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Where to Eat and Drink on South Congress

Find coffee, pastries, 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.

In terms of eating and drinking, everyone knows about the long lines of Jo’s Coffee (home of that iconic I Love You So Much mural), Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and Torchy’s Tacos. Setting those establishments aside, Eater presents its neighborhood guide to South Congress.

This guide features spots for coffee, breakfast, brunch, tacos, drinks, and even a karaoke spot (hello, Ego’s). There are longtime establishments like diner ideal Magnolia Cafe, music dive Continental Club, 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.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask and tip well.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ego's Lounge

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510 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-7091
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Serious karaoke fans will want to book it to this bar-slash-karaoke-spot, hidden within a parkling lot structure, where crooners can let loose with drinks in hand.

2. Taco Joint

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134 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704

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.

3. Two Hands

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1011 S Congress Ave Suite 170
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9692
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Within the new Music Lane development, the New York-based Australian cafe is the best bet for easy meals ranging from waffles to avocado toasts to bowls to sandwiches, alongside coffee and cocktails. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

4. Lucky Robot

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1303 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-8081
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Excellent and thoughtful sushi can be found along 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, deliveries are available, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in service.s

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Dry-aged nigiri from Lucky Robot.
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5. Hotel San Jose

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1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7322
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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 and snacks. The lounge is open for on-site services.

6. The Continental Club

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1315 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-2444
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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 on-site services.

7. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-7300
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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.
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8. More Home Slice

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1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7437
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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 is outdoor seating available.

9. Little Brother Coffee & Kolaches

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1512 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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.

10. Mañana Coffee & Juice

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1603 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 872-3144
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For another caffeine fix, 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.

11. Vespaio

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1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-6100
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When all you want is a dependable bowl of pasta, longtime Italian restaurants Vespaio and its next-door casual sibling Enoteca Vespaio answer the call with cacio e pepe, tagliatelle, and more. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurants are open for dine-in services.

12. June's

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1722 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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

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13. Magnolia Cafe

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1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-0000
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For day and night needs, Magnolia dishes out hangover-curing fare. 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.

14. Lucy's Fried Chicken

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2218 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 297-2423
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One of Austin’s restaurant pillars can be found just off South Congress. Find all manners of the fried bird, oysters, pies, along with solid happy hours. To-go orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

15. Teal House Coffee and Bakery

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2304 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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.

16. Poke-Poke

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3100 South Congress Avenue a
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 814-1032
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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.

17. Crow Bar

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3116 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 465-2982
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Looking for a laid-back bar? Look no further than Crow Bar. It’s open for on-site services.

18. Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

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121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 945-9882
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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.

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LeRoy & Lewis’s barbecue.
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19. Taste of Ethiopia

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3801 S Congress Ave #107
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 814-3141
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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 dine-in service.

20. Plaza Colombian Coffee

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3842 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 825-0738
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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.

Empanadas from Plaza Colombian Coffee.
Empanadas from Plaza Colombian Coffee.
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21. El Borrego de Oro

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3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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

1. Ego's Lounge

510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Serious karaoke fans will want to book it to this bar-slash-karaoke-spot, hidden within a parkling lot structure, where crooners can let loose with drinks in hand.

510 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

2. Taco Joint

134 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

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.

134 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704

3. Two Hands

1011 S Congress Ave Suite 170, Austin, TX 78704

Within the new Music Lane development, the New York-based Australian cafe is the best bet for easy meals ranging from waffles to avocado toasts to bowls to sandwiches, alongside coffee and cocktails. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

1011 S Congress Ave Suite 170
Austin, TX 78704

4. Lucky Robot

1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A marble tray with five pieces of nigiri.
Dry-aged nigiri from Lucky Robot.
Lucky Robot/Facebook

Excellent and thoughtful sushi can be found along 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, deliveries are available, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in service.s

1303 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

5. Hotel San Jose

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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

1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

6. The Continental Club

1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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

1315 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

7. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100, Austin, TX 78704
A restaurant patio.
The patio of Perla’s.
Perla’s

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.

1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100
Austin, TX 78704

8. More Home Slice

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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 is outdoor seating available.

1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

9. Little Brother Coffee & Kolaches

1512 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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.

1512 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

10. Mañana Coffee & Juice

1603 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

For another caffeine fix, 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.

1603 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

11. Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

When all you want is a dependable bowl of pasta, longtime Italian restaurants Vespaio and its next-door casual sibling Enoteca Vespaio answer the call with cacio e pepe, tagliatelle, and more. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurants are open for dine-in services.

1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

12. June's

1722 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A bar.
June’s.
June’s/Facebook

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

1722 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

13. Magnolia Cafe

1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

For day and night needs, Magnolia dishes out hangover-curing fare. 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.

1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

14. Lucy's Fried Chicken

2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704

One of Austin’s restaurant pillars can be found just off South Congress. Find all manners of the fried bird, oysters, pies, along with solid happy hours. To-go orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

2218 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704

15. Teal House Coffee and Bakery

2304 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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.

2304 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Poke-Poke

3100 South Congress Avenue a, Austin, TX 78704

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.

3100 South Congress Avenue a
Austin, TX 78704

17. Crow Bar

3116 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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

3116 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

18. Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704
A tray of barbecue and sides.
LeRoy & Lewis’s barbecue.
LeRoy & Lewis/Facebook

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.

121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704

19. Taste of Ethiopia

3801 S Congress Ave #107, Austin, TX 78704

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 dine-in service.

3801 S Congress Ave #107
Austin, TX 78704

20. Plaza Colombian Coffee

3842 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Empanadas from Plaza Colombian Coffee.
Empanadas from Plaza Colombian Coffee.
Plaza Colombian Coffee/Facebook

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.

3842 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

21. El Borrego de Oro

3900 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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

3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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