We had an early dinner prior to attending the theater so the restaurant was quiet at that time. Lots of hard surfaces here so not sure about noise level when busy. We all had salads of various types, and onion soup which was delicious. The service was OK- seemed a little slow considering how few people were there at the time.
Small mistake in order, quickly corrected
Went before a show at the Opera house. Wonderful meal, great location, will be our go to for Downtown Crossing.
The food was excellent as was the service. It was a friday evening and the bar was a bit loud during our meal - but really great over all
Food well prepared. Dinner nicely paced. Our waiter Yarick was excellent.
The restaurant site and layout was quite nice. We'll be back.
My favorite lunchtime place. Food was very tasty as usual!
I ordered a salad and they originally brought the wrong dish (a flatbread). When they brought the salad, it wasn't anything like the description on the menu. Totally different ingredients and sloppily thrown together. They did remove it from the bill and bring a free dessert, but I hate having to complain just to get what I ordered.
We really enjoyed our meal at Central Bistro. The deviled egg appetizer was delicious, as was the chicken and flank steak dinners. Will definitely be returning!
Great place for a business lunch. Eclectic menu, good food and reasonably priced.
Delicious fresh baked bread. We found the papardelle dish was a little too salty and I had the short ribs and one piece was a little too fatty for my liking.
Food and service were great but the table for two we had seemed small
Ok service - slow despite a fairly empty restaurant - had to get attention from waitress to place our drink orders - a request for cup versus bowl of chowder was flat out refused - a shared appetizer tray for 6 arrived with 3 crackers & took awhile for 3 more crackers were requested. Our entrees & sandwiches were very good & we enjoyed the atmosphere but we would all hesitate to recommend to others
This place is a hidden gem. It's right in Downtown Crossing, but I never noticed it before because it's on the second floor. There are giant windows that look at the Macy's building and provides a very cool, urban feel. The menu is quite diverse for both food and price. We went with a large group and that variety is why I picked this place. For those that want something more casual like salad, pizza, or a burger there are good options. For those wanting more of an entrée there are nice options there too. The service was first rate. A large table is not easy to wait on, and our server was excellent. We went on a Saturday night and there were some empty tables so a good option if you don't have a reservation or don't feel like eating dinner really early or really late. We would definitely go back!
Central Bistro is one of our favorite spots downtown. The location is very convenient, the view overlooking downtown crossing is great, very good food, friendly service and really good value. The only downside this visit was the bar was crowded and noisy. Unfortunately the noise filtered over to the dining room which made conversation difficult. We haven't noticed that on previous visits so it may have just been a loud night. Still highly recommend.
Good food, great service and great atmosphere. Our server's efforts were enhanced with other members of the team, so even when she was busy at another table, we never felt that, if we needed attention, we would have to wait until she finished. There was always another server standing by, ready to assist as needed. On the other hand, we never felt "hovered over". It was a great balance.
Central Bistro is my favorite lunch spot! I always order the baked Alaska for dessert. Yum!
My request to turn down the volume on the music was graciously accommodated. The food was very good, prices are reasonable and it's a great location if you are pre or post theatre, right at Downtown Crossing!
Great restaurant, beautiful décor and the service was fabulous. Food is delicious!
Great location for dinner before show in downtown Boston.
I would give this place an overall yawn and shrug. Nothing special, mediocre service, from the zombie-like hostess who sat us to the waitress who never once asked how everything was...my food was bland, from the endive salad right on to the next course of absolutely no spiced scallopss , risotto was mush with peas. I had to keep salt and peppering it . We were underwhelmed and this will be the last visit to Metro.
I had a great time! The food was delicious and the service was great. Overall, a wonderful experience.
Despite being a little difficult to find, Central Bistro was a real pleasant experience. The food was very good and the setting was romantic.
We went here pre-theater because it was close to the theater. The food was very good, a notch above the typical French bistro. Developed flavors in the sauces, etc. It was kind of lacking something - not the food but more the ambiance, service, experience.
They were all perfectly friendly. There was an afterwork party going on in the lounge/bar area so when we walked in there was a lot of activity and it was loud. Luckily they seated us in the restaurant off in a corner room. There were windows all around so you could see the bustling in the street from the 1st level. However, that is what felt strange - it felt like you were being excluded. You didn't feel part of the place. It was quiet and good so we could hear each other, but it kind of left some to be desired then for the ambiance. The wait staff was there just to serve and then they disappeared and you saw no one from the restaurant.
