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Centrolina

4.7
885 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Restaurant Hours
Brunch:
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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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

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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 885 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Love the homemade pasta dishes. Great service and owner. Great music at lunch.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic Lamb cooked to perfection. Great pasta too.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Memorable Fathers Day lunch - kudos to staff all around. One suggestion - received less than precise instructions regarding valet/other parking options. Either brief staff or type ‘em up and place where they’re accessible to anyone answering phone.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service and brunch! Very memorable with such a lovely as ambience

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was very good. What made the evening less than stellar had to do with, first, being greeted by a man whose expression made it seem he was irritated to see us. He seated us at what is probably the worst table in the restaurant, next to the bar, populated by loud people having a great time, right at the service area, where the bottles for every table were kept in a big aluminum tub. The employees of the restaurant gathered there to chat, which was not conducive to an enjoyable meal. There were many empty tables for two when we arrived. Our reservations were made weeks in advance. We should have been given a better table. Additionally, there was a bug in a glass of my wine. The situation was remedied in an OK – – just OK – – fashion, but it took several steps from the waiter offering to fish it out to getting an extra glass of wine when our bottle was finished. The extra glass of wine was not, of course, the quality of the wine thrown out because of the bug. Our a waiter was a little stretched. When our entrées arrived, we had no wine in our glasses. Our choices were to eat without our wine, wait for our waiter to pour, or get up and reach for our own bottle out of the tub of oh, so many. A bartender noticed our plight and came out to pour. These missteps were not horrible, but given the hype surrounding this restaurant, they added to the sense of disappointment over our experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great waiter—very knowledgeable about the wine. Salmon fish of day and burrata appetizer were very good. Artichoke appetizer was heavily over-salted.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

It was lovely. The sea food platter had a very bitter/salty spice on the scallops. Otherwise the food and service were great!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Loved this restaurant. Took a volunteer non-profit leader familiar with great restaurants in NYC and he loved it. Sent a thank you to Chef Amy by email and she was kind enough to write back. Will return for sure.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We wanted leisurely paced meal and mentioned this to our waitress. She totally understood and was excellent in pacing the courses. She even mentioned a need to get our main course order in before a party of 12 ordered but she would have the kitchen hold up preparing the food. Our meal was as good as the service. We shared appetizers of fired clams and caesar salad and both were delicious. Then we split an order of squid ink pasta with tuna which was even better than the starters. For mains, we both had seafood, my wife a branzino filet which they offered her as they were out of the whole branzino and a mare plate, filled with clams, shrimp, octopus and mussels in addition to a piece of fish, all served over a bed of spinach. Our wine from Puglia, recommended by the waitress, went well with the meal. Overall, a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Exceptional food and service!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

My wife and I were meeting old friends in a short stay in DC. Booking was easy. The restaurant was very noisy so much so that our pre-lunch drinks were not heard by the waitress and eventually served after we had started the meal and were well into the wine. The saving grace was the meal itself which was good and enjoyed by all. We were not pressed for time (three of us) but one had to return to the office with part of her lunch under her arm in a doggy bag!!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

This is my go-to spot for a meeting up with friends. Service was a bit slow today (compared to other days) but still, this place never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Amazing fresh fish selection. Great service, nice small wine list

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Date night solid choice every time

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We were seated promptly and our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent as were the portion sizes of our entrees. I found the appetizers to be pricy.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I love this restaurant! The food is fresh and delicious. The restaurant is not large and tied to a market which gives a european feel. The service is very good .

