Central Bistro and Bar
Central Bistro and Bar

Central Bistro and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centralbistrobar.com/
  • Phone: 3034774582x
  • 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: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Selby
  • 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: Lennie Holt 303-477-4582x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Street and 17th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet available Friday and 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Central Bistro and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)great for outdoor dining (51)scenic view (42)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (17)special occasion (17)notable wine list (15)great for brunch (14)vibrant bar scene (13)good for groups (12)romantic (11)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Love Central bistro
    MmmmmVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I been at central bistro several times & it has always been amazing! The food is delicious Great drinks and great service! Even the vale guys was sweet
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was very good and the skyline view of downtown was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matt Selby is back on top!
    Diningoutindenver
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had a wonderful restaurant week experience. Food was scrumptious. Service was attentive. Splurge and get the meat and cheese boards - worth every penny. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice all-around neighborhood place
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent food and service and, in particular, a marvelous bar overlooking the downtown skyline with a still-unobstructed view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard To Tell... must come back
    Dave
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Since it was Restaurant Week we had the prix fixe dinners. Mostly good food but very small portions. Shoulder Steak not so good, other dinners not memorable. 0 out of 6 liked the drink special. Great whiskey choices but pretty small pour. Friendly, attentive greeting. Competent server able to answer questions well. Just have to try again and see if regular dinner night yields a better showing. Acoustics made hearing conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DRW + Central Bistro = Hooked
    CornerVisit
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I ate here on 8/24 for Denver Restaurant Week. I ordered the "shrimp salad" but what came out was a delicious watermelon gaspacho with fresh shrimp with buttered toast rounds. My friend also ordered it and we tried not to sip the rest of the gaspacho out of the bowl! For dinner I ordered the shoulder steak. I love a good steak and it was cooked perfectly. Had a sweet char on it too. Again, I didn't lick the plate, but I ate all of mine and the rest of my friends steak. Dessert was the "chocolate tart'; a shortbread cookie with chocolate mousse and gelato. No shame, I licked that plate clean! And everyone ate theirs too so I couldn't steal anymore! Overall, the view is great, service is on par, food is fantastic, and I'm totally going again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Incredible!
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Both the service and the food were simply amazing. We brought friends who were visiting from California, and they said it was one of the best restaurants they had ever been to. Their service staff were all incredibly knowledgeable about the food being served, and they did a fantastic job of bringing small plates so the food was always hot, and the table never empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good-not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had brunch on a Sunday--made reservations, but didn't need them as we got right in. The food was interesting, but my husband didn't like the lack of variety on the menu. It was a little smaller with regard to variety. Overall, a nice experience--nothing WOW.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great experience here - the food was spectacular, the service was second to none and the view of downtown from the patio is gorgeous. We had someone in our party who has dietary restrictions and the waiter and chef were more than accommodating. Would definitely recommend highly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great deal for Restaurant Week
    notacritic
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for dinner during the summer 52.80 Restaurant Week and sat on the patio. The food, atmosphere and service were all great. I had the heirloom tomato salad, spaghetti squash entree, peach dessert, and my husband had the shrimp salad, steak entree, chocolate tart dessert. We both loved every bit of our meals, and for $30/person the portion sizes seemed just right (this was our first time at Central, so not sure how/if the portion sizes vary for their "regular" menu). We left satisfied but not stuffed. The waitstaff were friendly and attentive and there was a mix of hip youngsters, middle-aged folks, and seniors. No one seemed out of place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed our evening out, but the Easter and Mother's Day buffets have quickly become our family traditions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunchy
    Liflksgd
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We split the tomato salad, the asparagus salad, Baja shrimp tacos, prime rib sandwich & bourbon chocolate bread pudding. All were outstanding. We especially loved the tomato salad. Great service too! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dare Night
    DenverEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    CENTRAL is a great date place. Upscale feel but casual enough to look like you aren't trying to hard. Great food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Views, and Service
    LoHiFoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Scallop dish was PERFECT, as was the pork chop with curry fried rice. Our waiter was phenomenal and we had a great evening. The outside patio was well kept, had a killer view, and the atmosphere created by the decor and flowers was ideal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and great food!
    Suburbanfoodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything that we tried was amazing - from the house-made tonic to the perfectly cooked duck breast! We really enjoyed the clam pizzetti that we got as an appetizer. It was light and flavorful. Our server felt the need to apologize for the wait for the entree (not necessary at all, by the way! We didn't even notice the big group ahead of us), so he brought us a few amuse-bouches of some sort of cured meat. When our entrees arrived, we were not disappointed. The crispy chicken and the duck breast were both very juicy and delicious. We ended the meal by clearing our palates with a tasty lime basil sorbet. We will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal in a scenic setting.
    trvl2mch
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The halibut was delicious and my son said his pork chop was very good. The view of downtown Denver is great, but parking in that area is a little sparse. Some good beer selections on the menu, although many are rather high ABV, but they were noted as such on the menu.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT SERVICE!
    merkyrae
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I recently brought my daughter here on her first visit to Denver. It was one of the few places with a view! I asked for a table with a view and they accommodated and made us feel special. The service was outstanding form the hostess to the cocktail waitress. The food was good and arrived very quickly. I would highly recommend Central. It was raining but the patio looked fun! Looks like a great place for drinks too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Skier
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Second time at Central - great food and reasonably priced. Go if you like whiskey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • datenightdining
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, slow night
    montageVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice!
    David
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio and great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Spot
    Nick
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good food, drinks, and atmosphere. Amazing view of Denver and a fun bright place to have a date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Staff
    tombobbi1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StephVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phenominal experience
    kym2
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Place
    farmboy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Place
    AlieEatsVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • montageVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    always charming. a wonderful warm team, a great room, and awesome food. this was my first sunday brunch and was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the place
    Charcuterman
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drinks come out after food
    Allison
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We didn't get our drinks till after we finished our food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavor Combining - Well Done!
    Food4Life
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    CathyB4545
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • come on - toasted white bread?
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    While the chicken sandwich at lunch was very good, it would be best on the home made bun served with the hamburger.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for an Occasion
    Cait
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bottomless Mimosas
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Tammy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TBearVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice food, nice service, little atmosphere. Overall, nothing special. There are more interesting places in the same price range.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as I had hoped
    alibee
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 207 reviews are from the Central Bistro and Bar reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Gary
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wonderful service and good food but about $5 to $10 overpriced per person.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.