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Café Central, El Paso, TX
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Café Central

4.7
4.7
1623 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (915) 545-2233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kasey Kaplan

  • Catering

    Please call Event Planner at (915) 545-2233 or email estela@cafecentral.com for details and we will make sure to make your event a success.

  • Private party facilities

    For private event reservations, we do not allow any outside entertainment. We will help you plan the most memorable event, please inquire with us!

  • Private party contact

    Estela Abelleyra: (866) 943-6926

  • Neighborhood

    El Paso

  • Cross street

    Mills and San Antonio Street

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking $5.00 Lunch and $10.00 at Dinner

  • Entertainment

    Jazz on Thursdays; Piano during Dinner Monday thru Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,623 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • El Paso

    Best Overall

  • El Paso

    Best Food

  • El Paso

    Best Service

  • El Paso

    Best Ambiance

  • El Paso

    Best Value

  • El Paso

    Fit for Foodies

  • El Paso

    Good for Groups

  • El Paso

    Hot Spot

  • El Paso

    Great for Lunch

  • El Paso

    Notable Wine List

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Special Occasion

  • El Paso

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

  • El Paso

    Best Overall

  • El Paso

    Best Food

  • El Paso

    Best Service

  • El Paso

    Best Ambiance

  • El Paso

    Best Value

  • El Paso

    Fit for Foodies

  • El Paso

    Good for Groups

  • El Paso

    Hot Spot

  • El Paso

    Great for Lunch

  • El Paso

    Notable Wine List

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Special Occasion

  • El Paso

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I went here to celebrate a birthday lunch with my friend. The restaurant was practically empty but we were seated on the tiniest table next to a pillar, as if a crowd was imminently expected but was obviously not going to make it given it was already lunch hour. A party of 6 people and a baby then arrived and instead of spreading them to another part of the restaurant, they squeezed them practically on our laps (shame on the concierge, no kidding!). I’m not sure why they did this since there was plenty of space in the restaurant for them to be able to be seated at another location not right next to our small table. I love babies but this was frankly too obviously remiss, and too much. The food? My arugula salad with prawns had a dressing that was too salty in my opinion. Service was otherwise good, as always. But I’ll probably have second thoughts about eating there soon.
  2. LT

    LuisT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fine dining with a crying baby in diapers (literally no clothes) in the table across ours from is not exactly what I had in mind. Green Chile soup is a must, exquisite. Ribeye was under seasoned but cooked to perfection. Mashed potatoes plain and not much flavor. Lobster ravioli was delicious and flavorful. Crème brûlée was amazing. Malbec wine from Argentina (forgot the name) - VERY GOOD Chocolate Carajillo - a very nice twist with a spicy liquor, must try. Overall good, but not sure we’d come back, better dining places around the area.

    Café CentralResponded 4 days agoDear LuisT , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Central. We are very sorry your experience wasn't the best. We will address your issues with our team. We hope to see you back soon!

  3. JJ

    JJMJ

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere coupled with the exceptional staff and exquisite entrees made for a remarkable dining experience.

    Café CentralResponded 4 days agoHello! We're happy to hear your experience at Cafe Central was exceptional! Thank you so much for your review, hope to see you back soon!

  4. MP

    MatthewP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is fantastic! I’d never been to El Paso. If you go, stay at The Plaza Hotel and walk over to Cafe Central. You won’t be disappointed.
  5. GH

    GreaterisHe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food was not as great as we had expected based on others’ recommendations however, we had great service from the moment we walked in to when we left.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The restaurant is very nice.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience.
  8. SS

    SabrinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. We celebrate all our family events here.

    Café CentralResponded on June 22, 2022SabrinaS , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Central. We are so excited you enjoyed your time! Thank you for being our guest! We can't wait to see you back soon!

  9. NM

    NMFrank

    New Mexico

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Long time favorite of ours. Still up to high standard.
  10. ME

    MarcoE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good time, food was great, the only thing we dislike was the the music played by the piano was to loud, maybe because we got seated right behind them but other than that it was a good experience.

    Café CentralResponded on June 20, 2022Dear MarcoE , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Central. We will address it with the team. We hope to see you back soon!

  11. DL

    DLLL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful…might be the best restaurant in EP!!
  12. T

    Tabitha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed our lunch, especially the green chile cream soup, which my guests recommended. One complaint is that the overhead music was just too loud; my guests are hard of hearing and they tend to talk at a low volume, so communicating verbally was an issue.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience
  14. DZ

    DanielZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first time experience and a perfect date environment

    Café CentralResponded on June 17, 2022DanielZ , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Central. We are so excited you enjoyed your time! Thank you for being our guest! We can't wait to see you back soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my THIRD visit. First experience was outstanding, second turned out to be a complete disaster & this recent third visit was… what can I say? I’m back to make some changes. Positive changes. I was obligated to make a reservation here after promising delicious lamb (from bragging about my first experience). I treated my mother, her pastor and his wife. Cafe Central did an incredible job of reviving themselves. I’m not even sure if they knew or kept up with this to know who I was but this third experience totally blew me away. We ordered $400+ worth of food and it was all very delicious and worth the price except the portobello mushroom & seafood platter. Portobello is one mushroom head cut into 4 small bite size pieces. Seafood platter is up there in price because it’s SEAFOOD but I wouldn’t order that again. However, the rack of lamb, sea bass & shrimp tacos are very delicious & worth every bite!

    Café CentralResponded on June 20, 2022Guest , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Central. We are so excited you enjoyed your time! Thank you for being our guest! We can't wait to see you back soon!

  16. FR

    FedericoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent SERVICE and Excelent food. Invited to come baxk
  17. P

    Pacyo

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Very poor service, felt ignored all night. Had to wave down servers to get bread or water. When we did get a server we were rushed or not listened to. We bought a bottle of wine and it was not poured for us, we poured it ourselves, getting back to the poor service. Our son got the chicken strips and when asked for a dipping sauce we were given mayonnaise and told it was their version of ranch dressing. It was mayo, not dressing. Just tell us there is no dipping sauce and we would have ordered something else. We got a ribeye that was prepared rare when we asked for medium and when asked for no butter on the steak it was loaded with butter. No one checked to see if the steak was properly cooked. I have a dairy and egg allergy. I told them that I would need potatoes with no butter. When my steak was brought out, there were no potatoes. When asked, they said that they could not prepare w/o butter, which I understand, but no alternate side was offered in exchange Very basic requests such as no butter or a dipping sauce were ignored. Left spending $250 on a meal that felt very underwhelming. Went for my wife’s 40th birthday and for an upscale restaurant it was not even close to standards. She had to ask for a birthday desert (they were delivering other birthday deserts to other tables) the waiter was not even informed that we were there celebrating a birthday. There was a generic card on the table but he was not aware of the occasion. So disappointing. We love the ambiance of CC but the service has let us down the past 3 times we have visited. They completely disregard any special requests due to allergies and always feel like they are rushing to get us out.

    Café CentralResponded on June 13, 2022Hello! We are very sorry this Birthday dinner did not go as planned! We sincerely apologize! We will address with our team and we hope that with the gift we sent, it will make it better and we will see you back again! Thank you for your review, this is how we continue to improve and be best best for our guests.

  18. E

    Eduardo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it. The services was excellent.
  19. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The noise level was too high for us to enjoy our experience. The pianist/singer was ok, but the volume was way too high. When she wasn’t performing, the background music was too loud. It somewhat killed the lovely birthday meal I intended to host for my mother. Additionally, while the waiter was knowledgeable and nice, she was pushy with progressing us through our evening. We felt rushed and over-attended. The food was fine as expected.
  20. DA

    DANC

    El Paso

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Whenever I travel to El Paso I always make an attempt to dine at Cafe Central. It is unfortunate that my last experience was less than desirable. They need to work on the quality and preparation of the steaks they serve. The seafood portion of our meal was outstanding. Please get back to the standards your patrons are accustomed to.
  21. F

    Foodieforever

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place! Really enjoyed our dinner! We will be back!!
  22. RC

    RickC

    El Paso

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The baby greens and Cesar Salads were both excellent and a great value for the money. The Cubanito sandwich was also excellent in terms of the tender and flavorful pork, but the pickles and mustard had no flavor and there was no cheese on the sandwich. There was plenty of lobster on the lobster roll, but it was served cold so I would not recommend getting it. The temperature really affected the flavor given the high price of the lobster roll. The service is excellent but the two main courses were not worth the price.
  23. C

    Christol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i absolutely enjoyed my experience at Cafe Central; the atmosphere was relaxing, I enjoyed the signer, the music that was chosen, the food was properly seasoned and I look forward to this experience again.
  24. LC

    LauraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Overall it was amazing!!! I just wished we weren’t seated at the entrance.my husband and I went for our anniversary and would’ve preferred a smaller table a little more tucked away rather than a table for 6 right at the entrance. Other than that the food was delicious and the service was great!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a 16 year anniversary, they made us feel we where really celebrating
  26. EL

    EdwardL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Seating was immediate with reservations, table was near the bar and a little loud when we first seated. Service was excellent, even adjusted the AC upon request. Food was outstanding. Price was compatible with elegant restaurants of this sort.
  27. CR

    CRISTIANMALDONADO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recently moved to El Paso. TX. I love to visit restaurants and Cafe Central has been one of the best experiences in El Paso, TX.
  28. L

    Louis

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best restaurant in El Paso. The staff was by miles better than any other restaurant we ate at, food was top flight, equal to the best in high end restaurants nationally. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening and were treated royally be everyone. This restaurant trains every aspect of service. This is fine dining at its best
  29. H

    Hank01

    El Paso

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great experience. Good service, good food and wine.
  30. CR

    CarlosR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Experience We really enjoyed the food. Drinks were excellent.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great piano and excellent singer
  32. MH

    MariaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Service was awesome. The only downfall is that smoking is allowed on Patio and the smell was strong.
  33. PD

    PattiD

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. The staff were attentive, the atmosphere was exquisite. There was a singer with a beautiful voice singing ballads along with a piano player. Loved it. we will come back. Delicious!
  34. S

    Smokin1997

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bday lunch
  35. JH

    JessicaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks and food was amazing. We took our CEO that was in town from Europe and he was impressed with the quality of food. Thank you so much!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing overall experience!
  38. N

    Navigator

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, ambience and it was worth every cent. What else is there to say?
  39. RA

    RubiA

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The strawberry basil margarita is very delicious if you likes a little bit of sweeter drinks. Mango dessert was also very delicious. Steak was well prepared. Overall very satisfied with everything
  40. NM

    NicolasM

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I giving 5starts ,but food is over price , ingredients on the menu are not updated.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Café Central offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 545-2233.

Café Central is rated 4.7 stars by 1623 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu
Google Map for Café Central

109 North Oregon st El Paso, TX 79901

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mills and San Antonio Street

  • Neighborhood

    El Paso

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking $5.00 Lunch and $10.00 at Dinner

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kasey Kaplan

  • Entertainment

    Jazz on Thursdays; Piano during Dinner Monday thru Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (915) 545-2233

  • Catering

    Please call Event Planner at (915) 545-2233 or email estela@cafecentral.com for details and we will make sure to make your event a success.

  • Private party facilities

    For private event reservations, we do not allow any outside entertainment. We will help you plan the most memorable event, please inquire with us!

  • Private party contact

    Estela Abelleyra: (866) 943-6926

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