Cuban >Calle Ocho
45 West 81st St. , New York, NY | Directions 1002440.78299 -73.9739
M-Th 6pm-10:30pm, F 6pm-11:30pm, Sa 5pm-11:30pm, Su 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Upper West Side, Midtown
Over-priced for Average Food – We first tried Calle Ocho during 'Restaurant Week' and weren't that impressed. The restaurant is nicely designed and spacious, but the food isn't worth the prices. I'm thinking it might be a decent place for Mojitos and appetizers during happy hour in the front lounge part.
The food is not very good, service - fluctuates. – went there a few years ago, and for some reason didnt really like it, dont really remember why.
there are enough places in NYC so you dont have to go back to a place you didnt like.
went there for the second time for a friends Bday dinner after another friend didnt stop praising it....
it all started with them not having the only dish i really wanted (what kind of restaurant can not offer two of their dishes on a Saturday night?)
i had to pick a steak. so did 3 other people in the party.
my steak was...odd. very chewy. had to send it back (i really dont do that usually)
20 minutes later, i still had no steak, everyone else was done.
had to cancel my order...
my girlfriend dish was like pure salt, mojitos took forever to come and a friend that asked for extra sauce got it after he was already finished.
the bread at the beginning was amazing! but that's where it ends.
my take? dont bother.
good but not special – I've had Calle Ocho a few times and I wasn't as impressed as my other friends. If you want to try it, save your money and try it out for dinner. The restaurant is nice and the service good but there's nothing that stands out about the food. It's overrated in my opinion.
service weak - food bad - go to another new uws place – waste of time and money. service is slow . restaurant week was awful and food was mediocre. frozen dinners taste better than the food here. it's loud and noisy and needs major improvement. go to new place opening on uws est branch.
Restaurant Week Loser – Went here last night for dinner and had the restaurant dinner menu. The empanada crust was dry and the interior salty and a ground up amalgamation of gosh only knows what. The crusted mahi-mahi mentioned elsewhere was awful. Mrs Pauls could and has done better. The service was well meaning but extremely slow. All in all I would never return to this loud, noisy over priced upper westside restaurant.
Mediocre at best... – Went here last night for restaurant week and was not really impressed..drinks were good but too sweet and expensive. Dinner for restuarant week- appetizer was GREAT! some sort of beef empanada. Dinner I had "plantain encrusted mahi-mahi". well, it was kida just fried fish..on top of a disgusting mix of dried out plaintains mixed with sweet onions and bacon. pretty gross. dessert was great. service was okay, nice people but i have never in my life waited so long for food. i mean, it felt like at least 40 min between appetizers and main course. i probably wouldn't go back.
Great Latino Food in the Upper West Side – Went here with a large group for Summer Restaurant Week. It was great! Yummy Latino food and cocktails, service was great and prompt. Not to mention the salsa and merengue music adds to the feel that you're actually in a restaurant in Latin America. Aside from the food, they provide pan de queso (cheese bread) before your first course and I have to say it was very deliciso! These pan de queso reminded me of home in Ecuador. One misconception that my friends had was that this was a full Cuban restaurant which is not. The menu items listed different dishes from several Latin american countries. Overall I would defintiely come back here with date.
Spice up your evening! – Ate at Calle Ocho during restaurant week and the place was packed! Service was extremely attentive and helpful. I had a lot of questions about the menu and the waitress was very helpful and patient. I ordered the restaurant week menu and had crab stuffed peppers for my app and a crispy snapper for my entree, both were delicious and the portions were extremely generous considering it was restaurant week. For dessert I had my choice of anything off the dessert menu. I choose the banana cake that was served with a sweetened coffee that was incredible. Overall, I had a wonderful time at Calle Ocho, from the mojito's, to the food, to the service, everything was right on!
Excellent Service – The friendly staff at Calle ocho complimented the unique flavors of the food so well. My three friends and I had a great experience there Monday night, and will definitely be going back next time we're in the city. Don't know if they have it always but their surf n turf style dish was amazing. The sorbets were really good too.
worst night ever!! – stopped by saturday night to wish by bartender a nice farewell. heard that he was not allowed to finish his last week. the bartender that served me was so slow and clueless of what he was doing. the bar seemed so disorganized!!! i've been coming to calle ocho for so many years, and with the experience that i had that night, i would never come back to the place!
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