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Central Standard is a crowd-pleaser in South Congress that's great for any and all group dinners.
Really disappointing Mother’s Day brunch
Was a huge fan of Central Standard, however the service has been getting worse over time. Not what it used to be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oysters were great, drinks were nothing special, and everything was over salted.
Service was very slow. First shift for the waiter at this restaurant. Food was good, just took a long while
The small plates were a little uneven in quality, with the Brussel sprouts being undercooked and bland, in particular. Try the deviled eggs and the tostadas. They were great! Cocktails were competently mixed, but not outstanding.
Wasn’t crazy about it and wouldn’t go back
I loved it. Our server was sweet and helpful. The manager of the restaurant was attentive and present. I marked ambiance as "good" because it's a beautiful space, but we were sweaty. Really phenomenal cocktails and wine...Great job!
We made a reservation for Easter Sunday brunch and while the food was amazing, the poor service is hard to forget. Based on the reservation process I have to assume the restaurant knew many tables would be full. We were treated by one server who never came back. Another took our drink order, which took 10+ minutes to arrive, and then our food order. A runner delivered the drinks and food and the server did not come back until we asked the person that cleared our plates for the check.
As for food, the chicken and biscuit was amazing. Also good were the fries w/sauce and BLT.
Celebrated 17 year anniversary with family!
Came for our anniversary. We sat in the dining area and wasn’t aware you couldn’t get happy hour except in the bar and cocktail area. Food was phenomenal, cocktail server was awkward, but overall experience was great. Thankful for food, great company, and a beautiful experience.
Ana, the hostess and our waitress was fantastic. When we asked her about the fish special she described, but then said "only one left". I wanted the dish and she assured we got it. She was very pleasant, attentive, but not hoovering much.
We had the Atlantic Char- which was superb, as well as a shrimp cucumber salad and the Cauliflower Side ( the spicy one) and ALL were fantastic. And dessert!!!! The lemon bar was the perfect size and flavor. If you want to send the recipe for the lemon bar, we would make it for our friends and boast where we got the recipe.
Enjoyed a lot!
We were rewarded with a very cool interior and the food was well done for sure, save for dessert. Our server was a bit on the odd side, in a unengaged, not totally friendly way. Perhaps it was a bad night. Wine list was very serviceable, however not many lower priced wines for the couple that dines out a lot.
Service was pretty terrible, took four hours for four people to eat a three-course meal. They blamed it on SXSW, but there really weren’t that many people there and everybody else seemed to be in and out at a regular clip. Other than that, food was good, beautiful atmosphere.
My wife and I made reservations for a 1 year anniversary brunch here. We had been here before on NYE and the whole experience was fantastic. This time around, not so much. Let me start by saying the manager did make things right in regards to the bill. It took 8-10 minutes to be greeted after being seated. Once I asked if someone was helping us someone finally came. We only talked to our waitress a couple of times and she wasn’t able to follow up on my simple question of why would I pay more for a craft of a cocktail than just ordering individuals. The manager did acknowledge that the pricing does seem shady... so do your math. Our prime rib hash was sub par, but the fried chicken was AMAZING. So was their broccoli cheese dip. We really hated having such a bad experience. I wasn’t expecting to have someone there waiting hand and foot, but if I’m paying the amount they are requesting boy I hope I am noticed and maybe maybe maybe even congratulated on the occasion that was noted on my open table reservation.
2 stars overall if you ask me... but the first time we were there was easily 4-5 stars!
We were at Central Standard for the oysters but my companion had a bad one that tainted his meal. Mine was ok but not stellar. Our side were ok.
It was bad overall. They served us oysters that smelled like a sewer.....seriously. They steak was terrible. We refilled our wine by ourselves all night. Will not be back to eat dinner ever again. The bartender is cool though.
The food was extraordinarily good. No complaints whatsoever. The staff was kind and fun and service was quick.
We went for Valentines Day dinner. We had reservations and showed up very early and they still accommodated us immediately. I like a limited menu and they didn’t disappoint. The appetizers, sides, and entree’s were well thought out and executed perfectly. They have East Coast Oysters which we prefer. Get the whisky cake for dessert. Yum! It was a very nice evening.
All around best dinner before a show date night spot-outstanding selection on menu and drinks- Will be back again and again.
Brunch, good food as always and outstanding service.
Wonderful food (pork chop, flatbread, burger); great service. Maybe a little loud but would go again for sure.
NOOOO vegetarian alternatives. We were a part of a big group and a “set menu” which was never discussed the price. My husband only eats shrimp as protein but “we don’t have shrimp” so they offered a flat bread. Not only did they throw everything they had in the kitchen on it but it was cold and SWEET!
My NY Strip was good but cold as well and we were charged $150- per person!!!! For a flat bread, potato salad & cauliflower SO spicy no one could eat it! SERIOUSLY!!
1 glass of house can & a cold NY strip AND they would not even redeem my open table $25- card. I had to get EVERYONE involved for them to “manage”.
This place was AWESOME. Everything was delicious. The oysters were perfectly described. The pork belly app was the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. And for someone who doesn’t like potato salad, I was licking the bowl of potato salad. Great date atmosphere. Also perfectly paced meal. It was like our server was reading our minds. LOVED IT!
Food was great, service okay but not the best place for birthday surprise. They had to go to the hotel to find a candle.
Great food and atmosphere
Sad to say, the quality of the food has fallen.
While the ambiance and service was excellent, our meals were less than impressive. I ordered a NY strip to be prepared “as rare as possible”. The chef over-cooked one side of the steak, cut the filet in pieces, and layered the meat so that the less cooked side faced upwards. When I turned the pieces over, I could see the steak was simply left on the grill on one side for too long. In addition, the collared greens were so salty that I was up several times during the night to drink water. For a $37 entre, I would have expected better attention to detail.
Christmas Eve dinner
Great meal. Great service. Great ambience. Don’t recommend the moonpie for dessert as it was a bit dry but otherwise everything else was amazing
Coleman in the Bar is amazing. Everything was perfect for me as a solo dinner.
Went for brunch- great service, great food! Chicken and biscuit was delish!
Some items were very good, such as the sauce on the shrimp appetizer and veggies that accompanied the Scottish salmon. Others were so so. On the pricey side considering. On the desert side only tried the chocolate chip cookie and "moon pie". Both were served cold which detracted. (Come on, if they are going to serve a single chocolate chunk cookie as a desert option it needs to be served warm.)
Helpful sever and good atmosphere. Please make blue cheese stuffed olives for martinis.
The food was very good. I had the market fish and it was cooked perfectly. My bride had the chicken and it was perfectly flavored and tender. The cauliflower was just the right amount of spicy.