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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 (53)
Special Occasion (40)
Romantic (33)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Business Meals (29)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Good for Groups (27)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Cozy (21)
Authentic (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Fun (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Casual (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Healthy (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
People Watching (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Birthday lunch

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was ok, kind of pricy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Portions are very generous and the food is top notch

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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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 (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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 (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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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was amazing and reasonably priced but for a restaurant with a utensil in the name I kind of figured they would have a greater focus on that, pork chop came out with a butter knife and Mac and cheese appetizer was forgotten but besides that the places was great!!!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The New York Strip is pricey but also delicious! The dressing is absolutely delicious. The Mexican street corn and the mac and cheese are true comfort foods. I definitely recommend this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was great. We got the Green Chili Pork for an appetizer and it was delicious. Even so, the entrees overshadowed the appetizer. The fish tacos had a great presentation and were quite delectable. The fish was fresh and firm and flaky and the seasonings and toppings were well proportioned. The blackened redfish was outstanding. The sauce and the rice and the fish were all prepared well and the flavors worked well together. The smoked tomatoes were not only fragrant but also delicious. The server was friendly and accommodating!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The service was wonderful and the meal was divine! The mussels appetizer was the best we've ever tasted! The steaks were prepared perfectly and the side were very generous. We would recommend this restaurant to all who are in Austin!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

From start to finish everything was top shelf at the restaurant.
The food, the menu, the drinks and the service were very good.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was great-clean plates all round. Think our waiter was Tom who was very efficient and friendly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Reservations are accepted and they are on time. Such nice service. Every dish we've tried has been wonderful. Had the salmon this time and it was delicious. Love the green chili stew, redfish, fish tacos, burger, steaks, queso, tortilla soup, salads - all consistently well prepared and delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals, Romantic, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I made a reservation for 8 people online to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. It was a surprise dinner and Roaring Fork helped me make that possible. We had no issue getting a table, or arranging for most of the party to arrive early. There was even a birthday card on the table for my boyfriend who was very surprised and thrilled. We were already big fans of Roaring Fork, but this dinner was a good reminder. I'm loyal to the Spinach Waldorf Chicken Salad, which is delicious and massive (enough for 2 meals). The chicken served with cornbread stuffing was also great. Someone had the pork chop and loved it. Another person got the giant burger and was definitely pleased. For dessert our waitress brought out a birthday piece of cheesecake and it was the perfect end to the meal. Thanks Roaring Fork!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was some of the best food I have ever eaten. Well worth the money! Everyone at our party enjoyed their food and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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