I was happy that the food was very good, a notch above, so that was actually a nice surprise. We didn't stay for dessert because it took 1.5 hours to just get apps and dinner and we had to get to the theater. The server brought the check and helped us get out quickly when we told her we had to leave.
With so many places to try, it may be a while before I come back here but would come back.
This has always been one of my favorite Boston places, but this particular visit fell flat. The bartenders and service were fantastic as always and the drinks were excellent, but the Restaurant Week menu was not at all comparable to last year's interesting options
My first course (a chowder) was served so overly hot that it severely burned the roof of my mouth upon my first bite and I was in great discomfort for the rest of the meal (and am still hampered by it days later) . My second course consisted of a scallop dish made with what seemed like warmed over, rubbery scallops from the prior day that smelled none too fresh. Third course dessert was perfectly fine, but I was already extremely disappointed at that point.
The rest room facilities were unkempt and the toilet seat was broken /loose.
This was such a departure from my prior 4-5 visits here that it won't stop me from visiting again, but if the issues aren't addressed, I won't be making a special trip to go here anymore. If this wasn't a place that has always been a favorite, I don't think I'd be as disappointed.
This is a good, casual restaurant to meet friends or business guests for lunch. The menu is varied so that it can accommodate everyone's taste.
Initially our server seemed to forget us after seating us, but a brief trip to the front desk led to attentive and unobtrusive service for the rest of the meal. The space was subdued and handsome, with only a few diners in the post- lunch hour. Food was excellent. A salade Nicoise wanted the right olives but was otherwise fresh, with proper restraint on the dressing. The risotto with mushrooms and chicken was a star: perfect texture and balanced flavors. Wines by the glass tasted a bit old, as though opened too long ago. Nevertheless, a fine lunch.
Central Bistro is a bit of a hidden gem, in large part because it is located on the second floor of a downtown office building, in the heart of Downtown Crossing. My friend and I were looking for something nice to try before going to the theatre. We both ordered the beef bourguignon and it was a fabulous meal. One of the best I've eaten in a long time. Simple, comfort food with a flair. The next time I have an excuse for an upscale lunch or am asked for a dinner recommendation in the area, I'll be looking forward to making another reservation.
Great spot for a Friday night dinner. The hostess could tell it was a date and offered us a table in a quieter room by windows overlooking downtown crossing. The bar and function rooms were busy so there was plenty of ambient noise. Would definitely go again. And having Tank 7 on tap is great.
Outstanding food, with a little something for everyone. Spacious and chic space.
Central Bistro would be a perfect neighborhood restaurant, if only it were in a neighborhood! If it were a block from home, we'd go every week. Unfortunately its downtown location makes it less desirable for dinner, unless you happen to be shopping at Macy's. But still, it's great... nice atmosphere and service, good old-fashioned French bistro dishes, remarkably good prices. I just wish the fabulous macarons were still on the menu! It can be noisy at cocktail hour (weekdays after work) but you can request the back room, which is quieter. Central Bistro may be at its very best at lunch.
Pedestrian menu, my veggie burger was greasy, no ambiance.
We ordered the fried mushrooms, which were perfect. The deviled eggs were okay but had a weird aftertaste. We ordered the sausage board, which was absolutely awful. The chorizo was bone dry. The rice sausage fell apart. The duck sausage was also dry. The accompaniments were grossly underseasoned. When we complained to the manager, he simply ignored us and asked where we were from. Absolutely irrelevant. He proceeded to walk away abruptly. Truly a fantastically horrible example of customer service. I would not dine here again.
Great place; however, it took 30 minutes for a waiter to come to our table and that was only after I asked.
Aside from that, everything was great and the food was fantastic!
I went to Central Bistro on valentines day. It was very easy to find and also is a very upscale restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was even better.
The food was delicious! I recommend the salmon. The service was impeccable and atmosphere was fun and elegant.
The waitstaff was helpful and friendly, but unfortunately, there was a large piece of tape in my chocolate mousse. They refunded our desserts which was the responsible thing to do, but I wouldn't recommend the restaurant to friends.
Delicious chocolate mousse cake! To die for! I'd come back just for that.
We went to Central Bistro for a pre-theatre dinner and it was delightful. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect for a date.
Came here for lunch with a friend. Food is good, tasty and good value. The menu is pretty traditional, nothing too adventurous or risk-taking. I think they could push the envelope more with the menu, but overall it was good. I would come back.
We needed a quiet table, and they accommodated us well. Attentive service, great food, good choice.