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.
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–9:00 pm
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Public Parking is available on 11th Street between H&I streets. The elevator will take you directly to the restaurant on Palmer Alley.
What Insiders Are Saying
Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
Food was very good and service was excellent. But all of the hard surfaces reverb the sounds and when bustling, it is noisy in there and difficult to have a conversation. Otherwise excellent, and the service was particularly good and attentive - which is unusual these days in DC where servers seem less inclined to be mindful of their guests.
Everyone raves about this restaurant but I found it overpriced, hideously noisy and like sitting in a crowded cafeteria. Maybe that's part of the buzz. I'd been there several times before and found the food inconsistent but decided to give it another try given reviews by other. I'm done with it, won't be back.
We visited Centrolina for a celebratory dinner and were very impressed with the quality of service! The server even offered us a complimentary eggplant dish which was excellent. The home-made pasta was definitely a highlight.
Very nice meal, very good home made pasta dishes to start, delicious egg topped salad and my cod and my husbands steak were both excellent. No valet parking on Sunday before 6PM even though we called to inquire if it was available and were told it was. Will definitely return.
Food is very good. Wine selection also delicious. My low service score is because there was a lot of attitude from the hostess and bartender. It felt unnecessary and unwarranted for a simple question like "Should we close the bar tab here or can it be transferred'. We also had to carry our own drinks, bottles, and other items to the table as the hostess couldn't help. She offered to seat us early as we arrived 30 minutes before our table was ready. This was nice but we wanted to sit at the bar first. She wasn't very receptive to this. The waiter was knowledgeable and on point (described flavors correctly) he recommended but small things like refilling wine (bottle at table), giving me a spoon for my pasta, and sometimes feeling as if he disappeared when needed just felt a little sub-par for the prices this restaurant demands. I think the steak is excellent value but the appetizer prices were high. Less attitude from all parties would have improved the service score a lot more.
Good well cooked food - simple restaurant
great food! great atmosphere ! ! Had a good time with family.
Excellent food and service. Will return to try other items on the menu.
Overall good experience. Highlights were pasta tagliolini with pea and mushrooms, Norma eggplant, and scallops and skate appetizer. The grilled octopus starter was good but surprisingly spicy which took away from the flavors. We were disappointed in the burrata as it lacked a ton of seasoning. Next the Ribeye dish was very underwhelming, it had great sides but steak it’s self was dry and chewy even though it was served medium rare. Overall the service was great and the manager was accommodating when we sent the tasteless burrata back.
The food was decent but very overpriced, even for the area. Service was brisk and the restaurant was cramped and noisy.
The house-made trio of gelati (including fig leaf!) was the high point of what seemed a prettily-plated simple lunch with a very high price tag. A delicious burrata salad was all about the burrata and easy to replicate at home. The pasta dish was bland, nothing special. Attentive service but very noisy and crowded--and just way too expensive for what you find on your plate.
This is my favorite restaurant in DC. The food reminds me of my former favorite, Nora's, which is now closed. Love the owner chef. She is terrific.
Sadly, my experience really tarnished my desire to go back to Centrolina. I made my reservation a month ago as I had a friend coming in from out of town and of the few restaurants I would recommend, I knew we’d have a nice meal in a great ambiance at Centrolina. Wow was I surprised. We were sat in some small back room past the kitchen which had another noisy party. Me and my friend could barely hear ourselves speak. Once that party left, another noisy group came in and they made a big scandal with the waiter soon after arriving. They then left without eating anything. Besides the noise and aweful ambiance, the pasta pappardelle with mushrooms, which I always eat when I go, was overdone. The only good thing was the kind waiter, wine and octopus appetizer. It really bothers me that now I will think twice before going back here again. Too bad Centrolina.
Fresh pastas were delicious. The seafood meal was over salted and tasted burnt.
Good farm to table menu, with interesting eclectic dishes. Staff appeared to be in training. Food delivered by the ‘bus boy’, love the thumb in the pasta. Asked for wine recommendation, got 1st and 2nd highest priced items in the segment. I should have left when I saw the prices, and had a choice of sitting inside a cold and loud room, or outside next to the shopping traffic.
