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About Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress

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.

701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
7th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 583-0000

Website:
http://roaringfork.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet nightly starting at 4:30pm. The valet parking is only $7. During lunch, valet parking is available through the Intercontinental SFA Hotel on 7th St. right out front of the Hotel.

Executive Chef:
Adrian Giovanelli

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether it’s a celebration or a business gathering, the Roaring Fork is perfect for any occasion. Our talented Banquet Coordinator can accommodate your every desire. From parties small to large, we will dazzle your guests with an incredible dining experience.

Roaring Fork - Downtown, Congress Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (38)
Romantic (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Business Meals (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Good for Groups (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Bar Seating (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Authentic (17)
Cozy (17)
Fun (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Casual (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Happy Hour (9)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
People Watching (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great Beer (4)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Always enjoy for a downtown dinner and perfect for pre shows at the Paramount

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place to eat!

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·Dined 3 days ago

It was a wonderful experience and I am sure we will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was incredible! Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine and was so much fun. We had a wonderful night there!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Food overall was very good; however, we do have the following comments. I was disappointed that the almonds on my rainbow trout were not cooked in the brown butter sauce as I would have expected. They seemed to have been tossed on almost as an afterthought. Additionally, my husband's salmon was almost sushi grade in the middle which was less than ideal for him (it was a very thick piece for a filet though).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 5 days ago

Six of us "pre-boarded" at 6:30 for an 8:00 concert at the Paramount. Made reservation three weeks prior with Open Table and Andy called to confirm reservation the day of (very reassuring since there were six in group). We were coming from multiple cities in four vehicles so some arrived a few minutes early and were still seated right away. Server Jenny was delightful and did an outstanding job of helping us with drinks, appetizers and meal in plenty of time to walk next door for the show. The food was outstanding and served at a perfect pace so no one felt rushed. The menu is diverse so everyone can find something that works for them. Will definitely return to this location. Oh, and they have valet which is another great perk when dining downtown.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Birthday lunch

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great experience, our waiter was fun and interactive and made the dining experience enjoyable. Great street corn and fish tacos!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was fabulous! The blackened red fish was special. Service was great.
Austin traffic was really bad and they held our reservation in spite of being 15-20 minutes late. So glad I had a reservation, there would have been a 45 minute wait otherwise on a Wednesday.

My client loved it!

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

All was fine until ny side veggies were sent back twice. Server didn't pay attention to details or kitchen messed up. Guac app on the house as compensation. Otherwise wine and fish entrees were very good.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We came on a Sunday evening, visiting from Wisconsin. Terrific food. I had super rich short ribs served over mashed potatoes. The meal had begun with little corn meal muffins, easily the best corn bread we had ever tasted. Nice wine selection aided by a knowledgeable and quietly efficient waiter. The overall experience was simply wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A great place in Austin really. Love the steaks, authentic cuisine and ambiance. Service was good, nice selection of wines. Overall, a great impression.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was my birthday meal and I was blessed to have such great company. The service and food was fantastic

Tags: Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A delicious birthday dinner! A bit pricey as most items a la carts, but the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were taking family pictures downtown and wanted a nice dinner afterwards. Roaring fork was a hit the last time we ate there, so why not.
We had reservations for 530pm. We show up, we get sat, and the booth is entirely to small for my wife’s comfort. She doesn’t like tight spaces.
We asked to be moved and the hostess who sat us said she would see as they were “very busy”. The head hostess came out and moved us to a better table, would have loved a window seat, but none the less they made us happy.
The food was great, the dessert was good, and again our experience was awesome.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Three wives of college frat brothers having dinner out. We enjoyed wine and appetizers and then requested an entrée (one entrée) to be served family style because we may have ordered too many appetizers! Our server was very accommodating and did just what we asked. We plan a return visit next year.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was very good. All of the food was good and prepared well. We did have one couple who are vegan and one has food allergies. There was very little on the menu to accommodate this need. We told the waitress that this party is lactose intolerant, and the potatoes still was serves with cheese all over the top.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Dinner Prior to show at the Paramount next door, great spot for such an event. Service is excellent the food is as well

