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.
amazing experience, food is top notch, service superb
Fabulous on all counts!!! Food and service were exceptional! Thank you.
It was more than a meal, it was an experience. Such a special place.
It was fantastic as always. The food, service and overall ambiance make this our favorite restaurant in DC. A great date night outing.
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.
Delicious food and great, knowledgeable waiter that helped us order. Food beautifully plated and everything was delicious!
I am always trying new things and make sure to save room for dessert!
Great experience. Food and service was wonderful. We will definitely go back.
Good but waited 10+ minutes before service checked in
Fun friendly restaurant. Excellent service and very good food - and cocktails!
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.
We were trying to fins where to have dinner, we booked the reservation and was and incredible experience. Food delish and service great!
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!
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.
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.
Excellent great food great service
Very nice ambiance! The staff is absolutely friendly and courteous, our waiter explained the menu very well. Food is great! Recommended
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.
Delicious food and reliable and friendly service in a comfortable dining room
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.
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.
Service was excellent and food phenomenal!!
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.
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!
Good meal, good service. Massimo our waiter did a great job with pacing and overall flow of the meal.
dined at bar. service uneven and inattentive. no offer of dessert. was looking forward to experience based on reviews/write-ups. left disappointed.
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!!!
Wonderful! Excellent food. My compliments to the chef.
Service was great and totally recommend the Pici as an entree.
Our server was great and very knowledgeable, gave great recommendations, was a great dinner
Best Italian food in metro area.
The food and service were excellent!
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
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.
Would not recommend the swordfish but pasta was amazing.
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.
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.
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.