Second Bar + Kitchen
Second Bar + Kitchen

Second Bar + Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.congressaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5128272750
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: David Bull
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second Street
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Valet ($10 per car) and street parking available.
A word from Second Bar + Kitchen
Second Bar + Kitchen serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers a new downtown option for late night food, wine, and cocktails. Executive Chef David Bull and Chef de Cuisine Jason Stude offer an array of dishes from pizza and pasta to vertical rotisserie options. Lead Barman William Hankey and team feature regional drinks and interpretations of classic cocktails.
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Second Bar + Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (2)special occasion (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful place!
    zendogVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Ate with a party of 6. We all ordered different things and sampled each other's dishes. The highlights were the flank steak accompanied by the most delicious potatoes, the braised short ribs and the soba veggie noodles. The best dessert was the salted caramel mousse. The disappointing dishes were the spicy veggie pizza (which was overpowered by curry) and the strawberry shortcake. The service was really nice hut a little slow. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing cocktails and apps
    Katie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We were there for a pre celebration happy hour, the cocktails were very creative and the appetizers were great. We had a group of 6 and they handled us very well. We were there pre dinner rush so I am not sure how busy it got, but it was getting very busy as we were heading out at 7. Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, woeful service
    LollySVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Went with some friends on our anniversary; requested a booth or table against a wall; we were seated in the walkway near Bar Congress (closed at the time). No server appeared or even walked by. After 25+ minutes, we asked the hostess for help. In moments our server arrived, pad in hand: "What can I get you?" No introduction, no welcome, never asked if we had questions, or how everything was. Main courses arrived 10 mins after apps, bad timing. She didn't return or ask about drink seconds for another 15 mins. I'd had dinner the week before at Congress, so I was quite disappointed in the indifferent, borderline hostile service & awkward placement of the table. That said, the food was delicious esp. the salmon, chicken breast, and desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food- ok service
    RomanVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Typical Austin establishment. Don't expect either extreme of spectrum. It was just OK
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh tasting entrees
    WaynesWorld
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Congress burger tasted really homemade, wonderful soft buns, side of handcut potato chips My Chianti was best I've had in an Austin restaurant There were five of us dining and the others in my group also praised their food choices. Waitstaff was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Brunch
    HornsFan73VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We took our entire family - ages 7 to 67 - for brunch while all were here for the Christmas holidays. Had a great time and everyone really liked the food. Our grandchildren, who are notoriously picky eaters, devoured what they ordered. I would highly recommend this restaurant for brunch, and plan to go back soon to try their dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Satisfied Seven
    Sally
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Seven of us dined at Second Bar & Kitchen, and every single one of us was very happy with our food. Service was also very good and unobtrusive. Pretty noisy, but not impossible to carry on a conversation. Their chocolate pot de creme was OUTSTANDING! Pretty unusual to have a party of seven when EVERYBODY was happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome and Delicious!
    WillFed
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Great spot for a late Friday night dinner. Deeeelicious! Get the bacon and eggs and shisito peppers for sure, all of the salads are tremendous and of course the burger is one of the best in Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, very accommodating!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    I took my parents and boyfriend's parents here for a Saturday lunch, and couldn't be happier. Everyone loved their food, including their gluten-free options! And, the staff was super friendly and very quick in providing service. Overall, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Salmon I have ever had.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Best Salmon I have ever had. Had 7:30 reservations and was seated as soon as we arrived. Great service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • louder or quieter -- your choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    I rated the noise as "Energetic" based upon dining inside. They have a helpful range of options -- a couple of different outside dining regions (one heated, one not) would afford a quieter dining experience if that is desired (and as the hostess offered as an option when confirming the reservation). In any case, we had a great experience inside with a group of six "energetic" diners.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second Bar & Kitchen review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    The restaurant atmosphere and food were excellent. However, our waiter was rude and condescending to the group. He didn't deserve the 18% tip that was included on the bill.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummmm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    This is one of the best brunch selections in Austin. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food. Service is slow as f
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Great food awful service. Took an hour to get the check for no apparent reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Great food and service, but the music was SO LOUD you could barely hear the person sitting next to you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is not your ordinary
    JimA
    Dined on 7/29/2012
    This is not your ordinary brunch. Specialty recipes galore. Variety to satisfy all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect setting for girls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Perfect setting for girls night out. Seven of us dined on the upstairs balcony. The fans kept it cool enough despite the warm weather. We split several apps, a few salads and a few pizzas. Portions are not huge, but appropriately sized. Very reasonably priced, even with lots of wine! Everything was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything at 2nd Bar + Kitchen
    susiekVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Everything at 2nd Bar + Kitchen was great: the location, food, and service. We ordered a great sampling of various items on the menu and nothing disappointed. Particularly good were the buffalo fried pickles, the roast chicken, the short rib, and the sides (okra, brussels sprouts). Our server, Andy, was really fun and accommodating as well. we had a group of 8 and it was the perfect place for a large group!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your average brunch
    CDogAustinVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    As with their other menus, the brunch menu mixes it up a bit and throws in a few surprises. I highly recommend Second for all meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostesses were terrific and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    Hostesses were terrific and helpful in accommodating our group, which ended up being 9 people, even though our reservation was only for 8. The food was excellent. We had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was great. We will definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    It was great. We will definitely go again. It is a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/20/2012
    Food was excellent. Service was decent but could have been better (they took almost 45 minutes to bring my friend a glass of white wine bc they were "chilling it", meanwhile we had already finished a bottle of red). Good for groups who want to socialize with some drinks and lite bites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a birthday party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    We went here for my brother's birthday party. The food was excellent. Just the right mix of unique but not too foodie. The service was spot on--and we had a party of six on a Friday night. I'm pretty critical of restaurants b/c I eat out almost every day, but I give this place two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was a great place to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Was a great place to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. The appetizers and small plates are great for group ordering and allows you to get a taste of the eclectic menu. Our server, Andy, was fabulous and even helped tell my friends I was pregnant! He served me fake "vodka sodas" all night until it was time to tell my friends! Must try the fried pickles and the pommes frites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place! Good food, pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2011
    Great place! Good food, pretty people, friendly staff, great energy. Parents dont bring your kids. Its a annoying. Keep them at McDonalds or hire a sitter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A night at 2nd with the girls!
    Cynthia43
    Dined on 9/8/2011
    2nd was a great place for a girls night out. The food and drinks were excellent. The only thing that wasn't great was the Tres Leche's dessert. It tasted like whipped cream and nothing else. The pizzas were yummy and we had several appetizers that were great. The ceviche lettuce wraps were ok but not my favorite. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Top Ten Stop!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    From David Bull's talents in the kitchen to the staff with whom he has surrounded himself...easily one of our Top 10 stops over many years of traveling via our taste for good food and wine! Our desire to be there include a four-hour drive from our home...little by Texas standards, and well worth the effort!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm a huge David Bull fan
    Niecy
    Dined on 7/19/2011
    I'm a huge David Bull fan and had been wanting to try this place since it opened. The mixologists behind the bar were extremely knowledgeable and made each cocktail with care (even crushing ice by hand). The food was fantastic. We tried all of the small plates and several apps. The blue crab and corn fritters, baked ricotta, and gnocchi were my favorites. The crispy pork belly was scrumptious. The only bad part was the dessert. We ordered most of them and were not impressed. If we had ended with our meal, it would have been perfect. Of course, having our waitress send Chef Bull out to our table kicked up way back up to excellence. It was a wonderful experience. I can't wait to try Congress. I just hope the desserts have improved.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only complaint I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2011
    The only complaint I have about second bar + kitchen is their portion size. It's tiny! Other than that the food is really high quality, and the drinks are amazing! Would go again just not order only a salad.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food! awesome drinks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    I had a wonderful experience here on Saturday. I was with a group of 8 women. We asked for patio seating and our table was set up and waiting for us when we got there. The service was great! Very helpful with cocktail and wine selection. We did a bunch of small plates and a couple pizzas and shared them. That was definitely the way to go. We got a great variety and everything was amazing. I would reccomend the cheese board, the buffalo fried pickles, and the beef short rib pizza. Also I had a Moscow Mule cocktail might be my new favorite drink. Overall it was a great night and a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/1/2011
    Good food, great atmosphere - every time we go to Second the food and service is spot on.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were disappointed after
    lmh1VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2011
    We were disappointed after all the hype. The food was fairly good, though the pork with grits was swimming in butter-- looked wholly unappetizing. Otherwise food was satisfactory. Service left much to be desired. Our waitress was nice and accommodating, albeit slow. Food came out at different times. We were asked to keep our forks/knives after our appetizers. Sat with empty plates in front of us for far too long before they were removed. Overall, disappointing experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative interior design,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2011
    Innovative interior design, ubiquitous '2' branding, and very tasty food make for a memorable dining experience. Brunch was worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to Second Bar+
    Laurel8
    Dined on 4/29/2011
    I have been to Second Bar+ Kitchen several times and have had good food and friendly service. So I thought it would be an ideal place for my friends 35th birthday dinner. Making the reservation for 8 people was impossible through open table and difficult even speaking directly with the restaurant. We brought a cake for the birthday girl and were told that that outside desserts are not allowed. Then he said there would be a $3/person cutting charge to use our cake and that that is standard for all restaurants - which is not true. I've brought cakes into other restaurants. The manager got involved, they waived the fee and cut the cake for us, but the whole experience was uncomfortable. Bottom line, good for small groups, not for parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service and interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    excellent service and interesting and well executed menus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a fantastic dinner of
    Elizzle
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Had a fantastic dinner of small plates, pizza and wine on tap before heading to the new ACL theater. The beef croquets and the ravioli are a must to start with!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. While
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2011
    The food was excellent. While the restaurant is still dealing with a few (minor) opening glitches, I am sure they will get those worked out. Likely to become a hot spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant just opened.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    This restaurant just opened. Even so, the food and service were excellent. It will be an Austin hot spot in 2011.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate