This restaurant now offers Takeout

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View Takeout menu

Café Central

4.6
1490 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!
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

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 1490 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service amd food

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

It was warmer than I would prefer.

OT
OpenTable Diner
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my beautiful fiancé there for our engagement dinner and had a great time. Would recommend this for any special occasion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

K
Kevin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Loved every second and would definitely go back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Have dined here three times now and it has become one of my preferred venues for business and pleasure in El Paso, TX. Food is spectacular. Staff is always friendly and personable and very knowledgeable of menu offerings. Great ambience with a reasonable noise level making business meetings comfortable. Highly recommend dining here at least once!

KC
KevinC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Menu prices not transparent, several items have no price and for a returning customer, noticed the increase in prices, especially the Lamb Rack, I am sure future customers will be surprised with price increases. If prices are displayed then it shouldn’t be a problem.

Café Central
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Kevin! First, let us begin with how much we appreciate your continued support and we thank you for sharing your concerns! The Colorado Lamb has been increasing in price and the price fluctuates from day to day. We have to account for the market price of the lamb. The menu prices are never blank. I want to make sure we point that out to you and all our guests.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to!

Café Central
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Report
KB
KimberlyB
El Paso
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Central has always been our go-to restaurant for special occasions because they never disappoint from their "dowton abby" service to their food preparation.

N
Nini
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Central never disappoints! The ribeye was juicy; the salmon and lobster risotto was sublime, as well as, the bacon wrapped prawns. Of course, their signature Green Chile soup was fantastic. We love dining at CC as the staff pamper us and we feel like royalty!

We did miss our parting gift of their delicious cookies(LOL).

MG
MannyG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Took wife for her Birthday, Angus tenderloin was not cooked to her liking. Sent it back twice. Still didn’t get it right.
Happy Birthday Babe :(

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary with dinner. Place was exceptional! Great service and food!

PD
PriscillaD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks Adam for making our anniversary awesome! We enjoyed everything and the service. Everyone was attentive and welcoming.

AP
AndreaP
El Paso
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good but the service was too slow. It was weekday/lunchtime and there weren't many customers yet lunchtime took 2 hrs. Too long to get a menu, too long to take our order, too long to get our food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Report
CO
vipCarlosOmar70
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, best place in El Paso, TX, for a romantic dinner, celebration or business dinner, I to thank the ownership, managerial and all staff for the great time we had, my wife and I are delighted with the memories of last night’s efforts by all of you!
May The Lord bless y’all!

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you so much for being our guest!! We hope to see you back again soon!

Report
KM
KathleenM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Clearly worth five stars. Innovative food; professional service. Highly recommended.

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you Kathleen we appreciate you being our guest!!

Report
CM
ChristianM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Central never and I mean NEVER disappoints! Best place to have a great dinner with loved ones

C
Chops
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, from the ambiance, the service, the food (sea bass was cooked to perfection!). The best place to have any celebration or business meeting.
Paul the pianist has the music level just right, and the cool ambiance makes you feel like you are part of the "in" crowd.
Just love this place!

LS
LarryS
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, drinks, and food. The best!

OT
OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved how patient the staff was with our big group. They even stored and brought out the cake we bought with a nice big celebration. The lamb and lo ester ravioli were incredible.

EB
ErikB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered the Tenderloin Carpaccio and the dry aged steak. I then washed it down with an old fashioned and a glass of the house bourbon. All was amazing but the best part of my evening was how friendly and professional the staff was.

CG
vipCindiG
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Didn’t his the mark this time. Service and food were good, but usually stellar.
Music was too loud to enjoy, over powered the table conversation. We had Scottish salmon and sea bass, and wine and cocktails.

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi Cindi, we are sorry about your most recent experience, and that is wasn't up to standards! Do you mind sharing some details about your visit? What day, time and your server if you where able to catch a name? Thank you so much!

Report
TR
TanyaR
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manny was an amazing server really made my birthday a day to remember!!

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you Tanya! We will commend him for his amazing service!

Report
SS
vipSaqibSiddiqui
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent place. I have nothing bad to say only compliments. Great wine list.

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you so much!!

Report
I
Israel
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate our anniversary and we loved it. Service was amazing!!! Our waiter, Manuel, was absolutely the best.

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you Isreal, we will commend his attentiveness and service! Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Report
TA
TheAsh
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and meals. The level of professionalism is unmatched. We will be returning for more special occasions.

Café Central
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your comments! We appreciate you being our guest!

Report
DR
vipDavidR
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Piano playing was nice but added Sax and was loud to talk to each other. Service seemed slow tonite, no refills on water, bread during time there. Brought wrong mixed drink but food still good.

l
luv2eat
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Must go for any special occasion

HH
vipHappyHappyTrails
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What an exceptional meal. The food was an absolute culinary delight. Hats off to the Chef for being so creative with the melding of the flavors. The bar was creating incredibly creative crafty cocktails. Was that rose water in the margarita? You left me pondering that thought. The Old Fashion was top notch. Another amalgamation of exceptional flavors. Customer service was firing on all cylinders. Hats off to the General Manager for managing such a well oiled machine. Lastly, thank you for the birthday card and the sparkler on the Tres Leches Cake! You have set the bar very high for what an absolutely amazing dining experience should be!

T
Travis
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance. Perfect for business meetings.

JO
JorgeO
San Francisco
1 review