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Calle Ocho

Certificate of Excellence
Upper West Side
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45 W 81st St, New York City, NY 10024-6025 (Between Columbus and Central Park West)
(212) 873-5025
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went here for drinks when we checked into the Excelsior hotel, right before closing time. Not only did we each have an excellent drink, but the bartender then gave us each a shot, which was very cool of him. Friendly bartender and it seemed to be a good atmosphere, although we were there late and there... More 

Thank disugi
Varese, Italy
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352 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had low expectations prior to coming here. When I sat at The bar for a cocktail I was underwhelmed. HOWEVER when I finally ordered food I was quite impressed. Generous portions, fresh food, quality ingredients, good taste. Average prices. I will be returning

Thank Ettore D
Brescia, Italy
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome food, friendly people, fast booking andò The Gable was ready 15 minutes un advance. Aldo, very reasonable price

Thank Maddalena D
New York
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is literally hidden away inside the lobby of the Excelsior Hotel. If you weren't looking for it, you would never know. The restaurant is listed as "Latin American and Cuban" The food was excellent. The portions were generous. The accompanying rice to many of the dishes is Spanish Pork Fried Rice. I took what I couldn't finish home... More 

Thank famtravlesny
Pismo Beach, California
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95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a fun brunch spot that offered a "bottomless" beverage option and this place fit the bill. You get bottomless sangria with your entree and there are tons of different flavors to choose from! We had lots of fun and the food was so good!

Thank Kelley R
victorville ca
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177 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

OMGEEEEE! I feel in love with this restaurant. We went for brunch on a Saturday (only waited about 10 minutes for a table) before we headed to Central Park. The decor is bright and welcoming. This is a large restaurant full of life and energy. When you are seating, they bring the most amazing rolls with passion fruit butter. I... More 

Thank shannenavila
Angleton, TX
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We were in the neighborhood and found this place online. The food was delicious, and they had an interesting selection of Sangria. The service was attentive. It was a great find.

Thank verypicky57
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Large, comfortable restaurant in a nice hotel in a great location near the museum of natural history. Amazing drinks, ceviche, and service. The entrees were not quite as great. Overall an excellent Spanish/Latin cuisine restaurant in a great environment and location.

Thank Carolina G
Hugo, Minnesota
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

The food was quite delicious! I highly recommend asking your server what they recommend, we were not lead astray. The sangria was also fantastic!

Thank JenBear5
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

They have a different options of amazing sangrías. the food is really good a mix from different Latin America cuisine is a great place to eat and have a good Sunday brunch

Thank Jacob T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $80
Latin, Gluten Free, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban, South American, Central American
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, Large groups, Romantic
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 St, New York City, NY 10024-6025
    (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: (212) 873-5025

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper West Side

Neighborhood Profile
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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