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Central Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.central129coosa.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Reserved a table for 8 for my wife's birthday dinner. The staff was really friendly and even helped keep my surprise for her a secret. We sat right in front of kitchen and watch them prepare our food. It was like being in Hell's Kitchen. Food was really good. This is a great place to take someone for a romantic date. You can walk out the back door and be in the Alley. We all had a great time and they enjoyed it as well."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Great ambience and everyone in our group of six enjoyed their meals - especially the salmon. The drinks were killer too!! The waitstaff was attentive without being obnoxious. Anxiously awaiting my next visit!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Central is a great place. It has a big city feel, with small town charm. The food is excellent, great wine selection and great service. I enjoy taking friends there . Never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were spending the weekend in Montgomery and saw Central mentioned in Alabama Living so we thought we'd try it. The Beef Wellington was equal to the best I'd ever had, and the heirloom tomato salad was outstanding, but my husband's pork tenderloin was a little tough. That's the only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars across the board."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Went to Central today for lunch, and ordered the daily special, the Prime rib cheese steak wit quattro fromagio mournay, served with house cut fries. Best cheese steak I have had the privilege to eat south of Philly, really fantastic stuff. Could not have eaten another bite, and with all that food, the best ambiance and staff in town, spent less than $15.00 on lunch. For everything. Seriously, if you are spending $8 for lunch at a fast food place somewhere, do yourself and anyone with you a favor and go enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by a chef and a kitchen known all around town as the best we have to offer... for less than $20!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Central. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I had made a reservation note about our anniversary and every staff member that came by our table congratulated us. Our waitress was a delightful guide for the evening, hooking us up with a great bottle of wine and good selections. She even shared in a tearful moment with us. The food was awesome. Appetizer was a bacon and cornbread. My wife had the duckling and took some home. I had a ribeye special with shrimp, perfectly cooked. Dessert we split was small, but a good size after all we ate."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was great. Very nice restaurant for any occasion."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We made reservations for a special anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed!! The service was great, all the food was delicious, and it was a great atmosphomere. Plus we got a complementary glass of champagne since it was our anniversary. We loved it!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "On August 11, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary. This was our first visit to Central. I went to the website, made a reservation, and we showed up. The Valet guy was right there and explained how that worked...free for customers of Central--tips are appreciated. Then we entered the restaurant and I was glad I made a reservation. We were greeted with a smile and a "Happy Anniversary" and made our way to a beautiful booth. The server, Marlin, quickly greeted us, told us of the specials and we were on our way. As we waited we used the iPhone to read the history of the place and enjoyed watching Chef Randy as he directed the team to get the food out quick. All was delicious and the event was amazing. Thanks for a great celebration."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I was hunting around for a nice non-chain restaurant to go to celebrate my husband's birthday and selected this one on a whim. Central quite beat out all of our expectations. Rustic, yet elegant, the ambiance is very much a throwback to old, traditional Prohibition era with exposed brick, rich woods and "candlelight" lighting (really just warm light bulbs). The food was delicious, GET THE BANANA FOSTER BREAD PUDDING WITH EXTRA SAUCE YOU'LL THANK ME LATER. Our ONLY complaint was that the service was on the slower side and the Moscow Mule was disappointing. But the beer selection definitely made up for this. Definitely make reservations, even on a night you think won't be busy. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I went with my husband for a birthday dinner. The first surprise was a menu with my name and "Happy Birthday" at the top. The waitress provided great recommendations and the service was excellent. The won-ton appetizer was delicious. Both the rib eye steak and fish were excellent. Because it was my birthday I got a free desert which was another nice surprise. The menu is innovative and not at all just the usual fare, but everything was really good. This restaurant is on the expensive side for Montgomery, but a great place to go for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was absolutely great as was service. Seating was quick as we were greeted at door. Restaurant was crowded & relatively loud to be called romantic but there were many diners at 8 pm on a Saturday. Waitress was knowledgable about menu and was quick to mention Specials. Though we didn't order the specials we did get appetizer, cocktails, salads, entree & desert. Food was quickly brought to table for each course & was delicious."