El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/elcentrogtown/
  • Phone: 2023334100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday: 10:30am - 3:00am, Sunday: 10:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Chad Weise
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
  • Entertainment: Year round back patio with heaters.

    Latin Wednesdays
    10 PM-2 AM | Every Wednesday
    Free Salsa lessons from 9-10PM
    Salsa | Merengue | Bachata | Top 40 | Samba
    No cover | $5 Margaritas
  • Special Events: Please contact Alyssa Stanton at astanton@richardsandoval.com for all the details. We'll help you select times and menus just right for your gathering. We look forward to hearing from you!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street NW
  • Public Transit: Just North of the intersection of Wisconsin Ave NW and M St NW.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is both street parking and a public lot.
A word from El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Chef Richard Sandoval invites you to gather, dine and raise a glass at El Centro, D.F. Authentic Mexican comfort food and fine Tequilas are served in three vibrant spaces.
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (55)vibrant bar scene (48)fit for foodies (42)great for brunch (42)hot spot (37)neighborhood gem (32)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (24)great for lunch (17)late-night find (14)romantic (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great for all occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I went to a Centro with five other friends for a Saturday evening dinner. We wanted to find a place with outdoor seating good Mexican food and good drinks. We found all of those that El Centro. One thing we didn't like was that they tried to rush us off our table because there was a reservation behind us. It would've been nice to be able to finish at our own pace. Other than that I would definitely go back again and recommend it to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre; felt very rushed
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We felt very rushed in and out. Very little attention from waiter (he was fine but certainly not trying to cater to us or help us with the menu, etc.). You could tell they wanted to get you in and out as fast as possible. Very popular with the Georgetown undergrad crew -- probably won't go back there again. Funny thing is, the 14th Street location feels very similar (minus the bros from Gtown). But, decent food and pretty reasonably priced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!
    foodie1990
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was in from Chicago this past weekend and stopped there for brunch on Sunday. The $35 all you can eat, all you can drink is the best deal out there. The food is amazing and you get to try so many different dishes. Love love love this place! Might make a trip back just to eat here again! Our server Caitlin was also pretty awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and spacious
    80FStFoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I had an early dinner at 6:00 last Saturday before an 8:00 concert and were pleasantly surprised, as neither of us had been there before. We were seated and served quickly and our server, a young lady, was very personable and attentive. The food was delicious. I had duck tacos and my boyfriend had the chipotle shrimp. We were seated upstairs and realized how spacious the place is - it has a deck in addition to the ample inside seating. We are already talking about returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing...
    Bill
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've had better Mexican food at a chain restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • KTcoco
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great for groups of friends looking for a fun night out. The atmospher is very festive & food is good. Service was great and waiters were attentive. The upstairs turns into a happening bar/dance scene late night with a line down the block to get in. Make a dinner reservation later in the evening & you get to experience both.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Centro Wins again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I traditionally have gone to El Centro on 14th Street, but the Georgetown restaurant is just as yummy. It's a smaller venue but still has the ambiance of the original.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    lucgoose
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had an amazing time, and the service was great. The churros were some of the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All of the staff members especially Giselle and the other bartender were super friendly. Guacamole, salsa and spicy margaritas were delicious!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of tacos
    lck143VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They have so many different kinds of tacos! You'll definitely find one that you'll like. The chips and salsa were really good, but they were taken away as soon our meals were, so we felt a bit rushed to get out of there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a fun brunch
    RestaurantSh
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went here for brunch with my girlfriends. You can do all you can eat and drink, or all you can eat. Wasn't the biggest fan of this because on their website it seems like you can order a la carte, and we didn't really want to drink that much but the drinks are $10 each so we ended up just doing bottomless. Food was really good- try the churros!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diners Beware
    CC12VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Again, El Centro disappoints. We were seated on top of each other. The food was cold. The server was missing most of the time. Our main dish plates were not removed by the time our dessert came. We still had no silverware or small plates after several requests. Our dessert melted before anyone brought us them. I really hoped my previous visit was just a fluke, but am now sure El Centro is just not a good restaurant anymore. DINERS BEWARE.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Brunch!