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Nice dinner as always. Fifth visit to this location. Asked and request a booth with somewhat privacy but was not provided. Food and service great as usual

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was excellent and we had a great time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was one of the best restaurant experiences I have had this year. We had a big group and every dish was amazing! Can't stop talking about how good this dinner was.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Good selection of entrees. Apparently the hamburger is the star as the table next to us order 8 of them. We ordered 3 different items, one of which came as a servers recommendation was short ribs which was all fatty and quite disappointing. Since the portions were large enough we shared. Our server was very apologetic. Nice atmosphere overall.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was excellent and got to actor David Arquette

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Many thanks to the great wait staff at Roaring Fork for making our special birthday dinner a huge success. The food was excellent and the back room was a definite "10". We will be back when we are in Austin next!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Found this location with a small group after spending all day at a conference. We were so relieved to find such a comfortable location to relax and enjoy a nice meal together. The service and food were both outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The service was excellent. The restaurant was loud. I got the beef sliders and the buns were soggy(didn't end up eating them) and the beef was mushy.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We chose to eat here during our stay in Austin. The waiter was pleasant, but unfortunately we felt terribly rushed with the service and pace of the dinner. Considering our reservation was for 6pm, we arrived 7 minutes late due to city traffic and not seeing the valet by the restaurant. We had to call to find out the valet was located around the corner from the entrance.

We hadn’t even gotten settled in our seats and had additional place settings removed before we we approached, twice, regarding a drink order. With drinks, apps, 2 main courses, we had the bill in 50 minutes!!! Great if we were in a hurry; not great for a relaxing dinner.

One issue was the heavy- handed use of black pepper on the trout and green beans dinner. While I take some responsibility for not asking when I ordered, the menu did not describe this for the dish. The plate was not merely finished with seasoning, as another waitstaff remarked when it was called to her attention. She then said, “ they season the food”.

The other main course was very good, but the peppered plate ruined and rush ruined this experience.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We stayed at the Stephen F Austin hotel where Roaring Forks has a location and decided to try it out. We were impressed by the friendly bar staff and great Happy Hour drink pricing but dinner was an unexpected surprise! Our server Cameron provided outstanding service! We chose light meals (pork carnitas and fish tacos with Mahi) and both were Delicious! It was my birthday so the restaurant gave us a free dessert. We chose chocolate pecan pie with ice cream and it was Divine! We’d definitely recommend Roaring Forks very highly based on our visit!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We were in town for two nights and this was one place we tried. Service staff was great. Steak was very good. Mushrooms, however, were so salty neither of us could eat them. Fish tacos were good but not out of this world.i liked it well enough, but probably won’t be back.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was ok, kind of pricy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Portions are very generous and the food is top notch

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It’s great. Every time I come to Austin, this is my first stop. The queso is a must and I highly recommend the Filet.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was good but they forgot to enter our food and took longer than it should

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely delicious. Never been in Austin and if you come here you won't be disappointed

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

It was my boyfriends birthday and Roaring forks made it perfect. The service was excellent. They were constantly checking on us to see if we needed anything and refilling our drinks. We even got a free cheese cake with a happy birthday notation and a candle. Loved it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

It’s a great looking restaurant. Very good atmosphere. I was slightly disappointed in the food. Starter salads were really skimpy and the redfish, wish is a specialty, was good but really over cooked. I was surprised. Rookie error over doing fish

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Not sure why we got the paper menus when other tables had the real deal. The strip was not high quality beef.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Tried this place out for the first time to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The staff here is amazing! They pay attention to detail, meet their guests request and the food is to live for!

We got the short ribs and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and the meat was extremely tender and savory. The green chili mac n cheese was a great side dish.

This is the perfect place to treat a loved one or even host a business dinner.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had a lovely meal for our anniversary, we will definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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