Centro Latin Kitchen
Centro Latin Kitchen

Centro Latin Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.centrolatinkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (303) 442-7771
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Friday 11:30am-3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Dakota Coburn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us take the stress out of your next event. We"ll come to you with everything from tacos for 20 to a custom menu for 200.
  • Private Party Facilities: Centro is available for your next event. Whether it be a small group or you’d prefer to have the place to yourself, we're eager to make your special occasion unforgettable.
  • Private Party Contact: Rebecca Blonder 3034427771x
  • Entertainment: Summertime Live Music!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th St.
  • Public Transit: Public transportion is available at our doorstep, as well as taxi services a half block east of our restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is metered street side parking located just in front of the restaurant, as well as public parking structures within a few short blocks. Parking structures are located at 11th & Pearl Street and 11th & Walnut.
A word from Centro Latin Kitchen
Centro, located in the heart of downtown Boulder, is home to the bold flavors of soulful Mexican cuisine. Inspired by the regions of Oaxaca, Zacatecas, Vera Cruz and The Baja Peninsula, dining at Centro is an experience you’ll crave.

The bartenders at Centro shake up the Boulder bar scene with a host of refreshing libations. Everything from traditional margs and mojitos to creative concoctions of pure goodness, you will not be disappointed! Our indoor/outdoor bar located right on Pearl Street provides endless entertainment.

