Central Bistro
Central Bistro

Central Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.centralbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6046894527
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Continental, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Nick Gazdag
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Sunday begining at 8:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Comox
  • Parking: No
A word from Central Bistro
Central Bistro offers freshly made "comfort food' and we advertise the fact that it's 'where the locals eat'. And they do — because the food is reasonably priced and the quality is reliable. In fact, our menu is made with fresh ingredients, from scratch, every day. We have a casual atmosphere and we make sure you'll get good service so that you can enjoy your time in our restaurant.
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Central Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (6)romantic (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)special occasion (4)great for outdoor dining (4)good for groups (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • This is a perennial favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    This is a perennial favourite and by far the best in the west end. Super friendly staff and great service, casual but classy ambiance, the vibe ranges from casual dining to the occasional late night dance party in the bar section with the staff. The food is creative and the mussels are always a solid choice. Central is always my choice if I want reasonably priced food and drinks and an almost guaranteed great time. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was tasty and well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    The food was tasty and well presented. The server was attentive and informative. The location of the table was nice but there was a draft coming from the door which was beside us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay Only. If you are neighborhood.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Nothing special or memorable. It was fine but not a foodie's destination.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went during dine out, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    We went during dine out, the food is not that great and the service is terrible. Our server left us with no cutlery after the appetizers showed up and same when our entrees came. Also, he gave us the wrong food and spilled water on me. It would've been okay if he apologized and gave me something dry myself with but he went away and served another table. Until i told him he spilled water on me, he just replied with "oh, did I?" I will never go back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner. The food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Great dinner. The food was excellent and well presented. Fun, cozy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal overall. Waiter
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    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Great meal overall. Waiter was attentive and service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely fabulous!! We really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Absolutely fabulous!! We really love this restaurant as our local hide away.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • urban romantic dinner/ drink Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Great spot with a warm cozy fire place. It was a romantic urban find. Food was great , my husband had the braised the short ribs and I had the beef bouganoin. Both were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was superberb... everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Food was superberb... everything on our plates was perfect. The services was also excellent. Music was too loud made talking difficult and we were seated by window near door. Had cold air on my back and I was cold the whole evening which takes away from the dining pleasure. This will not stop us from returning but we will try to get a better table next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Austrian puff pastry tart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    The Austrian puff pastry tart was fabulous, and other dishes we tried were also very good. Somewhat limited menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were a bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    We were a bit disappointed this time by the french fries which weren't as crispy as usual... but over all: we loved it ... and will keep coming back :)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Food was great, service was impressive, great overall experience. Will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Braised beef short ribs is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    Braised beef short ribs is outstanding. Mussels is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely restaurant. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    A lovely restaurant. The food was good. The service was great - did not feel rushed to end our dinner. The drinks were a litte pricey ($10 for Spanish coffee - hmmm??). It was a little dark - hard to read the menu; the tealight candles helped. Our party enjoyed their meal. The zuchinni falaffel fritter appetizer we tried was excellent. The menu had great vegetarian options. Give it try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    We got a Social Shopper deal for Central Bistro and what a wonderful experience. The Staff were friendly, the atmosphere was nice and the food was great! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu with varied choices,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Great menu with varied choices, including 3 different yummy salads. Loved being on Denman, people watching. Friendly staff, little slow. Didn't need to hear them argue amongst themselves.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to Central Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    We have been to Central Bistro for both brunch and dinner several times now and always thoroughly enjoy it. Great for groups or an intimate meal. This time we went for live jazz night they do every Sunday. It's a small neighborhood place that gets quite busy generally and totally full in Sundays. Pleasant ambiance, cool art. Great food, reasonably priced, menu is creative without losing it's focus on simple delicious combinations of local seasonal flavours. So far everything we've had has been fantastic- this time we ordered only apps:salt spring island mussels, roasted garlic shrimp, confit duck and zucchini falafel fritters. Venison carpaccio also a hit. Decent wine/beer list, local focus. Friendly service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Squeeze in and enjoy the show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    Good for the Sunday night Jazz. The entertainment was very good and interactive with the crowd. The restaurant is extremely cramped. The food was good and came in a timely manner but the drinks (which were also good) were very slow. Overall, I would go back for the entertainmet and experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic