Every thing was very good except
We felt like our food was little more salty
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Experience this place! Wow!
Please experience this place. Food is amazing! Service is outstanding. Please open more days of week and we will come more often
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love chef Bull
It's always a great experience at Chef Bulls restaurants. He accommodates our gluten free diet and the food and service are always exceptional.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanks to Chef David Bull and his team for the best vegetarian tasting menu ever! Thank you for taking your veggies a serious as we do. The kimchi and collard greens were the deal.
Thx, Nick and Jess
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was something I would expect in NYC or an expensive Las Vegas Hotel, but not in Austin. The food pairings were excellent, the different flavors amazing, service was top notch. Our server knew more about food/wines than most chefs or restaurant mgrs. Overall a 10 out of 10!
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined here on my first trip to Austin. All the wonderful things people have written about this place are absolutely true! The food was phenomenal and wine was perfectly paired. This restaurant makes me want to come back to Texas ASAP!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss Congress if you're a foodie and trust what chef creates. The food is fabulous and while quite pricey it is definitely worth the splurge! I'll be back!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Congress was the most incredible dining experience I've ever had, from start to finish. The staff was professional and courteous and the food was top notch. We did the 7 course tasting with wine pairing, and the chef even delivered 2 of our courses himself.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible inventive seven courses, excellent wine pairings, fantastic service.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid but not great
This is an expensive restaurant and there were notable and delicious flashes of brilliance that were exciting but overall, I expected more from this dinner.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for a special occation
We went here for dinner last week for my husband's birthday. This is our second time at Congress and it remains my favorite restaurant in Austin for a special occasion. The decor is understated and gorgeous. The service is knowledgeable and impeccable without being condescending. And the food is delicious and so beautifully plated. I will be thinking about the Vietnamese pot de creme for a long time!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Congress is outstanding
Chef Bull continues to be one of the countries best. Great food and service in a quiet relaxed atmosphere. Can't be beat in Austin and many other cities.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent but not Pretentious
I have to say, we avoided this restaurant for a long time, mainly because something in this price range is special occasion only, but also because we were so put off by the pretentiousness of other places in this price category, such as Charlie Trotter's and Le Cirque. Happy to say the all female waitstaff were efficient and knowledgeable but still Austin down to earth. It was our anniversary, and they gave us a complimentary glass of champagne before dinner, which was a nice touch. the food was creative and outstanding. Some other reviewers complained about the rock music, but we actually liked it - it was very low volume and unoffensive - actually added to the less pretentious ambience.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Hands down" among the "best"
This was my first visit at Congress restaurant amazing food and services. For sure I'll return and do suggested to others, but you will be spending $$$. Like they say you get what you pay for...
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Anniversary dinner
Congress is a great restaurant, I was very impressed with the service and the food was amazing. We went with the tasting menu, and by the time I got to dessert, I felt like my senses were totally overloaded. Next time I would get the 3 course option, but it was worth trying the tasting menu for our first time there. This is the kind of place we would go once or twice a year at the most.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet, Intimate, Great Service
The food was excellent and the service outstanding. We wanted great food and a quiet leisurely dinner where we could have intimate conversation and this was just the place.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Meal in Austin
I had the hamachi sashimi, crispy pork belly, and the black bass. My husband got the steak tartare, poached egg, and the ribeye cap. everything was awesome. we went for our anniversary. in short the black bass was a phenomenal fish dish, and my husband said that the ribeye cap was one of the best red meat dishes he has had in his life. Thank you to the staff at Congress who paired outstanding service with the exceptional food.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dining experience in Austin
We had just tried Qui a few days prior and it paled in comparison to Congress in regards to service, food, and ambiance. The Ora Salmon preparation at Congress was more complex and delicious compared to Qui's Ora Salmon dish. Have had similar experience when comparing Congress version of heirloom tomato salad w sweet strawberries compared to Wink's tomato salad which had strange flavor combination. Recent visit to Uchiko reinforced that Congress maintains it's hands on consistency and remains the best restaurant in Austin.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great relaxing anniversary dinner. Unlike many chefs, this one was great for catering to dietary preferences which was a main reason we went. I loved the champagne we received while our drinks were being made, how they were served in the appropriate glasses, and the chocolates after dinner, they were a nice touch. Food was fabulous.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ease on down the Green River
Green River (basil infused vodka drink) was excellent and yum yum to the Korean BBQ Quail. Very best quality....it was nice and quite. My wife and I could actually talk.
