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45 W. 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024-5130 (Manhattan)
(212) 873-5025
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Ranked #756 of 11,865 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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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Not sure if I should write first about the lovely team at this restaurant or the food. We happened upon Calle Ocho at the last minute during a one night romantic trip to NYC. We had five small plates and mojitoes and sangria. We love octopus and their grilled octopus was very, very good. Our favorite dish was the arepas.... More 

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New York City, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The hotel foyer was so regal, I expected the dining experience to be the same. Overall, it was very disappointing. Though the service was rather great, the food was not up to par. The tuna ceviche was the only item we enjoyed. Thank God it was fresh! The octopus appetizer was inedible, it was NOT FRESH. Steak was asked to... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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222 reviews 222 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This restaurant is located in a hotel. I had stayed at the hotel a couple of years ago, but never noticed the restaurant, since I typically do not eat at hotel restaurants unless I am in a pinch. Fast forward a couple of years and I needed to find a restaurant in that area of town (UWS) so I looked... More 

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Chester, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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406 reviews 406 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 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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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
3 reviews 3 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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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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