Wow! Second time here, when
Wow! Second time here, when I travel to PHX I make sure to hit this place up. Trendy, fun, attractive, terrific and fresh food- Servers know the industry and treat it like the profession it is!!!
5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh pastas were undercooked
Fresh pastas were undercooked . Everything else was fabulous.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming with attention to detail
Food quality and menu diversity within Camelback corridor is second to none. Extremely accommodating to our special needs. Ex: we chose this neighborhood gem to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Kindergarten; unfortunately, my daughter has food allergies to corn, oats and peanuts. The waiter was very patient and the chef prepared a special gourmet Mac and cheese from scratch with no corn starch or related products. My daughter loved it and we personally thank the chef.
Highly recommend this place for the quaint feel and attention to every detail by the collective staff. Ciao.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved it. Great space. Excellent menu. I had the salmon BLT wrap and can't wait to back to have it again. Service/price/variety all perfect. German does it again!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great meal
Central Bistro is very consistent, high quality restaurant. I will come back.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had another great experience
We had another great experience at Central Bistro. Our waiter was attentive, and the food met their previous standards...
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had a great time at Central Bistro - we had a good table in the main dining room and our server was friendly and knew the menu well.
The restaurant has a great vibe to it.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is great and so is the
Food is great and so is the service. I eat here often and enjoy taking clients here here for lunch, as I know the food and servie is always good.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best!
One of the best places in Phoenix area! I highly recommend it. The place is great for any type of occasion. Every area is unique, the bar, the dinning room, the patio. And as far as the food goes, everything we ordered was just what we expected, portions, taste, presentation.. I want to especially thank the staff, they really take care of you, and go that extra mile to make sure you are completely satisfied with your dinning experience.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central Bistro - a good feeling
We sat at a corner booth tucked along side a glass encased wine room. Our waiter was distracted. He did snap out of it 1/2 way thru our meal. There were 4 of us. We ordered 4 different starters/small plates, entrees and desert. Each was served hot, looked and tasted wonderful except for two things. 1) the tiramisu was mostly cream. I prefer more fingers and 2) the artichoke tasted better after i took 1/2 home and microwaved it for another 4 minutes to soften the leaves. Pairing with really good wine and beer at fantastic prices was easy. The atmosphere was chic, a low hum surrounded us and we looked great in the dim filtered day light. We watched what was served to other diners and realize we need to come back for more.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Risotto was fantastic and service excellent... couldn't ask for a better meal !!
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of Phoenix Best... All Night
It was early, about 7pm , so the noise from the happy hour crowd in the bar was a bit more than I prefer, but this resolved during our meal. The duck 3 ways is a standout. I had the central cioppino, an Italian version of a bouillabaisse, with more lobster clam, scallop and calimari that can be eaten at one meal. I found it fun and it tasted absolutely exquisite.My wife had a grilled ruby trout with small potatoes which was excellent. The wine list continues excellent. We topped it off with excellent cappuccino and beignets presented with whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel dipping sauces. By the way, ordering from the full menu continues until 2 AM. We have never felt rushed. Don't miss this one for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noisy but great food
The food is amazing, but don't ask for anything done special (like dressing on the side)...it appears to be either a bit much for the kitchen to handle or the waiters to bother themselves with. In three times that we have been here, they have yet to get an order completely correct. Also, the noise level at the dinner serving is intolerable. Lunch was acceptable, but dinner gets turned up to an entirely different level. The complete lack of sound-deadening materials in the restaurant is the major culprit. This completely detracts from the experience as you literally cannot hear the person next to you.
With all that said, the food is really spectacular, enough to carry 4 stars rather than 3 for everything else but the food. Stick with brunch.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great menu. Some unusual appetizers and starters. We really liked the assorted cheese board presented on a lazy susan. The potato leek soup was quite delicious The duck was succulent and quite memorable. The salmon in a lobster berre blanc was outstanding. Timing and service was
good without being intrusive. This was our second try at central and we've decided it's one of our new favorites!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding, especially the trout on our dining evening. The wine list is excellent and reasonably priced vis a vis many local "hot spots." The noise level is too high for good conversation if seated at an open table so I would not recommend this restaurant for a romantic interlude or for an evening of serious discussion. The service was particularly friendly and helpful.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Doesn't Disappoint !
This was our fourth visit to Central Bistro. Our waitress remembered us! The food was delish,again the artichoke was scrumptious enough to share all around. An interesting burata appetizer as well, melted in our mouths. We usually get the Beinets for desert but alas had no room....next time! Keep up the great work!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fun evening!