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent all the way around

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

One of the best kitchens in DC. Fresh, modern, creative, delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great pasta, incredibly inventive, the squid ink pasta with tuna was amazing! Nice selection of wines, had a Sicilian White that was crisp and flavorful.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Everything we ate was delicious - pasta, grilled fish, salads, and shared dessert. Service was appropriately attentive. A little noisy. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

So delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This light and airy space had a simple decor with casual vibe. The food was top notch. A well-seasoned cesar-like salad was enhanced with a fried egg. The ravioli pasta was unique with a robust yet delicate tomato sauce and potato and kale filling, to die for fish that was super fresh and cooked to perfection. The server we had was very friendly and helpful. I loved that the restaurant has a little Italian market where I was able to leave with fresh pasta and homemade treats for dessert. I will be back to try other dishes on the menu that intrigued. Go and manga!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

excellent pasta and dessert. excellent service. only tweak is decaf coffee was bitter. best to get there early - noise level higher later on.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food. Very creative. Pricey but you kind of expect that. There is a lot of traffic in the place. Waiters busboys always moving around.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The salad with the fried egg is excellent. The swordfish was extraordinary. Great root vegetable accompaniments made it all the better. Scott did a great job.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Centrolina did not disappoint. I came across the restaurant in a James Beard Foundation email. I immediately made a reservation. Every dish was delicious, the burrata with baby chips, pomodoro (the prettiest tomatoes that I’ve ever seen), FRESH PASTA, etc! I will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Had a great time, food was fantastic, and service was good UNTIL our server made us feel very rushed out at 9:30pm even though there were plenty of open tables and tables just starting to get their food. Pretty unwelcoming and rude. We would have stayed for additional cocktails instead of feeling pressured out and ending up deciding to go elsewhere for the evening.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Always perfection!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food here is off-the-charts good. The chef was hovering over the food coming out of the kitchen to make sure it was perfect. The selection of Italian wines is fantastic and reasonably priced. My only complaint is that it appeared to be understaffed with its waitstaff - service was slow despite our overworked waitress' best efforts to keep up with her large section.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Never fails to be fantastic!! This little gem is a go to whenever we are in D.C. The menu is always engaging and anything you order will be fresh and prepared magnificently. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great service with good food. A bit pricy for pasta in my opinion.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We both had an antipasto followed by pasta. All were excellent and not something you'd find just anywhere. Great place. Excellent Italian wine selection. Also a great bar and would be good for people watching.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was really good and I will be returning. The Cozze and Romana Appetizers were great as were the entrees. I was however displeased by the portion size of the Colorado Lamb Chops. For the price of the dish, I would have expected a larger portion. Also, given the fact that the appetizer portions were very fair, it was just a little disappointing. We also ordered the Triangoli which was a very good dish as well with great flavor and portion sizing. When I go back, I will definitely be ordering a pasta dish as that seemed to be a better value and could allow the chance to share with a date/group more effectively.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great restaurant with great and creative foods - portions are just right and not massive. The noise is the only downside - it would be great if it were a bit quieter.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Delicious food and great service made for a great meal.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We went here for a birthday dinner - service was great and food was outstanding. The restaurant is loud and vibrant - so prepare for that - but everything was spot on. Looking forward to going again.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is my second time @ Centrolina. The first time was when it had just opened. I don't remember what I had but I do remember it was lack luster. Service then was also not great. I thought I would give it a second chance since I keep reading about how good the pasta is. I have to say, I was disappointed a second round. I had the crab meat ravioli. The portion was very small, and for $28 for lunch, was completely overpriced and very poor value for money. I am a small eater and the portion wasn't even enough for me (even after appetizers). The ravioli pasta itself was also thick at the ends, with very little crab meat inside. Service was also poor. At that price point, and given the location, I expect better service and attention. Overall, would not recommend and certainly would not eat there again.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It aways helps when the people sitting next to you are friendly and fun, and we had great tables on either side, but the food was terrific. The pasta was fresh and perfectly cooked. The sauces were delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The site is a little loud, but not too bad for conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We absolutely loved Centrolina--the creativity, the pure fun--transcendent food!!!! THANKS!!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Chef Amy Brandwein knows her cooking! We had a delicious meal, including spaghetti made from squid and scallops, perfectly prepared roasted mushrooms and fabulous roasted branzino. Definitely worth the price and consistently delicious.

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