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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (54)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Good for a Date (34)
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Special Occasion (33)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Authentic (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Casual (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Local Ingredients (19)
Business Meals (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Seasonal (18)
Fun (18)
Healthy (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
People Watching (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Organic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Our post-Valentine’s Day date night was perfection. Luscious food; attentive friendly staff; casually-upscale atmosphere... wonderful experience as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great location. Bread came to the table hot which I think is a real treat. Burrata with mini potato chips is a clever pairing. The crunch and salt with the burrata tastes delicious. My veal ragu pasta was well done. Full, rich flavors. My guest loved the branzino and other guest liked her penne arrabiata. Small thing but my pasta bowl had a very narrow base so trying to cut my pasta into bite sized pieces was precarious. Service was solid but a little too scarce. The ambiance is cold. Industrial, concrete, chopped up dining room.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Stunning Perfect Amazing -- my third meal here and each one was brilliant. I cannot recommend it more strongly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Organic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Really wonderful food and service. The Owner/Chef does a marvelous job.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Good solid food and service in hot City center. Fresh ingredients, not too expensive (in the realm of expensive meals) and very attentive service. Would go again. Fish was good, but didn’t have the pasta.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant and market are fabulous. We arrived early for our reservation and sat at the bar for a cocktail. The bartender was engaging and fun. Our dinner was delicious from beginning to end. The waiter was knowledgeable, accommodating and efficient. We were never lacking or wanting for anything. The market is fun to walk through and buy to take home.

We love coming here and already look forward to our next visit. We thank all the staff for making our evening so enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always delicious

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food here was fabulous albeit expensive. Service was great, but they had difficulty figuring out how to use my dining credit from open table. I imagine when the restaurant is full it gets noisy. It's small, airy, and has a pricey market in front. Also has a charming coffee bar and looks like a nice place to have a cappuccino and a dessert, but with few tables.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food, service and an interesting place

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I have never eaten anything that wasn't amazing at Centrolina. It is always a reliably delicious meal.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a great meal! There were 3 of us so we decided to share an antipasta, a few pasta dishes, and an entree and it was the perfect amount of food. I love that the pasta portions are a good size but not overdoing it. We had the roasted napa cabbage which was nice and light with a good smokey flavor. The pappardelle coq au vin ragu and the gnocchi with rabbit (I think they change their pastas around pretty often). Both dishes were great but the gnocchi was the hit. Good gnocchi can be hard to find, this one was perfectly light and fluffy and the sauce not over bearing. I understood the concept of the coq au vin but I think it didn't really have the right flavors to be called a coq au vin ragu. It really just tasted like a ragu. Finally we had the Mare which was black bass, squid, clams, and an oyster with broccolini and potatoes. It was nice. The seafood was all good perfectly and had a nice char. There was a light sauce drizzled around the plate that was a good compliment to the seafood. All around a great meal. I definitely will go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of our favorite places!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great. Delicious food as always. Fresh ingredients. The best pasta.

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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Chef Amy is fantastic. Great meal, attention to detail is very high. Expect the ingredients to shine here with simple but exquisite preparation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Really loved the gnocchi. Never tried rabbit before so I was hesitant but pleasantly surprised. Whole meal was spaced out nice I hate to be rushed. Would love to go back soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant nailed every course we had. The waitress was timely with everything and the food was not rushed from appetizer to entrée. My only complaint is that drinks and appetizers were quite expensive. Everything tasted good though! If anyone requests a new spin on Italian cuisine, this is the place I recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I got the calamari & branzino. My date got ribolita & paparadelli. Both were perfect. Our server was very attentive. Will definitely be back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our 1st time there and we sat in the booth opposite the wood burning stove and could watch food preparations. Our meal was outstanding. We were able to enjoy half portion pastas as appetizer and all were delicious. Beside menu entrees, you can also order from selection of fish from their market. Two of us ordered scallops and they were delicious. Also, enjoyed a couple of signature cocktails and a nice bottle of wine. Our waitress was very helpful in making suggestions and ensuring we were well taken care of. Will be back again! My sister already made reservations based on our experience.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was decent but expensive. Great wine, and nice atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Delish! Roast veg starter was delightful. They kindly brought two sauces in the side as my husband was afraid he wouldn’t like the one w anchovies (he was right:). Both our mains were super. I had the strata and he the chicken. We’ll be back!

