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“Not Your Typical Market...By A Long Shot!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market
Ranked #4 of 3,668 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
Piqua
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185 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Not Your Typical Market...By A Long Shot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Just stopped by Whole Foods recently on a whim with a few minutes to kill. What an amazing retail store! I've spent my entire business career in retail and feel as though I have some "feel" for it. Whole Foods takes the retail experience to an entirely different level. That sounds so cliched, but it is really true. For example, we walked into the original store on Lamar recently and after getting about ten steps in, I stopped and said "Oh my God, they have live music in here!" And sure enough, on a Friday afternoon at 3:30 there was an outstanding blues-rock outfit playing away right on the floor in the middle of the store. And it didn't stop there, the displays, the selections, the signage, the helpful staff made the experience all the better. Even the other customers where happy, young, hip and obviously successful. The "Whole" vibe made for an eye-opening trip into what retailing can be. If you are in anyway associated with retailing, stop by when you're in Austin it will cast a new light on your ideas of selling, display and marketing...and if you're not a retailer, just go enjoy the "Whole" show!

Visited February 2014
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Louisville,KY
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283 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“MUST go Here! This is an amazingly large selection Market with ready to eat food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

I heard about this place when stopping at visitor center and thought maybe I could pick up something for my weekend visit. But WOW what a huge selection at the food bars. They have about 6 large food bars sold by weight with great options. They also have several other soup and food stations all around the store. I ate 3 meals there. Breakfast was awesome also. Really wish I had one of these close to my home.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“lots of options”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here last Saturday and enjoyed ourselves very much. This is a huge restaurant with lots of options. We split a small pizza and it was excellant. This will be a regular stop for us.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Antigua, Guatemala
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154 reviews
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“A great surprise with great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

We met here for coffee on our first day in Austin for business and later returned to look around the store and decided to have dinner. Great food, great service and friendly staff. We came back again for dinner a few nights later and had sandwiches prepared with rib meat, a recommendation of one of the employees and they were very good. The options available for a meal to have there or take out are amazing and very good. The energy in the store is also great, always full of people out shopping or looking, which makes the time waiting for a meal pass quickly.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tom T
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Denver
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189 reviews
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“Lots of Great Options”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

There are lots of great options here as this is in the building that houses the corporate headquarters of Whole Foods. That being said, it had better be up to snuff. Great coffee and drinks as well. It gets crowded but moves fairly quickly. You can sit both inside and outside to eat/drink. You get your food via counter service at each food type section.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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