If I had one negative thing to report it would be in the food temperature. A few of the dishes seemed like they were assembled with items that were prepared too far in advance so when assembled things didn't really mesh well as far as heat, moisture or consistency. Primary example was the peas (or pea sauce) that came with my rack of goat. It was cold and not creamy like I feel it should have been. But some of the other dishes exhibited this as well. One thing that could help them with this would be serving on hotter plates.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Congress was very quiet, the
Congress was very quiet, the service was excellent and the food different and delicious. We took friends from LA who are used to great food and they loved it. I would go back again and I will reccomend it to friends. It is expensive for Austin but fine for a special occassion.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious fancy food, fancy price
The tasting menu was one of the best meals I've had and the drinks were outstanding. However, spending $300 for 2 people makes this a once a year kind of place!
Excellent food and service.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale ambiance & great food
My daughter and I went to Congress this weekend and had a great dinner. The first course (Fig Salad for me, Beef Tartare for my daughter) was very strong. We followed it with the Gnocchi and the Slow Poached Egg. The egg was fantastic, and the gnocchi was good. For the third course, we had the carrot ravioli and the beef. The beef's presentation was great, and the flavors were very good. I like my beef served rare, and it arrived that way. Unfortunately, although the flavor was good, the cut was tough. For dessert, we had the lemon bar and the white chocolate semifreddo. Both very nicely done. We'll go back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stellar food, stellar service
We each ordered the three course meal, drinks and dessert. The environment was chic and comfortable and the food was creative and delicious. Such a wonderful place. Service was relaxed, prompt, informative and friendly. Highly recommend Congress.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
To say this restaurant is fantastic, wouldn't do it justice. Even to say it was an unbelievable experience - wouldn't do it justice.
There are just no words to describe the amazing experience which was had.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Detail-Attuned and Adventurous
The prix fixe approach is somewhat of a gamble, yet my husband and I both found a delicious option suited to our tastes for each course. The menu is eclectic and adventurous for those willing to try something new; I enjoyed my first veal sweetbreads. The experience overall was lovely, a special treat for my Birthday, and great care was taken with each course and our add-ons. The staff remembered my Birthday with a nice greeting when we were seated and a special surprise after our meal.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely upscale dining experience. Would highly recommend!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Dining Experience
Definitely a foodie's restaurant. Excellent presentation, unique and creative taste combinations. You can choose between a 3-course or a 7-course menu. We did the three course, plus a cheese plate add-on, and dessert. Our favorite dish was the Poached egg, with curry, peanuts, cilantro, and rice. A new and delicious food experience for us. Highly recommend. Very quiet, and comfortable atmosphere.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good ambience, food was a bit off
The service and ambience are outstanding, but the food preparations were not entirely up to par. The foie gras was tastes very heavily of peanut (it was like eating a peanut butter sandwich) and the aged ribeye had an overpowering "burnt" tast on the exterior.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicous and edgy
Friends had recommended Congress as having good food, and we were delightfully surprised to experience the sophistication and creativity of the chef. The menu is smallish, and you have a choice of 3 courses for $75 or a tasting menu. Options included tete de cochon, rack of goat, which are things you just don't find on many menus. Everything we had was carefully and imaginatively prepared, with tasty sauces and garnishes that complemented each dish perfectly. Cocktail & wine list was extensive with good wines by the glass as well. Sommelier was very helpful and helped us choose a great wine. The bar was busy and looked like a good place for a drink & small bites.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is more pretentious than tasty. For such small portions and high prices the food should be memorable. Also, the music is not appropriate to the pleasant ambience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Lovely Evening
We had the pleasure of dining at Congress while in Austin last weekend. It happened to be my husband's birthday and our anniversary so we invited another couple to share the evening with us. We enjoyed a fabulous three course dinner in a beautiful setting. Our server was wonderful and explained all courses completely to aid us in our selections. The presentation of all courses was exquisite. Our friends said it was the most enjoyable dinner they had experienced that week in Austin and we felt the same. It was a very special evening. There was nothing that could have been any better.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have taken friends a couple of times and always have had a wonderful experience. Each time the foods offerings are new and exciting. Highly recommendted, you will not be disappointed.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fantastic place!
It was very quiet, but we were there late on a Thursday. The service was outstanding. The food is exceptional. The food preparations are creative and well thought out. We don't see goat on menus in my area so there was no way I missing the goat loin...and I was NOT disappointed. We also enjoyed a complementary tasting of their braised sweetbreads. We have never really liked sweetbreads. However, we have never had them like this either...YUM!
The wine list is extensive. With our varied food order we requested sommelier assistance. An excellent and affordable aged wine was recommended.
Oh, I almost forgot the cocktails. Go early and have a drink before dinner, you won't be disappointed.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for anniversary
We went to Congress for our anniversary. Everything was perfect. Delicious food and very good service.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went to Congress to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The entire staff was welcoming and very attentive. Our waiter John was fantastic. We went with the tasting menu and my husband had the wine pairings. John was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. I am pregnant so some of the dishes were altered to meet my dietary restrictions. The meal truly was one of the best we've had. We enjoyed every part of it and will definitely recommend Congress to friends.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!
Congress rocks! The service is exceptional and the seven course tasting menu was simply divine. Hat's off to the chef and everyone who was part of the team. I will go back!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
From hostess to valet, the staff was incredibly friendly and attentive. Our water glasses were never empty, finished plates were quickly cleared by any available staff. The sommelier and chef both visited our table and were warm and friendly making us feel very "VIP" without pretension, and the server was very genuine and gave thoughtful suggestions on the menu. We chose the 3 course menu and I had our server choose each of my courses for me. I couldn't have chosen better myself. The entire experience was tremendous from the amuse-bouche to the lovely dessert of beignet stuffed with banana mousse and peanut butter ice cream. Do not miss the pork belly slider (big enough to share). Definitely a meal to be remembered. I will be back.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most amazing food and service ever!
This was just a complete dining experience. You are lucky should you experience it!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at Congress is very inventive. We loved each dish and would highly recommend for a special occasion!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A delightful experience
Didn't really know what to expect with the tasting menu and wine pairing but thoroughly enjoyed 6 of the 7 courses! The cuisine is different and it's an experience that deviates from routine meals so be prepared to be amazed! It was a great night out! It's a little pricey, but since this is not an everyday, anytime restaurant ... It was worth it!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been going to Congress for a couple of years now....It never fails that it is always great. From Shannon, the hostess to all the wait staff to the sommelier to Chef Bull...everyone always treats us great and the food is always amazing. I can always count on a great experience when we go there.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic experience. Incredible
Fantastic experience. Incredible food and the wait staff was perfect and attentive without being intrusive.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first visit was almost great. In a relay race of four stages, clear winner through three hand offs and then a dropped baton at the fourth .We opted for the 3 course meal with an extra lobster risotto course. First course of house made buratta was superb. Second course of shrimp was light, cooked to perfection slightly spicy. Lobster risotto do die for. For the entree, 0ur server brought me the wrong order - goat instead of rib eye - and my wife's salmon entree was cool and under cooked. They were very apologetic and quick quick to address the faux pas; however this is not an error a restaurant of this caliber (and price) should make. The corrected entrees were excellent. We will give Congress another try in the future.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
don't skip the bar
The 7 course tasting menu is of the quality you'd expect for the price. Which is to say, excellent. Service was attentive and the atmosphere was elegant.
We arrived quite early and waited at the bar for our table to be prepared. The mixologists know what they're about here, whether you order on or off the menu.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top notch restaurant
This place is elegant, quiet ambience, soft music playing in the background allows for conversation with your guests. The service was excellent and the food was delicious! Small courses full of flavor. My husband was impressed with the wine list. We enjoyed this place very much and will be going back. It is expensive but totally worth it!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday @ Congress
I wanted a nice dining experience for my wife's birthday, and that is exactly what we got. The staff is professional and knowledgeable, creating a seamless dining experience from making reservations to seeing you out the door. They see to every possible detail, and the food and wine selections are exquisite. The best experience I've had in Austin!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
what took us so long?
We have had Congress on our list for a while and finally tried it this weekend.
Danielle was wonderful in recommending her favorites of the list and made the overall experience worth remembering.
The food exceeded all expectations, and we will definitely be back and on a more regular basis!
Another reason Austin is such a great foodie city.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We're still in Austin, right?
I have been wanting to go to Congress since it opened, so took full advantage of a special occassion to finally dine here with my wife. We arrived early so we could first enjoy specialty cocktails at the bar. The knowledgeable staff helped us find fantastic drinks to suit our tastes. After enjoying a drink, we were ready to dine. One of our fondest dining experiences prior had been when Chef Bull amazed us at the Driskill Grill several years back. We were excited about experiencing a bit of nostalgia in a much more modern and inviting environment. The staff were exceptional. The food....sensational. Every bite brought a smile to our faces. It's refreshing to leave a restaurant fully satisfied yet not stuffed to the gills.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Birthday Dinner
What an outstanding dinner to celebrate a birthday! Exec. Chef David Bull is extraordinary; a genius. The three courses, and complimentary ones were over the top visually stunning, and each plate was filled with numerous enhancements that were all incredibly delicious. Other than lacking a view of Notre Dame Cathedral and waiters in tuxes, our dining experience at Congress
far exceeded the one we had at the #1 restaurant in Paris. Loved the cheerful lady who waited on us too.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM