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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)
+1 212-873-5025
6:00 pm - 10:30 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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New Jersey
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172 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had patronized the original Calle Ocho when it was on Columbus Ave. and loved it back then. We decided to try it again. This location is modern, large, and located inside the lobby of the Excelsior Hotel. I liked the old location better- it felt more intimate and as the evening progressed, I noticed some touches that had vanished... More 

Thank Idania60
Herndon, Virginia
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard good things about this place and were excited to try it. Calle Ocho lives up the hype, the food was uniformly excellent from the bread served prior to the dinner arriving to the Calamari Frito to the Paella and Mar y Tierra. Everything was excellent. The wine selection was also well done with our server providing excellent... More 

Thank Allan L
New York City, New York
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78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here for drinks and appetizers on a Saturday night. The place was pretty packed so we decided to sit at the lounge. It was very nice and cozy. We ordered 3 dishes to share and each was equally delicious. We had the grilled octopus, the camarones with avocado in a crispy onion shell (to die for) and the arepa... More 

Thank janet Y
Williamsburg, Virginia
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stick to the bar and appetizers. Hector does a great mojito. If you want noise, bad service and so, so food go inside. We had to ask the wait staff, as they were going by,three times to clear our plates. Each time we were told "right away" and nothing until one of us angrily insisted. The food in the past... More 

Thank mayansun
New York City, New York
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85 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Best pulled pork ever I had great services Slow but attentive exactly what was needed on a Sunday 6 different sangria flavors Daughter loved shrimp and corn dish Avoid sandwiches and fries Greatbread

Thank boatlover7411
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64 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Hotel food…ya no thanks! But wait, it just got real with the Calle Ocho and giving us roadies some hope in Hotel Food once again! Even in New York, yes I ‘stayed in’ and ate just because it is so good! Great restaurant at the Excelsior Hotel in the Upper West side is my choice when staying and eating at... More 

Thank Greg R
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This restaurant is divine. The vibe is such a blast, and the service is impeccable. I've eaten here many, many times and I've never had a bad meal. The steak and yuca fries are to die for, the sangria's are delicious, the taco platter comes in little ramekins of chicken meat & various toppings, with fresh tortilla's, and you build... More 

Thank Cheryl M
New York
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

My husband and I went for our 12th wedding anniversary. The restaurant is inside a hotel but it is run as its own business. The ambience is romantic with dim lights and the background music was not too loud, the service is excellent and the food is delicious. As soon as we were seated our waiter came and was very... More 

Thank Beach_Chic01
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

This restaurant was in our hotel, yet a separate business. With a South American flavour i enjoyed a Pisco sour and chicken with Peruvian potatoes, which reminded me of my trip to Peru a few years earlier. Friendly staff, good choice of menu with something for everyone

Thank Amber C
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97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy this place. My wife had a white wine, and I had the Cuban style beer that is brewed in North Carolina. Funny. We shared the date appetizer. This is always a great choice. Wife had the salmon while I had the chicken. Both were well prepared, plated and delicious. Dessert was two cafe con leche, we shared... More 

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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, Caribbean, 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
Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, 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: +1 212-873-5025

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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

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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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