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Café Central

4.7
1541 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 1541 people are saying
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MKaiser
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! Truly enjoyed my time there! Will definitely be back!

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HungryEater
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food took slightly longer than usual. One dish (chicken) was cold. Otherwise great as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Appetizers of calamari and soup were delicious.
It took 40 minutes for our entrees - steak and scallops were over cooked while our sides were undercooked. However we still enjoyed our meal and our time there.
Nice feature - you can pay by phone from your table once you e received the check/tab.
There is valet service since parking in the area is minimal

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EduardoR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome live music, great atmosphere, excellent service and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Wasn't impressed with our service. The gentleman serving bread gave us more attention than our server Stephanie. We even had to flag down someone to come refill our drinks because she did not. The food took about an hour to come out however once we had it, it was amazing. Best Ribeye I've ever tasted.

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GenaroE
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manuel was a great server had a great night and very comfortable

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DerrickF
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, good food, very good service. The place to go if you want to treat yourself.
However, I would suggest the server waits until everyone at the table has finished eating before removing the plates.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night with the staff at Cafe Central being very attentive with our needs and experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Will be back.

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luv2eat
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Never ever disappoints best restaurant in El Paso

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vipjonstein
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a big group to dinner and the restaurant went over and above to take care of us

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vipMaureenG
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were excellent and the live music provided a great backdrop. Already talking about return trip to El Paso so we can dine here again.

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TravisV
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast seating, amazing food and service, all our needs were taken care of in a timely manner. Thank you for making our anniversary that much more special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's a very nice upscale restaurant downtown. The staff are very attentive. Very clean also.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente muchas felicidades

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Steak and tuna were both over cooked

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Jenni
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely night. Every year we treat ourselves to a nice Christmas dinner and cafe central doesn’t disappoint on service or food. Very classy and very good. We had great service with the server offering several types of bread. I ask for a wine recommendation and wasn’t disappointed at all. We order calamari, the cream green chili soup which is always excellent, as well as the lamb and duck. Dessert we order the cheesecake and the cream brûlée. The cheese cake was served with a raspberry sorbet that had the softest texture I’ve ever gotten from a sorbet. And the cream brûlée was excellent with berries on top. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great meal and service. My only complaint was that I kept feeling a constant breeze possibly coming from the kitchen but that honestly didn’t effect us too much as this was towards the end of our meal.

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VGKFan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very welcoming, warm amd friendly. The food was magnificent. The green chile crema soup was delightful. The Scottish Salmon was cooked to perfection. The half chicken was so moist. The Tres Leches Cake topped off the meal. A very pleasant evening.

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LindaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for special occasions! Very romantic and great music. Except when customers sing at piano.

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JeffreyR
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual, can't wait the next outing.

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NoemiG
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The ambiance was lively and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was very loud and my husband I spent the evening yelling at each other just to make conversation. The wait staff was great and very polite. The wait staff make the experience worth it. The courses took some time to come out. While it was good, it was not great.

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LuisV
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent our waiter Adam was very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable of the food drinks and appetizers I would recommend cafe central to all my friends and family

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PaulH
El Paso
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good from the valet, hostess, waiter and server. The food was excellent for all our party.

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vipmic4gdfd
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service by Adam were great!

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vipArmyNurse
El Paso
94 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was very good. Much to my pleasant surprise, they got everyone fed and out to the concert in a timely manner. That has been a challenge in the past (of course, I did ask for the check when the entrees arrived so I would not be stressing).

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service excellent.

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vipAlways
Houston
441 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Wine list was also excellent. Definitely for a full evening and not a quick meal.

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vipKelly
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it!! Such an El Paso treasure!!

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vipGrant
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. It was a great evening. Everything was excellent, food, wine, service, ambiance. Best restaurant in El Paso, no question.

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took someone special to Cafe Central on 12/6 for a romantic dinner. She and I were not disappointed. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive. Our server was helpful with menu questions and unfailingly polite. The food was superb. We both had the green chile soup. My date had the Chilean sea bass and I had the sesame crusted tuna. All were outstanding. The valet parking was convenient. All-in-all, it was a wonderful, memorable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter graduation

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review