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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 40.782849 -73.973619
  • (Btwn Columbus Ave & CPW)
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  • (212) 873-5025
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User Ratings (Based on 95 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.5
Service 3.8 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
Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2008

    Looks nice that's about it

    We were seated 45 minutes after our 9:00 reservation time. The service was slow. The food was mediocre for the cost. The place looks nice that's about it. Not reccomended.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by UpperWester on 01/27/2008

    Totally Overrated

    We had a 9:15 reservation for 5. We weren't seated until 10:15. In the meantime, we hung around the bar where my girlfriend and I had the world's worst mojito (too little sugar) and G&T (tasted like seltzer). When we were finally seated, the waiter didn't show up for 10 minutes. The food was mediocre, at best. The beet salad with goat cheese was forgettable. The lobster and shrimp ceviche was not good. First, Maine lobster has a delicate flavor, so "cooking" it in a strong acid makes zero sense. Second, the fruit in the ceviche (papaya?) was mushy. I tried my girlfriend's salmon dish with lobster mash and it was also flavorless. Go for the ambiance and nothing more.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Peace in Pink on 11/05/2007

    Good Vibrations!

    Calle Ocho is always worth the trip to the UWS. Alex the Chef must be back in the kitchen and conjuring up some yummy dishes undoubtedly. The atmosphere is immaculate along with the handsome service and staff. My Oro mojito came along with a sugar cane, which was pretty sweet and the Vegeteriano(wild mushroom paella topped w. a green bean salad finished w. a sweetpea ving.) is HANDS DOWN the BEST vegetarian DISH on this PLANET! Save room for their warm apple pudding topped w. a chilean grape sauce and pumpkin flav. icecream, its deliisshh and very "Fally like"

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Georgie on 11/04/2007

    A must visit restaurant! Best cohito!

    I have been to Calle Ocho numerous times during my visits to New York City, and every single time the service was superb, and the food was more than exceptional. The dinner buns they serve leaves you speechless, I promise. I can't wait to visit New York again, as the very first place I would have dinner would be at Calle Ocho. Do you tastebuds a favor, and definitely order a cohito!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Friday night Fantasia on 11/02/2007

    If you can't make it to Miami...

    Then you should try this West Side Eatery. We were amazed at the decor and the sangria was outstanding. The oyster shooters were a delight, but I would steer away from the mahi-mahi. Overall, it was a divine experience and we will be back.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/15/2007

    Not worth the money

    went there for dinner this past friday. our waitress messed up both the appetizers and our main entrees. although she asked if we wanted a new order, she was rolling her eyes and tapping her foot-- as if she did "not have time" to deal with this... the atmosphere is pretty cool, for an uptown restaurant-- but the food is too expensive.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by paulette on 09/18/2007


    My friends and I randomly ended up at Calle Ocho after a stroll in Central park last Monday night, and had an experience that felt like a dream. To our surprise, even though there wasn’t much traffic outside, the bar was packed by some pretty good looking crowd. We then found out that they serve $5 Mojito and daiquiris every Monday, with complementary Tapas of all sorts, all night. We were there for hours eating and drink the best Mojitos we’ve ever had, and only spent a few $$...The food was so delicious and they just kept bringing more and more…Loved it! I can’t wait until next Monday.

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