About Café No Sé

Located in South Congress Hotel, Café No Sé is an all-day café featuring seasonal breakfast, lunch & dinner fare, as well as weekend brunch. Complimentary valet parking available for up to 3 hours.

Enjoy Café No Sé All Day Rosé, featuring 25% off bottles of rosé from sun-up to sundown daily.

1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri, 7-11am / Sat-Sun, 7-10am
All Day: Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm / Sat-Sun, 3-10pm
Brunch: Sat-Sun, 10 am-3pm

Cross Street:
Milton Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 942-2061

Website:
http://cafenoseaustin.com/

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet parking for the first 3 hours.

Executive Chef:
Michael Paley

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Café No Sé Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (6)
People Watching (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
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Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Organic (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Authentic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The wait to get out food took so long that at one point I had to remind the waitress that we had ordered an appetizer. She apologized saying something like the kitchen being "not with it" that night. The waitress promised to comp the appetizer when it finally came but never did it. When the food finally came out it was mighty disappointing. Chicken Milanese was heavy breaded mess. Quinoa bowl was pretty tasteless. People were screaming so loud at another table and laughing - it was the highest noise level I have ever heard in an Austin restaurant and really unbearable. So disappointed in this place.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Ambiance and food was perfect for a catch up dinner with friends

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This has something for everyone (and it's all delicious), from small bites to plates. Our group with varying diet preferences were all happy with their choices. Great menu and ambience. Bonus is that they validate for the South Congress Hotel garage which makes this an easy stop in a busy area.

Tags: Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Really liked the decor, atmospher and food. Tastefull and portions sizes are not too large

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Really cute cafe with excellent food and great service. I was very impressed and loved the look of this restaurant. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I've wanted to check out the South Congress Hotel for a while, so I decided to have lunch at Cafe No Se. It is a very happening, trendy place, but the food was very good and I will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Healthy, People Watching
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Cafe no se was amazing! Great atmosphere, reasonably priced for cuisine, and very attentive staff. Could not have asked for a better birthday lunch spot.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We love Cafe NoSe, its always one of our must visits when we have execs in town. Get there before noon or else you'll have a wait - or use Open Table for a reservation! (Terrible plug, I know)

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great waiter, Zeke! Very interesting menu and fabulous desserts!

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The menu was hit or miss for my friend and I. I enjoyed the salmon, but the grudo was pretty meh. The hummus had exactly zero tabbouleh in it, despite the menu description. I might consider going back for the location, or if they change the menu, but it just didn't seem worth the money to me the way it is now.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went for dinner even though they are a breakfast and known for their pastries. Had hummus and poke bowl which were delicious. Order the ancho margarita to drink - on point! The server was knowledgeable and guided through the menus with the favorites. Looking forward to coming back for brunch.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Such a great spot. Real treat. Make sure to make a res for brunch way in advance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Decent scene, amazing food, service left quite a bit to be desired (I am a firm believer that you should never have track down your server or feel as if the larger table has higher precedence that yours)

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I thought the food was very good and the desserts were out of this world, but the service was not quite up to par. The restaurant was not full and there were several servers, but we still had to flag our waiter several times to get service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 24, 2017

It was great!

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Our service was excellent and the food was delicious! Especially loved the homemade peach bread...

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Organic, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a great time. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the restaurant had an incredible feel to it. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food is never disappointing and always a delight.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great every time. No other cheeseburger compares. I come at least once a week for lunch, this was my first dinner, it was low-key and as excellent as always.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 22, 2017

The Quinoa salad with avocado slices, roasted kale, and toasted chickpeas was excellent! A great Quiet place for a business lunch with exciting SoCo just outside.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was great, service was ok but we were extremely rushed. We ordered 2 starters some entrees and an order of malt fries to share with our entrees. The fries came out before our apps, then the apps were dropped at which time the waiter said we need to make room because our entrees would be right out. It was out of ordinary for a nice place with great food and overall attentive service. Sweet potato beignets , beet toast, salmon and poke bowl were all delicious

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 15, 2017

This is Chef Tim Love's favorite burger and it did not disappoint!!! Awesome!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 12, 2017

I will never get tired of the beautiful decor of this place. It is super cozy. But I am not blown away by the food. The roasted baby carrots were delicious but others were good, but not amazing. It's a lovely date spot, and definitely worth a visit for the awesome drinks.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I loved the atmosphere the cafe created as well as their decor and seating. it's a great place to go for a friends hangout and to take some cute pictures. we ordered the warm olives which were delicious and they had some raisins i believe they were that added the perfect amount of sweetness. the only downfall for me was that since i'm vegan, they didn't have any options other than one salad, the rest had meat. the salad was okay but i wasn't a fan of the dressing. my other friends however enjoyed their meal. the service was good but could definitely improve. they gave us water in these small glasses that i kept having to refill with a jug they had set on the table but soon enough the jug would be empty and it would take them a while to fill it back up. the food also took a bit more than i would have liked to come out. overall i would give this place a 4 because although i wasn't a big fan of my salad, my friends loved their meals. i also enjoyed the appitizer and the location as well as the place itself.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 4, 2017

This a very good restaurant. The only problem we found was the red wine (both a pinot and a cabernet) were both served warm - above room temperature. A bit off-putting. Also the restaurant is connected to the hotel lobby and if the door is left open it can be quite noisy. Otherwise this is absolutely worth visiting. Our server was very helpful and attentive and quite charming. The food was creative and tasty with a pretty decent selection.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Breakfast was delicious. The noise from Congress avenue is a bit distracting.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, People Watching
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 (Savannah)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Great and healthy lunch spot. They have some wonderful healthy options, service was a little slow, but overall, great experience

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great service and great atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Great place in Austin

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

So fun to sit outside and watch the happenings on South Congress. Great food, great staff - totally recommend!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Service was fantastic. Food was just okay. The hummus was amazing but the 3 of us ordered the mixed grain bowl and thought it was under seasoned. All 3 eggs were over cooked too. Disappointing at this price point. The restaurant was loud too but I suppose that could be expected in a "cafe".

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Been to cafe no se twice for breakfast/brunch. It's a pleasant experience and charming aesthetic. The food is tasty and good portions for the price. I've had the scramble, avocado toast, and pancakes. I would recommend them all. The only critique I have is that the mimosas are rather small so they feel a bit fleeting.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We pulled up the restaurant on open table w am opening for 5 hungry people. We were pleasantly surprised w a great meal. We started w the begniets. Our entrees were the steak, burger,salmon and the kale salad. All yummy. The 3 deserts were great as well. I would def go back. Next time I would hang in the lobby bar before dinner. Excellent find!

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 1, 2017

I enjoy Cafe No Se' for the unusual and tasty food choices and ambiance

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 25, 2017

More gluten free options would take this place to the next level. Until they offer more GF options I probably won't come back. Great service though!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The food and service was wonderful!! I would recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Excellent service! Delicious food. Both the entree and dessert were outstanding. Very unusual combo of flavors for the Chicken Milanese dish i.e., curry and hazelnuts which on paper seem odd but worked so well together.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I dont think the food was that good for dinner, Ive been told that they have great brunch tho. Meal portion is a little bit small.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Vday with my wife. Great ambiance

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent service. Creative menu. Pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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