Love the concept. Great beer list and unique food. The pig shank appetizer was awesome.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Decent new spot
Central Standard has some real potential. I thought the alligator, crispy Brussels sprouts, and tostada were delicious. The drinks were pretty good as well. Service ladded a bit and our server seemed distracted. But other than that I would recommend it.
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We tried this restaurant on Memorial day for lunch. They were very nice even though didn't have a few items on the menu but it was a monday and a holiday. The place was really quiet but I could see it as a nice place to hang out for decent food and drinks. Overall the food was decent. I had the shrimp and grits and really enjoyed my dish.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've wanted to check out Central Standard since it opened, and when I sent the link to the menu to my friends, their mouths were watering. Our lunch did not disappoint - everything was delicious. The portions were rationally sized, too, not the 3-4 meal sizes so many restaurants seem to feel necessary. My only negative observation was that it was ice cold in the restaurant - possibly due in part to our being some of the first customers of the day.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good, unique food and great setting
A group of us went here on a Friday night. It was very busy and fairly loud, but it was fun for our group. All of the food was quite good, particularly the alligator appetizer and the shrimp and grits entree. They have a nice beer and wine menu, and the upstairs bar is a great hangout spot. Kudos to the bartender up there as well- he was super engaging and had some very creative drink recipes! I will definitely go back!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went here with a group
We went here with a group of 6 people. We ordered shrimp tacos, cheese and meat board, and jambalaya fritters to start. All were excellent. For the main, we ordered the mussels, beer can chicken, short ribs, pike, filet and a panini. They were great as well! For dessert, the beignets were excellent, thought the carrot cake was just average - too dense for my taste. After dinner, we went up to the lounge for a few drinks. The pour was definitely better downstairs at the bar for starters. Also, I'm not so sure of the clientele that frequents the upstairs lounge. At one point, a group of women were posing by the bar for a photo, hiking up their g-strings. bazaar to say the least. I would recommend dining there then heading elsewhere.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere and food
This place has only been open for a few weeks, I think, but our experience was really great. Usually at this stage the wait staff isn't sure what's going on and the food takes a while. The food came out fairly quickly and our waitress was super nice.
The food was also excellent. I very rarely can finish a meal because the portions are too large. It was just the right amount of food. I also love that they have brunch drinks by the craft. We left saying that we can't wait to go back and try this place for dinner.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, exciting atmosphere!
The atmosphere was great and I had an outstanding vegetarian meal.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoy going to Central Standard but I think they have a bit of an identity issue. It blends sports bar, gastro pub, nightclub, etc. all in one space and the resulting clientele is quite diverse. That being said, it is very comfortable with good food and a great draught beer list.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great options for indulging!
This place was fun, had great cocktails and food. Don't come here for healthy options, but enjoy a splurge!! The meats were very good, and the appetizers excellent. It IS noisy in here, but a fun scene.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trout Salad was amazing, don't take it off the menu
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get the grilled cheese!
The corn chowder soup is amazing as well. Can't wait to go back.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time Diner -- Will Repeat
Went to lunch at Central Standard the other day, an d it was new for my guest and me. Really thought that the menu was good, and the quality of the food was top notch. Our server was great. Understood the menu and great attitude.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delightful dinner on a weeknight when the restaurant was comfortably full, but not overcrowded. Let's keep this chef busy, as his innovative, tasty offerings make for great choices. The cheese biscuits are scrumptious, and bacon butter--what a concept! We decided to get a number of items so we could share flavors, and everything was delicious. The choice of jars of appetizers is a great way to enjoy a variety of items. Service was superb--fast and personable, and presentation was eye-appealing.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food--overpriced cocktails!
When we walked in all of us commented on how cool the decor was. Our server was very energetic and very kind. The food was amazing. Everything was delicious except for the beer cheese. We would definitely pass on that for our next visit. We had a great experience except for the price of our cocktails. If you're going to charge $15 for a craft cocktail you should tell people that. We are all in the industry and appreciate a well crafted cocktail and would never think twice about spending that on something we thought was worthwhile. The drinks were incredibly overpriced for what they were. Other than that everything was great. I would definitely stick with wine next time.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was tasty and our server was Excellent! We will definitely return!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a table of five people,
We were a table of five people, with what looked like seven other occupied tables in an almost empty restaurant on a Friday night. It felt as if the service staff was trying to get us out of there. Every dish was cleared within about five seconds of us putting our forks down. Our server brought the check before even asking if we wanted dessert. There was also a howling infant in the restaurant, and its parents did nothing to keep it quiet. Extremely rude to the other diners.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the Specials
This was my second time at Central Standard and I love it even more now. Try the specials, someone from our group had each one of the specials, Moo, Catch & Swine, and we all shared and each one was filled with great unique flavors and fresh vegetables. I highly recommend trying the House Bacon appetizer as well.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative menu, casual comfort
Great place for a bite... varied and interesting menu but also with some old favorites and fresh takes on this and that. Attentive staff. Present but not hovering. Will go again soon!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & Drink
Came here with a group of 5 for an office night out. Guys were impressed by the microbrews and food. Definitely two thumbs up. Winewas delicious, Mt Vedder and Jordan cabs mmmm! Perfect place to unwind and great noise level. You can have your fun, get a little rowdy, and not disturb others!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great girl's night out
Had a blast here with a few girlfriends! The food was fantastic, the service amazing, and the drinks/wine definitely were enjoyed. Great time all around. Looks like it'd be a great place for large groups too. Will go again!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the second time we
This was the second time we tried this restaurant. I thought it much improved, which is understandable since the first visit was shortly after it's opening. The service was very good, and the food was very good. I will definitely go back, especially once the Wells Street bridge opens again. Definitely a good addition to the neighborhood.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious and Fun!
