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Cafe Central

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455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2622
+1 847-266-7878
16:30 - 20:00
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Sun 16:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 16:15 - 20:45
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Highland Park, Illinois
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109 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Four of us for dinner. Entree selections included sea bass, salmon, shrimp pasta and duck. I asked for crispy duck and that is how it was served to me. Everyone enjoyed their selection. To top off the meal we had profiterole. We have been here a number of times and are fortunate to have a French Bistro in our midst.

Thank Slumdog2015
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

My husband and I met some friends for dinner and as always, the meal was wonderful. It's real comfort French food. My onion soup gratinee and roasted chicken was fabulous. Everyone else had fished and every morsel was consumed. The atmosphere is warm and the staff very attentive, including the manager. They paid attention but were not over bearing and... More 

Thank PennyG338
Highland Park, Illinois
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We frequently go to Cafe Central and love it. It is a great local restaurant. Excellent fresh food, good friendly service and a busy atmosphere. Good price point too. Lovely outside seating in the summer.

Thank Schmooglet
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179 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We had dinner on a rainy night. The host complained that we did not inform them that we needed a high chair when we made the reservation. So we had to wait a few minutes before being seated. Not a good start. We had a few salads, French onion soup, duck and lamb shank. The salads were OK. Duck was... More 

Thank Keng L
Deerfield, Illinois
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137 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

At the current time in my area, there is not a French restaurant that I would rather visit more than the Café Central. The service is wonderful and I always feel as if I am visiting France without speaking French when I am here. The location is stellar and I love the food. Their escargots drive me wild. This is... More 

1 Thank RJK_Chicago
McLean, VA
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179 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

My sister and her family go here often, but I wasn't quite as impressed. The good first- it's quiet enough at least on a weekday to carry on a conversation and nicely decorated. I ordered the soft shell crabs and they were good, although the most expensive thing on the menu, which is limited. My relative ordered an omelet, which... More 

Thank swimmom1dc
Wheeling, Illinois
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Wonderful french influenced cafe with contemporary twist. Great service warm and inviting astmosphere. Staff took great care of us with attentive service. Close to ravinia shuttle bus stop.

Thank dt348
Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Not sure why people rave about this place.First of all, it's a French restaurant and they had loud, annoying American music playing. The service was good, the food was just OK and overpriced. Not the lovely, romantic dining experience expected.

Thank lori1019
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308 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Never fails to please...food and service outstanding. We had the liver, the soft shell crabs and the lamb shank - all were fantastic! Consistently good food here. If you haven't been, you are missing out.

1 Thank smdds
Highland Park, Illinois
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528 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Love, Love, Love Cafe Central! This has been our go to place to celebrate just about everything and to not celebrate anything at all but just to have a great meal! We have had all our family dinners here to celebrate high school graduations. I used to often have lunch here with my very good friend. We would walk into... More 

Thank Hpmicks

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:15 - 20:45
16:15 - 20:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2622
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-266-7878

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?