El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.2
1407 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unprofessional service, food cold, tables gross or broken, MICE

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vipAnnie
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Only regarding brunch, they have scaled their bottomless menu way way down, any you don't choose the plates you want anymore- they just bring one of each of the 7-8 small plates out to each person at the table now. Didn't love it. Also got rid of agua frescas on the drinks menu, but our server was great and kept the margaritas coming. Used to be one of my favorite brunch spots but probably won't be back.

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vipHollyH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great tacos, and killer, warm chips that just kept coming. Delicious!

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madisond223
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

BEST HAPPY HOUR EVER! <3 Best margs, best chips, best mini food options

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SophiaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for happy hour. The happy hour menu was good and the restaurant has a lot of space.

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KarennaK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super fun and absolutely delicious! The chips and guacamole were the real deal and the menu had lots of variety, all of which was delicious! I would highly recommend the mix and match tacos!

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XavionS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great authentic Mexican fare. The only downside is there is a limited menu due to the current pandemic. Rooftop area was wonderful. Churros are amazing!

SM
vipStr8Man
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was fine. Food was OK. Would not deal with parking in Georgetown and pay to eat here again.

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CelesteNothappyclient
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My first time at el centro no one explain the menu, we came during brunch around 3:00 pm. Unfortunately, we had to eat what was available for brunch, the food came quickly. The staff told us we had to leave after we paid our bill because they close at 4:00 and reopen at 5:00 pm for dinner. It was freezing upstairs i couldn’t enjoy my food or my friends. I will not be going back and will not recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The endless brunch was amazing. I loved the selections. The margaritas were a bit too tart for my liking but the food was great

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Kamryn
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chase and Alima were beyond lovely! Thank you so much for everything y’all do 💜

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks tasted watered down by the ice. But appreciated the server and her food recommendations and nice service.

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Caroline
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a night out to eat! Went for a friends birthday and it was the ideal atmosphere. The waiter was extremely nice and ended up throwing in an extra pitcher of margs for us :) Only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I'm a vegetarian and there were not that many entrée options for me - but all 5 of the other guests really enjoyed their taco and entrée selections.

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viptjsim
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Too freaking loud!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing servers and great food and drinks. Definitely recommend bottomless brunch.

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Paul
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! :) Delicious food, friendly and attentive service. We got the Bottomless Brunch -- would absolutely reccomend!

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DaiLyn
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

El Centro used to me such a good brunch spot. Their menu has changed and they now make you order everything, this is such a waste if you don't eat some things on the menu. All in all the food is still okay, and price is great. However I feel like there are now much better brunch options. the mimosas were straight Orange Juice. It's sad such a great brunch spot is no longer what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mo was a wonderful server! And AJ was a great host she accommodated our seating perfectly!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Awful service - the waiter made arbitrary decisions for our order without asking us.

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GretchenB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our waitress (sadly forget her name, she was serving upstairs during Sunday Brunch around 1pm and had long hair) was so nice! Given the labor shortage, it is so great to see such a lively restaurant with servers who are enjoying themselves and also doing great!!

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bruno
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion vacation
The service was very good and the food too but it em was very Loung like if there was a construction on top of the restaurant

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AmyPalm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bottomless brunch!!!! The food and drinks were amazing. Our drinks were never less than half way full. Our waiter was so funny and kind. It was an amazing experience. Also such a good deal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The tacos are

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JudyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were charged about $80.00 for a pitcher of top shelf Margaritas. We were surprised at the super expensive charge for top shelf . We think the server should have told us how CCD expensive the pitcher was going to be . And yes- we should have asked too.
Good snd service otherwise was very good .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friends birthday

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TCnDC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food options for the bottomless brunch were lacking and drinks were weak. Overall, not worth it IMO. My friend and I left after our 2nd drink and first food serving, and headed to a different restaurant. I've been for their happy hour and dinner before, and wonder if their a la carte brunch options are better.

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Sanj
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Really great drinks at a good price during Happy Hour, nice vibe to have fun and catch up with friends

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, fun place, great food and drink. I’ll be back with friends for sure

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TOMMYO
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Limited menu during brunch hours. Not everyone wants a set bottomless food/beverage menu. Limited items outside of that set menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went for bottomless brunch & sat on the patio upstairs. It is a nice spot but we were pretty disappointed. There was one waitress for the entire patio & she was clearly overwhelmed. Ethel kept seating more and more people at one table (4 people when we got there, 10 people when we left). We had margaritas and because it took so long, ended up only with two over the course of 2 hours. One in our party ordered whiskey and both times it came in a glass that was chipped. The waitress miscounted twice when putting in our orders, so for two courses one of us had to wait 5-15 minutes for food. Suffice to say we wouldn’t be back, which is shame as the food was pretty good.

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YolandaO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We tried to give this place a chance but they really disappointed us. We came on Sunday for the bottomless brunch option. To start, the drinks were very watered down and tasted like the cheapest tequila was used in making the margaritas. I asked the bartender to make me another mimosa, which he kindly did. The fresh mimosa that was made was a lot better but the mimosas following that one was bad like the first one I had. My friend got a margarita and bloody Maria and said they were the worst drinks she’s ever had. Secondly, our waiter comes and I tell him I would like to order the steak tacos. He tells me steak tacos are not on the brunch menu. I pull up the menu on my phone and show him exactly where steak tacos are on the brunch menu. He then acts baffled and I’m confused as to why the waiter wouldn’t know what’s on the menu. We really tried to give this place a chance but we’re very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

If you love eggs, it is a great value! If not, do NOT get bottomless brunch.

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Maddy
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and wait staff, good food, enjoyed the experience.

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nessajean
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

food was good, the kitchen was slow. the margaritas were good but could have been

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We LOVE El Centro!! The food is incredible, especially the chips+guac! Such a fun ambiance!

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vipDarylE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Stopped by with a friend for happy hour. Nothing special to report. Happy hour menu is priced well compared to the value and quality of food items. Overall, good spot to wait and meet a group of friends before going elsewhere.

I've had better experiences at the [now closed] 14th st location.

JB
vipJulieB
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was a little slow but I think it was because several tables were sat at one time. Would go back for the drinks.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the food amazing, but the service (specifically Jane) was really great at her job. She was a great conversationalist, while also giving us space. She was attentive and her spirit added to a great dining experience at El Centro. Would recommend and definitely planning on coming back for brunch again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The Diablo shrimp burnt and there was like 6-7 for $22. The pink lemonade was $6 for mostly ice, just generally over priced.

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LauraE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome place in an awesome location! Highly recommend the strawberry margaritas and the Chesapeake enchiladas! The cheesy rice is SO GOOD!

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You can order delivery directly from El Centro D.F. - Georgetown using the Order Online button. El Centro D.F. - Georgetown also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Centro D.F. - Georgetown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-4100.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown is rated 4.2 stars by 1407 OpenTable diners.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.yiftee.com/gifts/egift_and_gift_cards/richard-sandoval-hospitality-denver.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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