About Cafe Central

Café Central opened in 1918 in Juarez, Mexico, electrifying a clientele of gamblers and cabaret-goers who quickly grew to expect the finest culinary experience in the region at this chic night spot.


After Prohibition ended, Café Central migrated closer to the border, and finally crossed into downtown El Paso. It became known as Miguel’s Central Café, known as a uniquely El Paso dining experience.

In 1991, V. Trae Apodaca III and Michael Lynch became intrigued with the restaurant’s potential, as well as the need for a chic bistro downtown, for travelers and locals alike. He created an elegant black and cream interior to set off his collection of original art, and restored some of the Café’s old charm with an ornately gated New Orleans style courtyard.

By 2008, Alejandro Orozco, well known restaurateur, took over the ownership of the restaurant. Café Central’s charm and elegant ambiance is still one of its favorite characteristics making the restaurant among the favorites of the city and travelers. Today’s Café Central combines innovative taste with 97-year-old traditions.

James Beard Foundation 4 Time Nominee 



Experience our passion for seasonal ingredients, diverse selection and innovative flavor pairings. The finest in prime steak, fresh seafood and signature dishes await.


Foie Gras    21
Grade A Torchon, White Balsamic, Fig, Brioche

Grilled Octopus    17
Yucca Purée, Green Olives, Black Garlic

Blue Point Oysters     18
Green Apple, Yuzu Juice, Ponzu

Beef Carpaccio     25
White Truffles, Avocado, Jicama, Reggiano

Asparagus Salad     11
Oscietra Caviar, Hollandaise Sauce

Beet Salad     8
Truffle Burrata Cheese, Hazelnuts

Black & Blue     18
Blackened Scottish Salmon, Baby Iceberg Lettuce, Blue Cheese


Scallops     32
A la Carbonara, Parpadelle, Pancetta

Chilean Sea Bass     36
Red & Black Rice, Teriyaki Glaze

Lobster Ravioli     28
Blush Goat Sauce, Marcona Almonds

Quail en Nogada      29
Poblano Purée, Pecan Cream, Pomegranates

Short Ribs     35
Chocolate & Port Braised, Romesco Purée, Romanesco

Tenderloin     39
Sautéed Spinach, Pomegranate Bordelaise, Wild Mushrooms

Rack of Lamb     42
Baby Kale & Root Vegetable Salad, Chocolate Demi

Shareable Love     88
Sous Vide Kobe, Ribeye Cap, Beurre Monte, Lobster Tail

Tenderloin     39
Sautéed Spinach, Pomegranate Bordelaise, Wild Mushrooms


Red Velvet Cheesecake

Chocolate Strawberries

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Central Smores


Baked Brie
Caramelized Onions, Persimmon Preserve, Garlic Crostinis

Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio
Avocado, Baby Greens, Jicama, Parmesano Reggiano, Jalapeno Au Jus

Octupus Carpaccio
Serrano Pepper Mignonette, Grilled Lemon, EVOO Micro Cilantro

Signature Cream of Green Chile Soup

Chef’s Daily Soup Creation

Dungeness Crab Cakes
with Spicy Herbed Remoulade

Grilled & Fried Calamari
with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce

Grilled Mozzarella Stuffed
Portabella with Balsamic Reduction, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Served with our House-Made Cocktail Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Avocado


Crab Salad Tower
Avocado and Lump Crab with Spicy Remoulade, Lavash Cracker, Baby Greens

Baby Iceberg, Romain, English Cucumbers, Red Onion, Tomatoes, Marinated Olives, Pita Crisps

Quinoa & Kale Salad
Baby Arugula, Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumber Dressing

Mixed Greens
Heirloom Carrots, Golden Raisins, Avocado, Hazelnuts, Wonton Crisps

Baby Field Greens
With Apples, Pears, Dried Cranberries & Apricots, Seasoned Walnuts, Blue Cheese

Classic Caesar Salad
with Anchovy Dressing, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Garlic Crostini, Reggiano Cracker

Cobb Salad
Romaine, Iceberg, Spinach, Grilled Chicken, Apple Bacon, Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Egg, Blue Cheese

Salmon 2 Ways
Grilled & Smoked Salmon on Baby Iceberg, Radish, Tomatoes, Feta, Champagne Dijon Dressing

Lobster Salad
Organic Arugula, Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Manchego Cheese, Miso Powder, Beet Jam


Tenderloin Steak
Black Bean Puree, Radish, Jalapeno & Lime

Chilean Sea Bass
Chipotle Crème, Cabbage Salad, Pickled Red Onions

Pico de Gallo, Avocado, Mango


Grilled Chicken Torta
Grilled Chicken Breast, Gruyere Cheese, Red Pepper Pesto, Avocado

