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Central Bistro

Central Bistro offers Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. Chef Justin Baunach has crafted an exciting new menu using only the finest of ingredients. The menu is highlighted by homemade fresh pastas, sustainably sourced organic proteins, locally sourced vegetables, and brick oven pizzas. The open bistro style bar and patio offer the perfect spot to enjoy a handcrafted Italian inspired cocktail, a glass of wine from the extensive reserve list, or a cold beer from the selection of 16 drafts. From a business lunch, to Social Hour in the bar, to an elegant dinner for two, the new Central Bistro is sure to impress.
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28 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(28 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 28 reviews
5 stars
(12)
4 stars
(9)
3 stars
(5)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for outdoor dining(7)
  • neighborhood gem(6)
  • fit for foodies(5)
  • good for groups(2)
  • great for lunch(2)
  • notable wine list(2)
Central Bistro Reviews List
Review 1 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Another enjoyable dinner. I in vited some friends that have never been. I ordered the roasted cauliflower, spinach salad and halibut. The cauliflower was as awesome as the first time and the halibut was better than the swordfish from my first visit. My friend ordered the simple salad which I need to try next time and ravioli special. It looked quite tasty stuffed with ricotta. Then my other friend also tried the cauliflower and is now hooked! He ordered the filet Mignon special, unfortunately it arrived, not quite warm. The server returned it and everything on our plates disappeared. Dessert of the chocolate mousse looked wonderful, which also disappeared."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
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Review 2 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Loved the place, food lacked spark

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Dined on 4/20/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"I went on a date here on a Wednesday night and overall, it's a good spot to go. The decor looks amazing and while it wasn't all that busy, the seating is spaced out very nice. There is a bar area and restaurant area that helps. You could come here on the weekend and be able to have a conversation without being overpowered by noise. Very relaxing.
The only issue is that we did appetizers and dinner and the food was, well....just not that exciting. Not much flavor and it was relatively bland. I was extremely optimistic because the place itself is great. The core of a restaurant is the food though, so sadly it's no at the top of my list."
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2015
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Review 3 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Really enjoy Central Bistro - ambiance, service and food are great."
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 4 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great spot!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Great place to eat and enjoy a few minutes with that someone special. Food is fabulous and the service has always been superb. Parking can be a little bit of a challenge , so plan ahead."
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 4/21/2016
 2006
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Review 6 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/19/2016
 2011
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Review 7 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Outstanding experience overall. Loved the pasta Bolognese. Halibut special and pizza were outstanding."
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2012
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Review 8 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2015
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Review 9 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2011
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Review 10 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Good Before, Great Now!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Central Bistro has been a go-to place for us for all different kinds of occasions. We were worried to hear that there was new ownership. But while it was really, really good before, it is fabulous now! Food has been taken up a notch and the staff/service VERY polished. Some of the same faces, but with new - polish! Keep it up! We had Steak Frites, Filet, Salmon and Roasted Chicken, most of which were favorites on the old menu and the updated versions are outstanding. Best dessert of the night was the chocolate mousse. Very special."
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 11 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 12 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/06/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2012
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Review 13 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/05/2016
 2005
Dined on 4/05/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/05/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 4/02/2016
 2006
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Review 15 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/29/2016
 2008
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Review 16 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 17 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"The cauliflower appetizer/salad was awesome down to the last spoonful. The swordfish was juicy and tantalizing. Definitely a place for a repeat visit."
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
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Review 18 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2007
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Review 19 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/31/2016
 2014
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2011
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Review 21 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2014
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Review 22 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2015
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Review 23 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great ambience! Get the artichoke to start!"
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2010
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Review 24 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food was very good and service even better

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2002
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I was able to sit in the bar area - close enough to the bar scene but along the outside wall. Best seat in the house. Enjoyed the wonderful flavors of the simple salad ( flavors and textures) that's not so simple. My server recommended the cavatelli with beef - which was amazing. A simple but flavorful broth makes the dish a favorite. The service was excellent."
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2002
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Review 26 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Disappointing

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"We picked Central Bistro as it was somewhere we all had enjoyed in the past. Instead it was so so food. The menu has totally changed and it is no longer a bistro. One of our guests steak which was ordered medium rare was more like medium well. Other meals were okay, but ordinary.
We will not be back."
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2013
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Review 27 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2012
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Visited after cocktails on the patio at the Biltmore. We were sitting inside and it was a beautiful evening - all the windows were open to give that patio feel. Great food, great place, great evening."
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2012
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Review 28 for Central Bistro
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not the same menu and value of the past.

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Unfortunately, a change in menu (due to new ownership) makes this is no longer one of our favorite restaurants. Prices are substantially higher and do not provide a good value. Still love the setting and the open patio area dining."
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2010
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