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Romantic & Classy: Dining Near Congress

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What is known as true Austin is nestled right in the heart of downtown Austin’s Congress avenues. Congress stretches across the lake via the Congress Bridge, aka “the Bat Bridge” where onlookers can take boat tours on the lake. North of the bridge you have plenty of classy dining options in the downtown metro area. Just south of the bridge you have endless romantic and classy spots. We’re sure you’ll love Dining Near Congress.

Get whisked away to another world when you walk into Uchi. This well-respected sushi establishment is known to Austinites as one of the finest spots for a true Japanese dining experience. Their tastes explode with flavor and innovation in their creation. Uchi has attracted patrons from around the world to try their dishes and continues to be our top spot for classy dining options near Congress.

MON-SUN | 4:30PM-8:30PM

📍801 Sout Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78704

This aesthetically pleasing restaurant/bar is home to contemporary American cuisine, designer cocktails, and a beautiful event space. With thoughtful interior decorating in mind, Eberly is known for its curated space, from its custom lighting and homemade furnishings. The space showcases a stunning bar space, dining room, welcome study, and beautiful lavatories. Right next door to Pavement on South Lamar, make Eberly your next classy dining destination.

TUES-SAT 5PM-11PM

📍615 South Lamar

Austin, TX, 78704

Situated in the South Congress hotel, Otoko is an intimate dining space that offers very limited seating, so make your reservation early. You don’t want to miss Otoko’s beautiful presentation and appreciation for Tokyo-style sushi dishes and blends of other regional Japanese flavors that make up this coursed-out experience.

WED-SAT | 5PM-11PM

📍1603 S. Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78704

dining near congress

When you walk by Odd Duck you may be drawn in by just the façade alone. Covered in ivy and the sun hitting its welcoming patio, you’ll find yourself a new favorite classy dining spot. Odd Duck’s approach to American cuisine brings unconventional creations to life that burst with flavor. Order a few dinner items to share like mushroom charizo tostadas, crispy garbanzo salad, seared scallops, and so much more for a flavorful tour of this popular restaurant near Congress.

MON-FRI | 11:30PM-2:30PM | 5PM-10PM

SAT | 5PM-11PM

SUN | 10:30AM-2:30PM | 5PM-10PM

📍 1201 S. Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78704

With a rich history of gathering fresh ingredients for the neighbors, Martha “Mattie” Faulk and her husband grew their South Austin home into a welcoming space for the community to gather. Mattie’s space stays true to the origins and continues to source their ingredients from the freshest sources to curate familiar flavors in all of their dishes. Find nostalgia in mealtime when you pick Mattie’s for your classy dining choice: brunch or dinner!

SUN | 11AM-2PM

WED-THURS | 5PM-8PM

FRI | 5PM-9PM

SAT | 11AM-2PM | 6PM-9PM

📍811 W Live Oak St.

Austin, TX 78704

Located in the Hotel Magdalena, Summer House offers familiar flavors that will treat your stay or visit with even more delight. Try tons of traditional brunch items like smoked salmon tartine or a classic breakfast sandwich to start your day. Choose this classy dining destination off Congress for dinner and try luxurious dishes like whole Branzino, Prince Edward Island mussels, and fresh pastas.

SUN-THURS | 7AM-10PM

FRI-SAT | 7AM-11PM

📍1101 Music Lane

Austin, TX 78704

Aba

If you’re visiting Austin or a just moved here… you have to check out Aba Resturant on South Congress. This oasis covered in foliage offers rich Mediterranean flavors that will have you craving more with each bite. Try the smoky garlic hummus with freshly warmed pita bread, honey & nut brussel sprouts, ahi tuna & watermelon, and the crispy pork belly for tour of Aba’s best items. Pair with their spicy aloe mescal cocktail, “Aloe? It’s Me” and you’ve achieved your classy dining night out.

MON-THURS | 11AM-10PM

FRI | 11AM-11PM

SAT | 10AM-11PM

SUN | 10AM-9PM

📍 1011 S. Congress Ave. Building 2

Austin, TX 78704

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Hailey Way

Hailey Way

An alum of University of Washington's Journalism program, Hailey's cultural beats include technology, style, and the arts. Writing eventually transitioned into editing content for SEO best practices in balance with brand storytelling. As a digital marketing strategist, she wears many hats consulting clients in B2B/B2C small business, e-commerce, film, cosmetology, and lifestyle brands. Since 2018 Hailey has been a contributing style editor for Gabriel & Co. New York. She currently resides in Austin, where she enjoys thrifting, exploring local businesses, pop up events, and nature.

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