Café Central

4.6
965 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(915) 545-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Aldo Mora
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Catering
Please call Event Planner at (915) 545-2233 or email events@cafecentral.com for details and we will make sure to make your event a success.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mills and San Antonio Street
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Parking details
Public lot located next door to restaurant. Parking is $6.00 and Valet parking is $5.
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Entertainment
Jazz on Thursdays; Piano during Dinner Monday thru Saturday.
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Special events & promotions
Please call Event Planner at (915) 545-2233 or email events@cafecentral.com for details and we will make sure to make your event a success.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Candlelit, private, impeccably appointed gatherings are our pleasure. The Board Room accommodates 20 to 48 people with a private, full service bar cloistered on the reverse side of our main bar. The Wine Vault accommodates 2 to 20 people and is a fully private room, separated from main dining area.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent place to take your intimate love ones. The addition to the singer and pianoist was EXCELLENT for serenading your date. Can't wait to go back!!

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JA
4.0Dined 7 days ago

It’s a little old fashioned and stuffy but the food is amazing and it is a nice place to get dressed up for. We have been for 2 anniversaries and have been VERY happy with the food and service.

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MS
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Really enjoyed this gem nestled in downtown El Paso. Attentive service, great food, lovely ambiance, strong wine list.

The patio dining is also great.

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MW
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We went for lunch and we're very pleased with our food and drinks.

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WB
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing place, great service and great location. The food was remarkable and beyond expectation. Definitely a 5 Star.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

This is such an awesome find in El Paso!! It sure doesn’t look like much but it is AMAZING!!! There’s a reason they’ve been in business over 100 years!!

The pancetta wrapped scallops are to wonderful to describe!!! They are a must have!!!

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S
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Fabulous food with wonderful and creative presentation. Exceptional service and the cream of chile soup is unlike any in the world!

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JK
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Good as always but pricey for larger groups. Piano and singer were too loud on this occasion and whatever event was going on nearby you could hear their music too.

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L
3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The Casesar's Salad was dismal. Two ribs of romaine sprinkled with croutons and shaved parmesan. Dressing was bland and no sign of anchovies. A tossed version would have been better.
The valet parker needs to inform first time guests of the procedure for retrieving their car. Might ask if they have been there befoe and then explain.

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RS
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great food and service. The seafood platter app was excellent. Nice wine list

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L
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

There was construction near the restaurant so I couldn’t find it. I called the restaurant and the hostess literally came out to find me and brought the valet! Wow! Now that is GREAT service. They were so nice and accommodating. Had the Tacos. Yum. Decor was a bit dated but overall great experience.

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KB
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

consistent quality of food, Im never disappointed. The service was over the top, every request was promptly executed my Raylyn. My husband had a great 80th birthday

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FH
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was both delicious and very creative in their dishes. The ambience was excellent and the drinks were good. We had a great time!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Everything was just as expected

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OT
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent service, the menu could use a little updating

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TL
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Friendly staff. Excellent wine recommendations. Food was amazing. Perfect place for our anniversary.

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MD
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The somelliere adds a value to the restaurant. Friendly athmosphere.

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M
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Friday was a very nice nite at Cafe Central, many clients including our table with the commotion to go see Lion King at the Plaza Theater. The food was great, even tho the restaurant was so busy this night we had an amazing server. I love it here.

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RM
1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This visit will be my last visit to Cafe Central! I made a reservation 60 days ahead of time, upon arrival we were put in a back room where we could not hear the live piano and singer. Even worse the power went out only in the room where we were dinning five times. We were told that they had been having problems all week but they still sat us in this substandard, poorly appointed, isolated room. They offered to move us to the main bar area after the meal was completely finished. When they sat us in the hidden ugly room, we were the only ones there. Service was so slow that we were the last to leave. Soup was burnt, had to ask for bread to get service, a beer glass smelled like dirty dishes and had to be replaced and the entrees came out at different times. Food was mediocre. I have had far better steaks! We would have asked for another bottle of wine, but we saw the sommelier outside smoking instead of helping patrons. It is a shame that once was such an outstanding restaurant has sunk this far.

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JA
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with an early performance at the Plaza theater and an evening dinner reservation at Cafe Central. Meals were wonderfully prepared. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her vegan entree as I with my fish entree. Both were excellent. The staff were very helpful and attentive during the evening. We will be back soon. Thank you.

