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Central Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.central129coosa.com
  • Email: info@129coosa.com
  • Phone: (334) 517-1155
  • Hours of Operation: BAR: 4:00pm-until Monday-Saturday
    DINNER: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Monday-Thursday
    5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday-Saturday
    LUNCH: 11:00am - 2:00pm Monday-Friday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Leonardo Maurelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer several private dining options
    from parties of 10 to 300.
  • Private Party Contact: Meghan Martin (334) 517-1121

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tallapoosa St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking, city parking decks nearby. Complimentary valet parking at dinner.
A word from Central
Central, located in the heart of Montgomery’s Downtown entertainment district, is a true American restaurant highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. This locally owned gem offers wood-fired dishes in an 1890’s warehouse space boasting exposed brick, flickering gas lanterns and a bustling open kitchen. In the main dining room, 16 foot ceilings, spectacular overhead lighting, a central bar comprised of reclaimed wood all overlook Montgomery’s downtown alley. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We really enjoyed our Easter Sunday brunch at Central. The food was excellent, service was wonderful - another delightful experience at Central. It has definitely become our new "go to" place in Montgomery!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "What a great change for downtown Montgomery. I am a native of Montgomery who now resides in Florida. I love the change in the downtown area and Central appears to be vital part of it. The atmosphere was wonderful. The food and service were great. On my next stop home? I will surely dine there again. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "If we lived in Montgomery we'd go to Central every weekend! We loved it! Don't miss a chance to try out this restaurant. And if you like pimento cheese... order it here! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Central restaurant is located in the revitalized area of Montgomery AL. It is along an area known as the ALLEY and adjacent to the WaterFront. It is worth the trip. Two large hotels across the street make the restaurant one that will always attract a crowd regardless of the time you book. The restored building is extraordinary. The inside of the restaurant looks much like New Orleans but you are still "deep south" so not unexpected. Service good. Local food. Great ambience. Visit if in the area."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My wife and I recently visited Central for a date night and everything about the place and food was perfect! We had the calamari for an appetizer, steak frites and the catch of the day for our meal, and the banana's foster bread pudding for dessert. We also had french fries and the pimento Mac and cheese. Everything was cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Group for a business dinner-- loved all the food, had a bottle of wine. Service was great. . . had some desserts, those were great. Out of town guests were impressed! The AC was not on when we got there so it was hot an sticky in the booth. . . but got better in a bit once we requested the AC. It was an oddly hot day for March, so I can see how the AC wasn't automatically on."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My wife saw the chef on a WSFA show and wanted to try it and we did. We were not disappointed. Everything was excellent from the unique drinks the bartender concocted, to the staff,to the meal. We will be telling friends about it and we've added it to our Montgomery outings."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is always very good as well as the service. Always an enjoyable evening out."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've eaten at Central multiple times now. The food and atmosphere is always great. Central has become my go to place when consultants or guest come into town."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My friend and I had a excellent time at Central last week! From the appetizer to dessert everything was great. Our waiter suggested the catch of the day Mahi Mahi and the Chicken and Dumplings. Both were very good. Service was outstanding. Our food arrived on time as well. Will definitely be back again soon."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Central is our go-to restaurant when we have guests visit from out of town. We want to highlight everything Montgomery has to offer, and Central is one of those. They have fresh seafood, inventive takes on classic Southern dishes, and a knowledgeable waitstaff. We've gone as a pair, with a group of four, and with a large 20+ group for a going-away party and the staff is always on-point."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "My wife and I always enjoy dining at Central. Chef Leo and his staff do an outstanding job! Tonight we shared the specials for the evening. The lamb ribs had a cocoa/chili rub and were served with white Alabama BBQ sauce. Falling off the bone good! Merguez scotch farm egg with piquillo aioli and an arugula side salad. Cooked to crispy perfection! We finished with the breaded ribeye cutlets topped with fennel, celery, capers, vanilla vinaigrette and pickled shallots. The fresh lime wedges on the side made this dish really pop! Thanks for another incredible experience Central and kudos to Tiffany for taking such good care of us!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Delightful bruschetta. Excellent wedge salad. Steak frites were a bit chewy and tough. Overall wonderful experience! DEFINITELY make use of valet parking!!! We always love the warm and friendly but professional reception! We've dined with you 8-9 times and will most certainly be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Husband & I truly enjoyed the entire dinner. He had beef short ribs and I had grilled mahi. We both cleaned our plates. For dessert we shared Bananas foster bread pudding with bourbon sauce that was delicious."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I came in solo and had a great meal. I had the roast chicken with mac and cheese. The chicken was perfectly cooked and moist, the mac and cheese had pimientos which gave it a nice zing and something different. Would definitely recommend checking this one out."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We took a pair of friends from out of town to Central. It always leaves a great impression. The place has wonderful energy and a hip vibe that most don't expect in a city like Montgomery. The food is always great and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was my second visit. It was for my mothers birthday. Everything was beyond the best. From the friendly valet to the friendly to the kiss blown to me by the chef to the great service rendered by your staff. I had great experiences here and will visit again soon."