Joann's Fine Foods

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41 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tex-Mex
Joann’s Fine Foods is a South Congress neighborhood spot, a new take on the American diner, and a vacation for locals and tourists alike. Open early and late at the Austin Motel, Joann’s is a welcome respite for early birds and night owls, outlaws and in-laws, all ways always.

The menu is a tribute to diner culture featuring Tex-Mex favorites and California inspired healthy options. Classic breakfasts, milkshakes, enchiladas, fish tacos on house-made tortillas, colorful salads, daily juices, a pecan-burning grill, and an impressive mezcal collection all find a home here. There’s something for everyone – when in doubt, just say “meet me at Joann’s.”

All Ways Welcome. So Close Yet So Far Out.
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Austin
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A+ all around- the only aspect that was slightly lacking was the service, it was a bit slow at times. But this did not overall affect our experience. As a native Austinite, I’ve visited this space numerous times in its evolution to Joann’s. This is by far my favorite of the phases. I enjoyed the Mojo shrimp from the pecan grilled portion of the menu. It was delicious, as was my frozen margarita. And the location can’t be beat! Prime S. Congress location is an A++.

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RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! We stayed at Austin Motel connected to Joann's and got reservations there for the first night. Loved it so much that we ate there twice more in a 4 day weekend!

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Y
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Our server, Kiara, was wonderful. Helpful, knowledgeable, accommodating.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service> Delightful atmosphere inside or outdoors.

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b
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Two person tables are very small. (maybe offer larger table if the parties are planning to have a working lunch.)

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MS
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The fish tacos were very bitter and there is no way the corn tortillas were home made-they were definitely grocery store tortillas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal pushed over the top by a fantastic server. Donovan was supremely nice and attentive. Funny what a difference that makes.

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f
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but it definitely comes with a sticker shock. Pricy for what it is. I went with a friend and we split the goat cheese appetizer and fish tacos (both were great), and she ordered a margarita, and it was over $60! And a place that claims to be "Tex-Mex" should not charge $4 for rice and beans.

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r
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Birthday- college student

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SL
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best

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JK
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Second consecutive visit where there’s been an issue with the food order. The first time, the waiter literally forgot to put our food order into the kitchen. He was a mess. We left frustrated. This time the food took quite a while to come out but ultimately did arrive and the person who brought it proactively apologized for the delay and told us the food would be comped, which we appreciated. I want to like Jo Ann’s , but so far it’s been a so so series of experiences.

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B
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My second trip but 1st time for breakfast. Great food! Can't wait to return to try some other dishes.

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a
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great cocktails and atmosphere!

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast in Austin. Hands down. And that pancake. That f**kn pancake!!!!!
Praise be.
;)

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JA
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun, happy place. Outstanding biscuits and coffee. My fried eggs (over medium hard) were perfect as was the crisp bacon.

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A
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. We love Joann’s!

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HK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening, fabulous food, great ambiance. Can't wait to go again!

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CF
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Seems to have the ‘curse’ of almost non existent service in Austin. Had a great first server, then they switched servers on us and the second one had no interest in our table. He dropped the check before we were even finished with our first drink and walked by at least 7-8 times looking to see if we had put our cards down, which made us feel completely rushed. (Had only been there 40 min)
The food was really tasty, ambiance was fun but lack of service had us leaving quickly instead of hanging out to have another cocktail.

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UT
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a great house margarita as well! Services is also very friendly.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, I was here when they first opened and the food is awesome, drinks are great and staff is wonderful.

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RB
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Only complaint is that its REALLY loud! I could not hear each other without shouting.

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PG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our service was terrible. Food isn’t bad but way overpriced for what it is. $12 for chicken chalupas with 3 small pieces of chicken? No thanks

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MB
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was served cold and they were not busy. Fries were highly recommended big disappointment. Server was good. But won’t be back.

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t
Austin
86 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was okay. Nothing super exciting. Cute environment.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loud music. Very good food. Nice waitress.

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BT
Austin
43 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The nachos are to die for.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were immediately seated upon arriving, without any delays. The service was great all throughout our meal, and our server made great recommendations for drinks, meals, and dessert. The food itself was also delicious, and very timely. Would 100% recommend, and would visit again

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J
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vibe at Joann’s but extremely over priced in my opinion. Our party of 6 ended up just having appetizers and drinks and it still was a little steep. What we did order though was fantastic. Try the goat cheese toast off the appetizer menu, it was amazing! Our waiter Donavan was awesome by the end of the night but super pushy at the beginning trying to up-sell us on everything. I say check it out but it won’t be the place you’ll want to keep coming back to.

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual. Can't wait to come back again. Staff always lovely to my little girl

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MD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were sorry to see Snack Bar leave the Austin Motel, but were very happy with Jo Ann's. Different flavor profile but still cozy, retro environment, relaxed strong service, better tequila selection and relaxed, competent service. I had the chicken fried steak and my wife had the mango shrimp over fried rice. Both were excellent. The coconut tres leches was one of the best desserts I've had anywhere.

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HG
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dining at Joann's was an okay experience for what we ordered. We were seated on time for our reservation, but it took at least 10 minutes before a waitress came by to even fill our water. However, they recognized the delay and gave us a free piece of banana bread without us asking. Service after this was excellent.
My friend and I each ordered breakfast tacos. They were good but not worth the price - I had the migas and paid extra to have bacon and avocado on them. That ran about $14 ish total, and I can get two migas tacos with those toppings elsewhere for like $6 total and they'd be just as good if not better. I think the rest of their menu seemed more fairly priced, but the tacos were definitely overpriced.

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DB
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good quality food, nice vibe, nice service, but prices are crazy expensive. Too many other great places in the area with much better value.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Staff was nice. Very loud.

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LR
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food is tasty but this place is pretty hideously overpriced. You can eat the same thing in 100 restaurants in Austin for half the price. You're paying for location, but there are plenty of restaurants on South Congress I'd rather eat out.

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R
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual & cool decor + amazing food!

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the mezcal service with different sangrita options. Bartender was super knowledgeable and we had great service at the bar. Highly recommend the patty melt or chicken fried chicken if you want to go all out!

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O
Austin
60 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my first visit! Not at all disappointed. I loved the scene and the food! two thumbs up!

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar! Bartender was able to make a not-so-common drink thats a favorite of mine! Be back soon!

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HF
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it !

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cool atmosphere and food to match. Cocktails amazing. Great service. Can’t wait to return in warmer weather and utilize the outdoor area!

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