Central Standard

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$30 and under
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American
Central Standard is a bar & grill on South Congress Avenue. Central Standard features a wrap-around patio, wine cellar with more than 100 labels from around the world and private dining room.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
6 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
23 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We love this place but our last visit was waaaay off... the guy (Australian maybe) helping our waitress bring out food was upset when he brought my food out wrong and I asked him to fix it. He acted as if I should just pick things off of my burger. So, he took it back and all they did was pick the things off of my burger that wasn’t supposed to be on it in the first place and he brought it back to me — I could still taste the things that were on it that I don’t like the taste of... hence why I ordered it without certain things.

Also, we were there with another couple and the waitress acted upset when she brought us the ticket and we asked her to split it. I feel like that’s a good question to ask up front if two couples are dining together. Our other experiences here have always been amazing, though — but we do usually sit at the bar. 🙃

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Highly recommend you give them a try

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vipBlackhawk
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great after church brunch. I had a superior turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with fries. My wife enjoyed six eastern oysters and then a well-prepared shrimp salad. Our server was attentive but not too much so. As this was our first visit, we enjoyed the modern atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The food was just OK. For an expensive restaurant, we expected more - the snapper was over salted and the salad came with a few small pieces of hanger steak. Bread cost extra. Do not recommend for value. Ambiance good and waiter very good. Also the deviled eggs had an overpowering horseradish taste.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was great. Loved the cheese board!The chopped salad wasn’t totally what I expected. Would have been a nice addition to have a Romano cheese.

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vipDeniseB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food came out fast. Server was nice! Food was just OK.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We wanted to try this place out, knowing that being in the SoCo hotel it would be expensive, but the staff seemed unaware of who our actual server was. The entire meal we had different people taking orders and other different people delivering them. It was odd. The food itself was good, but when I want a big dinner I’d definitely go somewhere else.

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PJ23
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to brunch with my significant other, we sat outside with our dog and we’re greeted by a very friendly staff. Food was great, drinks were good too! Will definitely return!

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vipmorgie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food was okay

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had roughly seven menu items, only one or two were decent enough. Either too boring, too salty, too this or that. There was no balance to anything, even the cocktails were too boozy (trust me, it was hard for me to type that)

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Petey
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and service staff were attentive and friendly. Inside was a bit noisy - please invest in effective noise baffling - so we dined outside.

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vipTheLu
Poconos
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dozen and a split! That’s the way to enjoy SoCo on a sunny Sunday!

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vipJohn
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Super salty / over-seasoned food. Bad service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Good food, poor service

Central Standard
Responded on November 21, 2019

I am sorry we dropped the ball with service on your last visit, please reach out to me personally to further discuss your service experience and how we can improve in the future. Thank you, Christian Young Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Dinner was enjoyable, but getting food was a on the slow side. We were not in a hurry, but dinner took longer than it should have even on a Friday night. Skip the charcuterie, but the flatbread and salmon on the fall menu were tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We sat outside at dusk and were one of the few tables there so the service was awesome! So friendly, but not overly so... very genuine :)

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EmilyW
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

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.

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipSusanR
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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Jeff
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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NateK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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

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alsiemens
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

FAQs

Central Standard is rated 4.2 stars by 327 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.