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Central Bistro and Bar
Central Bistro and Bar

Central Bistro and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centralbistrobar.com/
  • Phone: (303) 477-4582
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wed-Fri 11am-2pm

    Brunch: Saturday 10 am- 2pm & Sunday 10am-9pm

    Dinner Tues-Sat 2pm-10pm Sunday til 9pm

    Closed Monday

    Complimentary Valet Thursday-Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Gerard Strong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We love a good party and are happy to accommodate large groups as well as partial and full buyouts. We will work with you to create a great menu and a memorable experience for your corporate, family or special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Seth Murty (303) 477-4582

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Street and 17th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet available Thursday - Saturday.
A word from Central Bistro and Bar
Opened in the summer of 2012 in Denver’s LoHi Neighborhood, Central is an American Bistro and Bar focusing on the fine presentation of dishes that draw upon the heritage of American classics. The 70-seat space is contemporary yet rustic in feel and has been carefully curated with both modern materials and vintage neighborhood finds. The patio and bar offer an unmatched view of the city's skyline, and the restaurant is open for lunch, brunch and dinner.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Second time at Central - great food and reasonably priced. Go if you like whiskey!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had an outstanding dinner with great food and drinks. Our waiter was attentive and gave us good recommendations. We enjoyed dining outside on the patio."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "we love this place, but Wednesday night was tough with heavy rains and a crowed room. the server was slow. bread came very late, waters were not refilled, and the food delivery was slow. food was great, but the crew was just a little off. none the less we will return"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went here because we bought a coupon through Denver Daily Deals for a whiskey tasting event. The whiskey list was fairly large, as was the wine list. We got a cheese and meat plate to nibble at while we sampled a couple different whiskey flights. The meat/cheese plate was very good, complete with fruit, bread, crackers, stone ground mustard, and onion jam, among other things. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening. The coupon made it an excellent value but I would definitely return here again even without a coupon. The food, service, and ambiance were all good."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Lovely evening on the patio. Wonderful dinners for all three of us (the lamb, the steak with chimichurri sauce and the mussels). The Brussels sprouts alone were worth the trip. The carrot soup needed a little more pizazz, but was good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good food, drinks, and atmosphere. Amazing view of Denver and a fun bright place to have a date!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We arrived for our 1pm brunch. We were greeted with a smile. Had wonderful service. Great food. Loved the whiskey flights. Especially enjoyed the time the bartender took in explaining each individual whiskey. Our waitress was exceptional and very patient with all of our questions. We never felt pressured to leave so we had a very casual dining experience. After our meal we asked to see the dinner menu and discussed some of the options with our waitress. We felt that the prices and options were very good and it is our plan to return to Central Street Bistro to try out their dinner menu. Even though we had our brunch on the patio, we did check out the inside dining area also. It was very nice. Even the washrooms were very clean & maintained"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "On the 4th of July no less, it was super busy and yet the staff was outstanding. We made our reservations too late to get patio seating but we were given a table right by the window overlooking downtown. Saw dueling fireworks from Coors field, Elitches and Mile Hi. And, of course the food was perfect as you would expect from a Matt Selby operation. A totally terrific experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My out of town guests and I were entertained not only by the band but also our waiter. He had great suggestions on beverages and food. He made sure we enjoyed out entire dinning experience. We will absolutely be making this a repeat event."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were looking for a place with an outside patio so we could observe downtown and the fireworks at the baseball park. Not only is Central Bistro an excellent place with a view of downtown, the food is exceptional, especially the scallops and the mac and cheese. The topper of the evening was the desserts, notably the sweet corn ice cream. After four days the dining experience still lingers in our minds as one-of-a-kind."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I've been to Central Bistro and Bar several times now. The menu is eclectic and delicious (never a bad dish)! Service was fantastic. The sweet corn ice cream was amazing - highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "always charming. a wonderful warm team, a great room, and awesome food. this was my first sunday brunch and was just perfect."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Central Bistro has the best brusselsprouts dish in Denver. Period. Also, everything else they have on the menu is delicious and unique. They also have a notable whiskey list and a lot of fun cocktails you can't find anywhere else."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We didn't get our drinks till after we finished our food"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Central's menu had exactly what I was needing in a restaurant--clean eating, food allergy friendly, and fit for a foodie. Everything we ordered was absolutely amazing!!! The flatbread was popular with the group. I had the brussel sprouts, unbelievable combination of flavors. Main course was halibut for myself and 2 others. We all found it to be superb, again the combination of flavors - pickled watermelon, sunflower seed sprouts, pistachio-arugula pesto (no parm!!), made this dish delicious. Of course we had to try dessert! My favorite was the chocolate graham, peanut butter, marshmallow dish..really wished we had ordered another, it was that good. The others indulged happily with the waffle nutella banana option. MUST try bourbon flights!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We couldn't have asked for better food or service! Bar was hopping with a ten year reunion, so not quiet or intimate, but it has been previously."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "While the chicken sandwich at lunch was very good, it would be best on the home made bun served with the hamburger."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The staff at Central takes excellent care of groups, both small or large. Our most recent experience there was as good as ever. The smoked salmon appetizer with dill was exceptional, and our server offered great recommendations for wine and entrees. The group was happy and comfortable- so much so that we stayed for hours!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "If you get the chance to visit this neighborhood gem I would highly recommend it. The location, food and service was some of the best that I have had in a long time. I got to meet up with an old college friend that I haven't seen in a very long time. Every member of the staff was amazing and provided us with top-notch service. The food was well prepared and the homemade potato chips were amazing. We went for the $10 bottomless mimosas, which was probably not the best idea I have ever had, but the service staff kept them coming and we had a very enjoyable time. We sat and caught up for hours and never once felt unwelcome or that anyone wanted us to leave."