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Central Market
Exceptional based on 17 ratings
Type: Grocery Store

4477 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas United States 78745 [ print map ]
512 899 4300

centralmarket.com/cm/index.jsp

Hours: 9AM-9PM Daily


Mayor: bbcd (1) | Bottles: 300+


Central Market

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Beer Available At Central Market (arranged by most recent)
Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout 97, Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale 98, Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest 95, Avery Uncle Jacobís Stout 100, Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) 100, Adelbertís Black Rhino 20
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17 reviews for Central Market
 Ambiance  68%
 Service  61%
 Selection  76%
 Food  70%
 Value  73%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  76%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
mkgrenwel  (110) Cambridge, Massachusetts | January 9, 2007
Giant supermarket with a great selection of just about everything, including some good beer. Since this is the only beer store I saw in the state, I canít really vouch for their relative selection, but it appeared to be pretty solid. Prices are typical; no grocery store savings. Decent.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
achtungpv  (1) Austin, Texas | February 8, 2006
Very good selection with two locations in town. Good choice of singles which I like to purchase. Little known fact is that they will (or used to anyway) let you grab a single bottle from a six pack for $2 bucks even if itís not normally sold as a single.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
julrey  (22) Austin, Texas | December 9, 2005
The usual disclaimer: a perfect 5.0 on selection not because itís the best youíre going to find anywhere, but if itís available in Texas thereís a 97-98% chance you can get it at Central Market. Both Austin locations have a similar selection, so there is little reason other than proximity to choose one over the other. Both have cafes with outdoor seating and bands on the weekend. Central Market itself is owned by HEB and centrally located in Austin, although in the last few years itís branched out to the San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas areas. Those who have Whole Foods in their neighborhood (none too coincidentally also headquartered in Austin) will pretty much know what to expect. The main difference is probably in the beer selection. Prior to the Austin Whole Foods relocating to itís new, much larger, World HQ building in March the selection they had was maybe one-fourth of CMís at best. Even at the new World HQ the selection is not quite as large as CMís, although there are a few meads stocked by WF that are not available at CM. Central Market is constantly battling it out with the Whip In and Grapevine Market for beer supremacy in Austin, so it never hurts to hit all three. If I could afford the gourmet food prices Iíd do all my grocery shopping there as well.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Walt  (189) Austin, Texas | July 19, 2005
North Lamar location: Typical Central Market selection...lots of bottles, but nothing I did not expect...they did have very fresh Orval however...I couldnít find anyone there to help me with beer or sake questions though...great cheese selection though...
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder  (313) Tallahassee, Florida | February 10, 2005
Decent selection, but after having been in Austin for four months now - I have been through almost everything. Must have the same distributor as Grapevine - if on the south side of Austin - go here in stead of traveling north to Grapevine. All of your common Belgiums, Germans and Brits are here with a fewwest coast gems and some Texas Brewers. Displayed nicely and plenty of room.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
fly  (224) austin, Tejas, Alabama | February 11, 2004
Most of the staff seems more dedicated to wine (profitability?) although the former Beer & Wine person at the south store (now at HEB @ Hancock, I believe) was very much into beer. It is convenient for me to pop in and they often have a decent sale item or two or three. You can get deli food or from their cafe (not great, not bad and a tad pricey when you consider they provide their own damn ingredients) and do a "fly" - buy beer from beer section, grab some food, and eat in cafe or out on patio. Not exactly kosher, but haven't been stopped yet.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
joet  (91) Santa Rosa, California | January 4, 2004
Service makes a difference here. If selection is about the same for Grapevine and Central Market the big difference in my book is that Grapevine has people that will ask what I'm looking for, make phone calls for me and point out new offerings.

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