Central

4.7
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$30 and under
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American

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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Shann
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A separate menu for vegan and gluten free dishes.

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Brittany
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, attentive staff - prefect for a casual business meeting. Will definitely be back when in the area

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James
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Of the multiple times I've been there this wasn't the best. The main meal came out before the appetizer and the server wasn't setting that much. The times before the service was top notch. Maybe just a bad night.

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vipjons
Tallahassee
53 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good place to dine at night

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vipNicoleJonesWadsworth
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim and I greatly enjoy the cuisine and service here. Thank you, Central!

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. The halibut was delicious and the smoked fish dip awesome.

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ClayS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hosted two dinners at Central and Haley and the staff were amazing! The food was outstanding both nights. Thank you for two great nights.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was lacking compared to prior visits and our table near the window was cramped even though we had a reservation for four and the booths were empty.

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MGMFOODIE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Our waiter and my meal this time were not up to par. I ordered the pasta dish and there was barely any pasta in it. It was all meat and sauce. Not once did our waiter ask how we were enjoying our meal. He also did not offer us dessert or another beverage. This has been my worst experience with Central so far and I frequent the restaurant often. Really upsetting considering we were with another couple celebrating Valentine's Day. For this price, the service and food needs to be better. Our appetizer and salad was the best thing I had.

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AprilH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The evening could have gone so much better. First we were brought another tables food. Second I received my steak and it was not cooked properly. I asked for medium and it was rare. It was taken back and my husband finished his meal before my plate was returned. Third the steak when it returned was still not cooked correctly. We were given a dessert but we still paid for a "rare" steak. We were also almost charged for drinks we did not order. The dessert was very dry and gave me the impression that it was either made somewhere else and frozen before serving or old and reheated. I did speak with the manager but feel like we could have been compensated so much better. Out of three visits to Central I have only had one good meal there. For the amount you pay for eating there I expect much better service and food.

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GreggoryB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night

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PhillipF
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service! However, it is quite pricey.

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GwenS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience and had a wonderful time . Thank you

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MikeJones32109
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central never fails. We were seated immediately upon our arrival at our 6:30pm reservation time. Even though it wasn’t the booth we requested that we get every year, it was a a booth nonetheless. We were greeted immediately by our waitress and ordered our drinks. Jason did an amazing job prepping our meals. I ordered the Sirloin and Lobster and it was spectacular. The only critique I have is that the pimento cheese that we ordered tasted way different than all the times in the past. I know different chefs have ways of making it but I didn’t like the texture of the cheese. Here’s to next time.

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DanielE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brought my wife was our first time. Great atmosphere! Great food! Excellent service! Already planning double date with friends to bring them.

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vipStaceyH
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The Chef pairs the perfect combination of spice and food compilations. Every bite is just as good or better than the first. Valet prompt and courteous!

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vipmytopfoodies
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, efficient and congenial staff, marvelous food and atmosphere. Likely one of the best in Montgomery.

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Sherrell
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love Central, but our experience with the food was not good this time. My steak was burnt, and my daughters pasta was clumped together, so we both had to re-order. The Manager was really nice about it, which made things better. The restaurant is beautiful and the ambiance was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with my wife for date night. Brandy provided exceptional service and was never far off. The menu was great with excellent wine pairings. The cocktails were nice to.

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KathleenK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and we very much enjoyed the sweet potato cheesecake.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual.

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Moonstone
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business meeting. Great environment and great food.

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Helena
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I made our first visit to Central today. Such a lovely restaurant so tastefully decorated and surrounded by history. We were seated promptly and our waitress was attentive, informative and enthusiastic. We were very hungry so chose to take the edge off our appetites with the 1/2 order of the meat and cheese platter. It had just the right amount of aged cheeses, salami, fruit, preserves and grainy mustard. We had nearly finished our appetizer when our main course arrived. My husband opted for the Grilled Yard Bird BLT with fries. I ordered the Steakhouse Wedge with added grilled gulf shrimp. My husband devoured every morsel of his sandwich and fries, stopping just short of licking his fingers! Ha! Ha! His enthusiasm spoke of his overall opinion of the dish. My wedge salad was huge and the 6 shrimp were succulent and cooked to the perfect level. However their natural flavor was overpowered by salt. But I did not let that stop me from eating all of them. I could not, however, eat my entire salad simply because I was full after our appetizer and the shrimp. All in all, it was a lovely lunch. And we were in and out in under an hour; which was good since we parked in a metered space!

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vipNicoleJonesWadsworth
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim and I enjoy eating here. The food is fresh, local, and well prepared!

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ChristopherR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really one of the best restaurants in Montgomery. A definite stop on any foodie's list!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant in downtown Montgomery! Ask for Jonathan!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Food was great and we sat close to the busy kitchen - a lot going on in there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

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Crystal
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food was excellent!

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MikeM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great customer service, knowledgeable staff who provided great recommendations from food to wine.

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vipMelE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great experience overall

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a conference and someone recommended this restaurant. We were so pleased with our dining experience last night we brought clients back tonight. We are different entries each night and everything was excellent! We had great service and the ambiance is very cool vibe. We will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service by Richard was amazing. The appetizers and main course were perfect. The only thing lacking was the desserts, we ordered a couple of them to try but they seemed a bit too overdone perhaps.

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vipSpringsteenFan
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve had in a very long time. Traveling through the state, I’ve eaten at a Top Chef winner’s restaurant and a Janes Beard award-winning restaurant as well as other highly acclaimed spots. This was the absolute best food I’ve had in my trip. I’d return to Montgomery just yo eat here again. The soup was so flavorful - it was a perfect appetizer. I had the 1895 sauce pasta. I’m in love with that sauce! The pasta was cooked perfectly. And the lemon meringue pie for dessert was delicious. I’m sorry I only got to eat here once.

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JanetLMP
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Traveling to Montgomery, we learned that Central came highly recommended by the proprietor of our B&B, particularly on a Monday evening. We truly enjoyed the cocktails, amazing oyster appetizers, and the friendly waiter. My fresh catch was lovely, but I thought the sweet potato pierogies were a touch sweet. Super nice atmosphere for style, but the fact that the building was likely a slave trading structure made me think.

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JohnA
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and atmosphere. We would have rated it a five, though, only if they hadn’t have been out of a few main dinner items.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Our waitress as well as the manager checked on us every 5 mins or so just to make sure we had everything we wanted.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem in downtown Montgomery! The food and drinks are excellent and the ambience is Southern Chic.

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SamC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business dinner. Food was fantastic as was service. Shout out to Brandy (with a “y”). Great job tonight!

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