Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress
Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress

Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://roaringfork.com/
  • Phone: 5125830000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adrian Giovanelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet nightly starting at 4:30pm. The valet parking is only $7. During lunch, valet parking is available through the Intercontinental SFA Hotel on 7th St. right out front of the Hotel.
A word from Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress
The Roaring Fork offers bold American wood-fire cooking with fine dining atmosphere. We serve dinner nightly starting at 5pm and Happy Hour daily from 4pm - 7pm in our bar and lounge area only. Sorry, no reservations for Happy Hour. Our bar and lounge is always open seating. We also serve lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11am. Reservations are always recommended for both, lunch and dinner. Thank you for your interest and we hope to serve you soon.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (77)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (52)romantic (50)great for lunch (38)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (8)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great for anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had my anniversary dinner here and the staff were so lovely from the hostess, wait staff and the manager himself. Would come back here for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food Too loud dining in bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Roaring Fork is great place for preshow dining. Service is attentive. Menu varied. Manager checks on diners. Ask to sit away from bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dynamite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I are from out of town and we found this place online. Food was excellent. Tortilla soup was best I've had, and the roasted chicken was perfect. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Success
    Billde
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I were having a night out and we were staying at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin and went to the Roaring Fork for dinner. The food was great, the service was great. The only drawback I felt was the table we were seated seemed to be an afterthought, crammed in to just enough space. Luckily there was just the two of us, had their been any more the table would not have been acceptable. Many times I was bumped by other wait staff as they tried to reach a booth in the corner next to us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Canuto
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very good food. We will be happy to go to eat here again. Food was all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    already8
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service, great food! We will definitely become frequent guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    great food and sesrvice. pretty loud, but we were able to carry on a conversation. Can they provide a little light to read the menu/wine list -- a pet peeve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roaring Fork Austin Sep 12, 2014
    RoaringForkAustin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Took my wife to Roaring Fork in downtown Austin for our anniversary on a Friday night. We had reservations, our table was waiting for us with a "Happy Anniversary" note. Food and service was outstanding. Loved the Green Chile Pork appetizer, the steaks were tended and flavorful. Highly recommended for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependable Quality Excellent Food
    JimCVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Try the Blackened Redfish with Chilpolte Beurre Blanc. The fig and goat cheese salad is exquisite. They also have steaks but don't list them on the menu? They grill over wood chips for great flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner! Outside view was Meh.
    CookingShow
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything about The Roaring Fork (I have been here once before) was just how I remembered it! Amazing food (the stuffing that comes with the split roasted half chicken is literally something you can die happy after eating), great atmosphere indoors, and prompt, yet discreet service. The only complaint was the view from side of the restaurant we were on was not too scenic or pleasant, and involved a grey, urban wall with a dirty food truck in front of it. However, taking the time to make a reservation meant having a lovely sit-in booth, avishly set out for two. We felt so welcome, and it completely made up for the strange view outside of the restaurant window; we hardly noticed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Was disappointed that our reservation got us seated in the noisy bar area instead of the dining room. Probably won't use Open Table again to book here because I would want to insure this didn't happen again. I usually like the food here, but a few things were a little off,,,
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not worth the price
    jjcoers1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was very noisy. Our waiter was slow getting our cocktails (which we ordered because the wine list was very overpriced) I ordered an appetizer that never arrived and was, btw, the reason we went to this restaurant. Our steaks were good, as we're the salad & veggie, but everything is a landline carte, so it was far too expensive. Had I known this, I would have chosen another restaurant, which are plentiful these days in Austin.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    So this our favorite place to eat when taking in a show in Austin. The food is absolutely fabulous and the service is the very best I've had around this town,we will certainly be back and soon I hope.Located in a convient location and the décor is comfortable,I have a great appreciation for the everything is conducted
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, fantastic food, exceptional
    melmac
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband had the short ribs and he raved about them. The scallops were very delicious too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delish - Great Service.
    KerryBVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Roaring Fork goes above and beyond. Kind and prompt service from all servers and staff, and a spectacular manager (Thanks Josh!). The food is always spot on and delicious. Loved the new red fish dish on the menu, and loved the mahi special on the menu. Thanks!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Steak cooked perfectly. Austin flair in a beautiful historic hotel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fairly Enjoyable
    AustinKen
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We attended Roaring Fork downtown for my daughters birthday. The dining room was so loud we had to practically scream to hear each other at the table and we were all sitting across from each other, on a 5' round table. The room was so packed it was just way too loud to be an enjoyable time with friends and family I think. The food was good, but a little undercooked on two of the pork dishes. The service though was exceptional, just the way you would expect it should be. Aside from the noise, I think it was a good experience, I will likely try it again but maybe at their other location due to the noise issue. I'd prefer not to have to scream at friends and family just so we can hear each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate their twice!
    PdemoreVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I stayed at the Intercontinental and had 2 amazing dinners here. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great place for a date night and great food portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my faves
    AustinfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food here was, as usual, great, especially the pork loin and the filet. The queso con puerco was not quite hot enough, temperature-wise, but still very tasty. Side dishes I had, the cheese grits and the corn, were to die for! BUT...if you go just before a big event at the Paramount, expect the place to be very busy. Don't be disappointed if it takes a little longer to get your drinks, or whatever. Just the way it is.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    hookemhorns
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everyone was great the service was outstanding had a wonderful time...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food and location!
    NT90
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I came here to eat with a close friend from college whom I had not seen in over a year. Food was exquisite. I ordered the cedar planked salmon and was blown away. Cooked just right with a delicious green bean salad. Topped off with a bourbon berry lemonade. It was sublime. The only drawback for the whole night was that the waitress (Emma) took a bit longer than I would have liked in checking on us and bringing us the check. Other than that, it was a great first time experience and I would heartily recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frosty
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Roaring Fork is always consistently great food at a reasonable price for lunch downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    Bob1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The service and food are excellent. This is a good restaurant for a dinner when you are going to be in Austin and want something other than Mexican food and BBQ. It is also a very comfortable place for a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for the noon hour
    Caroline
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We did make reservations to insure we could get a table and in an effort to get out in less than an hour. We had amazing service who could 'read' our needs and knew we weren't there to dilly-dally - never felt rushed, and we were able to get in and out in under an hour. Excellent for those of us that just can't take extended lunches.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Psmith
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great food and great service! Recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    gfox
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All 4 of us had the filet and it was incredible! The sides and desert were all great. I wish I could eat here more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    Consultant
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It was not bad - not revolutionary either. The expectations were a bit higher given the other reviews online, so I would say this one is fine and unlikely to offend anyone else in your party but it is not going to win you praise for weeks either.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roaring Fork
    Darcy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were visiting Austin for a work convention I took a chance and made reservations at the Roaring Fork for 6. I did look at the reviews on Yelp before. The experience was great, the waiter awesome and the food was awesome as well! I will definately go again if given the opportunity!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, friendly people
    GSP2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went here on the recommendation of our son, and it was everything we hoped it would be. People were friendly, food was great and the server very knowledgeable...and had a wonderfully warm manner. I had the sea bass with the watermelon salad...delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a Texas Meat-Eater!
    Rturn
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was very good. I loved the Cowboy Cut, Bone-In Ribeye. The rest of my group got the Pork Tenderloin and also liked it very much. The Manager on Duty was very attentive and made sure we were taken care of. This is a great place to take your out if town guests or business associates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place.
    Tessa
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is one of our favorite places for celebrating special occasions. The food is always amazing and the service is top-notch. We've been many times over the years, and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, Great Steak!
    Mmmmsteak
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife got a filet mignon and I immediately regretted my choice of a salad (though the salad was exceptional). We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    luv2dance
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I love this place. The pork tenderloin is delicious, love the spinach waldorf chicken salad. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, friendly service
    chuckp
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our server was attentive at just the right level - right there when we needed her, not hanging around when we didn't. The rainbow trout entree was superb - done perfectly with a delicious brown butter. One of the best fish entrees I've had in years. Grouper entree was also delicious but not up to the level of the trout. Nice wine list and a choice of craft beers.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    like2eeeet
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Will definitely go back, wait staff and manager were very friendly. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be back soon
    Jeffs
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Please bring yourself to dallas. Everything was executed to perfection. Get a new valet service, I don't think I should have to wait for him to finish paragraph or wave to him to get his attention when we drive up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and drinks
    foodfreak
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our food was good, but the restaurant is somewhat loud. The prices are fair for the quality and amount of food. Green chili mac and cheese and the street corn were amazing. Waiter was good and knowledgeable about offerings. Need more farm to table offerings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Girls Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The best steak I've ever had.. hands down!! I had requested a view of Congress since it was a fun girls night, and they of course were able to make that happen. Our waitress was super knowledgeable about the wines/drinks and was extremely friendly. I will definitely be back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service OK
    HostingGuests
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was great! Service was OK but could have been better - a few missed details from the order and not as attentive as it should have been for follow ups and refills. Overall, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.