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“Avoid Cafe Central in Venlo - Total Rip Off”

Cafe Restaurant Central
Ranked #5 of 127 Restaurants in Venlo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Avoid Cafe Central in Venlo - Total Rip Off”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

After a day exploring the Floriade in Venlo (which was great by the way), we wanted to stop somewhere for a drink and snack. Cafe Central had a terrace and we spotted a free table in the sunshine, so we sat down and had a look at the menu. We ordered 2 glasses of wine (1 Chardonnay and 1 Pinot Grigio) and a platter of bread and tapenade. The wines were the most expensive wines on the menu by the glass at 4.50 a glass.

The wine came and both were disgusting, absolutely undrinkable. Tasted like the same wine too. I know a fair bit about wine and can identify different varietals. There is NO WAY we were served what we ordered. This place puts one thing on the menu and then serves you something completely different, probably 1 euro a carton cr*p from the Makro.

Our bread platter never came and we got tired of waiting, so we headed off. We left 10 euros on the table to cover the cost of the wine, although on hindsight we shouldn't have bothered. We didn't want to wait around for our change because the waitress was nowhere to be seem and the man at the next table had lit up a stinking cigar. If I could give this place zero I would. But I have to give one, so just consider it a zero and avoid this dreadful place. We stopped somewhere else which wasn't bad but I can't remember the name so can't review it.

  • Visited May 2012
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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“OK place for an average meal and atmosphere”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

Over the last years one of us has been here a couple of times a year, mostly for business. Central is well situated in the middle of Venlo. The bar is nice. I've always had dinner upstairs in the public restaurant or private dinner section one floor up. The restaurant is not that special. I've always wondered who decided to put art there with parts of naked bodies. The food is OK. In the summer, it's a nice location to sit outside on the terrace. All in all, just an OK place to be. I

  • Visited January 2012
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“There is a restaurant part upstairs with unconventional dishes. Downstairs there is a different menu with pub fare. The...”
Reviewed September 28, 2008

There is a restaurant part upstairs with unconventional dishes. Downstairs there is a different menu with pub fare. The saté is very good here.

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