Central
Central

Central

  • 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 3345171121x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Central reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (90)good for groups (61)hot spot (49)romantic (48)notable wine list (44)neighborhood gem (43)great for lunch (37)vibrant bar scene (21)great for outdoor dining (17)late-night find (12)great for brunch (9)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Good Food, Great Service!
    Reed
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was good but not what one would expect for the prices. Check was $178 for two people, which included a $54 bottle of wine (one of the less expensive ones). The steak was cooked as ordered, flavorful and good, but not as tender as it should have been and the sauce on the shrimp appetizer was a bit overpowering. The service (by Bethany) was friendly and helpful throughout four courses, and almost 3 1/2 hours. Great service! Very good overall experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • iris
    iris
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Steak perfectly prepared. Portions fulfilling. Mojito excellent. Pumpkin cheesecake superb. Valet parking, tip only, convenient. Wait staff professional & pleasant. Online reservations easy. price ,money's worth? Definitely! I'll be back. ..!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jamie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We love Central for special occasions! The food is so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Montgomery
    eatitall
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Literally one of the best meals I have ever had. The chef is really incredible and combining flavors that make it impossible to stop eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JayGVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Went the other night...... All was pretty god. Only problem is the food was way to salty! I had steak and fries and inthinknthey dipped the froes on a salt batter beforehand. Given the expected quality of the food, that was a disappointment! I have heard about this from my guests and other people, but really did not expect it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite
    ReelDuel
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I had the whole fresh catch which today was flounder. It is cooked perfect, fish falls off the bone, topped with a very tasty chimmichuri sauce and is my favorites. Another had the Pork Shoulder and Smoked Tomato Ragu, Hand-cut Pappardelle, Shaved Parmesan, Eggplant Caponata which was fabulous. Also ordered were the Hickory roasted duck quarters and this was so flavorful and tender. Lastly the roasted stuffed Acorn squash, stuffed with andouille sausage crawfish chowder with butter seared scallops. Amazing how tender the scallops were. We all shared a taste with each other seeing the plates were so plentiful. If you enjoy new experiences with food you owe it to yourself to visit Central very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meeting
    Tdaniels
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This visit was a meeting to introduce a new vendor to our team. Central had earned my reccomendation from a date night few days prior. The food is excellent, (love the BBQ shrimp starter) service is impeccable (they are trained proffessionals unusual in this area) and the decor/atmosphere complements and fits both a dinner meeting and a romantic date night. I really enjoyed the array of starter options we had, relish board, BBQ shrimp, and the jowl bacon cornbread this ecclectic offering paired well with whatever the wine/cocktail choice. I had the salmon for entree and it was perfectly cooked the brussel sprouts side was delicious. Dessert was a bannas Foster bread pudding that really ranked best i've had. Prices were reasonable for the quality and the extra garlic requested for the hummus was no charge! Great experience my colleauges were impressed as was my date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time was the charm!
    gorgar
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This was our second visit to Central, and it was amazing! Our first visit was fine, many months earlier . . . but this one was everything that we expected such a nice place to be on that first occasion! Food, service and atmosphere were excellent. It was a birthday dinner, and the hostesses and our server made us feel very special! Even got a fantastic dessert on the house! Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience All Around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Let me start by saying I have food allergies. Central has a gluten free menu. The service was great. My salmon was cooked to perfection and the sides were divine. This was my husbands first time to Central and we will be back. We don't come down town to often but we'll definitely be back, the atmosphere was so inviting. All around the best dining experience we've had in a long while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I am really not that hard to please. We had great sevice but the food wasn't that great!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusual twist on traditional menu
    Dining
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The chef at Central took a few traditional items and added just enough of a twist to make them his own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    chellewillis
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I took some friends from out of town to dinner at Central. We all have kids so we rarely get to go to fine dining. We had an excellent meal. The atmosphere is really nice. I had to duck. It was delicious. My companions tried the pork, salmon and steak. Everything was excellent! Hopefully, we will be able to come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent staff!
    JohnBG
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Spent an anniversary weekend in Montgomery and the entire staff did an excellent job making the evening special. Food and service were both top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tablefortwo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We have eaten at Central three times and the food has been excellent every time. Love the ambiance! Very good choice for a special date night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A great evening at a nice facility. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Copop
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Every time we dine at Central we find new and exciting offerings on the menu. It's so refreshing to go to this lovely restaurant that continues to change things up. Thanks for another great food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fit for a King
    autigers5252
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent dining experience with 3 other couples. We chose outside seating and the weather was spectacular. Recommend the Duck Quarters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tlscanlon
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Exceptional! The food was unique in choices which is a refreshing change for Montgomery. And preparation was pleasingly quick as was the service. Hats off to the chef and assistants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!!