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We ate at Central Bistro for my birthday. The food is healthy, delicious, and contains unique ingredients. I had the lamb loin and it was outstanding. The cook was also able to accommodate my many food intolerances. Be aware that the portion sizes are small and the prices are high, but justifiable, for the quality of food. The service was a little slow, but it gives you time to enjoy looking at the downtown skyline. Complimentary valet service is also provided."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Nice food, nice service, little atmosphere. Overall, nothing special. There are more interesting places in the same price range."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I was very excited to try Central Bistro and Bar, but perhaps that made my expectations too high. We were seated inside when almost everyone else was seated outside. I prefer inside, but it made it difficult to get service because the staff was constantly outside. The food was ok - the brussel sprouts were undercooked and hard to eat (I've had much better versions of this dish at Ignite and Uncle). The mac and cheese was very good though. We also ordered the lobster flatbread (aka pizza) which was quite disappointing - the combination of flavors was just bizarre and no one in my party had more than one bite. Central didn't even come close to meeting my expectations."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Wonderful service and good food but about $5 to $10 overpriced per person. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Friendly, interested staff who cared about your experience. Food was good but poorly presented. Expensive for the selections offered. Wait staff offered tasty appetizers. A Mother's Day gift card and a chocolate covered strawberry was a very nice surprise. I would like to go back and try a meal from the menu instead of the brunch. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have nothing but the highest recommendation for Central Bistro and bar. A bit pricey, but worth every dime. I will defiantly be a repeat costumer!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Service was friendly and wonderful. Also knowledgeable staff. Enjoyed the evening. A little bit on the pricey side but no regrets. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "You never know what you'll wind up with when it comes to buffet brunches on major "brunch holidays" like Easter, Mother's Day, etc. But the one at Central Bistro was very good ... a well-edited menu that included the usual omelet and carving stations (ham was excellent!), plus a well-stocked shrimp and lox station! (Other restaurants where we have had Easter brunch either didn't have these two items, or only allowed miniscule servings ... when Central Bistro says "all you can eat," it's with no restrictions, LOL!). Everything was fresh and tasty. This was our first visit to Central and we look forward to returning when the regular menu is in effect."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Huge difference between Easter brunch this year versus last year. Brunch selections were fewer, omelets were good, but the rest of the menu was just okay. Nothing amazing or fit for a foodie. The SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. Everyone from the hostess to our several waiters looked (and acted) unhappy. It was kind of a depressing atmosphere. Won't go back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Central does not fail to deliver exceptionally great food at a fair price. The service is also standout, you can tell the staff really wants to work there. I will return..."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "With one of the best views of downtown Denver, Chef Matt Selby & his team provide a delicious dining experience for all. The Brussels sprouts are to-die-for, the service is on point, and the complimentary valet doesn't hurt either! I can't wait to create many more memories at Central this spring & summer!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A nice mix of a bar, fine dining restaurant, and casual stop, Central Bistro has terrific service, an outstanding view of the downtown skyline, and a warm and energetic atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife and I love this restaurant. We've always been treated with excellent service, and the food is incredible. We love eating here, and we even had our wedding reception there. Central is so great! Get the brusselsprouts appetizer, you will love it!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great eats and excellent service! You must start with the Carrot Ginger juice fortified with your favorite alcoholic beverage. Lighter than I thought it would be and naturally sweet and spicy. Server said their menu had just been adjusted to the season. So many good things listed, it was very hard to choose! We ended up going with the Spanish Tortilla and Chicken Hash; both were exceptional in every way. Especially love the explosion of flavor that comes from the garnishments: for our dishes it was the tart olives with the tortilla and the pickled shallots with the hash. Excellent coffee, too, from the local purveyor next door."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We absolutely loved this place! We went to celebrate our 3 year Anniversary, and they treated us like gold. It was our first time trying this place out, but I guarantee that this will be one of our regular spots from now on. They started us out with a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate, and it just got better from there. The smoked salmon and Lamb Rillettes were perfect - and they perfectly complimented each other. Her scallops were cooked perfectly, and the flavors were spot on. I tried the Carbonara. It was also great, with the small exception that my poached egg was slightly overcooked. However, the lemon olive oil cake and lemon ice cream dessert pretty much made up for that . We will be back....often!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Unique restaurant in the Highlands area. Service was top notch, as was the food. My only disappointment was the size of the drinks. Martins were served in a smaller glass than is typical."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've been in the food business for over 15 years and was pleasantly surprised at the whole dining experience at Central Bistro! We had a variety of dishes and they were all were great. Mac n Cheese- added bacon and was delicious! Nice blend of cheese and not too heavy. Salmon-prepared properly and tasted very fresh and light. Gourmet Burger- excellent!!! Nutella banana dessert- amazing! Fantastic Service- 10 Great drink selection- 10 Fun, light atmospher-9 Quality food ingredients-10"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service, great ambiance... awesome experience"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife & I went on a Thursday night at 8 pm. Not exactly a "busy time." Service was slow - it took 20 minutes to get a order of wine in and another 10 for it to arrive. We ordered our appetizers and dinner and the food was great. The waitstaff seemed very aloof. Almost like they were annoyed that we were there. There were only 2 other tables there. The food "almost" made up for it. We dine out a lot and we're very patient, especially when the restaurant is busy. But there was no excuse this time."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The only challenge was Parking, had to drive around for almost 10 minutes to find a spot. "
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Thank heavens for the two great people who were responsible for serving our table. That is the only thing that made this restaurant visit not a complete disaster. The food item I ordered, which was a special, was not made and served the way it was listed on the menu - not even close. Might be nice to sit in the bar, but would never go back to the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014