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Permanently Closed - Central Bistro and Bar

4.3
483 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Opened in the summer of 2012 in Denver’s LoHi Neighborhood, Central is an American Bistro and Bar focusing on the fine presentation of dishes that draw upon the heritage of American classics. The 70-seat space is contemporary yet rustic in feel and has been carefully curated with both modern materials and vintage neighborhood finds. The patio and bar offer an unmatched view of the city's skyline, and the restaurant is open for lunch, brunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tues-Fri 11am-2pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10 am- 2pm

Happy Hour: Wed.-Sat. 2pm-6pm, Tuesday and Sunday 2pm-close

Dinner : Tues-Sat 4:30pm-10pm Sunday til 9pm

Closed Monday

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Phone number
(303) 477-4582
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jesse Vega
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Private party facilities
We love a good party and are happy to accommodate large groups as well as partial and full buyouts. We will work with you to create a great menu and a memorable experience for your corporate, family or special event.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 250-6102
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Central Street and 17th Street
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Special events & promotions
Wine Down Wednesdays - 40% off select bottles of wine.

All night Happy Hour Tuesdays and Sundays.

Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Awful happy hour food. Slow service. They are closing. That's good.

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Biketheboat (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Very nice experience - shared the brussel sprouts and beef skewers and each had the Tuscan salad. Excellent service.

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vipjrbrn (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

servive was good - food excellent - we will go back

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OpenTable Diner (Amarillo)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Great place for brunch! The tres leche French toast is amazing, and the tacos are just as good from what I heard! Highly recommend Central Bistro!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Delicious variety. We ordered several small plates and every one of them was wonderful! Great wines too!

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vipEAWorthy (Denver)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2017

Was packed, so a lot noisier than usual. Can't beat the food, though.

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Marjalane (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Good service, inventive menu choices but the portions for shared plates were really small. We had five people and not everyone got to taste everything. I'd go again but it wouldn't be a rush to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

The restaurant was almost entirely empty and they wouldn't sit us without our whole party there (of 4). It was just an unreasonable strict adherence to a policy that prevented us from spending MORE money...

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Varied menu choices. All dishes executed well. Grilled octopus was especially memorable.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

We had a good evening at CBB. The food was good service was a little slow seemed our server was in a large section. He was knowledgeable and made a great wine suggestion. We would add them to our rounds of the Highlands again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2017

Great neighborhood spot. Food is always delicious, staff always pleasant and the place just has a really good vibe!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 9, 2017

Unfortunately, didn't notice burgers were overcooked until took a bite. The serving of fries was huge for the plate size. It would've been nice to have a side of salad or pickles instead of such a large portion of average tasting fries. Good drinks. Excellent server. A boisterous brunch crowd. Like the open air area. Would try again but make sure to check food first before trying.

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vipLJM731 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Met a friend for lunch on a Saturday. The restaurant was busy, but not out of control. Due to crazy I-25 traffic, we were both late for the reservation. The hostess and wait staff were gracious and made me feel very comfortable waiting for my friend. Our waiter was perfect - always there when we needed something, yet didn't hover over us. I had an amazing spicy egg dish and went with the waiter's suggestion to add avocado. We had a 2 year old with us and the kid's menu was perfect.

All in all, it was a very nice lunch. Will definitely go back!

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vipMthede1 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

Had lunch at Central Bistro for the first time. Do not miss the Tuscan Green salad- I added grilled shrimp, avocado and an egg. DELISH! Also had a taste of the Baja Shrimp Tacos which were very tasty as well. Can't wait to return and try their dinner menu!

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vipFoodTraveler (London)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

Great Brunch, but make a reservation before you go or it will be a wait.

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ABay (Denver)
3.0  Dined on March 29, 2017

Limited menu items but the 40% off wines $60 and under every Wednesday made up for it

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2017

Had a fantastic date night! Food and service were stellar. Even better it was Happy Hour all night! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2017

So yummy! Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2017

The food is delicious and the service is terrific! The Bistro has become a mandatory stop on my Denver trips.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on March 2, 2017

Great food & ambience, the service could use some work on timing plates. Our app plates weren't cleared & we got our first course. Then we hadn't finished our first courses when our main came. Our server was not very attentive & could have had a nicer, cleaner appearance. But again the food was great!

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vipCOFoodie (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2017

Central is always a great place to go. The staff is excellent, the food tasty, and the drinks delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

One of the best dinners I've had. Staff was informative and extremely friendly. Food and drinks were spectacular. Fantastic place!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

Went here for the first night of restuarant week and the menu was Fantastic!!! The entree cod dinner was out of this world delcious with the sauce. The roasted chicken entree was tasty, but paled in comparison next to the cod. THIS PLACE AND THE SERVICE WERE OUTSTANDING!!

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viphockiemack (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Great bistro with an extremely lively bar and a quieter dining room. Tuesday and Sunday are all day happy hour with really awesome food and drink deals. Food is very good and they change up their menus often. Parking can be tough but highly recommend.

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vipEdwardH (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Anniversary

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vipStColorado (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Love this place... Great creative brunch menu and service. Props to their dog friendly patio policy... Makes things entertaining and fun

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vipGarrett (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Best meal I've had in some time. Familiar dishes with some complex flavoring and spiced, salted and timed perfectly.

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PrefersLocal (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

Central Bistro always pleases us. We go there on Sundays because it is quieter then so we can hear each other. We both started with the shrimp taco, which small and a perfect blend of crunchy and softer ingredients. I had the oxtail ragu, which was rich and savory without being salty. It was more than I could eat but my husband was happy to finish it for me. He ordered the shaved octopus, which is a savory bigger small plate. I asked a lot of questions about the menu and got good cuatomer friendly answers such as could one of the salads be served without the apple - yes.

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vipOpenTable28 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

We were looking for a place for a late lunch and found this restaurant while searching Open Table. It looked good and wasn't too far, so we made a 2:00 reservation and headed over. As soon as we walked in we could not hear each other speak as it was INCREDIBLY LOUD. I mean, really, really loud. But we had the reservation and asked to be seated in the dining room, as far from the bar as possible. We were given small menus, which I thought were drink menus. When the server finally came to our table (it was now 2:09) I asked for menus and we were told that at 2:00 it became Happy Hour and so our only option was to order from the "bar food" menu, which was the one on our table. We observed plates of regular entrees coming from the kitchen and served to neighboring tables, so we asked if we could order from the regular menu. No such luck. We were told the kitchen was most definitely closed and we could not order anything but the bar food, even though we were seated in the dining room. (We had a 2:00 reservation - perhaps if we had been greeted promptly we could have put in our order quickly before the kitchen closed?) So, rather than extend us the courtesy the restaurant clearly preferred to have us leave, which is what we did. Server didn't seem too concerned either way. Unpleasant and unfortunate experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. We sat in the bar area so there was a group that was a little too loud for our liking. Regardless, the experience exceeded our expectations for service in the bar area. We enjoyed our server immensely, as he was very attentive and friendly. We will definitely come back to this restaurant again!

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