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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (44)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Special Occasion (31)
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Good for Groups (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Great for Brunch (26)
Fun (22)
Romantic (22)
Casual (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Cozy (17)
Authentic (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Business Meals (7)
Tapas (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Very expensive but the calamari appetizer and the salmon are excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

All good. Last minute booking. No issues

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

After a long day at the Museum of Natural History it was a short walk away, delicious Latin cuisine, nice ambiance and great for celebrating my boyfriends birthday. I mentioned at the door that it was his birthday and although I forgot to remind waiter - staff presented him with a dessert with candle and sang happy birthday at no extra cost. Very nice evening :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service was excellent from the moment we walked in. The Drinks are very tasty and definitely worth trying. Food was flavorful and just the right amount of portions. I definitely look forward to coming back to this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fun brunch and not too loud to hear the people at your table

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was amazing. Cocktails were amazing. And booths were nice and private

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

They are resting on their laurels
Food mediocre
Service poor
They need to revisit restaraunt 101 or they will continue to decline
No one overseeing the dining room

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The bottomless sangria was great, and so was the food. Brunch is SUPER busy so the service wasn’t great, but still a great spot!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food. Would recommend. Wish music was louder.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food/service/ambiance. The food quality is phenomenal and the crowd was very chill. The hostess made sure that we got the exact table we requested and was very accommodating. Sangria was excellent, bread was amazing and the lobster mashed potatoes were to die for !

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Waiter very personable and helpful in helping us choose from a plethora of choices. We took his advise and were not disappointed in any way. The spicy shrimp appetizer was exceptional . The paella was the best I've ever had.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Overall I enjoyed the food at Calle Ocho was very tasty ,the music was great and not too loud . The service was good ,the only gripe I have is that we felt rushed. Granted it was a Saturday early evening but we had reservations and were celebrating a birthday. Our check was brought to us without even asking which I found a bit rude . I would go back but probably not for dinner on a weekend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went with my best friend to celebrate her birthday! The service was fast and friendly. The complimentary breads were delicious. There are so many different sangria choices and we were switching back and forth between several. At the end of our meal, they surprised her with a small piece of birthday cake and ice cream. We had an amazing time!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was excellent, food is average making it pricey

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was really great the customer service was really good and the drinks are even better lol

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I’ve been going to Calle Ocho for brunch for years. Recently they increased their prices significantly. I still kept my reservation, because I’ve always enjoyed my meals there. However, this time the service was terrible. I felt rushed, like an inconvenience. Took us forever to get water and a bread basket. You can’t raise your prices and lower your hospitality. Unfortunately, I won’t be returning.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I've had dinner at Calle Ocho before, but this was my first brunch. It was delicious and clearly a crowd favorite as they had a full house when we got there. The food was fantastic and the energy in the room was high (prpbably because of the unlimited sangria during brunch!).

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our waiter had a bad attitude. This is my fave brunch spot. He was dismissive and not friendly. Also I had to ask for bread 3x.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I enjoyed a pleasant dinner with a friend.
I have been to Calle Ocho often and chose it because of good food and ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My family and I had a great time at Calle Ocho!! We were seated as soon as we arrived, our waiter was phenomenal, and our food was awesome. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I took my brother her for our monthly brother/sister get together. The food was great, the drinks were amazing and our waiter was always close by to give us a refill.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The atmosphere was great! The food was bland I expected it to have more seasoning as it a Latin Resturant.

It was ok!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Perfect attention and good food
I want to go back to try their brunch

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was amazing. My girls and I had a blast. Everything was outstanding!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food & service was great but the kitchen staff was very loud & we can hear the chefs & the expeditors having personal conversations & calling out the order tickets. The table was not good spot for us or anyone to be seated so close to the kitchen especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion. As we were having dessert I noticed one of the expeditors touching his beard with his blue gloves on & handling/garnishing a few dishes.. this is against food safety standards. Don’t know if I’ll ever go back

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Overall - the place was disappointing: not air conditioned well on a hot and humid night. Sangria had too much ice... very little alcohol... my dish (salmon) was ok, but my friend ordered paella and had stomach issues right after... not recommended... even though the service is fine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very loud and kicked us out with no warning. Not very good service considering. We had to ask for extra bread 5 times.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a blast at our brunch reservation. Excellent food choices and the sangrias were spectacular. We will definitely stop here out next time in the city!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Calle Ocho was AMAZING!! This was my first time here - I took my boyfriend for a birthday brunch. Unlimited sangria included with every meal was absolutely delicious. The food was insanely good. And they were very accommodating. Definitely recommend for a boozy brunch!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Steak was terrible. Other food was ok
Service was great and restaurant was spacious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Service was poor tonight. We have ability to judge given we eat here 3-4 times a year for past 6 years. Felt very neglected and not paid attention to. Hate having to ask for something we've asked for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

White Sangrias were on point! Food was delicious! And loved how they were playing loud enough Spanish music. Definitely coming back!

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was a great balance of attention and space. The menu is varied and the dishes well presented. Good value for money, and yes we would go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I used to love this place but it gets worse everytime I go. The food this time came out 5 minutes after I ordered it and was room temperature (no surprise since it was clearly pre made and then reheated. Real bummer.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Horrible dinner! Tough ribs, terrible presentation. Would not recommend ever.....

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Third time dining here and it has been consistently good each time. A friend visited from Chicago this week and we went twice because he enjoyed it so much. He had the Paella, I had the snapper and the sea bass. All dishes were delicious and flavorful. Service could be a little better, but generally they are attentive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

They treated us wonderful! Dessert on the house for our wedding anniversary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Calle Ocho has great service and the food was good. It was a date night so the ambiance was okay.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Loved this place! I would absolutely visit again. Service and food simply amazing!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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