Central Standard

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$30 and under
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Central Standard is a bar & grill on South Congress Avenue. Central Standard features a wrap-around patio, raw bar, wine cellar with more than 100 labels from around the world and private dining room.
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EW
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Central Standard has a cool vibe and good location. Decor is diverse and attractive. We loved our cocktails but were not impressed with the food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The initial experience at Central Standard was friendly and pleasant! Quickly this changed; we had an 11am reservation and were not served our food until 12:30. We watched as table after table entered the restaurant, sat down, were served, ate their food, and left. All the while we were told it had only been half an hour since our order had been taken. Simply untrue. The food and ambience of this establishment were great, I wish I felt comfortable recommending it to friends but given the defensiveness regarding the time it took to serve our food I would not feel comfortable doing so.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, incredible service by Benjamin. Highly recommend!!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was servers cold. Our waitress was unapologetic and sent it to the kitchen to be reheated and sent back the same dish. Very unprofessional. I will not go back.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This is a pretty typical hotel restaurant, nothing was great or bad. Standout was the Bloody Mary which was delightfully spicy.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a cool space. Definitely would go back again.

SR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was great..cocktails yummy.
Only problem was the restaurant neglected to tell open table that we had honored our reservation!
Otherwise great evening!

J
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Felt like attending a bad soft opening. Past experiences had been better a couple years back were pretty good. This time the overpriced food was sup-bar to inedible and service was one of the worst experiences I've had in Austin. Save your time and money and visit any of the great restaurants in walking distance.

NK
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The decor is what really carries Central Standard. The food seems to have declined in quality since my last visit 6+ months ago.

a
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant, nice ambiance. Excellent food, good sized portions for Restaurant weeks. Will definitely highly recommend!

K
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great! Pork chops, grilled half chicken, sweet pepper flatbread were all good. The shrimp hush puppies were excellent. The whiskey cake was fantastic!
The wait staff is attentive and friendly. I look forward to our next visit.

LL
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early start about 4:45 - 7:00. The tables were not full so noise level could potentially become very energetic. Our waiter was fabulous, able to assist a food restricted diner pointing out numerous safe foods and options that could be modified. Drinks, appetizer and the meal were all superb. I look forward to more dinners at this very happening spot.

SS
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

As a local, I wouldn’t go out if my way to eat there. It was good, but I can go to a lot of other places in Austin and get same or better quality food and service.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks and food

OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ben, was so awesome. The food was all great (please get the deviled eggs!) and the ambiance was as well. We’ll definitely be back.

AB
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I spent my Easter Sunday grabbing drinks in the bar at Central Standard. Must admit this 2nd visit for HH with a new ATX friend far exceeded my initial experience. Our server made our night! He was accommodating (quickly moved us to patio since we had 2 pups), knowledgeable (great menu insight), helpful (explained / recommended delicious cocktails), funny + friendly. All that combined with the value of happy hour choices left me impressed. Can't wait to go back for more happy hours :)

OT
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dinner at Central Standard. The food was perfect for sharing a bunch of items and was a good value for what you got. The mac and cheese was phenomenal and the meatballs were fantastic. Food came out unbelievably fast, but our server was not the quickest. Food actually came out before our drinks did and there were only 3 of us. I am sure it was just an off day for the server, or they were extra busy, so I would still go back!

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so kind and accommodating to our two year old at a trend place. The food was delicious!

MG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place, good food. It was just a difficult to hear my wife over the noise, but I wouldn't trade that for an empty restaurant.

C
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. The staff is amazing and attentive.

D
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Bartender was unengaged. Went somewhere else because we felt we were burdening to order more drinks.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We showed up for our reservation, and let the host know our name. She was super unfriendly, sighed and walked us to our table. It was pretty quiet for a Saturday night, and there were numerous bartenders/servers milling about. We sat for 5 minutes waiting to be greeted, and never were. We then decided to leave and go elsewhere for dinner. It was a very disappointing experience given we have been to and enjoyed Central Standard on many previous occasions.

