Bar Cento
Bar Cento

Bar Cento

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barcento.com/
  • Phone: (216) 274-1010
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Everyday (7 days a week): 4:30pm - 2:00am; Happy Hour: Daily 4:30-7:00 pm Monday: Food & Drink Happy Hour specials all night long Sunday: Happy Hour Drink Specials all night long
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Gastro Pub, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Adam Lambert
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call Bar Cento at 216-274-1010 for catering options.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties for 15 to 500. Contact Bar Cento to schedule your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew Stipe 2162741010
  • Entertainment: Bar Cento & Bier Markt play music from the huge collection of vinyl records and also feature the occasional live acoustic band.
  • Special Events: Follow us on Twitter @barcento or on Facebook for all special events and dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lorain Ave.
  • Public Transit: Visit www.BarCento.com for a map of Bar Cento's location and detailed public transportation information.
    We are across the street from the West 25th Rapid Transit stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Visit www.BarCento.com for a map of their location and detailed parking information.
    Free parking in the West Side Market Parking lot behind the buildings across the street with entrances from Lorain Avenue and Bridge Avenue. There is a pay lot around the corner on West 26th and Market Avenue.
    Also, there is metered and free parking on West 25th Street.
A word from Bar Cento
Bar Cento, located in historic Ohio City, offers a creative European-inspired menu that focuses on regional and sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The cuisine is served with a rustic presentation inside the sophisticated yet comfortable dining room, accented with haute-bucolic décor and a sixteen seat bar built using wood from a reclaimed Amish barn. Our award winning seasonal menu is complimented by an extensive and carefully prepared wine list. Bar Cento, recently touted as having the best pizza in Ohio by Food Network, serves food till 2am every day of the year. Come check out one of the premier dining destinations in Cleveland.

Bar Cento complements the international flavor of McNulty's Bier Markt, a Belgian beer bar right next door on West 25th Street.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Bar Cento reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (31)fit for foodies (28)hot spot (28)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (23)late-night find (17)romantic (10)notable wine list (8)special occasion (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delicious Fun Every Time
    Indigo05VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Bar Cento is a place we visit often because it's easy to secure reservations on Open Table, the food is fantastic and the happy hour deals are unbeatable and good even on Saturday night. We love starting dinner with an order of the olives and frites to share with the table. You can't go wrong with the specialty pizza topped with egg, cheese and prosciutto. The side salad is a great choice too. We finished dinner by splitting the chocolate cake with a rich berry sauce and it was superb. Friendly, casual and always a good place to gather with special friends for a very affordable night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    Marginal
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Pizza -- pepperoni and sunny side -- were bland, crust moist in center - Salads just ok -- Mozzella appetizer was also bland. Pomme Frits were very good, especially enjoyed the accompanying sauces. Overall ambiance was dark and noisy. Perhaps more geared toward twenty- something crowd.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Not a big menu but good variety between pizza, burgers and entrees. The scallops were really good. Fun, energetic atmosphere. Only 2 desserts offered and the chocolate cake was a large piece- easily shared but not as good as the other food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Live2eat
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This was our first time at Bar Cento and last. The food is a joke. The pizza we ordered had a tiny amount of the spicy chicken toppings. The Zagat rating for the best pizza should be revoked. It's a cold draughty place. The wines they offer are horrible. Pass this place up!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timers
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Fun Spot. Decent menu. Great server! The place was hopping! Will be back soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza, Fries, and Wine
    clefoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The pomme frittes and Sunnyside pizza are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    DiningOut
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a great time, good service and wonderful food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Catbert
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a young guy as a server (wish I could remember his name). He knew just when to pay attention and when to leave us to our food and conversation. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite Place
    Uneelle
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Love Bar Cento! Funky, eclectic, neighborhood gem with consistently good food and fries to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were a party of 4, Sat. night. It was a disappointing meal. Everything we had was underseasoned, like they didn't add salt. We had arancini (nicely fried, but bland), 2 pizzas (margherita - bland; spicy chicken pizza - not actually spicy), the polenta & mushroom ragout entree (bland), & 2 sides (butternut squash & corn - acceptable but nothing exceptional). Everyone in our group was shocked because I generally tend to go a bit lower on the salt, but despite that I had to ask for salt. This sums up our meal: great ideas, poor execution. The server was apologetic (not his fault!) & nice enough to take care of our drinks off the total bill, which was just 2 drinks because we settled our drink order at the bar while waiting for our table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Bachelorette Party
    Turtle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I brought 9 friends from Cincinnati and Canton to Bar Cento for a bachelorette party. The atmosphere was party-like and dark which is what we were seeking. We ordered pizzas and cheeseboards to share and loved them. The drinks were decently priced- we got there before happy hour ended which was a nice surprise. Our server, Cathy, was vibrant, attentive, and fun. The only issue we had was that I made a reservation for 10 people with their party planner, got a call that afternoon confirming for a group of 10, but when we got there, the hostesses were only expecting 8. They gave us 2 tables in the same platform, but far enough apart that everyone was seated awkwardly & the group was basically split in 2 which made for difficult conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 out 2 aint bad
    KEvinVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is the second time that I have dined at Bar Cento. The first time was good. On this occasion, unfortunately it was not so good. The food was fine, no issue there. The server was among the worst I have ever had. She was more interested in talking with some friend than serving us. I ordered the steamed mussels for an appetizer, a salad and the "steak and frites". The salads came out before the appetizer. Then the entrees came out as well before the appetizer. I had to tell them to cancel the appetizer. Although the food was brought out by another person, I felt that the server should have paid enough attention to our order to make sure that everything came out in the proper order. She simply was not interested in her job.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome in OC!
    OhioCityShark
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It might not be the newest place in Ohio City, but it is consistently a top performer. Great food, drink and atmosphere at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance!
    osumeg303
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Love the interior of this place. The food is always consistent and well prepared, the pizzas are great! Always a good dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Love2teachVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have always looked forward to eating at Bar Cento, since everything I have got there has been delicious. However, I have been a little disappointed with the service lately. This is the second time I've been to the restaurant in the last few months and items were forgotten that we ordered (appetizers and salads). These items were brought out later or taken off the bill, but I was surprised they were missed at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little find
    Ajax
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was really very good. The drinks were generous and well made. We did not have wine. The scallops were the best I've had in a very long time. We plan to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    MikeGunn
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Bar Cento is one of my favorite restaurants. They have amazing food, and the ambiance is fantastic! Been coming here for years and have never had a bad experience so far! I reccomend the Rabbit Pappardelle and the Scallops. Also the warm olives or frittes are a great appetizer to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the pizza and fries!
    SbjmVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We consider ourselves regulars at Bar Cento. Sometimes reserve a table when we bring guests, sometimes pop in and sit at the bar. Great fries with rosemary and dipping sauces. Awesome beer choices on tap. Great pizza! Great option on West 25th!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the service not good at all
    jill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ordered the pasta that was recommended from the three they had in the menu and the mushroom pizza. Food was good but the service sucked, same as explained in prior reviews. The owner has to either train his employees to check on their tables or hire new ones. I still said i would recommend the restaurant but be aware, once that waiter comes to your table, make sure you order everything, 'cause then u might have to wait for a long time for a glass of water.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    jaycee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For my friend's birthday we wanted something downtown. The table we had was really neat, there were curtains around two sides so it made it semi-private. The waitress came to our table very often to keep our drink full. It was a bit of a wait for our food but we each ordered pizza and it was pretty busy. The pizza was great, we ate ALL of it! They also let me bring cupcakes and then they lit the candles for us. It was a great start to a night out. I would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service & Management
    nightoff
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We ended up going to bar to get our own drinks because waitress never came back to table. After we ordered it took FOREVER to get food and the manager could have cared less. Was not apologetic AT ALL!! Way too many choices in this area to put up with a experience like this! NEVER going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Love that we could bring our dogs with us! Warm and welcoming staff also provided water for dogs. Great menu and happy hour.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jcm2VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great spot for delicious fries and pizzas. Happy Hour everyday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    Momof2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great place for a long overdue girls night out! Excellent food, nice drink menu, good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Gail
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a group of six and they had very comfortable arrangements. Our waiter was great and the food was terrific. Very nice beer list as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did not live up to the review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    we had been to Bar Cento previously for drinks at the bar and it was nice...good crowd, good beer selection etc. We had been wanting to go back to try the food especially the pizza which the plain dealer said was one of the best in town. While the pizza was good...thin crust, wood fired, good toppings it was definitely not the best in town and even it was the service was TERRIBLE! We also had the mussels which were barely lukewarm and the lamb meatballs which were the bright spot of the meal. We thought it was just us and our server, but noticed everyone around us with the same unfilled water glasses and dirty dishes on their table. We also waited forever for our food. They should just stick to being a bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the pomme frites
    clevelandconnect
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have nothing negative to say about this restaurant. The one thing I would keep in mind is that there is limited seating for couples (i.e. 2 persons). My wife and I have come here a half dozen times and always get seated by the order window or in a narrow strip in the middle of the floor. The tables are all for groups larger than two and they won't seat you at a normal table. Sitting at the bar is actually preferable to the table seating. This is a minor issue as the food is always top-notch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 495 reviews are from the Bar Cento reviews archive.