Central Burger
½ lb Angus Patty, Confit Pork Belly, Organic Baby Arugula, Tomato, Truffle Aioli

Chicken Salad
Roasted Chicken Breast, Cranberries, Apricots, Toasted Pecans, Raisin Pecan Bread

Prime Rib Torta
Shaved Prime Rib, White Cheddar, Mushrooms, Mix Greens, Horseradish Cream

Roasted Pork Carnitas, Black Forest Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Spicy Whole Grain Mustard

Roasted Turkey Breast
Pancetta, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Red Pepper Aioli, Wheatberry

Portabello Burger
Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Green Onions, Goat Cheese

Central Power Lunch
Choice of Half Turkey, Chicken or Tuna Salad Sandwich, Baby Mixed Greens with Balsamic Dressing, Cup of Cream of Green Chile Soup

All Sandwiches Served with choice of Parmesan French Fries, Kettle Chips, or House Salad


Miso Chilean Sea Bass
With Ginger Jasmine Rice, Teriyaki Glaze

Puntas de Filete
with Roasted Long Green Chile, Jalapeno au Jus

Angus Ribeye Cocktail
with Tomatoes, Onions, Jalapenos, Pepper Jack Cheese

Bistro Tender
Sweet Potato Purée, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Herbed Butter

Guaymas Shrimp
in Tequila & Jalapeno on Creamy Lobster & Braised Leek Orzo

Chicken Breast
Marinated in Whole Grain Mustard with Baby Squash and Whipped Potatoes

Grilled Scottish Salmon
Clams, Mussels, English Peas, Heirloom Tomatoes, in Citrus Jalapeno Broth

Chef’S Daily Special


Baked Escargot
in Herbed Citrus Parmesan Butter

Grilled & Fried Calamari
with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Signature Dungeness Crab Cakes
with Spicy Herbed Remoulade

Baked Brie
Caramelized Onions, Persimmon Preserve, Garlic Crostinis

Grilled Portobello Mushroom
Stuffed with Garlic Goat Cheese and Herbs

Octopus Carpaccio
Serrano Pepper Mignotte, Grilled Lemon, EVOO and Micro Cilantro

Beef Carpaccio
Avocado, Baby Greens, Truffle Vinaigrette, Jicama, Parmesan and Shaved Black Truffles

Central Seafood Platter
Chilled Jumbo Shrimp, Crab Claws, Crab Cakes, Sashimi of Tuna, Smoked Salmon
with American Caviar


Lump Crab & Avocado Tower
with Lavash Cracker and Baby Greens

Baby Field Green
Apples, Pears, Seasoned Walnuts and Blue Cheese Crumbles

Classic Caesar Salad
Garlic Crostini, Parmigiano Reggiano and Anchovy Dressing

Slow Roasted Beet Tower
with Garlic Infused Goat Cheese and Seasoned Walnuts

Petit Iceberg
Shaved Radishes, Tomatoes, Baked Prosciutto Chip and Roquefort Dressing

Vine Ripened Tomatoes
with Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Lobster Salad
Organic Arugula, Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Manchego Cheese, Miso Powder, Beet Jam


Daily Creation

Signature Cream of Green Chile


Chilean Sea Bass
Miso Marinated, Sweet Ginger Jasmine Rice and House Teriyaki

Fra Diavolo with Jumbo Sea Scallop, Shrimp, Lobster and Chilean Sea Bass

Scottish Salmon
Little Neck Clams, Mussels, Rock Shrimp, Calamari in Garlic Cream

Sesame Crusted Tuna
Wasabi Risotto with Scallions and Water Chestnuts, Teriyaki Vegetables

Lobster Ravioli
Sage Brown Butter, Winter Squash Bisque, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pumpkin Seeds

Prawn Brochette
Bacon Wrapped & Marinated in Chipotle, Braised Leek and Creamy Lobster Orzo

Seared Jumbo Scallops
Pancetta Wrapped, Smoked Cauliflower Puree, Marble Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts

Salt Crusted Branzino
Mediterranean Papardelle Pasta


Puntas de Filete
Roasted Long Green Chile with Jalapeno au Jus

Roasted Half Chicken
Sun Dried Tomato and Lemon Pan Sauce

Rack of Colorado Lamb
Marinated in Sweet Cabernet, Basil and Citrus

Grilled Angus Tenderloin
Four Cheese Dauphinoise Potatoes and Sautéed Baby Spinach

