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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 - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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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139 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here with expectations of good Spanish food and reasonable prices. My adult daughter and I both found the food uncreative and somewhere between betweasic and bland. Service was ok, atmosphere was ok, but the flavors and taste were disappointing. I wouldn't go back.

Thank Robert L
New York City, New York
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190 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I emoted this restaurant very much. The Havana Banana sangria was awesome. The empanada was excellent and we both enjoyed our dinners very much. It's located inside a hotel, so you may be slightly confused when you walk in. Just stay to your right. :)

Thank John D
Central Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Calle Ocho is a Latin restaurant located in the Excelsior Hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The restaurant has ambiance and low-lighting, the food is excellent, the presentation is exquisite, and the wait staff are friendly and attentive. I dined at the restaurant during NYC Restaurant Week. My dining companion and I both opted for the $42.00 pri-fixe,... More 

Thank TravelingHatter
Punta Cana
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great brunch at Calle ocho today but I was most impressed it's service and sangria. Not to sound like a lush but when they tell you it effects of the alcohol sneaks up, they were not kidding. Food is great and the staff were friendly and professional. It's a perfect place for friends and fun.

Thank Farah B
Baltimore, Maryland
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48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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360 reviews
306 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 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 June 28, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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
San Luis Obispo, California
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 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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184 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 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 

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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 Options, 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, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, 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?

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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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