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Cafe Central

455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2622
+1 847-266-7878
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“escargot” (4 reviews)
“duck” (5 reviews)
Open Now
16:30 - 20:00All hours
French, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2622
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many times over the years I have enjoyed the special experience of Cafe Central: but now I have a question, what happened? This French bistro was built up lovingly and now feels like a totally different and indifferent place. Okay, on any given night you...More

Thank maegabby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Central is always a good dependable choice and this time was as expected. We had the gazpacho for a starter and the seafood special and the salmon for our entree. Both were very good. We had a nice bottle of wine from the reasonably...More

Thank Schmooglet
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch. While the wait to be seated was a bit long, the food was excellent. Started with warm, terrific bread. I had the grilled vegetable Tartine. Grilled zucchini, carrot, eggplant on bread - yum and nice presentation. It also came with a...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and superior service. My husband had a price fix three course skirt steak dinner and I had the roast duck. The meats were tender and the portion sizes were ample; the vegetables were fresh and flavorful. Cafe Central is an excellent restaurant in...More

Thank Janice D
Reviewed 30 April 2017

was great, food was excellent as was service would definitely return can be used for special occasions

Thank dagreenberg1
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I have been coming to Cafe Central for years, and each time I come I wonder why I go anywhere else. The Maitre D', Adam, is a terrific person--and his staff is top notch. The escargot is the best anywhere. The new lobster salad is...More

Thank William F
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Some friends from Wilmette took us to this great French bistro for dinner. We drove from near Riverwoods right up Deerfield Rd. into Highland Park. The fixed price three course meal is a great deal. Good selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Each one better...More

Thank Rmfinn1
Reviewed 30 March 2017

My daughter and I stopped in for a late lunch while exploring the Highland Park area. This restaurant is just a minute's walk from the public parking, nestled among other cute eateries and boutiques. The area is just fabulous and on a pretty day would...More

Thank kwagmeister
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank Slumdog2015
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank PennyG338
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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