Central Market - North Lamar

Central Market - North LamarCentral Market - North Lamar
BA SCORE
83.7%
Liked This Place
4.14 w/ 43 ratings
Central Market - North LamarCentral Market - North Lamar
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

4001 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78756-3733
United States

(512) 206-1000 | map
centralmarket.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
43
Liked:
36
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
9.66%
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by BAbaracus:
Photo of BAbaracus
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

The usual disclaimer: a perfect 5.0 on selection not because it’s the best you’re going to find anywhere, but if it’s available in Texas there’s 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 it’s 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 it’s new, much larger, World HQ building in March the selection they had was maybe one-fourth of CM’s at best. Even at the new World HQ the selection is not quite as large as CM’s, 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 I’d do all my grocery shopping there as well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdimento
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dasotelo50
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bluesyasian
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of gilgar
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Typically a good selection, however, you will get less beer knowledge out of the staff than you will at the south store.

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Photo of menezes
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Fabiand
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mamaraza
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of alexaustin
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of brett606
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Paulie_Maroni
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Texas_T
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of blue_eyed_fury
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Between Central Market and Whole Foods Austin grocery shoppers have everything they need in one place! This place has a fairly decent selection which I would say is fantastic by Texas standards—certainly leaps and bounds above the regular HEBs I’ve visited, with half the selection devoted to micros and the other half to imports. There’s also a cooler at the end of the section with Texas-only brews, predominately from the Austin-area. I picked up some Jester King goodies here off the shelf, even. Best part about my whole visit, tho, was the ‘beer guy’ working the day I was there—super friendly, helpful, and as eager to suggest beers as I was to talk about them.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Another good place in Austin to get craft beers.

As for atmosphere, it's in a grocery store, I prefer a quite place where I can chose my beer patiently, but what can I expect. Was surprised to see the amount of beer available especially 22oz bombers. Most grocery stores seem to stock up heavily on 4 and 6-packs with only a few big bottles. Prices I thought were also very fair, especially on a recent release, Life & Limb. They were only charging $8.99 when I have seen it going as high as $12.99 elsewhere.

Overall experience I felt was better than Whole Foods downtown, and will be going here again in the near future.

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Central Market - North Lamar in Austin, TX
Place rating: 83.7% out of 100 with 43 ratings
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