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was tasty but the servings were rather skimpy for the price. Service was attentive to a fault. We had at least 3 separate employees stop by our table to ask us 'how everything was'. The atmosphere was pleasant, the seating comfortable, and the majority of the clientele understand the meaning of 'smart casual' . . a smaller number not so much!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Another dinner, another 5-star rating for Central, the heartbeat of a growing food scene in the tri-county area. From the black eye pea humus, the can't miss list of superb entrées, to the desserts you wished you could have saved more room for, there really are no ways to make a bad choice. The staff is amazingly attentive, starting with the Executive Chef and filtering down to the rest of this energetic bunch, you won't have a need not met, or a dining option not explained thoroughly. I could sit here and go on and on about Central, but why don't you do yourself a favor and give it a try, you will be glad you did."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Central this week, and it was another great experience! It all began with Courtney, our server, who was extraordinarily professional and adept, while also being most courteous and friendly. I had a special (and slightly odd) food request at the beginning of the meal, and Courtney smiled graciously...and then made it happen. Kudos to her and the food staff. As always, the ambience was great (slightly subdued lighting and unique fixtures). Our meals were prepared exactly as requested and were excellent. This is our new favorite restaurant in Montgomery."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My husband and I were passing through Montgomery on a road trip and we found this restaurant ahead of time. Boy am I glad we booked it. One of THE best restaurants we've ever been to, period. The ambiance was sort of a farm table-modern. It was warm and inviting, with soft lighting. The kitchen was open so you could see the chefs working. The food was creative, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. We are from New England so to have local, southern fare was exactly what we were hoping for! Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She was honest about what we'd like including what was her favorite and best on the menu. I hope we get to go back someday!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The restaurant was beautiful and the ambiance was nice. Waiter was very attentive, but didn't seem to be well informed. We had the shrimp and grits and the meatloaf. Both dishes were just mediocre - nothing special."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "especially for Montgomery, AL. Knowledgeable staff, eager t assist with your inquiries. Bountiful wine list that has at least 1 thing that everyone can find appealing. Black-eyed pea hummus is worth getting for most of your visits. Definitely try one of the fish dishes, portions are well worth it and the sauces compliment with ease. In regards to the Montgomery region this is a place to visit and enjoy. Overall, easily 2 thumbs up across the board!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for our anniversary. I had asked for a quiet table and mentioned that it was our anniversary night out. They were so accommodating, actually greeted us with anniversary congrats, service and food fantastic, and offered us a glass of champagne or dessert on the house! It was a great evening and we will certainly return!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We celebrated our 4th year anniversary here and was not disappointed. We had the Chef's evening specials which were grilled Amberjack and Beef Wellington. Oh my.... We love good food and my husband calls me a gourmet cook only because I use all fresh ingredients and good recipes, and we travel a bit but never eat at franchises, only local. This dinner --- appetizer, wine, dinner and dessert (Bread pudding and ice cream) was absolutely the best! The server, Taylor, was courteous, made suggestions, was attentive, and very kind. The Manager, David Forbes, came over to our table and said hello and we shared our experience. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It was our first night out in months after having our second child. Service was excellent and the food was spectacular. The Duck Wontons was our starter, I had it with a Snake Biter Double IPA and wow that was a great combo. I had the Roast Duck main dish and my wife had Risotto both dishes were well presented and tasted great. The finale was Banana Foster Bread Pudding with some vanilla ice cream... WOW. My wife also highly recommends the Basil Berry Smash (drink). I had a taste, quite a drink."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We LOVE Central! Central is the place we go for all special occasions, holidays and parties. I would eat breakfast at Central if I could! We celebrated our son's 25th birthday on Friday at Central and it was phenomenal! Chef Leo and the entire staff were so warm and accommodating -- we felt like family. Among the four of us we dined on the veal cheeks, the ribeye steak, the pork loin and the duck quarters. Starting the meal with the pork belly on the sweet corn bread, the fried okra, the pimiento cheese and the duck wontons and ending with the Bananas Foster bread pudding and the milk chocolate brulee with coconut macaroons. Every dish and I do mean EVERY dish was delicious, interesting, flavorful and fun. Central is OUR restaurant."