  • Was at the top of my "must try"
    dinnerwith5friends
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had high hopes for Bar Cento. Heard a lot of buzz about this place. I had been there in the past at late night visits for Bier Mrkt and always a pleasant experience. So when a group of friends were looking for a place to meet, I had this high on my must try list. I was sadly disappointed at the service and management. The food was moderate and I would say pretty average but I could get past that. Unfortunately our server and even the manager was quite rude and definitely not service oriented. When asked for a certain salad dressing, the manager seemed annoyed that we would ask for something so ordinary. I would never say that this was a 4 star restaurant so to treat patrons this way was really disappointing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheGoodDoctorVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Good, not great. 4 of us went on a Sunday night, and unfortunately half of the entrees weren't available - not great planning by the kitchen and management, particularly as the restaurant wasn't anywhere near full.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I normally only write positive reviews, but the service experience was so poor, that I am compelled to speak. We arrived for our 7:45, and were promptly seated. From when we ordered our drinks, it took 20 min for them to arrived. We ordered our food by 8:00 (2 pizzas, lamb meatballs, and grilled asparagus -- nothing that should take longer than 15 min). The food did not arrive until 8:50 p.m, and the meatballs were only lukewarm. While waiting, we only saw the server 1 time, and inquired about the food. The reply was that they just finished serving a large table, and it would be right up. 15 min. later, food arrived. We flagged down a manager, who seemed unconcerned by the complaints. He did remove the meatballs from the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    KathyD
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a fun time. Pizza was unfortunately overdone and did not have enough toppings but we will return because it is a super cool place. Hope the pizza is better next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pretty awesome
    Linds
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've never really had a bad experience at Bar Cento, with the exception of a few less than stellar dates, but that's not the restaurant's fault. The pizza is phenomenal, the drinks are good, and the frites are...don't even get me started on the frites. This is my favorite place in Cleveland to go to if I'm in the mood for upscale bar food. It is on W 25th, though, so the scene changes from respectable adults and sorta hipsters to bros pretty quickly on the weekend, but if you're hungry, it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back.....
    KCLST
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great service, fabulous food. That about sums it up!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ohio City restaurant
    fromCleveland
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We stopped in here to eat dinner on Independence Day and were happy that they were open and had such wonderful food. I'd definitely recommend eating here---the sunny side pizza was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Preface dinner
    Bonny
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    On July 4th, it was a great place before the Indians game. Great pizza!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a quick drink
    SamK
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Nice late night find place to hang with friends and nice food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun casual evening before concert
    ClevelandguyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place was great for apps and dinner drinks before concert. Kelly was a great server and was motivated to ensure the food was perfect. Our group had steak, lamb meatballs, pomme frites, pizzas and martinis. We were running late but I kept calling to update them and luckily they accommodated us with zero attitude. Don't miss this place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance!
    Wahwah9
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went out on a limb to try out Bar Cento and it was totally worth it. You get a lot of food for your dollar. The service was great and it's a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service tonight
    Love2teachVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Tonight I made a reservation for a group of 7 for 8:15pm. It took at least 10 minutes for our order to be placed, and then another 40 minutes until our appetizers came out (after inquiring, and our entrees came out about 10 minutes later). I attempted to talk the manager that night to come to a resolution, but they were unavailable. I also emailed them with no response. In my opinion, this is very unsatisfactory service for this restaurant, and usually not the case. I have been going to Bar Cento/Bier Markt for years without complaints, so I hope that this is not a new trend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Cento June
    MiamiQVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Appetizers and entrees were excellent as we're drinks- manhattan and sweet Riesling. Dessert was very disappointing- rhubarb choice. Also we were misinformed about sides- told they came w the entrees but we were charged $5 each for them. Charlie Kamen did an excellent job!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.