Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress

4.5
2591 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MitchH
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, very large portions and great value. Only knock is that part of Austin has gotten pretty run down with a major homeless population near the restaurant. The ambiance inside was great and overall a great meal

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vipAndyP
Central Texas
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We found it to be a bit warm. Not sure if this is a normal part of this location or if they were having A/C issues. Also they were out of mushrooms and with such a limited list of sides this was disappointing. Not sure we would go back to this location. Always have had a good experience at the North Austin location.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day celebration dinner with my daughter and her grandparents.

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Huckelberry
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Large group of Xgen very loud and energetic . Some not dressed appropriately. Should enforce a standard dress code for evening after 6

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday and anniversary

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kelleys
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience

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vippmaddo
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good overall - service was great, food above average. I do wish they’d expand the menu a bit.

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BruceF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food . So well prepared and the service was fantatic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and absolutely amazing service.

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Maulerman
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour specials. Actually dined in the bar instead of at our reserved table.

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Shannont
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!!! One of the best meals I have EVER had!! If youre visiting Austin make a reservation. You will not be disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best steak i’ve ever had!! I would absolutely come back. The drinks, service, apps, entrees and dessert was incredible. Get the 8oz filet!!

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DarrenH
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

good food and friendly staff but limited food menu was a little of a let down

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Dessert order very delayed.
Did not tell us that pecan pie had chocolate

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Went for a bachelorette party nice dinner and the staff brought out a celebratory cheesecake for the bride to be

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff accommodated a reservation change with no problems. The food was delicious and our server, Jameson, was outstanding!!! I've eaten on private islands with worse service.

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vipDabr
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Everything was spectacular!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Menu was very limited. My husband had been told several times how good the pork chop was... very disappointed that they did not have it when we went.

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vipSteveD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great as always. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because they were out of their famous burgers.

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vipCherylF
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely terrific, from beginning to end. Wonderful experience, terrific meal.

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TinaC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant and try to come whenever we are in Austin. The service is always excellent from the minute you enter the front door; the hostesses, the bar staff and the wait staff are engaging and attentive. I can truly say we have never had a bad or even mediocre meal at Roaring Fork. The food is outstanding every time and unlike most steak house restaurants the atmosphere is great which makes the whole experience even better!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We do a lot of high-end chain dining- Capital Grill, Fleming’s, Perry’s, Del Frisco, etc. Short version—-Run, don’t walk, to Roaring Fork! We may never revert to what seems to be very lame, over-priced and disappointing- of- late chains. BEST meal we’ve ever had, top to bottom!!! THE “must experience” whenever in Austin. ❤️❤️❤️

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ErinS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

I've been in Austin my whole life and had many different steaks and this one was the best! Everything we ordered was delicious. The location is perfect and the ambience and atmosphere was great too! Not too loud, just right. The service was slow but very worth it!

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Graduates
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Steak was a little tough for the price (not as tender as expected) but otherwise great dining experience. Redfish was very good but spicy so you need to know that when ordering.

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JessicaS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The chef wouldn't accommodate 2 requests for us so we left.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Overall we weren’t super happy with the experience. Our waiter was a big part of that overall assessment. He was dismissive and didn’t even ask my boyfriend fir his food order. We had to tell him as he was a walking away from the table. He just kept leaving and not checking on us. Secondly, the restaurant was freezing. Everyone in our party was commenting on how cold they were men and women alike.

The best part of the experience was the food, although the Cesar salad could definitely use an overall. We couldn’t even eat it.

The remainder of the food was delicious! That was the saving grace of the evening.

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vipGuilcajun
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great evening as always, the downtown location def sets the standard for this chains excellence.

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JohnH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you remember the Roaring Fork before the pandemic, you will not be disappointed, almost like the pandemic never happened. And the Elgin sausage stuffing, comfort food at its finest! My guest's salmon on a plank, done to perfection. Pecan pie worth a try, but be prepared for something quite different. Overall, highly recommend.

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vipLaura
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here has always been good and still is. I had the redfish which was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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thomash
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Steak was good overall some bitter charring, smaller and twice the price of Texas Road House.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Phenomenal service!

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vipDmichael
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Big disappointment- after seeing all the delicious looking photos, the menu was definitely a truncated version. One page with less options then in and out. The drinks were ridiculously priced- I could have purchased 2 bottles of Casmigos for the price of my 2 drinks. My youngest daughter was looking forward to a menu item that apparently they don’t make anymore - even though the online menu showed it.

Definitely disappointed

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Keyonti
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all fronts! One of the best values in the city right now.

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TriciaT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. Easy to set a reservation as well!

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vipStephenM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tortilla soup was the best I ever had. And the pork loin was absolutely perfect! Great meal!

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DeniseZ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid food, good service in nice atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I eat out three or four times a week. I generally do not expect an “Oh Wow” experience in dining. However, with a restaurant in a “historical hotel” with a name like “Roaring Fork” you expect to say “Oh Wow!”

To be honest this was not near what I had hoped! The drink menu is rather weak— three times I heard a waitress tell customers— sorry we don’t carry anything like that—.

The food menu was much more limited than I would expect. The Cedar plank Salmon I ordered was standard fair, good, not exceptional — a bit dry but not a horrible taste.

I ended up with a basic Chopin Vodka and a very slight splash of cranberry. The bartender understood well what very slight meant and I appreciated that deeply. Most bartenders make it so red it ruins the drink. So I am very pleased.

The environment is nice! The server was very good. I will return on normal occasions but this is not the place for that exceptional experience.

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AttilaSz
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great steak - crispy and tastefully juicy and tender inside - and amazing creme brulleé !

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Everything was great expect..we ordered the salmon dinner, was expecting a lil more flavor but it was edible.

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Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress is rated 4.5 stars by 2591 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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