Joann’s Fine Foods – Detailed Restaurant Review

An Austin essential, Joann’s Fine Foods is a classic American diner with tex-mex inspiration. Joann’s serves smoothies, craft cocktails, and hearty comfort food from breakfast to dinner, seven days a week. Whether you are looking for a light snack, a family outing, or a date night destination, Joann’s has you covered. McGuire Moorman Hospitality opened Joann’s on South Congress in 2018, it has since become one of our top restaurants in the South Congress.

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The Ambiance of the Restaurant

As vibrant as its surroundings, Joann’s Fine Foods in Autin has a cozy and classic atmosphere with plenty of colorful and nostalgic photo ops. Inside has a vintage feel, with standard diner booths, wood-paneled walls, and old photographs. The patio is much more modern with lush greenery and vivid stained glass. Together the patio and dining room combine nostalgia and modernity to create a unique ambiance.

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Joann’s Austin Menu

Between Joann’s breakfast, weekend brunch, and all-day menus, it’s hard to choose what to order. Offering diner classics like chicken-fried steak and pancakes but also tex-mex inspired cuisine served with fresh, homemade corn or flour tortillas, Joann’s menu caters to anyone who walks through its doors.

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Joann’s Breakfast

Joann’s Fine Foods serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 8 am to 11 am and all day on weekends. Their breakfast menu offers both American diner classics as well as Mexican-style options, but unlike a typical diner, Joann’s also offers health-conscious items.

On the diner side of the breakfast menu, the Motel Platter comes with a short stack of Barton Springs Mill red corn pancakes, your choice of meat, two eggs any style, and hashbrowns. This American classic with an Austin twist is sure to be a crowd favorite. The Mexican breakfast menu boasts Migas and a barbacoa plate, each served with Joann’s famous homemade corn or flour tortillas. If you’re looking for something lighter the mixed berry smoothie bowl is refreshing and nutritious, topped with granola and fresh fruit.

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Joann’s Lunch & Dinner (All day menu)

On Monday through Friday from 11 am to 10 pm and on weekends from 4 pm to 10 pm, Joann’s Fine Foods serves their all-day menu. This extensive menu includes light appetizers such as red snapper ceviche and tajin topped cucumber fingers. The most notable starter is the green pea guacamole, an unusual take on the Mexican classic, the guacamole is served with queso fresco and tostadas.

The star of this lunch and dinner entrees are the pecan wood-fired fajitas. With multiple protein options as well as vegetarian-friendly tofu mushroom fajitas, the sizzling platter is served with queso, rajas, beans, and your choice of freshly made flour or corn tortillas. This large entree is perfect for sharing and will leave you wanting more.

Location + Opening and Closing Hours

Joann’s Fine foods is located at 1224 S Congress Ave and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 9 pm and Friday from 8 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm.

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Joann’s Reservation Process

Joann’s accepts reservations through Open Table or over the phone. To reserve a table online, go to, and enter your party size and desired date and time. From there you will receive available options and will be able to choose whether to sit inside or on the patio. Open Table will notify you as your reservation approaches.

Joann’s Online Order Process

To order online at Joann’s visit their website and select the Order Online option. You will then see the menu and be able to make your selections. After you enter your personal and payment information, Joann’s will provide an estimate for when your order will be ready to pick up at the restaurant.


Joann’s Fine Foods is an Austin Essential for a reason. It is a lively yet welcoming environment for anyone in search of upscale tex-mex or a classic diner experience. Plenty of photo-ops and friendly staff make Joann’s Austin a local and tourist favorite.

With something for everyone, Joann’s offers a diverse and creative menu unlike any other tex-mex restaurant in the area. It is apparent that the ownership and staff are proud of what they do and want to share a little Joann’s magic with the rest of Austin.

Eva Rogers

A Texan through and through, her passion for the Lone Star State is evident in every word she writes.Hailing from the vast plains of West Texas, Eva has a deep appreciation for the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Texan spirit. Eva crafts articles that celebrate the diverse tapestry of Texas, from its bustling urban centers to its serene rural landscapes.