Central Bar + Restaurant

4.3
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$30 and under
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Northwest
Located on NE 6th Street between the W Hotel and Westin Hotel, Central Bar & Restaurant is a casual but luxurious restaurant with a lively bar at the center of it. Central’s vision, energy, and style completely focus on the atmosphere and the people, with attentiveness to prime service and stellar cuisine. In addition, the central location and venue design make for an outstanding space for corporate events, private parties, and celebrations.

When it comes to our guests, our goal is to exceed their expectations and transform their dining experience into a memorable moment. That is why the vision for Central has always been to be a social gathering spot and something uniquely Bellevue.

At Central, our menu honors the Pacific Northwest and our food is fresh, prepared in house, and a perfect complement to our welcoming atmosphere. As for the drinks, our bartenders pride themselves in making cocktails the way they were intended; just quality spirits, no bs.
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Daily Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour Daily from 3:00 - 6:00pm and extended Happy Hour on Sundays from 2:00pm - close!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 19, 2019

Ends: July 20, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 254 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, good selection, reasonable prices.

LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cozy venue with amazing service and food! Great experience!

KH
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was simply perfect....the restaurant was beautiful, prices were reasonable for Bellevue fine dining. Know the owners and they have done a great job!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you very much for your kind words! I am glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you in again soon. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went there to celebrate New Years. Drinks were on point, service was great. I ordered the fish tacos and they were really good. My BF ordered lamb and it was over cooked and really not worth for that price. Stick to Bar bites food and appetizers and u won’t be disappointed. Really nice spot to go have drinks and have fun.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for choosing to spend your New Year with us and for taking the time to leave us a review! I am glad you enjoyed your fish tacos but I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the lamb, we would love to have you back in to try another dish that you may like. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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RI
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice restaurant and bar with big screen TV to watch games. Attentive service and good food. We had the fish and chips (very large portion) and beef tacos (from the Happy Hour menu).

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the dishes you tried! We loved having you in and can't wait to see you again soon. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Restaurant and Bar

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KJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Very smooth and fun! :)

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hi John, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food good service fast location convenient. Found this when googling a location to attend snowflake lane. It works but you cannot dine and see the event you have to go outside and walk about one block. You can see the setup of some of the floats from the door but we pictured a better view. Prices a bit on the high side but food was quality. Service good not amazing but good.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Snowflake Lane early dinner. The restaurant was much noisier than usual plus I could have done without the techno music

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We apologize for the louder than usual noise and will keep the noise level in mind for future guests. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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MU
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central Bar + Restaurant hits all the right notes - consistently high quality food (love the halibut among other dishes), well trained service staff that exhibits a great attitude in making guests feel welcomed and values while provide great service and the ambiance is fun and sophisticated. Thumbs Up and has become a go to spot for us.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! We love having regulars return and having the opportunity to establish a relationship with you. Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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Y
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rather than give the restaurant a 1 star rating, I wanted to leave all 3 stars (moderate) and write a detailed analysis. Two times we had OpenTable reservations at the Central, and both times we were asked to leave due to private events during December. The restaurant indicated they had issues with the OpenTable system, and I escalated those to OpenTable, who made it right. However, the restaurant indicated they reached out to my office on two occasions, but my IT, call center, and assistant had no trace of this call. Either way, if I make a reservation via OpenTable, and the restaurant needs to cancel, it should come via OpenTable notification. That is on both this property and OpenTable to figure out. Hopefully I will return to this great venue in the future, but I doubt I will book anything business related until the two systems are fixed.

Y
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rather than give the restaurant a 1 star rating, I wanted to leave all 3 stars (moderate) and write a detailed analysis. Two times we had OpenTable reservations at the Central, and both times we were asked to leave due to private events during December. The restaurant indicated they had issues with the OpenTable system, and I escalated those to OpenTable, who made it right. However, the restaurant indicated they reached out to my office on two occasions, but my IT, call center, and assistant had no trace of this call. Either way, if I make a reservation via OpenTable, and the restaurant needs to cancel, it should come via OpenTable notification. That is on both this property and OpenTable to figure out. Hopefully I will return to this great venue in the future, but I doubt I will book anything business related until the two systems are fixed.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback. We apologize for the confusion and inconvenience in which we could not accommodate your reservations. December is one of our busiest months of the year in which we often have private events for corporate holiday parties where the restaurant is fully bought out. We are working with Open Table in order to ensure that this does not happen again. We would love to have you back in again for a meal on me. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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k
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was slow but food and attention was very good

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We apologize for the slow service but look forward to having you back in soon in which we can show you our amazing customer service. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central is great. Good place to watch the Football game, but quiet enough to still talk. Great food, fabulous staff.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall was great but the dish I ordered was not that great (halibut taco).

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. I am sorry that you did not enjoy the dish you ordered, we would love to have the opportunity to have you come back in and try another dish that you prefer. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice time. Thank you

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Food quality was very poor for a restaurant trying to compete in the upscale Bellevue restaurant scene. Ambiance is lively with a vibrant scene but that can't save the lack of quality in the cuisine. This was the third and last time we go back.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! I am sorry to hear that you have not enjoyed the dishes you have tried. Our dishes only use the freshest of ingredients and our chef is willing to modify any dish according to any modifications you wish to make. I would love the opportunity to have you back in with a dish on me. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great dinner but so loud it is hard to carry on conversations.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We apologize for the noise volume and will keep that in mind for future visits. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It is a very loud place. Been saying that since they opened and they havent done a thing about it. I ordered the sea bass and it came cold, no flavor. The waitress was very nice about it. Took it back and they made me a new one. Just ok, I wouldn’t order it again. It was bland.. it needs to be marinated or spiced up. The took a drink off. The other food was average but they charge above average prices. A good place for drinks.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! We adjust the volume depending on the atmosphere of the restaurant and would be happy to adjust the volume based on guest requests. We apologize that you did not enjoy the dish you ordered and would love the chance to have you back in with a meal on me. In regards to our prices, they reflect the quality and freshness of our ingredients and take into account the market value of the dishes. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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FS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Overall I’d say the experience lacked attention to detail and polish. I’m sure others have better experiences but not for me and my business partner. We should have left immediately based on seating. When we arrived, we were walked to the very back of the restaurant to the most remote and uncomfortable tables pressed agains a wall beside exterior glass doors. Hostesses were surprised that we didn’t want to sit by exterior doors on a cold day or that people with reservations would find that section undesirable. Since there were plenty of tables we requested a different one. The server at the new table was pleasant. The kitchen experience was also lacking - despite giving my autoimmune condition requirements in detail, wings came out with a key ingredient I cannot eat in the batter. It would have been helpful to not bite into the food to find out. My business partner’s food tasted good but immediately at her hotel room she spent the night expelling the food. On my end, I had to take emergency medication to minimize an autoimmune flare up.

When attempting to split the bill at $75 and the rest to balance, and one card was charged $8.75 and the other $85.85. This, for me, was disappointing and just lacked logic. I follow the restaurant online and was dying to try it. Well, I did.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review, we appreciate your feedback. I am very sorry to hear about your dining experience with us. Our kitchen takes the utmost of caution when handling guest allergy requests. I will follow up with our kitchen to ensure that this does not occur again and would love to have you back in with a meal on me. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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T
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stopped for a quick dinner while Christmas shopping. I had the prime steak sandwich which was delicious. My wife had the fish and chips which was really enough for 2. She enjoyed it. Lots of great choices on the drink menu. Service was excellent. Our glasses were never empty. The place was very energetic. We plan to go again.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, hank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience as well as your meals. We look forward to having you back in soon! Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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H
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 5th time here within the last couple of years and they haven’t missed a step. Service is very good, the food options are plentiful, prices are reasonable and it tasty. Great drink options and specials, doesn’t feel too crowded and it’s a great place for casual, romantic, group or solo.
Staff is engaging and super polite.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for your loyal business as we love having regulars in which we can establish a relationship. Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon! Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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JV
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amanda and Nicole took good care of me and my guest.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! I am so glad that you had a great time with Amanda and Nicole, I will pass on your kind words to them. Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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A
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative n really good

