Café Central
Café Central

Café Central

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecentral.com/
  • Phone: 9155452233x
  • 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
Café Central reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)romantic (32)notable wine list (24)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (7)hot spot (7)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (6)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)neighborhood gem (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great place to celebrate
    Gabby
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    For an special ocasion, an special place. Good selection of wines and the perfect atmosfere.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was wonderful
    AggieNative
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My girlfriend was blown away by it all and I loved the food
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive dining experience
    JesseEH
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I went to Cafe Central to celebrate a special occasion with my girlfriend and was pleased with the experience, good service great food and very romantic dinning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was a first time my wife and I ate here. You guys did not disappoint. Great food and service. A long wine list as well cocktails. I would recommend anyone looking for a fine dining experience to try Cafe Central.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was very pleased with all aspects of cafe central!! I took a date there and I must say she was impressed as well. Excellent and knowledgable service staff!! I recommend Cafe Central to anyone and everyone!! Prices are a little steep.....but, you get what you pay for....and I got my money's worth!!! Hands down!!! Awesome!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    PapaT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Gdeister
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great restaurant, excellent food, incredible somelier and service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Place!
    UhMazing
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I are new here In El Paso, and we needed a date night. Found this place out of the blue and it was amazing. The place itself looked so beautiful in the evening. The food was amazing and so was the desert menu & wine. We will definitely be coming back for our future date nights. I would recommend it to any one. The price is a little bit much but its worth it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Foodie617
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here!
    Mayte
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Every time I go to Cafe Central I have a blast, a great time. Lunch for Business is great and fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ding1
    Ding1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food and the atmosphere is very pleasing. We love going to Cafe Central.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just celebrated 43 anniversary
    Luis
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad for El Paso
    MrsRorkyBear
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    TravelingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Their food is getting better & better! Keep up the good work
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad. But Not Outstanding Either
    SinELP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall excellent experience
    ivan
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish not to comment
    luigimariem
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    At this point I which not to. Everything was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 497 reviews are from the Café Central reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Place
    Alexlov69
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife and I go to celebrate our 5th anniversary, and we received a wonderful experience...great food, great music, great service...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable night
    ChocolateCake
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Central is outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    Delicious
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ding1
    Ding1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It is a great place to eat at, it is pricey but it is worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Nice
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of El Paso
    Steve
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful experience
    out2enjoy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service questionable.
    not4me
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the show
    Parishd
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    GGelpaso45
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time
    Nate79
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service all the
    Cutestcouple
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our food
    Henderson
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellence
    weluvwine
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place but not excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food
    Qualitydining
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate