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Café Central

4.7
1523 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cafe Central offers an outstanding experience; delectable cuisine and our dedication to thoughtful service are evident in every staff member, making it a preferred destination for locals and visitors alike. Offering an expansive, award winning wine selection and exquisite gourmet dishes with a Southwestern twist in mind to create exceptional cuisine from appetizers to entrees. Located in the heart of downtown, just one block from the Museum of Art, Plaza Theater, San Jacinto Plaza, Convention Center, and other hotels.
El Paso’s only winner of the Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence for the past 11 years and honored with the Distinguished Restaurants of America (DiRoNa) Award for Excellence. After a long day of travel, indulge in the Cafe Central experience. Join us for dinner and enjoy the impeccable service and cuisine. Your table’s ready, and the bar is fully stocked.

Experience timeless tradition at Cafe Central and be part of the legacy. Bon appétit!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 1523 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6
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JeremyC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence, professional, prompt, attention to detail was all more than we expected. Highly recommend for a great date night!

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LisetteW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as I remember. The food never disappoints. Service is always exceptional.

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vipGeorge
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had thanksgiving day dinner which was a mistake. Service wasn’t up to its usual standards. There was adequate help but still very slow. The chef needs to check quality of the dishes more carefully. The brined Turkey snd famous green Chile soup were very salty.

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JohnB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving lunch. Lovely restaurant with friendly snd professional staff. The food was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar, muy buen servicio y el sabor y la calidad de los alimentos es otro nivel

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and great place to celebrate a special friend’s birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To start you can never go wrong with the signature Cream of Green Chile Soup. Everything was delicious. A must try is the Mango Colada Pie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Celebrated a special evening out for his birthday and there was a card waiting when we were seated wishing him happy birthday. The food was amazing, service was spectacular. The restaurant is beautiful, although the seating is very close so noise level is a bit high. We enjoyed the baked escargot, lobster ravioli, and half roast chicken. They brought him out a beautiful chocolate mousse cake with a sparkler on it for his birthday dessert. Fantastic experience, definitely look forward to returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food the tamarindo mule is delicious and the beef platter

JB
JorgeB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wifey loved it so nothing much to say. I personally did not like the noise levels in the restaurant. They seated us right in front of the live music which made it difficult to have any kind of conversation.

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Jade
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manny was extremely attentive and very friendly, along with the other staff. Food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome.

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Epfoodie
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I’m a great client I go 3 to 4 times in a month ! I was really disappointed with the service! My husband’s ribeye steak was cold and tasteless, his green chili cream was more like a soup. I was uncomfortable with the singer that kept flirting with a customer in the stairs for the restroom, the customer kept blocking the path for the restrooms , and when I asked politely he wouldn’t move and was rude!!!! And it was really cold !!! They wouldn’t keep the doors closed!!!!!

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Abigail
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was amazing! The food was delicious, the service was great, and the attention to detail was on point.

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ELIZABETH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I ordered the crab avocado tower salad which was very Disappointing. The avocado was overripe and there was probably 1/4 cup of crab on the top. This is not the salad I remember from a decade ago. The recipe has drastically been altered. I hadn’t been to the restaurant since the remodeling. Our favorite now is Taft Diaz!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Live music. The wait staff was extremely attentive and professional. Amazing service.

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GabrielD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was an amazing experience from beginning to end.

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EdwardM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Fiancee and I reserved a table for two Wednesday evening, to celebrate her Birthday. The entire experience turned out even better than our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the entire staff of Cafe Central was friendly , attentive and helpful. The ambiance, the music and the beautiful restaurant set the mood for an incredible dinning experience. Our meals were perfectly prepared and the plating was impressive. Cafe Central is clearly a Gem in downtown El Paso!

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vipCindiG
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to visit on a day there was not live music. The last few visits there has been live music so loud we could not hear the people at our own table. It really changes the atmosphere, and I wish management would find a way to reduce the volume of the music all nights.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebration, and the fact the restaurant gave us a congratulations card made a very nice impact.
The service was excellent as so was the food.

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vipGuillermoM
El Paso
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service superb! Definitely worth the cost!!

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RickyB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Chilean Sea Bass out of this world!

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MarioJ
El Paso
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing , the food was incredible and the service was perfection .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service, and a relaxed atmosphere made Cafe Central a remarkable experience.

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JavierM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food is always good. They go heavy on the spicier side sometimes . Last time I was here got an entree that was almost inedible due to spice like cayenne pepper. The grilled octopus this time was spicy as well. They should disclose this if they don’t.

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ZaideP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the cheese plate…it’s off the menu and so worth it! Lobster Ravioli was the chef’s kiss!

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vipCamilleB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from beginning to end. Everyone. Loved music too!

My mother lives here and plans to visit more often instead of Ansen II for her special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I never write reviews. I was in town on business and Cafe Central quickly became a favorite for 2 reasons. The sea bass is exquisite...I'm a foodie and have traveled widely - it's easily the best I've ever had. Second, Adam is an amazing waiter. He remembered me by name on each occasion and remembered my preferences. The sommelier is amazing too. Addendum: the second time I went the sea bass was drowned in teriyaki sauce and was totally inedible...so again, hit or miss

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Although a little pricey, worth every penny.

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vipRicardoI
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Flavor of the food was good, but wasn’t hot enough. My steak was cooked well, but came out somewhat cool. Maybe it sat for a while. My wife’s sea bass was amazing and the best she has ever had. Service is excellent, atmosphere is amazing, but I feel the attention to the temperature when served is critical to any restaurant, especially one of this caliber.

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JavierD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3