About Centrolina

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.

974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Market Hours
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Restaurant Hours
Brunch:
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
at 10th st between H st. & I st. NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 898-2426

Website:
http://www.centrolinadc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking for City Center is located at 9th & I streets and 9th and H Streets respectively.

Public Parking is available on 11th Street between H&I streets. The elevator will take you directly to the restaurant on Palmer Alley.

Public Transit:
Metro Center
Verizon Center

Executive Chef:
Amy Brandwein

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Centrolina Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (58)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Special Occasion (33)
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Good for a Date (32)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (27)
Casual (26)
Bar Seating (23)
Great for Lunch (23)
Business Meals (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Seasonal (18)
Healthy (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Fun (16)
People Watching (16)
Romantic (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Groups (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Fun for 5 friends - wonderful service and very fresh fish and pasta

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

fantastic food and a great 'vibe'. sat in a booth right up to the kitchen.............loved watching the line cooks and the owner/chef/expeditor doing their stuff. the most amazing piece of tuna ever had!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

I cannot express how amazing this place is. The food was amazing and the service was top notch! I can't wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed it very much.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and excellent service. Gnocchi with sweetbreads and pancheta was delicious. Gelato trio resulted in foodgasm. Burrata with fig appetizer was also marvelous. Good craft cocktails and nice wine list.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great meal before a show. Terrific, attentive waiter and great food!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food but a but pricey. The service however took forever and was not very attentive. Was hard to enjoy cause it took forever to get served and even longer to order. Great views sitting by the kitchen, but we were so hungry and could not even get bread, so the view only compensated so long.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

For as highly rated as this restaurant is, I️ could not have been more disappointed in our dining experience.
While some of our food was decent, the portions were so small and overpriced it was hard to look back with any enjoyment. The steak we received was full of fat and way over salted which seemed to be the theme throughout.
Overall I️ don’t think we would come back for overly-salted and overpriced food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Centrolina never disappoints. The menu periodically changes but every new dish we've tried is delicious. The service is always on point. Plus, the outdoor seating is dog friendly!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

I didn't appreciate the pretentiousness of the restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Centrolina consistently delivers outstanding food. It’s truly one of the pillars of the Washington restaurant scene.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our meals were delicious and the service outstanding. We started with a shared faux mushroom appetizer which is back on menu for winter and is a great dish. As a second course, we split a black squid ink pasta with tuna crisp and they made it easy to eat by bringing it already split. It was outstanding. As mains, I had swordfish and wife had whole sea bass. Loved them both. Waiter brought tastes of 2 wines which we really appreciated. Timing was impeccable. This remains a top choice in DC adult food market.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very good food, but absolutely bedlam at lunch. Never ate at such a loud place. We were fortuntely seated in the small private dining room, but the noise from the main room poured in like water over Niagara Falls. Probably better at dinner with a smaller crowd. FYI: Lunchtime parking at City Center is somewhere between unspeakable and impossible.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had a reservation for a Saturday night before a concert, but unfortunately tables were lingering and we couldn't be seated until about 45 minutes after our scheduled time. The staff went above being hospitable to ensure that we had wine while we people and rain watched at the front, and even took our order so that the food was ready as soon as we sat down. Quiet and attentive service, open-air cozy space, delicious house-made pastas, extra quality wine and vegetables.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, People Watching, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Centrolina has become my favorite restaurant in Washington DC. Amy Brandwein is a culinary genius. The Menu changes daily. All the pastas are made in-house. She is inventive. She checks every dish coming out of the kitchen. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend Centrolina.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent service, very good food, nice ambience....what more can you ask for? Everything was great from the moment we walked through the door.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Superb food creatively prepared. Fresh fish, homemade pastas, everything was delicious

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great pasta and steak

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

everything was fantastic. the rabbit pappardelle was a favorite

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great food and service! The pasta dishes were the perfect amount, and were absolutely wonderful, and the burrata was amazing. Already planning a return trip!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I always have a great meal at Centrolina - my go-to for work meals and catch-ups with friends alike. We had the gnocchi, which are always incredible, and two new dishes - a roasted fall vegetable appetizer that was rich and flavorful, and a cheesecake like dessert that was delicious - sweet and savory both. And Senator Kamala Harris was eating at a nearby table! What's not to love?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was delicious. Although, the meals were overpriced. If the service was better, we would recommend.

Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious gnocchi and fettuccine! Loved the food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great experience!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great service. Simple yet amazing food, fresh seasonal ingredients. One of my favorite restaurants. Lovely experience every time!

My only complaint is that my grilled fish was super salty.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

What a very, very special night! The food and drink was over the top, the ambiance was energizing and we were treated like royalty.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service & delicious food! Loved it!!! Will go again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Centrolina was a marvel. Exquisite food, imaginatively prepared. We will go back again and again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Healthy, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The waiter was extremely attentive and went out of his way to make us feel welcome.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Truly outstanding experience with house made pasta dishes as good as anywhere in town. Very tasty. Nice variety. Many fresh fish, simply grilled, available. Portion sizes very good, and one can order half portions of pasta. Highly recommended restaurant. Book well ahead. Can dine at bar as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I had a problem with my fish dish being less than wonderful. It was replaced with another dish with no problem and rather quickly. No charge for the entre. The antipasto of vegetables was delicious. The pasta dish was excellent. Service was excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We ate there Friday night, and were really impressed by the service, atmosphere, but most importantly the food was both innovative and satisfying. Centrolina is now one of my go to places in downtown DC

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very good and innovative food and nice wine selection.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My thanks to the hostess--who was very accommodating given what time I showed up. Also to Massimiliano for steering me towards the excellent tuna and cavolfiore. The tuna was perfectly cooked, light but filling. Centrolina is a really wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a good time catching up with friends at Centrolina. The food was delicious. The fettuccine was really tasty. albeit a small portion. And the french toast was good too, but nothing to write home about. They charged us the dinner price for the pasta instead of the brunch price, so we had to catch that ourselves, but the waiter helped us fix the issue. I would go again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful brunch. Highly recommend. We shared everything. Quiche was wonderful, super fluffy and light.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very nice - excellent service - quick and no fuss replacement of a sub par entree - recommend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service, loved the tuna special and the octopus appetizer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Delicious meal. Excellent wait staff. We especially loved the spinach side dish!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My friends and I have never felt so uncomfortable. The wait staff was looking at us from behind the bar and laughing/smirking at us. Very uncomfortable and rude. Kept trying to take away our plates while there was food still on them. I don't remember the last time I felt so uncomfortable at a restaurant. The food was good but I will not be returning.

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