About Calle Ocho

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.

45 West 81st Street inside the Excelsior Hotel
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, South American, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Saturday Brunch: 12pm - 3:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm -10:30pm, Friday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Columbus and Central Park West

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 873-5025

Website:
http://www.calleochonyc.com/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.

Executive Chef:
Rodney Mitchell / Alex Garcia

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining room seating up to 40 guests. Please contact the restaurant for additional information.

Private Party Contact:
Melinda Anglero / Joe Del Monte: (212) 873-5025

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 8:30PM - 9:45PM

Mon - Thu 9:00PM - 10:15PM

Fri - Sat 9:30PM - 11:15PM

Calle Ocho Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Groups (28)
Great for Brunch (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Authentic (26)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Casual (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Fun (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Tapas (18)
Romantic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Spicy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 20 hours ago

Vaca frita was amazing!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Extremely noisy, food really mediocre, waiters nice but in a hurry

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·Dined 2 days ago

Had an absolutely great time, service was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I go here every year for Valentine's Day for the past 8 years. I got to go to the other Calle Ocho before it was moved to the hotel and I was never disappointed. Keep doing exactly what you doing. Bring back the flan and pollo peruano please. Thanks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Mediocre, especially the food. All orders were close to tasteless and without the proper seasonings you might expect from Cuban food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place, however we were disappointed with Sangria and cocktails as were the patrons next to us. Specifically, it was sweet red wine with fruit, that not Sangria, and cocktails had less than 1/3 giver if that. We relayed this to the Manager on call Wed., 7/14, and he took my cocktail, went to the bar, made the cocktail himself and brought it over to me. Yes, he's obviously a very good bar tender because I truly enjoyed it. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a Manager.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great paella, and cocktails. Wife thought the steak sauce a little over powering, but paired with very good lobster empenada. Slightly slow on drink service, but very friendly and attentive staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place, great food with nice portions and beautiful presentation. We are definitely going back!

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fabulous food...brunch to die for! Good service & great sangria! One of my favorites.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing!! The ceviche was the best I ever had! Service was also phenomenal. It was easy to get a reservation, the day of, for two people. Was by far the best meal I had in NYC on this quick weekend trip.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was amazing and the seating arrangements couldn't have been more perfect. It's as if the waiter's know the right spot to sit couple's. I do not usually go to the city in general so I was a bit skeptic to go to a fancy Spanish spot and waste money. I must say this was worth every penny, I ordered the "Bistec" which has to be my top 5 favorite Steaks I have ever eaten. My lady got a "Lechon" and let me tell you as a Puerto Rican I could not be more impressed with how the pork came out...it practically melted off the bone. When my lady is happy I am happy and immediately she expressed wanting to go back. You've got my business Calle Ocho thank you for a splendid pre-Valentines dinner experience.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Really cool spot, 1st time at this location and really enjoyed the food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Really sorry to report our disappointment with our meal tonight. Service mediocre and food was burnt (duck) and quite tough. Sangria like grape juice. Things seem to have deteriorated since our last visit...we are not so difficult to please...
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything about our dining experience was average. First off, we were sat in a weird slightly cold side dining room away from the music and fun ambiance of the main dining room. We sat down and the table was very wobbly and I was so cold I had to keep my jacket on. Second, the food from restaurant week menu was very uninspiring and did not make me want to come back and try the rest of the menu. Lastly, the service was friendly, but slow. The prices are very steep on the regular menu ($15 for an arepa?!) for what seems like standard average food to me. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend Calle Ocho.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My friend and I came here to try their food since they were participating in restaurant week. I like the decor of the restaurant and the service we received. The appetizers and entrees were good however the dessert was not. I instantly could taste that the cake came straight from the microwave which completely changed the texture of the cake and made it gummy. My friend and I got two different desserts however our ice creams tasted the same even though they were supposed to be different. I would return here to try the different savory foods from the menu as well the drinks but I will definitely avoid dessert.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Unfortunately, our party of four could find little or nothing to recommend on the menu. The paella was a real disappointment as was the fish. The steak was adequate and the duck likewise but absolutely nothing to write home about. Very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazing service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We went for Restaurant Week and we enjoyed every minute of it. This was my third time going and have always received excellent service and good food. Great job!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Walked into the hotel lobby to an unexpected cove on the right! They relocated about 6 years ago (that's hire long I haven't been) but the usual ambiance and amazing, friendly staff was there to maker me feel at home!

