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Café Central
Café Central

Café Central Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecentral.com
  • Phone: (915) 545-2233
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Armando Pomales
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call Event Planner for details and we will make sure to make your event a suceess. events@cafecentral.com
  • Entertainment: Jazz on Thursdays. Piano during Dinner Monday thru Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mills and San Antonio Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public lot located next door to restaurant. Parking is $6.00 and Valet parking.
A word from Café Central
With food prepared by one of the most highly respected chefs in the city,
guests of Café Central experience dining at its most superb.
Soft lights, handsome furnishings and ambient music create a
relaxing mood-setting atmosphere. Fine linens and fresh flowers adorn every table.
Our staff provides every patron with unsurpassed service. Bon Appétit.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Had not been back since the new owners had taken over. We had a wonderful evening and that was made special by the staff that had remained and make Cafe Central what it is El Paso's Finest."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great restaurant, excellent food, incredible somelier and service"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food is truly amazing. We dined with another couple for a special night out. Appetizers included beef carpaccio, octopus carpaccio, and fried and grilled calamari. All were excellent. Dressing on the greens with the carpaccio was to die for. For entrees I had the pork chop tomahawk, and my husband had the ribeye. The meat was cooked to perfection and full of flavor. Our friends had the rack of lamb which they said was amazing. Our server was attentive and helpful. This is hands down the best restaurant in town. Not to be missed!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Every time I go to Cafe Central I have a blast, a great time. Lunch for Business is great and fast."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food and the atmosphere is very pleasing. We love going to Cafe Central."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a great time in what my wife and I consider the best restaurant in El Paso. Perfect setting, food, drinks and service to celebrate our 43 anniversary."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very pretty atmosphere and amazing food. There were a few little bumps, hence why I took off a star. A hostess that seats you, brings a tiny folded chair for the ladies to put their purse down next to their table. I thought that was a very thoughtful idea. A couple sat down about 5 minutes after us. However, the elderly busboy offered them a choice of bread first. He didn't even look in our direction until about 5 minutes after that. Their food came out first, even though we ordered before them. The tables were so close to each other, but your own party was sitting so far on the other end of the table, that it was unpleasant to have a private conversation. There is only one bathroom for the entire place."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Their food is getting better & better! Keep up the good work"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had dinner with my Wife and Daughter at Cafe Central to celebrate my Wife's birthday. I booked a reservation through their website and called to ensure that they could print the birthday information on the menu, they advised the printer was broken and would not be operational again until Wednesday of the following week. When we arrived, there was nobody outside for valet parking, had to go inside and give my keys to the host. We ordered the green chili soup (AMAZING), crabcakes, and a salad as apps. Main course. Prime rib (ordered medium well & received medium), lobster ravioli (fantastic) angus steak (Also very very good). All in all it was a nice time and the food was pretty good. Our server was a gentlemen and deserves high praise."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I go to Cafe Central once or twice a year. We've been there a couple of times on her birthday. Everything was great this time around. The only thing that was even moderately intrusive was there was a large party sitting right behind us in the main dining area. It was some sort of 20's theme party, and everyone was dressed up. They didn't show up till close to 9, or 9:30. They weren't overly rude, but they were very loud, and many times came up to the mirror right next to our table to make adjustments on their costume. The servers weren't able to pass by my table without bumping my chair. I only question why they weren't seated in one of the private rooms the restaurant offers."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "First of all there special soup was amazing (cream green chile purée soup, AMAZING).. The bread selection was amazing and I ordered something PUNTA which was steak with mashed potatoes and roasted green chiles.. My Gf father had the encrusted Tuna Steak which looked outstanding.. The wine list was one of the best I have seen in a long time, and I come from Chicago where there are restaurants galore .. Wait staff was impeccable.."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "At this point I which not to. Everything was very good."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I go to celebrate our 5th anniversary, and we received a wonderful experience...great food, great music, great service..."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "To start the waiter was awesome, it was our 3 year anniversary and Jason helped me deliver my gift for my wife on a silver platter! The expression on her face was priceless! That made out night. Everything including the main course and chocolate lava cake exceeded my expectations. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. You must try the green chili soup. It is amazing! Another great meal at a great place!!!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Cafe Central is a great place for any occasion. I took my wife and 3 kids to enjoy an early dinner for Mother's Day and every person in the family had a good time. The food was great and the service was amazing. We enjoyed the great service and romantic atmosphere. Overall, I am glad I chose this resturant for the most important day of the year. I will recommend this place to anyone who enjoys great food and high quality service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service was terrible. They kept us waiting for our table when the restaurant was empty. Very slow to take and bring orders. Never offer refill of water and we have to ask and wait for bread several times. Too much noise forom other tables where the guest showd terrible manners and the restaurant management did nothing about it. And, extremely overpriced. It was atotal waste of money and time."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It is a great place to eat at, it is pricey but it is worth it!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Took my wife here for mothers day dinner. Ambience was very romantic and soothing. Menu was nice as was the wine list. It's pricey, but well worth for my wife."