El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

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1009 reviews
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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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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

First the tables are way to close to each other. Drinks were okay, the mimosasas were not chilled. Who drinks hot champagne? Also, it’s ridiculous how long our server took to bring drinks during our “2 hour limit”. She rarely came to check on our table, she kept going to the back and chat with another employee. The food was amazing!! Best chickens flautas! We will be coming back and hopefully we don’t get the same server.

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VC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had no wait on our reservation. Attentive staff. Served quickly. Excellent food especially the lamb tacos and guacamole

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Music and food and dranks. Best place to go for low price.

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KM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The tacos and queso were great although one of the entrees arrived cold.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

El Centro is a favorite of mine in Georgetown. Food is generally great, though this most recent visit missed the mark. The El Machete steak was cooked well, though with a little gristle. The side of mushrooms and tortillas with oaxaca cheese and epazote was nearly cold by the time it was served. Tableside guac and salsa were great as usual, and the drinks tasted as expected.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Drinks were slow. Everything else was great.



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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Incredibly expensive!!!

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was very lacking. Angel a server another section over was the highlight of the night. We ordered tequila shots and she was able to give us the exact kind and brand we wanted and we ordered another round tour server messed that up. Only ordered an appetizer which was yummy, but the margaritas were just okay and the service was extremely slow even though there were several available seats. Highly disappointed. Won't return.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time at brunch! Food and drinks were amazing with impeccable service to top it off. Will certainly be returning again soon.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came on a Sunday for brunch. It was very loud because of the loud parties. Food was okay but wasn’t impressed by the guacamole.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

Seemingly deliberate in slowing down food. Took my husband 30 minutes to get his first small plate. We were ready to have a great shared plate brunch and we each got two plates in the two hour limit. Drinks are terribly weak but we were really there for the food, so feel we got about half the value of what we paid. Had to ask staff for food multiple times.

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JA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great place to eat and drink. Not too kid friendly but our 2 year old was happy. The food was great but the price was a bit steep for me and cheap for DC.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Waited 45 minutes to get food. And they had a time limit for the brunch, which I don’t mind but then they should be faster than 45 min between tapas orders.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Heavy on the drinks and less on the food quality...it’s a brunch package that for $40+ you really are paying for the drinks within the brunch and food becomes secondary. Some of the selections are good, but lots were overlooked, not too warm when served. If you get there before 11:30, the food quality is best.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I have been to el Centro several times and have enjoyed it. However, yesterday it was pretty terrible for brunch. Drinks were awful- the margarita was 99% sour mix with a splash of tequila. Food took a very long time to get. Waitress hardly came around and we had to flag her down for mimosas that were 100% OJ. The room was hot and stuffy. They never took plates from our table so they were basically pulled up at the end of the two hours. Probably will never go there again for brunch. I felt very ill after this brunch from the mediocre food and sour mix from the “margarita drinks”. Will defiantly recommend to my friends to never go here and I certainly won’t be back.

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BP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I would recommend this restaurant, only because I've visited before and have had a nice time. Service was terrible this time! Our waiter was also the bartender for the room and there were way too many guests for one person. Huge staffing mistake on El Centro's part. We constantly received food we didn't order, we didn't receive food we did order, and once we reordered food two and THREE times, it took forever to get it. Drinks were another nightmare, because as mentioned, our waiter was the bartender. I constantly saw him behind the bar making a dozen drinks at a time. Great guy who tried hard to keep up, but the whole thing was a mess.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

worst experience - the frozen margarita machines were broken on National Margarita Day - they ran out of chips and salsa - and the bartenders were rude and over worked - it was a completely HORRIBLE experience

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SK
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fairly pleasant and ordinary hangout for young Georgetown crowd.

Waiter was nice but had smelly armpits.

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PK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My friends and I went to brunch. The chips and salsa were delicious, but the size of brunch entrees was very small. I left hungry. At $25, the all you can eat option is too pricey. Basically makes customers have to order 3+ entrees each to be worth it. There needs to be a better balance of cost vs portion size.

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T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Items on the menu were not available due to the Sunday brunch the day before.

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PR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant looked nice and we had a friendly reception from the hostess. We were a group with two children, and they were nice enough to make an alteration to one of the menu items. Unfortunately they were out of chips for the guacamole, they were out of cheese for enchiladas, and they put cheese all over a dish that was described as vegan. The rice was a little hard. We were there on a Sunday evening so it seems as though we came at the end of a very busy day. The vegetable tacos we're very tasty.

