Centrolina

4.7
936 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
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

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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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed our dinner very much, much better than expected!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Knowledgeable, friendly servers and managers made thoughtful recommendations and found ways to delight and surprise throughout the meal. Each dish was perfectly prepared and joyfully consumed. Yummy cocktails; octopus, artichoke, and tuna appetizers; gnocchi, branzino, and scallop entrees, a beautiful cheese / charcuterie; a light Sicilian white wine; and delish pistachio gelato - in a very cozy atmosphere. Our enjoyment and conversations even extended beyond our table to the tables around us. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything we ordered was fabulous except for my peach dessert. The peach was not ripe. But this is a fantastic restaurant.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our server Bridget was such a joy providing recommendations and timing the arrival of drinks and food perfectly.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to dine but this time was not quite up to par as it normally is. The appetizers and desserts were outstanding the entrées left us underwhelmed. The roasted bronzy know was not overly flavorful and the texture was kind of mealy, One of the pasta dishes was Wayover butter and the other two were just simply OK. Definitely not what were used to from Centrolina.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Wood grilled fish is always excellent. Very professional and accommodating staff.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was excellent. We split the Romano -artichokes 5 ways which was really creative and amazing. Main course was swordfish and papparadelle, equally delicious and the tartufo for dessert was perfect. Great service. The noise level is high, so conversation a little difficult.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Always great food and service. Cool atmosphere in a chic area of DC. Good cocktails that are the perfect balance of strength and taste. The market has a unique fresh variety of take home goods.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Been here several times. We always enjoy our experience here. Food is amazing and delicious and service is top-notch.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Centrolina is one of the best Italian restaurants in DC. I always come for the pasta which is amazing, and changes regularly. Intimate atmosphere and very good service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent food! Had the Branzino and spaghetti with claims - tasted like being in Italy.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent meal here. And our waitress was fantastic. Very attentive, timed everything out really well and was totally in tune to our needs and our pace. She also didn't mind us lingering for a while at our table after we had finished eating. The food is so nicely done and presented. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great service, great food

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I used to love Centrolina, especially the burrata, but the food has become less imaginative and delicious recently. While the gnocchi was still amazing and the artichoke salad four ways was delicious, everything else was just okay. Portions were very small, especially the pasta, and everything was overpriced. I can get more food that is creatively prepared in many other Italian restaurants in DC for much less money. Unfortunately, I won't be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Just the best , the past I always amazing

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Service was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Verde salad is always good and a treat. Branzino was perfect. Great wine, great service.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Delicious food with excellent service. Staff gives you information on the food and they are very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The food was great. A good, varied menu with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. And the layout/interior is attractive too. But the big problem was the noise. It was SO LOUD in there. I had to sit leaning forward with my elbows on the table just to hear the person across from me. That was my biggest complaint. The other, smaller bit was that the waiter seemed to really miss his cues and interrupting us mid-conversation. Not a big deal, and he was attentive and the food came out timely, but it was a tad disruptive. All in all a good meal, but the noise was really an issue.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent as usual

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Everything we ate was amazing. We got the artichokes four ways and grilled octopus and kale skewers. They were delicious. The octopus was cooked perfectly. For dinner we both got pastas. Raviolini with corn and ricotta omg this was amazing. The pasta was light an airy. We also got tagliolini another homemade pasta in a mushroom sauce. Both dishes were delicious. Both were homemade pastas by the restaurant so the pasta dishes were not super heavy. The pasta was light airy and delicious. Will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent meal

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Best pasta I’ve ever had! The gnocchi was truly delicious.

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2.0Dined on July 12, 2018

I had high expectations for Centrolina which were not fulfilled. From the bartender chewing gum (who wants to see the inside of a bartender mouth) to the Bianca spaghetti - I was disappointed. My husband and I were having an early dinner before a Smithsonian event. Our waiter said we could order a half portion of pasta for a primi if we could not decided on just one. Good thing we didn't order a half portion because the full portion of the Raviolini was more like a half portion. I had the Bianca spaghetti and it was really disappointing. It didn't have much flavor and the calamari was tough and the poor little morels, so delicate, were cooked to death and falling apart with no morel flavor. I am giving the food a three star only because the Burrata and the Crudo were really good. Our waiter was also good. The noise level was terrible, I could not wait to get out of there.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Overall excellent experience. Save room for desert. The wine selection is robust, the market located inside the restaurant adds a really unique feel.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was excellent and we couldn't have asked for a nicer brunch venue. I appreciated that the chef made a special vegetarian dish for me. It was a beautiful morning and we hated to leave our pretty outdoor table. By the way, don't miss the incredible pastries! Best dog treats ever!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Some of the best pasta dishes we've ever had!

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Service very good. Food mediocre. Not too many options

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Centrolina was as good as it's press. From the host stand to the server to the kitchen their service was exemplary and the food was outstanding. The restaurant is noisy and it is difficult to have a conversation but, if you're there to enjoy the food (as we were) that's all that matters. The chef was there the night we dined and it was a treat to watch her finish the plates before the runners took them to the tables. Her attention to detail and quality of ingredients made a remarkable difference in the food that arrived at our table. The fresh tomatoes on bruschetta was the best thing I have eaten this year.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was wonderful, our server was knowledgeable about the menu and helped us make great selections. The only issue was the extremely loud table next to us. We couldn’t hear each other over their yelling. The restaurant was full so unfortunately we couldn’t move until dessert when another table opened up.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Wonderful experience. We had a quiet corner and were able to stay for hours enjoying our meal. Every course was exceptional. Our server made our evening very special. Please let him know!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were four for dinner and enjoyed the restaurant very much. We were able to order a bottle of wine and have it at an outside table as we were early for our reservation and there was not a table available. They were very accommodating when we asked them to do this for us.
Two of us had salmon, which was very nicely prepared and two of us had the branzino, which was served as a whole fish and was perfectly cooked. The four of us shared two orders of pasta and, that too, was very good.
Overall, this is a very pleasant restaurant for a meal.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Absolutely amazing dinner. Fried clams, ricotta black truffle ravioli, calamari pasta. All joys to put in our mouth. I hear the menu is seasonal and can't wait to come back again!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

A cheerfully lively place with excellent food and service which is both polished and pleasant.

Chef checks every plate coming out of kitchen!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Wonderful! Food was fantastic, drinks were delicious, and service was excellent!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great bartender. Great scene. Salad with fried egg was superb. White ragu sauce was good but a little odd.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We took our visiting San Francisco daughter for a Wednesday dinner. The food and service were very good but the noise level was high and sharp (gave me a headache) and the chairs hard and uncomfortable for my sensitive back.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Delicious, imaginative menu that will leave you wanting to come back and try more dishes. Everything was presented beautifully as well. Ask for the back room, which is much more pleasant than the extremely noisy main dining area.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food great. Wait staff needs to be educated not to clear table until all guest are obviously finished eating

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Creative,fresh ideas on the plate. Items without meat were wonderful. Chef Amy more than fulfills expectations.

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