, documents, and memorabilia. If you are looking for a tasty lunch and a fascinating dose of early-to-mid 20th Century...More

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Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2015

We're so happy that you enjoyed the food and the history within these four walls. The chicken fried steak is probably our most popular dish -- it's great to hear that it served you well. I'd love to have you back again for another great...More

Reviewed 27 September 2015

The food was average, prices not bad, and the service was not bad either. Not a bad place to grab a quick meal.

Thank Cherie P
Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2015

Cherie, thanks for coming by to grab a bite with us. I'm happy that nothing was "bad," but I want to make your next experience a stellar one! Hope to have you back soon. Best, Ellis

Reviewed 15 September 2015

I'd like to give you a review of the food here, but I never got to try any so I can't tell you anything about it. I stopped in about 1:30 Sunday afternoon. A sign in the lobby said to seat myself, so I found...More

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Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2015

Orion, this is not what we're all about. You should have been given a menu promptly and had a nice meal with us. I know that must have been frustrating! I will check with the wait staff and see what the issue was. I'm so...More

Reviewed 1 September 2015

We ate here for a business group dinner. We had a nice table and the service was good, with a few mistakes. The food was VERY VARIABLE. We started with queso and chips that were first rate. I had bar-b-que--it was some of the worst...More

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Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2015

I'm sorry for the mistakes during your meal, but I wanted to thank you for bringing them to my attention. The queso, burgers, and service were great from what you said, but the comment on the BBQ is troubling. I'm good to check with the...More

Reviewed 3 July 2015

An icon. Stop and eat at this vintage restaurant, complete with booths named after everyone from Gov. Rick Perry to Willie. Walking in the door, the aroma is a mixture of something cookin and rustic woods. Very Texas, very original Austin. Chicken fried steak -...More

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Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2015

Thank you for the kind words -- there sure is nothing like knowing you think of us as iconic, and enjoy what we're all about so much. I sure hope to welcome you back for another great experience with us, and also hope this time,...More

Reviewed 24 June 2015

Good fairly inexpensive eats in historically significant old building on South Congress avenue. We went for lunch but they have some great music on certain evenings in the outside venue. The food was quite good and reasonably priced. I had a burger which was terrific.

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Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2015

Glad you enjoyed stopping by, Klugeco, and I'm happy that our burger really impressed! Hopefully we'll be seeing you soon! All the best, Ellis W.

Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

This place used to be so good, but now the food quality just is no good. Tonight I ordered The Millers Meatloaf (made with veggies inside!). It USED to be delicious. This time? I dug into it and a lot of pink...very undercooked! ! And...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2015

I went there to eat a Chicken Fried Steak supposedly Best in Town. I walked in and the Hostess sat me down. I knew what I wanted so I waited for a waitress to come take my order 5 minutes went by nothing. Then some...More

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Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2015

I would be upset too if I was ignored when I went out to eat -- it's shocking to read about your experience here. This so out of character for us, so we must have been way off our game when you came in. I'm...More

Reviewed 6 April 2015

Hill’s Cafe on S. Congress Ave is one of the iconic restaurants in Austin TX and has had an interesting history. It all began with Charlie Goodnight. As you enter you notice that chiseled into a block in the floor of the porch the words...More

Thank James S
Ellis W, Owner at Hill's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2015

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with us, James. We like to decorate our booths by dedicating them to Austin (and beyond) icons. I'm glad that the food was tasty, it seems like your group had a great sampling of the menu. You'll...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
American, Cafe, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745-2303
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-851-9300
  • E-mail
A local South Austin hot spot since 1947, Hills Cafe has been serving up the best southern comfort food, steaks and BBQ anyone could ask for. An old Austin original with live music, catering, outdoor dining and large oak trees, Hill's Cafe is a destination for great food and fun! Did we mention a full bar and awesome drink prices?
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