El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.4
953 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Chef Richard Sandoval invites you to gather, dine and raise a glass at El Centro, D.F. Authentic Mexican comfort food and fine Tequilas are served in three vibrant spaces.

Reaching back to his roots, internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval created El Centro DF to introduce Washington DC to signature authentic Mexican flavors and traditional dishes that he grew up enjoying. The dynamic two-story restaurant in Georgetown, with a back patio, is also home to over 300 tequilas, mezcals alongside craft Mexican-inspired drinks.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - Late
Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Late Night:
Wednesday - Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am

Brunch:
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Happy Hour:
3-7pm DAILY (at the bar only)
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Phone number
(202) 333-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Terry Natas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M Street NW
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Parking details
There is both street parking and a public lot.
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Public transit
Just North of the intersection of Wisconsin Ave NW and M St NW.
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Entertainment
Year round back patio with heaters.

Latin Wednesdays
10 PM-2 AM | Every Wednesday
Free Salsa lessons from 9-10PM
Salsa | Merengue | Bachata | Top 40 | Samba
No cover
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Samar Choueiri at schoueiri@richardsandoval.com; We'll help you select times and menus just right for your gathering. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Reaching back to his culinary roots, Chef Sandoval created El Centro DF to introduce Washington, D.C. to signature authentic Mexican flavors and traditional dishes that he grew up enjoying. The dynamic two-story restaurant in Georgetown, with back patio, is also the home to 200 tequilas and mezcals!

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MB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was AWESOME. Food presentation and restaurant ambiance were fantastic. Spicy mango margaritas are NOT spicy. They even made us a new batch. Not good. Half of our group love their food. The other half thought it was ok - kind of bland. Would definitely give them a second chance though. Glad we tried a new place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Reserved a table at 8PM and we didn’t get seated until 9PM. The service was just okay (one person in casual wear even came half way through the meal and asked to see our IDs, they lost our credit cards for a second, and they repeatedly didn’t bring us a lot of the things we asked for). Food is okay.

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H
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

i really loved the bloody maria, the pineapple agua fresca, the watermelon agua fresca, the fried eggs divorciadas, the chicken tinga taco, posole, and chunky guacamole! nice portions and perfect pacing. an overall really nice birthday wknd brunch; gracias el centro!

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SQ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best service I have ever had for a brunch anywhere. waitstaff were all friendly, helpful, fast. Food was fast and delicious. drinks were refilled. Atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful vegetarian options!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food.

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DB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! The bottomless brunch comes with everything on the menu and as much as you want. The drinks keep flowing - mimosas, margaritas, and more. A great brunch location in the heart of Georgetown!

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value for delicious food. Could use a broader brunch cocktail menu, but overall great experience. Definitely recommended.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went there before the event started at the Kennedy Center. The location is good, right in the Georgetown. The food is good and the service is friendly.

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BJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for some delicious Mexican food in Georgetown. Recommended by a local friend, definitely did not disappoint. Tacos were delish, so was my margarita, and the plantains are a must!

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KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. We were celebrating a friend's bachelorette and were at a high table upstairs and out of the way. Our server, Alex, was outstanding. The food was delicious and a memorable time was had by all. Would definitely recommend for brunch, or any other occasion for that matter.

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AN
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is definitely amazing, so is the service!! I had my birth day celebration and from the moment I made my reservation until the end of the night I have no complaints. I am very happy with the overall experience.

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BF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always look for really good Mexican food, mezcal and tequila when we travel. El Centro did not disappoint! Guacamole and Steak Tacos... still craving more four days later... delish!!

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Monday night, a couple friends and I ate at El Centro D.F. in Georgetown, and we

thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere.

We started off with the tasty El Centro margaritas (sufficiently boozey and

refreshing), along with the table-prepped guacamole, crispy masa calamari and the

tlayuda de aguacate y chapulinas. We enjoyed all three appetizers (perfect avocados

and crispy chapulinas), but the calamari really stood out. The squid was tender and

the masa coating was light and crisp, nicely complemented by the three

accompanying condiments.

From those happy beginnings, we moved on to the Pork Carnitas, Chicken Quesadilla

with Chipotle Aioli, and Mole Coloradito Enchiladas. The first two dishes I've

sampled before, and the savoury pork carnitas are always delicious. The Mole

Coloradito Enchiladas from the special Oaxaquena menu were notably delicious. So

many cooks overplay one ingredient or another in mole sauces, but this one was a

wonderful admixture of flavors deftly executed with restraint.

As we were finishing out main courses, the manager Alex Harris stopped by and

recommended the Fortaleza Tequila Blanco. Traditionally produced by the Sauza

family in the Tequila Valley, Jalisco, we all agreed it was deliciously smooth with a

hint of fire from the brick ovens used to cook the blue agave. The Blanco produced

a nice warm glow for our dessert the Calabaza en Tacha -- glazed pumpkin perfectly

carmelized and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Throughout the evening, our server Kevin (attentive, friendly and unobtrusive)

offerred wonderful suggestions and brilliantly managed the flow of our numerous

dishes and drinks in and out .

We're all looking forward to going back soon.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I am so glad that I decided to stop pass El Centro with my friends for Sunday brunch. The food was cooked to order & very tasty. Like everything was good. This is most definitely a hidden jem & a must try. My group of 4 was very satisfied & full driving home to Baltimore. We will be back for sure.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Waiter was extremely rude and we waited over 1 hour for food. If you're paying $40 for all you can eat and drink you'd think you could get food. I was served two plates.

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AZ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salsa for the chips is uniquely delicious. Ordered the ceviche as an appetizers and the chicken enchiladas divorciadas for dinner. Everything was outstanding, cleaned my plate!

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AR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food and service was all good. We had a reservation and we were seated and waited on right away. Unfortunately, there was an incident that causes me not to recommend this restaurant. I have private messaged the establishment.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience & great food!

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DH
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service- atmosphere was inviting

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R
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a good time at El Centro Georgetown. We order the queso fundido which was really good and all of us ordered the Tacos al Pastor. Meat was very flavorful and the tortilla fresh. Our serves was very attentive. Oh, and the party after 11 is always fenomenal!

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SN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Three stars: The heirloom vegetable tacos were quite nice and reasonably priced, considering the location. The waitress neglected to bring our shrimp appetizer, but, as I was surfeitted by the tacos, I can overlook this mistake.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great bar. Alex the

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JV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My faults were mostly just with the service.
Our waitress brought us waters & chips/salsa without introducing herself as our waitress so we assumed she was just a busser/runner. We eventually asked another waiter about drinks and he sent her over.
The food tasted great, the issue was it came out warm at best as if it had been sitting on the counter without even a heat lamp for 10-15 min.

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DG
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was good and the food excellent. I will definitely go back to this place but be cautious since it's a very noisy atmosphere

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EZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!!

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M
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The waiter didnt come to us, after 10 mins of seating. We ended up getting a new server because the original server was slow and had no customer server skilled. While getting a new server, she put in a order of food and when we recieved our check. Days later I noticed a huge charge on my card. I have to now dispute this charge. I left $57.90 including tip. But my bank charge shows $85. I prefer the 14th street location a lot better but they where booked af usual and I thought this Georgetown location would be a good fit but I was wrong.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Over priced
Over hyped
Barely tolerable food
Watery drinks

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C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Went for a casual brunch after a long bachelorette weekend - one of the poorest dining experiences I've ever had. THERE WAS NO COFFEE. IN THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT. DURING BRUNCH.
Had to ask more than once or twice for everything we needed, some of what we ordered never arrived even after reminding the server 4 (YES, FOUR) times.
I had the brunch torta, which sounded good on the menu, but they SERIOUSLY skimped on the chorizo - and everything else. It was essentially just bread with some sauce and egg. Amount of guacamole was sad.
Will not be returning.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow!!!!! And no OJ for mimosas, no cappuccino, and no watermelon spikes agua fresca! WTH! Why even go!

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was well worth the price. Food was very good, authentic, and plenty of servers bringing small plates. The only negative was that our server was overwhelmed and drink orders slower than I would have liked. Other than that...5 stars!!

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F
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would give 5 stars but were I was seated there was an invasion on cockroaches. My waitress was awesome, and we did leave her a generous tip because it’s not her fault. Brunch was good, loved the bottomless margaritas and I can eat everything from the menu... but we killed 3 cockroaches in the process of our meal, they did not make a big deal out of it... and covered the check. But still we killed 3 cockroaches as we were eating... so i don’t think I would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Francia, was amazing! Super sweet, fast, and friendly. Made our whole dining and drinking experience so much fun.

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MD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All you can eat/drink brunch was SO worth the $39. The staff were so on top of refilling our drinks and bringing us our food!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great margs! Perfect place for a meet up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while.

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MM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here several times. Had brunch for the first time this Sunday. The food is excellent. It is loud, and the bathrooms are less than clean, But the FOOD!!! Brunch for $40 with bottomless beverages (alcoholic) and unending top notch food options makes it well worth the money spent.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great concept but the tortilla quality is not so good. Too much cream on everything. It was really loud with all the wasted brunchers. The sliders were really great.

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CO
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can't beat the atmosphere for fun! Food is very good and fresh, fairly consistently. On a few occasions the chicken tacos were a little dry, but not this time around. The Salmon Adabado is an amazing dish. The best thing about the food is the interesting mix of flavors. The outdoor deck is a lot of fun. Good bar scene up and down stairs. This is a go-to spot for our family.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Came here with my family for an end of summer brunch and it did not disappoint! The frozen margaritas were nice and STRONG! Food was delivered in a timely manor and was fresh, well cooked and seasoned. Free chips and delicious were a nice added bonus and the salsa was unique and soooooo tasty!! Would definitely recommend and come back again

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to El Centro in D.C. and their Georgetown location. This was the third time there and the wait time for food, drinks, refills on water, etc. was HORRIBLE! The initial greeting set the tone. We made reservations and were tole there was no upstairs seating.... Weird as we waited to go upstairs and it was three quarters empty. We ordered the bottomless brunch and sat down. We waited 10 minutes before being greeted, then received food 8 minutes later, not bad, but it took 12 minutes to get our first drink.
While eating our drinks sat empty for almost 20 minutes before being asked by the hostess if we needed anything.
After paying 39.00 per person, having only 5 food items( totaling regular menu price 38.00), tapas style, receiving 2 drinks each, waiting to be WAITED on, and being aggravated by the slow service, with the upstairs three quarters empty, it was MISERABLE.

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