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

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown Details

  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I went to El Centro with two friends and we had a great time. They have an amazing happy hour with frozen margaritas to die for. I would highly recommend this bar. The drinks are strong and the food is delicious. And the bartenders are always willing to recommend something new."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was not good, but the service is awesome!!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great first experience. I've been to the original 14th St. location, and liked it. This space in Georgetown is huge and we ate on the outside patio upstairs. Food was great, drinks pretty good. Would return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Brunch was great we were seating at the patio and the service was great !!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Went with a big group. Food was great -- had the carne asada, queso fundido, and guac. Others had various tacos and everyone was more than happy. Magaritas were decent. Service was a little slow. The outside patio was great. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Nice variety of food and alcohol. Good ambience. Friendly staff and severs. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We were a party of 6 and everyone loved their dinner selections. I really liked the fish soft tacos and my husband's chicken was awesome. It was a loud crowd and a little difficult to talk at the table but the scene was just a bunch of lively diners enjoying good food and service. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "El Centro D.F. was recommended by a friend, and I'd never heard of it - even frequenting Georgetown fairly often - yet it's right there in the heart of the neighborhood! Great drinks, great food and a fun atmosphere. Loved the open windows up front with the long table better than the upstairs patio for open, fresh outdoor experience. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Good quality traditional Mexican food! Not pretensions or overly expensive "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had a party of 3 guys and the restaurant was completely empty. Literally, there was 1 other table occupied. The hostess seated us at a tiny table in the corner, worst table in the restaurant. It was table for 2 with a banquet seat on the side. There wouldn't have been room to eat, so we asked to sit at another table and the hostess refused to move us and was extremely rude about it. We asked to speak to the manager, who also refused to move us and was rude. At that point, we got up and left. Why pay to sit uncomfortably crammed at a tiny table in an empty restaurants for people who clearly didn't want to serve us."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Mother's Day brunch, we booked for 10:30 a.m. We arrived early and waited for the restaurant's 10:30 a.m. opening. By 10:38, when they finally opened the door, a crowd had filled the sidewalk. We sat on the 1st come, 1st served patio. Had to climb and then descend stairs to get there, but it was well worth it. Service: painfully slow at first, 20 minutes to get our drinks. But it got better. Food: outstanding. Brunch is unlimited ordering from their menu, which my teenage son loved. Their agua frescas (with tequila) were fantastic, especially the watermelon. Pineapple was too sweet, hibiscus was nicely tart. Value: Very good. $25 for a nonalcoholic brunch, $35 with unlimited brunch beverages. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our group had dinner at El Centro Saturday night... After dinner we went upstairs to grab a drink in the bar. One of my friends went outside to have a cigarette out front and went to re-enter the bar at 10:05 and was told he was not welcome in with sandals even though he had dinner there and had a half full beer waiting on a table for him upstairs. Apparently "Club Attire" past 10 so watch out!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had dinner at El Centro with a friend of mine this past weekend and it was a wonderful experience. We were seated quickly despite showing up a few minutes late for my reservation (thank goodness). The staff were efficient and attentive - and most important to our experience was that they made sure to put our orders in before the 40 person party in the next room did. Thus, our food came quickly and was hot and delicious. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "You know it's bad when you go someplace at least once a week. It's the only place in Georgetown where you can get decent guacamole and the tacos are amazing! You get plenty of food so come with an appetite :) "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I've reviewed El Centro D.F. Georgetown before so I will keep this short -- I met a friend here for an early dinner and we (as expected) had a lovely time. Our server recommended some items to us and I accepted the recc for the Chicken Zarape. It was so very tasty -- the creamy/cheesy rice was wonderful and a nice twist of regular rice and the sauce accompanying the chicken was well balanced and super flavorful. I told my friend how much I enjoyed the Pork Cazuela on my last visit and she chose and thoroughly enjoyed that. All in all, we had a great meal (and enjoyed the fact it was Margarita Wednesday!)"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I've enjoyed brunch here a few times. This last time I was informed of a two hour cap on the brunch. Even though we went over by a few minutes I still feel as though we were not rushed to leave. Ohhhh the ladies at the front desk should smile!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I've been to El Centro on 14th Street a few times; this was my first time at the Wisconsin Avenue location. Similar menus, the ambiance was a little different. The tacos and enchiladas are great. The beans that came with mine tasted fine, but my girlfriend's beans tasted a little off. Maybe they just got cold or something. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Food was good, but service lacked a lot. Wasnt even full and was still waiting awhile several times for refills, salsa, etc. Also very cramped dining on the lower floor. Cant speak for elsewhere. Upstairs bathrooms are a treat though and pretty cool."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Ordered the Baja tacos which were great! The service was slow though. The woman to waited on our table, also played the role of bartender and hostess, so we had to wait a bit before placing our order. In fact, by the time she got around to taking table orders, she had forgotten which group was seated first -- we were the last group to place our order even though the first to be seated. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Decided to try El Centro out and glad we did - what a great spot for some good tacos and drinks."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Never done brunch before and El Centro set a high standard. Great place and great food. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Def on the top of my favorite places for brunch! The upstairs is the best for atmosphere. Food is AMAZING. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation this past Easter Sunday for their brunch. (I'm in the restaurant industry and have been for about 7 years so I understand how the restaurant business works. Also, for once, I was off on a holiday Sunday!) Anyways, On their website, it said brunch was done at 3pm. I made a reservation for 2:30. I received a message on my phone to confirm my reso and was informed that brunch ends right at 3. We get to the restaurant 5 minutes past our reso due to the awful parking in Georgetown. The hostess, who I found very rude, informed me that we could not be seated because they stop seating at 2:30. Why would they even take a reso for 2:30 if they stop seating at 2:30?! Makes absolutely no sense. Anyways, frustrating start to my meal"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great brunch spot - you can't beat $35 endless drinks and food!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went there for bottomless brunch on Easter. There are a lot of options but I was surprised that they didn't have margaritas as one of the drink options for brunch. Food was okay... some of it was very over spiced. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Loved our server! Drinks were always full and there was always food coming. Great experience with a group of friends."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I always love the bottomless brunch option at El Centro, and while the food was delicious as usual, it was the worst service I've ever experienced at the restaurant. Our waitress was no where to be found for several 20 minute increments, and we were forced to ask bartenders and busboys for more drinks/food. It's still a great place for a group who wants to sit and chat over yummy food for hours!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I was looking forward to great Mexican food and tasty margaritas for a night out with friends and was sorely disappointed. The hostess greeted us with a frown, and put our party of 5 at a table only meant for 4 (even though we'd had a reservation so the restaurant was previously aware of how large our party was).The service was slow and mediocre at best. The drinks and food reflected the poor service. The table side guacamole they're supposed to be known for just tasted like lime juice and had no kick to it even though we asked for it spicy. The drinks were expensive and hardly drinkable. Needless to say we won't be going back. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We went in with a reservation at 6:45p for four people on a Tuesday night and the place was pretty empty. Really good chips, salsa, and guac. Margaritas were pretty good, but the food service was so fast that we all almost felt rushed. Never thought I would complain about getting my food so quick, but we didn't have much of a chance to just sit and chat before delving into our meals."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Great food and excellent environment. Liked it was kid friendly. Service was very good as well. Will plan on coming back at some point."
    Dined on 4/14/2014