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Café Central, El Paso, TX

Café Central

4.7
4.7
2187 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Cafe Central offers an outstanding experience; delectable cuisine and our dedication to thoughtful service are evident in every staff member, making it a preferred destination for locals and visitors alike. Offering an expansive, award winning wine selection and exquisite gourmet dishes with a Southwestern twist in mind to create exceptional cuisine from appetizers to entrees. Located in the heart of downtown, just one block from the Museum of Art, Plaza Theater, San Jacinto Plaza, Convention Center, and other hotels.
El Paso’s only winner of the Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence for the past 11 years and honored with the Distinguished Restaurants of America (DiRoNa) Award for Excellence. After a long day of travel, indulge in the Cafe Central experience. Join us for dinner and enjoy the impeccable service and cuisine. Your table’s ready, and the bar is fully stocked.

Experience timeless tradition at Cafe Central and be part of the legacy. Bon appétit!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
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Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (915) 545-2233
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Kasey Kaplan
  • Catering
    Please call Event Planner at (915) 545-2233 or email estela@cafecentral.com for details and we will make sure to make your event a success.
  • Private party facilities
    For private event reservations, we do not allow any outside entertainment. We will help you plan the most memorable event, please inquire with us!
  • Private party contact
    Estela Abelleyra: (915) 545-2233 ext. 110
  • Neighbourhood
    El Paso
  • Cross Street
    Mills and San Antonio Street
  • Parking Details
    Valet Parking $5.00 Lunch and $10.00 at Dinner
  • Entertainment
    Jazz on Thursdays; Piano during Dinner Monday thru Saturday.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • El Paso

    Best Overall

  • El Paso

    Best Food

  • El Paso

    Best Service

  • El Paso

    Best Ambience

  • El Paso

    Best Value

  • El Paso

    Good for business meals

  • El Paso

    Healthy

  • El Paso

    Hot spot

  • El Paso

    Great for fine wines

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Good for special occasions

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

  • El Paso

    Best Overall

  • El Paso

    Best Food

  • El Paso

    Best Service

  • El Paso

    Best Ambience

  • El Paso

    Best Value

  • El Paso

    Good for business meals

  • El Paso

    Healthy

  • El Paso

    Hot spot

  • El Paso

    Great for fine wines

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Good for special occasions

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

2,187 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious scargots and superb ribeye. Just a great food experience

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nick was awesome! The food was great. My husband loved the environment.

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  3. JessicaG

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We began with Baked Escargot in Herbed Citrus Parmesan Butter—an exquisite dish in which the desire to savor every drop of the butter was undeniable. The Grilled Octopus with Cilantro Chimichurri was expertly spiced, leaving a lasting impression of refined flavors. The Central Caesar Salad, uniquely presented for communal sharing, was notable for its rich Anchovy Emulsion. The Cream of Green Chile Soup was a revelation; its creamy texture and depth of flavor were so captivating that they prompted a moment of culinary reflection. However, the Seared Diver Scallops, though well-executed, did not resonate as strongly with me; I had a less than favorable reception of the broccoli puree. In contrast, the Lobster Agnolotti was satisfactorily balanced and flavorful with its delicate pasta and butter-poached lobster claw submerged in a creamy lobster broth. The Honey Lavender Long Island Duck was another course that showcased the fusing of sweet and savory nuances. The undeniable highlight of the meal was the Ribeye Prime, a masterful display of flavor infusion, complemented by Chipotle Lime Butter and enhanced by the textural contrast of crispy onion strings. We concluded on a celebratory note with a Dessert Platter for my husband’s birthday. This thoughtful gesture included an array of desserts from Petite Crème Brulée to a Mexican Chocolate Tart, each a testament to the restaurant’s dedication to a memorable dining experience. However, it is imperative to note that the ambiance was somewhat marred by the overly loud piano and live singing. While the music itself was beautifully rendered, its volume was disproportionate to the dining setting, complicating conversational flow and detracting from the overall enjoyment.

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  4. EdnaS

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience very attentive and great customer service ambience is tranquil A+

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all the way around as usual! Green chile soup off the charts. And the bread!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our recent dining experience was nothing short of remarkable, captivating with its elegant ambiance and leaving an indelible mark with exceptional cuisine and attentive service. One of the highlights of our meal was the "Puntas de Filete.” This dish was a symphony of flavors, featuring succulent pieces of steak, beautifully complemented by a roasted long green chile and a tantalizing jalapeño au jus. The whipped potatoes were silky smooth, and the house vegetables were cooked to perfection, adding a refreshing balance to the rich and robust flavors of the meat. Additionally, we indulged in the Grilled & Fried Calamari, a delightful appetizer priced at $19. This dish stood out for its exquisite preparation, offering the perfect blend of textures. The calamari was tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, making each bite a memorable experience. The chef's attention to detail was evident, ensuring that every element on the plate was executed flawlessly. The service was impeccable. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and genuinely caring, making us feel welcomed and valued throughout our dining experience. They were quick to offer recommendations and ensured that our culinary journey was seamless from start to finish. This dining venue is a gem in its locale. Whether you're a local or just passing through, it offers a dining experience that combines fine cuisine, elegant ambiance, and exceptional service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three of us went for lunch and sent 2 of our entrees back. When I got my soup it wasn’t even warm. I’ve usually had wonderful experiences coming here. I was very disappointed in the quality of the food this time around.

