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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/
  • Email: hello@centralbistrobar.com
  • Phone: (303) 477-4582
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday- Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-10:30 Sunday 10am-2pm 4:30pm- 9:00pm Lunch Wed-Fri 11:00-2:00

    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 five days a week for dinner and weekend brunch.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "The only challenge was Parking, had to drive around for almost 10 minutes to find a spot. "
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I really enjoyed this restaurant. Portions were perfect, food was prepared and presented very nicely, and service was excellent. Great atmosphere and lively feel."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was very good and the ambiance ok. A little noisy because it seemed to be a big square room and was quite packed for restaurant week."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "They need to dampen the noise. Hard surfaces abound and one could not hear across a table! Remove the tile ceilings! Food was excellent. We will wear Noise canceling headphones if we return"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I still don't quite know how I got there because somebody else drove. This was quite the surprise. I have not had such a tasty lamb shank in a long time!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went to Central for Restaurant Week and were so glad we did. It was a small, loud, hipster place with excellent food. Loved the crispy chicken with apple, pancetta stuffing and the toffee chocolate bread pudding was to die for!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant a year or so ago and thought the food was better the first time. I went most recently during restaurant week, so the menu options were limited. The dumplings were mostly tasteless (like boxed dressing), but the ramake was good. In general, the food was good, but nothing really stood out as being something I couldn't make at home. Probably won' t be going back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I met a friend of mine for Sunday brunch at Central Bistro and Bar. What a great meal! We had mimosa's that were the perfect mix of orange juice and champagne. I had the Bistro Chilauqiles, which were wonderful. The braised pork was tender, the eggs were cooked to my specifications and the chips underneath it all made for a perfect salty crunch. I would certainly order again. This was my third visit to Central Bistro and Bar and again it didn't disappoint. I’m looking forward to my next meal there."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The space is nicely appointed and comfortable with a good view of downtown. The service was attentive. It was Denver Restaurant Week so we utilized the fixed menu. Our appetizers and entrees were inventive and delicious. Dessert (mixed berry curd or milk chocolate sticky toffee pudding) left everyone on the subpar note of the evening. Kiddos were accommodated and we would definitely go back. Loved the whiskeys in the bar. Try a barrel-aged cocktail. Delish."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This is why 5280 week is such a great idea! We had great food and great hosts."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the setting...perfect view of the downtown lights. Salmon was perfectly cooked, the beef shoulder was tasty. Loved the desserts. We thought the service was good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took my parents during restaurant week and we had a wonderful time. The Rhumaki appetizer was delicious and the dessert was the best that I've had during restaurant week. The manager came to our table and was very friendly and accomodating. I appreciate good service, and his was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was stunning. It's so great to see chef Selby in his element, leading a great team to create really creative and well executed food. I just wish they'd let Dave where his pink blazer for Valentine's day!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "this restaurant is great but I learned my lesson not to go on a day when they have a 'special' menu. The items on the valentines day were ok, but I would have rather ordered what I want from the full menu. Not really worth the $55 per person."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food presentation was outstanding. The carrot soup, scallops, flank steak and whisky selection at bar were most memorable. Items needing some attention would be the Corvina fish, which was half skin and chewy and the oysters were covered in pickle relish. Service was adequate, but our reservation was after 9pm and maybe our server had already been put through the "wringer". We will come back with friends though, really enjoyed the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was delicious but the pear rosemary mimosas were UH-mazing."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Very very overpriced and the quality of food and service was really bad. I ordered a fish dish (fillet) and there was a piece of cartilage running down the middle. The service was horrible. The waiter acted surprised when we asked for more bread and as if we were eating at a diner he brought the check while we were eating without us asking for it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Central Bistro is higher end than a typical neighborhood bar but it is worth it! The name is deceiving, it sounds like a typical neighborhood bar but the food is far from burgers and wings. Creative and inventive appetizers, sides, steaks, and seafood you won't find in a typical bar. New chef is outstanding. And forget beer, the drink list features dozens of small batch bourbons and barrel aged rye and other whiskeys. The view of the Denver skyline is a big feature. Plus, the attention to small details like having mints, mouthwash, and scented lotion in the bathrooms (no attendant with their hand out). I would go back for the amenities in the bathroom alone!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Had never been and didn't know what to expect. I had a salad that was super fresh with delicate greens and perfectly cooked, thinly sliced chicken. Love that they serve purified water and local tea. Light and bright space with a great view of downtown."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Came in for a quick meal at Central and left satisfied. Good wine and good food makes for a good night. The one complaint is that some items are smaller plates but aren't labeled very well. My gnocchi dish was quite tiny!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere and view at Central have always been fabulous. They've mastered the classic cocktails and have an extensive wine and beer list. But the food had been hit-and-miss until recently. I'm not sure if they finally hit their stride or if they have a new chef, but I've dined here for brunch, lunch, and dinner over the last couple of months and each meal was flawless. No wait for brunch, which is rare in Denver if you want good food. They have a few classics and a few twists on classics. And great prices. For lunch, you can get some of the dinner entrees as smaller portions and at lower prices. That's my style. Dinner entrees are often too big. But the vibrant dinner/late night bar energy is fun. Can't go wrong; can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Wow. Wow. This was such an amazing place to get dinner. I highly recommend it!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I had a late dinner at the Central Bistro. Loved it! Our entrees were fantastic. The duck was cooked to perfection and the faro risotto was rich and creamy. Gnocchi was full of wonderful flavors. Highly recommended. Fresh ingredients. Attentive and friendly staff."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "My husband and I live in the Sunnyside neighborhood, and love exploring all the pockets of restaurants surrounding us. Central Bistro and Bar was a new spot for us, and it definitely did not disappoint. The ambience and service were both great, and the food was delicious! We stuck to small plates/ salads and sometimes restaurants miss the opportunity to be creative in those areas, but Central did a great job. Everything seems like they put a lot of thought into it, even their sliders - which had a combination of ingredients I would have never thought of that really worked well together, very creative and yummy."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I can't wait for Chef Matt Selby to start making his mark. The food and service were outstanding so it'll be fun to see his contributions as he ramps up."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "This was my first time to visit this restaurant. I had the kale salad and scallops. Hubby had greens salad and lamb. We where both very happy with our food. Our waitress was excellent as well."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Went for lunch with a friend - good food, service and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Nice location in Lohi with windows to let the light in and clean modern yet comfortable decor. Good brunch menu, were able to accommodate my gluten free requests. Tasty seasonal pumpkin spice mimosa."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "I ordered the Chicken and pasta, the chicken was fall off the bone delicious. My friend ordered the lamb and cleaned her plate. Both portions were large. We had the Scottish salmon as an appetizer it was warm, mouth melting goodness the salad that accompanied it was fresh and palate cleansing."
    Dined on 12/21/2013