    Livia
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was a great place for a special dinner or occasion! Will Definately be going back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Time
    Marg
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    It was just right, great food and celebrating 2 by birthdays. The wait staff very frIendY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I LOVE THIS ***** RESTAURANT
    Happypatron
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best service, food, atmosphere, drinks anywhere in Montgomery, AL. Our server Jasmine was a gem, very prompt, very professional, and VERY ENERGETIC!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They Are Better Than Ever
    RedfishDave
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I've dined at Central several times. And, while always good, my recent experience was outstanding. It seems they've raised the bar on service, customer experience and food. My wife is a fillet person. She said hers was the best she's had. My Rabbit was amazing. We like the new menu and are looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Rusty1099
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service and food above and beyond! Not left waiting all the time like at True the restaurant. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great late lunch destination
    RPinAL
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Once again, Central comes through for me in a pinch! After changing reservations 4 times within a two hour span, we finally got out of meetings long enough to make it for lunch at our favorite spot. First thing I will say, if you're looking for a good, quiet spot to enjoy lunch, the 1:00 to 1:15 time slot is a fantastic choice here! After the general hustle and bustle and vibrant activity of high lunch traffic time, the quietness of the restaurant afterwards with the scattered patrons that were there is a marked difference. We carried on a quiet conversation without worrying about being heard, and never heard another conversation to speak over. Food, as always, fantastic, 5 out of 5 stars. Enjoy Central, folks. We always do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salad/drinks a lil pricey...
    GumpReview
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The main course was delicious. Ribeye steak and the duck are highly recommended. The Caesar salad is overpriced for a slab of lettuce with dressing. The croutons were like eating rocks...way too hard. Wife had beet salad and enjoyed it, but both were like 9 or 10 bucks which is too much for a side salad. Also, drinks are high as well. Margarita and glass of wine ( 4 sips) are 10 dollars as well. Overall nice experience but the Fall menu is not very exciting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in the heart of the city
    meggypoo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The classiest place you can find downtown. Good mix of southern food and traditional Americana. Wait staff is very friendly. Food is soulful and portions are large.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice find on a business trip
    travelgirllibra
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Pimento cheese app was outstanding. Steaks cooked to perfection. Service was attentive and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was very good and the place was very nice. I liked the mix of new and old in the architecture. We were seated right across from the cooking area and it was very hot and a bit uncomfortable but the experience was nice seeing the cooking activity. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently perfect
    Neilio
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I go to Central about once every couple months for dinner, and somewhat often for lunch. Each time it exceeds expectations (which are already high!). This past time I was with a group of 12 people and I got the gulf catch. My dish was at the table about ten minutes after everyone else got their food, which honestly wasn't a big deal at all as they told me immediately that it was taking longer than they expected and that they would have it out asap. After about five minutes I heard the Chef (who was directly behind us) state he was buying the fish because he didn't like the fact I waited at all. Who can complain about that? No one with taste. Every dish is amazing, the price is more than reasonable for the quality. I love Central!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Central Birthday
    Eduardo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife's birthday - specially noted when called for reservation - re confirmed when checked in - still waiting for something to occur - otherwise a very good meal - especially the whole roasted fish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So Experience
    Teresa4Jason
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    While the service was good, my companion ordered Ribeye and was brought New York strip. The manager approached us and apologized but only offered to adjust the price to the actual cut of meat served. Nothing extra was offered to make up for the wrong order. I asked our waiter about the ingredients in a salad and was not advised that the salad had beets on it. I hate beets! The dressing was too sweet as well. Overall a nice experience but when I go out for a $125.00 meal, I expect more.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best lunch
    Malissa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    you're going to pay $10-12 for lunch at any decent place in town, so why not go and get a gourmet meal for the same price? Food is consistently good with great specials each day to mix it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Duck!
    autigers5252
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    On my most recent visit to Central, my wife and I had kid free night so we decided to take advantage and stay at the Renaissance. Walked across the street for our 7:00 reservation on a Friday night with only a 10 or 15 minute wait. The service was good and the food was outstanding. I ordered the Roasted Duck Quarters and was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Menu
    JLDay
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Doing incredible things with local ingredients. Restaurant interior is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business or Pleasure
    JMonday50
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great experience at Central for a business meeting/lunch. The food & service were great, but the atmosphere was fantastic. I hope to return here with my husband or family strictly to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Montgomery Dining Experience
    byumama
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife & I stayed at the downtown Montgomery Hampton Inn; Central was within walking distance. I choose to dine at Central while reading an open table review where the diner stated "the beef wellington was best ever"; unfortunately we did not find wellington on the menu-> opting instead for shrimp & grits, wood grilled oysters, turkey wontons and beet salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale but affordable in the Gump
    Gumptown2Steps
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night out!
    HPFoodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out in Montgomery
    luvcentraldining
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky find
    alabamajp
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet