Cafe Central

French Restaurant
455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035 455 Central Ave, Highland Park Directions
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Report | 10 hours ago
The encrusted tilapia was VERY good!
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Report | 3 days ago
A wonderful experience. The food was excellent. The portions for both appetizers and entrees were generous. I strongly recommend the onion soup. The service was prompt and pleasant but not overbearing. The room has a warm personality and atmosphere was very comfortable and unpretentious. The prices were appropriate for food of this quality. Will definitely go back again.
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Report | 4 days ago
Excellent food
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Report | 19 days ago
The food was wonderful and the portions were large.
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Report | 21 days ago
Good menu, prices a little high but service etc very good!
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Report | a month ago
Fabulous food! Great owners. Wonderful service.
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Report | 7 months ago
My husband LOVES the Roasted Chicken dinner. "Its the best he has ever tasted! The spices used and the moistness of the chicken are perfect." In the 5 years we have gone to Cafe Central, my husband has never ordered another entree. I love the salmon!
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Report | 9 months ago
Cafe Central is one of our favorite restaurants. The owner, Adam, greets you at the door and provides exceptional customer service. The only downside is that it's extremely expensive. Even with the Groupon, we paid $40 for two soups, a burger and a salad. No drinks. The food is consistently fantastic, though, which is hard to come by these days.
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Report | a year ago
If you have not planned to go to Cafe Central but would like to, plan for a later reservation (8:30 pm or so) and you should find accommodation. Cafe Central is lovely small restaurant, very good food and wine list. And exceptional wait staff. We have enjoyed Cafe Central every time we go.
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Report | a year ago
Enjoy !! Very "European Feel"!!

From Our Editors

Carlos and Debbie Nieto—the proprietors of the once-famed Carlos' restaurant and its successor, Nieto's—took inspiration from the bistros of Paris when they opened Cafe Central in 1995. Today, Adam Nieto and his dedicated team craft a variety of contemporary, French-inspired food. Salads feature poached chicken or traditional niçoise toppings, and roast duckling comes drizzled with peach sauce. They also offer risotto that changes weekly along with their long standing grass fed beef cheeseburger.

The dining room also cultivates an ambiance based on the City of Light. Black-clothed tables topped with natural butcher paper reminiscent of a quaint café play host to dishes of country paté and center cuts of Black Angus filet mignon. Colorful artwork accentuates the butter-yellow walls. A classic black-and-white checkered floor makes the whole place pop, and requires you to checkmate your waiter before they will offer you dessert.

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