Cafe Central gave us a very special evening -- the service, wine and dinner were superb. The three of us ordered aged steak, lamb and sea bass. Everything was prepared with the freshest ingredients and flavors. Simply out of this world! The wine steward was attentive and cordial, recommending a spectacular burgundy. The warm cabbage and beet salad is to die for! The waiter went out of his way to make everything just perfect for us. If you want to impress out of town guests, Cafe Central is a must!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cafe Central dinner
Fantastic food, great wine, and outstanding service
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great evening at Cafe Central
We have never been disappointed here, super great food and specials and the staff is terrific . . they will do anything for the customer. A super super wine selection presented by a great wine enthusiast, Phillip!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best restaurant in this
The best restaurant in this little poor city.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Come here every time I can. Brought more clients to the restaurant and they were impressed as always. Superiour service, food, and wine list. Our server Charles was especially friendly and attentive.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic and tasty
The food was delicious and the ambience romantic--perfect date night restaurant. The food appears to be contemporary American fusion.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, the food in this
As always, the food in this establishment is outstanding with a large variety of items for every taste and palate. Noteworthy items include - fried calamari, cuperchino and dessert. Wonderful chef...
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st time there.
Overall great experience. 1st time dining at a fancy/elegant restaurant. The ribeye was excellent...
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for special occasions
Excellent food, ambiance, and service. Pricey but worth it for special occasions
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I went to Cafe Central for a romantic dinner! It was perfect. The food was amazing, the atmosphere perfect and the staff took care of us. The green chili soup was delicious! You have to try it.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great Experience
My grandaughter, a Gifted child was invited for dinner by "Grandpa" in recognition of her great efforts, the ambience, service, and the quality of food were for her the most rewarding thing that she has experience, she loves it, now she wants to go at least every week at the end of the week to enjoy the music and the social environment.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wife and I had a date night at Cafe Central and the food and service was amazing.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic birthday dinner
Second time here and cafe central staff turned our dinning experience into a perfect romantic intimate birthday celebration and to top it off they brought a delicious tres leches birthday cake with a sparkler on the side. The food was excellent and our drinks were exquisite. It'll be a night I'll never forget. So romantic!!!! We have decided to celebrate our birthdays here every year since my boyfriend and I just love the ambience, food and the great staff and how cafe central just made it a perfect romantic night for us <3
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service could have been better. We had to wait multiple time to get refills on our drinks. Also, we had to tell the server to bring us more bread (would only give out a small amount).
There was live music playing but could not see the singer due to being blocked by the front desk.
Improvement can be done in order to transform the restaurant into a better one.
There was a server (maybe the manager, old fellow) always going to select few people (maybe the regulars) and salute them, talk to them. Make me feel like we were not important. Food isn't cheap so I expect for staff to be polite too (even if we do not got there to visit regularly)
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a romantic
Great place for a romantic get away. Although we didn't leave town it felt we were outside the local scene. A bit pricy but worth the experience. I enjoyed the Sea Bass with white rice and had just the right amount of teriyaki sauce to give rice flavor, but didn't take away from the Sea Bass at all. Great wine list, by the glass or bottle. Especially enjoyed the different bread servings before and throughout the meal. Although our waiter was a bit distant and wasn't very welcoming, very attentive otherwise. I will return
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place for Date Night
Booked through open table and it really make the reservation process so easy. The hostess and manager (I am guessing that is who is was) were a little snooty. Everyone else was very nice and accommodating. Wine steward was terrific and foot excellent as always.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and awesome service!
Great food and awesome service! Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Live music is a plus! Very romantic.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Higher End Dining
Cafe Central interior size is more cafe than restaurant, out side seating available, reservations a good idea. Wait staff attentive. Extensive wine list. Well mixed cocktails. Solid menu. Green chili bisque a treat. Sea food platter starter recommended and easily shared with four diners. Calamari done just right. Rib eye steak larger than expected, one of the best rib eyes I have enjoyed in a long while. Tres leches cake a treat.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was wonderful........our waiter, Manny, was terrific.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best restaurant in El Paso. Ellegant food. Well trained staff. Sophisticated atmosphere. Quiet.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wasn't what I expected
My boyfriend brought me for my birthday and it was great. We enjoyed the crab cakes as a starter, he had the ribeye, I had the sea bass, and we enjoyed a chocolate dessert. The 20 min wait for the dessert was worth it. the food was amazing and I would definitely go there again. Would it be my first choice?...Unfortunately no. The waiter was not attentive (SO not attentive) he wasn't even the one who served our dinner and forgot the milk for our dessert. The only times he stopped by the table was when we had our courses. The seating was pretty cramped and reminded me of the seating at Crave. If you've been there you know exactly what I'm talking about. We thought the dress code was professional,...no. Food great but not the service.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine!
everything about our last visit was amazing! they printed a new menu for my fiance birthday with her name on it! they were just outstanding! great food and personal.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as its reputation
I finally managed to try cafe central, one of the most recommended restaurants in El Paso, and I have to say its reputation is well deserved. The food was absolutely delicious. I went with a friend and she was as happy with her dish as I was with mine. The steak was tender, the mashed potatoes were fantastic and the vegetables were tasty. I noticed that there were no salt shakers on the tables and almost asked for one, but the food is so well seasoned that you don't need one! The service was good, and the only minor complaint is that they only give you a single slice of bread before your food gets there, but if you ask for more they will oblige. Simply delicious!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Being it was my first time here. I loved it. Good service. I had an awesome waiter who was very tentative and helpful. I recommend this place for an awesome evening with friends or just simply to have a romantic night with your significant other. .
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aniversary gone perfect!
Showed up to previously reserved table; no wait to be seated.
Greeted by name... Wonderful.
Server took his time answering questions we had about menu and wine choices.
Food was delicious with it had an elegan presentation.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ambiance is awesome. Service was over the top. The food was good too. This is a steakhouse which was good. The seafood leaves a little to be desired. The wine list is exceptional and the sommelier is very knowledgable and helpful.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Same as always
I review this restaurant the same way each time I dine there. Great food. Great wines. Good cocktails. Service is good (not great) and at the end when you want to leave to attend a show they are always slow as molasses to bring you the check. This is despite telling them when you want to depart the restaurant. It never fails/
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food experience
This James Beard award nominee did not disappoint on any level. There was even a bread waiter! Amazing all around.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
NIght out Downtown
This is a place where a reservation is highly suggested. The attention to service is phenomenal and the food is amazing. Expect to pay a premium at this restaurant, but it is worth it. The sommelier was really friendly and willing to enlighten us on wines and paired our wine exquisitely. Must try the mango colada pie!! It is to die for.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Landmark experience
I just have to say if you are coming to El Paso, TX for business or pleasure you have to go to Cafe Central!!!
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
The appearance of the restaurant wasn't quite what I expected. The exterior does not do the restaurant justice. The ambience of the interior was very nice...quite elegant. The inner dining area was somewhat small, so the individual seating areas were placed too close for a fine dining establishment. I equate it to "coach" seating in a "first class" environment. However, the food was absolutely delicious. My only mark-down would be the quality and uniformity of the servers (to include the hosts). Could've up'd the appearance a bit. It's still an amazing restaurant, especially for a special occasion. There aren't many fine-dining options in El Paso, but this is worth the trip/price.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time was great
Everything about this restaurant is amazing. Philip the sommelier is the best in town and with their amazing wine list, he will pick out the perfect bottle for you. We each got a steak and they were cooked perfectly. We had a terrible waiter who never poured our wine, brought us steak knives and amazingly enough he never spoke a word to us. We sat there so long without him taking our order that we had to ask the manager to take our order. He never checked on how we were doing or anything. He is the worst waiter I have come across in any restaurant.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tremendous service food delightful
Tremendous service food delightful compliments to chef Palomares. Great work and service
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a really nice time. The food was very good, sure expensive, but you would have to expect that at a place like this. The service was great, didn't bother us too much, and made sure we had everything we needed. The portions were pretty good. They had a huge wine list, and we were able to get a cigar and enjoy it on the patio. I will most likely come back for my next fancy date night.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted promptly at the door. Very courteous staff. We were celebrating an anniversary and we noticed 2 other tables had red rose petals and a simple red rose as a flower arrangement but not ours!!
My dish the linguinni diavolo was a little too salty, my husband enjoyed the steak which was cooked to perfection according to him. Appetizers were also very good.
Pleasant experience overall.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a good service. The food is great. Having drinks and food with your boyfriend/girlfriend/ friends or even family seems excellent. I'll definitely go to this place again.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great get together a reunited with my lost love.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Evening
Very nice evening...consistently great food...very attentive staff.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always perfect! Great food! Love the Green Chili soup!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous wine list and fresh
Fabulous wine list and fresh seafood in the heart of El Paso's downtown district. The signature cream of chili soup is a must-try!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
We were greeted as we entered the restaurant and seated promptly. The decor is very elegant, and there was music by a pianist and a singer, joined later by a guitar. The food was excellent. Pricing was fair for what was received.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Restaurant in El Paso
Café Central has been a top tier restaurant for many years. The only criticism was the very large portions and sometime unattractive presentations. That has all changed. The special last Wednesday was Marlin with cous-cous and quinoa. The fish was moist, perfectly cooked and just the right portion. Baby zucchini was delicious. My dining guest ordered the lobster ravioli which was tender, very flavorful and, again, just the right portion. The wine list is very impressive and the sommelier (Philippe) very accommodating. All in all, a dinner to rival the best of Napa Valley chefs. Go Café Central!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply the best romantic place to have dinner that ive found here!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extensive wine list. Superb service. Birthday recognized on the menu. Food quality and presentation excellent.
Still the best restaurant in El Paso. Great menu that showcases a great variety of entrées and appetizers. Will definitely return in the future.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
night @cafe central
We had a great time. The food was delicious so was the wine. Service was perfect. Totally recommend this place for special occasions.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went there for our 20th anniversary. The restaurant itself is quite nice with linen table cloths and a piano playing in the background. The food was wonderful and the wine list is massive. The only problem we experienced was that the waiter brought out my entre 10 minutes before my wife's.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
art and escargot
My husband and I took an evening to spend some time at the El Paso Art Museum, which is open late on Thursdays, and have dinner. Cafe Central is close to the museum and the valet parking made it the perfect choice. I had eaten there before and looked forward to another great experience. I have only two complaints. First, we were seated near the front of the restaurant and my seat was up against two walls, making me feel like I was was in the "time-out" corner all evening. Second, the ice bucket for other people's bottled water was up against our table making for an unsightly addition to the evening. The waiter moved it when we asked - but we should not have to ask. The good news? The food was as good as I remembered.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Above all expectations.
Cafe Central is by far the best restaurant in town. I have been frequenting it for about 5 years and the service and food today is as good as when I went for the first time. I recommend it!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll be back soon!
We've lived in El Paso for two years and have been meaning to try Cafe Central, but since we live on the other side of town, we hadn't yet made it until this past weekend. We will most certainly become regulars--it's totally worth the drive! The food, wine and service were all amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed the bacon-wrapped prawn entree, and my husband loved his sea bass. The sommelier paired a perfect bottle with our meal and our after-dinner cocktails were top notch.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was such a lovely surprise
This was such a lovely surprise for the El Paso area. We will be back!!!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM