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Calle Ocho

at the Excelsior Hotel
  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Latin American, Nuevo Latino
  • 45 W 81st St, New York NY10024 40.783467 -73.974379
  • (Btwn Columbus Ave & CPW)
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  • (212) 873-5025
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User Ratings (Based on 96 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.5
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 4.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 873-5025
(212) 873-0216
Take Out Catering Private Parties Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Dinner Mon-Thu: 6pm-10:30pm Fri: 6pm-11:30pm Sat: 5pm-11:30pm Sun: 5pm-10pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 12pm-3pm
Brunch, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Good for Groups, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2006

    Good-but falls short of great

    I went here last night for my birthday. the food was good, but it fell short of my expectations. the bread they served seemed perhaps a little stale, and the cake they served with a candle seemed, well, un-Latin. tasted more like what you would find at a fancy French pastry shop, which isn't necessarily bad, but just not what you might expect. The steaks were good, the shrimp ceviche was good, and the arroz con pollo was good, but none were fantastic. Perhaps this place has lost its passion for creating terrific food. the bar was so packed on a Monday night, maybe they take their clientele a bit for granted. the taco platter appetizer was good, too, but i couldn't help but think, hmm, i could get this for about half the price at some Cubano countertop in a less swanky neighborhood. but alas, isn't that always the case?

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by bone on 10/24/2006

    Tight joint

    Tight food, tight service, tight (in an ironic sense) atmosphere. I went there for a special occasion with some out-of-town family members and we were all blown away by every aspect of this joint...especially the creatively tasty food. We didn't partake, but the sexy bar scene up-front looked like quite a dish itself. For a downtown snob, this is one uptown place that is worth the cab fare (or, if you're frugal like me, a subway ride).

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by enstranged on 10/04/2006


    The food at Calle Ocho is an upscale cuban delight. The atmosphere is cavernous and trendy, while the mojitos are some of the best in the city. The bread and bean paste is GREAT..........

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Jess on 09/11/2006


    An Absolutely wonderful place...I arrived with reservations for a party of 4 and was promptly seated. Service was great; we had a friendly and upbeat waiter. The BREAD is out of this world! It's soooo good, it;'s worth going there just to taste it! Great drinks!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Pevandi on 08/31/2006

    Worth a Repeat Visit

    I commented on 6/14/06 that service needs improvement and on my repeat visit on 8/30/06 I was really impressed to notice a marked improvement in the service. The wait staff was not scurrying around the room, as I commented in the last visit. It is encouraging to note that the restaurants pay attention to the comments in these columns . We were promptly seated to a table of our choice, and received prompt and attentive service from the wait staff. We ordered the lobster ceviche, and tamal as appetizer and Paella and Lamb chops as entrees. The food was excellent, precisely prepared to our order and very artistically presented. The only suggestion I would offer is to trim the extra tenticles from the lobster because that would render the Paella more pleasing appearance within the serving plate. The Merlot wine suited our pallate well with the food.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2006

    A great surprise

    You would never expect looking at the front what it looks like inside. A small lounge/bar area up front then leads through a hallway to a huge high ceiling open dining room. You do not feel like you're dining in NYC. Great food, very creative and good pairings. Service was great.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Maria -Bronx on 07/23/2006

    Best Restaurant on the West Side

    I have been to Calle Ocho about 8 times and each and everytime has been better than the first and different Alex the Chef is very personable and you can see he love what he does and it shows in the food presentation , flavor and awesome taste. The mojitos best in town-coconut mojito WOW! Have taken numerous friends and they have all loved the atmosphere. The bar is jumping great cocktail area with colorful sitting arrangments and great latin music booming! Yes, the rolls are special and delicious and a great way to start the dinner courses. The room is spacious and tropically colorful. The patrons are of all types, families with kids, friends and lovers. I recommend this restaurant hole heartly. Great place to impress a date, to have great drinks and good food. Great for special occassions. If, could afford it , I would eat there every week. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

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