Central Standard

4.4
353 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Central Standard is a bar & grill on South Congress Avenue. Central Standard features a wrap-around patio, specialty cocktails, local beers & ciders and wine cellar with many labels from around the world and private dining room.
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Offers

  • Sunday Happy Hour all day!!

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 11:00 AM - 8:15 PM

    Happy Hour all day Sunday $2 off menu cocktails 1/2 off Bottles of Wine $3 Oysters

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 353 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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lilyinaustin
Austin
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the fish and chips and my friend had a salad. Both were tasty. Drinks were pricy, small, but well-done. We enjoyed the open air and sights of SOCO which are showing some signs of life.

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FamilySpecialOccasion
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu is limited and consists of well done bar food. Our service was oddly timed (one person got their entree maybe 5 minutes before everyone else). The restaurant is loud but beautifully decorated. Great scene.

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vipGustavo
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their HH is one of my favorites in town 1/2 off bottles of wine and $3 oysters.

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ThatChelseaGirl
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic drinks, delightful staff.

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CassandraC
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service and a lovely atmosphere. The oysters were delicious and our waitress, Samantha, was so much fun - she made our experience very memorable and nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible, felt like the servers were annoyed when we asked for pepper and butter for our brunch. Eggs were over cooked and the whole brunch dish was a weird combination of food. The music was loud and a bad playlist, overall a bad experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good. The noise level indoors was loud & maybe the music should have been turned down to accommodate for people’s conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good, appetizers were great but the main entrees were lacking in variety.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice time!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great the entire time. Great outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

With covid the menu was insufficient... 3 out of the 5 main dish options where sandwiches/burgers... then there was fish and chips. We told our waitress Samantha how disappointed we were with the small menu and then upon leaving we noticed there was a sign with a nice ribeye option as a special. Samantha did not mention that to us at all. I also mentioned that it was my dads birthday and nothing was done for his birthday... not that I was expecting much but Samantha didn’t even review/ask us if we wanted dessert. She just immediately handed us the check once we were nearly done eating our main meals. Central standard was one of my favorite spots pre covid as it had such a great menu... but with its limited menu and poor waitstaff, I will not be returning anytime soon.

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RCAToday
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great spot for a brunch. The food is rich and full of flavor.

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vipWhitneyH
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I have been going to this place for years but after Covid it looks like they have many problems. They had a mistake on the menu which is not a big deal but we ordered a burger and fries for $19 and the fries were cold and tiny like they were left over. The burger also tasted terrible because of the way that was cooked inside on the fire pit. Tasted more like barbecue. It was just very strong. When I told the server she told the manager which was a good thing but the manager came over and didn’t bring a new batch of fresh hot fries or offer to take anything off the menu. The server took forever to come back with our bill. Not a good experience and there’s so many fantastic restaurants on the street. We actually left and had another meal a block away. We would’ve stayed an ordered more but absolutely underwhelmed.

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vipAmyB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central Standard is always a favorite! The staff goes above and beyond, and the food and drink selection is delish. Great patio and always playing great tunes!

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vipUTkw
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Love the outdoor space and there was a wedding we got to watch in the courtyard. Food, service, vibe...all great!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Burgers were a bit overpriced but overall we really enjoyed it!

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ValD
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect COVID safe atmosphere outside. The heaters were also great.

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JoseA
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Menu is surprisingly limited, as in 4-5 main dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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AnyaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely wait staff, so helpful and kind. The cheesy broccoli dip thing is delicious.

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vipAGS1965
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated our friend's engagement. The staff was both professional and playful. Great recommendations on drinks and did a great job updating orders to accommodate our group of 5 people.

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vipCriticali
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Unfortunately the kitchen was out of many of the ingredients we wanted in our food (oysters, mushrooms, avocado, etc.) It was a hassle not to be able to have what we wanted, but our waiter was very accommodating and understanding. He took good care of us on the bill and hooked up a nice baked cookie to make the experience a little sweeter ;) The food we did have was great and we love the design of the space.

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vipSiimplymiii
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We will not return here! The service was poor (On a busy day in south downtown Austin, only two wait staff?), the staff wasn’t very friendly and very inconsistent with information when asking questions, and the food was okay. All in our party, including me, were still hungry after spending about $50 for our meal and drinks.