We had a wonderful evening with two of our old friends. The dinner and service were top notch! A very fun and lively restaurant!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
First but Not the last Visit!
Pleasantly surprised at the transformed old Zen 32 space in the Safeway plaza to a great bistro with keen and welcoming staff! We'll make this one if our regular spots for lunch, dinner, happy hours and brunch!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food and service... really enjoy this place and great for taking clients here.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central Bistro just gets better
Andrea and German just keep making Central Bistronthe hottest and best place to dine in Phoenix. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Whatever. They always exceed expectations.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great neighborhood place, believe it or not. Food and service were exceptional... and all with a very casual feel. Hidden a strip mall, but this place is great. Remarkably authentic Italian flavors, too.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Given that we are huge fans of local bistro we wanted to try central bistro. It met all of our expectations. It has a very nice and varied menu which enough selections for all. The appetizers were wonderful as we're our dinners. The service was impeccable.
We were seated at the time of our reservation and it was all wonderful from there
The only set back was the noise level is very high and it can be difficult to hear
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous but noisy
Wonderful in every way except NOISY. Food had wonderful flavor, generous portions, prepared to perfection and good price points. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Eager to go back & try the rest of the menu.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an early Saturday evening dinner here, before the restaurant got too crowded. The service was excellent and the food was fresh and delicious. We shared the arugula salad, which they split in the kitchen and presented beautifully to each of us. I had the mac and cheese, something I normally would never order, but it was unique and tasty -- with shrimp pieces (thankfully no tails!) and pancetta providing plenty of flavor. My partner had pasta with Italian sausage and ate every bit of it. We were too full to order dessert. We would definitely return to this restaurant. Great food, reasonable prices, and attentive service.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a Treat!
We love Central Bistro! Our family has diverse tastes and we all love eating there. My husband and son went at least once a week over the Summer, as I was out of town--they say the steaks are "the best and perfect everytime!" Loved the new server, Eddie!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant
Consistently good food and always great service. Went with 8 and all dishes were delicious. It's nice to have a close, nicely decorated restaurant where you can bring a group and have a nice meal reasonably priced.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoy Local Bistro in N. Scottsdale and were pleasantly surprised to enjoy Central Bistro equally as much. The grilled calamari steak and tuna tartare appetizers were outstanding as well as most of their pizzas. We will definitely return.
8/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Attention To Quality Food
We have dined at Central Bistro several times. Service is always excellent as is the food and its presentation. The new wine and meat board with a sush-house-like choice of contents was a pleasant and tasty surprise letting us pick the foods and the amount of food. I was exceptional. Ciopini continues superb. I had salmon...excellent. We were disappointed that the "duck 3 ways" was not available, but it was explained that getting quality duck had been a recent problem. The noise level at happy hour is very high even in the restaurant. For quiet dining I recommend 7pm or later. As a plus they serve full menu in an unrushed way until 1 am.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although noisy at the bar, our table was quiet enough so we could hear each other compliment our waiter, food, and the attention paid to our requests. From fish to vegetables to bread pudding...which I have never enjoyed...everything was delicious. You actually could taste the essence of what was prepared rather than a dominating fancy sauce. It was my wife's birthday and our waiter helped make it special with her wishes and complimentary dessert. Nothing was overdone; no one was overbearing; and the evening was a most pleasant integration of food, person, and setting.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food & great service
The place has a cool vibe, it's beautiful, has good energy, the food was really good, freshly house made pastas, the fish of the day was fresh & delicious. We also ordered the crab pasta, grilled octopus & tuna tartare, all tasty. Even the kids pasta with red sauce was good. The menu is worth another visit to try something else
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Business Lunch in Phoenix
Centrally located, good food, exceptional service. Was able to conduct business, and noticed many other business types there.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always love dining at Central
We always love dining at Central Bistro. I have never been disappointed. Service, food and atmosphere are always outstanding.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food & Service
The food was very good along with attentive service & the price was reasonable. I would definitely go back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food - very noisy happy hour
Even though we were as far away from the bar it was hard to carry on a conversation until the happy hour crowd thinned.
We had to eat early due a flight one of our party had to catch.
The moral of the story, if you want to carry on a conversation, wait until after 7:00pm to dine here.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
No far from excellent
Food is super delicious, server was very professional, helpful and timely, environment just right, but the seating hostess was so ridiculously snobby that she couldn't even manage a smile, made us feel unwelcome and her manner made everyone feel like she just hated being there. We noticed she was even snobby to her partner hostess. I'll recommend this place to others. Maybe your welcoming will be different, and the rest of the experience is wonderful, but I won't be going back. I'm just tired of snobs and there are plenty of other delicious places in the neighborhood.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whooda thought? Right there
Whooda thought? Right there at the end of a row of stores, you can have a awesome dining experience, punctuated with a perfectly aged cream brie, frozen grapes (don't knock 'em 'till you tried 'em), and a huge variety of gourmet food, cooked to perfection. Décor is upscale modern, but very comfortable, the wine list endless, and the service so exceptional, you wonder how it's not so crowded that you can't get in.
