Centrolina

4.8
1825 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.

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 1825 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipBACA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an extraordinary meal. Very personable and professional service. Highly recommend Centrolina for any meal, any occasion!

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franco
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. One of my favorites quite honestly . First visit. Great food and ambiance. Our server was awesome. Highly recommend this place.

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Andre
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a truly excellent lunch, the first out of our home in over a year. The flan with Pecorino Romano (I think) and morels was just superb, not to be forgotten. The grilled swordfish was super fresh, cooked just to the point and placed on a bed of (unusual, but delicious) aubergine cooked in the Italian way. My wife enjoyed her lunch as much as I did. By the way, the portions are perfect, no too much, not too little. I find this refreshing in a really first class restaurant like this. So we will make another reservation very soon. Can't wait, really.

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Foodie
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food and very flavorful. Clean and modern. Very nice service. Entree portions on the small side though. But overall very nice restaurant and I would highly recommend it.

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vipnick
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Arty made our evening! A perfect 10! Thanks Centrolina

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vipPeter
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our first trip to Centrolina after Covid and the scene was quite different with 25% seating capacity. No buzz this time but waiters were very friendly and gave us an extra appetizer when the main course was delayed. The artichoke appetizer was disappointing for the price and contained more lettuce than artichoke. The duck main course was only fair as it lacked flavor and was a little tough. The Chianti and Sauvignon Blanc Italian wines by the glass were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect, dishes and service was amazong.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place. Great food. Beautiful setting.
Great service.
Food was spectacular. Interesting dishes.
Waiter was fabulous along with the bartender Willow.

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Juno
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent! While it is not inexpensive, it is good value.

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vipSandyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous, totally delicious, interesting and loaded with flavor. Service was perfect. Excellent waitstaff and sommelier who knows her stuff. Don't miss dessert! Can't wait to go back!

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vipFinediner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and waiter.

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vipLaughingcat1421
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Great fun

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta is incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The seasoning was delightful and portions were perfect. We really enjoyed the soft shell crab and black cod.

I do find the dining room a bit drafty at this time of year but a good sweater took care of that and the extra air flow is probably better during the pandemic.

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vipUffood
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina almost never disappoints us, we keep going back

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BarryD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and stylish ambiance. We had quiet table with more than adequate "social distance." Service was outstanding as was all the food. I had noted on my reservation that this was a birthday dinner. At dessert time, my wife got her dessert on a plate with "Happy Birthday" beautifully spelled in chocolate. A nice, thoughtful touch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott is amazing in service ! Ask for him.
Everything we order was delicious! Highly recommended commended

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vipCraig
Washington DC
795 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arturo is wonderful as are all of your associates. I would gladly pay more for them to get even more than they are already generously compensated for.

The verde salad is a must. The new host Erica was charming and appreciated Arturo’s recommended wine which was excellent.

My only regret is that I forgot to tip the young person in the market before I checked out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful

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Robin
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were treated well by all the staff, but the server (I wish I knew her name) was outstanding. She was very patient with us, carefully explaining all the dishes and making good recommendations on our likes and dislikes. She was also very friendly and efficient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Exceptional!

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AllenC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here multiple times and the food and service are excellent as always. We got outdoor seating and there are always people walking by and a decent amount of commotion, but we didn't think it was bothersome. Overall, it was great and we will be back.

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vipgalkhada
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal -- the appetizers are always unique and delicious. The main dishes - especially the wood oven options hit the spot. The pasta's are very flavorful but smaller portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was amazing. Our waiter was exceptional in guidance and entertainment. The crab cake appetizer was amazing as was the spaghetti with seafood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and the service was phenomenal!

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous combination of food, service and atmosphere without it being pretentious.

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vipweeklydiner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The meal was great, fried clam strips, artichoke pasta, and black cod in consommé were all delicious. Service was a little confused... we were right on time for our reservation, but the hostess seemed to almost get lost inside while we waited to be seated. It looked like she was just getting us menus, but we were left standing by the door awkwardly for what felt like 5 minutes. There were a couple of slight miscues during the meal - the server forgetting the drink order then the bill showing it even though we didn’t receive it, another server reaching over my partner’s plate to put a drink down, putting his face very close to my partner’s, and they previously brought water immediately for my dog, but this time even after asking specifically for water for the dog it was nearly 10 minutes. They didn’t have the dog bowl when they finally came back, it was a to-go container, so the delay may have been trying to find the dog bowl. The tables outside are closer than 6 ft apart, and the wait staff are in your face a lot, so if you’re COVID-nervous this might not be the place for you right now. BUT, the food is fantastic so I still definitely recommend dining with Centrolina.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service - great experience! Highly recommend

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vipLarry
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sidewalk service for those of us not yet eating inside. Food was terrific, as always (although costly)

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Ally
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, fantastic service, outstanding ambience! Such a great spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our meal at Centrolina! Food and service is top notch. Highly recommend!

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GideonB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Absolutely incredible. I haven't been back in months having lived outside of DC, but it felt so good to be back. The food was incredible as always, and the wine list has improved! I also like the aperitifs, and the ability to make it a spritz! A great touch for almost-spring! I had Timothy as a server, and he was great! Very knowledgeable about the food menu, wine list, and cocktail menu. Great recommendations and we ordered the perfect amount of food. Chef Amy is incredible as well, always using the freshest ingredients that are also local!

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vipJenB
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely early dinner at Centrolina. Amy Brandwein’s food was lovely as usual - those pastas! - and the setting is very nice. The service is impeccable and friendly and the wine and cocktails are delish.

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happyeater
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, Chef Amy Brandwein has done a fantastic job of navigating the last year to deliver elegant and delicious meals in a safe and still vibrant atmosphere in DC. She thinks very carefully about the dining experience for guests - it's delicious, and also safe, vibrant, relaxing because her staff has been loyal and consistent. The pasta dishes keep getting better and better and really rival meals in Italy. She does not increase prices in sensitivity to the uncertain times for both eaters and restaurants, and she did add natural wines to the list. Stanley may have to visit Centrolina one day soon!

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JennM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Excellent food and outdoor seating was safe and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had. The staff was phenomenal. Artie was excellent.

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StephenB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous meal. The octopus starter and calamari -sea urchin pasta were to die for.

FAQs

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

Centrolina is rated 4.8 stars by 1825 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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