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

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

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Special Occasion (33)
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Good for Groups (30)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Great for Brunch (26)
Romantic (23)
Fun (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Authentic (18)
Casual (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Cozy (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Tapas (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Business Meals (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Healthy (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·Dined on November 22, 2017

This was a great location on Wednesday before Thanksgiving to see the balloons and have a bite to eat. Don’t think I would go back. Food was good but the appetizer we ordered came out with dinner and the famed lobster mashed potatoes were cold. Server was nice and helpful in recommending cocktails and dinner. No specials was disappointing.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very expensive but the calamari appetizer and the salmon are excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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