South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 447-6021
Primary Phone: (512) 447-6021
Phone: (512) 447-9290
Fax: (512) 447-9290
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, Coffee House, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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We ordered the Croque Madame and the Huevos Rancheros for breakfast: the former is a local interpretation on a soft fresh bun and it was delicious. The giant side of lame boring fries that comes with it was not worth the calories to consume.
The Huevos were very good according to my dining partner.
The iced tea was freshly brewed and tasty.
Our first time and we were disappointed. The waiting area is small and in the bar, which makes it hard for them to keep track of who came fist. (Yes others were seated that had com in after us) Not enough wait staff to keep up with the tables or the food orders. Food was barley warm but we ate it anyway as to not waste food.
10/12/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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.
06/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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
08/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/12/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
We dined at this place on a Friday night. This is a small place and it was BUSY!!. The wait was not long as we had called in earlier for reservations. My wife had the Mahi Mahi with the Mango sauce and she loved it. I had the Filet and it was grilled to perfection. My hat is off to the bartenders. They made Great Pomegranate Martini's. Overall, our dining experience was unforgettable. Expect us to visit this place again. Great Place to recommend to anyone.
03/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.