Centrolina

4.8
1779 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Centrolina is an Italian restaurant and market, locally owned and operated by Chef Amy Brandwein, set in Washington’s new CityCenterDC development. The Osteria showcases a seasonal, daily changing menu of authentic and innovative Italian dishes offered for lunch and dinner daily. Chef Brandwein's menu is inspired from the seasons, Italian regionality and the wide variety of Chef curated product in the adjoining market.

The market showcases a selection of imported Italian specialty items along with locally sourced meat, sustainable fish, and produce from local farms. The Centrolina kitchen produces daily hand crafted fresh pasta and sauces, antipasti and entrees available for takeaway. The Centrolina bakery offers a daily changing array of biscotti, crostata and cakes in addition to locally made bread from Bread Furst and a full service Barista bar featuring Vigilante coffee.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1779 people are saying
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Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot for outdoor dining, with lovely colorful paper lanterns hanging above. You're seated along a pedestrian walkway in City Center, instead of along a road with traffic like most outdoor places. Heaters kept us fairly warm, and seating had full airflow so it felt safe for COVID. The service was great and food was delicious, though pasta portions are quite small, especially for the hefty price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. Fabulous food and service.

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ArlandisH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I went to dinner here for our anniversary and everything we had was great. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on their menu.!

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AMM12
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Pros: Flavorful seafood dishes, nice location and ambiance. Good physical distancing and compliance with COVID precautions.

Cons: All other food was mediocre. Chef was unwilling to customize dishes or accommodate dietary restrictions. Service was very slow (more a problem with the kitchen than the servers themselves).

Bottom line: Fell way short of expectations and menu prices.

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Nreen
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wished blankets were not offered for sale but provided and the heaters provided a little more heat than they did. The food was excellent but needed the ability to accomodate dietary restrictions. Best pasta ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and service was top notch!
The Funghi antipasto was amazing! Definitely coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a Friday night date with my girlfriend. Health measures that gives you confidence and safety.

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vipDCLiveWorkPlay
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've stopped into Centrolina several times before for drinks but this was our first time enjoying a full dinner there and we had a great experience from start to finish. Their service was excellent - very knowledgeable, engaging, and attentive. They have an excellent wine list including some great highlights from female wine makers. And their food was creative, delicious, and well portioned. They have heaters for those dining outdoors, however we dined inside and felt very comfortable with their ample spacing and safety measures. We highly recommend and look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina was a fantastic meal from start to finish. We started off with you arugula salad and made our way through the course of Chestnut pasta and Branzino, sharing a meal. The butterscotch dessert was amazing! The only comment I might make is that the bread could be warmer, but this was a detriment to the overall meal. I will be back soon!

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PhilB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening out at a great DC restaurant. We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday. She very much enjoyed the recommended wine pairings, the very descriptive breakdown of the menu by the staff, and the uniquely prepared and delicious food. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive. Overall wonderful experience. Thanks

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vipCraig
Washington DC
771 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite! Great food, service, ambiance. Very friendly and COVID aware. The verde is the best salad around. The salmon filet was perfectly prepared.

On the whole, it really is their outstanding service from beginning to end that makes it all worthwhile.

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vipRyan
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. The food was great, and our server was very attentive and gave great recommendations, even coursing some of our entrees for sharing.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant for a nice night out.

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EkaterinaV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, outstanding service! Great for a date night or any other occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Did the outdoor patio dining. Wonderful experience. Plenty of heaters to go around and open-air for safety. Tables spaced six feet apart. Food was outstanding. Had starters and pasta and we were plenty full. Pastas are fresh made every day and delicious. Wine was lovely. We had the Barbera red - smooth and buttery red - and the Albana - unique “orange” wine with bright citrus and a bite at the end.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding with staff accomodating patrons with heaters while outdoor dining. Fresh and well prepared dishes and correctly portioned. One of the best dining experiences in DC and a must try venue.

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vipTarso
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top 5 favorite of my
Chef Amy and the restaurant staff are 5 star

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vipMustangCHK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Delicious food and wine and warm and cozy atmosphere. We loved it

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DeannaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The dinner was delicious; all the vegetables cooked to the perfect degree
of doneness; not over cooked. The fish and steak were done perfectly
in the wood burning oven; giving the dishes just the right degree of charring.

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Zuzugirl12
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
771 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim and his team did a fantastic job—as usual. The chef and hostess are excellent.

The verde salad is definitely an experience unto its own.

