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For 2
Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
11:00 PM
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Central

4.6
1161 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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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
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Phone number
(334) 517-1155
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason McGarry
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tallapoosa St
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Parking details
Street parking, city parking decks nearby. Complimentary valet parking at dinner.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1161 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We were on vacation, and Central was recommended by friends. Everything about the restaurant was very good - the food, the service, the atmosphere.... did I mention the food! The atmosphere is kind of high-end casual. I highly recommend for almost any and all occasions. Next time in Montgomery, will make a point to go again!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

It was my fiancée’s birthday. We wanted to go somewhere special, elegant. Central was everything we wanted and more. The ambiance was amazing. The only thing I found kinda off was that our server forgot to bring us steak knives for our steak until after we were done. However, it wasn’t a deal breaker for us. We used the butter knives.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Valet didn't bother to open the door for the ladies - too busy playing on his cell. Central needs to consider stocking black napkins for guests wearing dark suits, slacks, etc. Pepper grinder was hard to use and the server took it away right after the salad course without asking. Food was great and nice portions... Try the rabbit - very filling.
Central is clean and tidy. You will have an overall good experience for the price.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Melody B was a very knowledgeable server. She knew a great deal about the building and its history. She was friendly and helpful and made our dining experience fantastic. The food was served in a timely manor and was absolutely delicious. I had the braised short ribs and they were tender, juicy and delicious. We changed the time of our reservation and they accommodated us with no issue at all. We had an amazing experience.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Brandy was the best...food was very good....

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Came early for the reservation and waited a few minutes for a table to be cleared. Tried what the waitress recommended, enjoyed the experience. The meals were not super filling, but the steak was probably the best I’ve ever had in quite some time. Really expensive, be prepared for $20/plate minimum.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Delicious food, creative cocktails, excellent service! Everything tasted delicious and our server was especially knowledgeable and attentive. Wonderful dining experience!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great place to eat. Afterwards, a nice walk around downtown

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Very good food and the service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Always a great experience when I eat at Central.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Good food, great atmosphere, and service was fantastic by Natalie!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch Buffet at Central was wonderful. Michelle, our server, was very attentive and introduced us to a new wine selection, even bringing the bottle to the table for us to see it. Great food choices, and a terrific value. Can’t wait until the next holiday buffet occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet, great.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fabulous Sunday Brunch buffet. A winner with the whole family.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Enjoyed a very extensive Easter Brunch Buffet with a variety of selections and great food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Good food. Good drinks. Pricey but worth it.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We love Central for family celebrations, to impress friends and for just a casual date night. The food is excellent and the service is responsive. The location makes it fun too!

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Our reservation was early, and the room was very empty. After standing around for a while while waiting to be seated, we were taken to the back by the bar to a terrible location. The dinner menu is heavy on expensive items. This restaurant is next to a ball park, and would benefit by adding some of their lunch menu items for dinner. The server was very pleasant, but the "hostess" ignored us.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Lovely venue very comfortable excellent service and great food but at a high price

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We were promptly attended to and sat 15 minutes before our reservation time. We were greeted by our waitress (Melody) and were immediately delighted with her presence. Her recommendations for an appetizer as well as the Chef Special where exemplary. My wife and I were celebrating our 9 year anniversary and her 29th birthday and we couldn’t have asked for a better time. Our glasses were never empty and our food was delicious. Definitely will be repeat customers.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

It was pretty nice

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

My wife ordered a filet and she was brought out a strip steak. She did not complain she ate it anyway. I order fish on a bed of black eyed peas, the peas where not fully cooked. The amount of food does not really reflect the price. It's one thing to pay for taste but if it does not taste up to par at least increase the quantity. We prefer quality versus quantity but to have both is awesome. We were dining at Captian Anderson's down in Panama the week prior and Central was no comparison in the quality of taste and quantity of portions.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Met a friend, had enough attention to get drink refills and such, but never rushed or interrupted. Wonderful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great ambience, great food, and the best part for us was our server, Melody. She rocks! We are from out of town and were in from Philly to see civil rights stuff. We loved talking with her. Also we loved talking to Beth, another server, who talked about Montgomery and civil rights. They made our evening! We are loving the South!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