    alexxx101VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I am from Mexico City and the brunch menu is as good as it gets for authentic Mexican food in DC! Service is friendly. The tacos are great and they don't pack them with two tortillas as most places do. The lengua is cooked perfect. The guacamole is bland but if you mix it with the red salsa then it becomes a lot better. The huevos divorciados and chilaquiles are spot on. The micheladas can get pretty tart because they are mostly mix and no beer. So, just get a tecate on the side and add it to the michelada and it will fix it. The place is always packed for brunch on Sunday so expect a bit of a wait to get the first round of items but after that, smooth sailing! Don't forget to ask the server to bring a side of the salsa de chile habanero.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • come hungry!
    worldwidediner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The unlimited brunch is excellent! Our waiter was very attentive and provided some great recommendations. If you aren't hungry, then don't come for the Sunday unlimited brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, lively and excellent food.
    Lkshaw
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great time with awesome choice of tequilas. We had a fun birthday celebration with lots of drinks, apps and laughs. Bartender was knowledgeable about drinks and experimentation with requests.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - not so great service!
    DCFoodie33
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Loved the food here. The service was poor though. Waiter was unfriendly and really disengaged.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love El Centro
    nicholjo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love El Centro. The drinks, tacos, and side dishes make this one of the BEST Mexican restaurants in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vibrant, tasty fun
    Romaray
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If delicious Margaritas, late night revelry accompanied by tasty south of the border nourishment, this could be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good Food
    FoodloveVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had dinner here for the first time recently. All in all, good food, but not amazing. I expected more flavor from the made-tableside guacamole, avocados were not really ripe and we asked for medium spice, but it was all a little flavorless. Nice presentation for entrees, tacos in their little slots so easy to pick up, and generous portions, but all in all, again lacking in flavor. Odd super spicy (cheese?) sauce on side. Clientele skews young, so it's a little loud. Not sure I'll hurry back to this one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of fun!
    Dcdiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went with family this time and friends once before. Had a great time on both occasions!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Service
    ChelseaK
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Been wanting to try El Centro (Georgetown) for their bottomless brunch. Was very disappointed. The food was fine. The service we received was terrible. We were seated right away, but after 10 mins went by & no one had come to our table to greet us or take drink orders, I had to flag someone down. Brunch is small plates... But it was taking AT LEAST 15 mins between each plate after we ordered. Very slow service. In between plates the food runners kept bringing us other tables' orders. This happened at least 3 times. It was very confusing, & often we never received what we ACTUALLY ordered, and ended up having to re-order or just order something else. The restaur was busy but not so much to elicit this type of service. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Experience
    born2travel
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were a party of seven, one of us having a severe gluten intolerance. We enjoyed sampling several items from the brunch menu. The gluten free options were plentiful, and the waiter was knowledgable. It was a wonderful experience for all of us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch food just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    So this is my second visit to El Centro in Georgetown, but my first time for brunch. All you can eat for $35 seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. Unfortunately I couldn't drink since I was the designated driver and my wife is pregnant so I can't comment on the brunch drinks. This did decrease the price through to $25 per person. The food was OK. Maybe my expectations were too high as I had been here for lunch before and thought the food was excellent. Definitely get the guacamole, get the beef tongue tacos, and definitely get the carne asada, and the churros. Everything else is just ok. In my opinion, go to Zengo's for better AYCE brunch. I must add that the service was excellent. Our waiter just seemed to showed up at the right time
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend for brunch!
    draluv
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Brunch is all you can eat, all you can drink, and even features a Bloody Maria - or a Bloody Mary, but with tequila. Our waitress started us off with guacamole and quesadillas right when we got there, and was very attentive and helpful! The ambience is enchanting, with very cool decor and comfortable seating. The food was also very tasty. Go check it out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Right!
