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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/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, 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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Special Occasion (45)
Romantic (37)
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Good for Groups (35)
Business Meals (32)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Cozy (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Happy Hour (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Fun (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Authentic (15)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined a day ago

Everything was great from on time seating to my check. The staff and food were great!

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·Dined 2 days ago

This is a great spot for a date night. My husband and I have come twice now. Once for our anniversary and once for belated Valentine's celebrations. We've had great service both times, and the atmosphere is romantic without being over the top. The food is always top notch. Would recommend to a friend or someone from out of town in a heartbeat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Texas)·Dined 3 days ago

Service and food were both excellent. Highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Really enjoyed the Roaring Fork! Conveniently located near the Paramount Theatre, it has a great vibe, fabulous menu and excellent service. Our server, Richard, was absolutely top notch! We will def go back again when we are in Austin again.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

Mussels in chorizo broth, great
Date salad. Really good.
Roast chicken, good, dressing dry.
Trout, butterflied and really dry. A butter sauce was brought to try to help but still dry. Sent back.
Very apologetic. Offered to replace but declined.
Offered a card with money on it but only here a few days.

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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

I have mixed feelings about this place. It was nice & food tasted great. The waiter wasn't very attentive, but I'll give him a break since it was busy. The food was a bit overpriced for what you get. And most entrees do not come with a side, that's extra. The menu is a bit sparse, but most things on there i personally would order...but that's me.

This didnt go towards the rating... However, a family of 5 (3 kids) decided to go to a nice restaurant with an older infant that kept crying. If you can afford expensive restaurant prices + parking, then you can afford a babysitter...just sayin'. It's inconsiderate to put the other patrons (there for a nationally recognized DATE NIGHT, who did go to all the time & expense to hire a babysitter) thru your kiddo chaos. I know this wasn't the restaurants fault - they can't ban kids on Valentines...LOL.

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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and service were outstanding. Different vibe from Quarry Lake but every bit as good in all aspects. Definitely would recommend and we will be back. Mussels were amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

Wait staff was *, food very good, table was crowded, felt very cramped. Good place for old friends to meet and have quite conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Everything mediocre

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Visited Roaring Fork with a group of coworkers. The food was absolutely amazing and our waitress provided great feedback for drink and food options, when asked. I ordered the filet and it was perfectly done. I would highly recommend the date salad and green chile Mac and cheese too! Also, a member of our group had a birthday and our server brought out a cheesecake dessert big enough for the entire table to share. It was a great dining experience and I would definitely recommend the restaurant to others.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and reasonable steak pricing. We will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is our second time dining here. Had Caesar salad and chicken tortilla soup. Very generous portions and delicious!!! Great selection of wine. Free dessert on birthdays! I chose the flourless chocolate cake to share between three of us. It was amazing! My favorite Austin meal!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service and food. I ordered the steak special along with green chili Mac n cheese - very good. Also ordered the green chili pork for an appetizer and that was amazing as well. Everything was to notch. Will be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service and food was excellent!!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2018

They knocked it out of the park tonight...excellent service, outstanding meal ( they didn't even cheat by adding excess amounts of cream and butter...) lovely ambiance. This place has been around for a while but it's got as much charm as any of the new places in town.

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 (Amarillo)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent 12 oz bone in filet shared with spouse melts in your mouth seasoned perfectly - literally one of the best steaks we have ever tasted - Mexican corn mashed potatoes sautéed mushrooms all ala Carte sides can feed 4 adults so plan to share - fresh cherry pie is made on site magnificent - basil lime martini crisp and refreshing -
Can’t wait to visit Austin and Roaring Fork again

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Always good food, nice dining room, and great service!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Favorite overall restautant. Green chilli mac n cheese is a must try. Service is great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Megan was an amazing waitress!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love Roaring Fork. Just had a bad experience this time around where our food took nearly an hour to get to us. We were in no hurry, but when it did get to us, it was cold for three out of the four of us. One of our group members sent her food back, but the other two of us chose to eat it. My burger wasn't as good as it has been in the past and that's most likely because it sat out for a good while. It was not particularly busy at the time, so maybe it was just a mistake on the staff's part. I'm not holding this against the restaurant because we've always had great experiences there. This was just an unfortunate case, hopefully. The staff did offer us half off all of our meals which was a nice gesture on their part.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Appreciated the round table for 6 people I requested- thank you, Linda Barcelo.

Live in Friendswood, Texas

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great restaurant to go to before any downtown event. You definitely need a reservation though or you won't get a table. Possible to eat at bar, though. They understand that you need to go to an event so they accommodate well. Excellent wait staff. I love the salads and my guy loves the main entrees!

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great ambiance. The food and service were outstanding. Excellent wine. I love this place.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

In town for business and my hotel was nearby the UT Campus and wanted a location nearby. Found good reviews of this restaurant on GOOGLE and YELP and the reviews were not wrong. The food was incredible (grilled rainbow trout and sautéed green beans). The cornbread muffins as the pre-snack was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our group just kind of ended up here after reading reviews. We were totally blown away with everything. The food and service were incredible. Do NOT pass on the mac and cheese. Request to sit with Leah. She was awesome and definitely added to the dining experience. Thank you, Leah!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent ambiance and food! Perfect for casual or business meeting.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Bar and dining are great. Service was excellent; food was served in a timely manner and great taste. Restaurant location is very convenient.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went here for date night and it was absolutely spectacular. The food was amazingly delicious and with really good sized portions. Our waiter Lauren was wonderful with great recommendations and service. We will definitely ask for his section again. All in all, we can't believe we hadn't been there before and can't wait to get back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Phenomenal evening! Food and service great! Price reasonable....Roaring Fork never disappoints!!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and great servuce

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We've been to both locations (Aroboretum and Downtown) and have never been disappointed at Roaring Fork. I love the green chili pork. the green chili pork and the BLT salad are a meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was great! Pork chop was way undercooked but they fixed quickly!! Great service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Nice restaurant and good food. Service was pretty good although our reservation seating was 15 late and we had to remind them while we were at the bar.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Not the trendiest place in town, but really consistently good food and drink with a comforting clubby atmosphere. Great before catching a show at the Paramount!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My daughter and I visited Austin for the first time and we tried the restaurant. Food was delicious, my favorite place that we tried.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great experience! Great food! Get the bacon wrapped pork loin...it’s amazing!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I have dined with Roaring Fork in both locations for personal and business meals. The food is always great and service has been consistently good. I meet customers for lunch there often and speed of service is good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great service but I was dissatisfied with our seat selection. We were seated between 2 tables with babies which was distracting. We also were disappointed finding that the HH prices were not available for the dining area. Other than that, the food and service was great!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Large portions,excellent bar list, and superb wait staff

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food and menu for selection. Service was outstanding (table, bar and hostess). Highly recommend for a special occasion and/or business function/meeting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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