About Central

Central, located in the heart of Montgomery’s Downtown entertainment district, is a true American restaurant highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. This locally owned gem offers wood-fired dishes in an 1890’s warehouse space boasting exposed brick, flickering gas lanterns and a bustling open kitchen. In the main dining room, 16 foot ceilings, spectacular overhead lighting, a central bar comprised of reclaimed wood all overlook Montgomery’s downtown alley.

129 Coosa St
Montgomery, AL 36104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
BAR: 4:00pm-until Monday-Saturday
DINNER: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Monday-Thursday
5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday-Saturday
LUNCH: 11:00am - 2:00pm Monday-Friday

Cross Street:
Tallapoosa St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(334) 517-1155

Website:
http://www.central129coosa.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking, city parking decks nearby. Complimentary valet parking at dinner.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Central Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
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Creative Cuisine (24)
Worth the Drive (19)
Local Ingredients (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Business Meals (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Authentic (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (8)
Casual (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
People Watching (5)
Great Beer (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great restaurant, this visit was a bit unusual in that our steaks were not quite cooked to order. Ambiance is fantastic and a spot that we frequent every trip to Montgomery

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Monterrey)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The menu has changed and with that, the portion size is smaller. Would have expected a little bit more food for the money. Also our Waittress was new and was not very attentive. We waited atleast 15 minutes to get water and when she did come to our table, she did not introduce herself, just rattled off the special for the night and said she was attending a bigger table and had to cash them out. We felt as if us being there was an issue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The charcuterie platter is even better under the current chef than before, and it is the best we have had, including in Birmingham. It is generous and varied in local flavors.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

I really thought some of the food was very good (the Shrimp and Grits appetizer). I thought the Brussels sprout salad was way to greasy. I am not sure the price was representative of the food.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always great food and service.

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great place to go for dinner, super good food, quality service .

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

As always Central doesn't disappoint! Always a great atmosphere and the menu is fabulous. Great wine and cocktail list. Friendly staff and the chef came by to make sure everything was to our liking. Great experience that I highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic, Spicy, Business Meals, Tapas, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My first experience at Central was PHENOMENAL!! My second time though—left a lot to be desired. Our server seemed clueless and the pork chop was WAY over salted (and trust me, I LOVE salt). At a restaurant of this caliper, I’d expect someone in management at least pop by the table and apologize, etc. Instead we were offered a dessert we didn’t want and sent on our way. Overall, I was super disappointed!!!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was not as good as I’ve had there before. Some odd things on the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food was exceptional. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed which makes for a great dining experience. The service is as special as it can get! One of the best staffs we have experienced in our travels👍👍

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for New Year's Eve and had the Beef Wellington and shrimp and grits. The grits were done in a unique "think outside the box" way we'd never seen but loved. Best Wellington we've had in our lives. I've eaten my share while traveling all over the world while Active Duty Air Force.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our service was awesome. The food was good. The drinks were great. The live band was awesome.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Best lamb ever

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Delicious farm to table cuisine. The only reason I would give the ambiance a three is because the table we were seated at was too close to the door and a cold draft would come in as the soor was opened.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great restaurant! We eat at Central every time we come to Montgomery. Great service and phenomenal food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The ambiance of the restaurant was great. The service was also very good. The food was terrible. Would I give it a second chance? Maybe.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Server was fantastic!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Central has a nice if indistinct ambiance. The beer selection was fine and the service was very good, but HOLY HELL, the food. One of the best meals I've ever had. My wife's entree was just as good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Three of the four in our party really enjoyed our meal, however, one in our party had a hard time finding something on the menu as he does not eat red meat, is diabetic, and picky about vegetables. Wish there had been a choice like a grilled chicken breast over salad.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I was very disappointed. I used to go 3 or 4 times a year and haven’t been in over a year but this was a special occasion. Imagine my shock that everything is a la cart now including steak sauces and butter (really $3 for butter!). Had to wait 5 minutes to get salt and pepper for my salad. Our server said she had only worked there 2 or 3 months and she was a novice at best. Food is good but for the price ($30 for a ribeye) you shouldn’t have to pay another $5 for fries or green beans! Vintage Year offers superior service and food with a more intimate and cozy environment. Sorry Central but you have lost my business!

