Austin >Food & Dining > Hill's Cafe
4700 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7874530.215762 -97.768826
Tue 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: West Congress, South Congress
This place is full of local goodness! Great southern comfort food (try the corn nuggets and chicken fried steak), live local music, a great patio area, and plenty of Austin history.
Best Burger in Austin! – Hill's Cafe is truly a one of a kind experience. Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Must stop in the city of Austin. You HAVE to try the Fat Bob.
Great food and Free music!! – We came in the other night for the first time and loved it. They have free live music on the weekends. I ordered the meatloaf and the waiter told us it was a new recipe and I loved it. My boyfriend had the tex-mex burger and said it was one of the best he has had in a while.
The staff was friendly and the manager even cam over to check on us. We will definitely be back!
My new favorite place! – you know I'm pretty hard to please but this place is so freekin awesome! I try to get out there once a week to see all the live music. I really like the menu there and the service is incredible, I'm not sure why other people are having a bad time. I'm sure the staff has changed quite a bit, give it another shot. I really like the songwriter night on tusedays, I'll bring my guitar and play a few songs sometimes. Check it out if you get the chance :)
Excellent food, fun atmosphere... – Interesting, relaxed atmosphere, tons of country music/ movie/political photos cover the walls - each booth/table has been named, giving the impression that some history comes with the place...excellent food: great club sandwich, excellent chicken fried etc., very good vegetables and sides...sadly, some items on the menu were no longer available (so why are they on there?), one member of our party was devastated that the tres leches cake was no longer offered...service was friendly, informed, accurate, quick...we want to come back:: for the food, when there's a band playing, and to explore the rambling outdoor areas.
Awesome – The best time to visit Hill's is on Wednesday night when the Free Texas Music Series is going on. Free concert every Wednesday. The bartenders here are absolutely amazing. I really haven't eatin here much, the food has been good when I have eatin here.
Very Disappointed – I had heard a lot about the restaurant and I am a big fan of Bucky & Bob on the radio, so I was glad when a trip brought me to Austin. What a disappointment! I ordered the national dish of Texas, Chicken Fried Steak. What our surly waiter brought me was quite a small piece of meat with yellow gravy. Portion wise it was certainly not nearly up to Texas standards, but that turned out to be fortunate as it just didn?t plain didn?t taste very good. If I ever go back, very questionable, maybe I will try the hamburger. What a great disappointment, skip Hill?s and go to the time tested Threadgill?s.
My first stop in Austin. – I'm from the Seattle area but travel to Austin regularly. Within the first 12 hours of being in the city, I demand to go to Hill's Cafe for a glorious taste of the famed Hill's Burger.
With a down home feeling, Texas pride, a fair representation of longhorns, and big servings, Hill's is the epitome of classic Texas. Live music is sometimes found inside, or outside, the walls of Hill's. The wait staff is composed of mostly UT students. The booths are given themes, with signed photos of Texas icons, including Willie Nelson.
As far as the food is concerned, it's stellar. Honestly, I've never tasted fresh rolls that are quite as amazing as you'll find at Hill's. I consider myself something of a burger connoisseur: I love nothing more than a good quality burger and Hill's is certainly the place for that. I swear they lace their hamburgers with something, they're so good and so addicting. I find myself thinking about that burger for days to come. Their soft drinks and water are served in huge cups. Their sweet potato fries are absolutely delectable. Pretty much anything they put on their menu is prepared so exceptionally, you'll be putting Hill's Cafe on your top 5 restaurant picks within the first few bites.
If you're on your way to Hill's, get ready for some amazing food at reasonable prices and know that a girl in Seattle is completely jealous.
WORST SERVICE IN AUSTIN!
The hostess will leave you standing at the front for extended periods before finally seating you. Once seated, the wait staff will intentionally ignore you. Expect to wait up to 20 minutes or longer before someone even bothers to take your drink order. If you're lucky enough to have that happen, it will take another 20 minutes before they take you order. I and friends have walked out of Hill's three times now without being served. When we complained during the last visit, the snarky blonde, female manager reticently apologized with a sarcastic smirk on her face. Bottom line, they know they have horrible service and they don't give a damn. The food really isn't that good ? don't waste your time. There are far better places to spend your hard-earned cash.
Inconsistent – I am really rooting for Hill's because they are just right down the street for me...but I have gotten the best meals and the worst from this place. I got a sizzling steak from them once and it was fantastic, but the next time I went...it hardly had any flavor and was very overcooked. Same thing with their chopped sandwich...it is phenomenal but one time I got a VERY VERY dry batch of meat and it was so hard to swallow. I love the rolls but twice...I've been gipped and wasn't given any at all! I just sort of stopped myself from asking because I knew they were busy. They usually have really good food...but sometimes the service and the actual restaurant ruin the meal. I am not a priss, but leftover food and napkins on the table as well as a sticky booth are kind of a turn off for me! I am also aware that restaurant might have some 'critters' but finding one crawling next to your napkin on the table is really unappetizing. I don't know if I'll be going as often as I used to...but sometimes I do crave their yellow gravy and fried catfish!
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