Cafe Cental | Fine Dining Downtown El Paso, Texas


Cafe Central first opened its doors in 1918 in Ciudad Juárez, México, 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, Cafe Central migrated closer to the border and was established in downtown El Paso. Becoming a unique and elegant dining experience.

In 1991, we became intrigued with the restaurant’s potential, as well as the need for a chic bistro downtown. We decided to create an elegant black and cream interior to set off our collection of original art, and restored some of our old charm with an ornately gated New Orleans style courtyard.

Today’s Cafe Central combines innovative taste with 100-year-old traditions, offering an outstanding fine dining experience, delectable cuisine, impeccable service from valet parking to attentive servers, making us a preferred destination for locals and travelers alike.


DiRoNa 2017
DiRoNa 2016
DiRoNa 2015
DiRoNa 2014
New York Times -Choice Tables 2006
4 Times Nominated -James Beard Award 2009, 2010
Opentable -U.S. Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants2012
The City -Best of the City2014, 2012
El Paso Magazine -Most Romantic Restaurant2009, 2008
Best Chef in Southwest Texas 2010, 2009
What's Up Best of the Best -Best Upscale Dining 2010
Wine Spectator -Best of Award of Excellence 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Wine Spectator -Award of Excellence 2005, 2004, 2003
Wine Enthusiast Magazine -Award of Distinction2009, 2008, 2005



From business meetings to engagement parties and weddings, our event specialists anticipate your every need to ensure you enjoy the event as much as your guests. We’ll partner with you to take care of every detail before your event, and pamper your guests throughout your celebration. We consider it our privilege to serve you and look for unexpected ways to make your experience delightfully unique.

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 will invite them to relax in a timeless setting, fine-tuned to deliver an extraordinary fine dining experience.

Coupled with our food, which is of the highest quality, is our world class award-winning wine list and signature handcrafted cocktails made from the freshest ingredients.



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