Fine Dining & Wine Awards

The list of fine dining awards Cafe Central has received proves its leadership in the Fine Dining Industry not only in the El Paso Metro area but also at the national level not only for our delicious food and fine presentation but also for our extensive wine list and selection.

We have been featured countless times in lists for the best restaurants and also been recognized by food industry organizations. Below you will find the most notable awards and recognition we’ve received through the years.

A restaurant displaying the Distinguished Restaurants of North America, or DiRōNA, Achievement of Distinction in Dining has earned one of the most respected awards in the dining and hospitality communities.

DiRoNa 2023            DiRoNa 2022

DiRoNa 2021            DiRoNa 2017

DiRoNa 2020            DiRoNa 2016

DiRoNa 2019            DiRoNa 2015

DiRoNa 2018            DiRoNa 2014


New York Times – Choice Tables 2006

4 Times Nominated – James Beard Award
2009, 2010

Travel + Leisure Mention

Travel + Leisure’s is a magazine for the best hotels, restaurants, and things to do around the world from expert editors and has named Cafe Central as one of the most romantic restaurants in the US.

U.S. Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants

The City
Best of the City
2014, 2012

El Paso Magazine
Most Romantic Restaurant
2009, 2008

Best Chef in Southwest Texas
2010, 2009

What’s Up Best of the Best
Best Upscale Dining

Wine Spectator Award Restaurant in El Paso

Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Wine Spectator – Best of Award oF Excellence
2018, 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Wine Spectator – Award of Excellence
2005, 2004, 2003

Wine Enthusiast Magazine – Award of Distinction
2009, 2008, 2005