Centrolina

4.7
1050 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Market Hours
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–9:00 pm
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 898-2426
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Amy Brandwein
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
at 10th st between H st. & I st. NW
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Parking details
Valet Parking for City Center is located at 9th & I streets and 9th and H Streets respectively.

Public Parking is available on 11th Street between H&I streets. The elevator will take you directly to the restaurant on Palmer Alley.
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Public transit
Metro Center
Verizon Center
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a four-course family-style menu. $75.00 per person (not inclusive of tax and gratuity, menu is also available a la carte. )

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special New Year's Eve a la carte menu!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.

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What 1050 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Some good flavors, but overall too heavy and lacking in acid notes. My wife was happier than I was. I've not had many meals this expensive that I have been this disappointed with. Especially Italian food. How do you mess that up?

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e
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great dinner. There was an issue with one of our dishes. The chef wasn’t happy with it so he re-did.
Consequently, it took a while. However, they were very apologetic and gave us complementary dessert. Would
Definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It was very flavorful. The menu doesn’t offer a large choice, but the dishes are precisely executed. When you walk in, the ambiance is a minimalistic atmosphere. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it certainly didn’t disappoint! The service was on point, and our waiter was attentive and offered great suggestions/ advice when we had questions. We are looking forward to coming back!

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j
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Sean serves us at the bar and the service was perfection.
The food, always amazing and didn’t disappoint

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I
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow - everything about the dining experience was fantastic. The attention to detail in customer service was impeccable from the moment we entered the restaurant. Our server was knowledgeable, efficient and welcoming - she provided detailed descriptions of several dishes and really helped each person select food that was suited to their taste. She was very attentive but not in an annoying way. The food was beyond delicious and exceeded our highest expectations. In addition, the restaurant has a very cool vibe and is definitely a hot spot. Would recommend without reservation!

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LM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meals, and service! I recommend the crudo and octopus to start!

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JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday

Dinner was great. Food was simple but creative.

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MH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fortunately we were seated in the semiprivate room otherwise it would have been impossible to catch up. That said, food was innovative and delicious and the service was a 10!

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B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were first seated between the server's stand and tourists taking selfies, alongside a shelf full of items for sale. We did have a reservation. Felt like sitting in a mall eatery. We requested to be moved and were accommodated. Food was average.

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LA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The occasion was a birthday celebration. We really enjoyed the private room. The food was delicious, and so were the drinks.

This is my second time dining at Centrolina. Both experiences have been wonderful.

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CS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was really craving Italian tonight and so on recommendation I reserved a table at Centrolina.  I was a bit hesitant when first reviewing the menu as it appeared limited for my palate.  With that said, I put myself in the hands of 'Edgar' my waiter who did not steer me wrong once.  I started with the Autunno which was a selection of roasted vegetables, mushrooms, fig and more drizzled with an incredibly flavorful sauce called bagna cauda (had anchoves in it but was not overpowering).  Needless to say, I could have had this as my main course.  My next venture was the pasta dish Paccheri which was a firm but tasty rigatoni like noodle in a while Bolognese sauce with sage and parmigiano.  One word....Heaven!  As if that wasn't enough, Edgar coached me into desert with a very light but awesome.  The FORMAGGI DOLCI was the highlight for desert but with the expectation that I WILL be back!  Great job on each selection and kudos to your entire staff for attentiveness, smiles and great service. 

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite. Creative. Superior service and atmosphere.

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BK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was surprised at the number of items that had been 86’d before 8pm. 2 of the five patada and one of the contornos weren’t available to diners with an 8:30 reservation. That seems like very poorly run kitchen and, given Amy’s fame and reputation, I don’t think it’s the way she would want her kitchen to run.

The food we did have access to was fantastic as always. The bartender serves my favorite drink in town—the paper airplane.

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EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, just a consistently excellent restaurant. Well designed space and good value.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous flavor combinations and wood oven elevated every dish to deliciousness. The duck breast with roasted parsnips, fennel and orange Marmalade was the highlight!

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was just a fantastic experiemce. The food was amazing. The staff was helpful and friendly. Went for a family lunch and will return for business meals as well as family mrals.
You should definitely experiemce this place!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice family celebration of my birthday

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m
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As promised from reviews, the food and service were terrific. There were some unique offerings. The décor is minimalist, but comfortable. And, much to my liking, the noise lever was moderate. I'm going back soon.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much appreciated the quiet rear room! We had planned the evening as a reunion with friends from a recent trip to Sicily. We had a lot to catch up on and the food, wine and service were ideal!

