Denver >Food & Dining > Pete's Central One
300 S Pearl St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020939.711000 -104.980145
Mon-Fri 10:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Washington Park West
Pete's Central One serves some of the most authentic Greek food in the Denver area. The smell of the food wafts from the kitchen and traditional music rings in the air underneath the azul ceiling of this neighborhood treat. So drop by in the evening and admire the art on the walls, the outdoor patio and the taste of the great food.
Great Place – best Greek Food in town and wonderful waitresses
Best Greek Food in Denver – I Love Petes Central One It has the best greek food in Denver. And also the service is wonderful. Its always nice to go into a restaurant where you know all the waitstaff and there friendly and your service is always on time. Not only that but all the waitresses are pretty damn good looking! I love this place, come to Central One you wont be dissapointed.
Best homeade greek food in Denver,from chef Amalia – Everybody that comes to this restaurant always talks about the manager and his free shots of ouzo, but the real person that keeps this business alive is Amalia the head chef and the life of this restaurant, without her the place is dead. Pouring ouzo all night is not a skill anybody can do that, lets give the credit to the person that really deserves it the chef who feeds everybody that comes there. She is an amazing woman who cooks all the food, if you come there just for the ouzo then just go to the liquor store. Do you come for the food or the free liquor? Ouzo costs about $12.99 Lets give the credit to the person who deserves it. Not to the host who takes all the credit.
Authentic Greek Goodies and Friendly Service Keep Us Coming Back – We happened upon Pete's accidentally. We dropped in another of Pete's restaurants, on Colfax, a Diner that serves Gyro meat with omelettes, breakfasts, and other goodies. When I asked for a more Mediterranean-Greek restaurant, the hostess told me about Pete's Central, and gave me directions there.
When we walked in, the manager asked if we had come from the other restaurant and welcomed us. The hostess had phoned him to be on alert for us. Coming from a family who owned restaurants, I have to say that impressed me even more than the food.
Then, of course there was the food!
We sampled the Spanakopita, a unique presentation using puff pastry rather than phyllo dough. It was lighter and flaky, correctly seasoned and herbed with mint and onions, and with luscious melted bits of feta.
Our Athenian Combination (Gyro Meat, Souvlaki, and Dolmades) came with soup and a small greek salad. The lemon-chicken soup was nicely flavored and the greek salad was wonderful, the olives oil-cured and rich, the dressing light and lime-ey, and the veggies fresh. The Gyro meat was tender and rich, served with pita and tstatsiki and sweet onions. The Souvlaki was perfectly grilled, with sweet grilled tomatoes (Heaven!) red onions and green peppers. The Dolmades were unlike any I'd ever had. Their rice and beef stuffing was perfectly seasoned, the grape leaves soft yet piquant... Then they were sauteed and topped with a creamy lemon sauce... They were indescribebably wonderful.
We finished with the Galactoburico: Rich vanilla custard in phyllo dough topped with simple syrup and cinnamon. The insanely rich and sweet flavor was indeed complimented with free Ouzo shots courtesy of the manager.
We have returned several times, bringing friends and relatives, each of whom have raved about Pete's food and service.
We have met two waitresses, both of whom have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and remembered us each time. We look forward to out next visit!
Pete's Central One – My family has been in the restaurant business in Houston for over 85 years. We are Greek and my daughter got married and moved to Denver last year. We have been to Petes EVERYTIME we come to visit her. This is a great restaurant run by great people. They have great food and the BEST Baklava we have ever had!! You should give this great little restaurant a try!! thanks, TS
OPA! Tasty Greek Food Here – It doesn't look like much from the outside -- presumably that is why there is always a sign outside reminding you that the place is open -- but don't make the mistake of passing by Pete's Central One. Once inside, you'll find a cozy space with a neighborhood feel, friendly service, and some of the most delicious Greek food to be found anywhere in town. It would be tempting to fill up on the addictive saganaki (flaming cheese), but be warned: Pace yourself. The portions here are VERY generous, and each entree comes with soup (the lemony chicken and rice soup is awesome) and salad. For the amount and quality of the food you get, Central One is an amazing value. You will likely leave with leftovers, and get to enjoy it all over again the next day. OPA!
Fun Manager and great service – Every time we come into Pete's Central One, we have a great time. The manager always makes us feel as though we are welcome. The ouzo is a definite must try as well as the flaming cheese. The place is small and intimate. We enjoy the chicken greek salad with lots of feta. The portions are huge and decently priced. I am really upset that someone gave such a bad rating, we enjoy this restaurant and will keep coming back for years to come.
Pretty good greek – We live in the neighborhood and have eaten here several times. I've sat inside, on the patio (delightful on a warm night-though close to busy Alameda) and done carry-out(quick, never had anything left out). The food is consistently above average, the service is always polite and pleasant. I'm really very surprised with the terrible review this place got. I'd recommend it for a casual inexpensive lunch or dinner or a quick and easy carry-out option.
Editorial Review – Greek cuisine including soups, salads, gyros, kebabs and souvlaki. There's also desserts and vegetarian options. Catering and private parties available.
The worst meal I have ever paid for – Do NOT eat here. The food is terrible, frozen vegetables, canned soup, awful service. Only five tables in the restaurant and it took 20 minutes just to get our drinks. The food was so awful it was unedible. If you like frozen vegetables and overcooked dry meat, this is the place for you. Otherwise, this is the worst meal I have ever encountered in a restaurant. It is sickening that a place like this that serves such disgusting food, is even in business. I was absolutely horrified. TV dinners are better and a better value. Avoid at all costs!
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