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Calle Ocho
Calle Ocho
  • Address:
    45 West 81st Street inside the Excelsior Hotel
    New York, NY 10024
    Upper West Side
  • Cuisine:
    Latin American
    Price: $31 to $50

Calle Ocho Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.calleochonyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 873-5025
  • Hours of Operation: Saturday Brunch: 12pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm -10:30pm, Friday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Rodney Mitchell / Alex Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sit down dinner, buffet, passed hors d'oeuvres & full service off site catering, bartenders & servers available. Please contact us at the number below, or at calleocho@msrpgroup.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining room seating up to 40 guests. Please contact the restaurant for additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: Melinda Anglero / Joe Del Monte (212) 873-5025

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Columbus and Central Park West
  • Public Transit: 1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are meters all along Columbus Avenue and two nearby garages, one at 82nd Street between Columbus & Central Park West & the other on 83rd Street between Columbus Avenue & Amsterdam Avenue.
A word from Calle Ocho
More festive than a piñata stuffed with a mariachi band and twice as stylish, Calle Ocho’s lively crowd is amped up on Mojitos, Caipirinhas, Sangria and Spanish wine or beer and shows no sign of slowing down. Those not willing or able to holler over the salsa music retire to the two small lounge areas to commiserate. The bar area is a prelude to their Nuevo Latino cuisine in the dining room that will knock your taste buds for a loop. If you’re in need of a quick jump-start, Calle Ocho will get your motor running. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLatin American
Diner Reviews
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed Calle Ocho. We had our 6-ish kids in tow but the background noise kept us comfortable that we weren't disturbing anyone. Kids menu was standard but the main menu provided plenty of other options and the wait staff was very accommodating. Food was outstanding, especially the tricky paella."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Tasty, interesting dishes accompanied by interesting variety of sangrias and mojitos. We did restaurant week — highly recommended. I've been a few times before and tried various dishes. Have yet to be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Calle Ocho is a great find on the Upper West Side, in the lobby of the Excelsior Hotel. We've been twice and enjoyed exploring the menu. Great twists on ingredients like octopus and calamari, with plenty of traditional preparations like Arepas and Vaca Frita. Nice selection of cocktails and sangrias, too. You can't go wrong with this choice."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The watermelon salad and sangria were excellent. Kudos to the chef, bartender, and staff. I will return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been a long times customer of Calle Ocho, since it moved it moved to the new location. I must stay I was very dissatisfied with the menu changes. I was in there April and had the pork, having a craving for it, and I went back on Sat. and was very disappointed to not see it on the menu, also they were out the dessert I wanted (something chocolate), so I ordered the flan instead, it was very dry and tasted like custard instead. Don't see myself going back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "From the moment I stepped into Calle Ocho, I knew I was going to have a great dining experience! The atmosphere was very inviting and ambiance was perfect for sitting down and sharing a meal. My party and I arrived 15 minutes before our reservation and we were sat immediately. Our menus were given to us as we sat down along with a delicious bread basket with black bean paste. Our waiter came over very quickly and was attentive to our needs the entire time. I ordered the Sandia for an appetizer, the filet mignon for my entree, and the vanilla mango flan for dessert. Everything was so picturesque and outstandingly delicious! You really get what you pay for here and I left extremely satisfied. Thankyou Calle Ocho for the fine dining experience"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week, after not having visited for many years, and had a great experience. The food options were diverse and the portions were perfect. They have an extensive sangria list which is unique and fun! The bread that they give you when you sit down is to die for. I will be back outside of restaurant week for sure!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My husband and I love Mexican/Latin flavors, but our 3 children (20,15,12) not so much. I looked at the menu ahead of time and thought we could get away with Calle Ocho. We ate from the price fix menu offered for restaurant week (except the 20 year old who had Paella and loved it - it was a beautiful looking dish) the rest of us all ended up having the same app, a watermelon feta salad (they left off the pickled japs for the kids) and the filet minon with chimichurri sauce. It was deliscious! We have eaten the price fix other places and gotten a sort of half portion or tasting size, but here the portion was large and we all ate every bite. Wonderful ambience and service as well."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We got lucky and were able to get a dinner reservation during NYC's Restaurant Week. I don't have the name of all food that they have on their Restaurant Week menu, but I remember the ceviche, sopas and watermelon appetizers, filet mignon, the tasty crusty fish and juicy pork chops. These were all great. Portion sizes were pretty good. We thought that the portion would be downsized due to the promo. We were all stuffed but had time to squeeze in desserts. We got the domino cake, the creme brulee like and the pudding with mango. All thumbs up, definitely. By the way, their bread is just wonderfully baked. I forgot to ask what their spread is made of, but it's better than butter. :-)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We waited 45 minutes after finishing our dessert for our check etc, very unimpressed. Food was good, but was spoiled by the service."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Overall great place great food great place. The service was a bit off. Waiter wasn't so attentive after the first drink. I saw the busboys a lot more."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "It a great restaurant with a fun and lively atmosphere. Great for brunches as they offer unlimited sangria and fun for dinner as the music and atmosphere will have you dancing in your seat. Great food and drink. I have the steak and it was flavorful and tender. My friend had the ribs and the meat just fell off the bone. And my other friend had the paella, which was filling and tasty."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Came here for girls night out and we had a good time, ambiance is beautiful and good crowd, service was good, our waitress made sure we were constantly full of those delicious pieces of bread that taste exactly like the Colombian pan de bonos, yum!! I had the Cuban steak skirt which was ok, a lil bland and chewy, my friend had the stuffed chicken with sweet plantain which had no plantain so she wasn't happy. the sangria is delicious!! I would need many glasses to get tipsy though alcohol content is very low but still yummy. Overall a nice time, I will be back during unlimited sangrias to get that buzz!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food was lovely. Not superior, but very good. Sangria choices were a big deal!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My party had a brunch reservation for 2:15. We were seated at 2:30 and then waited another 10-15 minutes for a server. I come to Calle Ocho for brunch often but lately the service has been declining."