The French pressed coffee served with real cream if you want it, is so tasty, you hope the pot never ends, and the chef has the kitchen brigade honed to perfection. Every bite of every part of the meal was perfectly cooked, and beautifully presented. Unbeatable!
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure at Central Bistro
Really enjoyed the evening. Went for Restaurant week and we all loved our meals. The ambiance is lovely and the food was perfectly prepared and healthy. The waiter wasn't too impressive though.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE WENT DURING RESTAURANT
WE WENT DURING RESTAURANT WEEK. oNE HAD THE SPECIAL MENU AND ONE DID NOT.
THE APPETIZER (CALAMARI) WAS DELICIOUS AND BIG ENOUGH TO SHARE.
tHE SALMON WAS VERY GOOD
tHE ROASTED CHOCKEN WAS VERY GOOD AND HUGE.
WE WILL GO BACK
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food divine service impeccable my new favorite place
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restauranteurs visiting phoenix
This place was recommended to us by fellow business people and did not disappoint.
Good food. Good service. Very pleasant manager. Thank you for a great meal and experience.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had one of our ladies lunches here and there were 8 of us. Everyone raved about their food. I had the French Onion Soup which was a huge portion, but amazing! A friend and I split the Parma Panini which was also really great. Our server did a great job accommodating a large group during their busy lunch time. We would definitely go back.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Great Phoenix Restaurant
My wife and I, with and withouts guests have consistently enjoyed this Outstanding Restaurant. Whether you are there for lunch or dinner , the food and service is perfect.
Most recently, I was there with a Buddy. He is a finicky eater, the Kitchen prepared a custom made dish ,an adaptation of one of their salads to meet his needs.I enjoyed their Salad that has salami, chicken, bacon and blue cheese. It usually has nuts as part of the mix, I can not eat nuts , the server made sure it was served nut free, yet amazingly delicious.
Ice coffee , a pretty common drink, yet , served at Centro Bistro, it was outstanding.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stil One Of The Best
We've dined at Central Bistro several times. Even though the chef has changed the menu continues intriguing and without any poor options. The service has been stellar from all the servers who have taken care of us. My standouts are the Duck Three Ways, The Meat and Cheese Tray appetizer (order like a sushi bar to get the ones you want), and the glorious Cioppino. The restaurant offers ordering from the full menu until 1am and won't hurry you. Be aware that the bar scene creates a higher noise level for early diners until about 7 pm. You won't be disappointed by this eatery!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time there & I will
First time there & I will probably fo back.
Waiter was best part of the evening.
Food was just OK
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service and Good Food
I hosted a large group recently. The food was very good, although the portion sizes verge on ridiculously large. The salads could feed three as appetizers easily. The service was excellent and the staff really went out of their way to make sure everyone was happy. In my experience, the service was exceptionally good. Nice modern design and the ambiance is as good as a bistro at the end of a strip mall on Camelback Ave. can be. You can easily forget the busy streets and enjoy the service and food.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great local bistro
We arrived for our reservation and requested a table a little farther from the door. The hostess was very accommodating and found another table. It was a cold night.. While waiting for the table, a server stopped by, put a wine glass in our hands and brought us a pour of wine. Something special.. The remainder of the evening continued to be great. Service and food were right on. Thanks for making this a great evening.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
From groups of friends to business clients, central bistro never disappoints.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like the ambiance and the
Like the ambiance and the food is great but both interior areas are a little 'energetic' for people wanting to converse or have hearing impairments. Therefore we needed to eat outside which was lovely on the day we were there but could be problematic during busy hours.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great brunch but music?
We had a great brunch here but the total experience was somewhat dampened by the "live music" playing at the entrance to the dining room. Had we known the restaurant would be sampling a local musician during brunch hours, we would have chosen another time to eat here. The musician should stick to entertaining his dog at home. That said, the french toast was the best we ever had anywhere ever. The chicken and waffles was amazing as well. Our waiter was excellent and was very sympathetic to our disappointment regarding the music. Will return but NOT when there is live music playing!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We will be back.
First time and we loved it. Service was great as was the food. Pricing is moderate compaired to other places in the area. Small but satisfing menu. Will go back...................
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM