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Permanently Closed - Central Bistro

16 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
  • Neighborhood Gem (8)
  • Fit for Foodies (7)

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Owned and operated by Chef Justin Baunach, Central Bistro is known for its Italian dishes served in a venue oozing Italian culture. The restaurant has an open floor dining layout with brick style walls and large windows. It also features a full bar with LCD TVs fitted over its counter and a huge wine rack at one of its sides. The ambiance is casual and welcoming, and customers mostly come here to have brunch, lunch and dinner with their family and friends.

The menu at Central Bistro is highlighted by first course, mystery course, main course and desserts. There is a Social Hour menu where customers can available discounts on their meals and spans from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day and all-day on Mondays. Central Bistro offers an outdoor seating option and has a private parking lot and bike parking facility. The Wi-Fi is on the house, as well.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation

Monday–Friday 11AM–2PM


Sunday –Thursday 5PM–9PM

Friday–Saturday 5PM–10PM


Saturday & Sunday 9AM–2PM


Monday–Sunday 2PM–6PM

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Phone number
(480) 646-8560
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Mayo
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Cross street
32nd Street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I love Central Bistro for lunch and have always sat in the open room near the bar and it's always been delightful. We took our mom to Mother's Day as a group and it was too loud ! We were seated in the other dining room and between the loud music and the crowd we had to shout at each other to talk and that was hard for my 90-year-old mom and for us too. I will always go back I just want make sure I'm seated in the outdoor area

1.0Dined on April 29, 2016

poor experience. place was mostly empty on a friday night. menu has changed with new owners.. used to love the place ..will never go back even for free

3.0Dined on April 29, 2016

Service, as always, was fantastic. Marius went above and beyond and gave great service. The menu changed and now difficult to know what is/can be made gluten free or vegetarian. Fish was overcooked, dry, not well seasoned. Porchetta was not good-not seasoned, exterior fat was very crispy, but also not seasoned. I've never had porchetta presented in this manner-it looked like intestines. The other flavors on the plate were OK, but couldn't make up for the mess the porchetta was. Pizza was good, as was the cauliflower appetizer and cocktails. Wish the menu hadn't changed so drastically. Won't be back for a long while.

5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Another enjoyable dinner. I in vited some friends that have never been. I ordered the roasted cauliflower, spinach salad and halibut. The cauliflower was as awesome as the first time and the halibut was better than the swordfish from my first visit. My friend ordered the simple salad which I need to try next time and ravioli special. It looked quite tasty stuffed with ricotta. Then my other friend also tried the cauliflower and is now hooked! He ordered the filet Mignon special, unfortunately it arrived, not quite warm. The server returned it and everything on our plates disappeared. Dessert of the chocolate mousse looked wonderful, which also disappeared.

4.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Really enjoy Central Bistro - ambiance, service and food are great.

5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Great place to eat and enjoy a few minutes with that someone special. Food is fabulous and the service has always been superb. Parking can be a little bit of a challenge , so plan ahead.

3.0Dined on April 20, 2016

I went on a date here on a Wednesday night and overall, it's a good spot to go. The decor looks amazing and while it wasn't all that busy, the seating is spaced out very nice. There is a bar area and restaurant area that helps. You could come here on the weekend and be able to have a conversation without being overpowered by noise. Very relaxing.

The only issue is that we did appetizers and dinner and the food was, well....just not that exciting. Not much flavor and it was relatively bland. I was extremely optimistic because the place itself is great. The core of a restaurant is the food though, so sadly it's no at the top of my list.

5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Outstanding experience overall. Loved the pasta Bolognese. Halibut special and pizza were outstanding.

5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

Central Bistro has been a go-to place for us for all different kinds of occasions. We were worried to hear that there was new ownership. But while it was really, really good before, it is fabulous now! Food has been taken up a notch and the staff/service VERY polished. Some of the same faces, but with new - polish! Keep it up! We had Steak Frites, Filet, Salmon and Roasted Chicken, most of which were favorites on the old menu and the updated versions are outstanding. Best dessert of the night was the chocolate mousse. Very special.

4.0Dined on April 1, 2016

The cauliflower appetizer/salad was awesome down to the last spoonful. The swordfish was juicy and tantalizing. Definitely a place for a repeat visit.

3.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Great ambience! Get the artichoke to start!

5.0Dined on March 22, 2016

I was able to sit in the bar area - close enough to the bar scene but along the outside wall. Best seat in the house. Enjoyed the wonderful flavors of the simple salad ( flavors and textures) that's not so simple. My server recommended the cavatelli with beef - which was amazing. A simple but flavorful broth makes the dish a favorite. The service was excellent.

2.0Dined on March 19, 2016

We picked Central Bistro as it was somewhere we all had enjoyed in the past. Instead it was so so food. The menu has totally changed and it is no longer a bistro. One of our guests steak which was ordered medium rare was more like medium well. Other meals were okay, but ordinary.

We will not be back.

3.0Dined on March 18, 2016

Unfortunately, a change in menu (due to new ownership) makes this is no longer one of our favorite restaurants. Prices are substantially higher and do not provide a good value. Still love the setting and the open patio area dining.

5.0Dined on March 16, 2016

Visited after cocktails on the patio at the Biltmore. We were sitting inside and it was a beautiful evening - all the windows were open to give that patio feel. Great food, great place, great evening.

4.0Dined on September 23, 2015

Nice place, tried it for my first time, I was dining early and the service wasn't very attentive, drinks took a while to get.