Great food. Great beverages. Fantastic service. All available at Centro.
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Centro Latin Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (7)good for groups (6)hot spot (5)fit for foodies (4)great for outdoor dining (3)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Fabulous find!
    JillyBVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a terrific night out at Centro! The food and drinks are fantastic! The staff is friendly, attentive and helpful with selections. Everything arrived in a timely manner even though it was a busy weekend night. The bar scene looked terrific too! We would definitely go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Boulder's Best Happy Hours
    MollyGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We love Centro for happy hour. It is a fun atmosphere with great margaritas and a good variety of happy hour food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less impressed
    Greens
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Tried this restaurant again after a year again with my significant other. No issues with service, just bland and uninspired food, sugary drinks masked as craft tequila cocktails. I can't recommend this based on the the variety of menu items that I've tried.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Centro Latin Kitchen reviews archive.
  • I moved from Boulder but still
    Steve
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    I moved from Boulder but still get to visit twice a year. I always make a point to have dinner at Centro while I'm back. The service is always top notch and the food is delicious with plenty of vegetarian options. All reasonably priced too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. My steak was excellent.
    SuproVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Good food. My steak was excellent. This is a VERY loud restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and south-of-the-border
    ataqdiner
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    The food and south-of-the-border cocktails are the reason to go here. It is mostly an adult scene (though before 9PM, kids abound) but Dave Query has built a very short and excellent menu. The Tuesday smoked meat special day is particularly fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food on Pearl Street
    Rick
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Fantastic is all I can say. The food was great, the selection on the small menu seemed limited but everything we ate was awesome. We had the weekend brunch and were not disapointed. We booked another reservation for the Wednesday Date Night that goes on every week. It is paella for two and a bottle of wine for $30.00, if that is as good as the brunch I will be one happy puppy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our dinner and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2012
    We enjoyed our dinner and were lucky to get a quiet night at the restaurant. On the whole each enjoyed their entrees though there was some discussion of the tuna being stringy and the appetizer portion exceedingly small for the price. While our waitress was lovely and upbeat and helpful, she made us feel rushed by coming to the table repeatedly to take our order after we had told her we wanted to enjoy our appetizers and wine. After going through this at least 10 times, at some point it became annoying and irritating. A diverse and interesting menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss the happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/4/2012
    Don't miss the happy hour marg and pork green chili nacho.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The margaritas were very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2011
    The margaritas were very good but very expensive with alot of ice and very little drink.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique food and superior service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2011
    Unique food and superior service -- a "must do" in Boulder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Wednesday night paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2011
    The Wednesday night paella deal is great! Paella for two and a bottle of wine for a total of $30. The paella is very, very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Usually better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2011
    Centro has been one of our favorite restaurants in Boulder since they opened. The food is creative and always excellent. This visit was not as good as usual. The food was great but it came out wrong. Two people ordered fried egg on top of Enchiladas/Burrito and didn't get them - they brought them later when we pointed it out. Some drink orders were also forgotten, and then rushed out when we reminded her. It was just a little haphazard. Our waitress was friendly but seems to have been the one making the mistakes. I'm hoping this is a one-time slip in quality, because the food is insanely good. (Brunch is amazing too by the way)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was a split. My meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    Food was a split. My meal (the wahoo) was terrible, but my wife's tuna (the nightly special) was pretty good. I still don't understand the wahoo dish - ice cold pineapple, cold peppers, room temp fish, and lukewarm sweet potatoes. Just a terrible mix
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a reservation through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2011
    Had a reservation through Open Table. Got to restaurant and was totally ignored by hostess as a couple that cut in front of us was waited on and seated. We ended up at a table by the bathrooms, yuck. So, much for making a reservation. The server didn't get drinks or food out in anything that could be called a timely manner. We spent a lot of time, sitting, waiting for food and drinks. When we finally did get our food it was good but we haven't been back since.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love love love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    Love love love this place! great service, great food, best of all great drinks! Stacey is great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Latin food in Boulder
    RestaurantOwnerVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2011
    We had a fantastic server named Kellie who knew the menu inside and out and was very helpful. Loved the tamale starter and the pork tacos. The chcocolate cake at the end should not be missed. Good cocktails as well
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Criminally reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2011
    Great food. Criminally reasonable happy hour specials (food and drinks).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, off the beaten
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/12/2010
    Good food, off the beaten track wines. Pork seems to be their speciality; the pork tacos were very good, and very spicy, and the pork bits in the nachos were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fabulous. Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/16/2010
    The food was fabulous. Everything we ate was fantastic. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there with my wife for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2010
    Went there with my wife for a night out away from the kids. The food was great and the service was wonderful. We ordered a custom beer from a local brewery and it went very well with the Latin styled food. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a casual night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great Brunch. Next
    MikeHikeEatVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2010
    We had a great Brunch. Next time we are in Boulder we want to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two trips, two fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2010
    Had a dinner reservation, went on time and spent over $100 only to return home and get an email from Opentable saying Centro had canceled my reservation. Decided to give them another shot. This time I got a breakfast taco with a wire twist tie in it and my dining companion ate something that left her sick to her stomach the rest of the day. I have to say the food the first time was good, but after this brunch experience we will not be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Centro has great drinks, good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/17/2010
    Centro has great drinks, good food, and a good Boulder downtown/Pearl St. feel/access. It's a great place for a meal with friends, flavorful and exciting dishes and drinks. Really fulfill their mission as a "refreshment palace". They do a great job when it comes to balancing spiciness and freshness. Habanero tacos sound like they should kill you, but they don't, they're so well balanced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Granted we went early when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2010
    Granted we went early when there weren't many people seated yet, but we had multliple people helping us. The waiter assigned to our table was excellent and the food was delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful "happy hour" brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2010
    Wonderful "happy hour" brunch with delicious Bloody Mary and Mimosa drinks (very well priced too). The small plates are a good value but quality has declined a bit- used to be you would get a wonderful serving of their delish pork green chili smothered on top of hash browns. The 'smother' was very skimpy. Service was adequate - not terrific but not bad. If you ask for a table outside during a hot, sunny morning or afernoon, be certain to ask for a table in the shade otherwise you're cooking just like the tamales in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Centro has a great vibe -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/4/2010
    Centro has a great vibe - refreshment palace is nice. The food is good (not great, although occasionally the kitchen hits it just right, but it is not consistently great, but it is consistently GOOD). Great drink list and wonderful location.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for lunch on a sunny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2010
    We went for lunch on a sunny Monday. The service was quick and efficient and they have happy hour all day on Monday, which was a great surprise for us. The shrimp and yam fritters are amazing and the sauce that goes with them is addictive. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice experience, food
    J4abrahamVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2010
    very nice experience, food was great, drinks were great as well, would definitely go again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the Cerdo for two.
    MattfromLAVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    We had the Cerdo for two. Great tasting and wonderful presentation, but TOO much food. If the portion had been reasonably-sized then I would have given Centro an outstanding rating across the board.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The patio was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2010
    The patio was great and the drink list was extensive. I would have like to see more variety and options on the food menu, however, the food was very delicious and beautifully presented! The down side was that the food was more expensive than I would have originally anticipated and I probably will only return for happy hour and special occasions in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food is fantastic, flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/21/2010
    the food is fantastic, flavors are perfect noise a bit much but was completely happy with my culinary experience
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food, atmosphere, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    The food, atmosphere, and service at Centro are wonderful! A great, casual yet nice place to eat with excellent food. Their happy hour is my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food tasted good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    The food tasted good, but the corn tortillas in the huevos rancheros was really had to cut, even with a knife, for the three of us that ordered that dish. Service was slow especially to bring drinks to the table a couple times throughout the meal. I love the patio, so we'll be back, but I hope they can hire some servers who take their job seriously. These sorority girls simply aren't motivated to provide good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid breakfast menu with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    Solid breakfast menu with a nice indoor outdoor vibe. Nice energy and good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I eat fairly regularly at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    I eat fairly regularly at Centro and always have a very good experience. The staff is incredibly friendly and I think that the food is delicious. They have a wonderful evening happy hour menu and their brunch happy hour on the weekend is a lot of fun because you can try samplings of lots of different things. I particularly love the patio at Centro and the inside-outside bar is wonderful for warm summer nights (I personally love their Pomegranate Mojito). Centro does tend to be fairly noisy, especially when lots of people are at the bar but I've always found the noise homey and I like that music is always playing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good. Beer was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2010
    Food was very good. Beer was good as well. I was disappointed we were not given the Happy Hour menu. We had to ask for it. The waitress acted like she had no idea what we were talking about.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is fantastic, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2010
    The food is fantastic, but can be a bit spicy. However, the wait staff is happy to bring samples prior to ordering so you can test if anything is too spicy, or not quite spicy enough. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Centro has really stepped
    BmanVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2010
    Centro has really stepped it up - the menu and service have been better each time I've visited this year. Not that either was lacking before but there has been an obvious and effective effort to improve in all areas and it shows. The food is simply incredible! Centro is easily my favorite southwestern restaurant in Colorado and rivals anything I've experienced in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was very good, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2010
    Brunch was very good, although our little booth in the back was a disappointment due to the inclement weather. Normally, the patio is a lively and pretty place to eat. The trio salsa platter and chips is a favorite and the pomegranate mimosas were a big hit. The pepita-crusted toast with syrup and whipped cream was decadent and the chiliquiles were spiced just right.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate