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Congress Restaurant

#544 of 3,045 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary
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201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4021 (Second Street)
+1 512-827-2760
18:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Fulshear, Texas
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

We enjoyed the food as well as the atmosphere, the service was phenomenal. However, we walked away still hungry after eating every bit of a 5 course meal. I am 145 lbs, wife is 130 lbs...I am not an over eater. Also, everything was very rich...like overly so. I would have rather had a 2 course meal with more on... More 

Thank Justmac32
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

The congress is a great place with a restaurant, bar and outside caffe called 2nd Kitchen. I enjoyed a lovely Carrot Gaspacho and Kale, Quinoa and Shrimp salad with a (ok, two) lovely glass of Rosè Cremant d'Alsace. It was a delightful sunny day so couldn't think of a better way to spend my Sunday afternoon. The staff are friendly... More 

Thank Jog1981
Houston, Texas
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

The chef is one of the finest, anywhere, period. He keeps his menu fresh, his imagination sharp and knows how to balance flavors perfectly. Trust him. Chef Bull has managed to choose a staff that is as notable as himself.....and the atmosphere is terrific. I could keep gushing, but just make reservations and go eat there....treat your palate!

Thank Sleopard41
Marble Falls, Texas
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Chef David Bull brings it! What a well oiled machine he has at Congress. With it's great location In the heart of tres cool Austin, you are greeted from the friendly hostess as she leads you to the table. The room is not large and decorations are sparse and elegant. Immediately, someone is there to take a drink order and... More 

Thank Sophieandmitch
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468 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

First of all, our waitstaff was perfect. We wanted a crisp glass of prosecco which wasn't too dry...this wasn't an option on the regular menu, but we were offered a great glass of Bocelli from next door. The servings were a perfect size and allowed us to enjoy dessert without feeling miserable. Even though the "foam" preparation is a little... More 

Thank Mis_Adventurous
Andover, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This was a gourmet four course meal. Our waiter was from Australia and he was very good. I had goat tenderloin and key lime pie. It was a wonderful finish from a West Texas visit.

Thank chuck_and_trudy
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Had the eggs and steak with a beer. Excellent location and service. The beer was not bad either. Parking was a little bit of a hassle but you would expect that from a downtown location.

Thank Phoenix3816
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Not noisy or crowded. Went for a special birthday dinner. The food and service were excellent and they had a special plate with a dessert on it.

Thank JEHtexas
Arlington, Virginia
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

My wife and I attended a dinner here for our anniversary. This is a fine dining restaurant, so considerations must be made for an adventurous selection of ingredients and the overall experience. The first thing I observed is the dining room is personal; small but cozy. Also it was quiet which is unique particularly in the Austin area where people... More 

Thank Athelred D
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our seven course meal with wine tasting, but I doubt if we'll be back. Although the food was fun, creative and full of wonderful favors, I just can't fully recommend the restaurant. It is very expensive. Very. The meal cost us $480 and I can think of so many other restaurants ( and much less... More 

Thank Liz N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4021
    (Second Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-827-2760

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