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South Congress Cafe

#33 of 3,011 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
+1 512-447-3905
10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place didn't look very busy on this Monday night,which at first put us off, but we were SO glad we came! Truly awesome food - real comfort food, where everything on the plate tasted absolutely fabulous. I had the beef medallions, which were kind of like chicken fried beef, but to call them that does the dish a disservice.... More 

Thank dumpling56
Overland Park, Kansas
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A unique brunch menu, with great service. The carrot cake French toast was absolutely to die for! Come hungry, because there's plenty of it. Try the different sausages, too. Omelets are huge. Highly recommend this place. Nothing fancy, just very good food.

Thank Mark K
Castle Rock, Colorado
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stepping in from a rainy December night, the atmosphere was instantly welcoming. Cozy, warm, nice lighting, but not so dim as to be off-putting. First, our waiter Austin was a delight. He was so helpful describing the selections we were interested in and ensuring some were vegetarian. When you have that kind of attentive, personable service that isn't forced or... More 

Thank Stephanie T
Memphis, Tennessee
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76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our feet were EXHAUSTED after several hours of walking around to every store in adorable SOCO, so we actually landed at the South Congress Cafe' half an hour before the dinner service started. No problem--my husband ordered a glass of wine, and we each got a "cup" (ha!) of their butternut squash bisque, which came in a bowl with nice... More 

Thank SusannaRK
San Francisco, California
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345 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 534 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From the outside the place looks kind of dumpy. But the interior was very nice. We sat on a booth and ordered the famous bloodly mary which has a nice kick but a bit stronger alcohol would really make it a 10. I had a special burger which was delicious and excellent fries as well. Wife had the carrot cake... More 

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188 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We haven't been to So Congress in a year and wondered why we waited so long. The salads were fresh, nicely presented and huge. The short ribs, meatloaf were nicely done, tasty and satisfying. Deserts are not to be missed. The only downside was that the service was slow and inattentive- even though the restaurant was about half empty.

Thank RWG2020
College Station, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Goat cheese omelet and eggs benedict were superb. Service was very good, coffee was nice and the restaurant is in a great location.

Thank Ross G
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102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

went late on a Tuesday night, so not crowded. Colton was a top notch server and the food was some of the best ive eaten in quite a while. the mushroom filet barely required a knife and the beef milanese was delicious as well. would highly recommend. the closest ive ever came to a five dot rating.

Thank Kenneth Y
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3 outstanding aspects of our Sunday brunch last weekend: 1. SERVICE- Amazing! Ask for Jenny... she is sheer delight! 2. FOOD- Divine! Best french toast IN LIFE (because it was carrot cake!) 3. CALL AHEAD LISTING- We called ahead, got on the list, and by the time we found parking, our table was ready. Literally no wait! So many wonderful... More 

Thank Laura R
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food, drinks and atmosphere are revitalizing in an over stimulated world of too much traffic and to do lists. So, when you can, visit South Congress Cafe at the corner of S. Congress and W. Monroe and take a load off. Go for a special occasion (my fiance took me to dinner here prior to proposing), a end of... More 

Thank Eva L

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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, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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?