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RS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I would not recommend dining at this location for Brunch. The service was incredibly disorganized and it was not clear who our waiter was. We were seated for almost 30 minutes before anyone came to take our order. We opted for the bottomless option; when we put in our first round of food order, only two of the seven items we ordered came in the next 45 minutes. This was particularly frustrating given that the portions are tiny (the bottomless option has small individual portions of the menu items rather than a full-size dish). A waitress stopped by to ask if we wanted to order more at which point I reminded her we were still waiting on quite a few items. She did not apologize for the wait, merely pointed out that they were busy and advised we order more. Items would come out from that point randomly and sometimes duplicates of things we had already ordered. We had to remind the staff three times that we had asked for coffee.Nearly all egg items were overcooked and many items were cold when delivered to us. By the end of the two-hour window, we were full of the cold, fried items that had been delivered to us (we ate them because we were starving and nothing else had come!) and just ready to get out of there. The waitress offered us the check- by then probably 50% of the items we had ordered throughout the morning had not come. The only good thing is that the drinks were delicious!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

If you are looking for some strong bottomless margaritas on a Sunday morning this is the place to be but do not expect to eat good food. We did not receive our first small plate of food for 45 minutes and even then the food was cold and unappetizing. Our one veggie taco had veggies straight from a can. Would recommend unless you are just drinking...

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Waitress did her best, but the food quality for the price wasn’t great at all. Felt like dishes were microwaved/re-heated

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delish! Great drinks

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

When I ordered the quesadilla as a part of the bottomless brunch, I was given about 1/4 of a normal quesadilla on a plate with no rice or beans. My friend ordered the breakfast tacos and was given the skimpiest tacos I have ever seen, again with no rice or beans. We watched as food was delivered to other tables around us that where served the proper size dishes. It was not explained to us the $25 amount for foods so we did not order anything else. We pulled three bugs out of our margaritas. I had heard good reviews about this restaurant but I do not understand why. It was terrible, and an embarrassment to have brought my out of town guests there.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Maybe the worst Margarita I’ve ever had it tasted like lemonade

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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Open table had great pictures and high ratings so we thought we'd give it a try. The ambiance is festive and the music is great, but the food was not good. If you are going there for beers, chips and salsa, it will work. If you are looking for good food and good service, then you need to look elsewhere.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday brunch was great!

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. We enjoyed the wide variety of food choices. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great but it is a total bar scene. Do not recommend for a date night unless you want to get drinks and sit at the bar

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CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the bottomless brunch! The food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. We especially loved the drink options but they were unfortunately out of tomato mix that day so we couldn’t enjoy the bloody Mary’s. Our server was very attentive and provided great service. We will be back for more!

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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy coming here. This day we had a friend in town and wanted to show her a great place to eat with good music and atmosphere. With more incentives, we will come back more often but at this moment, it is about once a year and twice if we are lucky.

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service as usual; awful food. They STILL can't get their vegetarian tacos right! Tasted like garbage, just a mess of flavors. Won't be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Server was great & very attentive

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b
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was middling, not exactly great, the margarita, chips, salsa and guacamole were the best parts but otherwise it was nothing special. Service was slow and inattentive for our party and we weren't able to take full advantage of the bottomless brunch because of that.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Super fun spot with yummy food and even better bar. Brunch in the Georgetown location is a madhouse. My recommendation for large groups is that everyone stick to one bill and figure out the split later, or risk your food coming out in a painfully slow trickle.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was a good 30 mins before we got our drinks, after ordering the bottomless brunch, which was $39 for 2 hours max. Once we got our drinks, and I’m not picky, we couldn’t even drink them. I’ve had micheladas before, but this one just wasn’t to my taste. We got the 2nd round of drinks about 15 mins later and they were better. A lot of the food was supposed to be crunchy (tacos, nachos, etc.), but we’re kind of on the soggy side. I love churros and they were undercooked. It’s a cool venue, but for $40 bottomless brunches, there are other places I would go for a better value and service. There was also a server who switched half way through and he was extremely helpful and kept our drinks full— so he definitely kind of redeemed the afternoon. One thing that was kind of annoying was that you can’t order a juice without alcohol. I wasn’t particularly fond of the alcoholic options, so honestly just wanted to order a mimosa without the champagne. Apparently that’s not allowed.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We went for brunch... the service was bad, meals came out at different times, someone had to wait over an hour for their plate— by the time they got it everyone was already done with their meals, food turned cold very quickly, overall disappointing meal

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I was very excited to come here for brunch but was disappointed to wait 20 minutes for the table even though I had made reservations. We then waited for at least 15 minutes for water and our server to come and take our order after being seated. It was busy, however the server never apologized or anything. We were given chips and salsa 30 minutes after sitting down and our first round of food was cold. I ordered steak quesadillas and a chicken one came out. When I said I did not order it, the server told me that half of it was chicken and half was steak (it wasn’t) and then I never got what I ordered. I also ordered the sliders but was given something else instead and the server insisted it was the slider. Since I paid for the bottomless deal, it was upsetting to not have a server around most of the time to order and then I was given the wrong food. The whole experience was not enjoyable and very frustrating.

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