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Calle Ocho

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper West Side
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45 W 81st St, New York City, NY 10024-6025 (Between Columbus and Central Park West)
+1 212-873-5025
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 18:00 - 22:30
Fri 18:00 - 23:30
Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
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Tampa, Florida
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62 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice tourist place where you see a lot of restaurants; great place for picture taking; we had late lunch there at exquisito restaurant recommended by a gift shop; good price & great food; they also have walk of fame too. Here's few pictures.

Thank filipina0128
New York, United States
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431 reviews
375 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Five and a half years ago this restaurant moved from Columbus Avenue to its present 81st Street location. They serve a tasty bean spread for the bread they serve. I wanted their "Cuban Skirt Steak" as my main course but changed my mind when the waiter said that it is pre-cooked so I could not specify the degree to which... More 

Thank Harvey M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for dinner for the first time last Thursday night. We used a groupon which gave us each an appetizer, entree and a dessert. Drinks were xtra. Food was very good. I had the cuban skirt steak and my family ordervthe seafood paella. The food was tasty and very fresh. Service was excellent. Music in the background was... More 

Thank Thomas N
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Calle Ocho is a Spanish restaurant located off a hotel lobby on the Upper West Side across 81st Street from the American Museum of Natural History. The positives are its food, its spacious dining area, its bar and its service. Negatives are that it is pricey (but honestly not over priced) and noisy.

Thank William B
Los Angeles
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We eat late, and at ten o'clock the bar was lively and the food was out of this world. There were four different white wine sangrias alone--I had a Tropical, with fresh juices and rum, its as fantastic! Papageno had Caipirinhas, the Brazilian sugar-cane liquor--loved those. And the food! We had the Beef Gailltos and the Shrimp Chicharron--to die for.... More 

Thank PapagenaandPapageno
new york city
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great UWS destination! Wonderful food- including fresh fish! Amazing fresh bread with a bit of a Cuban flair! All guests in my party praised the creative liquor drinks! Only negative? If you are seated in the center areas, it can be a bit too noisy for good conversation.

Thank lovetravelling0820
New York
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76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We stopped by for brunch and ordered Latin Benedict as well as Arepa con Salmon: Latin Benedict's poached eggs were overcooked and home made pork and duck sausage reminded me of Jimmy Dean's, not exactly what I was looking to savor from this dish. The salmon in the Arepa dish was also overcooked, no smoked taste at all. I am... More 

Thank flores0403
Needham, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

As long as this place was in hotel where I was staying with my 3 kids, after not very tasty pizza we decided to buy desert at this place. Ordered 3 scoops of ice cream to eat it in room. Needed wait in a bar with kids, they don't have waiting area. Waited 10 minutes for it. Scoops was tiny... More 

Thank Larissa921
Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

The restaurant itself is great, the drinks are great but the food was quite bad. We ordered sea food and fajita and both were below average. I'd recommend this place only for drinks. Mojito and sangria are definitely great!

Thank CDNGlobetrotter79
Stamford, Connecticut
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1,723 reviews
1,040 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

All the different flavors of sangria are great. The cuban steak and fried rice was decent. I was surprised the steak wasnt seasoned more. The tres leches was good. I didnt love the domino cake.

Thank Autumn M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$80
Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 W 81st St, New York City, NY 10024-6025
    (Between Columbus and Central Park West)
  • Public Transportation: 1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-873-5025

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper West Side

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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