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Café Central
Café Central

Café Central Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecentral.com
  • Email: info@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "Best place I've been in El Paso! Perfect service! The manager everyone since the moment you step in, it feels amazing!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went to Cafe Central for New Year's Eve so it was beautifully decorated, wonderful acoustic band was playing and nice ambiance. The menu was a set of choices for a four course dinner everything was different and delicious, loved the green chili, lobster salad, & Angus steak plate, only downfall was one of the choices I made wasn't available anymore which I thought was surprising considering our reservation was for 7 and they still expected another large group of reservations. The wine sommelier took his time working with us to find a great wine, the waitress took the time to put a sparkler in my dessert since it was our 11th wedding anniversary and band played our request for our wedding song, so the evening was extremely special."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "While on a recent Holiday visit we had the pleasure of dining at Cafe Central. We had dined there for lunch before on previous trips this time I wanted to try dinner. It was very good. The ambiance from the moment you enter the room is apparent. Warm welcomes from the staff, beautiful table settings. The food was excellent, the compotents on the plates paired well. Certainly the place to go for fine dining in El Paso."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I am from Houston,TX and every time I come to El Paso to visit , I make sure I visit Cafe Central, Cafe Central is one of my favorite restaurants because it's one of its kind. It is classy, quiet with an intimate ambiance. It is located In downtown which is perfect because the area is being revived. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to go for a date, families gathering for dinner or for a nice lunch. Their customer service is also top quality which is what I look for in a restraint."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Beautiful restaurant, outstanding service, and delicious food! The steak was cooked to perfection. The wine list is amazing - you can have a glass or purchase a bottle. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Food was excellent, and consistent. We visit El Paso every 2 years and this is one place we comeback to. Service was not as good this time, had to call waiter over, a bit slow with the wine, but overall this is one of the few places in El Paso that is unique and worth the higher price. Keep up the good work."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "spectacular wine list, great seafood, very romantic and appreciate the anniversary dessert!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Wonderful date night for a special occasion. We celebrated my husband's 34th birthday and had a lovely dinner of steak, bison, and elegant sides."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Stopped in for lunch and was very pleasantly surprised with Cafe Central. The food and service were very, very good, better than expected. We shared the calamari appetizer and the steak tartare and they were both extremely tasty. We look forward to returning to Cafe Central when our travels once again take us to El Paso."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The entire staff at Cafe Central were absolutely amazing in my special night, I cannot say enough for the attention to detail that the restaurant took that night. From the Happy Birthday on my fiances menu to the way they presented the ring on a beautiful desert plate with the words will you marry me? Truly amazing Cafe Central and I tip my cap to you guys!!!!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This was such a lovely surprise for the El Paso area. We will be back!!!!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Service was very slow. Foie gras appetizer was served almost cold in temperature. Butternut squash soup was delicious. KC chop served hot and medium rare as ordered, very tasty, but, extremely tough, not tender. Main knock was slow service, time between order and delivery of appetizer excessive. Same for time between appetizer and soup. Longest wait was for main course. We arrived on time at 12:30 expecting better and more timely service."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We've lived in El Paso for two years and have been meaning to try Cafe Central, but since we live on the other side of town, we hadn't yet made it until this past weekend. We will most certainly become regulars--it's totally worth the drive! The food, wine and service were all amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed the bacon-wrapped prawn entree, and my husband loved his sea bass. The sommelier paired a perfect bottle with our meal and our after-dinner cocktails were top notch."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Cafe Central is by far the best restaurant in town. I have been frequenting it for about 5 years and the service and food today is as good as when I went for the first time. I recommend it!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "My husband and I took an evening to spend some time at the El Paso Art Museum, which is open late on Thursdays, and have dinner. Cafe Central is close to the museum and the valet parking made it the perfect choice. I had eaten there before and looked forward to another great experience. I have only two complaints. First, we were seated near the front of the restaurant and my seat was up against two walls, making me feel like I was was in the "time-out" corner all evening. Second, the ice bucket for other people's bottled water was up against our table making for an unsightly addition to the evening. The waiter moved it when we asked - but we should not have to ask. The good news? The food was as good as I remembered."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "We went there for our 20th anniversary. The restaurant itself is quite nice with linen table cloths and a piano playing in the background. The food was wonderful and the wine list is massive. The only problem we experienced was that the waiter brought out my entre 10 minutes before my wife's."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We had a great time. The food was delicious so was the wine. Service was perfect. Totally recommend this place for special occasions."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "It was an awesome place. The wait at times was a little long but we enjoyed it and will go back."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Simply the best romantic place to have dinner that ive found here!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Extensive wine list. Superb service. Birthday recognized on the menu. Food quality and presentation excellent. Still the best restaurant in El Paso. Great menu that showcases a great variety of entrées and appetizers. Will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Café Central has been a top tier restaurant for many years. The only criticism was the very large portions and sometime unattractive presentations. That has all changed. The special last Wednesday was Marlin with cous-cous and quinoa. The fish was moist, perfectly cooked and just the right portion. Baby zucchini was delicious. My dining guest ordered the lobster ravioli which was tender, very flavorful and, again, just the right portion. The wine list is very impressive and the sommelier (Philippe) very accommodating. All in all, a dinner to rival the best of Napa Valley chefs. Go Café Central!"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Always perfect! Great food! Love the Green Chili soup!"
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "We were greeted as we entered the restaurant and seated promptly. The decor is very elegant, and there was music by a pianist and a singer, joined later by a guitar. The food was excellent. Pricing was fair for what was received."
    Dined on 10/25/2013