Centrolina

4.8
1732 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. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • 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
What 1732 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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SamK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always good! Always thankful for the great meals over the years:)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was definitely unimpressive. As someone of Italian descent used to eat homemade Italian food, this was a washy, almost tasteless version of what real Italian food is

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Natasha
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service impeccable! We loved our server who recommended our drinks. The food was delicious - pasta perfectly al dente. The only thing is that the portions are quite small for the price. But given the nice ambience (we had a heat lamp to ourselves) and that it was quiet and sparse, I would recommend for a romantic dinner out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!!
Looking forward to my next visit

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HeidiB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in these dire COVID time, dining at Centrolina was a pleasurable experience, a way of enjoying some degree of normalcy

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LaurenW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great date night at Centrolina. It is one of my favorite spots because of the fresh ingredients!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the service.

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Susan
Heidelberg
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and excellent food! Patio with heaters.

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vipChrisH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Centrolina makes it worth a visit. We had outstanding service from Mossimo and excellent food. I highly recommend the octopus starter, but everything from appetizer to dessert will have us coming back. And a big shoutout to Chef Amy who always makes sure to come out and say hello.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingggg food! Chef Amy Brandwein is a culinary genius. Very excited that I finally made it here for dinner. The service was absolutely incredible as well, I am so so pleased. You must eat here!

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SamK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great dinner at Centrolina last night. Everything was delicious as usual:)

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SashaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great evening and services! My husband and I enjoyed celebrating his birthday at Centrolina on November 16.

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vipCooterDuPont
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not a veggie person but I decided to try an all veggie menu - best decision that I've made when dining out! Service was terrific and CV/19 protocol clearly in place. Way to go Amy! Mario C

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vipCraig
Washington DC
740 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recommended oyster soup was outstanding. The service always excels. The chef has to be the best on the East Coast. Beautiful decor, a true neighborhood gem!

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Mike
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful. Heaters were provided as promised. A beautiful evening overall. Would not hesitate a return.

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ChandlarS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot!

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vipAlbertD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bright and lively, modern Italian eatery located in the City Center section of DC features a wonderful range of Homemade pasta’s, salads, meats and seafood dishes.

Both the food and service were exceptional and I would highly recommend.

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foodie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined outside on an unusually warm November evening, where social distancing protocol was adhered to. Temperature was taken before seating, and all staff wore masks correctly. Staff were attentive, and quick to take orders, explain menu, and provide drinks without being overbearing.
The hint of rosemary in the mushroom flan made clear the chef's culinary chops, and the pappardelle was light and al dente.
I hope Centrolina continues to do well even when the weather turns cold. It's a lovely spot that has been able to provide high standard of food and service despite the many challenges over the past eight months.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

reasonably good food, a bit overpriced (might be because of pandemic)

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vipTSzabo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far our favorite restaurant in DC. Always great food. Consider yourself lucky if you dine in while truffle season is active!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

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vipLaurenB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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vipMARYR
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was so nice to be able to go out and dine.

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BenjaminT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tagliolini escargot ragu - good, hearty, noms, 10/10 would do again

Pesce swordfish - good, a little over cooked, became tough at a certain point

Anatra - where’s the duck sauce... but actually was a bit dry and would’ve liked a sauce to compensate, radicchio had good initial flavor although bitterness still present in aftertaste

Cavolfiora - was good

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vipAnn123
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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vipSNTP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server and the entire staff were awesome. The food was awesome, I would suggest sharing a pasta and getting individual entrées. The pasta dishes are wonderful but small and would not consider them a main dish. I would highly recommend Centrolina, the entire experience was very good.

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vipMaryAnnC
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here 2 weeks in a row because it has been awesome. Excellent food and service. The heat lamps outside definitely keep you warm.

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Renie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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CarolynH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. We felt very safe and the outside heaters kept us warm and cozy,

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vipDiner
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Consistently tasty dishes. And they continue to change with the seasonal ingredients

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vipUffood
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, we go back often and Centrolina never disappoints us!

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cristischles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The amount of food you get for the price here is a joke. I love fine dining and am happy to shell out for a nice meal, but the joke is really on you here. The food quality is wonderful but there is a laughable amount of food offered to you- it is truly insulting. The waiter brought us two of the tiniest pieces of bread I'd ever seen in my life. They must be laughing in the kitchen serving people this stuff. I felt like Oliver Twist.

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MegDC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Patio dining tables are well-spaced and the area is cozy despite the cool weather.

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Tom1
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Rachel, and server assistants were great. The food was delicious. Overall, great experience.

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our patio dining experience on Friday night was outstanding. Due to the lovely weather, the atmosphere was great; the service was helpful and timely; and the food was excellent.
Everything was delicious, but the mushroom Creme Brule, the Veal ravioli, and the duck ragu gnocchi were exquisite. Bravo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal per usual. The funghi appetizer is amazing - one of the best dishes I have had all year. Sat I side and felt perfectly safe as all tables were more than 6 feet apart. Service was outstanding!

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch outside at Centrolina and it was fabulous! We really appreciated their careful attention to COVID-19 social distancing procedures, and as always, the food, service and ambiance was first-rate. We'll definitely be back!

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vipsommerdeb
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful getaway in the city during covid! Centrolina has set up lovely dining option outdoors with well-spaced tables and heaters (luckily we did not need one on our evening out). We were greeted promptly and had temps taken and shown to our waiting table. Sadly at our 7:15 reservation several of the seafood items were unavailable as was one of the appetizers. We were a party of four and three of us were drinking wine with the fourth having a cocktail. The wine came quickly but the cocktail took a seeming long time. It finally arrived, but was the wrong cocktail. The owner of the cocktail decided not to return it because of the long time it took to come out and it was a fine cocktail at any rate! All that said, dinner was lovely!! The appetizers (stracci and finocchio) were truly first class, and the main courses were as good as they get. Both gentlemen in our group ordered the scallops and both ladies ordered the branzino. So, while not perfect, we all concluded it was a lovely evening, well worth the money, with an idyllic atmosphere and charming staff making us forget for a few hours that we are living in the most unusual of times. I could go back every evening and enjoy the setting and wonderful food!

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vipPaulS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempura squash & apples was a great starter. Maccherone pasta and branzino were excellent entrees.

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Helen
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing ambiance.

FAQs

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

Centrolina is rated 4.8 stars by 1732 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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