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45 W. 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024-5130 (Manhattan)
(212) 873-5025
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Ranked #646 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $80
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, South American
Upper West Side
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Columbus and Central Park West
Transit: 1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
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Chester, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Just across 81st from AMNH. Outstanding food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Natalia is an outstanding waitress. She makes the food sound so good.

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Mint Hill, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The food was very tasty and reasonably priced as were the cocktails. Very warm and cozy atmosphere for a late night date.

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Plantsville, CT
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Seven of us celebrated here after a city hall wedding. The service was terrific and the prices commensurate with the quality of their food, atmosphere and attentiveness. Great party. Sangria delicious--not very potent, but that was fine with us!

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Spent a fall weekend in the Upper West side and found this amazing spot! Stop in 3 times , once for dinner and cocktails otherwise. Great seating area for cocktails, the white sangria and Mojito were everything you would expect in a Latin bar! Servers exceptionally warm and attentive. Just a wonderful vibe throughout the restaurant/bar. Lots of energy, all... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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365 reviews 365 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This place serves up, not your average Latin fare. The menu is quite innovative as is the drink menu. The service is pretty solid. The ambiance is something I didn't expect. It's stylish, fun and makes you think about coming back again, if only for a drink at the very cool, energized bar.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Made reservations for a Friday night for 7 PM. The restaurant is very big and clean, but was not very full. Our waiter was very friendly and checked on us enough to make sure we were doing okay, giving extra bread, filling our water, etc. The food is really good, starting with the bread rolls, which come with a bean... More 

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I took my fiance to Calle Ocho the night I proposed to her. The ambiance was romantic, the staff was accommodating and pleasant, and the food was the best we had in all of NYC. We could not have been happier!!

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Fort Bragg, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We stayed at the Excelsior Hotel, so this bar was handy for an evening cocktail and snack. Several types of Sangria are offered along with mostly unfamiliar items on the food menu. You have to be a little adventurous. My friend became instantly addicted to the puffy little plaintain rolls while my taste of the shrimp tacos told me that... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Our first port of call when in the hotel was the bar - welcoming friendly bar staff, good variety of drinks and reasonable prices. Pom Collins is the cocktail of choice! (Diablo was rather handy too). Plenty of sangria if you really want to get stuck in - 8 varieties. We loved the restaurant - again, staff were 10/10. Food... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Calle Ocho is a very good mexican restaurant with cuisine that is quite different form the usual mexican fare. Excellent food but a limited wine list.

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Additional Information about Calle Ocho

Address: 45 W. 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024-5130
Phone Number: (212) 873-5025
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 80
Cuisine: Latin, Seafood, South American

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