I’ll always trust my intuition from now on, it shouted at me to leave!!
Our server was amazing!
The food was totally delicious, including being creative but not wierd. But the best part was our server, Maddy, whose bubbly enthusiasm and cheery smile made every encounter a delight. Keep Maddy working at Centrolina as long as possible - she's great!
So, I was here earlier in the month and had a bad meal. Last night, I went again hoping it was just a fluke. It was not. Nothing was seasoned right and everything as one-note. For example, the mushroom pasta had no flavor other than salt. The Romana salad was flat. I can walk a few blocks to RPM for a great meal.
Every dish tasty!
Watermelon, tomato and pesto salad was great.
Branzino I’m glad you changed back
The food is always delicious - the ingredients always fresh - and the meals are innovative without being fussy or pretentious. All around excellent food!
Had a wonderful experience here last night. It wasn’t too loud and the food was incredible and it wasn’t too loud in the restaurant despite all the tables being full. The servers even apologized to us for the delay in service but we didn’t find it to be very long at all and they even gave us complimentary desert. Will definitely be back!
Great place for wonderful food and excellent service
Great overall experience. Excellent service and food. Appreciated the wine recommendation from the server.
Amazing service! I couldn't get over how awesome our waiter was. The food was also fantastic--we ordered the farro and grilled vegetables as entrees and both were delicious. Will definitely be coming back again.
I like the excellent food and the clean design of the place. The elevated table in the corner next to the kitchen gives one a great place to see the cooking and the rest of the dining area and bar.
The first time I ate at Centrolina, it was excellent. I understood the hype. More recently, the food has not been good. On this occasion, the food was flat, or , in the case of the porches, burnt and inedible. We left the food and no one asked why.
all same and tasteless
Time to move on from them
Area cool Active Busy Sunday night
Would go back for lunch
Seemed more set up for that
Arrived at restaurant only to learn that despite a reservation there would be a 15-20 minute wait. Once seated another 10 minutes for a server to greet us and provide menus. Another 5-10 minutes to order a cocktail. First choice of a chicken entre' not available. Food was very good once service began. In terms of value I think there are other similar restaurants in DC that are better value.
The food at Centrolina was very good - the Tartufo was delicious! The service wasn't the best as our server wasn't super attentive.
Loved the bread, burrata and fig appetizer, Vermentino wine, roasted branzino and chocolate cookies. It was noisy. If we'd had another couple we wouldn't have been able to really converse . We'll try at lunch time.
Great food, service, pleasant and quiet environment.
Service and food were excellent!
I want to like it more as a well-regarded, female owned, James Beard nominated restaurant. But this is the second visit in a row that fell short. First, I recall from last time the kitchen is too liberal with the unnecessary salt shaker. The dining room has nothing to muffle sound and is very loud. I would have liked to have ordered dessert, but after more than an hour at lunch, had no time. Why didn’t I bring any of these issues up then? One, no one ever checked back to see how it was. And two, at the end, I needed to get back to work. Amy was in the kitchen during our visit.
Centrolina has a great vibe, fabulous food & cocktails and wonderful service. If only it weren't so hard to hear / talk to your dining companions. The noise level is very nearly painful. When the restaurant emptied out it quieted down substantially, but the evening was nearly over.
A little loud and close for a sensitive business meeting but still worth it.
Gets better every time. The Malfadina was excellent.
The food was very good, ony issue was the kitchen seemed to be very slow. It took longer than expected to get our food.
A pleasant surprise. Our first time at Centrolina. The artichoke appetizer was delicious. We never thought we would like fried artichokes. The fish on the menu that we wanted was not available but our sever offered a substitute that turned out be excellent. The service was efficient and friendly. We definitely are going back.
I love Centrolina. The food is wonderful, true Italian food, clean flavors, fresh ingredients prepared to perfection. The people are so nice, it reminds me of the friendliness of Italy where time, food and friends sharing a great meal are valued. A little noise reduction under the tables would be welcome, but it might just be me getting old.