Central

4.8
1512 reviews
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American
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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Orlando
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love Central when I'm in town from Orlando. The food, service, and ambiance is outstanding. We love seeing Patrick, Nigel and the rest of the crew!

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r
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was quite frankly disappointed with Central after reading its reviews. The service was slow,
attributable to the kitchen, not the wait staff. My starter salad of kale and broccoli was very good.
However my main, which was a lamb burger on the daily specials was WAY to salty. The accompany
fries were soggy, having been shaken in vinegar (without the menu stating this). I would not return, especially given the prices at Central. I would expect better.

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MG
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the top notch, creative menu at Central. Nigel waiter on us and he was great, as was the staff at the bar. Our request to accommodate a hard of hearing patron was honored which always makes a difference. We’d heard Central was good - we loved it.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was for the most part was quite good although I was surprised by the foie gras in a can and the beet salad was almost exclusively beets...a lot of beets.

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DS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Central. The experience lived up to all the exceptional reviews read beforehand. Had the fish and grits entree and mile high pie for dessert. Only one word to describe . . . magnifique!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in town for work and decided to have a bite to eat at Central. Once again, it did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the waiter was on point and I throughly enjoyed my dining experience! If you’re ever in Montgomery and want to experience a great restaurant, put Central on your list!

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n
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rob did a great job serving our large table. The new menu is terrific. Wow - the ribeye is outstanding, the skirt steak is out of this world and the fish of the day (blackened red fish) was great. All the food was prepared to perfection. The wine list was diverse but with excellent wines spanning all price ranges. The desert menu never disappoints. Way to go Central team!

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MB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were two of us dining this night and both of us had the Grouper special. The service was amazing and the food was delicious. The Grouper was well seasoned, fresh and expertly cooked. My only issue was I chose a bad time to be on a diet as there was no dessert.

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PF
Birmingham
41 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Always enjoy dining at Central and always feel welcome. On this day, the salmon was extremely overcooked.

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RA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to dine at Central at the last minute. The 9 pm reservations turned out to be great. The Staff was attentive and the food was delicious. The lamb ribs were amazing!!!

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VW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing! We loved the ambiance and vibe at Central. All our food, including dessert, was great...except steak...couldn’t really enjoy it, but sues were super yummy!

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DV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere with excellent service and delicious food. One of the highlights of our trip.Best to have a reservation.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant feels almost too nice to be located in Montgomery.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service. I highly recommend Central.

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Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was great. Food and service was awesome. I also really loved their wine selection.

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MS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a pleasure to find such a great restaurant in Montgomery. The cuisine is superb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and exceptional food! We went for our second anniversary and the staff made a big deal about it, which meant a lot to us. We would definitely recommend!

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Great experience.... always is!

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest aspects about Central Restaurant is their wait staff. I've dined there with guests several times and always found it to be a very pleasurable and comfortable experience.
I have been particularly impressed with Howard. He has a remarkable composure, a wonderful sense of humor, and he is clearly driven to excel at his job.
I ordered a mixed drink from the bar. When it arrived at my table, it did not meet my expectations.

I immediately addressed the issue with Howard. He made several trips back and forth to the bar to get even that small matter rectified to my satisfaction.

He maintained his positive demeanor and jovial attitude.

If you are lucky enough to get a table on a night that Howard is on duty, I recommend that you request his talents.

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic. He was helpful in explaining the food to us. The food was delicious and we will definitely be going back again. Overall it was a fantastic experience for me and my wife.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and exquisite food ideas

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Central was great as always. Everything we had was fantastic, from the Cajun Corn Dogs to the Hangar Steak. Our server Brandy was fun and attentive and took great care of us. Can’t wait to go back!

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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L
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The choices on the menu were varied and you are sure to find something you like. The hard part would be deciding! We went with the special blended burger and the soft shell crab. We shared a salad and the pork belly fries appetizer. Both were unique and delightful. The food was delicious, delivered quickly and the servers attentive and eager to make our dining experience satisfactory. The decor is upscale and comfortable although the chairs did feel low in relation to the table top. That made it easier to get the yummy food to my mouth! Will definitely go back.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was good, food is over priced.

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TK
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Softshell crab was on point. Staff was very helpful and attentive without being intrusive.
We are frequent fliers and are never disappointed.

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BP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Especially nice to have a reservation here then walk to Museum.

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. I think it was the highlight of my birthday!!!

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JW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Amanda was fantastic! We didn't realize the kitchen closed at 2pm and arrived minutes beforehand. The staff didn't make us feel like an annoyance and we enjoyed an amazing meal! All of my out of town family was pleasantly surprised! Thank you!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A friend moving away

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and service were outstanding.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go out on a date night or business dinner. This was my second time eating here and everything was great. Will definitely be going back.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go for birthdays. They haven’t disappointed us yet. The beef short ribs are amazing! I wish I could go everyday. Love this place!

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Celebrating 39 from graduating from Medical School

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K
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, this is the best dining experience of the year---there is a reason we come to Central for our anniversary every year, they do not disappoint! In a world where quality means very little in the service industry anymore, it is comforting to know we can always depend on Central. Thank you for always exceeding our expectations!

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FG
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous place, excellent service and really good food. I had the lamb ribs, they only make a few, but I was lucky to still get some, awesome.

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SJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where is the "6th Star"? Love this place. We actually wound up here for lunch after touring The Legacy Museum and realized it was the same place we had dinner reservations. We were happy to return twice in one day! The menu looks relatively standard, but the execution is anything but! Lovely seasonings, inventive preparation, timely and HOT delivery, all expertly coordinated by attentive servers. Love the decor, vibe and overall energy of this place. Always a delight to watch the chef's team do their thing via the open kitchen. YES, YES, and YES. Even 2x in one day!

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GH
London
46 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding resaurant. The chef has set out to reinvent Southern food, and has done so magnificently. Fine wine list. Terrific waiters. Best meal I have had in some time.

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DW
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, exceptional service. Central is the epitomy of southern hospitality.

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AZ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. The staff was very attentive and helpful. Food was delicious and garnished beautifully. The ambiance was relaxed and welcoming. We will definitely come back.

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