Centrolina

4.7
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1590 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.
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vipAJinDC
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Centrolina!!! Tonight is our 5th anniversary and we had hoped to dine in but due to coronavirus we were not able to do so. We stocked up on Centrolina market items like housemade pasta, Bolognese, veal ragu, quiche, olive tapenade, robiola cheese and it is SO GOOD. We miss you Centrolina!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s such a great restaurant, wonderful service and outstanding food

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SpongeBob
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious pasta. Next time I'm in DC I'll be back.

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TadeoG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful. Being Tuesday lunch probably helped nose level and service. Loved the location!

JK
vipJudithK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Particularly the pastas. We had a quiet room so noise not bad. Server Tim was terrific

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vipBaba
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One of their 5-6 pasta dishes on the menu already had run out before 7pm even rolled around. Service was not particularly great — long waits and such. Food was quite good but the overall experience was simply not at the level that had made this a DC foodie destination. Sorry to say. Maybe just an off night? But not so interested in going back to see if that’s the case.

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anonymous
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I love Centrolina, but I feel like the quality has gone down slightly since a few years ago. I also made a reservation over a month in advance and was seated in a back room that had only one other table. It felt like a last minute effort to add more tables to the restaurant and didn't have the same ambiance as being seated in the main dining area. I wish they would remove that private room altogether as an option unless requested.

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vipMomof4
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Our group enjoyed pasta dishes and a great Negroni.

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vipPeterR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent and innovative fresh food in a very comfortable setting. Chestnut
Pasta and cacio Pepe scone were real
Highlights. I hadn’t been since they redid
The place but will return soon.

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vipBACA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and outstanding food. Truly best in class.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The waitress kept trying to up sell us with champagne. The seafood platter was disgusting. I love traditional Italian food but the grigliata was inedible. Not worth the hype.

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vipVickyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way.

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vipBrent
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arty is a rockstar server! Huge props to his service and genuineness.

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booker
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Excellent service.

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Anne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I ordered pasta seafood. It had little bit small piece of fish and octopus. Pasta tested very hard and oily. My friend order grill fish and was good.

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Troy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Dinner at Centrolina was delicious but unusually slow. We waited for a while after our reservation time for a table due to previous guests, although the restaurant staff were extremely gracious about it. Then our food was pretty slow in arriving. Nonetheless, looking forward to going back for the deliciousness.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome bar experience followed by awesome pasta

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vipRobertB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat out frequently in Washington, and Centrolina is at the top of my list. Consistently excellent. Wonderful pastas made with a knowledge of the tradition and with inventiveness. As a second, I go for whatever is the crudo of the day--most recently, spada served with radishes and other vegetables sliced paper thin--simply delicious. And stunning desserts--in my most recent visit a panna cotta made with babeurre. All in all, not to be missed.

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Talia
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining options City Center has to offer. Kudos to Chef Amy and the team.

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vipDCMDNOVA
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and they were very attentive to the food allergies of the dining party. Server was very well informed and gave beautiful descriptions of items when asking for more information.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The hostess was a bit rude and arrogant. You would have thought she was a 3 Michelin star chef. Other than that the food is always excellent each and every time I’ve been there.

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GailW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wonderful service

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BeeW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious from start to finish! Adored the Fettucine and flourless cake + pear sorbet combo!

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LuigiR
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing experience, food is top notch, service superb

TK
vipTomK
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous on all counts!!! Food and service were exceptional! Thank you.

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EmilyR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was more than a meal, it was an experience. Such a special place.

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vipBobS
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic as always. The food, service and overall ambiance make this our favorite restaurant in DC. A great date night outing.

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JosephSEDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Centrolina on the recommendation of a work colleague. Modern, welcoming atmosphere with excellent service and delicious food. We had a window seat overlooking Palmer Alley, and started by sharing the burrata and a Caesar salad. For entrées, my partner chose the mushroom fettuccine and I had the scallops—both delicious. Nice cocktail and wine list, too! I will definitely be back and highly recommend Centrolina.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great, knowledgeable waiter that helped us order. Food beautifully plated and everything was delicious!

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rinnee
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always trying new things and make sure to save room for dessert!

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food and service was wonderful. We will definitely go back.

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vipTodd
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good but waited 10+ minutes before service checked in

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vipJonC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable

HM
HanoverMaryland
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun friendly restaurant. Excellent service and very good food - and cocktails!

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vipMaximilianO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for table for 2 and even though 5 minutes late we were seated quickly.
Wait staff was attentive and not overbearing.
The food was delicious.
This has become a solid go-to restaurant in my neighborhood.

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GenesisM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were trying to fins where to have dinner, we booked the reservation and was and incredible experience. Food delish and service great!

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DaveS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing to Centrolina. We went because it was written up in the Washingtonian Top 100. We were not disappointed. The food was fresh, well prepared and presented - and DELISH. I do want to give a shout out to TIM our waiter. He was amazing. He was thorough in providing details of the food, was there when we needed him - like squeezing out the last drop of wine from our bottle and super friend and kind. Overall, great experience. THANK YOU!

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vipLadylaxer9999
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A few shining moments, but overall the food was ho-hum. The service and ambiance were pleasant. A nice night out, but wouldn’t rush back.

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vipKmaward
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have wanted to eat at Centrolina for years and was thrilled when we were able to get a reservation within a couple of days. The food was amazing but I felt as though our waiter could have been a little more attentive. We were seated at a table with no napkins and when we asked him for napkins, he could not understand the request (we are both native English speakers so language was not an issue). When our appetizer came and we still didn’t have napkins, we asked the server for napkins and he understood we were missing table linens and furnished them for us. Later our waiter came back with cocktail napkins, having not understood our request and not noticed the table was not properly set.

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vipAnn123
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent great food great service

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Centrolina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 898-2426.

Centrolina is rated 4.7 stars by 1590 OpenTable diners.

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