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Central has a great location that is turly the NEW scene for individuals or gruops to gather for drinks or dinner. It is also the location if you wish to have a speical evening with someone. The food was outstanding and the Chef is always changing the menu to incorperate locally grown produce and freash sea food from the gulf. Great eveing."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Central has become a "hit or miss" establishment. Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant is generally good and the service is typically very good...but the food is not consistent. Two out of the three entrees from out party were okay; however, the third was unedible. It seems like there must be a sous chef on site that like to be heavy handed with salt. For those of us who must watch the salt intake, that can be a problem. The final food prep person should check those things befor food leaves the kitchen."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had one if not the best dining experience ever Friday night. We ordered the Amberjack and the Whole Snapper entree's and they were fabulous. I think it was the first time Chef Leo offered WHOLE Snapper and if you are ever there and this dish is on the menu stop and order it before it is gone. We also went there Saturday for the Beer tasting, shine sipping and BBQ whole pig. We had the greatest time and everything was so well planned out. It felt like we were at a giant family gathering, so much fun!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is a little unique and incredibly good with lots of variety. The price isn't cheap, but the food doesn't disappoint you either."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The Black-eyed Pea hummus and flatbread was an outstanding appetizer - and a great bargain, too. Andrea loved her duck, and my amberjack was very good. It could have been cooked just a bit less."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Took my mother out for lunch and it was wonderful! Montgomery doesn't have much to offer, but I would recommend this place any day! The food is moderately priced, but well worth every penny. The waiters and waitresses are polite and courteous. The food was well prepared and delicious. One thing I didn't expect though was a bit too much herb in the shrimp and grits (but that's okay, it was still delicious). The dessert was scrumptious, although the creme brûlée should have been warm. I'd give it five stars for Montgomery!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Every time we have a special luncheon for our dept. we always pick Central. Good food, good service, and easy to get to."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Central is a sophisticated yet unpretentious restaurant in downtown Montgomery near the Entertainment district. The food is amazing and the atmosphere perfect. From appetizers to desserts, it is all excellent and you will not be disappointed in your experience. Has to be the best restaurant in Montgomery."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Brought an out of town work associate for lunch and had great service, and a great burger."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our group of 10 loved the overall dining experience! The exposed brick, soaring ceilings, chandeliers, wood floors made for great ambiance! The service was spectacular and the food was scrumptious!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had an amazing dining experience. The menu is so varied and luscious, but our server Jenny helped guide us to make the best choices. She was so fun and energetic. If you are in Montgomery and want a great meal in a unique atmosphere, Central is the place to visit. You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town and always like to try a local nonchain restaurant. This is nestled downtown near the river and was great! From the very cool decor in the restored warehouse, to the charming staff, to the interesting menu selections and the excellent food......we had a wonderful dinner! And then walked to the river park and enjoyed spending a small time downtown and getting a taste of Montgomery. We will definitely go here again if we are passing through again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "So as the title states this was my first time going. We went for dinner and it was delicious but I was sold before I ate a bite. The ambience is phenomenal! It was elegant yet rustic all at the same time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good food, imaginatively prepared, with departures from the common American fare, simply and attractively served. Low-key ambiance. Much flair in the cooking, none in the serving. Servers friendly, efficient and attentive. Valet parking"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My lunch experience at Central was outstanding as usual. The catfish tacos were wonderful. I highly recommend them."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and I had been looking for a new restaurant, something with ambience and style, as well as great food, of course. Central supplied all of that, plus a great staff! We had an enjoyable evening, and as first-timers there we were treated to a history of the building. We highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We brought my cousin here, who was visiting from Germany. She enjoyed the food and the service was great!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great experience! Table was ready when we arrived. No problem getting to location and not a bad walk to the Riverfront. Food was delicious and waitress was wonderful. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014