El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

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Contemporary Mexican

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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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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Our server gave us such a hard time with refilling our "bottomless" mimosas. My friends and I mentioned it to the floor manager and not much was done after that. I probably won't revisit this location; again!

GA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the meal I got the guacamole, tortilla soup and crab and shrimp enchiladas with the churros for dessert.
The chips and salsa are great. The soup is a meal in itself, thick and full of flavor. I know I’ll be going back

JT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Drinks were good- we went there during brunch so it was “bottomless,” service was good- food isn’t that great. Churros were soggy, shrimp for ceviche was rubbery- the best things were the quesadilla and chips. Aside from that- it’s a so-so restaurant with good drinks if that’ll make up for it. Also, it smelled very musty in the downstairs area and stairway which is the LAST thing you wanna smell when you’re about to eat.

L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great! Wait time was also minimal between courses.

JG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional Mexican cuisine. One of the best margaritas I've ever had. Sadly, no draft beers. Reservations recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went with my parents

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Drinks were good also. Recommend if you are in Georgetown area amd want mexican food or just a cool place to have drinks.

T
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

I did El Centro brunch for the first time and loved it. $40 for all you can eat and drink is great - especially to get other drinks that aren't just mimosas. The reason I subtracted a star is the service - the waiter was rude, not friendly, and not attentive. We had to flag her down for drinks and failed to receive numerous things we ordered. The place wasn't super busy either, so I'm not sure what was wrong.

L
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Didn’t appreciate being kicked out of our table after the two hours being there. It has never happened and shouldn’t had happen. I had been there many times but For Both of my friends it was their first and they didn’t appreciate that. I understand they had more reservation but that doesn’t mean I have to get kicked out.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The back enclosed patio space is not great for just dining. Service was really slow as well and seemed to only focus on those at the bar. Plus we had the experience of seeing several large rats climbing across several of the rafters. We realize DC has rats around, but seeing them during dinner is not a great experience.
The tacos we had were good. Nothing spectacular but good. The mojitos were very good and some of the best we’ve had in dcc

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent service!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The waiter was extremely distracted and it was extremely hot. We were seated outside on the patio and spotted a rat several times

CF
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place to gather. We had a party of 11 and we were seated and served together Most everything we ordered was correct and the guacamole is the best. Highly recommend the street tacos. Best things on the menu in my opinion. The margaritas are also very good

PH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. Unprofessional staff front of the house. Food is mediocre. Won’t go back

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Guac a bit too lime-y for our taste, but different strokes for different folks — awesome service, thank you, Katalina(spell check?)!

L
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Loved it.

B
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tacos, at an excellent price. Every Tuesday the flavors change, there's some variety.

Even the salsa for the chips is delicious. I was told there are black beans in the salsa. Amazing.

Server very nice and accommodating.

F
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for happy hour. Margarita was good, as well as hot dog and tacos.

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seems like this location isn’t as good as years ago.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to El Centro for my Birthday and the experience was wonderful. The owner greeted us multiple times at our table to ensure I was having a good time and even gave me a free birthday shot. The food was yummy and came out very fast. We will definitely be back.

IG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really great time at brunch! Von was a terrific server. We can't wait to go back.

AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Nothing to write home about. Drinks were weak and food luke warm. Service was bad.

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Had a pretty so-so, less than average experience this weekend at El Centro in Georgetown. Staff was nice, food was pretty average - only reason for the low-ish rating is that the food came out super fast - our entrees came out about 5 minutes after appetizers (and before cocktails that we had ordered when we first sat down). The whole experience felt rushed and ill-timed. If we had been in a hurry, it would have been perfect... Guacamole was pretty bland (though we had asked for spicy) and tacos were meh. Won't be going back, and would only recommend El Centro if you are in a pinch and need to get something fast - and other places are full.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Fraudulent pricing for brunch that almost doubles when your check arrives. Not staffed well, one server for the entire patio. Lackluster food and disappointing drinks

YL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We were seated 45 minutes late with no compensation. We were told we would get free guacamole and instead were charged for 2. The service was horrible and the entire menu changed, leaving me and my other vegetarian friends with very few options. They wouldn’t accommodate/change any of the dishes in the kitchen for us because “it was too busy”

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious! I especially liked the seafood enchiladas. Even though I was close enough at my table to touch the bartop, they don't honor happy hour prices at tables so I decided not to get a drink, though the selection looked good. The downside of our visit was that even though we had made a reservation, we were seated late. The hostess said that they were working with "half the restaurant" because of two large holiday parties; while we only had to wait a few minutes, other parties with reservations arrived on time only to be told they had an hour wait. Disappointing that the restaurant wasn't managed better, but at least the food is wonderful.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been to El Centro's brunch many times and it is very good food! The only complaint I have is that brunch menu has been limited to fewer items and the price has increased. I would probably pick a new brunch spot because of this change but it was nice to celebrate a friends birthday. Our waiter was also very nice and helpful with explaining the menu changes to my party. Overall, I do like El Centro but I probably wont go there for brunch anymore it pretty much went from 30-32 dollars (food +drinks) to 39 dollars (food +drink) and for just for food it is 25 dollars (I don't remember the previous price). I understand the price increased but they shouldn't have decreased the menu items for brunch. Most of the options you just end up ordering over and over again cause some of the egg based food items aren't that good.

Z
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great! Margs were better! Noise was a bit much at times, but its a bar atmosphere, what would you expect! I would go back again!

n
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pleasant, service was good. No lasting impression either way.

ER
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed our brunch. The staff was polite and not overattentive,the food and drinks were well portioned and tasty, and the restaurant was not crazy full or loud.

CN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The ambiance and vibe were great but the food was slow to come out as well as the drinks. Though we were a large party and there were other large parties in the space, the time from ordering to getting our orders whether they be drinks or food was so slow. Our waiter did not explain anything he just said we had to do such and such, and we were actively dismissed by the food runners as well as other staff. Overall I dont need to ever come back again. We love the location on 14th but after this experience I have no desire to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Overall the service was good but the food was okay

T
Pittsburgh
101 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late night visit with family . Good vibes and relaxed atmosphere! Food was good

OD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good but service was terrible. Server forgot our appetizer, included chili peppers on a dish when we specifically asked for them to be left off, and never came to refill water or salsa.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food at this restaurant was decent. No one from my party enjoyed the food but did not think it was terrible. Definitely not worth the money. The service was also poor but not bad enough to leave a sour taste. Overall, I don't recommend for brunch.

BB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We had four different waiters, food was cold, drinks took 20 minutes, would probably never go back.

B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very Blah. We made a reservation as we were visiting from Boston and heard good things. They sat us in a tent and wouldn't turn on the 2 heaters that were right above us. It was freezing. Service was slow and the food was not great. Margaritas were awesome but that's about it. Wouldn't go here again.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They took care of my big group very well, for my birthday!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, everytime i come its a great experience

a
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very poor experience. I made a reservation for 15 for 8:30pm on a Friday night and had to WAIT 25 MINUTES to be seated because they were "overbooked". The servers were still putting together our tables as we sat down. Our server was overworked and kept forgetting things for us. She was well-meaning and friendly, but I was very disappointed with the experience. I wanted to impress my friends from out-of-town and I will not make the mistake again of taking them to El Centro on a weekend night

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