Restaurants In South Congress, Austin, Texas

restaurants in austin south congress texas usa
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South Congress, fondly called SoCo, is a vibrant neighborhood found in South Congress Avenue in between Bouldin Creek and TravisHeights. Once a rural road during the 1850s it has transformed from a capital gateway into a popular cultural and shopping district. Austinites, the younger generation, and tourists are drawn to the lively rows of vintage stores, boutiques, and restaurants lining the avenue with a clear vantage view of Texas State Capitol. Austin’s restaurant trend is modern, chic, and at times eclectic. The menu options range from the typical Tex-Mex food fare, freshest oysters and seafood, to the most exotic oriental dishes always paired with a glass of wine or premium beverage. Explore the best restaurants in Austin South Congress, Texas that we’ve listed below and book a reservation with them now!

1. South Congress Cafe

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Posted by South Congress Cafe on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

South Congress Cafe was built on the concepts of a new millennium of local artists and food fare. This former 1940s pharmacy was transformed into a hip and relaxing café with parts of its original structure intact. Dine al fresco under the shade of trees in their outdoor patio. Savor their high-class dishes like the grilled homemade biscuits topped with eggs, sausage, sage and gravy with a side dish of chili-seared tomatoes and potatoes. End your meal with delicious desserts like salted butterscotch crème brulee paired with a glass of premium port wine. They are open for brunch, dinner, and desserts. They have a good selection of wines, drinks, whiskeys, and bourbons.

South Congress Café

Address: 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: South Congress Café

Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday 9AM-10PM / Monday to Friday 10AM-10PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

2. Perla's

Posted by Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar on Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Feel like a celebrity when dining at Perla’s. The restaurant has a fresh, laidback, and lively ambiance with its modern interiors and nautical motif. Their shaded outdoor patio is one of those places where you’d like to see and be seen. Perla’s takes dining to a higher notch by serving the freshest seafood and oyster imported daily from the Gulf of Mexico. Their Cape Cod menu is inspired from the East Coast so don’t expect a traditional Texan menu. Try their seared Pacific yellowfin tuna ala plancha paired with any of their signature drinks. For dessert, we recommend the chocolate hazelnut cream taken with coffee or any of their dessert wines.

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

Address: 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Perla’s

Opening hours: Saturday 10:30AM-11PM /Sunday 10:30AM-10PM /Monday to Thursday 11:30AM-10AM / Friday 11:30AM-11PM

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

3. Central Standard Bar & Grill

TGIT, y'all. Join us for 1/2 off all specialty cocktails, beers & wine by the glass, plus special pricing on apps like our Hot Crab Dip from 4:30-6:30pm. #cstandardatx #barandgrill Photo: IG/thoseatxvibes

Posted by Central Standard on Thursday, 20 July 2017

Central Standard Bar & Grill is a classy restaurant located in South Congress Hotel that serves brunch, dinner, midday meals, and happy hour. It has luxurious interiors with a long, full bar with marble counters and a private dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows with a clear view of South Congress Avenue and downtown. They serve a modern American menu including the best East Coast oysters, appetizers, salads, and main dishes paired with a wide selection of alcoholic drinks, wine, and beverages. Looking for a place to impress your 30 or so guests for your cocktail party or business meeting? Then book a table at Central Standard!

Central Standard Bar & Grill

Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Central Standard Bar & Grill

Opening hours: Sunday 11AM-10PM / Monday to Wednesday 3PM-10PM/ Thursday to Friday 3PM-11PM/ Saturday 11AM-11PM

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

4. Sway

Posted by Sway on Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Sway is a fine dining restaurant that serves modern Thai cuisine with stylish interiors featuring an open kitchen. The owner aims to incorporate his Australian culinary style with Thai cooking and the Tex-Mex culture of Austin. Aside from the great food that includes fresh seafood, curries, and unique desserts, customers are enticed with the attractive Oriental decor of the dining area which includes communal seating. They do catering and pick-up orders.


Address: 1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Sway

Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday 11AM-10PM/ Thursday to Saturday 11AM-11PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

5. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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Posted by Hopdoddy Burger Bar on Thursday, 7 December 2017

Where else can you get a mouthwatering burger made from organic and fresh ingredients paired with a delicious mug of hand-crafted beer? Hopdoddy has been serving the community since 2010 providing Black Angus beef burgers that are hormone and antibiotic free sandwiched in their home-baked buns. The lines to grab a seat in the restaurant are often long and winding. Think of their classic burger or Terlingua (Angus beef with sassy sauce, Tillamook cheddar, corn fritos, and chili con carne) washed down with one of their local brews then it’s definitely worth waiting in line for!