Great lunch spot. Amazing steak salad and crab cake. Great service. A bit pricey, but a good work lunch.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting, original menu,
Interesting, original menu, very good food, our waitress was outstanding. One complaint: WAAAYYY too loud. Lower the music (and TVs and band) and get some sound insulation!!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I particularly enjoy Central
I particularly enjoy Central Standard's appetizer and salad menu. It has lots of creative and tasty options with fresh ingredients. Drinks are also nice and I can't wait to try more of the dinner menu.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading some mediocre reviews, we were optimistic but cautious. Waste of worrying. The service was wonderful, attentive, not rushed. Our waiter recommended we try some happy hour specials..Tacos from heaven-pork tacos and shrimp tacos. My husband had walleye pike, I had smoked grilled chicken. I'm not a chicken lover but decided to try it.GREAT- the juiciest most tender chicken. The waiter recommended banana bread pudding for dessert. I wanted a straw to drink the caramelized banana sauce. I definitely will try it again.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice find in ChiTown
Fun restaurant. Concept GOATZ greatest of all time zones. All food and drinks is supposed to b sourced from Central time zone
Ie Central Standard. Pretty close but Heinz products? Could find GOATZ mustard or ketchup? If you're talking the talk walk the walk.
Bison chili was great. Cheddar biscuits with bacon butter sublime. I got the "turf and turf" MC strip with shredded short ribs, potatoe and Brussels sprouts. Mac and cheese for kids very good (they reorderd apps of bison and biscuits for dinner). Seemed like a good bar.
Boys were younger than demographic for the place, we were older but still had a nice time on a Friday night.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great on a Sunday Night!
If you are looking for somewhere great to eat before the theater, Central Standard is your choice. A short walk from Cadillac Palace didn't disappoint. Our server (Josh) was very attentive and offered excellent suggestions for my 13 & 16 year olds!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect brunch spot in River North
No question, this is the place to go for brunch in River North. The food is very high-quality, ambiance is nice, and facility is comfortable. I ordered the "chicks in a blanket" (fried chicken and pancakes, served with syrup and a nice serving of berries) to go with my coffee and was delighted by the experience. It was good value too - including tip, mine came out to around $20 for the food and drink. Everyone else in my party had similar comments about food quality, and the sausage gravy came highly recommended too.
We went on a friend's recommendation, though looking back I see this is 4-stars on Yelp with relatively few reviews. Don't be concerned about the light number of reviews - you will not be let down. Enjoy!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was given a gift certificate
Was given a gift certificate to Central Standard. We were pleasantly surprised with the food...came quickly and was delicious. It also came hot..a pet peeve of my husbands. I will definitely return. We were there early on a saturday and it was not crowded at all. I imagine during the week with the Mart crowd it is croweded. It is a big restaurant.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to central standard for
Went to central standard for a client lunch, it was perfect! Great atmosphere, food, and service. Perfect break from my day.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gastropub with friendly wait staff
Creative twists on original food. The elevated crispy bacon laced with maple flakes left my husband drooling for more, while my roasted veggies with green godess dressing drank in my egg yolk. Everyone at our table of 7 commented on the fresh, quality food. We didn't get drinks, but I will be back to try the Ginger Beer with maple syrup, whiskey, and lime combo. The staff was just great.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the relaxed feel of this place with our friends.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Early Evening Anniversary Dinner
We were greeted and seated with a smile. This was a 5pm reservation after seeing a matinee for our anniversary. The selection of appetizers and main dishes was great and varied. Some very new and different combinations over a traditional menu - - - the dishes looked exciting to try - - not too way out there but within our grasp so that not every item had to be explained. We asked for flavored iced tea and were given home made raspberry iced tea by the bar keep - tasty and impressive. The spreads on toast were fun to mix and match. Our smoked trout, ducksciutto and creamy goat cheese all primed us for our delicious pan-seared walleye over local vegetables. My wife finished her plate which she never does. Yummy deserts too.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and Great food
We were especially pleased with our server, Courtney Wilson, who was highly knowledgeable in the menu. She made our experience magical.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were great
Food and service were great as usual! It's never crowded which is good and bad! Always easy to grab a table but almost gets the "dead" feeling because it's so empty but don't be fooled. Wide variety of food and beer. We had a vegetarian with us and there were so many delicious vegetarian options we all ended up eating vegetarian for the night! Still is one of my go-to's for the area!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks to the board expert!
