Cafe Central

Food & Drink
455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035 455 Central Ave, Highland Park Directions
Today 4:15 PM - 8:45 PM Closed All Hours
Be the first to recommend this place!
95% of 481 customers recommended

Deals (2)

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, French, American, Contemporary, Steak
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $30-$50
  • Hours
    Sun
    4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Mon
    Closed
    Tue-Thu
    4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fri-Sat
    4:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, French, American, Contemporary, Steak
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Show More
  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Show Less

Tips

250
195 Tips
Verified
Report | 6 days ago
I left so happy and with a big smile. The flavours orchestrated. Visually an invitation to your apetite. The owner makes you feel you are his friend for decades.
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | 21 days ago
The food was terrific, very upscale, service excellent and we did not have dessert or coffee.
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | 21 days ago
Erik is fabulous!
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
wonderful food and beutiful presenttion.
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
So lovely. And great food. Love the three course tasting menu.
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
Crusty Warm French bread! Authentic French Onion Soup. Other delicious appetizers like a mushroom ravioli & salad with goat cheese. Great entree choices - excellent duck & the best calves liver cooked perfectly ! Everything is so tasty. But save room for dessert!
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
We enjoy going to Cafe Central. attention is paid to every patron by the owner and the food and service is superb.
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
The food is always amazing here. The selection at the bar leaves a little to be desired for non-linear drinkers though. The wait staff is dialed in nicely on how often to check in on you and keeping things moving along at your desired pace.
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
Menu was extensive. Food was great. Service was excellent
Was this helpful?
Verified
Report | a month ago
We really liked this restaurant. Nice and small and quiet with great food. Would recommend it to anyone.
Was this helpful?

From Our Editors

Cafe Central: A User's Guide

French-Bistro Cuisine | Market-Fresh Ingredients | Daily-Changing Dessert Cart | Specialty Martinis

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: burgundy escargots with garlic and pernod butter
  • Entree: braised lamb shank with asiago cheese
  • Dessert: select something sweet from the dessert cart
  • Cocktail: a martini, the restaurant’s specialty

While You're Waiting: Window shop. The café is located in a small storefront on the sidewalk with many boutiques nearby.

When to Go: Plan to dine between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and this 90-minute window is the only time the restaurant accepts reservations.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Make an appointment to tour the Francis Stupey Log Cabin (1707–1731 St. Johns Avenue), Highland Park’s oldest standing structure.

After: Pick out some antique furniture or original artwork at Shine (2055b Green Bay Road).

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Head to Nieto's (429 Temple Avenue), Cafe Central’s sister restaurant, for some casual American and Mexican food.

Explore Nearby
Cafe Central

Sun
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Mon
Closed
Tue-Thu
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri-Sat
4:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Groupon has verified that the customer actually visited Cafe Central.