Centrolina

4.7
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$30 and under
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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. 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.
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LR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing experience, food is top notch, service superb

TK
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous on all counts!!! Food and service were exceptional! Thank you.

ER
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was more than a meal, it was an experience. Such a special place.

BS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic as always. The food, service and overall ambiance make this our favorite restaurant in DC. A great date night outing.

JS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Centrolina on the recommendation of a work colleague. Modern, welcoming atmosphere with excellent service and delicious food. We had a window seat overlooking Palmer Alley, and started by sharing the burrata and a Caesar salad. For entrées, my partner chose the mushroom fettuccine and I had the scallops—both delicious. Nice cocktail and wine list, too! I will definitely be back and highly recommend Centrolina.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great, knowledgeable waiter that helped us order. Food beautifully plated and everything was delicious!

r
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always trying new things and make sure to save room for dessert!

AW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food and service was wonderful. We will definitely go back.

T
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good but waited 10+ minutes before service checked in

JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable

HM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun friendly restaurant. Excellent service and very good food - and cocktails!

MO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for table for 2 and even though 5 minutes late we were seated quickly.
Wait staff was attentive and not overbearing.
The food was delicious.
This has become a solid go-to restaurant in my neighborhood.

GM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were trying to fins where to have dinner, we booked the reservation and was and incredible experience. Food delish and service great!

DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing to Centrolina. We went because it was written up in the Washingtonian Top 100. We were not disappointed. The food was fresh, well prepared and presented - and DELISH. I do want to give a shout out to TIM our waiter. He was amazing. He was thorough in providing details of the food, was there when we needed him - like squeezing out the last drop of wine from our bottle and super friend and kind. Overall, great experience. THANK YOU!

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A few shining moments, but overall the food was ho-hum. The service and ambiance were pleasant. A nice night out, but wouldn’t rush back.

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have wanted to eat at Centrolina for years and was thrilled when we were able to get a reservation within a couple of days. The food was amazing but I felt as though our waiter could have been a little more attentive. We were seated at a table with no napkins and when we asked him for napkins, he could not understand the request (we are both native English speakers so language was not an issue). When our appetizer came and we still didn’t have napkins, we asked the server for napkins and he understood we were missing table linens and furnished them for us. Later our waiter came back with cocktail napkins, having not understood our request and not noticed the table was not properly set.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent great food great service

EK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance! The staff is absolutely friendly and courteous, our waiter explained the menu very well. Food is great! Recommended

K
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not my first time dining at Centrolina and again, it did not disappoint! Service and Food were amazing. We ordered a few things off of each category and it all was delicious. The Grigliata was my favorite, the best tasting most tender octopus! The night we ate there the Gnocci was covered in a white truffle sauce...just WOW.

GT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and reliable and friendly service in a comfortable dining room

EE
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I made a 7:45 reservation for a birthday dinner and was not seated until 8:15. While waiting I had to go to the hostess to ask why we weren’t being seated and they had no idea what was going on. Terrible communication and customer service. Once we were finally seated it was still another 5-10 minutes until a waiter came over to give us water and ask if we were ready to order. If this was not a birthday dinner we would have left the restaurant. The restaurant did nothing to try to apologize for the situation. The food was just ok and overpriced. When I went to the bathroom there was a beetle on the floor and a sharp pin. Very disappointing experience.

OT
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid but not spectacular - certainly not a 4.8. Food was solid but nothing special (ok, bolognese was pretty darn good). Worth trying but won’t rush back.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food phenomenal!!

JK
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve been to Centrolina several times and the food is consistently exquisite. This time I gave the service 4 stars. For the third time in a row it’s taken between 15-20 minutes to get our drinks. This time, after waiting 10 minutes, our waitress informed us they were out of a common liquor. It then took another 10 minutes before the drinks arrived. If it was an anomaly I wouldn’t mention it but, as I said, it’s happened three times now. Perhaps hire another bartender on weekend nights?
Besides that, great restaurant.

C
Washington DC
705 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katherine was as terrific as always. The chef does outstanding and innovative food. Everyone who works there goes out of their way to provide an outstanding experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal, good service. Massimo our waiter did a great job with pacing and overall flow of the meal.

T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

dined at bar. service uneven and inattentive. no offer of dessert. was looking forward to experience based on reviews/write-ups. left disappointed.

AJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from appetizers to desserts was fantastic! I made my reservation a month in advance hoping Id make it in for restaurant week, but I missed it! Anyway..the food did not disappoint and the service was A++++++!! My tiny water glass was never empty, the food was brought out promptly, and I never felt rushed. Best meal I've had in a long time! Thanks to Tara for the perfect dessert suggestions!!!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Excellent food. My compliments to the chef.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great and totally recommend the Pici as an entree.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and very knowledgeable, gave great recommendations, was a great dinner

a
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in metro area.

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!

SC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love to go there for our business lunches, we love the fresh fish, pastas are excellent, service all friendly.
It is one of our DC favorites

v
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Centrolina came highly recommended and it was even better than we expected. They start with a traditional Italian menu but just about everything we had also included a personalized touch that elevated, while respecting, the traditional preparation. It was great to discover that they would serve half-size pasta dishes as antipasto options. This made it possible to sample the fabulous triangular burrata and guanciale ravioli with a subtle lemon zest sauce before tackling our entrees. A comfortable, but not elegant, dining room with a lot of hard surfaces that contributed to the noise level.

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would not recommend the swordfish but pasta was amazing.

RB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good dining experience: Chef Brandwein joins fidelity to high quality Italian cooking and ingredients with imaginative flair. Wonderful pastas, perfectly prepared, and fine first courses as well. The desserts are also exceptional. The service is alert, efficient, and helpful, top-of-the-line. I eat of often in DC, and I would put this restaurant near the very top of my list of favorites.

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We had a 1pm reservation and arrived early at 12:30. We checked in with the hostess and when she told us she likely couldn’t seat us early we got a seat at the bar. The bar only had 7 people at it but we waited quite a long time for service. 1 pm came and went and I had to go check in with the hostess for our table. We were seated at 1:15 next to a loud group of women though there were other tables available. The service was fine - slow but not terrible so - but didn’t match the level of food. Overall really good food but I was disappointed in the level of service especially since it was a special occasion for us.

m
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and setting were superb, but I would like to call attention especially to the wonderful service. Our waiter was excellent. His timing and number of trips to the table were perfect. With so many mediocre waiters these days, it was a pleasure to be served here.

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