Calle Ocho

4.4
3820 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American

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More festive than a piñata stuffed with a mariachi band and twice as stylish, Calle Ocho’s lively crowd is amped up on Mojitos, Caipirinhas, Sangria and Spanish wine or beer and shows no sign of slowing down. Those not willing or able to holler over the salsa music retire to the two small lounge areas to commiserate. The bar area is a prelude to their Nuevo Latino cuisine in the dining room that will knock your taste buds for a loop. If you’re in need of a quick jump-start, Calle Ocho will get your motor running.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, South American, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 873-5025
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giovanny Ventura
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Private party facilities
Private Dining room seating up to 40 guests. Please contact the restaurant for additional information.
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Private party contact
Melinda Anglero / Joe Del Monte: (212) 873-5025
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Catering
Sit down dinner, buffet, passed hors d'oeuvres & full service off site catering, bartenders & servers available. Please contact us at the number below, or at calleocho@msrpgroup.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Columbus and Central Park West
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Parking details
There are meters all along Columbus Avenue and two nearby garages, one at 82nd Street between Columbus & Central Park West & the other on 83rd Street between Columbus Avenue & Amsterdam Avenue.
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Public transit
1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3820 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Over rated and over priced for what it is

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Calle Ocho! Was fortunate to be able to get in on their last date in the location inside of the Excelsior Hotel. Looking forward to more great times in their new location further uptown!

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter coukd have been more attentive had to flag him down a few times. The glasses weren't the goblet kind which kind of takes away from the experience. At their new location they should double the amount the purchase because getting sangria in a regular glass doesn't feel like I'm paying for something special. Food was good as always, portions small but people come for the sangria.

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NT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Calle Ocho is one of my favorite Brunch spots. Who can resist delicious bottomless sangria and great food? It's the perfect place to visit with friends. The only downsides are the service can be extremely slow and it can become frustrating. Thankfully, if you're in great company and you have your sangria, you'll live. Also, the noise levels here are astronomically high. You have to practically scream across the table if you're with a large group, because it would be impossible to hear in normal voice levels.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner so much! The staff is so friendly and attentive. The drinks were excellent. We love going to Calle Ocho!

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific cuban/ latin food, well-presented and delicious. Servers were wonderful.

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E
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints - fantastic drinks and food and super attentive service.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Went for brunch on 6.23.19. I haven't been in over 10 years so I should not have been surprised that things have changed. I loved the old dining room with its expansive ceilings and the beckoning glass dispensers of Sangria on tap. The dining areas now cozier and they bring the Sangria glass by glass. FYI- it better be empty or you get no more!!!! (somebody spoiled it for the rest of us...) On the other hand, The food was just as amazing as I remember. I enjoyed the Ropa Viejo so much that I didn't leave a morsel on my plate. The portions were substantial but the waitstaff was harried and none too personable. nonetheless, I 'd probably go back.

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T
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love this place - the food, the drinks, the service. But brunch the other day....the noise was deafening. Could barely communicate with the people at my table

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food options and numerous sangria flavours to choose from

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SE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The brunch price was very reasonable for the amount of drinks you are able to get one sitting. My food was good but it was board-line cold. It could of been cause eggs do get cold quicker then other food. And the avocado could’ve cooled it off.

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F
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, I had the ropa vieja. Manage to try all but 1 of the flavors of sangria and I prefer the red sangria. Service was great our waiter was attentive to our table. We always had a glass of sangria ready to drink. Love the atmosphere will definitely recommend to friends.

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on a Friday night to celebrate my father‘s birthday. The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful. The staff was very helpful and friendly. And the ambience was perfect, there was good music playing but it was not too loud which allowed us to have a great conversation at the table. I was allowed to bring in a cake that was brought to us at the end of the dinner with Candles as we sang happy birthday. The price was also fairly decent.

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SS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very much enjoyed our meal. Huge portions, interesting menu. Would go there again.