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JB
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent place to have a nice meal. We were attending a performance at the Plaza Theater and our favorite place to dine before the show is Cafe Central. It is very close to the theater. The food was outstanding. Our entrees took a while to arrive and were not up to there normal level of quality, but as soon as the staff knew - we had new entrees that were perfect.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience when it comes to service and atmosphere. Unfortunately, the food did not meet our expectations. I ordered the dinner special of New York Strip at a cost of $78 and the cut of meat was tough and full of gristle. My daughter ordered Lobster linguini and the sauce tasted like Ragú ...very disappointing. The green chili soup, a specialty of theirs, was delicious and the best part of meal. This place is great for cocktails, wine, and ambience, but the food is overly priced for the quality.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

It was great!

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NR
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food/service. Had a great time. Porter house steak is delicious!

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TS
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wait staff attentive..one persons dinner veggies were too charred..ambience great..

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

My husband and I had an exquisite night. The ambience was just wonderful. The food was excellent. We had their 4 course dinner and it was more food than we expected. I highly recommend this place. I’ll definitely want to come to dinner next time I come to El Paso.

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EP
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Cafe Central is probably our favorite place in El Paso for that Special date night or celebration. We love the location, however, currently the construction that is going on downtown makes it somewhat difficult to get to and find parking on your own. That being said, we still had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the staff recognizing our anniversary with a surprise and truly outstanding dessert! Top Notch!

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CE
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Good spot un downtown, nice dinner good Service, i enjoyed it

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OT
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This place was off the charts!!!! The wine selection is the largest I’ve ever seen!

The scallops were so good we almost came back the next night we were visiting El Paso!!

We were there for a celebration and they surprised os with a wonderful tres leiches cake!!

We will be back!!!!

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CS
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Wow amazing place went to celebrate our 25th anniversary had proposed to my wife 25 years ago at the same restaurant. the managers and the Waitresses the whole staff were amazing. I would recommend it for any type of dining and great food and the atmosphere is amazing. Prices are very reasonable and it's food is very high quality.

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r
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Always enjoy coming here. One of my favorite restaurants!

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AB
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Everything was delicious, service was great, online reservations were easy, valet was awesome and it had a very elegant feel. Only complaint I had was my daughter’s lobster ravioli was meager.

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SR
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

A great place for a special occasions; reward yourself for an accomplishment or to impress someone from out of town who thinks El Paso is a backwater.

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D
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

From the time I entered till the time I departed I received Phenomenal customer service. The food was even better and I will be returning to this restaurant for any occasion. I truly enjoyed the atmosphere, crowd and my waiter Diego. Thank you all for keeping my water glass full, removing dishes from the table immediately and catering to all my needs.
Thank you

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AG
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I had not been to Cafe Central in many many years. I decided to take my boyfriend there for his birthday. We made reservations with OpenTable so when we arrived, it was literally like they went out of their way to welcome us. I had specified that we were celebrating a birthday so they actually had a birthday card ready for us! The waiters were so friendly and gave us a lot of attention. The food was delicious. We can see why they've been in business for so long. They moved from Cd. Juarez, across the border and have managed to stay in business in El Paso while others have not. I'm sure it's because of their variety of selections and their customer service, not to mention the food. It was very special, parking is an issue but parking is always an issue downtown. We'll be pack for our next celebration!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Dinner was great. Thanks for making our anniversary special.

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AW
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Service was great! Food was fantastic! Really a super evening! Café Central is still the very best El Paso has to offer.

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MC
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Outstanding service. We had a great time enjoying delicious food and beautiful live music. Cheers to the live piano bar!

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KM
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We recently moved from the East coast to New Mexico (near El Paso) and haven’t gotten decent seafood since we got here. Cafe Central came to our rescue! The avocado and lump crab salad app was delicious and my husband enjoyed his Caesar salad. I had the sea bass and loved it! Perfectly cooked, great flavor. My husband had halibut that was a special and thoroughly enjoyed it. They do have steaks as well but we wanted seafood so I don’t know if they are good but cannot imagine they don’t do steak very well. They make a good old fashioned as well!. The service was excellent and ambience elegant but not stuffy. We’d go back for sure, and we’d happily recommend it to others.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great night, great service. Special thanks to Daniel Neri

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