El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.3
895 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
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  • Casual
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  • Good for Groups
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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Delivery or takeout
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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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great dining experience! Perfect for excellent Mexican food with friends and family.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The waitstaff was extremely knowledgable about dietary restrictions, specifically celiacs. Wonderful!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great time. Great food. Service was good but food was slow to come out for 5 people.

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We dined at 10:30AM on Saturday July 14, 2018.

Only had 1 drink after an hour of sitting at the table. Our server barely acknowledged us. Luckily at the end one of the servers almost comped our entire meal. The lack of service made us very disappointed and even hungry after we left. I had asked for the manager and he came over and didn't apologize or introduce himself... I didn't get the servers name who helped us but he made us feel so much better as we left.

As we all left the manager didn't even follow up with us or say thank you. He needs to learn customer service..

I've been here before and haven't had any issues. However this was very frustrating for a party of (5) with a reservation to not receive the service they expected.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Service and food were outstanding!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

I read a lot of bad current reviews about this place but my friend and I came here on a Fri night had a good time here. The waitress was very attentive and the food was great and came out relatively quickly!

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The food was good but the service was very slow and it was not busy

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Perfect brunch spot

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I went here to celebrate my graduation from college. Unfortunately we had terrible service in the beginning. A waistress by the name of Kimberly was just horrible to my friends and I, ruining the celebration of a newly college grad. The manager rectified the situation by giving us a new server who was decent.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! A good deal, especially when the staff is attentive!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

So fun! Good tacos and vibe, but didn’t get checked on by waiter very often.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The bartender, who was also our server, was excellent, but it was very clear that the whole place was severely understaffed. The actual waitresses were nowhere to be seen- the bartender deserves a raise for essentially running the restaurant

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We loved our brunch here! We got in 30 minutes early for a 5-top and they were able to seat us within 5 minutes. Then our waitress Dona was amazing. She attended to our every need--she put in food orders before we asked because she knew it would get busy during the World Cup, she made our drinks stronger when we asked, she made sure our food was as we asked, and was just overall incredible.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The chef and waitress were fabulous. We had a wonderful time celebrating our cousins bachelorette party! Absolutely will be coming back to this location with more family and friends!

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was mediocre and the drinks were subpar

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food; outstanding customer service, care and support by the manager and my waitress. My second time; came to visit my son, GW Law student. Same manager, same waitress, same personal service. Great drinks, great food, great service. I’m looking forward to my next visit. Thanks

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Lovely margaritas!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We went to El Centro because our friend Michaela is a waitress there. What we didn't know was that their menu was very authentic Mexican and muy sabroso! The restaurant itself has great ambience and the desserts were amazing too. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Georgetown. And please ask for Michaela; she did a great job serving our table and many others at the same time!
Susan the Hungarian

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Service was poor

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Overall, have a very nice time for brunch at El Centro. The only complaint there was is that we had put in an order for something and it seemed to take forever for our table to receive the food. Albeit, it was busy. It appeared other tables were receiving the same order that we had put in after we had asked for it. Besides that, had great service and also great food!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great Atmosphere and the food was amazing! I usually only stick to item on the menu at every restaurant but at El Centro I’ll be going back to plenty other dishes. The food looked and tasted that great!

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Had the crispy shrimp tacos and the tacos al pastor (pork). The grilled pineapple in the tacos was outstanding and the tequila list was amazing. Sadly, the chips were underwhelming, although the guac was fresh and good. In general, the food was a bit under-seasoned- needed more lime and salt. Prices are good. Had a great server- very attentive and nice.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Was seated outside in the rain with not enough coverage to block the water spilling onto table, food and drinks.

No effort to reseat or provide additional coverage.

Manager was rude to hostess and was showing other staff posts on Facebook and was completely ignorant to customers.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was good- service was slow- some tables we wanted were dirty. Toilets too.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went for Father's Day and my dad really enjoyed the food! The only issue I had was seating, I made a reservation for 7 and they placed in at a table that was not made for 7 people so it was a little uncomfortable. Other than that, the service was amazing! Alex was very accommodating!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Describing this restaurant as upscale is a reach. I was expecting Rosa Mexicana not Cactus Cantina. We were a 5 top seated by the back door/back stairs. It was hot and sweaty while the main dining room was cool?!?! We also had a server yelling down the back stairs right next to us.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Always love El Centro! Have been here multiple times. Suddenly this time our waiter told us we had been sitting there for 2 hours and that there’s now a time limit, which we have exceeded. It was a bit rude, would have liked to know that they suddenly had a time limit upon sitting down. It was never advertised.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

A wide range of tacos are available, all of them fresh and imaginative. Good margaritas if you go when they are not busy.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Favorite DC brunch!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It was my best friend’s Bachelor Weekend and it was an amazing Boozy brunch!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Frozen margaritas was way to sweet. But the chips and Guacamole were outstanding. It’s a shame - if this place had better margaritas (less sugar) it would be our go to mexican spot.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Decent food. Very slow service. Good value though.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Everything was great but place seemed kind of dirty. Chairs ripped, napkins still covered with old food, glasses not beer clean, etc.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Everything was great!

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We came a group of seven for brunch on a Sunday, got sat quickly and the food arrived in seconds as well as the drinks. Food was very good. The only reason I am giving 2 starts is because the server started becoming a bit bitter as we kept asking for refills( because we were 7 people). We were never told about the two hour limit and it is not on the menu. And, this is kinda hard to follow with given that we were a bigger table. The icing of the cake was that each one of us got charged around 150-190$ for no reason, and I feel it was done on purpose as retaliation from the server, honestly. Obviously she still charged the right amount 35$ and that's the receipt we all signed. Though we now all have a pending charge that will take a few days to be refunded, for no reason. Just a suggestion for improvement and to make sure servers maintain some kind of morality, because this was truly dubious. Be careful!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food and great tequila menu!!

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I had the shrimp tacos and the corn tortillas were soggy and actually fell apart as I ate them.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The brunch is a really great deal, so I understand that it's popular and they may be overwhelmed, but the service was really terrible.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I normally don’t like to leave negative reviews, but this was not the best experience. It took awhile to even get water After being seated- no one even came to our table for probably 10/15 mins. Our waiter apologized because he said he “forgets about our entire section” which I found to be weird... how do you forget a whole entire section of tables? And You could tell he kept forgetting because he never came around throughout our meal. In general- It took a really long time for our food to come out, sometimes roughly 20 mins a plate when the other tables were getting theirs SO fast We also had to ask another waiter to get our check because ours was steadily catering to the same one table. It was just frustrating because they put a two hour cap on things but we spent the Majority of our time waiting. I believe we had bad luck today. I understand accidents happen and busy times can be overwhelming, but unfortunately it just was not an overall good experience. I hope In the future, if I were to return, there would be just a little bit more efficiency, especially because that meal is not cheap.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Fantastic location. Frequent Dinner choice when I have guests from out the of town and when my spouse and I get to have a “date-night”.

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