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The ambiance seemed nice, cozy and laid back. They had Latin music playing and nice little lounge at the entrance. When placing our entrée order we were told that a large party had just ordered and they were out of their most popular steak dish. We were a party of four and ordered three paellas and a skirt steak plater. The presentation of the plates was really nice and appealing but the food itself was not good at all. I was highly dissatisfied overall."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Tasty Latin food near the museum of natural history. Only complaint was the Caiparinha. There was nothing to it but ice. But the Pisco Sour was tasty, ample, and, after adding a little extra lime juice, authentic."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Visiing from Vancouver..had heard about "boozy brunch" ... wasn't disappointed. Food was great..service was attentive &friendly. Definitely had a great time"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The menu, the food, the service, ambiance all were top notch. Everyone needs to go here at least once and if you live in the neighborhood you Gould make it a regular dining spot."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I enjoyed my time at Calle Ocho, I will most likely go back before the end of the summer. The food and drinks were great and the service was good as well."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My daughter, husband and I had a great experience at calle ocho. We went for Saturday brunch unlimited sangria. The food was great I had the Gallito my husband had the steak and my daughter had the the eggs Benedict in a corn sauce all were delicious. The bread basket AWSOME. We were offered a complementary plate of sweet plantains. We will definetly go back. The staff over all were very respectful and attentive to all your needs. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is very romantic and sexy. Friends or couples can attend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I hadn't been back to Calle Ocho since they have moved to this new spot: The Excelsior hotel. It is a very nice venue, smaller and more intimate than the previous location. I like it better. Less noisy too. The food was great: my paella was delicious, the tacos appetizers we shared were delicate. Definitely a plc a I'll go back to."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A favorite place to eat on UWS, especially when going to Shakespeare in the Park. Excellent location and very generous portions"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is my second time dining at Calle Ocho. First time at this new location. The food was delicious, and the steak and salmon were cooked to degree of doneness we had requested. But, alas, the fried green plantains (tostones or patacones) were a disappointment. If the restaurant cannot get good green plantains they should not put them on the menu, and just offer the maduros (ripe plantains) as a side dish."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had reservations on a saturday night at 8:30 .. quiet busy but was sat promptly 15 minutes before our reservations. Over all one of my best restaurants for over 4 years"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Calle Ocho has become our default good-time restaurant. The service and food are always impeccable. What makes Calle Ocho really stand out is that the sides and garnishes are always as attentively made as the protein."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A meat heavy menu provided less variety than we might have liked. Mushroom paella as advertised, but a little bland and on one note. Carne (skirt steak on saffron mashed potatoes with roast asparagus) much more appealing. Decent value. Hotel Excelsior frames a relaxed open kitchen setting."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I am always a little cautious when it comes to hotel restaurants but Calle Ocho was great. Once you are in the restaurant you don't even know you are in a hotel. The restaurant was busy and it seemed to be more locals than guests. Food was excellent. Skirt steak was divine. Drinks were also great. Sadly we didn't have time for dessert but that's a reason to go back next time."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful , start to finish. Great place to bring a friend/ significant other for a special occasion. Make sure you're prepared to drink your weight in sangria!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had Sunday brunch with a friend. At first service was decent. The waitress came over fairly quickly and took our order. She was very pleasant and we got out sangrias. As the place got crowded, the waitress could not be found. She came over and waited on the table next to us but always had her back to us and never looked our way. Both my friend and I ordered the vaca frita. My friend does not like her fried eggs runny and asked for it to be cooked through. When the food came, they asked who has the cooked egg and gave her the plate. All eggs on both plates were runny but my friend ate around it. My steak was half the size of my friend's and I had less rice. Luckily, the bread was plentiful and delicious so I filled up on that."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed celebrating a friend's birthday there recently. We wanted to eat at some place that was different from the type of places that we normally go to with very good food, an upbeat atmosphere, but not too loud. Calle Ocho was perfect. it was fun to choose from the vast array of Latin dishes that were unique to us. We were very pleased."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I found the food and service to amazing...our waitress was great with recommendations and handling 10 energetic women out for a bachelorette party. Loved the vibe and definitely would go again. And the bread the serve is super addicting."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Bottomless sangria brunch never fails to disappoint. Food is very nice. Do try the chimichurri fries. They're amazing. Get a reservation cause this place is packed at 12pm."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my dad here for fathers day a few weeks ago and immediately knew I had to come back with friends! Came back and was NOT disappointed. The food was AMAZING - Had the Maiz y Camarones, which is to die for! And we definitely left a little tipsy - great way to start my weekend!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have tried several of the brunch entrees and have never been disappointed with the quality of the food. I appreciate the attentive and friendly service also."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Came with a group and had a great experience. Excellent food. Very comfortable, unrushed, lovely space. Fun, festive atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Everything we ordered tasted very good - the ceviches are really tasty and the calamari was a very unique preparation that is quite yummy and has a surprising bit of spice to it - but generally speaking everything seemed a bit too salty to us. If the kitchen were to cut back on the salt and let the spices, herbs and natural flavors of the fresh ingredients come through, everything could be even more tasty. Overall though, Calle Ocho offers attentive service, decent food, fun cocktails and is reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Food came out fast, cold, and just not as good. It's as if everything was prepared in advance and hustled out."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went to Calle Ocho for the second year in a row to celebrate our anniversary. The food was delicious and the drinks are flavorful. The ambience is nice with slightly dim romantic lighting. The staff is kind and attentive without being overbearing or annoying. We will definitely return. The food is also reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/19/2014