Centrolina

4.8
1859 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1859 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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vipRobertH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and super good food. The restaurant is very Covid compliant. We were supposed to eat outside but moved in due to the storm. We had the restaurant to ourselves. Our waiter Arturo was superb. His descriptions of the antipastos was mouthwatering. We had the Crab cake torta that was beautifully prepared and tasted great. The Simply Grilled Swordfish was anything but simple-perfectly prepared on top of a bed of thinly sliced grilled asparagus. A side dish of the Melanzane which came thinly sliced and lightly fried to look like potato chips with tons of flavor. All recommended by the waiter with scrumptious descriptions. Even Arturo's wine selection was unique and right on target, We weren't rushed and had a very pleasant evening. Definitely recommend and worthwhile.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food was great but the service was too long
No time for dessert and coffee
2 hours for starter and main course
Never again despite the food
You lost a customer for ever !

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EllenK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Food outstanding. Pricey. Service attentive without being overly so.

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vipBarryB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, but unnecessary logjam at the hostess stand. I would suggest that the hostess not be taking calls while people are waiting to be seated. Food was absolutely outstanding.

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HBret
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good, very quiet and very well served dinner outside, We will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter, superb food and wine. Great to be out in the world again. Thx

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Charlie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best restaurants in DC. I look forward to many more visits. There's also great ambience being at City Center.

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ClaireG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious but keep in mind it is a more expensive restaurant — but definitely worth the price!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, wait staff, and ambiance was out of this world!

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vipDCRen
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Menu, food and service was outstanding! I’d go back again & again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back!

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vipRKSEater
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great outdoor dining option in the very cute alley. Server was attentive and helpful. Nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina was absolutely excellent! We were so impressed with the food and ambiance. A+++

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JenniferL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the chef's take on a crab cake. Make sure to check the dessert menu first so you leave room for the hazelnut semi-freddo....

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Centrolina to celebrate our engagement! The hostess and waitress were amazing and very friendly! The food was delicious! Would recommend to everyone! Thanks for making the night special.

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vipBACA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an extraordinary meal. Very personable and professional service. Highly recommend Centrolina for any meal, any occasion!

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franco
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. One of my favorites quite honestly . First visit. Great food and ambiance. Our server was awesome. Highly recommend this place.

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Andre
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a truly excellent lunch, the first out of our home in over a year. The flan with Pecorino Romano (I think) and morels was just superb, not to be forgotten. The grilled swordfish was super fresh, cooked just to the point and placed on a bed of (unusual, but delicious) aubergine cooked in the Italian way. My wife enjoyed her lunch as much as I did. By the way, the portions are perfect, no too much, not too little. I find this refreshing in a really first class restaurant like this. So we will make another reservation very soon. Can't wait, really.

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Foodie
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food and very flavorful. Clean and modern. Very nice service. Entree portions on the small side though. But overall very nice restaurant and I would highly recommend it.

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vipnick
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Arty made our evening! A perfect 10! Thanks Centrolina

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vipPeter
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our first trip to Centrolina after Covid and the scene was quite different with 25% seating capacity. No buzz this time but waiters were very friendly and gave us an extra appetizer when the main course was delayed. The artichoke appetizer was disappointing for the price and contained more lettuce than artichoke. The duck main course was only fair as it lacked flavor and was a little tough. The Chianti and Sauvignon Blanc Italian wines by the glass were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect, dishes and service was amazong.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! The dishes were incredible & the service was wonderful. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place. Great food. Beautiful setting.
Great service.
Food was spectacular. Interesting dishes.
Waiter was fabulous along with the bartender Willow.

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Juno
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent! While it is not inexpensive, it is good value.

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vipSandyJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous, totally delicious, interesting and loaded with flavor. Service was perfect. Excellent waitstaff and sommelier who knows her stuff. Don't miss dessert! Can't wait to go back!

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vipFinediner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and waiter.

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vipLaughingcat1421
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Great fun

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta is incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The seasoning was delightful and portions were perfect. We really enjoyed the soft shell crab and black cod.

I do find the dining room a bit drafty at this time of year but a good sweater took care of that and the extra air flow is probably better during the pandemic.

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vipUffood
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina almost never disappoints us, we keep going back

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BarryD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and stylish ambiance. We had quiet table with more than adequate "social distance." Service was outstanding as was all the food. I had noted on my reservation that this was a birthday dinner. At dessert time, my wife got her dessert on a plate with "Happy Birthday" beautifully spelled in chocolate. A nice, thoughtful touch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott is amazing in service ! Ask for him.
Everything we order was delicious! Highly recommended commended

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vipCraig
Washington DC
801 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arturo is wonderful as are all of your associates. I would gladly pay more for them to get even more than they are already generously compensated for.

The verde salad is a must. The new host Erica was charming and appreciated Arturo’s recommended wine which was excellent.

My only regret is that I forgot to tip the young person in the market before I checked out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful

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Robin
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were treated well by all the staff, but the server (I wish I knew her name) was outstanding. She was very patient with us, carefully explaining all the dishes and making good recommendations on our likes and dislikes. She was also very friendly and efficient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Exceptional!

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AllenC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here multiple times and the food and service are excellent as always. We got outdoor seating and there are always people walking by and a decent amount of commotion, but we didn't think it was bothersome. Overall, it was great and we will be back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Centrolina using the Order Online button. Centrolina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 898-2426.

Centrolina is rated 4.8 stars by 1859 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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