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Calle Ocho

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper West Side
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45 W. 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024-5130 (Between Columbus and Central Park West)
+1 212-873-5025
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant itself is great, the drinks are great but the food was quite bad. We ordered sea food and fajita and both were below average. I'd recommend this place only for drinks. Mojito and sangria are definitely great!

Thank CDNGlobetrotter79
Stamford, Connecticut
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1,629 reviews
984 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All the different flavors of sangria are great. The cuban steak and fried rice was decent. I was surprised the steak wasnt seasoned more. The tres leches was good. I didnt love the domino cake.

Thank Autumn M
Seattle, Washington
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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An exciting eatery. It has an extensive menu selection. The items are prepared and presented well. Don't forget to sample their cocktail menu.

Thank Madronaguy
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dinner was delicious. Skirt steak seasoned well and tender. Salmon with the lobster mash was very tasty. Lovely romantic place. Music played slowly in the background enough for you to enjoy and still talk to your company.

Thank Anita A
Tarrytown, New York
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119 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three courses for $75 for two. Can't beat it. Everything on the menu was included except the Picada appetizer. The food was excellent. The Datiles were amazing. The Tres Leches, wow. The mojitos and sangria, second to none. Service was excellent. Very attentive.

1 Thank Ray55
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

When I saw that Group-on was offering a special deal for Calle Ocho, a Latin fusion restaurant on the Upper West Side, I had no hesitation in taking the deal (3 courses for $75) for dining there again.They say that the "3rd time is a charm" & it definitely was last night at Calle Ocho, Steve & I began our... More 

Thank GaryandSteve
New York City, New York
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Every visit has been consistently good food. Nice atmosphere for just drinks also. Great area to explorer also, the American Museum of Natural History and Central park are right around the block.

Thank Daniel M
Westchester County
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332 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Although pricey, the unimaginatively named Eighth Street (in English) does everything else with flair and attention. It did take some doing to get coats collected but once that service hurdle was crossed the rest of it was attentive without being overbearing (Thewestchestarian grows increasingly weary of ever mounting pressure to order more drinks in restaurants - particularly establishments already sporting... More 

Thank thewestchestarian
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

Purchased a groupon for 4 but only ended up with 3 people. Management had no problem with the last minute change and still gave us the 4th appetizer, entrée and desert. Food was outstanding and so was the sangria. Pricey but well worth it.

Thank mmiskar
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

As a Latino you realize nothing will be like the food you grew up with but this was not even close to Latin flavors nor an interesting Nuevo Latino take. Granted I did not have the Paella everyone has gone wild over but. The fish I had was supposed to be snapper. Not. Over cooked and covered in a strange... More 

Thank Eduardo V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $80
Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 W. 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024-5130
    (Between Columbus and Central Park West)
  • Public Transportation: 1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-873-5025

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper West Side

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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