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Calle Ocho

at the Excelsior Hotel
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  • 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 02/16/2005

    A great date restaurant

    This is a great restaurant to go to with friends or on a date. The ambiance is fun and exciting. The crowd is pleasant and everyone looks to be in their 30's. I saw that some people in other reviews complained about the music. I say to them: "Get a life!" The music is great. The food is inventive. The service is good when they make it over to you but they seem distracted. We had four different waiters in one meal - but they were very kind and helpful. My husband and I ran into two friends at the bar...it was nice to run into people we like there. The couple at the table next to us couldn't finish their huge picture of sangria so they shared it with us. The decor is beautiful. All in all, you should go, try it and enjoy!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Victoria on 02/12/2005

    Fun but Toasty

    Really loved the open festive atmosphere, but unlike the previous reviewer who stated it was cold in the bar, it was down right toasty in the large dining area. The vegetarian dish and Jamaican chicken entrees received a 'thumbs up' from my fellow diners. The employees were all very cordial, but because it was a busy Saturday night, flagging down our check was the biggest challenge.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2005

    Turn up the heat, turn down the music

    Met up for drinks with friends I hadn't seen in 2 years who recommended it. We had seats (an awkward, long, bench-like seat for 3 people) next to the window, and it was SO COLD. We were there for two drinks and had to leave. It wasn't hard to bundle up because we all had to put on our coats halfway through the first drink. I told the hostess that we couldn't take the cold anymore and she said "Oh, I thought it was just cold near the door." Nope. The whole bar area was freezing. Service was poor. We sat there for 10-15 mins before anyone came over to take our drink order, and we had to flag him down to get a second round. The mojitos were EXTREMELY sweet, and not a deal considering the glasses are small and filled with ice and other drink-related foliage. The worst part was the music - I agree with the other reviewer that complained about how loud it was. I found myself nodding and smiling a bunch of times when speaking to my friend 8" away because I got so tired of saying "what?" "what?" Not recommended.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Steph on 01/27/2005

    Mojito Magic

    I was so excited about dinner after reading the Restaurant Week review below that I had to arrive early. The front bar area is very cool and the drinks are fantastic. We were seated in the surprisingly large dinning area in the back. The RW menu is a great deal, I had the rock shrimp and the halibut, which were MUY BUENO! All of the desserts were fantastic. But I have to say, the highlight of the night were the fantastic drinks. Nothing like good food, great drinks, and wonderful company.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Foodie on 01/25/2005

    Restaurant Week

    Just went last night for restaurant week. The service and choices were both excellent. Here's the menu: Apps: 1) rock shrimp with greens; 2) a root vegetable soup; 3) ceviche (delicious - combo of tuna, salmon and fluke); Entrees: 1) crusted halibut; 2) skirt steak with green beans and sangria rice; 3) pork loin with grilled onions and apple and sweet potato empanada . The dessert wasn't on the original menu but the waitress told us that we could choose any dessert from the main menu which was an added bonus. I highly recommend the caprinhas and the red sangria.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by uwsfoodie on 01/08/2005

    Great Food but "What?"

    The food here is very very good. But don't expect to hear anything. The music here is so LOUD! The menu is a little overpriced, but if you want great value, go with the $22 sampling plate for two, don't get individual drinks, and skip dessert.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by uwsfinder on 11/19/2004

    Great great great!

    I had heard many great things about this place from friends, and only recently got to give it a try. I lucked out as they have just rehired their original chef who made this place impossible to get into back when they first opened a few years ago. I recommend going now, before word gets out that he's back and it becomes impossible to get a reservation again.

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