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·Dined on January 25, 2018

Love this place!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The worst service I have ever had at this restaurant. Hopefully server was just having an off day.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Four of us enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu the other night. All raved about the squid, sausage, and polenta appetizer and chocolate involtini dessert. Two of us ordered branzino and loved it; the other two had pappardelle chestnut, coq au vin ragu, sage & parmigiano. All of us were quite pleased. I had a bourbon cocktail which was delicious, although I think cocktails are a bit overpriced. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This was my first time to Centolina and I went with my sister for Restaurant Week. I enjoyed every dish I ordered along with a great white wine. Service was super. Very personable and they took the time to assist my sister with her dietary restraints. Prices for the meal were great due to the promotion but wines by the glass are pricey. Overall it was a nice meal and I would return.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food, nice place without needing to dress too fancy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Restaurant Week dinner was fantastic!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Not a very big menu but choices for everyone. Our food was delicious and cocktails were great. Experience greatly enhanced by our waiter who was very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I had been to Centrolina once before and enjoyed it a lot, but that had been a large party of people and a bit of a reunion so it's the people that I remember most from that evening. This time it was our anniversary and we were able to focus on the food (and, um, each other) and it was superlative. Honestly, one of the best meals I've had. I had the minestrone as an appetizer and the Mare seafood dish and both were complex and flavorful and creative and (almost out of breath here) utterly satisfying. It was also early enough in the evening (6 to 7) that it wasn't busy and we were able to (wait for it) talk. Was it the anniversary (eleven years with a wonderful woman and mother) or the food? Both.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was excellent, from the drinks (the paper airplane is outstanding), to the lasagna, to the rib eye. The scallop and squid pasta was perfectly balanced, and we were warned when ordering that the pasta itself was seafood, that there would be no seafood on top. That warning was important... we would have been disappointed with the dish without the warning since the seafood was barely noticeable. It was however, delicious! Service was great. Seating is not very comfortable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great pasta as always. Love the atmosphere. The chicken with arugula was okay.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our server, Abe, was great!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Overall a very nice experience, good ambience, well constructed menu with complimentary drinks, and perhaps just a bit noisier than I expected.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 15, 2018

exceptional food and knowledgeable servers. the best in city center by far.
very talented creative chef.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great. Delicious. Unpretentious. Excellent cocktails. Fantastic cookies. Friendly but professional service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Centrolina is a wonderful restaurant. The food is truly excellent, the restaurant is pretty and pleasant and the service informed and attentive. Whenever I come here, I realize I have missed it. Very highly recommended.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great service, excellent food in a comfortable venue. You can't go wrong eating at Centrolina. Me and my clients loved it !

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This was a great spot to catch up with a friend. We both opted for seafood. We got the octopus to start with which was perfectly cooked though heavy on the bean stew. For dinner we both got the simply grilled fish. Both entrees, seared ahi tuna and scallops, were served on a bed of tasty broccoli rabe. For dessert we shared the semolina cake which was not overly sweet and a great way to end the meal. Both the ahi tuna and scallop (4 LARGE scallops) portions were generous. Being able to see both the market and the kitchen made the dining space unique. My friend who was visiting from out of town thought it was wonderful.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Centrolina is always a phenomenal experience. The food is outstanding and the staff is both friendly and attentive. I cannot recommend Centrolina more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal! Service was great! Had been once before for work event and was excited to go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything about Centrolina is perfect! The owner/chef is involved in every important detail from soup to nuts. And she is visible and accessible to the guests. That is a rare quality today!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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