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Centrolina is always wonderful, and lunch this past Saturday was no exception. The staff always treats us with great courtesy and warmth, and the food is a pleasure to see and eat. It's also fun to watch the chefs working and then to wander around the market section. Centrolina is really a treasure of CityCenter.

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p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and everything about Centrolina..............this was my 4th or 5th time and never disappoints!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal, and the wait staff were attentive and knowledgable; overall, a very good experience, and we will return.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Good food, good service, noisy dining, carry it out for a more relaxed meal.

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SD
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Pasta was great and had good vegetarian options.

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good but not amazing. Only the desert was memorable. Our waiter was excellent. The setting is fine but nothing special. It's not a bargain. I'm not in a hurry to go back and wouldn't urge friends to seek it out.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great and waiter was very attentive. Downside, wasn’t seated until 20 minutes after our reservation, apparently we were registered with a specific table because two other pairs came in after us and were seated before us. Decent size portions, definitely best to have a couple of bites of several things but one entree is enough for a person. Overall, a good experience and would recommend (specifically the Bianca).

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been here a number of times. Amy is great! Centrolina never disappoints.

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h
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and superior service

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R
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good, not exciting or inventive but high quality. I sat at the bar and service was fine.

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DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I had a great meal at Centrolina. We started with the burrata (get this just because the homemade potato chips accompanying it are fantastic, not to mention the melt-in-your mouth cheese!) and the roasted vegetable platter (sounds boring, but isn't -- the warm bagna cauda sauce was delicious!). I had the wild mushroom and pasta dish, and my friend had the ricotta stuffed tortelloni. Both were excellent. We also tried the napa cabbage contori, which was spiced up with red pepper, a nice compliment to the mild flavor of the cabbage. We went for the biscotti for dessert, which was a plate of cookies (all of which were delicious, but none of which were the traditional hard biscotti). Scott, our great waiter, helped us with wine selections which went perfectly with the meal. Fun atmosphere, a little loud, but a nice lively ambiance. Will return!

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great restaurant in its class — “upscale casual.” Good food, excellent service. A very nice experience without going over the top.

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SD
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is terrific. The menu changes regularly so I was disappointed that the beets in pesto were gone for the season. Pro-tip: Get there early because some of the specials of the day do sell out.

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v
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pros: Excellent food, thoughtfully assembled. Service was attentive and knowledgable. Complementary champagne because it was our anniversary.
Cons: Took 20 min after our reservation time to seat us. Too loud

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CT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Centrolina not disappoint. The menu is not overly extensive but it is creative. I had Tortellini that was perfect! Wait staff was very attentive but not intrusive. Prices were reasonable. I will go again!

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BM
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When first seated and given our menu, neither my wife or myself were overly impressed with the selections. I had already ordered a drink and didn't want to get up and leave. When the waiter came back with the drink, I told him that we would probably not order and just pay for the drink. He then advised that the menu really didn't explain the foods very well and went into some detail about the various dishes. We ordered and were so happy we stayed! The food was fabulous as was the service.

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l
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite restaurant. Been 3 times. All been great. Pasta is to die for. Salad with egg on top is divine

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly one of the best meals my husband and I have had in a long time! We recently celebrated our anniversary there and asked our fabulous waiter, Massimiliano, for a copy of that evening's menu - which he got Amy Brandwein to sign for us! A lovely, and very much appreciated, gesture from her. And, he signed the drink menu for us!

The food was wonderful - we had Polpo (octopus), Tagliolini Rossi (we split this, but wished we had more!), and my husband had the Mare (rockfish and shellfish) and Zucca (roasted squash), and I had the Costata ( rib eye). Every single dish was perfect - seasoning, temperature, presentation - but, above all - delicious. The wines were wonderful as were the signature cocktails. Service was prompt and attentive, but never rushed.

We will absolutely return soon - everything on that evening's menu was so appealing! And, the meal truly made for a memorable evening.

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WR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is great, service is very good, noise level at lunch unbearable, had to sit outside though day was cool

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great women owned and run spot in City Center. Will be back and highly recommend. Only downside is when the restaurant is full it is very loud.

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