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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Special Occasion (29)
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Creative Cuisine (26)
Great for Brunch (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Authentic (20)
Casual (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Romantic (19)
Fun (18)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Tapas (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 15 hours ago

Birthday!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Was good , I liked a lot

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent in every way! Located across 81st Street from the American Museum of Natural History (which is why I chose it to for post-museum dining on a very cold Sunday evening). Calle Ocho is a lovely restaurant which offers a variety of Latino dishes. I began with a perfect Mojito and a lobster/mango/scallion ceviche, proceeded to devour a very flavorful mariscada, and ended with a splurge-worthy tres leches (filled with pineapple and coconut). My fiancee proclaimed his grilled jumbo shrimp over coconut rice (a special that evening) delicious. I was also impressed with our waiter (unfortunately, I do not have his name) who made excellent recommendations and was extremely knowledgeable regarding the composition of each dish. Another good point: heat level of spices was perfectly adjusted to our tastes! Worth the slightly high prices from drink to dessert.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Good for a bite after the museum, but as pretty as the presentation is, the food underdelivered. Could use some more salt.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This is I think my Fave brunch Spot in the city. The food is amazing and the sangria is to die for!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Eclectic, energetic atmosphere with great food and service

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

We were disappointed. The food wasn’t great for the prices...

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·Dined 7 days ago

Service was great, food was delicious, staff was super accommodating, location great, great dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Was there last Sat. for Brunch. The drinks were ok. My meal of shrimp & grits was tasty but on the soupy side. My friends Skirt steak with rice was described as the rice being good but the steak was over done and didn't taste right. And No, I doubt that I will be returning to the restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We came here to celebrate a birthday. The food was not good. The sangria was not good either neither were the desserts. I had to ask twice for the candle on the dessert to sing a happy birthday but they kept forgetting. Overall, the place oversells itself when it isn’t that good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

What a wonderful surprise. We had not been to Calle Ocho for many years and had never been to the "new" location. We chose it for New Year's Eve because it had open dining and was near where we had gone for a concert. We come form Hudson County where we have many 'latino" restaurants which is why we haven't been to Calle Ocho in a while. But the Food is fabulous--having expanded from traditional Cuban to include many Central and South American items. The portions were more than generous. And, on a hard evening like New Year's Eve the service was impeccable. I would definitely go back. One of my favorites was the Bizcocho dessert-- I believe Peruvian, unusual (to us) but Delicioso! Our appetizers of calamari, arepas con ropa vieja and pulpo were fabulous too. And the lechon!!!! Just a great meal in a wonderful place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Fun, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Un excelente sitio. Mi esposa y yo vemos ahí en noche vieja y fue una muy grata experiencia.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My partner and I went for NYE diner and we were both very satisfied with the food and service. His steaks came a little red in the middle but issue was fixed as soon as we addressed. I ordered the paella. The portion is huge. It can easily feed three people. The flavor was delicious.
Decor could use some update. But overall, Calle Ocho is a great place with tasteful food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was fast and everything was amazing. I am always happy when I come to this place.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was Christmas Eve so the festive decor was great. The food as always was very good. Everything was fresh and presentation was lovely. One complaint. The staff was overly attentive. Pour sangria when we said no, constantly coming to take plates away and generally hovering.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous boozy Sunday Brunch! Their sangrias are huge and killers, the bread basket is generous and filled with unique items and the Spanish fusion food is extremely tasty (we had Ropa Vieja and a Vaca Frita that I must return for!). The atmosphere is both classy and fun and the wait staff friendly and helpful. They’ve earned a repeat customer!
Reservations are a must for the very popular Sunday times.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Everything was on point. No complaints. Perfect experience for a date!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

GREAT!! FOOD, SERVICE!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The mixed appetizer platter was abundant and enough to be shared as a dinner for two, not as an appetizer. Stay with the wonderful small dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had dinner as a family. The appetizers were very good!
We had the empanada and ceviche.
But the dinner entrees were all sub-standard. We have the seabass which was tasteless and the steak frites which was charred and touch.
My husband had the Cuban skirt steak and it was average.
The service was outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing dining experience. Staff attends to your needs . They let you stay and enjoy your dinner and conversation without rushing you!
This place is great for dates as well, ambiance is relaxing and romantic. The noise level is moderate!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Much better than other comparable places like salinas

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and wonderfully prepared food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I love it every time I come here for sunday brunch. To be able to try 7 different types of sangria is amazing. My girls loved it and we had such a good time and service was excellent . Our server John was great and super fast. Definitely will be back soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This place has a great ambiance, service and most importantly great food. I will definately be going back, and would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Calle ocho has been our go to spot to celebrate our anniversary each year. We recently went back for our 8 year anniversary after not coming last year and it was like we never left. When i made the reservation I noted that it was our anniversary and they greeted us with champagne. That attention to detail is amazing =) They added some new items to the menu which we of course tried and it was out this world good! Thank you for treating us so good and I am looking forward to continuing the tradition.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing. Worth the wait!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love this place, although last Sunday’s brunch was somewhat disappointing. So noisy, more then usual, absolutely packed with hotel guests and visitors, plus staff was overworked, indifferent and with facial expression of ‘God, I hate my job!’ Brunch menu was $29 including sangria ‘all you can drink’, but food was not up the standards of Calle Ocho I know-should have just picked off the regular menu, but they get you with sangrias mixed with cheap table wine...oh, well-I did have fun, though, not much food at all, but slept for rest of the day from those boozy sangrias!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The noise level was outrageous and there was thumping music to top it off. Would not go back for that reason.
Service was pleasant when we had it. They were sadly understaffed on Saturday night and there were a couple of mistakes with drinks order. Coffee did not come until it was pointed out that it had been ordered.
The food was ok but could not be enjoyed in the hectic noisy restaurant.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The moment you enter Calle Oche the energy and vibe is upbeat and happy. Cocktails were amazing as was the food and the service. I can recommend this restaurant for a special night out or just a dinner with friends. Paella was one of the best I have ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Spicy, Authentic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Good space but horrible food. The steaks were not cooked to temperature we requested on all 3 different steak options we ordered. Only plus side is the dinner rolls are decent and the soft taco entree was good. Very mediocre to bad food other wise.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our server was very attentive and helpful. I requested a quiet table and received one. A style of food that should be more available.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Camarones shrimp really good. Mar y tierra sounds better than it tastes.

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

Great service! Food was good

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

I took my mom here for her birthday, everything went well down to the food even down to the birthday desert I pre ordered that cake with a candle and a happy birthday written in chocolate. I would so recommend this place especially because it was my second time their.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I was able to bring both my significant other and family members to Calle Ocho. They immediately loved the authenticity, the food, service and great Latin Music. I look forward to my next visit!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Warm atmosphere with a nice variety of entrees and drinks. This was a great choice for a big family get-together. Service was attentive, but never intrusive. Food is tasty and colorful. We felt very welcome, and the service was well-timed throughout the entire meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food, great ambiance

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service, very delicious food in a fun atmosphere!

Tags: Tapas, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

A really great location across from the museum. We enjoyed sharing some apps and paella. The flavors of the dishes was great. The sangria was good too.! Highly recommend this place

Tags: Tapas
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