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Address: 1400 S Congress Ave, Ste A190, Austin, TX 78704

Website: Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11AM-10PM/ Friday to Saturday 11AM-11PM/ Sunday 11AM-10PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

6. Enoteca Vespaio

Pan seared rainbow trout, house linguine, sugar snap peas, spring onion puree, saffron-tomato butter

Posted by Enoteca Vespaio on Thursday, 8 March 2018

Enoteca Vespaio is the smaller, bistro-inspired sibling of the famous Vespaio Italian restaurant. It was created to provide their loyal customers with a comfortable dining experience and a more diverse menu. The café serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch providing the best fine dining Italian cuisine like pizza, pasta, bread and their sumptuous cured meats, dry goods, and deli items made from in-house ingredients.

Entoeca Vespaio

Address: 1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Entoeca Vespaio

Opening hours: Sunday 10AM–3PM, 5PM–10PM/ Monday to Saturday 11AM-10PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

7. Lucky Robot

Swing by for our new #lunch menu every Monday-Friday from 11-3pm, featuring new #healthy options, including bowls, bentos, and bots! ??? Thanks for the pic, Austin Food Adventures!

Posted by Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen on Thursday, 17 January 2019

Lucky Robot was a part of Zen, a local food chain. Awarded ‘Restaurant of the Week’ in 2013 by Do512, they offer a traditional Japanese menu with a focus on sushi and other familiar dishes created from their modern Japanese kitchen. They use the freshest seafood and fish sourced from all corners of the world and paired with wine from their in-house sake collection. Each plate is a colorful work of art with a little taste of Tokyo playing on your taste buds.

Lucky Robot

Address: 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Lucky Robot

Opening hours: Sunday 10:30AM-10PM /Monday to Thursday 11AM-10PM/ Friday 11AM-10:30PM/ Saturday 10:30AM-10:30PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

8. Guero's Taco Bar

For a semi lighter fare, go with a burrito filled with sautéed veggies. Don’t forget to add on the red and green sauce!

Posted by Guero's Taco Bar on Monday, 14 January 2019

Guero’s, one of the busiest restaurants on SoCo, was formerly a feed store in a warehouse space. The menu is the typical Tex-Mex cuisine leveled up a few notches. The servings are big, ingredients always fresh, and their alcoholic concoctions like the hand-shaken Margaritas are guaranteed to make you tipsy. Indulge in Tacos al Pastor and burritos with salsas and guacamoles in large plates or appetizer sizes. Guero’s is the favorite meet-up place of locals during Sundays after a trip to the lake. Enjoy live musical entertainment from their Oak Garden, the outdoor patio with a seating area shaded by trees. The ambiance reminds you of the old Mexican cantinas.

Guero’s Taco Bar

Address: 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Guero’s Taco Bar

Opening hours: Sunday 8AM-10PM/ Monday to Wednesday 11AM-10PM/ Thursday to Friday 11AM-11PM/ Saturday 8AM-11PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

9. Otoko

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Posted by Otoko on Friday, 16 September 2016

Otoko is a posh 12-seater Japanese restaurant inside South Congress Hotel. It is owned and operated by its head chef Yoshi Okai. He prepares each multi-course omakase (chef’s choice) with at least nine different kinds of sushi right before your eyes. He uses the freshest ingredients depending on the season and availability, then explains the harmony of each one in creating an extraordinary bite-sized dish. His cuisine is a combination of Tokyo’s sushi and Kyoto’s kaiseki which gives his customers an intimate gastronomic experience.


Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Otoko

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 5PM-10PM / Sunday to Tuesday closed

Average price for two people: 61 USD and above

10. Café No Sé

Pain perdu, brioche french toast. Creamy cheesecake, raspberry jam + fresh berries. ? Happy Monday, indeed. #cafénoséatx

Posted by Café No Sé on Monday, 1 October 2018

Tucked in the corner of South Congress Avenue right inside the South Congress Hotel is the rustic but cozy Café No Se. Its outdoor patio is set away from the sidewalk and away from traffic so it may be tricky to find. There’s lots of indoor solo tables, outdoor seating, and a communal table in the center. Popular for its delicious desserts, it also serves the best bread and baked pastries daily. The café is perfect for a spur-of-the-moment lunch with a western touch.

Café No Se

Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Website: Café No Se

Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday 7AM-10PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

Drink and dine in SoCo

restaurants in austin south congress texas usa | drink and dine in soco
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The numerous dining options and a variety of cuisines have made Austin’s South Congress the newest food destination aside from being a cultural hub. The diversity of their menus are set to satisfy the most discerning taste buds. If you’re up for a unique and unforgettable food adventure then book a reservation in one of the restaurants in Austin’s South Congress.

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