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Central Machine Works Brewery

4.9
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37 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Beer Garden

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Great Beer
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Formerly a machine shop in East Austin, Central Machine Works has preserved the historical building to be Austin’s favorite neighborhood and family-friendly beer hall. Central Machine Works’ approachable and nostalgic vibe evokes the time-honored tradition of enjoying a classic beer amongst family and friends. The lively beer hall also features a tap room with full bar, outdoor beer garden, live music & backyard games. The menu includes a healthy spin on classic bar food favorites including burgers, brats, pizzas, salads and pretzels, as well as allergy variations including gluten-free and vegan options.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 37 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.9based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.7
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelLop
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great delicious pizza and beer. Perfectcplace for outdoor and indoor eating. Pet friendly!

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MelissaG
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Love this place. It’s been a haven during covid where they actually seem to take social distancing seriously. Unfortunately, this time seems like they’re lapsing a bit outdoors. Long lines and lots of people at tables. At least they still take reservations for those of us who don’t want to be in crowds but want to resume some casual normalcy occasionally.

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TimT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun place to be outside and enjoy the summer. We enjoyed it.

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CristineY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the food and felt very safe. Employees were all very nice and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and socially distanced appropriately

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KatieG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Excellent Kolsch. Beautiful ambiance. Highly recommend the chicken sandwich and potatoes.

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mshop
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Not the greatest selection of beers, but enough to keep us happy on a hot Saturday afternoon. A little more AC would have been nice, but an excellent well priced pizza and all the Covid-19 precautions in place. Will be back for sure.

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MirandaZ
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying this place out. The ambiance was great! It has a homey backyard feel.

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Austin512
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Maybe it's covid - but the staff just seemed not to jazzed about being there. I felt like I was inconveniencing them when ordering food. Which wasn't great, but not bad. It's just pizza & beer -- middle of the road -- but done up in a huge, showy space.

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MonicaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The appetizers were cold food was great the beer 👍

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JenniferF
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

cool space and good beer/cocktails, did a good job accommodating safe practices during covid-19.

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KorinD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a great experience. Service, food and environment was spectacular! We will be back soon, especially when the weather gets a little cooler.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to get out of the house! Very open and safe 🤗

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LindseyV
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly our first time to a resultant since early March. I chose central machine works because of its open air and good spacing from the pics and I was not disappointed! Ambience was great, distancing and policy enforcement was great, food was great, beer was great, company was great. Well done!

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MichaelJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely open-air environment with delicious burgers and beer. Great for a group hangout, and they have a very safe COVID protocol!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I would love more vegetarian options!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome decor in an old warehouse! Felt well organized and safe. Food was delicious and the beer was delicious. Will be back again ASAP!

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leew
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

we came for the beer and the atmosphere. overall great. dog friendly.

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JavierM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our 1st time to Austin this place was very nice.

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AshleyT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time! The tables were set up apart and it was perfect! The beers are always very tasty and the cocktails are spot on. The blackberry smash was MMMM!! If you're looking for a great atmosphere with awesome drinks and food and super fantastic staff, this is the place for you!!

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CamilleC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with two friends

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Korkypeachmom
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially under the current circumstances we were impressed with the service, the ease and flow of ordering etc. The space itself is fantastic. While the beers are solid they aren't stupendous. But still very good indeed and worth the trip. The pretzel was really good. The beer cheese had a great flavor but was a little on the runny side.

MJ
MichaelJ
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I were selfish, I wouldn’t post this. I almost don’t want to...

This is the best place I’ve been to in Austin in forever and set up absolutely perfectly for COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite drink spots! Great environment, fun new East side experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to get out of the house safely during COVID

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GenevieveD
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, my favorite place before covid and now feel great going there post covid! Sit outside and feel super confident given their safety protocols, but also still feels energetic!

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RachelK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, very spread out. Great beer! Definitely going back.

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ChristianM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time, very friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend!

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KarinaC
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!. Great ambiance, super clean and neat.

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rlpx
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed the experience and will be back. We were there shortly after the new mask enforcement and some people were not wearing masks as they walked about. However, an employee was walking around asking them to don their mask. Being in the vulnerable group, really appreciate everyone helping to protect themselves and others and do whatever it takes to keep businesses such as this one open!

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KRISTIN
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Good beer. Good food. Great place!

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Christine
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was happy to hear Central Machine was open again after the pandemic and they are doing things right. We made a reservation for a party of 6, and had ample space to our selves. The seating was comfortable, the drinks and food were delicious (we ordered a pizza). It was so nice to be able to feel a bit of normalcy again.
Thank you for following really great sanitation procedures and maintaining the social distance guidelines as suggested. We will definitely be back, I can't wait to try some of the other items on your menu.

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CurlyGirl
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The bartender was fantastic and our food was excellent! We ordered the cauliflower crust pizza which has a crispy crust and great flavor. I love the space at Central Machine Works but sitting inside was somewhat uncomfortable. Even with fans and the doors open it feels like there is very little air movement. We asked the hostess to sit us in the aisle so that we could have full advantage of the slight breeze coming from the open doors and it was still really hot.

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CarolineS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I made a reservation and get there and they said they can seat us at a table but there’s another reservation coming in an hour so we would have to get up even though I made a reservation as well. Staff was not welcoming

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JillianE
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Need more fans or something way to hot for summertime!!

JG
JuanG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food and service. Would definitely recommend checking it out!

FAQs

Central Machine Works Brewery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 220-2340.

Central Machine Works Brewery is rated 4.9 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

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.