El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.2
1082 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. We had a reservation yet they insisted on having us seat at the table at the back in front of the kitchen door and next to the toilets; worst place to seat. 3 different waiters refused to change our table even though they had plenty of unoccupied tables. We had to escalate to the manager and the whole situation was very unsettling.

T
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I really like El Centro- they have a great atmosphere, and lots of space. I was pleasantly surprised we didn't have to wait long to be seated, as Georgetown can be hectic during the week. The guacamole was amazing, probably the best guac I've had in my life.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service, food was great, seating was ideal

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We went for the happy hour deals and were seated at a table but told that happy hour is only available at the bar.

EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I'd recommend for sure. They have plenty of different seating options depending on what you want. The food was brilliant and they have an impressive selection of Tequila! The service was excellent and the manager was even nice enough to give us some shots on the house!

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The new menu and changes to the cutlery/table were very nice!

MI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, superb management, fun atmosphere, very good drinks.

WD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Expensive, slow service, really below average margaritas, and mediocre food. Many better options in Georgetown.

c
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

What a disappointment! We went to El Centro to celebrate my daughter's 15th birthday. We had reservations for 5 at 6:30. From the moment we walked into the half empty restaurant it was bizarre. Both hostesses were unsmiling and unfriendly, one asked our name three times in a row, the other told us to wait while she sat another party that walked in after us while we were waiting to be seated! We stood there for ten minutes. Once we got upstairs, again after at least another ten minutes, I had to finally get up and get the attention of a random employee to ask who out server was. People seated after us were ordering drinks and appetizers and we hadn't seen a soul. After much huddling around, including the apparent manager on duty, a server finally walked up to us with his pad and said "Are you ready to order?". No hello, no welcome, nothing. We had to waive down an employee to bring us chips for the guacamole that was put on our table so that we had something to eat it with other than our forks. Whether the assumption was made that we were a family, and therefore not going to tip well (which would be an incorrect assumption, we tip extremely well for good service), or the employees are just indifferent is hard to tell. Overall a very cold and pretentious feeling, the food was good but not remarkable in any way, and we won't be back.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saturday brunch was great

MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food menu was confusing. Service was not great. A bit slow. Underwhelmed.

LJ
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Just a bit too noisy. Food and service good

KC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I came here with some friends for dinner. Overall, we had a good experience, but with a couple hiccups. One of our dishes came out with ingredients we had not asked for, but our waiter was very kind in apologizing and having a new dish be brought out without the ingredient in question. Aside from that, our server was a bit slow in tending to our table and we often couldn’t flag him down to place orders or ask for the check. The food and drinks are fantastic, especially the margarita pitchers, but the serving sizes are a bit on the smaller side for the price, so ordering multiple dishes and sharing them family style might be the best way to go! Would come back again!

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Broken table, VERY loud, drunk people making a scene, and very poor service from our waiter and the kitchen was clearly not communicating with front of house because our appetizer was brought out AFTER our entrees. I usually go to the location on 14th and it’s been great. Gonna avoid the Georgetown location from now on.

s
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I will start by saying our area has been experiencing a heat wave so when we arrived at El Centro, we wanted to have a drink before dinner so we went upstairs to the bar. It was very warm back at the bar area. Almost stuffy. But we acclimated and the drinks were fine. My husband and daughter both got the Chicken Fajitas and said they were great! I, however, ordered the Shrimp Diablo. It's not that it was bad, it was just really different and I would not order again. The chips and salsa were excellent! I would go back again but order something different.

TA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, and great value.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been here numerous times and I enjoy my brunch and I always make reservations. However, I always have to wait around for 20-30+ to get seated. It's crazy because it seems like they take more reservations than they can hold. Once my group was seated the service was good I had a great time. Food was also good. They have new menu's but they weren't accurate for what contains gluten and what doesn't.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. The worst service I have had in years.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

P
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

What happened!? This place was outstanding when it first opened then took a nose dive apparently. They were out of shrimp and the fajitas were cold. How can fajitas be cold?

AD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Sitting upstairs on a sunny day is just the perfect way to enjoy brunch!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Love the steak quesadilla.