The yuca bread rolls are to die for (I say on my second order)! Food was e ever so tasty and full of flavor. But it's truly the staff that makes me want to frequent this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was good but nothing to rave about. Thought it was a more Energetic place but seemed more like a regular dinner date type.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great for brunch. Good price for food and drinks
Loved the music

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Festive and friendly ambiance. Food was solid this time. Reliable standby for my daughter's family birthday dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a very helpful waiter, super attentive service from other staff, and great food. It was a fun night and a new experience that we look forward to repeating when we are in New York City again.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Would have given 5 stars except for Bathroom..no papertoilet and rude female attendant. I asked the young attendant for tissue and she seemed bothered and handed it to me like I was her bathroom employee... not good! Thank God everything else.. food, drinks , waiter and bartender was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for brunch which includes unlimited sangria. They ran out of the entree option one person in our party wanted and they completely forgot one of the sangrias. We needed to ask for this sangria 7 different times before it was finally brought with what was everyone else's second round. The restaurant was very loud. The food was ok, but the price fix is a bit high if you aren't planning on drinking at least 2 sangrias per person.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good food, good atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was ok but the service was extremely slow considering how empty the restaurant was. We waited over 5 mins before we saw someone to ask for a check. Once that came, everyone disappeared again. At the end, we finally gave up on them coming to get the credit card. We got up and walked around, looking for someone who could take our payment so we can finally leave and go home. A few people were almost hiding behind a large pillar.

I definitely will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Not bad. Just not great.
The service was prompt, professional and friendly. The food was good...not great. Just good. I’m not sure exactly why. It just didn’t “wow” us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely restaurant with an excellent assortment of red and white Sangrias, a wide variety of ceviches, and a very good menu, overall. Jalapeño margarita was spicy and delicious. Rock shrimp appetizer was excellent. The Latin style steak frites was very good. Service was friendly and professional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A little disappointed by the desserts. Tres leches wasn’t as good as I’d hoped and the coconut ice cream barely tasted like coconut.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and atmosphere; their brunches with unlimited sangria refills and bread is very good value for money.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My friends and I celebrated a birthday dinner last Friday , and this place is above every expectation.. Such a memorable dinner.. the tamale are so delicate and the salad is just a work of art.. I had the red snapper on couscous which was very nice.. the portion was enormous and so worth the left overs. Dessert is a whole other story.. delectable.. I had the domino chocolate cake.. omg! The best! The servers are so attentive ..the bread that is served on the table with the black bean dip.. is so good I have to find that recipe.. can’t have enough of that.. I could go on and on about this place the lighting the music everything is fabulous.. I MUST RETURN!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent service, delicious food, great Restaurant Week value.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful menu choices, great service (greeters, waiters, busboy—-everyone!) and nice deco. All of that coupled with the company of family made the night perfect!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Love the new restaurant! Great acoustics. Thanks

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Calle Ocho was surprisingly tasty. Although I was a bit nervous, since it wasn't super crowded as most NYC establishments are on a Saturday night, but the margaritas were great, the service was good and the food was tasty. We split an entree which was still plenty of food. It would've been wasteful not to split! I would go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Calle Ocho never disappoints me. The staff is beyond comforting and the food is plentiful and filling. I love the ambiance for a casual group setting. The Sangria is the best. There is a flavor for all palates . Their formula has been working for me for over the years. Keep up the fantastic work.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

LOUD! Service was good but did not do anything about tables of SCREAMING drunk people.

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 (México)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This place has only 3 bathroom for a LARGE restaurant. The bathrooms are just not enough for the capacity of the place and the big crowd they get every weekend. The line to use a bathroom took me 25 mins. It has a nice ambiance but the service in general is poor.
Not good value for money.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Tapas, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great flavors. Wonderful sangria. Relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options
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