Central Bar + Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Northwest
Open for Take Out and Delivery! 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 268 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Central. Lamb, Salmon and Sea Bass were tasty and cooked to perfection.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fun 8 person party for a friend get-together. We were accommodated nicely

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The house salad was not good
Salmon was excellent
Server seemed not thrilled to be there

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the house salad. We hope to see you in again soon so that we can find a dish that you like better. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibe! Love this place!!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day Date night with my husband. The restaurant looked great! They decorated for Valentine’s Day and it looked so good!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, and for choosing to spend your Valentine's Day with us. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the decor! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular at Central. It has been one of my absolute favorite places to eat at in Bellevue! I go there often! I love the food, the drinks, the atmosphere and especially Randy, Cody and Joey! The family is very welcoming and always make me feel like family! I will continue to frequent there often!!!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Dear Lori, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a kind review! Thank you for your continued loyalty! It is a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to seeing you in again soon. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Great ambiance and felt cozy and romantic.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for choosing to spend your Valentine's Day with us! It was a privilege to serve you and we hope to see you in again soon! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always fantastic! Love the Central team!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am so glad to hear that you love our amazing staff! We are truly grateful to have such an amazing team, we hope to see you in again soon! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My first visit to Central Bar + Restaurant was for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant was nicely set up for the occasion and the four course special that evening was great, albeit a little pricey for what was offered, and the wait staff could have been a bit more attentive. Overall, my date and I had a good experience. I would recommend CB + R for a casual date or after work get together.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, and for choosing to spend your Valentine's Day with us. I am glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you in again soon! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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LK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I ordered the Buddha bowl with chicken. The description on the menu sounded delicious. I found it very bland. Had to ask for salt and pepper. The server seemed a bit put out to have to get it for me. My husband’s $18 cheeseburger was dry. No condiments on it whatsoever.
Loved the ambiance of the restaurant and the outside area.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 16, 2020

Dear Lori, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am sorry to hear that you and your husband did not enjoy the food you tried. We hope to see you in again soon so that you can try something you that you prefer! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Music was too loud while trying to have dinner and conversation

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 9, 2020

Dear Dans, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! I am sorry that the music was too loud while you were visiting, we are happy to turn it down at a guest's request. We hope to see you in again soon! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I had a good at Central a couple of weeks go, so booked it for a business dinner - and as the host I was embarrassed. Neat looking place, food was fine - when it finally came out. I ordered the black cod, which at about 2.5 inches square - for $42 - was pretty crazy. The waiter overheard my comment, was super nice to come by and quietly tell me that he agreed, that they would delete the charge. Major plus points for that gesture!

But then, the waiter basically disappeared. Which was so strange because the restaurant was not busy at all. Had to go to the hostess the first time but nice guy he seemed to be, he just didn’t get it. No support from the busboy, who could have rescued by being attentive too. Finally one person in our party tackled the server to pay the bill, dessert menus lay on the table and just one in our party was lucky enough to be offered coffee. An old waiter myself, I wanted to ask the guy what he was thinking/what happened but we just wanted to get the heck out of there by that time.

Anyway, really sad because it’s a neat looking place in a fantastic location. But this being a business meal for out of owners, I look like a fool and won’t be back.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 7, 2020

Dear Rick, I am so sorry to hear that your experience with us was anything less than perfect. Please know that this is not at all how we intend our guest's experiences to be. We have already brought this issue to the attention of our staff to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I sincerely apologize that your service was off that night. I would love to invite you back so that we can regain your trust and loyalty. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food good! Very very loud.
Fun place would go again.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 7, 2020

Dear Mimi, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, we are glad that you stopped in! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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GT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a great next day lunch with the left over fish & chips. Superb coconut shrimp. My ears only rang for a couple of hours after, so I guess the noise level wasn't disabling.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you leaving us a review! I'm sorry to hear that the noise level was too high for you, please let us know next time and we'd be happy to turn it down for you. We look forward to seeing you in again soon! Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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S
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, good selection, reasonable prices.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you, Scout! Come by again soon!

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LS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on January 23, 2020

Linda, thank you for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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
Seattle
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
4 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