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I've been eating at Café Central for many years and it never fails to please. Phillip, the wine guy, is a character and always delivers great wine at excellent value. Despite its West Texas desert location, they always have great seafood and fare from all over. It's down a small, downtown side street, which makes you feel like you're going somewhere special, especially given all the modernization of central El Paso. Great bartender, Meagan, too."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The experience was a delight. The food was well prepared, served appropriately and delicious. The service was a good blend of attention, information and suggestion from both the waiter and the wine steward. Will return on special occasions and when a special experience is desired. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Waiter approached the table with the statement, " I don't want to alarm you..." then went on to verify the order. I believe this only happened because another waiter took the order. Just not the way to start a conversation. That was just one of a few mishap that night. Our dinner took 2 1/2 hours and it was not by choice. I was very disappointed in the overall service. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The staff asked us a few times if we were attending the show at the Plaza, so they could expedite our meal (even though we had planned ahead and had plenty of time). Such a great idea to check in with people's needs on a show night! The service was excellent, food and cocktails were great and arrived fairly quickly. Our server was able to make recommendations that were actually helpful vs the normal "everything is good". I generally come to CC when Jazz is playing on the patio, but the piano player inside was good and set a nice mode. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "This was our second time here. The first time was good all the way around. This time the food was good, but having to flag down a waiter took some of the enjoyment out if the dining experience. Right now we're trying to decide if its worth a third trip. I don't mind the expense, but for that kind of money I expect the service to be top notch."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My spouse and I had a wonderful experience here. He has already plan to go back. Yes, it is very expensive but truley worth the price for a relaxing atmosphere. Thanks again"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife and I , decided to celebrate a small accomplishment , we were pleased to make reservations at short notice. The Valet parking service, was prompt and convenient. We were seated in a good location . The selection of dishes, presentation and creativity, was of international class. The wine list, is so complete , it made selection difficult , but a good problem to have. Our only critical point, was the noise level, later on. Service was outstanding , the dinning experience Exceptional."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I'm not new to Café Central and could say that my last dining experience was not good. First, I would mention the freshness of the salad, soup and bread. The lettuce in the salad was not fresh and there were fewer options of bread than usual. Second, the service provided to our table was not at the level I'm used to receive at Café Central. The waiter seemed to be in a hurry and not as helpful as usual."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Read and heard so much about Café Central and was looking forward to the experience. Was blown away by the outstanding service and awesome food. The chef special for the evening was incredible in flavor and presentation. My date and I knew we would be returning soon to enjoy the great food and awesome wine list. The staff was very friendly and helpful, they made us feel very welcomed. An added bonus was the live music during dinner. Great place for dinner in downtown El Paso!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Outstanding service all the way around. Fred the manager and his staff gave impeccable service and provided a very memorable experience. I would highly recommend this fine establishment to any one looking for a 5 star experience. The elegant atmosphere is surely one revisit for a class experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a "day after Valentine's Day" lunch on Saturday. The food, atmosphere, and service was excellent. I like to go there because the food is so "special". You know you're going to get a really good meal and great presentation."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Group of 7 including 2 kids for brunch, great service and food! We are going back. Our BD young lady definitely enjoyed her lunch."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This restaurant was very well staffed. There was an appropriate amount of time between courses, and either our waitress or another staff was by periodically to pour more wine or water. The ambience was great, all throughout dinner there was music from a violin and a piano. The food was better than anything else I've had in EP."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "our waitress was awesome! the food was good but the steak we had you could get the same exact cut at cattlemen's or teas roadhouse for half the price and a lot more fixings on the side. however their green chili soup was excellent!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was too slow and the waiter failed to provide or ask if we wanted refills on our drinks For a what some people call an upscale resturant is pretty standard with sub par food choices on the menu. Definetly over priced for the quality and quantity of food. I would not go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although we had a couple work friends recommend Cafe Central we were still overwhelmed with how delicious all the meals were. The Sea Bass was likely the best I'd had & as a weekly traveler throughout the US I've had a lot of Sea Bass. Already planning our return."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Booked a reservation here for our Anniversary.... They put exquiste detail into making this a memorable event!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I had the New York Strip and my steak was tough and needed seasoning... I should have gone to Cattlemens instead. Very disappointing. :("
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Wait staff seemed unconcerned, texting on their phones. Food was very good. Parking was a nightmare, and no offer for help where to park when making reservations over the phone. Dining area was stuffy for such a lovely restaurant, and felt more comfortable sitting at the bar."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We have been going to Cafe Central for many years and have always found it to have excellent food, service, and ambience. Last time, they had a jazz band that was out of this world. This is a must restaurant for anyone who lives in or visits El Paso. It is classy and reminiscent of restaurants in the past where you could talk and visit, romantically or not, and have a great time. The food, however, is always innovative and delightful."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We eat here not that often, but the food is great and the place is relaxing, they have live music playing while you eat and that is enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/24/2014