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  8. Gregor

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wife and I enjoyed a great dinner last night at Cafe Central. Green Chile soup, tenderloin and pork chop all very good. Staff was on their game

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  9. ArtW

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Café Central provides a first class dining experience

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked reservation thru open table. Unfortunately, the restaurant was confined to a firm menu of champagne and set menu. I was having a mom and son date. The hostess was not polite, and I had to pay for champagne for my 14 year old and myself. I do not drink and with underage child. Just a very unforgiving experience. The lobster “cuppacino” was not very good. Disappointed, to say the least. This was a special event for my son and bc we booked thru open table, had no idea of set menu. Nonetheless, we stayed bc of timeframe. Just wish it was a nicer experience

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the best meal I’ve had in El Paso ! The service was great and the process were very reasonable for fine dining . I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  12. RobertF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All four of us enjoyed the food we received, the servers that helped us, and the restaurant we were in. The total experience was good and the overall experience was good. The total price was a bit high but overall it was a good place to be at and eat.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Hard to access location due to road closures. They forgot part of my order which created a delay. Waitress slow to check on things during a slow night. Food was tasty. Piano music was nice but singer was off tune and detracted from the experience

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Celebrating our Anniversary, the food, the atmosphere, and the service was top notch. We will be back.

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  15. SusanT

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always it was an overall amazing experience! Food, service!!

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  16. ColletteM

    El Paso

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter seemed off his game that night. First he told us that the chef was too tired to have any specials that night so I am not sure if this was true. I ordered club soda but was brought Pellegrino which was a huge bottle for $9 that I could not finish. My friend ordered a coke but was brought beer but decided to go with it. We also ordered soup which we did not get but the waiter was nice enough to bring us out small cups after our meal so we could try it. The Green Chile cream soup is the best in town which I was looking forward to and I wanted my friends to try it plus the presentation is nice but they did not get to experience it. We still had a great time and it is still one of my favorite restaurant and I will return. Again I just felt like our waiter was off his game that night. Also, I do think it was just us, the table next to us was having similar problems with the waiter.

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  17. DanielR

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the experience. Everything was amazing from the greeting at the door to when we left. I never had to ask for a refill and every one was professional and polite.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was wonderful… could not forget nd a bathroom, all being remodeled I think. Sad to see

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Having been here many times, our service was a real disappointment. They weren’t that busy and other tables didn’t seem to be lacking just our waiter struggling that night. Otherwise the food was very good

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  20. AmandaK

    El Paso

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a wonderful meal, service, and ambiance. The assistant sommeliers also very kind, attentive, knowledgeable, and spot on with the wine recommendation.

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  21. tatiana

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Central never disappoints. Always great service and top quality food and drinks!👌🏼

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and very accommodating to my gluten free diet

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, excellent food. Always food of the highest quality consistently!!

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  24. CarlC

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around great experience. We go whenever we are in El Paso. the time seems better every time. I highly recommend the ribeye, a fabulous steak and not too pricey.

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  25. SandraE

    El Paso

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always amazing! The service was excellent, love to dine there!

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  26. MargotE

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scallops were like butter! Carlos, our waiter was the best waiter I've ever had.

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  27. VeronicaT

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. The food was exquisite. Great experience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service as usual, never dissatisfied. Great place for drinks and good food.

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  29. juant

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been coming to Cafe Central since 1995. It continues to be the best high end restaurant in El Paso. Outstanding service, great ambiance, superb food great drinks. I have been all over the world and Cafe Central is out there with the best restaurants. No doubt I will keep coming back.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought a client. He loved it. We had a great experience and enjoyed the ambiance

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  31. RobertW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal & service! We really enjoyed our evening.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El servicio de la gente es sensacional, todos son muy atentos, amables y un espíritu de servicio increíble.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top of the list of my Best restaurants. Everything was excellent. Food, service., Everything !

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  34. mariyah

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    i love this place. our server was outstanding. beautiful music. lovely food.

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  35. JONG

    Chihuahua

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food service ambient Next time on standard table i want

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  36. Edgar

    El Paso

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently amazing. 3 of my top 10 meals of all time have been here. Love Cafe Central.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible. Great service. Great food.

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  38. CristinaC

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing. We accidentally reserved a time during brunch but the kitchen was kind enough to allow us to order from the main menu. We had the green chile soup, it was superb- I’m still dreaming about it. The crab cakes were 100% crab and had the perfect amount of spice. Our steaks were perfectly cooked and seasoned! Our waiter had great suggestions. I can’t wait to come back.

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  39. GilbertH

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going back soon!*********"*******************************

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  40. DavidR

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had table set up and seated us literally next to band. Couldn’t hear anything once instruments started m. Piano and light singing is enough otherwise too small venue to add instruments. Not enjoyable talking over

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FAQs

Café Central offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 545-2233.

Café Central is rated 4.7 stars by 2187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Café Central

109 North Oregon st, El Paso, TX 79901

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Mills and San Antonio Street
  • Neighbourhood
    El Paso
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet Parking $5.00 Lunch and $10.00 at Dinner
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Kasey Kaplan
  • Entertainment
    Jazz on Thursdays; Piano during Dinner Monday thru Saturday.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (915) 545-2233
  • Catering
    Please call Event Planner at (915) 545-2233 or email estela@cafecentral.com for details and we will make sure to make your event a success.
  • Private party facilities
    For private event reservations, we do not allow any outside entertainment. We will help you plan the most memorable event, please inquire with us!
  • Private party contact
    Estela Abelleyra: (915) 545-2233 ext. 110
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