El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.2
1477 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was average. Funny this place doesn’t offer coffee or tea to have with dessert !!

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vipLyasia
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good value for brunch

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AshleyR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like going to this place. The vibe is good and the food is AMAZING! I keep coming back to this place because is a solid 100/100 overall 💯💯💯

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GioRodri
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation for brunch on Nov. 13 and then had to add someone else to our party on the spot. The gracious hostess was friendly and accomodating and so was our server, Daniel. $39.00 for unmimited tapas and bottomless brunch drinks - 4 drinks to choose from - is a great deal! The food and drinks were delicious and the ambiance was lively and dynamic.

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Kitchie
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, but the drinks were mediocre and the margaritas much too sweet.

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vipVictoriaS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

El Centro is feeling run down. The staff was terrific. Very accommodating with our request to move our seating, very responsive, and friendly. The place doesn't smell good, and and it felt over crowded for a pandemic. The cocktails tasted like they'd been poured from a big bucket, not individually made. The food was pretty good.

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JenniferH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food came out cold, every course, even after we let them know. We ordered guacamole and it took 45 minutes to come out. I would not recommend for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service. We had a waitress by the name of AJ and she was awesome. Very attentive and made our experience so great.

MJ
MeganJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Undercooked eggs, unseasoned food, mediocre brunch cocktails.

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AdamG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best Mexican food in Washington D.C. The servers are full of energy and very helpful.

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MikeMaureen
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food. Prices are reasonable. Good portions for hungry people.

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DannyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All you can eat brunch was excellent. Good food, very good service, drinks were constantly refilled. Walked out full and tipsy, would do again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour

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vipJudyM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was very good but the table location was awful. We sat between an open door to the outside and the steps to the kitchen. Wait staff delivering meals whizzed by us in all directions the entire time. The lights above the table were not working so we were in the dark as well. Not very pleasant. Definitely ask to live if you get that table. We should have.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on October 18, 2021

Dear Judy - I’m so sorry we let you down. We’ve taken your feedback and the feedback of other reviewers to heart. We’re in the process of making some major changes, including moving that table and checking on our lights. We appreciate the feedback you have given us and we hope that you will give us another chance in the future. Thank you, The El Centro Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

There was a RAT on the patio that came by numerous times. Also, the server took 15min to come to our table after being seated and left through the rear patio door many times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The options were very limited for brunch. The flavor was bland for Mexican food. The drink was pre-mixed and bitter. For $39 it was not worth it..

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vipAleshaW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Brunch menu options were very disappointing. Half of the table had food restrictions or didn’t eat sunny side up eggs. Service was great; however the food really put a damper on experience. Also took really long to get our plates.

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GabrielaG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a birthday brunch with my girls and it was blast! Bottomless brunch is a GREAT deal, with such a variety of delicious mexican cuisine to enjoy from. Atmosphere was great as well. Would def recommend and will be coming back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Their brunch menu if it’s not bottomless has 9 things on it. This should be advertised much more, especially prior to making reservations.

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Boricua2
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went to dance and really enjoyed the music. However, the drinks were extremely disappointing. Their house tequila is very poor quality (Sauza), especially for a Mexican restaurant. And the drinks are super watered down. I didn't once see the bartender measure the shot of tequila he was putting into our drinks. I know experienced bartenders can estimate but the two bartenders they had working the night we went, were way off. The food was fine. Decent guacamole.

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vipLola
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Disappointed in the service! Made reservation online with Open Table requesting to sit outside several weeks ago. Shortly after making the reservation I called and spoke to a manager and he guaranteed an outdoor table since I specifically mentioned the contining pandemic. However upon arrival tonight we were not given an outdoor table although one was available outside in the front of the restaurant. Even spoke with the manager and he could not accomodate us which is unfortunate. Food is decent and this was not our first time there but we will not return.

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EvangelineH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was really nice. Mexican food with an umph

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Drinks were poor. All 4 margaritas we tried were watered down and food was not evenly cooked and bland. Asked for medium well steak and it came "medium rare". Notified staff, they did bring me a second steak and it still was not what I asked for. It ended up being well done and toughh. Staff did not bring me proper silver ware to use to eat steak. Presentation was awful. After a long flight back in this was not the quality of service I expected

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I was charged twice for brunch

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DaniP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

they have completely changed their brunch menu and the food is disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly servers, bottomless brunch was a great time. Highly recommend!

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vipDeitricS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Miss the old brunch menu, but still a reasonable brunch.

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DanI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for outside dining. When I got there, I saw tables on sidewalk. That would have been fine, but it was loud and lots of people waking by. Pleasantly surprised when they led us upstairs to the outdoor patio area. Nice ambiance. Good music playing. Our server was amazing, friendly and helpful. He made our dinner even more special.

We also arrived for our reservation early and they took us no problem. Would definitely come back if we are in Georgetown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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AprilT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good, staff were nice.

Food was average at best.

Guacamole: not well seasoned — lacking salt. Avocados were good quality though!

Al Pastor tacos - not well executed. There was barely any pineapple and the meat were big chucks vs. nicely shredded pork. Not authentic.

Margarita: tasty!!

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DJMoore
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I came here for Bottomless Brunch and everything was great except for the margaritas. They were very weak :( probably made with a bottom shelf tequila.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing!!!

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DRua
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was not very good

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing!!! Came for the bottomless brunch, will be back again.

JB
vipJaterraB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience5

Shrimp was old and smelly, service was slow. Drinks during happy hour are wack. Overall vibe is nice.

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KopalB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun place for a Friday night dinner with friends! Food was amazing- fresh and authentic, and the service was great! :)

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JeffreyW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a great happy deal. I would recommend for well priced margs and good tacos

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TiffanyG
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch on a holiday Monday and made a reservation in advance. You do have a time limit but we had more than enough time for brunch. The brunch had multiple courses and drinks. We went to brunch early at about 10 am but by noon when we left it was crowded and ppl were lit off mimosas. We sat outside which was nice. You have to pay for parking in this area. I would return and recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, I highly recommend this restaurant.

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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 1477 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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