    Mangiabene
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Mexican restaurants in DC lean towards either simply taco establishments or the higher-end modern-Mexican-fusion. El Centro is one of those in-between places where you can still have all your Mexican-American favorites and more! The food was just right, fresh ingredients, and well portioned. We especially liked the guacamole made table-side. The restaurant itself is also quite hip, and the bathroom on the second floor is unlike any other. As a side note, the service was quite rushed, and like many places in Georgetown, you've come to expect that the staff will have a holier-than-thou attitude. That was the only thing that detracted from the otherwise excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    BethVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    5 stars to our waiter for prompt, polite and proactive service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great mexican
    behappy26VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    the place is loud, the music is loud, but the food more than makes up for it. the hostess was a bit rude and cold but the server couldnt have been nicer. the salsa was amazing and the chips hot right out of the fryer. the guacamole portion was large, very fresh, loved that they mixed it at the table. the margaritas however were just okay, didn't taste very fresh, typical sweet and sour mix, and the spicy margarita wasn't very spicy, it was much too sweet. the strawberry was good, but still a little on the sweet side. my chipotle shrimp were delicious, wonderful creamy cheesy white rice. fun place with good food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I liked the taste of the food and the ambience more at the DC location. I was here for brunch several months ago. I sat upstairs and really enjoyed the food, drinks and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect portions
    Madeline
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Generally when eating out, especially at Mexican restaurants, you get an over the top, in digestive heap of food. Here, the serving sizes were perfect and the prices were fair and most importantly everything was absolutely delicious with gorgeous presentation. Will be going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JulesVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time there. I normally don't really like D.C. but this brunch alone made me fall in love with it. I will be there every Saturday and/or Sunday that I'm in the city!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food and nice ambience
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food this time around was alright. Unfortunately the guacomole had a bit too much lime juice. Also, wish they could hve seated me when I arrived. The policy that your whole party has to be there is unnecessary. Hostess was very adamant about the policy even though the dining area was pretty empty. Otherwise had a solid dinner
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining & Sangria Roja
    TahoeFoodWine
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great place to take some friends or coworkers (I have done both). The guacamole, queso, and seviche are spectacular - one would be able to make a tasty and satisfying visit just off their small plates. The Sangria Roja is amazing and should only be ordered by the carafe. Amazing food and drinks - the wait staff are always a little aloof, but it is with a deliberate intent to leave one with an uninterrupted experience. So some queuing into the wait staff may be the only real work one must do when enjoying a most pleasantr meal or evening drinks at El Centro. Truly an amazing place - great food, drinks, and a pleasant atmosphere. Reservations are strongly encouraged as walk-ins may have some wait time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit for brunch, loved it
    tgindcVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    On Father's Day, we made our second visit to El Centro D.F. for brunch. Much better service this time, though still seems discombobulated at opening time. Just takes them a while to get their act together. But after that, it was just great. At one time, one of the servers told us that two of the three agua frescas were gone and it would be a long time before they made more. I found that hard to believe, but she did find another batch of the watermelon agua fresca, which I think is the best of the three. Love how fresh everything the food is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    faride
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I came here because I knew they had great guacamole, and they did. The guacamole was delicious. I also ordered the steak salad which was very tasty, except for the steak. The steak was extra well done, I mean like one side was burnt. I just went ahead and enjoyed my salad because I don't like complaining unless there is a bug on my food. Anyways, service was great and prompt. I will deff be back, but this time I will tell the server to make sure the steak is not burnt. Music was great too, and I liked the patio area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food, turn down the music
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    ElCentro has some of the best upscale Mexican food in town and a reasonably priced drink selection. I've been for lunch and dinner and the food and service have always been top notch--especially the enchiladas, guac, and mojitos. My only criticism is the music, which is loud and too club-like at times, making it not the best place to go for business or with parents.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Bottomless
    sunshine2
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went here with a few other girls for brunch. We were seated on the rooftop deck which was great. The music was surprisingly relaxed...a lot of John Mayer etc the whole time, and then switched to EDM at the end which at that point we were completely not prepared for. The food was great for hangovers or if you just enjoy Mexican food. So many options, great to try them all with the bottomless deal. We ended up so full and the waitress had some great suggestions right when we got there, bringing out plates while we looked at the menu more. Loved the food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 92 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 141 reviews are from the El Centro D.F. - Georgetown reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was not good, but the service is awesome!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • More than meets the eye
    mmcdVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant has an austere decor and a college vibe garden area, but the food is very good - a real cut above typical mexican restaurant fare. The pork tacos were fabulous
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A beer barn, not a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food below par, a lot of tasting as if it came out of a bottle or can. The menu consists of Mexican standards with nothing particularly exciting.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best Brunch Deals in DC
    nshelton43
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    With unlimited access to the entire menu for $35 (+ tax), El Centro's brunch is a great option for a small gathering or larger groups. I've been to both locations and highly recommend both.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic