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Where to Eat and Drink on South Congress

Find coffee, sushi, barbecue, tacos, and wine along one of Austin's main streets

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South Austin’s main artery is South Congress Avenue, sandwiched between Travis Heights and Bouldin Creek. It’s where crowds of Austinites and tourists weave in and out of restaurants, boutiques, and vintage stores, taking in that straight-on view of the Texas State Capitol.

And, more importantly, everyone’s going to want to eat and drink. With that in mind, Eater presents its neighborhood guide to South Congress. This map features spots for coffee, breakfast, brunch, tacos, and drinks, and even a music venue-slash-bar (hello, Continental Club). There are longtime establishments like ideal diner Magnolia Cafe, and New York-style pizzeria Home Slice, to more recent openings like neighborhood wine destination June’s, pastry-filled cafe Manana, and new-school barbecue from LeRoy & Lewis.

For the purposes of this map, this guide focuses only on businesses located right on or near South Congress Avenue until it hits highways 290 and 71, straddling the line between the Travis Heights and Bouldin Creek neighborhoods. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.

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Taco Joint

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Yes, this taco restaurant is technically not on South Congress, but you’d be remiss to miss the food from the campus spot's second location. Find simple breakfast tacos, lunchtime ones, and tortas. To-go orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lucky Robot

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Excellent and thoughtful sushi can be found on South Congress at this Japanese restaurant. Chef Jay Huang focuses on sustainable and responsible sourcing. To-go orders can be placed online or in person, DoorDash deliveries are available, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hotel San Jose

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Hotel San Jose’s patio (open to the public) was made for alfresco cocktails and wines while lounging with plenty of shade and snacks. The lounge is open for indoor and outdoor services.

The Continental Club

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Duck into the famed Continental Club for a no-frills dive with cheap beer and music. The bar is open for indoor services.

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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For a fanciful brunch, the South Congress seafood restaurant’s hearty menu does justice to the meal with lobster omelets and crab Florentine, plus other dishes like brioche French toast and daily pastries. The patio serves as a prime people-watching spot. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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The patio of Perla’s.
Perla’s

More Home Slice

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Home Slice is one of Austin’s pizza pioneers, dishing up New York-style pies, garlic rolls, and reliable subs. If you can’t grab a table at the restaurant proper, duck next door to More Home Slice for pizza to-go. Orders can be placed online or in-person and there are indoor and outdoor seating available.

Little Brother Coffee & Kolaches

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One of Rainey Street’s best bars opened a new location on South Congress sans alcohol. The focus is well-made coffee and delightful kolaches. To-go orders can be placed in person via the walk-up window or online; there is outdoor seating available.

Mañana

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For another caffeine source, head straight to the South Congress hotel coffee shop where Superthing beans are brewed up, pairing along nicely with baked goods like the kouign amanns, everything kolaches, and macarons. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Vespaio

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When all you want is a dependable bowl of pasta, longtime Italian restaurant Vespaio answers the call with cacio e pepe, tagliatelle, and more. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Find a thorough wine list at South Congress restaurant June’s, the thoughtfully curated menu spans continents and types. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Magnolia Cafe

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For day and night needs, Magnolia dishes out its hangover-curing fare. Alas, keep in mind it’s no longer 24 hours, but still, you can’t go wrong with an order of the Mag Mud. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

The Meteor

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For easy cafe fare ranging from breakfast sandwiches to bowls to pizza, plus nice wines and cafe, look no further than the Meteor. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Teal House Coffee and Bakery

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Oh-so-excellent fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls can be found at this South Congress bakery. To-go orders can be placed online or in person. There are indoor dining areas.

Poke-Poke

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Excellent casual poke can be found at the Austin branch of the Venice Beach, California-based Hawaiian dish restaurant. The small or large bowls come packed with marinated raw fish (ahi tuna, shiso salmon), rice, vegetables, and more. Plus there’s wine, beer, and acai bowls. To-go orders can be placed online; there are Door Dash deliveries; there are outdoor tables available.

Crow Bar

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Looking for a laid-back bar? Look no further than Crow Bar. It’s open for indoor and outdoor services.

Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

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One of Austin’s best barbecue truck is found at Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden grounds. Pitmaster Evan LeRoy mixes up old-school and new-school smoked meats, from pulled whole hog to avocados stuffed with barbacoa. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Taste of Ethiopia

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South Congress thankfully houses the second location of the Ethiopian restaurant. Expect meaty and vegetarian-friendly stews like doro wot (chicken with berbere spices) and yemisir wot (slow-cooked lentils), all served atop wonderfully spongy injera bread. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Plaza Colombian Coffee

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The Colombian coffee shop and restaurant serves up a delightful assortment of pastries, snacks, and dishes from the South American country. The menu spans items like guava- and cheese-filled pastel glorias, breakfast arepas, meaty empanadas, coffee, and juices mixed with milk. To-go orders can be placed online or through the drive-thru; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

El Borrego de Oro

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Mexican breakfasts, lunches, and dinners can be found over at Borrego de Oro, with excellent enchiladas, crispy tacos, and caldos. To-go orders can be placed in person; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Taco Joint

Yes, this taco restaurant is technically not on South Congress, but you’d be remiss to miss the food from the campus spot's second location. Find simple breakfast tacos, lunchtime ones, and tortas. To-go orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lucky Robot

Excellent and thoughtful sushi can be found on South Congress at this Japanese restaurant. Chef Jay Huang focuses on sustainable and responsible sourcing. To-go orders can be placed online or in person, DoorDash deliveries are available, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hotel San Jose

Hotel San Jose’s patio (open to the public) was made for alfresco cocktails and wines while lounging with plenty of shade and snacks. The lounge is open for indoor and outdoor services.

The Continental Club

Duck into the famed Continental Club for a no-frills dive with cheap beer and music. The bar is open for indoor services.

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

For a fanciful brunch, the South Congress seafood restaurant’s hearty menu does justice to the meal with lobster omelets and crab Florentine, plus other dishes like brioche French toast and daily pastries. The patio serves as a prime people-watching spot. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A restaurant patio.
The patio of Perla’s.
Perla’s

More Home Slice

Home Slice is one of Austin’s pizza pioneers, dishing up New York-style pies, garlic rolls, and reliable subs. If you can’t grab a table at the restaurant proper, duck next door to More Home Slice for pizza to-go. Orders can be placed online or in-person and there are indoor and outdoor seating available.

Little Brother Coffee & Kolaches

One of Rainey Street’s best bars opened a new location on South Congress sans alcohol. The focus is well-made coffee and delightful kolaches. To-go orders can be placed in person via the walk-up window or online; there is outdoor seating available.

Mañana

For another caffeine source, head straight to the South Congress hotel coffee shop where Superthing beans are brewed up, pairing along nicely with baked goods like the kouign amanns, everything kolaches, and macarons. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Vespaio

When all you want is a dependable bowl of pasta, longtime Italian restaurant Vespaio answers the call with cacio e pepe, tagliatelle, and more. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

June's

Find a thorough wine list at South Congress restaurant June’s, the thoughtfully curated menu spans continents and types. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Magnolia Cafe

For day and night needs, Magnolia dishes out its hangover-curing fare. Alas, keep in mind it’s no longer 24 hours, but still, you can’t go wrong with an order of the Mag Mud. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

The Meteor

For easy cafe fare ranging from breakfast sandwiches to bowls to pizza, plus nice wines and cafe, look no further than the Meteor. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Teal House Coffee and Bakery

Oh-so-excellent fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls can be found at this South Congress bakery. To-go orders can be placed online or in person. There are indoor dining areas.

Poke-Poke

Excellent casual poke can be found at the Austin branch of the Venice Beach, California-based Hawaiian dish restaurant. The small or large bowls come packed with marinated raw fish (ahi tuna, shiso salmon), rice, vegetables, and more. Plus there’s wine, beer, and acai bowls. To-go orders can be placed online; there are Door Dash deliveries; there are outdoor tables available.

Crow Bar

Looking for a laid-back bar? Look no further than Crow Bar. It’s open for indoor and outdoor services.

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Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

One of Austin’s best barbecue truck is found at Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden grounds. Pitmaster Evan LeRoy mixes up old-school and new-school smoked meats, from pulled whole hog to avocados stuffed with barbacoa. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Taste of Ethiopia

South Congress thankfully houses the second location of the Ethiopian restaurant. Expect meaty and vegetarian-friendly stews like doro wot (chicken with berbere spices) and yemisir wot (slow-cooked lentils), all served atop wonderfully spongy injera bread. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Plaza Colombian Coffee

The Colombian coffee shop and restaurant serves up a delightful assortment of pastries, snacks, and dishes from the South American country. The menu spans items like guava- and cheese-filled pastel glorias, breakfast arepas, meaty empanadas, coffee, and juices mixed with milk. To-go orders can be placed online or through the drive-thru; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

El Borrego de Oro

Mexican breakfasts, lunches, and dinners can be found over at Borrego de Oro, with excellent enchiladas, crispy tacos, and caldos. To-go orders can be placed in person; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

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