Grilled All Natural Ribeye
Chipotle Lime Butter, Daily Whipped Potatoes and Seasoned Onion Strings

Maple Leaf Duck Breast
Creamed Smoked Black Rice, Golden Beet Marmalade and Roasted Pears

Quail en Nogada
Dried Fruit & Faro Stuffed, Poblano Puree, Pecan Cream, Pomegranates

Grilled Pork Chop Tomahawk
Pineapple Mole, Boursin Cheese Polenta, Roasted Wild Mushrooms

28 Day Dry Aged New York
Parsnip Puree, Brussel Sprouts, Bordelaise, Marbled Potatos

Cafe Central Meat Platter (Serves 2 to 3 Guests)
28 Day Dry Aged New York Stip, Grilled all Natural Ribeye, Rack of Colorado Lamb, Cocktail Style


Crème Brule

Tres Leches Cake

Mango Colada Pie

Warm Molten Chocolate Cake
Please Allow 20 Minutes For Cook Time

Assorted Berries, Vanilla Spiced Cream

Locally Made Sorbet Or Gelato Tasting
Ask Server For Monthly Selection

Classic Cheesecake
With Raspberry Sorbet

Chocolate Mousse Tower
With Red Wine Cajeta

Dipped In White And Dark Chocolate

Central Cone
Vanilla Ice Cream With Choice Of Cajeta Or Chocolate Sauce

Platter Crème Brule, Chocolate Mousse Tower With Caramel Sauce, Orange Bavarian Filled Tart With Berries, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries And Coffee Profiterole


Café – Proudly Serving Illy Coffee

Licor 43, Espresso

Cappuccino Central
Cappuccino With Frangelico

Keoke Coffee
Brandy, Crème De Cacao And Kahlua

Irish Coffee
Jameson’s And Black Coffee

Bailey’s & Coffee

Jamaican Coffee
Kahlua And Bacardi 151

Blue-eyed Mexican Coffee
Jameson’s, Kahlua And Tequila

Peppermint Patty
Peppermint Schnapps, Crème De Cacao And Hot Chocolate

Hot Tea
Ask Your Sever For Our Revolution Tea Assortment


Dolce Late Harvest

Meeker, Fro Zin, Zinfandel

Nivoli Moscato D’ Asti

Haut Charmes, Sauternes

Schlink Haus,eiswein

Chateau D’yquem, Sauternes

Trentadue, Chocolate Amore

Alvear’s Cream, Montilla
Alvear, Pedro Ximenez
Alvear’s Cream, Solera
Lustau Almacenista Dry
Jorge Ordones, Seleccion Especial

Kopke Dry White
Warre’s 2001 Lbv
Warre’s Optima
Warre’s Optima
Warre’s 2003 Vintage Port


Remy Martin
V.S.O.P., 1738, Xo And Louie Xiii

V.S.O.P., Xo And Paradise

V.S.O.P., Cordon Blue And Xo Supreme

V.S.O.P. And Xo


The Balvenie
12 Yr., 17yr. And 21 Yr.

The Macallan
10 Yr., 12 Yr., 15 Yr., 17 Yr., 18 Yr. And 25 Yr.

The Glenlivet
12 Yr., 15 Yr., 18 Yr. And 21 Yr.

12 Yr.

14 Yr.


Awarded 2015 Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence

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  • Amazing food, my husband and I were very pleased with our dinner choices and excellent wine. Celebrating our anniversary at your establishment was simply perfect!

    Minerva Olivares via Facebook
  • Elegant and classy. One of El Paso’s finest.

    Erin Quevedo via Facebook
  • Excellent atmosphere. Excellent service.

    Jennifer Palmer via Facebook

Private Dining

At Cafe Central, we promise to do everything to make your celebration one you’ll always remember. Let us set the scene for you.

From the moment your guests enter Cafe Central, they will know they have come to experience a very special place. Our beautifully decorated dining rooms invite your guests to relax in a timeless setting, fine-tuned to deliver an extraordinary fine dining experience. Then there’s the food. Everything is of the highest quality: the ingredients, the chef preparation, our associates. Coupled with our food is our world class award winning Wine List and signature cocktails. We serve handcrafted cocktails made from the freshest ingredients, prepared by our well-trained bar chefs.

Our associates anticipate your every need to ensure you enjoy the event as much as your guests. We’ll partner with you to perfect every detail before the event, and pam- per your guests throughout your celebration. We consider it our privilege to serve you and look for unexpected ways to make your experience delightfully unique.

For more information please contact:

Estela Abelleyra
Special Events Manager
(915) 545-2233 ext. 110

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