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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.3
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$30 and under
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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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1252 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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KristinaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I work at the Michael Kors in Georgetown and this has become our spot for team outings!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Definitely will never come back here lol. I came here with my girls for happy hour and it was horrible service. I honestly don’t even want to get into it, because it’ll end up being a super long review. But long story short, go somewhere else. The ambiance is beautiful here but the service was the worse I’ve ever had in years

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not only did we wait 15 minutes to get seated, but the hostess was not wearing her mask when she seated us. Our designated driver could not eat or drink anything because they wouldn’t allow her to not do bottomless. We waited 10 minutes for our waiter to arrive, he didn’t come, so we left. Such a bad experience do not recommend

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SonyaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, the price.... Worth it! We brought my friend here for her birthday brunch. The patio was a winner!

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience2

I don't plan on going back my experience was not the best. The I ordered a fajita which was served burnt. My partner order diablo camarones and it too was undercooked and burnt. The food is not the best. The rice was quite hard and needed more cooking and flavor. If you want a Mexican American experience this is not a restaurant I recommend. The food was just missing all the elements needed to be enjoyable.

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Lidia9
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing, just didn’t like being rushed out. I understand more reservations are scheduled but the way the server handled it was unprofessional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow for not a crowded night. It took 20 minutes for us to finally wave someone down for them to go FIND someone to take our orders. Not sure if I would come back if this is how service is on a slow night. I can only imagine if it was busy.

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CynthiaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are so kind and accommodating and extra clean especially during this pandemic. I felt safe and comfortable

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service but $39 is steep for such a small menu.

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CaitlinT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and drinks for a very reasonable price! You’ll go home STUFFED unlike a lot of other places that claim to have a “bottomless” brunch. This place was so good, we will be back again!

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HannessC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The food is amazing but their service is horrible. Don’t go to this location!!!

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Courtney
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server was so slow and told us last call for brunch was at 3:30pm when we'd only gotten our first drinks at 2:45pm and were told we had a 2 hour limit on unlimited food and drinks. As we left at 4pm, we saw plenty of people still being served. Also, the drinks themselves (margaritas) were mostly just mixer. Not worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bang for the buck!!!

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vipmonicab
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a fabulous dinner here tonight. Neither of us had been here before but the menu looked good to us online. The white sangria was excellent and the General Manager was nice enough to send us another round on the house and for no apparent reason. So, taking care of customers is top priority and the food was amazing. What a great combination!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our reservation was at 8 and the kitchen closes at 8:30, something we were not told. We would've made the reservation earlier so we did not feel rushed. Please consider advising customers ahead of time about the closing times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing environment, food was really good and service was just fantastic.

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience1

They offered bottomless brunch and then cut us off after 30 mins. It says it ends but you should adhere to the offering it for at least an hour.

We reserved a seat and no one would let us sit down.

Staff was so accomodating but overall it lacked in prepardness and organization.

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LuisP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to have brunch on the weekend.

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Local
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The food was great, but all of the drinks were water down. Our soda was basically water with a splash of soda. The frozen margaritas were impossible to drink as the straws were falling apart.

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Gigi
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We’re the first clients there when they opened and somehow the food was cold for a couple of rounds of the brunch.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. Definitely returning to try some more dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My only qualm was with the drinks. We went for the bottomless brunch and I had 3 drink- all tequila. By the time I got home, I had a massive headache. I haven’t had a hangover in years. I wasn’t dehydrated so it was especially weird. Otherwise food and service were great. Everything came quickly. Everyone was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Margaritas were awful. Even after the second try. Made a reservation and had to sit on the street not the patio. Food wasn’t great and service took forever to get someone to come check on us etc

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was horrible which really ruined the experience.

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FaneishaB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit to Georgetown and the restaurant...so im.definitely returning so i can embrace the area

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vipsusanas
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The service was the worse I’ve ever been too. Took forever to get water, our server was rude end just didn’t attend at all. Awful!
Food was great but service was so bad that I don’t plan on ever going or recommending anyone to.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Very good food highly recommend the food however felt very rushed and times due to covid however rushed out when there were empty tables all around us which left us with a sub par experience

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LooshChase
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Crazy going to El Centro during COVID times - obviously the ambience is different but they do a great job of making you feel safe (hand sanitizer at front, tables adequately spaced). We were told to wait outside for a few minutes before we could be seated even though we had a reservation, and service was a bit slow, but I'm assuming these are both COVID complications - I suggest you make a reservation!! As always, food and drinks were great (frozen margarita is perfection).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, welcoming, accommodating staff. Good food and drinks. Did a great job with social distancing and cleanliness of restaurant.

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DestiniB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great, the vibe was great, and the food was even better!!!!

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Krista
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was EXCELLENT and I was impressed by how strictly El Centro followed the social distancing guidelines. The service was somewhat slow but the drinks and food made up for it

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KofiM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great value for the unlimited food and drinks. Great for a group of friends or just a couple.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all you can eat brunch menu, best churros I have ever had

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TiffanyB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great place to eat, however, with the pandemic happening, the price of the bottomless brunch should have been decreased being they have limited what is on that specific menu. Just a thought. Also, the staff should be a bit more attentive to the guests. No one should have to ask for something more than once and if I’ve asked three times, there’s a problem. Other than that, this is a nice place to get good food and drinks. Oh, and the guacamole is superb!!!!

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Ranci
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

The hostess is unpleasant, rude and has a RBF! As the first person people see you should consider a friendlier outgoing person with common decency. She rolled her eyes at us when we let her know we had a party of 7. I had called earlier and she let me know it was strictly 6 people, but before I could tell her we had made two separate reservations to accommodate the extra person she rolled her eyes and insisted to the manager or seater guy that it’s not possible. Thankfully the guy was super nice and made it happen so our tables were next to each other. Our server was great but when my husband stood up after eating all of this food he was approached in a rude way by another server to sit down even though the party he was talking to were with us.
For the amount we paid for the amount of drinks and food options available is very limited. We won’t be returning. I hope everyone sees this or at least management. This was my first time, but my friend has been here several times and she let me know that hostess is always so mean. She adds no value to your business.

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vipHannah
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friends and I come here often for happy hour during covid because plenty of outdoor seating and even inside , it is very spaced out!

Great happy hour- $5 margaritas that are STRONG and well worth your money.
Good happy hour food! I only ever get the chicken tacos but I have a lot of allergies and am a picky eater but they are sooo good and filling so like 2 is enough for dinner which is great value!!

Really like this place a lot though! Used to love the 14th street one too but I do not think they are open still so have been spending a lot of time at this one and every time I bring a new group of friends there, all my friends are so impressed with it too!

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David
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

El Centro is a great place if you want a great margarita and Mexican food that is a cut above the other options. Chicken enchilladas are my fave but their tacos al carbon are excellent as well.

Please support restaurants in DC - they contribute to the vibrancy of DC and every one of them is struggling.

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JanetC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best enchiladas I've ever had. Great service too!

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Finedining2
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service however the limited brunch menu is disappointing. I understand limiting the selections but compared to the previous menu, they should consider adding a few more items.

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vipTinaE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not great. Good was very average. Price too high for the offering

FAQs

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. El Centro D.F. - Georgetown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-4117.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown is rated 4.3 stars by 1252 OpenTable diners.

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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