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was there with a group of retirees and former boss. The service was outstanding. I thought the open-face meat loaf was very good; however, others did not . They either did not like the sauce or it was overcooked. The collards were delicious. The private room would have been better for this group but it was booked so we just had a curtain pulled and this didn't keep the noise out. There were eleven in our group and it was difficult to hear what everyone was saying--no fault of yours though. I would definitely return. I loved the decor and the friendliness of the staff."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had dinner at the bar last night. Amanda the bartender is exceptional. Chatted with owner, Jerry Kyser throughout dinner. He's making huge differences in downtown Montgomery.... My steak frites was excellent. Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I enjoyed the experience but my steak was a little chewy......maybe just a bad piece of meat. My wife had the herb chicken and thought it was excellent."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Having a restaurant if this caliber in Montgomery is such a treat. The service, wine list and food are fantastic"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Central is a fantastic place to dine for special occasions, such as anniversaries, and the service/food is absolutely great! Though the menu is somewhat limited and the prices are little high, the quality of the meals and service justify these minor drawbacks!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The manger came around to make sure all was good. And it was all good. Server was young and entergetic and came around with the wine chiller after the wine was brought out. Would like to see a little larger wine list. or maybe a change of wines that are rotated. Over all love coming to dinner at the Central and the food was perfect!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Wonderful food and incredible service. The wine list was good. The duck wonton appetizer was fantastic. The main course of pork chops with grits and steak with crab cake were filling, well prepared, and delicious. The service was by far the best I've had in montgomery. This is a great place for a night out without the kids for a date or with friends. I defiantly recommend."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I was so excited about dining at Central, however my menu selection was not good. I enjoyed the experience but not the meal. The manner offered to have another dish prepared which I appreciated."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The noise level is too high. It makes it difficult to hear and understand your other table members. My husband said his was the best meal he had had there--catch of the day. The other members of the party seemed to really enjoy their meals. We felt the price range was excellent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Someone in our party had some food allergies, though, and despite the waitress marking it on our ticket with specific instructions, it came out wrong. The staff handled it well and quickly, though. Aside from that, it was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I love coming to the place, love the service and most of the time the food. Some dishes are just not to my liking, but for the last two times I had fish, it was overcooked. That said, I have had some fabulous meals here. Love the pulled pork sandwich with slaw for lunch. Find the hummus to be too thick and too bland. Loved the steak frites. Go for the location, the service and the atmosphere; order widely and conservatively and find things you like."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The service was marginal. Wife had salmon which was very good. i had bone-in ribeye which waiter said was their signature dish. It was awful. One of the worst cuts of meat i have ever gotten while dining out."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Central last weekend. Not knowing much about the area since we are from the Northeast, we came across great reviews for Central on Yelp and decided to give it a try. We had made a reservation, but upon arriving we decided to sit and eat at the bar instead. There were plenty of seats, the bar was cozy and the Olympics were on TV. The bartender(s) were very sweet and attentive and the drinks were good (and strong!). We started with the Calamari appetizer. It was sweet, spicy and absolutely delicious! For dinner, I had the Salmon and my husband had the Rib Eye. Both of our entrees and sides were delicious. Overall, we both really enjoyed our experience at Central and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, there was four in our party and all rave over their choice. We are still talking about our food three days later. I highly recommend Central as one of the best places to eat."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "This was an amazing dining experience! From the appetizers to the deserts everything was superb. There were four of us in the dinner party and all of us had a fantastic meal. I would highly recommend anyone to your restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had heard a lot of wonderful things about Central and we were not disappointed. Excellent food, great service, good location, nice atmosphere at an acceptable price. We will definitely go again and will recommend Central to others."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We were very well attended. Food and service were fantastic. Very upscale, yet casually comfortable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This particular visit left much to be desired. To begin, our table was exceedingly wobbly. Not in a little way, but in a way that would easily topple if rested upon. After bringing this to our waiter's attention and asking for a new table, I was told they would fix it. He and another waiter came to "fix" it but after spilling our waters and shuffling us around, had merely improved it. Then the food. I had the braised short rib and substituted the macaroni and cheese. The short rib was like dry pot roast. The mac and cheese was watery and somewhat bland. Then the charge for substitution was higher than on the menu itself. I want Central to thrive, to stay in business and to bring a higher level of cuisine to Montgomery. I hope they can."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Wonderful food! Large portions and great atmosphere. A must visit."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Steak Frites is my go-to meal. Excellent Service and Food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I had a pre-Valentine dinner and can't say enough about the staff, location and meal. Thank you for a great evening! Carl"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Food was not as good as the reviews had said and the cocktail tasted like complete liquor"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've eaten at Central two times now. We love the restaurant. The background music isn't too loud but you can hear it if you like. And the music is varied but not one genre. The food has been outstanding in presentation, taste, and temperature. Service by their staff is outstanding as well. They watch to perfectly time bringing out the next course without being obvious like a Buzzard waiting for a rabbit to die. Price is a little higher than a chain restaurant but well worth it for all the aforementioned reasons. Will definitely keep going back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014