Contigo Austin

4.8
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148 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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The concept is pretty simple. Since we can’t have everyone down to the ranch, we wanted to do our best to bring the ranch to them. We like to sit outside. We like to drink beer... and cocktails. We like to eat good food. We like relaxed atmospheres with friendly service and warm hospitality. So... that is what we strive to offer at Contigo Austin. We describe our fare as "Fresh, Quality, Bar Food." We make things that we like to eat. We make things that go well with beer. We make bar food utilizing the freshest ingredients we can find. We have been entertaining people at Contigo Ranch for over 30 years. It is the countless hunting trips, weekend retreats, cattle roundups, barbecues, parties, and pachangas that serve as inspiration for this restaurant. Our goal is to offer the community a place to relax, commune, and enjoy great food. We hope you will join us.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Full Service Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(512) 614-2260
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Wiseheart
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Airport Blvd
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 148 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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MM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great generally but quest was not to my taste, pretty runny even when cooled.

BO
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I would recommend Contigo for the food, but not the service. Since I came with a large party, when I made the reservation I asked the hostess on the phone if it was possible to split checks from the get go. She confirmed yes. However, at the end of our meal our waitress told us that this was in face not possible, and gave us quite the attitude when we asked her why. Her manager was extremely accommodating, but our waitress proceeded to exclaim everyone’s totals VERY LOUDLY to the entire restaurant. I have never experienced anything like it in my life, and I waited tables all through high school and college. I wish I could remember the young lady’s name who was the manager, but she was an angel. The young lady who was the waitress should take a deep breath and count to ten if she wants to continue to work in costumer service. We were all willing to work on a solution, except for her. I can’t recall her name, but she was a shorter larger girl, brunette.

S
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Varied menu with lots of delicious dishes. Chocolate mint ice cream was the most amazing mint dessert ever - fantastic! Drinks are tasty and well curated. A full meal can be a bit spendy, but there are lots of options.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The new menu is really disappointing. Everything that made Contigo's food special is gone. It looks like an ordinary, mainstream restaurant now. I dine here a lot but I don't think I'm going back.

SB
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a group of families go on Wednesday for Happy hour. They have Kids Happy Hour now- which is an amazing deal! So it’s a fun family atmosphere with lots of kids - around that time.

CB
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly charming setting, delicious and approachable food at great prices. The servers were so friendly....kinda felt like home.

U
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Contigo was cute. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area and the ambiance indoors is great too. The menu was pretty underwhelming though. Boudin balls were way too spicy to the point where you couldn't taste the flavor of them and the loaded queso just tasted like queso so it was hard to pick up any venison taste. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the menu offerings and thought it was pretty limited. Your options are basic bar food (including a $12 baked potato as an entree), one fish option, and one steak frites option. I would recommend this place for drinks or happy hour. If your time is limited in Austin . . . there are other places including food trucks with better options.

h
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loving the new brunch menu at Contigo. Great update in addition to their dinner service. Was a perfect spot to meet up with friends, service was impeccable as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! We had a large group of people. Some were picky eaters, some were kids, some were adventurous. There was something for everyone, and it was all amazing. The staff is also very friendly.

S
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for friends and family. Kid friendly too but not too loud. Our server was very attentive! Great happy hour

AL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Happy Hour is a must but then hanging out for dinner is the way to go. The crispy green beans are the best app on the menu! Burger was great and service was on point. The place is awesome and when it isn't so hot the outside seating is perfect.

KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with fabulous service. The Old Fashion was out of this world.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have loved coming here for years but were a bit disappointed by the new menu. Timing of salad and main presentations at the same time was also off. Will definitely give them another chance though based on our prior excellent meals. Also loved the remodel with more air conditioned space for the hot summer months.

b
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

We usually love Contigo for the relaxed atmosphere and tasty unique flavors but it appears they recently switched their menu to more basic options and the uniqueness and flavors were missing. They still have some of the old reliables but others are gone and what we got that evening was missing that usual Contigo flavor. Hope they go back to their old style and options.

G
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son picked this restaurant out so it was a first for all of us. It was great, service was great, very fun place!

KP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Per usual, my experience at Contigo was solid. The food was delicious, love the barrel aged old fashioned, and the pie was a perfect dessert for our group. Our friend is moving, so we wanted somewhere that felt very Austin, and Contigo delivered.

HR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

The food was excellent once it finally arrived, but it took more than an hour, even with a reservation. We were told over and over again that the food would be just "five more minutes, and we were given excuses instead of an apology for the delay. Pretty irritated with the wait and the service and its reflection on me given that I booked the reservation for my party. At this point I'm not sure I'd return or recommend Contigo to others.