V
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely ambiance walking in for dinner. Much smaller dining area than expected but gave it a cozy feel. Great suggestions for cocktails that were light and refreshing. Potato bread and creme fraiche butter was delicious. Brussel sprouts was served in a trendy iron dish along with the Mac and cheese. Salad (smaller size) was enough for a meal. Slightly disappointed that the shrimp was over cooked. Overall great experience. Looks like a good experience set up for larger parties. Patio area would be fantastic for cooler weather. Wish the hostess or staff had reminded me of the the discount comp parking in the garage.

GR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

I made a reservation for me and 3 of my guest, we arrived got seated waited for 15 minutes to get greeted and no server showed up finally my friend got up and went to the host desk to ask for someone to come to our table. When the server finally arrived he looked annoyed and proceeded to tell us that he was new and didn’t know why that was his table, the host did send us out a complimentary bread which was very tasty, when we asked our server for the wine list our server stood behind me watching me select a bottle it was creepy we had to tell him we needed more time so he would stop breathing on my neck, the rest of the evening the service was fine but what I did love about this place we’re the shrimp hush puppies and the amazing stuffed peppers I just wish we would’ve had a different service experience because I think it could have been an even better night.

EM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The servers all have been top notch and the food has not disappointed. I never ever liked Oysters, but this place has made me a fan.

KA
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great. One thing that was less than satisfying was that I indicated we were celebrating a birthday and it was not mentioned. Oh well :(

AK
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! I took my husband to Central Standard for Father’s Day. We ordered the oysters, macaroni and cheese, the steak special, the NY steak, the grilled shrimp, two lemon pies and the whiskey cake. Everything was yummy! Our waitress Keyla was awesome. I can’t wait to go back😊

TB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pros: We really enjoyed our dinner. It had been a long time (maybe two years) since we'd been and we were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed everything. We had several small plates. The shrimp was probably our favorite with the fresh sauce.

Cons: we sort of assumed that the salad would come first, but it came after we'd already had two or three small plates (not a huge deal, but kinda' weird for America). We also were a little disappointed there wasn't a gluten free option on the desert menu. (also not a huge deal, but we find that most of the top restaurants are doing that now.)

r
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow, we think due to our server being new or appeared to be new. No napkins served with drinks.

SV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Central Standard's service was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in recent memory. The food was very mediocre and the staff pretty much ignored us the entire night. I would not waste money or time in that restaurant when there are so many great choices in Austin.

BL
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Central Standard on a Sunday evening because it was close to parking, but now I will make it a point when I'm in Austin to go out of my way to get to Central Standard every chance I get. We ordered 3 Bites and 3 Large Plates that were recommended by our server, and all six were absolutely perfect. Don't miss this restaurant even if you have to hunt for parking (and you will).

p
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

You simply have to rethink how you make a gimlet. It tasted like men's cologne and not at all like a fresh lime juice cocktail. And more importantly, you come up on google as a place for steaks, and it was disappointing that there were no steak choices for my mom's birthday. She was not satisfied with the one option you have. I think the reviews that say you're a place for steaks is very misleading, but not your fault maybe.

Our waiter was absolutely great though.

TP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal, as always, at Central Standard. It's one of Austin's best!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very basic items took 45 mins to come out.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Really disappointing Mother’s Day brunch

A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Was a huge fan of Central Standard, however the service has been getting worse over time. Not what it used to be.

MJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately horrendous service completely overshadowed decent food when it finally showed up. Although management did comp part of the bill, the damage had been done. Even after seeing/acknowledging we had not been served, we still had to ask multiple times just to order. Then it took even longer for the food. There are too many great options for food AND service in Austin; don’t ruin your experience going here.

RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great the service was on the spot and very accommodating. They oysters were fresh. All the food came out hot and prompt. I will deifinitly be returning...maybe next weekend.

h
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Central Standard did not disappoint. We made the reservation for a family dinner, which historically has always been a struggle because my parents are older and are getting to their "picky" stage. Every dish we ordered was great and received the nod of approval from all of us. The meatball and grits and deviled eggs appetizers were amazing. We all agreed that the oysters were some of the best we've ever had. I had the NY strip as my main course and it was cooked perfectly. Will definitely be going back and highly recommend it.

MK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was the third time I've been here. Servers seemed a bit overwhelmed and the food did not come out in the order I was expecting. Overall quality of food was good, price point is about what you would expect on South Congress for a quality meal.

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