Centrolina

4.8
1951 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Centrolina is an Italian restaurant and market, locally owned and operated by Chef Amy Brandwein, set in Washington’s CityCenterDC development. The Osteria showcases a seasonally driven menu of authentic and innovative Italian dishes offered for lunch and dinner. 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
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1951 people are saying
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipUffood
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina never disappoints us!

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vipAnn123
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service excellent atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipAlH1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina never disappoints! Great food, terrific service, a wonderful time. It feels good to be back!

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MaryO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Took 35mins for food to come out. The food portion size would not satisfy a 5 year old.

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TerenceO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricy but good, in a nice part of the city. The eggplant appetizer was super tasty, and we all enjoyed our pasta meals. It was lunch, so the portions may have been a but smaller, but it was all very good, with good attention from the staff and a nice atmosphere of calm competence.

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GabrielaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our experience was truly lovely. Our server, Scott, was incredibly nice, very knowledgeable about all the dishes and really paced the food nicely.
The Sommelier, Erika, was SUPERB. I gave her an idea of what I was in the mood for and she delivered exactly what I wanted. Truly a memorable experience with outstanding service.
Needless to say the food was DELICIOUS. Everything felt fresh and made with care.

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Maddie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our server and supporting staff were excellent. We had a wonderful evening in this lovely restaurant.

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vipBritinDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated near the open kitchen, so there was a bit of heat coming off the wood-burning oven which was slightly uncomfortable, but not so much that it out-weighed the quality of the food and service which were excellent, as always (I live in the City Centre complex and dine at Centrolina and Piccolina regularly).

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vipLdC17
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food & wine/drinks. The service was friendly and professional. Always a pleasure to dine at Centrolina.

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pat1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pappardella! Where can I buy the pottery bowels it was served in?

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vipTammyM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service just Great! Love this place, one of our Favorites in neighborhodd!

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Juanesp
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and service was good. However, I did make the reservation a week ahead of time, and they were not doing outdoor dining (which is what I had reserved) so they did not have a table for us. We were able to get a seat at the bar, and put our name on the waitlist if a table opened up. We were able to get a table but I just felt they should have had better contact with customers on not having available seating for patrons who reserved a spot a week early.

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mikekor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was awesome.
Our waiter Maximo was fantastic !

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vipCFroe
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Centrolina is always an incredible dinning experience. The menu reflects the freshest and sustainable choices. The fresh pasta melts in your mouth and the fresh fish is prepared in a most delectable manner. The service is helpful and attentive without being intrusive. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

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HelenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Centrolina with my parents to celebrate my swearing into the DC bar. It was a wonderful spot - the menu was creative and delicious, wine list outstanding, and service attentive and friendly! I recommend making a reservation. Both inside and outside seating were fully booked on the Wednesday evening we were there. Despite the heat and humidity, our outdoor seats were comfortable in the shade of Palmer Alley. We appreciated the wait staff refilling our water glasses frequently. I'm looking forward to a return trip soon!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing food, as usual. Fresh, seasonal, locally sourced produce, meats and seafood. Chef Amy never misses.

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LarryL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal with excellent, personalized service by Scott.

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vipLisaG
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was nice but extremely slow — long waits between drinks and courses. I made the mistake of asking the “sommelier” for advice about a wine on the list — she spoke at about 200 mph and steered us to a wine that was not at all good. I regretted having asked her. The food was okay, but not great. A friend’s pork chop was tasteless and my salmon was underdone and cold. I did not send it back because we had waited so long to eat it wasn’t worth it. It is a nice room, the server was genuinely pleasant, and they could do better, I’m sure. There was a large party outside and that may have been the problem.

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BK22207
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has become our go-to restaurant. Consistently good. And if you have a patio or window seat, it's great for people watching.

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vipPietroMc
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, great food, great service, and an overall perfect meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrolina is one of our favorite restaurants and it was such a great experience!

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franco
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good as usual. Friendly staff and service.

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JoeD
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! I had a hand-made pasta (cavatelli) that rivals what my Italian Grandma used to make when I was a child, or any I've had in Italy as an adult! Give this place a try!

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Beatriz
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my friend over for lunch as she has never been. Excellent as usual. Wonderful wait staff and hope that we are done with the pandemic! Thank you!

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Mark
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific place. Always have had an excellent meal and experience at Centrolina.

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vipMambasFan
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss Centrolina!

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MichaelB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to eat at centrolina every time i am in d.c. for work. The food is superb. The best italian food in d.c. the atmosphere is lovely, the staff very personable.

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Nial
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Erica and the team for such a wonderful meal

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vipmlbguy
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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vipNone
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

For the prices they charge, you would expect cloth napkins, not paper.
Three meals were ordered and two came out at the same time, the third one 10 minutes later.
The fish was bland.
We would not recommend Centrolina.

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Espressolover
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed lunch at an outdoor table, which was in the shade and very pleasant. Our server, Brenna, was very knowledgeable about food and wine and cheerful and upbeat. We had melt-in-your-mouth tender cavatelli pasta with shrimp and wilted arugula and a lovely piece of swordfish, done just right. The dessert, a hazelnut semifreddo, was absolutely swoon-worthy.

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vipMainaird
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience1

The temperature inside the restaurant was above 80 degrees which made the whole dining experience uncomfortably sweaty and slightly nauseating. The saving grace is the food & wine which is excellent. We will not return in the summer time due to their current HVAC situation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best!!

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Willexerciseforfood
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding post-vaccine lunch on a Saturday afternoon with a dear friend. It's not cheap, but it is worth every cent.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a pleasure and the Alley people watching is almost as good as the food.

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AlexW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, service was so good and the food were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was too oily, and rude server!!! There was a pool of grease in my pasta dish and I could not eat it. When alerting the server, the server made me feel uncomfortable about it and said that all the pasta dishes are like that, and did not offer to replace it. At a restaurant with this many great reviews, I would’ve expected more from the service and the food. Would not recommend this place.

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vipLynnH
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC

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vipPaulS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently excellent.

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 1951 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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