AC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Every single thing we ate was outstanding. Cool vibe and great service. Loved it!

LS
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had dinner with another couple and found Contigo to be terrific. The food was a standout. Between us we had the steak and halibut after sharing appetizers of green beans, olives and fried avocado. Desserts stole the show. The carrot cake was accompanied by the most surprisingly delicious celery granita and the blueberry cobbler had the most lovely spice...cardamom? Drinks were also great. I had a pour of Jefferson's Ocean, which was a nice surprise on the bourbon menu. A lovely evening. We will definitely return.

JF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic. good flavors that were well executed. the dishes were "dressy" without becoming pretentious.

Z
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Great service. Like the place BUT noise level was above par. Maybe because it was near end of happy hour. We will definitely return

CD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. We have been going since it opened eight or ten years ago. The food is fresh and creative, the staff friendly and able, the ambiance is relaxed and hip. Would be nice to see a little more variety on the brunch menu.

m
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Love how they've invested in the space to make it even better and it has always been great. Well done.

KB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

This is the third or fourth time we've been to Contigo. The atmosphere is great and the food is well worth the visit. We were delighted and impressed with each of the food offerings and felt like the meal was spot on. The service however left a lot to be desired. Our waiter, Dustin, didn't seem very interested or warm. We ordered a bottle of wine, but he didn't do wine service. He just poured the glasses not letting our host taste the bottle before pouring. The wine was great, so we wouldn't have sent it back, but it is serving 101 to perform wine service when bottles are ordered. We also ordered the porridge, but weren't provided with spoons. It took a few minutes to get them, another oversight. It left me with an impression that he was doing us a favor by serving us, rather than that he was welcoming us to the restaurant and providing hospitality. I think we'll be back to Contigo, but we'll probably ask to be sat in someone else's section.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazing food

PR
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

An Austin classic! Causal, authentic and reasonably priced.

s
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Spring in Austin = best time of year to go to Contigo. Outdoor seating, lots of dogs (on leash), good drinks and food.

OT
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A great spot for couples, families, foodies. Great cocktails, delicious food, but service was meh. Friendly, though. We've been twice, and will definitely go again!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very helpful and that set the tone for a great experience. Recommendations were great, loved the carrots...this place as my wife says reminds her of the episode of HIMYM, and the best burger....but for their sweet potato ice cream. Glad we found it again (3 years later) and it will be added to our regular rotation of places to eat. Love the outdoor eating space, dogs are welcome and definitely a place we will recommend. Only downside is the parking to patron ratio, might be happy hour related but empty tables and a full parking lot make it a little more like going through a roundabout. I’d recommend getting a valet just for parking, it’s small enough that people can find their cars after.

WM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night out at Contigo. Food service and experience was great!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Contigo did not have my reservation through OpenTable because they no longer use the service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal. Three of us shared small plates and an order of the rabbit dumplings. The drinks were delicious, the atmosphere was friendly, and our server was great!

F
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was okay, but limited food options. Great patio!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was great, drinks were great, but our waiter was horrible. Our guys that were bringing us water and our food were fantastic. I wished I could have only tipped those humans.

I would have liked to have ordered more drinks, but after taking our order for food, our waiter failed to stop by our table again, and generally looked the other way when he walked by the table.

We tried to make ourselves feel better by making up a story that his boyfriend just broke up with him and that is why we saw him on his phone all of the the time. He had to be so distraught that all of his things would be left at the curb at their apartment. I know I would. Although making up his story helped, it was still really frustrating coming to a place with the expectation of having drinks with friends, and getting served drinks one time. In retrospect, I should have just gone up to the bar and ordered our drinks for the table. At least then the bartenders would have been tipped instead of our horrible waiter.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was good. There were several vegetarian sides and salads but nothing on the entree menu except a slightly boring grilled cheese sandwich. The staff was very friendly and both my kids and my parents were happy with everything.

AA
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places...great food, drinks and atmosphere!

SH
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time eating here, we sat at a community table outside on a beautiful warm June evening. I had a great rabbit stew amazing, farm to table. Service was attentive, we enjoyed our friends and food. A definite "return to" spot when visiting Austin.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was good but the service was slow and inattentive at best.

P
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cool place. All open air. Appetizers and burgers were great. Drinks also hit the spot, and they had a nice $2 drafts happy hour. I'd go again.

TS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place for brunch tasty food. Rabbit and dumplings, beef tongue hash and good bloody marys..wish the rabbit dish was more plentiful. .small portion especially if you exclude the bisquits

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