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is one of our favorite local restaurants. The service is always top notch. We love that it is farm to table and they support local growers. The menu changes often so you are never bored with their food which is of superior quality and taste. Their chefs are true artists.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great location close to Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Found by chance. Definitely pleased with food and service. The steak was great and the cocktails were tasty. I will definitely return on my next visit to Montgomery.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was incredible! The service and charcuterie tray were phenomenal!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was great and the service was outstanding. A higher end restaurant so don’t expect a side with your entree unless it’s specified. Would definitely come back. Great place for a business dinner or special occasion.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I brought a group of ladies from out of town for lunch. I asked to change both our number and reservation time. Both were accommodated without any problem and with the utmost politeness. Every person in our party of 12 thoroughly enjoyed their entrees and loved the atmosphere. Thanks Central for making our lunch outing such a pleasant experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was a “give them another chance” opportunity since they have a new chef. The service and food were both spot on this time. The challenge is whether or not they can keep it consistently good.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We absolutely LOVED the fall bruschetta. The eggplant was AMAZING, and it was a delightful vegetarian starter! I would have eaten it for an entree for sure. The atmosphere was really unique and made for a great date night. AND the sun-dried tomato grits were pure joy in a cup.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I ordered the veal chop as recommended (medium rare) , however when I tried it had the flavor of gas and the chop was raw. The waitress was shocked when I cut into the chop to show her how rare it was. I am all about medium rare but but a 14 ounce chop needs more than a quick flip on the grill. Must have been an off night as I have had better meals here in the past. Will have to think twice before coming back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was great and the service was equally good!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our first visit to Central, and it was an overall solid experience. Our server was friendly and attentive and greeted us soon after we were seated. Our first drink orders came out quickly (check out the Sweeney Sour if you like Amaretto), but our following round took quite a while. We ordered the Gulf crab claws starter, and I highly recommend it: a delicious cream sauce with lump crab in the bottom of the dish! Our entrees were a bit hit-or-miss. The jerk chicken and trout almondine got great reviews, and the short ribs were phenomenal, but my pork chop was pretty disappointing - a bit overcooked and lacking much flavor at all. One miss for the table isn't too bad, and we'll likely be back the next time we're in town (and I'll order the short ribs!).

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We’ve dined at a central multiple times but this occasion was for my birthday! From complimentary valet to paying our bill this place is flawless. Great food choices, perfectly lit evening ambiance, excellent service and not noisy make this place outshine all the competition. I would have rated them perfect for noise however, there was a Bama game on and well, you know how they love their football :) Go, you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious!
Just need more comfortable chairs.

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 (Monterrey)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is always a favorite of ours. We were not to pleased with our server. He worried more about his bigger party than with us. Other than the service the food was excellent as well as the wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great experience - service was excellent, and food was very, very good.
Short ribs were fantastic. Two of us had the Pastalya which was a very strange dish, i was not a fan. The charcuterie board was really wonderful, and but for the Pastalya, I would have rated all the food excellent.
Again, great service and wonderful ambience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service and exquisite food in a marvelous atmosphere!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Monterrey)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food menu has been updated. Great new choices and great service. Always a favorite.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I didn't realize the menu was seasonal. That wasn't clear on TripAdvisor or Open Table or the menu attachments. I was disappointed with the selection vs what I believed would be offered.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 3, 2017

That was probably the best fillet I have ever had! Our server Patrick was wonderful. We plan to return soon and definitely ask to be seated in Patrick’s section.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

First time I tried Central I thought it was the best meal that I have ever had. Had the smoked pork that you could cut with your fork. Came back to Montgomery and was so excited about another meal at Central. What a disappointment! The dinner menu changed three days before and I had the pork chops. They were tasteless, dry and tuff. Had some type of stuffed potato shell noodles that were also blah. My friend had the fried lamb which was horrible. Will never go back.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was absolutely wonderful. We were entertaining friends from out of town and they had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their dinner

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