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! We look forward to having you back in soon as our menu is always changing so you can try a new creative dish! :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a bit on the pricey side especially on drinks, but the food was excellent.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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MT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great vibes overall!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed your time and we look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

food was cold. eggs were overcooked. the ham on the eggs benedict was cubed with like 5 cubes per english muffin. pricey for crap food and cutting corners. nothing had flavor. will never return.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. I apologize that you did not enjoy the dish you tried as this is not reflective of our food or the usual amazing quality. I would love to have you back in for a meal on me. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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NG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great environment and nice staff! The food is good too.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on October 31, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a kind review! I am thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon! :) Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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R
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here a lot for everyday. Met a business associate there for dinner and he loved it as well. Excellent food, service and ambiance.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on October 31, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us such an amazing review!! I am so pleased you and your associate had a marvelous time and exceptional service! Please come back and see us again soon! :) Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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l
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Meh. The location is solid in Bellevue and the atmosphere is good for an after-work get-together. The rest of the experience is mediocre. The food is average at best; either mass-produced/frozen/reheated or overly-sauced for many dishes. The cocktail menu is fancy and makes bold claims about itself but is middling at best.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on October 31, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so disappointed to hear your experience was less than perfect with us. I would love to know what I can do to improve our food and your overall experience. Would you mind sending me a private message and include the food you had? Thank you for the feedback, we are always striving to improve!

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A
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This is a visually beautiful restaurant/bar and great location. First time we were there our food and drinks were fantastic. A few weeks later we brought some friends on a Saturday night to enjoy dinner with us. Our server was very nice but service was extremely slow. We ordered the same thing we had ordered a few weeks before because we liked it so much, but it was like a completely different dish! Definitely not as good and very over "seasoned". We didn't know that the menu could vary so much based on different chefs? We will probably try again to see if that was just perhaps and "off" night.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback! I am sorry to hear that your second experience with us was anything less than perfect. I apologize about the variation in food quality and taste as this is not reflective of our kitchen. We would love the opportunity to give you the perfect third experience. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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UM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, food, an server were amazing. I would have to say the two things that stood out the most were our server who was on point and attentive and the cocktails. The cocktails were different from other places we've frequented. The food options are plenty, making it a great place for diverse palates.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for your very kind review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to having you back in soon! Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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KF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Appetizers and desert were awesome. The main meal was alright. Definitely have the caramel cheesecake, that made the meal fantastic!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

REALLY loud. Start with a calamari appetizer which was so bland we chose to leave and go elsewhere.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am sorry to hear that your experience with us was not five-star worthy. I would love to invite you back for a meal on me as the experience you had is not indicative of our amazing customer service and high quality food. Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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T
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The menu on their website is very different than the actual menu. Open table lists that happy hour is daily until 6pm but we were never offered a happy hour menu. Definitely won’t be coming back.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi Tone, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so sorry you had a less than perfect dining experience with us. Our happy hour is daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and I apologize you didn't receive a menu. I hope you decide to give us another chance to change your mind and I'd love to buy you a round of Happy Hour apps and cocktails since you didn't get to try them last time! Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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OT
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast. Good food good attentice service. Definitely recommend.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Based on this last experience, I wouldn't recommend to a friend. I have frequented Central Bar & Restaurant 6 times and each time the service hasn't been great. During our last visit it was the worst. We kept having to waive down our server or asking others for water, black pepper etc. The food was just ok. Halibut was scorching and potatoes and vegetables cold. Server never came back to ask how everything was. Just to clear 1/2 eaten dishes.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on October 11, 2019

Hi Marc, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am disappointed to hear you didn't get the proper service and attention a regular deserves. Your experience is very important to us and I have talked to both our head chef and your server that night to ensure this does NOT happen again. I would love to invite you back for an amazing dining experience on me!! Please feel free to email me at any time. manager@centralbar Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smooth reservation, prompt service and food was excellent

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! I am glad to hear that your dining experience with us went smoothly and you enjoyed your time. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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MT
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice bar, picked the wrong time to go due to football game being on Tv and an extremely loud crowd of people sitting next to us

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your feedback, thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We do attract a crowd for football games, particularly Seahawks which may have explained the loud party next to your table. I would love to invite you back to try us on a more quiet night when football is not happening. :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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CG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, quiet restaurant. Has televisions on though when it's a game day but I liked that. Food was good. Roasted cauliflower appetizer and steak salad was delicious. I didn't have alcohol but their cocktail menu looked great.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review. We try to make the experience fun for the whole family, kids included, and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed that. We look forward to having you back in soon :) Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast, perfect service, great value for the area

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, We truly appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you so much for coming in, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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