Café Central

4.6
1075 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
With food prepared by one of the most highly respected chefs in the city,
guests of Café Central experience dining at its finest.
Soft lights, handsome furnishings and ambient music create a relaxing mood-setting atmosphere; fine linens and fresh flowers adorn every table. Our staff provides every patron with unsurpassed service. Bon Appétit.
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AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sam was the greatest. Thank you for the Anniversary note card.

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AE
El Paso
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my wife's birthday and when we got there they gave her a birthday card, which was very thoughtful. The waiter knew everything about the menu and everything was very delicious and everyone was so attentive. Definitely would go again.

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MT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A very classic and class style restaurant with a great service in an old ambiance. Prices are on the high end especially for the wines.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Cafe Central to celebrate my birthday and anniversary and they made our meal such a wonderful event. The food was exquisite and the service was amazing. Thank you for helping us celebrate this wonderful milestone!

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We dined at Cafe Central on March 9, 2019. We were a party of four and two of us ordered the Grilled Angus Tenderloin. I would give the steak 3/5 stars for taste. Unfortunately, one of the guests at our table had only eaten three or four bites of his entree and began to have an allergic reaction to something in the meal. He has a nut allergy and there was nothing listed on the menu stating that there would be any ingredients with peanuts or tree nuts. He had to promptly leave to acquire treatment, leaving his entree virtually untouched, yet we were charged for the full price of his entree even though the waiter and the manager of the restaurant came to the table and we explained everything. I will say that I would give 5/5 stars for ambience, however the taste of the food was not great. I doubt we'll be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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El Paso
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was a night to remember. My spouse enjoyed every bit of it. I can’t express how pleased my experience was.

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1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was very poor. The server spent more time talking to each other then attending to the customers. Our meal of a salad and entrée took two hours because of the slow service. There are other dining experiences in El Paso where the food is really good and the service matches it. That is where I’ll be going from now on and not back to Café Central

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MM
El Paso
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrate all special occasions here (and the occasional drop-in). The food is delicious and consistent. The staff nicely attentive...and we can actually have a conversation without screaming across the table.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was awesone, food was exceptional. I liked the piano music and singing in the background.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Lump crabmeat appetizer was delicious. Fra diavalo was very good. Wife had aged ribeye steak special of the day that was very good but a little pricey. Cappuccino was excellent. Overall we enjoyed our meal and will return.

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G
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Green Chili Soup & the meat platter were outstanding. A great experience!

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R
El Paso
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable evening ...no place better...customer service and food the best!

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R
El Paso
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great place and excelente service!

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n
El Paso
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

every thing was perfect as usual ready to come back

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. High quality food paired with high end classy atmosphere.

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H
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always dine at Cafe Central when we visit El Paso. The food, ambiance and service is outstanding.

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RB
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice BUT - tables too close to the arch other. Can not have private conversations- especially the row of two tops along window.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Hard to get waiters attention. The water guy kept adding regular water to the sparkling water.

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s
El Paso
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch salad I’ve had. Plenty sized portion as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was slow but quality was excellent. Steaks were decent, very nice wine selection. Atmosphere was upscale, a little noisy but there was live singing that night too. Nice place for an upscale date. Too noisy for conversation though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome customer service

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Agradable experiencia mi pareja le gusto todo y los meseros muy amables, te tratan como tu amigo de toda la vida. Volveremos de nuevo

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I went on Valentine’s Day with a date. The food was good. Service was terrible. I felt like my date and I were just unimportant. I had a reservation for 8:30, arrived at 8:20, and was not seated until 9:00. I had to go up to the front desk three times. Each time it was like they had forgot about us. They seated us right by the door so there was a cold breeze every time it was opened. It was a three course meal. They didn’t bring us the first course until we were already halfway done with the second course. It was my first time at Cafe Central. I was expecting a nice experience, but was just disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Restaurant fumbled our check-in. Made reservation but was not seated until 40 minutes later. Waited outside because host desk had my cell phone number, but they never contacted it to tell me my table was ready even though it was. Had to physically check with them. Once food came out, food tasted like it had been under a heat lamp too long. For the price, a flawless restaurant experience is expected. That is not what I got.

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JP
El Paso
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My wife and I have been going to cafe central for the last three years on Valentine's day. We always are happy to come because you get what you pat for. This year by far was the worst. The customer service by far was terrible as my wife and i felt neglected. It took a while to get our food as we were placed outside in the corner near the entrance near no one. My wife and i never got refills on drinks and it took a long time to get our different courses. When i asked for the check boy was the waiter quick at that point. I don't think my wife and i will come back anymore. I don't like that they took it upon themselves to charge 20 percent on the tip and they still expect another tip on top of that. They never even told us about it.
One great thing I can say is that management did reach out to us and they did there best to apologize and make up for this bad experience. I do want to thank them as I believe they have restored our faith in them. I have changed my star status and this is a great restaurant to dine and and there leadership is great!!!

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P
El Paso
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best nights in El Paso. The band was also really great.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We frequent cafe Central however this time our experience was not as good as usual. Upon arrival we were seated and not attended to for 8 minutes. Finally a server took our drink order but we still had no dinner menu. A few minutes later I had to ask someone else for a dinner menu. They then brought us menus and we were looking through the menu and someone else told us that these were not the right menus then brought us another set of menus. We still have not received cocktails yet. Another person asks if we want house or bottled water we respond that house is fine after which they serve us warm tap water. I had to ask for ice? We were served cocktails and were never offered a second round. The sea bass was delicious but way too small for the price. The mole dessert should never be served again. Yuck.

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F
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took the food some time to come out, I am not sure if that was due to my party of 14. I was there for 3 hours total.

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VR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were remarkable. We had a wonderful night.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was great, restaurant was very upscale and our server was super nice

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We had reservations at 5:45 and were delayed on the freeway for over an hour, I called Cafe Central and they said they would honor our reservation and make sure we were served in time to make our theater reservations at 8. Which they did !
Thank you so much Cafe Central!!

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T
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! In our group of 4 there was nothing but rave reviews for this dining event. This is a rare gem in the dining world!

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El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent setting for a Valentine dinner!
Atmosphere, food, service perfect for the occasion!
Thank you for a great evening!

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SD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Philip and his wine knowledge is par to best restaurants in US.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had reservations for four at 5:00 on a Saturday and were seated promptly. Table was quite unbalanced and took conversations with three staff to get it finally fixed. All of the staff were friendly and the food was good...but not great. Our table had two salmon entrees, a tomahawk porkchop and the NY steak. Most dishes were good but the chop was pretty fatty. The green chili cream soup was outstanding... we highly recommend it. The singer providing live entertainment was talented but unfortunately was too loud for a "romantic atmosphere". We had to either lean way in to hear one another or talk excessively loud. It seemed the tables around us were similarly stuggling....causing the overall level of noise to increase. This again took away from the advertised romantic atmosphere. While we enjoyed the food, I doubt we will go back...too expensive for the quality of the food and noisey atmosphere.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, a very pleasant dining experience-good food, excellent "rosemary martini" (highly recommend) and flawless service!

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A
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Cafe Central for a night out over the weekend. The service was fantastic and the cocktail selection as well as wine selection was great. The food was exactly what we expected from previous diners reviews and experiences. The cream of green chile soup was out of this world.

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K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was amazing start to finish. Food and service. Will be back! Only downside which I can’t for the life of me in this day and age be ok with and can’t believe they are either is that they allow smoking on the enclosed patio and this beautiful restaurant smells like smoke when you walk in. Major point off for that. No no no smoking in public areas that’s not ok.

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