Central Saved My MarraigeI was down to the last 3 hours of my marriage. I fought so hard to undo a wrong and with a reservation from central my wife knew I meant business. She's so amazing and what better way to show her than to take her to an amazing place. Central was the start to something new. The Hostess and Service members were professional and calm. I was relaxed and was able to speak my mind in a tone to my wife that finally made sense. Central may only be a restaurant to some, but to me Central is a place that is completely capable of making an important moment in your life. If you recommend Central please do so to someone that NEEDS a moment. Thank you Central 100% all the way from start to finish and Beyond.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial CelebrationMy wife and I wanted a nice place to celebrate our 53rd anniversary. We picked Central for it food reviews and ambiance. We were pleased we made the choice. The sample appetizer board was both unusual and delicious. The grilled salmon was prepared just the way we requested. It was our first time to dine and Central and we definitely would go back when visiting in Montgomery.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeFood was amazing. Drinks were delish. Only problem was that I didn't have room for dessert!6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food and service. MusicGood food and service. Music was too loud and took away form the ambience. I suggest use soft jazz instead of heavy metal.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFinally Coming AroundLooks like Central has got their collective act together. Improvements into food, two specials, attentive service (Raven, her real name, was wonderful). Wine list is a bit short and my eternally "green" wife was disappointed with styrofoam take out containers. Otherwise a great dining experience.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, stunning architecture!The food was absolutely amazing at Central. I had the wood-fire grilled snapper with roasted fingerling potatoes that was served over a warm sauteed corn, butter and herb dish. Fantastic! I ate every bite - wanted to lick the plate! My husband had the filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed veggies (broccolini). We enjoyed fresh artisan bread with herbed butter while we waited on our food to be prepared. The ambiance in the restaurant was warm, energetic, fresh. Not stuffy at all. The service was impeccable. The architecture stunning. We were staying in downtown Montgomery and enjoyed a beautiful walk through the alley to get there. After we ate, we walked about a block to the scenic riverfront. We'll be going back, no doubt.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time visitWe had been meaning to try this restaurant, and chose my husband's birthday to do so. He was delighted with his steakhouse wedge and entree of steak frites. It was the best he has had since our trip to Paris. I had the tomato bisque and pasta primavera. I can't say enough good things about that soup, it was heaven in a bowl. In fact, I loved it so much that I took home a bowl of it for later. We shared the pecan pie for dessert, yum! I was so full from my delicious meal I could only take a few bites, much to my husband's delight. We will be back soon, both for lunch and dinner.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFinally, somebody got it right!Central is the best offering, so far, in Montgomery. The food is great. The atmosphere is also great.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMCentral Cafe DelightsOur party of 4 really enjoyed our first trip to Central Cafe. We are international foodies and Central Cafe certainly exceeded any expectations we had for dining in Montgomery. The Oysters Rockefeller were wonderful and the Smoked Pork Chop (with Gouda Grits) was tender and tasty. The Steak and Frites were authentic and the fresh herb chimichurri paired with it nicely. As to atmosphere, we liked the juxtaposition of old exposed brick and modern lighting. One negative: the chairs at the tables were not very comfortable. Montgomery should be proud of its restored downtown area which now has a variety of good dining options in The Alley and Union Station.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat eveningCentral has it all--great food, quick and friendly service, fun appetizers and deserts-- we'll worth planning a trip around as a destination restaurant. We've twice reserved there while traveling between FL and WI, and we'll come back again. Oh,a d they do all this with fair prices and great drinks, too.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was outstanding.The food was outstanding. Our server was exceptional. She made sure we had everything we needed but she didn't crowd us. Central has been added to our "date night" line up. We will most definitely dine here again. Only next time we make our reservation, we will be sure to indicate that we'd like to sit closer to the center of the restaurant.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visit with new chefand Chef Leo is doing a great job. They had run out of snapper and substituted swordfish and it was great meal. The flavors were spot on. Matthew our server appeared to be fairly new, but he was certainly giving it his all. The hostess graciously accommodated my request to move to a side booth since I forgot to request that when I made the reservation. (A bit quieter and it's nice to be a step up and see what's going on across the room in the kitchen.)5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent as alwaysTook my wife to dinner; our first date in nearly a year. It was her first time. Our server, Tim, was very attentive without crowding us. My wife ordered her filet medium-rare, then after several bites, decided she actually preferred it cooked medium. The kitchen not only cooked it more for her, but returned the plate with a fresh order of potatoes, green beans, and mushrooms. As other staff walked by, they would top off our glasses if needed. As always, the service, the staff, the ambiance, and especially the food, were excellent and made for a very enjoyable dining experience! Highly recommended!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMTwo good meals in a rowWe stopped by here on a Satruday evening and ate on the patio, with some good buskers playing a half-block away. The dinner dishes showed originality, local food sources, and sensible portions. We returned on Thursday to try two more dinner dishes, which were also superb. Montgomery does not have a lot of upscale, sit down restaurants. Central is a gem.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome Restaurant!I'm moving to Montgomery in a month, and was in the city in order to find a place to live. We stumbled upon this restaurant and were SO pleased with our experience. The ambiance is great, the service was outstanding and the food was superb. The prices were pretty reasonable - we had an appetizer, bottle of wine, two entrees and dessert, and (after tip), the bill was about $150. Central has a very interesting menu, and I will definitely be back. I'm moving from a major city that has great restaurant options, and I'm so happy I'll have a great go-to when I need a great food experience!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for dinner or lunchWe had a party of ten for dinner. The chef's table worked out great for this group size. All of the courses were excellent. The bourbon pecan pie was ridiculously good. Service was excellent throughout the night.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day brunchWhat a wonderful experience for my mom! Food was better than expected,service was excellent. I will be back!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience. FoodGreat dining experience. Food was excelled only by the service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceWe had a great experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and thought it was the perfect spot. We had a great table for some privacy and yet were able to see the room and speak to those we recognized. The food was great and the service was top notch. Didn't feel like we were in Montgomery, felt like an upscale locals place in a large city.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMElegant dining in new downtownCentral is the most elegant of the restaurants that have opened in the city's entertainment district. It's a good choice for entertaining out of town business guests, and that was the purpose of this meal. Food was well prepared, hot and enjoyed by the table. Only downside was service staff seemed constantly distracted, and perhaps stretched too thin. However, to give our waiter credit, he was as attentive as we needed.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFood SnobI had a client in town from Virginia who had dined at another restaurant and she was totally disappointed in the service and food based on the price; she admits to being a food snob. Your restaurant was the only one for which she had positive comments. And our waiter was great; I believe his name was James.
