Café Central

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$31 to $50
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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 Southwest twist in mind to create exceptional cuisine from appetizers to entrées. Located in the heart of downtown, just one block from the Museum of Art, Plaza Theatre, 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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JV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was superb and the food delicious. A beautiful place to have a quiet dinner with friends.

PF
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem of a restaurant in El Paso! An absolute must for fine dining!

JB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the evening. The restaurant is gorgeous. The live music was beautiful. Although we didn't sit on the patio, it really set the tone and the mood for a romantic evening. The service was outstanding. The special was a clay and banana leaf covered branzino, while the presentation was amazing the seasoning was underwhelming. The chilean seabass was delicious, but the jasmin rice that it was served with was hard, it wasn't edible. I will definitely return to try more dishes.

CB
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited Cafe Central several times. I can not recommend this place enough. Live music, above excellent service and food. The experiences are never a disappointment. Often we will see local and national celebrities without the commotion.

Definitely on my saved list.

V
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is my second visit and both times my order was returned to the kitchen and the other people I was dining with had finished there meal by the time I received my entree back. The first visit my “Signature Crab Cakes” we’re uneatable, and my steak cooked medium-well when ordered medium-rare. This time I ordered sea scallops and received sea bass.

NC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night location with live music and excellent food.

TU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please give our thanks to the Chef and his team, and to the staff who made our dinner last night at Cafe Central, really unique.

Managing and serving 15 people is never easy but you managed it perfectly. We had an amazing time. The private room was so comfortable, the food at Cafe Central exquisite. Our waiters and the sommelier were just wonderful. What a great place!

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

Disappointed in the service.

Too much time spent by the waiter pouring wine in our glasses every minute, and not enough discussion on our needs.

More importantly, the food took way too long to come out.

RJ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. The food was amazing. We started with the green Chile soup. Then we had our entrees the lamb rack was cooked to perfection and the half chicken was delicious.

M
El Paso
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good experience! The food was great as well as the service!

OT
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best.

JM
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

AN
El Paso
69 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service at reasonable prices.

OT
El Paso
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! Waiter was fantastic.

R
El Paso
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect! We loved it everything cooked to perfection

OT
El Paso
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual anniversary dinner. Great, great service and food!!

R
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always great here. There is a lot of construction occurring around the restaurant making parking difficult which makes the valet parking being offered truly valuable.

Café Central
Responded on September 13, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recommendation with us Robert. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio y comida , como siempre el sea bass y el ribeye son deliciosos

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C
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very elegant and the food was exquisite

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place “fancy”

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. There is a reason the place has been around so long. Attention to detail is the rule rather than the exception!

TC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Ordered 2 starters … wife's starter was brought out … 10-15 minutes later they brought mine … as my wife was finishing hers … not good

FT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing food, service and and overall experience.

Café Central
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us Fredrick! We hope to see you again soon.

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v
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Cafe Central was an absolute delight, from the server to the food. the wine was delicious and the food outstanding. If I have to male one complaint, it would be that we were seated at a table next to the pianist and singer. Once they started, we were unable to talk with each other in a comfortable tone. That. we did not like. We were never rushed during our meal and will recommend this place to others.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server took too long to serve food and would randomly check our table. I always get outstanding service but not this time. Also, I made a reservation online and upon arrival they didn’t know nothing about it, the ladies didn’t have a good sense and didn’t have a choice to sit us down. Your website apparently isn’t working to make reservations.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert night at plaza

Café Central
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for joining us!

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RS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

Café Central
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see you soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, ambiance everything was excellent. The only complaint I would have is related to all the construction going on downtown around the restaurant. It would help immensely if when making a reservation whether directly by phone or through OpenTable, I did both, there was some indication about how to navigate through the construction to easily find the entrance. I live in El Paso but haven't been downtown in a long time and it took me a while to finally find the entrance. I pity someone from out of town going to Cafe for the first time.

Café Central
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hello, we apologize for the confusion. The construction is hectic and we completely agree with you. We will be sharing your suggestion with management. Thank you!

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

Date night

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and very romantic setting. It is the best restaurant in El Paso by far. If you want impeccable food and delightful food this place is a must

R
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente Ambiente,La comida riquísima...!! Personal muy Amable

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TJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Central is a nice place for a couple or for an adult group dinner. The staff was wonderful and everything our waiter suggested was superb. Highly recommend for anyone looking for great food. I also thought that El Paso was a NO smoking city in closed in areas. We could smell smoke when we first opened the door to enter in and as we walked into the main restaurant we could no longer smell the smoke and we had an enjoyable evening.

Café Central
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello Timothy, we're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire night was flawless - valet parking was easy and well executed, drinks and food were exceptional, dessert & coffee also exceptional. We recently moved into Las Cruces from Massachusetts and wanted to find a well appointed restaurant - and it looks like we did. Thank you for a great night!

Café Central
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us Merle! It was truly a pleasure having you join us. We hope to see you again when you're in the area.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my anniversary and it was everything we expected and more! Extremely delicious food.

Café Central
Responded on July 29, 2019

We are honored that you shared your special day with us! Thank you for joining us.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and environment although the tables seemed a bit close

Café Central
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your recommendation with us Dominick!

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place, friendly service, delicious food, beautiful music, ambiance lovely, love to take out of town guests to best restaurant in El Paso and on special occasions for family members and friends.

Café Central
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review with us Ann. We look forward to seeing you again!

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EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Central is always excellent and a great place for food, wine and ambiance.

The sommelier, Philipp is excellent.

LA
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal with a wonderful bottle of wine chosen by the sommelier.

Café Central
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your recommendation Leo!

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CM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner for any occasion. Will return again to this restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great like always, amzing good más service

Café Central
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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