Our server (the closer) was absolutely great. She did a great job getting us exactly what we wanted. She knew her menu inside and out.Thanks for everything!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The short rib sloppy joe is
The short rib sloppy joe is a delight and lots of great beer selections. A great new place!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food But..........
Our food was delicious - especially the grilled chicken sandwich. Believe it or not, it had a delicious flavor with it's sauce, and multi grain bread and charred onion. (I skipped the mushrooms) I also had fried brussel sprouts which were amazing! My husband had the prime rib sandwich which was tasty but was a little fatty. The air conditioning was turned up too much and it was so cold we never took off our coats. The server was not attentive.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central Standard - Above & beyond
Took my team to Central Standard for dinner. Surprised by the great happy hour appetizer selection, very pleased by the service and everyone, including the foodies and vegetarians were super happy, pleased and buzzing about it the next day. I had the pike and it was outstanding. The place is much bigger than you think upon first look. Would go back again.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mac & Cheese
Best Mac & Cheese I have ever had. Grandma's recipe did not disappoint.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate on a saturday at 1pm. Group of 6. Waitress arrived immediately and came back 3 times before ready to order. Some special orders--all came out as ordered. Black bean hummus and different type chips very good. Two of us had the pork sandwich also very good. Others had brunch menu. Delicious. Will go back. Cant wait. Have already recommended!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
They had us when we saw buttermilk
They had us when we saw buttermilk cheddar biscuits with bacon butter on the menu, and the combo did not disappoint. Then the six selections from the charcuterie menu made a lovely appearance -- the chicken foie gras mousse was so yummy, and the duckscuitto was no gimmick, it was gamey-good cured flavor! The roasted beet salad was perfection, but the fried brussel sprouts had a bit too much oil flavor for my taste. I'd read about the cocktails, but wasn't overly impressed with the two we tried. We tried several entrees between the four of us, and enjoyed the shrimp, and the flank steak special (I was a little thrown by the large pile of asparagus on top of the flank steak given that it was October in the Midwest).
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The energy, wine and food list make this a good date spot.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place was very quiet but
The place was very quiet but we were there at 5:00pm on a Sunday. The food was great especially the cheddar biscuits with bacon butter. We will definitely go back to try other items on the menu.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was surprisingly good! My Walleye pike was nicely crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Accompanying veggies and sauce were creative and excellently prepared. My son enjoyed the catfish although I did not pay attention to the preparation. The menu choices were more interesting than similar spots in town. The atmosphere is bar-like and there were numerous groups there both drinking and eating. It was a good combination that met the needs of me (58 year old mom) and my son (20). We both enjoyed it!! One caution - - the entres were relatively small, which was okay for us because we had an early dinner and weren't overly hungry. Other diners may need to order appetizers / desserts to satisfy their hunger.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere, food and service
The atmosphere is great, and despite being a large space, you can feel quite intimate at your table. From small tables and booths, to larger group tables, to a lounge area upstairs, it really can serve all needs. I've been for lunch and dinner and both were great. In the evening it's a bit louder and more active, but I went on a Friday night and it was a respectable crowd. It was mostly people in their 30s-40s. Our server was very attentive and the food was good. I'd definitely recommend it. Added bonus that it is right by the el, and there is a parking garage across the street with validated parking from the restaurant (I paid $9).
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for a birthday dinner completely without any recommendations or knowledge of the restaurant. Just was a place that able to fit our large group and seemed fun. we had a great experience! The space is large and open so as it got later and the crowd grew, it became a little noisier, but still we were able to have a conversation at our table. Definitely was not too noisy. The waiter was great and helped make excellent recommendations. Food was excellent, but as our waiter said, not every item really hits the spot so order wisely. Everyone liked their meal. Drinks were part of the appeal of the restaurant. So fun - They have a big selection of choices so it was fun choosing. Would definitely recommend.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with a coworker for dinner. Was seated right away. The server was cheerful, energetic and very helpful. She made several great recommendations. Food was tasty and the draft beer selection is extensive.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Saturday lunch/brunch was terrific. Especially enjoyed the fact that both lunch and brunch menu choices were offered. Delicious, fresh food, well prepared. Service was friendly and efficient. It's location just across the street from the Merchandise Mart was perfect for our needs.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM