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About Permanently Closed - Central Bistro and Bar

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.

1691 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Central Street and 17th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 477-4582

Website:
http://www.centralbistrobar.com/

Executive Chef:
Jesse Vega

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.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 250-6102

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Down Wednesdays - 40% off select bottles of wine.

All night Happy Hour Tuesdays and Sundays.

Central Bistro and Bar - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (151)
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Notable Wine List (127)
Late-night Find (58)
Kid-friendly (49)
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Happy Hour (18)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 26, 2016

When we got there they didn't have an outdoor table available for us per our reservation request, then we got sat and brought water immediately, but no one came back for 20 minutes for drink or food orders.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2016

The food was absolutely incredible. The pork chop and trout were both cooked to perfection. Portions were good too for the quality of the food. Great wine, good date environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 19, 2016

I enjoyed Central Bistro. The service was fantastic at both the bar and the table. The menu is good and the food is well prepared. It's not a foodie place, but an excellent choice for grabbing a drink and catching up with friends. Great location when the weather's nice and the windows are open.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 18, 2016

The brunch at Central Bistro is easily the best in Denver. Biscuits and gravy, chilaquiles, breakfast burrito, all fantastic. The service on this particular visit was less than satisfactory. The bus boy brought water, but then no server approached the table for 30 minutes. We had to ask one of the countless servers walking by if anybody had our table. They were very apologetic and accommodating after this, but it never should have happened, as it wasn't overly busy. This was our 4th or 5th time at Central Bistro, and the service has never been very quick, but the bottomless mimosas usually make that a non-factor.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Great spot for drinks, brunch and enjoying the outdoors space.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 4, 2016

One of the best vegetarian dishes I've ever had; believe it was the Roasted Acorn Squash with risotto and asparagus. Absolutely perfect. It's a good thing it tasted so great because we were starting to grow impatient with the wait. Didn't make sense that service was so slow considering it wasn't busy and everyone seemed to be on the patio. Brussel sprouts were good but toffee was too much. Cheese plate was ok but not worth the price for what they give you. My two dinner guests both had the burger and said it was just ok but loved the fries. Overall it was a good dinner that we probably would have thought was a great dinner if the service hadn't been so slow. We were literally poised with our credit cards ready so our server would not have another opportunity to disappear for 15 mins between dropping the check and returning to run the cards.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Everything about our Central Bistro brunch experience was fantastic! The menu is creative, the food amazing, the vibe and view are perfect... We will definitely be returning!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 28, 2016

The food is great and they are wonderful about modifying for food allergies. The service is hit or miss...I have had good service and horrible service where they forgot our order and messed up other plates that had to be returned. They have good customer service so I would go back.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Central needs to step up their game to keep up with Denver's growing food scene. They served my husband an entirely different chicken dish and when he asked the server about it, she said oh, they changed things up that night. It didn't match the description on the menu at all. Service was sloppy and inconsistent and the food was just OK.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 18, 2016

Great menu with a good variety of food. We started with the Speck and Burrata. The peas were perfectly paired with spring onion and Burrata. This was a wonderful way of starting the meal. It was just enough to hold you over while waiting for the main course. I ordered the Steak Frites: the Kobe beef was perfectly cooked to a medium rare and was tender enough to cut with a fork. The frites, perfectly fried and crunchy. I loved soaking the frites I the sauce!

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 17, 2016

Got our drinks right away - ordered two entrees and the brussel sprouts as an appetizer. After quite a while the entrees arrived - lukewarm. We mentioned that we never received the brussel sprouts - they finally arrived after we were finished with our meal. Our third visit - first two were great - this visit was not good.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 15, 2016

Great service, really liked the size of the menu, fried brie and waffles was delicious

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2016

This place is all about the cocktails. The food is so-so for dinner. Much better for brunch/lunch. The mistakes were a little fishy and the carbonara was way way too salty.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Definitely a hotspot. Very small portions and seems a bit overpriced. The food was excellent and the service did get slower as the busy evening went on

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Went here on a Denver trip with my girlfriend for her 30th birthday; we went during Happy Hour and the appetizers were really delicious! A tad on the pricey side but the shrimp tacos were so delicious I ended up ordering 3, and we got some house potato chips which were great as well! Also had $5 moscow mules which isn't a bad price considering what they're normally priced at during non-happy-hour times. Definitely recommend going during their Happy Hours if you want some good food without breaking the bank! :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We went to Central Bistro and Bar to celebrate Mother's Day and we had a great experience. The service was quick, the food was delicious, and the bottomless mimosas were fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2016

I have been to Central for dinner and brunch and they were both amazing! The food was so good and our server was great. My only feedback would be about the hostess. The hostess was a bit rude. Their food made up for her poor hospitality skills though and we will certainly be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 6, 2016

Went there on a gift certicate, and will go back. Very interesting menu with some unusual touches. Loved the way they did the calamari - not the same old tough fried stuff, but tender and stuffed with chorizo. Brussel Sprouts appetizer was huge and one of the best I've had. Not too crowded and easy to talk to each other.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Ryan always takes great care of us! I always bring clients and they love it!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 17, 2016

All day happy hour on Tuesday and Sunday!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Group of us went and ordered a bunch of small plates. We were more than impressed with the pricing, the presentation and taste. Will be going back in the near future.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 16, 2016

My experience here was quite enjoyable. Good food, good service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 6, 2016

I was there with a business contact, and while the food and service were really good, a huge event planning team swarmed in while we were trying to finish our meal to set up an event (Amazon) and from that point forward, we were treated like second-class citizens. Obviously, management knew the event was happening, so they should have seated us elsewhere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We went here for Easter Brunch. We had reservations and were seated immediately. The food and service were excellent. The french toast was exceptional . We ate inside and the noise level was over the top loud, a real strain to carry on a conversation. We noticed this as soon as we walked in the front door.That was really the only drawback. I would go back but I would sit outside. Overall, very nice restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We've been here multiple times for brunch before, so we knew the food was going to be good (and it was). We weren't super happy with the service and the overall atmosphere on this specific visit. I'm sure it was just because it was Easter and the place was crowded, but my husband and I could hardly carry a conversation and our waiter on came to take our order and give us our check (never once checked on us). We'll most likely be back, because on normal Sundays this place is great, but for Easter/holidays we won't bother.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 25, 2016

An underrated gem. Terrific food, fantastic cocktails, great beer menu, and even kid-friendly. We'll definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2016

My boyfriend and I were catching a show at the Gothic Theater and wanted a fun spot to have a bite before. I found this place on the top 15 places to eat in Denver. We both enjoyed the variety of cocktails and beers. We ordered three appetizers, the cauliflower fritters that tasted a bit oily and had too much lemon aioli on them, the brussel sprout appetizer which was very good but slightly rich, and finally the french onion soup bone. My boyfriend liked this more than I did due to the consistency of marrow, but the flavor was out of the this world. For an meal, I went with the pomegranate salad and he had the steak frittes. The french fries were seasoned perfectly, steak cooked just the way her wanted, and my salad was fresh and delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Best meal I have had in a long time!!! I have been thinking about it all day today. Excellent service. Creative and interesting perfectly executed food. This restaurant gets better and better!!!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 22, 2016

Amazingly good Cuban. Highly recommended.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2016

My husband and I decided to try something new for date night, and we had a good time. I loved having some unique menu choices, since we almost always fall back on our tried and true Mexican food. The foraged mushroom flatbread was definitely a highlight.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Staff was awesome; every dish was absolutely delicious; cocktails were awesome; Chef Jesse Vega is the absolute BEST; the experience was simply superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 3, 2016

Excellent deal for Denver Restaurant Week, and the food & service quality were up to par. I have previously been to Central Bistro on a regular night and felt it was a little overpriced, so the DRW prices were a nice way to soften the blow a little.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 2, 2016

We went for restaurant week. The choice of fish was not our favorite, but the lamb ragout was delicious. The house red wine is nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Knowledgeable staff. Again, Luke in the bar area was awesome (friendly - kept checking on us as needed - made good recommendations - upsold us as well)! Food was good and service staff were all very helpful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We have been to Central Bistro three times, all experiences have been excellent. Service is super. Food is amazing. Cocktails are delicious. Can't recommend it enough. Haven't been for brunch but have heard it's amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2016

My friend and I enjoyed everything we ordered. I hope they keep those cauliflower apps, as they were incredible!!! The service was perfect and we could not have asked for more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Cocktail was tiny and overpriced. Food was mediocre at best for Restaurant Week.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Having the culinary and restaurant background I must admit I'm usually a harsh critic. This was my first time at Central Bistro and I must say, I enjoyed everything about it. From the food, to the service and overall ambiance of the restaurant. It's located in the heart of the Highlands, Denver, with a great view of the city skyline. Our server was great, and very knowledgeable on the food and drink menu. Will be back to try out sitting in the patio.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 21, 2016

Went here for Sunday brunch with my wife and another couple. The endless mimosas are a highlight-really tasty and generous with the refills. Everybody's food was well prepared and just the right portion for brunch. They were popular so definitely make a reservation.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 21, 2016

Food was great. Server and hostess were also great. Food was a bit slow, but with endless mimosas, who can complain. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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