The ribeye was sizable and full of flavor.

Look forward to returning.

RP
RamiroP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but positive, the staff was courteous and efficient, to me you can’t beat that plus the bar lady was extremely helpful I asked about how to make the Mirabell cocktail and she was so happy to help
Went as far as to teach me step by step with all the ingredients
Bravo!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Centrolina. Excellent food every time. Desserts are wonderful. Service is great

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vipCandLonthetown
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We dine here often and the superior quality of food remains constant!

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JJack
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and food delicious. I would return.

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vipChuckB
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meals!!!

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TeresaG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. We ste outside on nye and even though it was cold it was so worth it!

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clp34vmp
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal there. Food was excellent all around. They were well set up for outdoor dining, even on a night when the temperature was in the low 40's.

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RachaelB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Outdoor dining was well spaced and in a cute area. Outdoor heaters worked well. Really enjoyed our experience.

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vippanda501
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good, but appetizers and drinks were minuscule and overpriced.

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vipShivG
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very very good. We had the mushroom and the crudo for appetizers and gnocchi, black cod and scallops for entrees. They were all excellent. Only very slight disappointment was the crudo, which for some reason was dry (as if it had been prepared ahead of time and sat in the fridge - I don’t know this to be the case, but that’s what it reminded me of). The flavors of the crudo were wonderful so we didn’t mind too much. We sat outdoors under heaters on either side of our table for four last week...somewhat chilly but worth it for the delicious meal.

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vipDCmuse08
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

After our first meal there, my friend and I agreed Centrolina's reputation as one of DC's top Italian restaurants is deserved. Pandemic-related allowances had to be made for the chilly (despite heat lamps), less-than-elegant outdoor setting, but the service and the food quality (a mushroom appetizer and a lamb shank were stand-outs) were reminiscent of fine European dining. Wine list mark-ups seemed excessive.

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vipJoeR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I was truly looking forward to a relaxing lunch on a chilly December day but I cut my stay short after just a bowl of soup and a drink. It was freezing and breezy inside and service was slow. I ate wearing my winter wool coat.

The reason it was "freezing and breezy" inside was because of the cold outdoor temperature and a malfunctioning front door that didn't close, letting cold air blast in and somehow through the dining space. Guests enter through a two-door air lock, but with the outside door stuck open much of the time, a lot of outside air blew through the dining room every time a guest or server entered or left. (Servers had to enter and exit because some guests dined outside.) I sat at the bar about 15 or 20 feet from the door. I never saw a guest or server manually shut the door that wouldn't close on its own.

Service was slow. It's true that I hoped for a relaxing meal, and told my server so, but one drink shouldn't mean it takes 70 minutes after being seated to be served a bowl of soup.

The bar stools lack back support, except for a 2-3 inch lip.

On the plus side, my server was very friendly, even though I think she could tell I was cutting my stay short. The staff seemed to be hustling, although that did not seem to speed up the delivery of my soup. And the mushroom soup itself tasted very good.

The restaurant wasn't too loud although in normal times a full house might be loud. And the ambiance, except for the unacceptable temperature, broken door, and indoor breeze, was attractive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant- only negative thing is it is a bit cold inside.

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BobJane
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server very knowledgeable about food and wines. Gnocchi terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Italian restaurant, with very attentive staff, and excellent variation in Italian cuisine. The white bolognese is delicious and truly unique!

You can tell the staff takes today's precautions seriously, whether dining in or outside.

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vipTheaterGoer
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Black Cod was like butter. Once again, the chef did a great job of find unique ingredients.

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Juno
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were wonderful! The finest meal we have had in a long time.

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EricJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic business dinner - service and delivery were exceptional, and the entire menu was prepared wonderfully with an exquisite attention to detail. Soup, pasta, pork, and seafood were perfect.

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vipMaby
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great experience... the food was excellent, the timing ot he courses perfect (usually in the US they bring course one after the other! ). The recipes original and very tasty. Excellent findingns: a beatiful wine from Calabria, Ciro', Rabarbaro Zucca, e very creative cocktail (I mulled wine with limoncello and spices :).. I am vegetarian and there were tasty options for me as well.. All the recipes are cooked with local ingredients. Anyways, here a few pictures!
I will come back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is contemporary and the food was great. The fungi appetizer was delicious and pork chops were very good.

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You can order delivery directly from Centrolina using the Order Online button. Centrolina also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Centrolina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 898-2426.

Centrolina is rated 4.8 stars by 1779 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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