Whole Foods Market - Lamar

BA SCORE
4.05/5
53 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78703-5411
United States

(512) 476-1206 | map
wholefoodsmarket.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
53
pDev:
8.4%
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of gilgar
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of IsYoursGold
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

This rating is just for the store. Typical whole foods layout. Lots of bottles and singles to choose from, focus on local and regional crafts. Decent internationals as well.

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Photo of jdimento
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

The new Whole Foods is a definite destination point. It is a beautiful store with alot of cool stuff. There are several little "restaurants" serving up different types of cuisine (including their own smokehouse!!!)for eating there or to-go. The aromas will definitely make you hungry. They even offer wine by the glass while you shop or eat. While we were there they offered a beer tasting featuring Lagunitas IPA and PA.

The service seemed fine to me. There were a ton of employees working (Saturday afternoon) and they all seemed friendly. The beer cooler had at least one employee in it the whole time I was there.

The selection was disappointing to me. I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. The "beer alley" is way smaller than it is built up to be. One side of it is almost exclusively display space (10cs of Stella, 10cs of Pyramid Apricot, 10cs of Lagunitas Maximus, etc...), the other side is lined with racks full of beer. I only found a handful of things that are not available in San Antonio, the best being Aventinus Eisbock. I bought a few things, but overall I was let down.

The prices are reasonable. $6-$8 a six pack, .750's and bombers are also reasonably priced. I did not see any exorbinant pricing. It is worth a trip to see for yourself, especially if you are in a small Texas town lacking in better beer. The store on the whole is very nice.

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Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

From what I understand, this is the original Whole Foods location. No doubt, they expanded its` size from when they first opened, but still kinda neat. Anyhow, it is a good place to pick up some beer to take home or to your hotel if visiting. The fairly well rounded selection reminded me of what their NYC Bowery location, suited to the distribution of Texas. Local breweries such as Jester King and Real Ale are here, along with plenty of other domestic craft or macro options and imports too. Since it is Whole Foods, prices can be a little north of some other retailers. The staff was OK at my visit, wasn`t particularly looking for anything special, but some young lady in produce did point me in the direction of where to find the beer !

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Photo of Heretic42
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not a huge fan of buying my beer from the big guys, but sometimes I have too.

The beer is located at the center of the store inside a walk in cooler. Their selection is good, they carry most of your standard beers available in this region, do occasionally get more limited releases, and when they do, their prices are fair.

Still would say their selection is less than Specs of the 71 and Central Market. So if you live near one of them, I'd go there first.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

Cheers!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of northaustin
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

this was my first time going as i am from the north side and usually have no plans to be right in the center of everything.

here you can get most anything available in texas at prices that compete with specs/central market. the beer alley is a good idea but i can see it getting too crowded.

my cashier was a typical emo hipster with tight black jeans and black hair which he used to protect himself from making eye contact with strangers.

the beer slection is awesome and the prices are awesome, everything else... just dont get me started.

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Photo of Hopfarts
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Really great Whole Foods. This is one of the nicest ones I have ever been inside of and the refrigerated beer cave is really cool. They had a big selection, but nothing special.

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Photo of ericaus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very good health/natural store with an impressive selection of beers. Very nice collection of imports, as well as domestic craft.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -1.2%

This Whole Foods is out of this world and a worthy tourist destination for Austin visitors. It's huge, it's beyond gourmet in the quality and presentation of its produce, butchery, patiserie, bakery, chocolatier, etc...

I was able to purchase a variety of local crafts to try during my stay in Austin from breweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, etc... Whole Foods also carried an above average selection of Belgians and numerous high quality crafts from around the nation. For Texas, I was big time impressed.

The highlight of the visit was a sale on Malheur Brut Reserve and Brut Noir. Bottles were 50% off. The Brut Noir went perfectly with a selection of fine deserts from the same location.

If I could, I would rate food for this location and give it a 4.5. Check this place out if you make it to Austin.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.

They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.

The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.

I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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