EA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall, underwhelming experience and disappointing. The vibe is fun for just drinks but the food is consistently mediocre.

P
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Come here every time I’m in town. Brunch is always fun and the food even better

RM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, delightful experience! I can’t wait to visit again soon :)

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had brunch with seven of us and four kids under four on Saturday for my sons third birthday. Everyone was so nice and accommodating for us and the service was excellent! Loved the option to do bottomless brunch with kids and order lots of fruit and quesadilla and tacos and food they loved!

AA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We ordered an appetizer and fajitas to split and the appetizer came out almost immediately but we didn't receive the fajitas until an hour and a half later and that was after asking where they were. Our server told us it was a computer glitch but after the food was dropped off we had to waive him down to get any sort of service including getting another drink. When the food finally came it was pretty flavorless. I will not being going back.

PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Outrageously loud. I could not hear the person talking across from me. The dishes were just average and loaded with unnecessary fat to make them taste palatable. Great guacamole and chips. Perhaps next time I’ll go when it’s quiet and just do drinks and chips.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

despite a very quiet afternoon, the service was slow, the plates and silverware were dirty and the restaurant smelled like stale beer and booze. I felt like we needed a shower after we left

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

The restaurant was dirty and the food overpriced

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The menu change for this brunch has changed, and not in a good way! They increased the price (to nearly $40!) but seemed to decrease the menu? For example guac is no longer included as a bottomless food option, and the overall quality of the food was meh at best. The drinks did not taste good and were obviously watered down as well. I realize that with a bottomless food and drink brunch place things obviously aren't going to be top quality, but this used to be my go-to bottomless spot if I felt like treating myself. Now, with these changes, I'm not sure I'll be going back, which makes me sad!

C
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was terrible. We did not get seated until 25 minutes after our reservation time and did not get water or chips for another 15 minutes after we sat down. The waitress also spilled water on my friends phone twice. The food was great, but not worth the price given the service

LH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend this place all year around!! Food is so good and kid friendly.

TB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We've been to El Centro D.F. for bottomless brunch a few times and always had a good experience! This time, drink service was slow (maybe got 4 drinks over 2 hours, and had to flag the server down each time to do so) and food was very delayed coming out or missing. Experience was fine, but will probably look elsewhere next time.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wasn’t blown away by the food but nothing was terrible. Margarita was too sweet and didn’t taste natural... not a ton of vegetarian options. The tamale was too sweet to eat the whole thing. We were seated quickly despite not having a reservation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was wonderful and food was fresh and delicious.

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

Waiter was very rude. Hispanic guy with a bandana around his arm. I don’t recall his name. He had he was going to take my ID to the back and scan it because it didn’t look like me. Then when ordering the drinks he said guys I’m giving you back the IDs and he didn’t take them to the back. Like was he trying to scare me? I told him It doesn’t look like me? He said no not at all. And I was like he take it go do what you have to do and he said no it’s ok. I never had a person in all my life say I’m taking your ID to the back to scan it. Poor customer service from the guy. So after we just walked out.

LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to El Centro for some time - our group (10 people) all did bottomless brunch on Cinco de Mayo - they did insist on the 2-hour limit, which we completely understood because of the holiday. All the food was spectacular and kept coming, and coming, and coming! Our waiter Alberto was a rockstar, memorizing everyone's orders and remained attentive the entire time. The seafood enchilada is wildly underrated, and the churros are the perfect ending. They even handed out little maracas to celebrate the holiday! One small note - their prices seemed to have raised for bottomless food/drink from $35 to $39. Well worth it still in my opinion, but good to know going in. I like the service here significantly better than the 14th street location. All in all, a great experience!

EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I've eaten at El Centro in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, in the two hours that my group was seated yesterday, we were only served one round of drinks. The food was great and our server was fantastic, but overall it was definitely not worth the price of unlimited food/drinks for what we were served.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall, this was a poor experience. This is my second time visiting El Centro and I have been disappointed on both occasions (at the 14th street location and Georgetown location). Brunch was terrible. The food was not good and the mimosas were mostly orange juice. The margaritas were decent, at best. Waiters appeared lost and we received late food and food that did not belong to us, throughout our visit. I will not return and will not recommend this to anyone.

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