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OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Being from Miami this is not Spanish flood

Nothing to do with Spanish food

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RH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner, wanted to go back this weekend but they were closed! Not sure if they are reopening but hopefully they do.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal.... Drinks was Outstanding.... Service was spectacular

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DR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

35th Anniversary and we chose to come back to a place we so enjoyed before- the food was less than expected, service not great- had to keep waving down help to refill my water glass. The tuna avocado cerviche was drowned in a soy sauce mix that made it impossible to eat- we ate avocado off top. The corn fritter with goat cheese was the only light the entire night- the drinks were awful and we left feeling like at least we loved the company ... of each other - a true waste! We heard they are moving so figure. I I was cares anymore- also had a “grade pending” rating!! Should have been our first clue to turn around and find another place.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Had brunch with a few friends for my birthday. Had a reservation and was seated promptly. The food was delicious the drinks were great. I tried the Blanca and two other sangrias , they have a lot to try,I could only get to three. I had the steak with egg, rice and avocado, it was amazing. I’d go back again they charge 2bucks each to serve your own birthday cake so be prepared if you wanted to bring your own cake. I would come again.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date was impressed since he never had the rich experience.definitely would do it again

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was good to see a restaurant seat a party when then all of the members weren’t there. They clearly stated it was a 2 hour time limit, which was fine with us. The only issue was that the food did take a very long time to come out - we had only about 35-40 minutes to eat when considering the time limit. Sangria was good, and I will definitely come back for sure!

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ZZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We stayed in the hotel and had dinner here. Food was very good..Lots of it, so order accordingly. Place is a little dark and very loud. Staff was super nice!! Pauley at the bar was great. Really, really good Mojitos. He was very attentive! Would recommend if you also like Sangria as it is free here with brunch!

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VD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this place so much. Food and drinks were great as always. But as someone who also works in hospitality, I noticed that the servers were stretched too thin. They either need assistant servers to help them or to not have so many tables to cover.

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NY
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were good as always. The service was pretty slow, but they had one waiter serving like 6 tables that each had 6-10 people. He definitely needed help.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great ambience! We did not have to wait long for our meal. Good service. It was nice to see servers doing their job in a professional manner and not dilly-dally, or talking loudly over the food like some places do.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to spend a great occasion here

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E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent as usual, and the portions are big. Be prepared to bring home a doggie bag! However, my friends and I made the mistake of going on a Friday night, and even though we had a 5:30pm reservation, the noise level was already high. By the time our entrees arrived, we could barely have a conversation. People seemed to be having a good time shouting at each other, but if you want to catch up with your friends, Friday night is not the night to go.

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MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is impeccable; both friendly and efficient. Drinks were delicious (caipirinha and mojito). Food was delicious. Do NOT skip the delicious rolls! Excellent cafe con leche.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service

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B
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, sangria and service were better than the date. I guess you can’t do it all can ya...

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AD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food portions were massive and brunch came with complimentary sangria (8 types!) and they were all amazing.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well it was last minute reservation after graduation so my guests surprised to see the amazing place, service and food was perfect our server Efrain was very attentive on our table.. Thanks.. I will be back soon...

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress left us alone for too long so we had to wait a while for a refill on our sangria.

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MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service for a Saturday afternoon was awesome and the brunch was delicious. The refills for bottomless sangria was outstanding!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

WAY too expensive for the quality of food. That alone. I don't mind paying for an expensive breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but AT LEAST the quality of the food MUST BE exceptional or really good at best. Also- mistake made when I asked one of the busboys for ginger ale for my wife and he brought sparkling water. Margaritas I had were weak and tiny until the 5th one was brought randomly and without any notice from our server, in a tall glass. How do you mess up guacamole at a mexican restaurant? And the plaintain chips weren't great. Overall, very underwhelming. Won't be going back there. May sound like a harsh review, but I'm just being honest.

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NB
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new find and delicious!!!! Will definitely return. Thank you.

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JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants!!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Extremely poor service. Waiter was not attentive. Received main course before we even received drinks

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I'd highly recommend this place to any friends or family looking for a great weekend brunch spot on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The food portions range from adequate to generous and the different sangria options provide an option for all. On top of this my party was sat down prior to our reservation time and we had a very attentive server even though the restaurant was full to capacity. The server also answered all of our questions about the food and drink items in a courteous manner.

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DF
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was wonderful. Each dish was well executed and very flavorful. Would not hesitate to return or recommend.

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