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
148 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (56)romantic (44)great for lunch (40)notable wine list (28)hot spot (25)neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Thank you Roaring Fork. Our military international soldiers and families spoke very highly of your restaurant. They loved it!
    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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    sofiVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Fabulous service, food was excellent and prices were surprisingly low for the quality of the food, ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best steak in Austin
    Wildc66
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This place is great been twice in a week why we were in Austin the starter I had was fantastic pork in a kettle with chillis, main corse had fillit steak with mash and asparagus was done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for taking clients!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I wanted this dinner to be a hit with my clients and it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Spot
    megwil
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I return to The Roaring Fork for our yearly anniversaries and it's always delicious! Lately I've been hearing awesome things about the lunches and may have to check it out!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot On
    cday12345VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Every aspect of my dinner was spot on. The Texas Kicker cocktail was blended to perfection; the braised short ribs over horseradish mashed potatoes would have been great on their own, and the server suggested adding two fried eggs and it put it over the top! The vanilla crème brulee was excellent, as was the draw of the cappuccino. Definitely coming back the next time I am in Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumptuous
    RockwallTx
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Relaxing atmosphere with great service. Food was exceptional. Our table enjoyed Redfish, Pork tenderloin & Steak salad. Clean plates all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service...
    mfacusse
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The menu options were interesting unlike the other restaurants in the area with just the same old standards. The food was good and arrived quickly. There servers were courteous and the prices were on par with the area. Overall a good experience for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meeting
    nice
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It was a great place for a business meeting. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The service was excellent! Can't remember our waitresses name but she was Good! And he Big A burger was cooked to my specifications. Enjoyed it all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Likeitquiet
    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.
  • Food for thought
    Bandof1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We chose Roaring Fork because we had tickets to an event at the Paramount which is right next door. The restaurant has a nice ambiance. Our table was right by the open kitchen and the noise from the glassware, plates and kitchen prep was louder than I would have liked. The service was prompt, attentive and good. All our questions about the various food items was answered quickly and completely. The food was good and reasonably priced for downtown Austin. Try the mussels with chorizo !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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.
  • mactinywitchcheese
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The experience at roaring fork was fantastic! Our waiter had the fullest thickest beard of them all and was a awesome and he even brought us mac and cheese made by tiny little witches!! SO MUCH FUN YAY!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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 2014
    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