El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, everytime i come its a great experience

UW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Absolutely horrible. Our party couldn’t agree on whether the worst part was the food, the drinks or the service. Twenty-five minutes late seating a reservation. No flavor to anything. Guac was like it came from a gas station fridge. Margarita were like they came from a can. No idea why this place is busy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Food was good. Margarita was sour.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

So good we went there twice in three days during our visit. Fresh ingredients, creative flavor profiles. The salsa was smokey and irresistibly delicious.

GG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated quickly with a short wait for a large party, and although the locale was fairly loud it was high energy and great for a birthday brunch. The chicken tacos were incredible! And the flautas. It could be a bit slow but understandably so as the restaurant seemed very busy.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good place to get drinks but the service was just ok.

LE
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We do regularly come back for the cojito rice and the frozen mango margaritas. They stopped doing the t-shirts which is a shame.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience4

We did brunch, waiter forgot our orders multiple time even our drink we couldn’t enjoy brunch by the time we got our food we couldn’t order again from the brunch menu

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Es la primera vez que iba, e hice una reserva para 15 personas para festejar el cumpleaños de mi esposo.
Lamentablemente desde que llegamos tuvieron problemas.
En principio, me dijeron que no podíamos pedir solo Appetizers y platos share, ya que la mesa era para cena. Luego de discutirlo entre ellos decidieron que sí, podíamos hacerlo.
En segunda instancia, me dijeron que las bebidas, como eran cuentas separadas que pidamos a la barra y cuando lo hicimos nos dijeron que no, que pidamos a nuestra moza.
Al momento de sentarnos, ibamos a sentarnos comenzansdo desde la punta izquierda, y no les pareció bien, nos hicieron sentar desde la derecha.
En fin, muy mala atencion y mal organizado, pero sobre todo, si reservo una mesa 22.15 y solo queremos comer Appetizers, no encuentro la negatividad y el problema que me plantearon, siendo ademas que estaba vacio, no le sacabamos lugar a nadie. Lamentable.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 22, 2019

Hola Maria, Gracias por informarnos sobre su experiencia en El Centro Georgetown. Lamento escuchar que no pudimos brindarle un nivel deseable de servicio y expectativas de alimentos durante su visita. Nos enorgullecemos de la excelente comida y servicio, y su visita claramente no estuvo a la altura de nuestros estándares habituales. Si desea hablar más sobre su experiencia, envíe un correo electrónico a guestrelations@richardsandoval.co así puedo ver cómo hacer las cosas bien.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was fine. Nothing spectacular. Don’t fee a need to go again but don’t regret going

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 22, 2019

Dear Jared, I am sorry to see from your review that your experience with us at El Centro Georgetown was less than ideal. We value our guest feedback and if you would like to discuss your experience and how we could improve our food and service to something more than just fine, please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.co. Thank you for the feedback. Warm Regards, Molly Guest Experience Team

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent, as was the service. My only complaint is that the noise level was very loud, especially for a Tuesday evening, but it would t deter me from going again! I would highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, drinks at a reasonable price. Service was very good as well

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you for the positive review! We appreciate your feedback and your support. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit to El Centro Georgetown and hope we see you again soon.

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YB
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This restaurant was recommended by a couple of my friends. Upon arrival, one of the hostesses was rude and the other two were very nice. The waitstaff was nice but missed some of our orders. The drinks weren’t very good with the brunch and there were only a few items on brunch menu that were delicious.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 17, 2019

Dear YvetteB, I am sorry to hear we were not able to provide you with desirable level of service and food expectations during your visit. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and your visit was clearly not up to our usual standards. We will meet with our hosts about how they come off to our guest and waitstaff about accuracy. If there is anything else I can do to improve your impression of El Centro, please email me at guestrealtaions@richardsandoval.cm. Molly Guest Experience Team

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b
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I LOVE this place. We have been coming for years when we are back in town. That said, this time around the service was a little slow, but the food was still excellent. Additionally, I was really disappointed when we asked for more tortillas (we only got I think two each) that it would be like $4 more! For TORTILLAS at a Mexican place....really? Seemed kinda "nickle and dimey" for a place like that in Georgetown where the bill was easily going to be $75 or more for a couple. We'll still be back, but hopefully they will see this and take note.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing service and the best tacos I’ve ever had! Margaritas were also fantastic

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you so much for the amazing review! We hope we can welcome you back to El Centro Georgetown again soon.

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SB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place for a fun time with friends

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you for the five star review! We appreciate the feedback and support and hope to welcome you back soon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food1service1ambience1

Subpar food and service

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Amazing food and drinks but the waitstaff is consistently mediocre. They don't

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 17, 2019

I am sorry to see from your review that your experience with us at El Centro Georgetown was less than ideal. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and our team clearly let you down. We value our guest feedback and if you would like to discuss your experience and how we could improve our service to earn more than 2 stars, please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm. Thank you for the feedback. Warm Regards, Molly Guest Experience Team

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KH
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was very good. I would recommend the quest fundingo

TP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

DO NOT COME HERE FOR GROUP CELEBRATIONS. I came here for a birthday celebration and nothing was how I expected it to be. I made a reservation with text requesting that I reserve a table on the patio, but when I came in, they tell me the patio is closed. So why would they not tell me this beforehand? I would have moved my celebration to a different location if they were responsive to my request. To make things worst we were sat right next to the window where we CLEARLY saw people outside on the patio. The staff seemed a bit out of touch with what was on their menu and we had to chase down our server multiple times to get any service to a restaurant that wasn't busy that particular afternoon. It was my actual birthday but I had to remind the server multiple times if I can get a free churro or SOMETHING. All in all I wish I chose a different restaurant or at least the DC El Centro location where they actually have specials like half off Sangria on Sunday. This El Centro doesnt have specials like that. Birthday ruined. Thanks Georgetown El-Centro.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 4, 2019

Dear Toni, I hope you will accept my sincere apologies. I am not sure what happened with the patio, but I have contacted management b/c your experience is unacceptable. I am also disappointed with the way our service team handled your group. We try to make the occasion feel special and our staff clearly let you down. We would like invite you back to show you a true El Centro experience. Please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm so I can find a way to make things right. Best, Molly M

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BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I came in for brunch yesterday and it was ehh compared to other brunch spots that i've been to in the DC area, we waited a long time for a waiter to come up to us and ask if we wanted a drink or to get started with our orders. We had to call a waiter after 15min just to get a drink. I'll start with the drinks, we ordered mimosas to start and they were good nice and strong. We then ordered margaritas and they tasted like they came from a premixed bottle , extremely watered down and just sour, terrible really.
Now the food , we got our food orders wrong a couple times and we noticed that everywhere, customers were being brought out wrong dishes. We got a handle of things from the menu the steak quesadilla was average, the steak tacos were okay, the bacon egg and cheese torta was good ! Never got our pork mexican benedict after we asked twice for it. The desserts we got churros and they were good. Bathrooms are also dirty and smell like someone peed all over the walls. Disappointed honestly

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 4, 2019

I am sorry to hear we were not able to provide you with desirable level of service and food expectations while dining at El Centro. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and your visit was clearly not up to our usual standards. I apologize for the condition of the bathroom. This is not something that is acceptable and not something that is usual. If you would like to further discuss your visit and ways we can earn a second chance, please email us at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as ALWAYS! The bottomless brunch is amazing and such a great value. The food was delicious.

C
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Checking in was too complicated. We had a reservation for 3, place was almost empty and took almost 15 min to be taken to our table.?.
Authentic yes, but average. Nothing too special.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 4, 2019

Dear Cuissineamateur60, I am sorry to hear we were not able to provide you with desirable level of service and food expectations while dining at El Centro. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and your visit was clearly not up to our usual standards. If you would like to further discuss your visit, please email me at guestrealations@richardsandoval.cm. Warm Regards, Molly Guest Experience Team

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M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the acoustics leave a lot to be desired - the tables are close together so I could hear their conversation, and had difficulty hearing my boyfriend, who sat across from me. That being said, the food is amazing! I had the carne asada and my boyfriend had the carnitas - they were both amazing! Worth it to go when it's quieter.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 4, 2019

Dear Morgan, Thank you so much for the positive review! We appreciate your feedback and are glad to see you enjoyed your food at El Centro. I will bring the issue of acoustics to management’s attention to assess the overall ambiance of the restaurant and adjust music levels where applicable to cancel out adjacent table conversations and background noise. We hope you will come back to El Centro again soon and find a more accommodating level of sound. Thanks again, Molly Guest Experience Team

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y
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was great! Enjoy every bite of it!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. However, they do not split checks here which is not the best for a young crowd and a lot of groups coming.

FF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

They did not have our table despite making a reservation. The food was bland and not memorable. Additionally if you wanted beverages (agua frescas) that were non alcoholic you would be charged. Not worth the money; look elsewhere!

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on September 24, 2019

Dear Foodie. I am sorry to hear we were not able to provide you with desirable level of service and food expectations while dining at El Centro. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and our team clearly let you down. I will be meeting with our chef to ensure that we deliver the best quality ingredients and value served to our guests. If you would like to further discuss your visit and ways we can earn a second chance, please email us at guestrelations@richardsandoval.co m

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great night. It was very hot in there!

AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to place for excellent Mexican food. The carnitas are fabulous and the made at your table guacamole is some of the best I've ever had. Worth a trip!

j
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good at El Centro and our host and server were fantastic!

NL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I prefer the 14th St location over this one. Just a more cool vibe all around.

Too many college kids at this location and the seating isn't that great. We were put in a corner by the bar

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

our server was great. food was pretty good. drinks watered down.

V
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food for Brunch. My wife and I went there with an 11 and 9 year old. The kids ate free since we got the bottomless bunch. Waitress was super attentive and even noticed that our food had been delivered to the wrong table before we said anything.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for the rating Vic! We are glad we were able to give you a memorable family-dining experience. We appreciate the feedback and hope to welcome you back to El Centro - Georgetown soon.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Not quick with bottomless brunch refills - we had to adopt a new waiter and even then it was slow. Not ideal

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on September 5, 2019

I am sorry to hear we were not able to provide you with desirable level of service and food expectations while dining at El Centro - Georgetown. We are working on better training our staff to handle the volume during peak times. If you would like to further discuss your experience, please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.co m to see if we can change your impression and give you the experience you should have had in the first place.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal! We got the Fiesta Dinner and feasted! Our waitress was amazing and very attentive. We had a wonderful experience.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear AshleighL, I am so glad to hear your experience lived up to our standards and you enjoyed yourself! We appreciate you taking the time to write a reveiw and hope to welcome you back to El Centro -Georgetown soon.

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T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went out with the baby for lunch. Food was top notch. Bartender I think was our server and he provided excellent customer service. Honestly incredibly impressed with this experience.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for the review Todd! I am so happy to hear that we were able to create such a memorable experience for you and your family. We strive for excellent food and service, and I am so happy to hear our bartender went above and beyond. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back to El Centro- Georgetown soon.

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AH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of the best bottomless brunches that I have had in DC. The options are very diverse and the food was very good! The breakfast tacos were amazing and the drinks were pretty good too. You definitely get your moneys worth! The reason for not 5 stars is that we had multiple issues with our orders not being brought out and the staff messed up our checks twice. We had to wait around for an extra 25 minutes after we gave our cards while they figured it out... would have been nice to be offered a drink or something while we waited.. there was little apology or explanation for the wait given.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and great ambiance on the second floor!

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