Austin >Food & Dining > South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.247921 -97.750383
Monday To Sunday From 10:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South River City, Greater South River City
Easily among the best restaurants in Austin, South Congress Cafe serves up a great brunch menu including items such as carrot cake french toast, venison jalapeno meatloaf, and crab cakes Benedict. Get there early or make a reservation because everyone else knows how great the food is here too.
If you try to come for weekend brunch you'll be standing in line, but the crab cake eggs Benedict is totally worth the wait. Mimosas and a spicy but flavorful Bloody Mary don't hurt either.
Carrot. Cake. French. Toast. Perhaps I'm being hyperbolic, but I think this is among the most decadent turns I've seen among French Toast flavor varieties, and is certainly denser and more cake-like than traditional concoctions. It's also served with a cream cheese/maple dipping "sauce" (i.e. frosting, but more viscous). Wait, are you still reading this review? Please stop, and drive immediately to South Congress Cafe to order some.
We had a nice lunch when some friends were in town. I loved my scallops. It was a small plate but plenty for lunch. This is a very popular restaurant. They do not take reservations, but you can call ahead and be put on their seating list. It is very popular.
Gone downhill – We used to eat here a lot but moved down south a couple of years ago. I have the Angel hair pasta fresca with scallops. The pasta was way overcooked and the freasca was muddy They used to serve noice sized scallops but these were what you would expect at a much lower class place. Serving sizes were noticibly much smaller as well. Soup was luke warm. When I have to send every dish they bring out back it is not a good dining experience. 5 star prices, 2 1/2 star food.
Very uppity for south austin – The food is good
Just got done kayaking and to be honest I didn't have anything to change into except a long shirt with my swimsuit. I discreetly went to the bar area to enjoy a highly recommended bloody mary when the manager decided I was not abiding by the dress code but since I already ordered he allowed me to stay......about 20 minutes later he came back and said I could not go through the dining area so I wasn't allowed to use the bathroom. I do not think he handled the situation very well at all and I will be disputing the charges with American Express because I can. If he wasn't willing to treat me like a customer he should have not served me to begin with
Holy crap GOOD – Very good. Very very very good. Thats it. Everything is good. Just read another review that trashed it because they had to wait an hour and a half to be seated on Saturday night. Um...one word...reservation. Its congress on sat night dude.
Saw this on Giada's show and went. – Seriously, nothing went wrong. The staff was awesome. The place was packed and we were seated within 15 minutes. The wait staff didn't act busy, waters filled right on time. They mostly have 4 top tables, but can scoot them together if need be. It was pretty loud in there, so maybe not good for first dates.
I went with friends and got to try the Calamari, Crab Cakes, and Baked Brie appetizers. Let me just say they all tasted amazing, likely the best Calamari I've had in Austin. The Baked Brie is topped with Habenero Jelly. YUM!
The Menu is out of this world, but I opted to have one of the specials. The steak was juicy and perfectly cooked and the sides were again seasoned perfectly. I tried the other special, Wasabi dusted grilled rare Escolar. Foodgasms ensued.
Then we all shared a the cream cheese and ganache brownie with english toffee and Amy's Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream. I'm so not into chocolate desserts but this was perfect and that toffee was wowza.
Go. Go right now. Get a Mojito. They have Carrot Cake French Toast for pete's sake.
What a disappointment. – Our eager party of 5 put down our name and was told there would be an hour wait. No big deal - it's a Saturday night on South Congress. We walked around Congress for a bit and then formed a comfy circle in the bar and waited to be called by the swarm of hostesses at the front. The drinks were decent, the bartender seemed distracted. Just after an hour we were called to get our table. Perfect! Or so we thought. As soon as we got to the hostess stand we were told that they actually did not have a table ready for us. We stood and waited another FORTY FIVE minutes (our area in the bar was already taken by another group) until one person from our group found the manager and forced her to get a table for us.
The wait staff was great, and the food was great. The hostesses were inept and frustrating.
Bottom line - do not go here with more than two people. The hostesses do not understand how to put two tables together and serve a group. They also do not know how to put a chair at the end of a booth and serve five people! (We ended up sitting that way, after talking with the manager).
I will not be going back. There are plenty of quality food places in Austin that I would rather take my business.
A Unique Place – I had the crab enchiladas, and they were SO delicious. They were hot (which I like), and very light. My boyfriend had the trout, and it was very good as well. It was nice to have tasty, light, uniquely prepared dishes in a nice atmosphere. Curious to try brunch, but would be weary of the wait, because it is a small place. The only thing negative I'd say, is that the staff looked unprofessional. I mean, I know this is Austin, but if you're in customer service, look your best for the customer's sake.
AMAZING FOOD!!! – Me and 3 girlfriends decided to try this place out. When we got there, there was a 30 minute wait at 2:45PM so I knew this place had to be hoppin'. When we finally got our food, everything was amazing! We ordered the salsa samplers which came with a variety of unique chips, including a taro chip. The salsa was a bit spicy for my taste, because I don't like to burn my palate before the actual entrees come. I ordered the pan seared tuna salad, and I'm not much a of a tuna girl but it was perfectly seasoned and matched the avocado vinaigrette dressing. My girlfriends ordered the crab cake eggs benedict, and the mushroom, artichoke omelet. The proscuitto was perfectly crispy and tasted delightful along with the crab cakes and quiche! The omelet was also perfectly cooked, and the gouda pancake..MM!!
Dishes are a bit on the pricey side for college students, but the atmosphere and food is definitely worth it!
This is my new favorite place!!! – I went here on a whim for lunch with friends from out of town and boy was I glad that I made that choice. The food is phenomonal and the drinks were amazing. My friends absolutely loved the place also. Great prices for lunch for the same dishes that you get for dinner. Great atmosphere and service. I went here again for dinner three weeks later to eat at the bar and was still not dissapointed. I would recommend this place to anyone. Excellent brunch menu!!
AWESOME! – S. Congress Cafe blew us away! All of our drinks were great! I had a pomegranate margarita. Then I had the daily soup. my friends all got different soups as well. They were all amazing and the presentation was really neat! All of our entrees were delicious. Anyone could go here becuase there is sucha big variety of food to pick from. My brother ordereda hamburger and fries and it was awesome, I ordered an Seafood Parfait with Ceviche and Shrinp anmd quacamole. Very good. One of my friends ordered quesadilla. And eveyone loved it! The prices are perfect. Food ranging from 8 to 15 bucks. Can beat it and best of all the service was the best ive ever had in austin!
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