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GL13
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I’ll start this review off by saying that I understand that during Covid, times are tough and there are some challenges. What could have been better is when I called at 7:45 to say that I was running a few minutes late for my 8pm reservation and to check-in with the hostess, she let me know that the kitchen was closing at 8:50. I thought that was thoughtful of her to let me, however, that was not the case. We arrived at 8:15, sat down at our table and was told (by the person who brought us waters, who we later figured out was our server), that the kitchen was closing and to place our full order immediately. We were not able to order anymore food or drinks from that point moving forward. Had I known this, I would not have kept my reservation. I was hosting some friends from out of town that are HUGE foodies and love to try new restaurants. I would have made a reservation at a different restaurant that closed later, to accommodate dinner. Our plan was to wine and dine for a couple hours, but instead we were rushed and forced to eat & get out! The server asked if we wanted to place an order for multiple drinks and we said yes, in which case he poured all of our drinks at once and brought them out to the table all at once, rather than spacing them out as needed throughout dinner. Overall the server was short and not informative about the menu, specials or happy hour. Typically your server greets you, introduces themselves & lets you know about the specials & any happy hours. It really seemed like we were huge inconvenience, in which case, I guess we were because they were closing even earlier than quoted. South Congress Hotel is my favorite hotel in Austin, I cannot praise it enough, however, this was a huge disappointment! The menu has also been modified and it’s more like upscale bar food. I was really looking forward to having some fresh oysters and champagne, but they were out [of both]. I hope service improves so I can continue recommending it.

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RyanB
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great vibes at the Central Standard. Popular brunch spot but also great for a date night. I debated between 3 and 4 stars because of the food. The food was just okay. The meatballs were dry and over cooked. Service was also slow, but it was a busy Friday night. Those who had the burger said it was good.

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LarryG
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

While Central Standard has some great ambience, the food was very underwhelming. Charcuterie board was probably the best thing we had which should tell you something about the rest of our meal. We shared small plates and not impressed by any of them particularly. Shrimp shrimp were cooked well but grits were bland and overcooked. BBQ sauce for the meatballs was overly sweet IMO. The eggplant tart and arugula salad was the best of the small plates.

Nice atmosphere and would go for drinks but wouldn't go out of my way to eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Central Standard for brunch and had an amazing experience! The waiter was accommodating, the service was great, and the food was very tasty!

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sarahw
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I love the ambiance of CS but it seems like every time we eat there, something always goes wrong. When we arrived, we were told that we would have to wait a few minutes for our table to be cleared (we had a reservation). We headed to the bar and decided to order a round before we were seated. It took over twenty minutes for our table to be ready, and just as long for us to receive one round of drinks. There were two bartenders which was way too few considering the amount of people surrounding the bar. Once we ordered, the bar tender told us not to bother closing out; and that he would just transfer the tab to our table. A few minutes later, the hostess came to seat us, but told us we needed to close our tab before being seated. We flagged down the bartender, explained that we needed to close our tab and he proceeded to close us out but he looked really annoyed with the hostess. After we were seated, we ordered some more drinks and amazing appetizers. The server was attentive and knowledgable and I have no complaints about him but he was obviously VERY busy and the kitchen was taking a bit more time to put out the food than I would have preferred...then we received the entrees. We ordered three burgers and the flank steak. All three burgers were burnt. As in crispy. I asked my husband to tell the server but at that point everything was taking so long, everyone just wanted to leave. My flank steak arrived undercooked. I typically like medium rare, but CS tends to undercook their steak (and not their burgers apparently?) so I ordered medium (expecting medium rare) and I received a RARE steak. It was good, but I would say three ounces of the cut was just a big fatty tendon right in the middle of the cut. So I ate the ends but left the middle.
Overall, I do like CS. It's a great place for drinks and apps, but I can't recommend this place for dinner. It's the little details that make for a great eating-out experience, and CS just can't seem to make it to the finish line

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We went for Saturday brunch. I really wanted to like this place because it’s such a cute atmosphere and the food looked awesome. However, we had a pretty subpar experience. When we first got there, we sat for 15 min without anyone acknowledging our table/taking drink orders. Had to ask one of the hostesses to send over our server. She was very nice and apologetic but was obviously stressed. Would love to comment on the food but I never got my entree....until I asked (for the 2nd time) to just remove it from our check. I ordered a biscuit for my daughter and had a couple bites, but it was cold and kind of hard. If it had been fresh, think it would’ve been good. My husband ordered the turkey club and it was served without the turkey lol. Had to send it back and get turkey put on it. Bloody Mary was really good and my husband and my friend enjoyed their food. I had a few French fries and those were good too. Hope it was just an “off” day - May try again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was not good.

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vipnfisher2
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ll be back for a 2.nd time

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Samia7
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Very average food, dull menu and terrible coffee. Not sure why it has such high reviews.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Horrible service.

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vipPaulV
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was good with the exception of the desserts and some bitter espresso’s

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DawnL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic!

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vipPresidentsWeekend
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipRosie
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Good and beverage selection outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, relaxed lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food but very poor experience.

FAQs

Central Standard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 942-0823.

Central Standard is rated 4.4 stars by 353 OpenTable diners.

Central Standard does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cafenoseaustin.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.