El Gallo Restaurant
2910 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: Outdoors, Rehearsal Dinners, Fiesta
Price Range : Below Average
Pets Allowed: Yes
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01/19/2012Provided by Citysearch -
15 of us showed up last night, Wed, with no reservation, and we were cared for like old friends. Table was made ready quickly including super clean cloth napkins and silverware...a sign as to what is behind the kitchen door....clean.
Our server Rodney had all our names down in 2 minutes and was terrific......like he was actually happy to be there. The Chili Rellenos were unique and yummy...no breading, no deep fry, but a thoughtful combo of ingredients. They were beef and Rodney said the chicken version was also outstanding...I will get those next time. It is no wonder how this place has been there since 1957.
Also we found David Massey plays solo acoustic guitar on Wed nights, so that was a nice suprise. Mariachi is cool but I really enjoyed the guitar for background dinner music.
09/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My husband took us out to eat at this place. First of all the service was terrible. It took forever for them to come to our table. When they finally took our order, we had to wait 45 minutes to get our plates. They screwed up one of the plates. The food was cold. We never went back.
10/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The food and the service was horrible. We went there for my brother's birthday dinner. The manager was rude the entire night. Our poor server had to wait on our party as well everyone they sat in the room we were in. The manager knew a big party was going to be there, but didn't staff our area very well. When the night was over we had questions regarding our bill and the manager was very put off by it. We got charge a 10% fee for linens we didn't ask for. When I complained about the lack of customer service the manager acted like she didn't care. Come to find out she was the owner's daughter. I guess she feels entitled and doesn't care how she treats her customers.
08/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I'm amazed with the good reviews for this place. It has to be one of the worst Tex-Mex places in town. And it is not even cheap. In the 1950's , when Congress was the main road to San Antonio this must have been something. Nothing here is good. it starts with the chips which taste like they've been sitting out forever. the salsa has nothing going for it. It is the same for everything.
Tex mex cuisine has made great strides in the last 5 decades. Nothing about the food can elicit a good compliment.All our dishes were flavorless. I could pull a frozen Mexican dinner from the freezer and have the same.
maybe no stars would be a better rating.
03/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had the dinner for my sister-in-laws bachelorette party at El Gallo, and it was an awesome experience!!! All the girls in our group were very impressed. We all had different items off of the menu, and they were all wonderful. They take reservations.....which was a plus since we had 12 ladies in our group. All of the other places I called would NOT take reservations. The service was great and we were entertained by Mariachis!!! The Tres Leches was AMAZING.....and I am a Tres Leches lover. I highly recommend El Gallo....We will eat there every time we come to Austin.
10/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant has been our favorite for 20+ years!!! You can't go wrong with any of their menu choices. If your a hot sauce fanatic like me you will definitely not be disappointed. It's to DIE for!! All of their food items including tortillas and chips are hand made. The staff is very courteous and the atmosphere is very relaxing. The owners take pride in their establishment and it's like going to see family when we go there. Give it a try and don't listen to any negative comments on this blog. They have the BEST cheese enchiladas in all of Austin!!! You won't be sorry. Oh yeah...one more thing...they don't use any preservatives or MSG. IT'S ALL NATURAL and ALL HOMEMADE AUSTIN!!!!!
02/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
As a native Texan, I have to comment on the person who said the cheese enchiladas are terrible. I'll bet that person is not from here. First, cheese enchiladas SHOULD be soft and creamy, not like a lump of melted cheddar. Melted cheese is a bit greasy and again, it should be. The combination of the gloriously soft and tasty cheese with the perfect chile con carne is the very, very best in town. The other food is great too, but nobody else gets the cheese enchiladas as perfect as El Gallo.
The service is friendly and prompt, even when they are very busy. I've been in many more locally praised and expensive restaurants in town where the service is both terrible and snobby at the same time!
This restaurant is a great value!!
We absolutely adored the fish tacos here. We were brought here by a client who is a local in Austin and were surprised at how fresh and tasty everything was. the salsa was excellent as well, and there were many to choose from! The service was very friendly and typical Austin-like. Yum. I really wish we had access to fish tacos and salsa bars as good as this in Florida!
07/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I LOVE El Gallo. Their chips and salsa are great. The salsa actually has a spicy flavor to it and it doesn't taste like a can of tomatos. I LOVE thier cheese enchiladas. They are greasy and cheesey and hot the way an enchilada should be. it is never crowded and the drinks are pretty good and cheap. The parking is great too!
06/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Good atmosphere. Good chips and salsa. However, the worst enchiladas I have ever had. Maybe other items are great but these are not (cheese, was more like velveeta). Rice was tasteless and burnt from being in the oven.
Wouldn't recommend with so many other great places to eat at in Austin.
04/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
El Gallo has quickly become my boyfriend and I's favorite restaurant. As a Hispanic, I can be very critical in regards to Tex-Mex and every Saturday my boyfriend and I make it a point to try a new TXMX restaurant for lunch. We came across El Gallo one Saturday and after our first bite of chips and salsa we knew we were hooked. They by far have the best chips and salsa I have ever tasted!!! It was a solid medium heat with the right amount of chunkiness. The waitress told us that they are both made in house every day. I was also in love with their Mango Margarita which tasted fresh and delicious. Since the first visit, we have been back countless times as our tastebuds are constantly craving their food.
04/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Ate at El Gallo last year when visiting Austin. Plan to eat there again this year on a return trip. This is the best Mexican restaurant and atmosphere I have ever been to. Nice, quiet, romantic, yet suitable for families with children. Staff was wonderful. Excellent service and even better food.
01/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We go to El Gallo all the time and we just love it! The food is always consistent, the house margaritas are the way to go, the owners pleasant and the location and parking are always convenient . There is no shortage of mexican food in Austin, so it boils down to a matter of personal taste, but we really enjoy El Gallo - give it a try!
12/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I am a weekly regular there - it's that good. I rarely eat mexican food anywhere else, because if I'm going to eat mexican, why not just go to El Gallo? The cheese enchiladas are my favorite - they just ooze with cheese. And the queso is my favorite in town. The staff is really, really friendly, too.