While the ambiance and service seem to always be good, the food at Central still seems to lack that WOW factor. The filet mignon was cooked to the right temperature but was way over salted. The accompanying potatoes were way under cooked to the point of almost being crunchy. The other entree was the Amber jack fish. While satisfactory, the black eye peas that came with it were under cooked as well. I know they have yet another new chef so I’m hopeful but the clock is ticking.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband & I recently celebrated our 23rd Anniversary & we truly enjoyed our wonderful experience dining here for the 1st time. The greeters were very friendly & our server Melanie was awesome. Our NY Strip Steak was seasoned to perfection & the chocolate dessert was amazing. We will definitely be dining back there again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The staff were great! Very excellent service!! The food was very good also!!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We always like trying their new items in addition to their specials.

The fried oysters with pepper jelly worked very well.

We haven't been disappointed with the different apps and entrees.

Dessert seems to be a hit or miss, so at times, we don't get it unless it is really something we want to try.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I was really surprised to find a progressive restaurant with really good food in Montgomery. It was very good and the waitress was very informed of her menu. Creative, tasty and local food done quite well.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wonderful birthday lunch with surprise bottle of wine and shot of bourbon ordered by my son-in-law in Oregon. The food and service were spot-on!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Best restaurant in Montgomery. Food, service, atmosphere... never disappoints!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Because I had indicated that the occasion was for a job interview, it would have been nice if someone at the restaurant had the thought of not putting us in the center of the restaurant. The food was very good and I will return, but I thought it was relatively inconsiderate on their part.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Whitney our server was amazing

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The food was alright. Chicken was extremely salty. Beet salad had 3 tiny pieces of beet and a bunch of leaves. Overall we paid the same amount as we would have for some of the best restaurants in New York City and Vegas and it simply wasn’t worth that much money especially not for salty chicken and 1/8 of a beet.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I have visited Central several times, typically on special occasions or business outings, and the atmosphere and service never disappoint. Neither does the libation creation and wine list. This particular trip I was somewhat disappointed with the food, however. We arrived about ten minutes after our reservation time, which I called to inform them and they greeted that kindly and even wished us a happy anniversary when I called. Once there, we were seated immediately and offered a complimentary glass of champagne due to the special occasion, which we found very pleasing both in gesture and in flavor. Our server was very personable, and filled us in on the specials from both the bar and the kitchen, as well as answering a few questions about the menu. We were given ample space but also well attended to. Once we ordered food, it arrived in a timely fashion, and was just as we had ordered.

On previous trips I have not had any doubt what made this restaurant fit its price, but on this one I was disappointed in the food itself. She ordered chicken and I had a steak. The chicken was quite flavorful, and the gnocchi was perfect, but the Brussels sprouts she ordered as a substitution for broccolini were overcooked and not flavored well. My steak was perfectly cooked (med-rare), but tougher than I would have expected. My entire plate was one steak with onions and a sauce on top, with one red potato cut in half and quartered placed around it. The main concern on this night was the flavor of the food, and while I was not displeased by anything except the Brussels sprouts, once I had everything I was left underwhelmed. This has not been the case in the past, so perhaps this was just an off night.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Our group was visiting from out-of-town -- we loved the downtown vibe of Montgomery and delighted to find this restaurant with excellent menu of locally sourced authentic southern foods.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great place!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We love a great meal and this was exceptional! Nice wine, great waiter Aaron, delicious dinner. Service was awesome. We will definitely go back and highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The handcrafted cocktails were delicious, and the server helped guide some of our party to the best drink of the night. It's a beautiful space, and well worth the drive down from Nashville. I wanted to try everything on the menu, and we all loved what we ordered. The beef rib was delicious, and the sides were swoon worthy.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great service! Marvelous cuisine! Would highly recommend!

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