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: (202) 333-4100
  • 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
125 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (60)vibrant bar scene (52)fit for foodies (45)great for brunch (44)hot spot (42)neighborhood gem (37)great for outdoor dining (23)great for lunch (21)late-night find (16)special occasion (16)romantic (7)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food was not very good for the price.... Would not go back again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I hated your event planner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I hated your event planner. She doesn't answer back. I called her a million times in order to plan my group reservation, but she never answered her phone. I wrote her some emails, establishing clearly what I needed, and she only answered back once asking for something that I had already explained. At the end I had to reduce the number of people invited to my reservation (on my birthday!) because I really wanted to celebrate at Centro DF. However, I wouldn't have had to change the size of my reservation if she had answered on time. i strongly recommend you to change her.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here.
    aemirfaVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    First time here. Liked the atmosphere. It was quiet/Wednesday evening. Service was speedy and professional, food was good, portions were fair, and they had great HH specials. Would recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Centro
    JReats
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    El Centro has excellent authentic Mexican cuisine only exceeded in quality by it's ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Mexican in DC area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I absolutely love this place - sometimes the service can be slow, but this time it was perfect. We went to celebrate my birthday! The chips and salsa are great and the BBQ chicken salad is awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall...ok
    DSDC
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service was excellent as was the tortilla soup. On the other hand the duck mole enchiladas were so so. The mole sauce was salty and there was way too much sauce. I understand that mole has a strong flavor. But since there was so much sauce I could not taste the duck. It might has well have been chicken which would have been cheaper. The salmon was good that my friend had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WONDERFUL brunch!
    Alex
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I came here with a party of 20 people for brunch. The service was great! As soon as we sat down, they brought out pitchers of mimosas. EVERYTHING was good! The churros were my favorite. They come with chocolate and dulce de leche dipping sauces. Thanks for the best brunch ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go here for the food!
    jmcmonas
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    On the positive, the atmosphere is cool, location is great - it is the old 3rd edition building - and there's outdoor space when the weather's nice. The prices are also extremely reasonable for Georgetown. But the food was just OK. Nothing was terrible, but to give some examples, our food came out luke warm, the "table-side" guacamole isn't prepared at the table. It's prepared in the kitchen, brought out and then mixed with a spoon by your waiter. The enchilada tortillas were rubbery and the filling in both the chicken and the beef was just ok. Best thing we had were the churros & the goat cheese caramel dipping sauce they came with. Service was good, but if you're looking for standout food or a place to impress guests - this is not it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    love2eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious brunch, which includes all you can eat small plates and drinks (mimoas, bloody marys, bloody marias etc)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    FoodisGoodVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    From the moment we were greeted until we left our experience exceeded our expectations! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tequila Central!!
    BigAl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    150+ brands of Tequila. Fabulous Guacomole. Food was terrific, generous portions. Looks like a hole in the wall but a very clean and special experience. Look no further for your Latin fix.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty as usual
    casualbruncher
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The only 'critique' I have about this visit is the unanswered question as to why my salad came with a side of ketchup. Otherwise, attentive service and great food as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch in DC
    Jessie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It doesn't get much better for bottomless food and drinks for brunch. El Centro doesnt serve weak drinks or bad food, you really get the best of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Centro Restaurant Georgetown
    vbreslowVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was a referral from our concierge at our hotel and it did not disappoint. The food was wonderful, the service was great and the ambiance is energetic. Not a place for a quiet evening, but very pleasant. The tables are set fairly close together, but you could hear each other talk without any problem. I am vegan and they were very accommodating to adjusting their ingredients to help me out. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not A Good Brunch Option
    FB0037FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I had been to El Centro for dinner and was very impressed, but will not be returning for brunch ever. What was most noteworthy as we tried to order from the menu is that our server just said 'let me bring you what we have ready,' providing us with a lot of food that didn't get eaten. The staff did make significant attempts to come up with options for one who didn't eat meat or cheese. Also, while the menu did list bottomless drinks, the mimosas did not seem to have any volume of champagne.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun dinner girls night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I went for dinner with 6 of my friends. We had a great time! Love the margarita on the rocks!! Salsa and chips:). Lot of fun, food was really good. I recommend this place! The outdoor patio is really nice too:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for all occasions
    Bueno
    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.
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 90 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 160 reviews are from the El Centro D.F. - Georgetown reviews archive.
  • 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
  • Another great experience!
    WinstonBaoVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love going to El Centro - food always delicious. Server was really nice and accommodated us when it started to rain outside. Definitely a favorite go to that's a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.