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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (23)
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Fit for Foodies (20)
Business Meals (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Romantic (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Authentic (10)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Seasonal (8)
People Watching (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious!
Just need more comfortable chairs.

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vip
 (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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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent customer service and great food. The ambience was very appealing. Nice for a quiet intimate dinner or a group get together. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Imaginative menu. Excellent service. Nice ambience. Good location. Very pleasant experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was fine. However we we're placed at a small two top near the door with my back to the main isle. Then they sat two people at a four top right behind me (the restaurant was half empty) which protruded into the isle such that every time a wait staff went by me they hit me or my chair. I mentioned it to our waitress and she agreed the other table was way to close to us and then walked away without doing anything to remedy this situation and in fact virtually ignored us for the rest of the evening. I eventually moved my chair around the side of the small two top. When we told the manager as well left he was apologetic but there was nothing to be done at that point. A restaurant who's wait staff doesn't know how to respond to a situation like this has serious customer service issues.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Hubby and I met another couple for an early dinner before a symphony concert. We had reservations for 5:30 and had to wait until almost 5:45 for our table while the servers got organized. Other than that delay, our dinner was perfect: excellent food, good wine by the glass, and attentive but not intrusive service. Our waiter, Antonio, passed by the table several times and silently checked on us. Of course, he did politely remove empty plates and such, but without interrupting our conversations. We will return before the next concert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I’ve only been to Montgomery a handful of times, but I came across Central while looking for a nice place to eat on date night. Very nice place and my food, 7oz Angus Beef Filet, Smashed New Potatoes, and Green Beans were absolutely perfect. Very professional servers and multiple managers made frequent table visits to ensure the best of service was being given at all times.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The layout was nice and the service was great. The appetizers and salad were really good but the entree's were just okay. Overall I would go back.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Impeccable service. Every morsel of food packed with flavor. One of my favorite traditional contemporary restaurants. Add a southern flair and you have a destination. Will be back. Thoroughly impressed by this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent for business lunch or dinner. Waitress was touch notch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The server Myra was great. The manager Aaron came to the table several times and checked on us. The 1895 Pork and Beans were to die for and my wife's chicken was great...but I ordered better. Great atmosphere and a wonderful place to take your wife on an anniversary. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Trendy, upscale restaurant in downtown Montgomery that met expectations! Great location, food, and service. Try the sangria.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Exceptional dining experience. The staff were very attentive and the food
was exceptional.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 29, 2017

As usual, Central did not disappoint. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This was a night out for my wife and I. The food was very good and the service was great.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 29, 2017

My husband and I ended up in Montgomery after extensive business travel to separate locations and were looking for a special place for a romantic dinner to reconnect. Central was recommended by a colleague and my search of reviews called it the "Best restaurant in Montgomery." They were right on all accounts! Welcoming and attentive staff, a comfortable environment, festive and delicious cocktails, and fabulous food. Our server, Patrick, made our evening especially delightful. We loved everything about this place and will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

The soft shell crab appetizer was outstanding. The service by Tabatha was as fine as I have had at any restaurant anywhere.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Overall excellent.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was Great! Hospitality was great! My wife’s steak dinner was great. I did not like the fried catfish at all. It had zero flavor. I would go back. I would order the steak.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent food and service. Décor is exceptional. We were very comfortable and pleasantly surprised as we had heard there weren't really any exceptional restaurants in the Montgomery area.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great meal and excellent service (I believe our server was Jason)! Will definitely be back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 11, 2017

A very nice find while we were visiting Montgomery. It's a beautiful space with great ambiance. The service was excellent and our server recommended some delicious dishes which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good food and service! The atmosphere was great, however we especially requested a nice table and we didn't get that even though when we reserved all times were available so we would have assumed they could make this possible. Also we asked them to cater for a vegetarian and this wasn't catered for either.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great restaurant, very nice staff, very accommodating. Highly recommended. Will return in the near future.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Apps, service and food were all very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Went to Central for a late anniversary dinner. It was very good. I had the pork and beans, and wife had a ribeye. We both enjoyed our food. Also, our server was awesome. Very funny guy with good knowledge of the menu and of the customers he was dealing with. We would recommend Central.

Oh they also gave us free champaign for our anniversary. My only complaint is the menu is a bit limited, and actually for a date the food came out a bit TOO fast (I know thats a complaint, you can deal with).

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our waitress was great; very polite and checked on us regularly. The food was delicious and served timely. A great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Nice drinks, good salads. My entree (beef cheeks in the Alabama poutine) was not cooked properly so that streaks of hard fat remained. But what really put us off was the server who delivered our bill with the computerized suggested tip amount hand circled...as if we have no idea how to tip. Kind of an insult to all customers.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Delicious food, great atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I was so looking forward to Central for my birthday dinner. When we arrived, the wine list had been changed and our by the glass choices for a red were quite limited. And when I asked for something from the lunch menu that did not appear on the dinner menu--a simple hamburger--my request was refused. We finished our wine and left. Went to Vintage Year and had a fantastic experience!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Nice open atmosphere. The ribeye with truffle butter was amazing! Brusell sprouts and pimento cheese app was great too! Good selection of wines and awesome service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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