Thanks.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!Great food and service. The location is great downtown and the restaurant is very nice!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the spaceThis is a beautiful space and seems to be a place to see and be seen by locals. Well dressed crowd, beautiful décor and design, very busy open kitchen, in a very lively area of town. The most memorable food item was the homemade pimento cheese served with flatbread made in house. Salad was excellent, but a small portion of the same salad came with the entrée and the waited failed to steer us to a different appetizer to avoid duplication. The waiters highly rated salmon came out so fast our salads were far from complete. The presentation was good, but it was overcooked and void of flavor. It is a fun place with that we would visit again when in the area.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous dinnerGreat service from James and the food was outstanding. My guests from Michigan loved it.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA Very Happy Birthday ExperienceMy boyfriend and I went to Central for dinner to celebrate his birthday! The experience was GREAT! Our waiter was very friendly and gave us great service during the entire evening. The food was fabulous! Will plan to go there again soon!!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AM#1 PICK IN MONTGOMERYThis is my new favaorite restaurant in Montgomery. The pork chop with local grits was to die for. Service outstanding - I dined two nights in a row and Courtney and Marlin took care of me. I love the Ambiance and decor. Outstanding restaurant - a must try if you are in the area.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience!Great dining experience! Nice atmosphere and little on the pricy side.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent dining experience!Seasonally driven menu. Very knowledgeable wait staff. Food was excellent - fresh and well-seasoned! Can't wait to return!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMChef Leonardo Maurelli hasChef Leonardo Maurelli has made the food even more amazing. The evening menu has changed and the lunch menu tastes better than before. You cannot go wrong with any of the sandwiches at lunch and at dinner.. ANYTHING will knock your socks off. The kitchen looks great and seems happy and engaged. Sadly they still have lackluster service. I know who the manager is and although I'm there frequently I have never been greeted by him or had him come help when there is a problem. Central, please just get the front of the house figured out- I'm ready for this to be a place where I can relax and have amazing food and drinks.. not have to worry about the service I will receive.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a good meal at a veryHad a good meal at a very nice restaurant. Food is not quite traditional.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood variety on the menu.Good variety on the menu. All food well prepared and presented. Excellent service. Highly recomend for a special night out in Montgomery, AL.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time atThis was our second time at Central. It took about 15-20 minutes for a server to get to our table, but other than that our dining experience was great. It was the first night with a new menu, but our server answered all questions and the food was awesome.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAn OUTSTANDING night out forAn OUTSTANDING night out for my wife and myself; food and service was wonderful! We will be back.
David Holland3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMVisiting Montgomery on ourVisiting Montgomery on our way to Florida for spring break ... looked on Yelp and Open Table for a great restaurant ... very happy to have come across Central. Located in an old building with great decor and vibe - waiters in jeans & plaid shirts, exposed brick and fabulous windows. We loved the menu and our waiter helped us pick excellent wines & dishes. The only disappointment was my son's mac & cheese side dish - not much flavor. We dined early so the noise level was very pleasant ... not sure what it would be like later in the evening. If we're ever in Montgomery again we'll go back for sure.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place is amazingThis place is amazing! Hands down my favorite restaurant. I only visit AL a few times each year, but make it a point to return to Central.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe thought Central was a fantasticWe thought Central was a fantastic restaurant, and will definitely go back if we are in Montgomery! The food was wonderful, atmosphere was fun and the restaurant is beautiful!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMManagement indifferenceI ordered a burger and fries. It was cooked well but was nothing interesting so thought it was WAY overpriced. My friend ordered a fish taco that was so full of small bones she had to send it back. The server was gracious but I thought management was remiss in not coming over to apologize to her.
Will not go back and will not recommend.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM