Centrolina

4.7
918 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(202) 898-2426
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Amy Brandwein
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
at 10th st between H st. & I st. NW
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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.
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Public transit
Metro Center
Verizon Center
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

What Insiders Are Saying

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Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.

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OT
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with excellent service. Staff gives you information on the food and they are very pleasant.

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BA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was great. A good, varied menu with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. And the layout/interior is attractive too. But the big problem was the noise. It was SO LOUD in there. I had to sit leaning forward with my elbows on the table just to hear the person across from me. That was my biggest complaint. The other, smaller bit was that the waiter seemed to really miss his cues and interrupting us mid-conversation. Not a big deal, and he was attentive and the food came out timely, but it was a tad disruptive. All in all a good meal, but the noise was really an issue.

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JT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we ate was amazing. We got the artichokes four ways and grilled octopus and kale skewers. They were delicious. The octopus was cooked perfectly. For dinner we both got pastas. Raviolini with corn and ricotta omg this was amazing. The pasta was light an airy. We also got tagliolini another homemade pasta in a mushroom sauce. Both dishes were delicious. Both were homemade pastas by the restaurant so the pasta dishes were not super heavy. The pasta was light airy and delicious. Will definitely be coming back.

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VG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal

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HP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best pasta I’ve ever had! The gnocchi was truly delicious.

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L
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

I had high expectations for Centrolina which were not fulfilled. From the bartender chewing gum (who wants to see the inside of a bartender mouth) to the Bianca spaghetti - I was disappointed. My husband and I were having an early dinner before a Smithsonian event. Our waiter said we could order a half portion of pasta for a primi if we could not decided on just one. Good thing we didn't order a half portion because the full portion of the Raviolini was more like a half portion. I had the Bianca spaghetti and it was really disappointing. It didn't have much flavor and the calamari was tough and the poor little morels, so delicate, were cooked to death and falling apart with no morel flavor. I am giving the food a three star only because the Burrata and the Crudo were really good. Our waiter was also good. The noise level was terrible, I could not wait to get out of there.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent experience. Save room for desert. The wine selection is robust, the market located inside the restaurant adds a really unique feel.

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FB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and we couldn't have asked for a nicer brunch venue. I appreciated that the chef made a special vegetarian dish for me. It was a beautiful morning and we hated to leave our pretty outdoor table. By the way, don't miss the incredible pastries! Best dog treats ever!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best pasta dishes we've ever had!

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DF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service very good. Food mediocre. Not too many options

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B
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Centrolina was as good as it's press. From the host stand to the server to the kitchen their service was exemplary and the food was outstanding. The restaurant is noisy and it is difficult to have a conversation but, if you're there to enjoy the food (as we were) that's all that matters. The chef was there the night we dined and it was a treat to watch her finish the plates before the runners took them to the tables. Her attention to detail and quality of ingredients made a remarkable difference in the food that arrived at our table. The fresh tomatoes on bruschetta was the best thing I have eaten this year.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was wonderful, our server was knowledgeable about the menu and helped us make great selections. The only issue was the extremely loud table next to us. We couldn’t hear each other over their yelling. The restaurant was full so unfortunately we couldn’t move until dessert when another table opened up.

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NY
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We had a quiet corner and were able to stay for hours enjoying our meal. Every course was exceptional. Our server made our evening very special. Please let him know!

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p
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were four for dinner and enjoyed the restaurant very much. We were able to order a bottle of wine and have it at an outside table as we were early for our reservation and there was not a table available. They were very accommodating when we asked them to do this for us.
Two of us had salmon, which was very nicely prepared and two of us had the branzino, which was served as a whole fish and was perfectly cooked. The four of us shared two orders of pasta and, that too, was very good.
Overall, this is a very pleasant restaurant for a meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely amazing dinner. Fried clams, ricotta black truffle ravioli, calamari pasta. All joys to put in our mouth. I hear the menu is seasonal and can't wait to come back again!

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A cheerfully lively place with excellent food and service which is both polished and pleasant.

Chef checks every plate coming out of kitchen!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! Food was fantastic, drinks were delicious, and service was excellent!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great bartender. Great scene. Salad with fried egg was superb. White ragu sauce was good but a little odd.

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OT
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We took our visiting San Francisco daughter for a Wednesday dinner. The food and service were very good but the noise level was high and sharp (gave me a headache) and the chairs hard and uncomfortable for my sensitive back.

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HB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, imaginative menu that will leave you wanting to come back and try more dishes. Everything was presented beautifully as well. Ask for the back room, which is much more pleasant than the extremely noisy main dining area.

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R
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food great. Wait staff needs to be educated not to clear table until all guest are obviously finished eating

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e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative,fresh ideas on the plate. Items without meat were wonderful. Chef Amy more than fulfills expectations.

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j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was first rate and food was excellent, from bread brought to table at start to dessert made special with note here that we were celebrating friend's birthday. Loved the "artichoke 4 ways" start and several daily fish options to choose from. It was also quite enough to have easy conversation and the atmosphere is bright and open.

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JJ
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Staff and Value in Modern and Contemporary Setting

This was our first time dining at Centrolina and we were not disappointed. This Contemporay restaurant with floor-to-ceiling glass and a marble bar has wonderful Italian dishes. The dishes we ordered were beautifully presented and delicious. For our appetizers, we ordered the pasta with a truffle cream sauce and we agreed that we could have ordered this as our main because it was so amazing. Each of us ordered the perfectly Roasted Whole Mediterranean Branzino with potato confit, tomato, olive and basil and it was a delight to eat. There is also a fabulous dessert menu and an extensive wine list that compliments the food. Besides the food being wonderful so is the staff. The wait staff is knowledgeable, professional and attentive. We want to thank Nataliia for her friendly and professional service and Kristin for caring personality and professional manner. Kristin made sure that we arrived back at The Jefferson Hotel safely as it was pouring rain and it was difficult getting a cab. If you are looking for an excellent Italian restaurant Centrolina should be on your list.

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HS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first and my husband's second visit to Centrolina. As a first time visitor I thought it was wonderful and as a second time visitor so did my husband. The food is fresh and innovative without being weird. It is Italian, so what could be better than that. One of the dishes we shared was a pasta with scallops and squid. Now you think you know what that is, right? Wrong. The chef pureed the scallops and squid and added it to the pasta dough, then sauteed scallops, squid and morel mushrooms into a light sauce for the pasta. It was fantastic! Our other dishes were great too but I am running out of room. Let's just say if you are in Washington DC, Centrolina is well worth a visit!

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G
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I love that the BTG list is all Italian wine. Some of the best service in DC from Vidal. Top Notch all around

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and equally wonderful food! Our friends were visiting and they’re favorite cuisine is Italian. This selection was a big hit!

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time and LOVE this restaurant......Amy is the best!

See you again in November!

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AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Sat outside and service was very slow. Otherwise everything was great!

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VA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great but the noise level was nearly unbearable. If you want to talk to your dining partners try someplace else.

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w
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. Brigitte was fabulous. Highly recommended. Burrata, lamb chops, swordfish, artichoke, desserts
Only issues were high noise level, and not inexpensive.

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the homemade pasta dishes. Great service and owner. Great music at lunch.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Lamb cooked to perfection. Great pasta too.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Memorable Fathers Day lunch - kudos to staff all around. One suggestion - received less than precise instructions regarding valet/other parking options. Either brief staff or type ‘em up and place where they’re accessible to anyone answering phone.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and brunch! Very memorable with such a lovely as ambience

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F
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was very good. What made the evening less than stellar had to do with, first, being greeted by a man whose expression made it seem he was irritated to see us. He seated us at what is probably the worst table in the restaurant, next to the bar, populated by loud people having a great time, right at the service area, where the bottles for every table were kept in a big aluminum tub. The employees of the restaurant gathered there to chat, which was not conducive to an enjoyable meal. There were many empty tables for two when we arrived. Our reservations were made weeks in advance. We should have been given a better table. Additionally, there was a bug in a glass of my wine. The situation was remedied in an OK – – just OK – – fashion, but it took several steps from the waiter offering to fish it out to getting an extra glass of wine when our bottle was finished. The extra glass of wine was not, of course, the quality of the wine thrown out because of the bug. Our a waiter was a little stretched. When our entrées arrived, we had no wine in our glasses. Our choices were to eat without our wine, wait for our waiter to pour, or get up and reach for our own bottle out of the tub of oh, so many. A bartender noticed our plight and came out to pour. These missteps were not horrible, but given the hype surrounding this restaurant, they added to the sense of disappointment over our experience.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waiter—very knowledgeable about the wine. Salmon fish of day and burrata appetizer were very good. Artichoke appetizer was heavily over-salted.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was lovely. The sea food platter had a very bitter/salty spice on the scallops. Otherwise the food and service were great!

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AF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this restaurant. Took a volunteer non-profit leader familiar with great restaurants in NYC and he loved it. Sent a thank you to Chef Amy by email and she was kind enough to write back. Will return for sure.

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