El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.5
1274 Reviews
$30 and under
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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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
What 1274 people are saying
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abcd123
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The highlight of our experience was definitely the great food, however, service was disappointing. Servers were obviously busy, but one flat out ignored our table when asked to send our own waitress over.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great time

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TheTrishaThymes
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing but great things to say about El Centro. Great food, service and ambiance. I hope to come back!!

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BrianS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bottomless brunch experience was excellent. Each course arrived at our table perfect timing. And our beverage glasses were never empty. “Alexa” the server was great! I would definitely do brunch here again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choose a great restaurant to our Valentine’s Day dinner!
El Centro beautiful restaurant and friendly staff.

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AlexisC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great! She was so nice and an amazing waitress. The food was amazing and came out so quick. Great date night place or to go out with some friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time there, had a great time. Our server was great no complaints. Food was good overall a great experience.

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AlexandraS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Excellent food. Horrible Service. Second time we come thinking the service will be better. All the servers stood at the bar talking the entire time. It’s not worth going to. There are other places to go.

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DCER
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food but their website advertised participating in restaurant week and even had a menu posted online but when I went and asked for it they told me they weren’t doing restaurant week. It was frustrating because I specifically chose to go here for dinner because of the restaurant week menu

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your recent dining experience. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the food but I wanted to apologize for the confusion. Due to covid, the restaurant week menu was designed and available for to-go orders only. I apologize that it was not more clear on the website but I hope the food was good enough to make you want to visit us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was a nice experience! But it was very quiet and kinda boring. Music was okay but the brunch portion was amazing! Would come again but maybe after covid.
Just not that same that I used to remember it as

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on January 13, 2021

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a 4-star review. Covid has definitely put a damper on things but we are doing our best to continue to serve amazing food and provide phenomenal service. We are thrilled that our food was the best part of your experience. We hope you will come back and see us again soon!

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SusanD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Mole salsa was different and very good. Drinks good. Staff very friendly. Atmosphere was fun.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on December 22, 2020

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five star review. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend’s birthday here and had an amazing time!!

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Mehak
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Centro Georgetown was amazing!!! I went for a birthday last night and the manager and our waiter did everything they could to make it the best birthday ever. The food was great and so were the drinks!!! Kenny was our waiter and he is the BEST!!! If you go to el centro in Georgetown and get Kenny as your waiter you will be In very good hands!!!! The outdoor seating at the restaurant was also very spacious and we were far away from other tables! Additionally, everyone at the restaurant was great at keeping their masks on and making sure groups were distanced!

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on December 10, 2020

Thanks, Mehak! We really appreciate you saying such nice things about us on Open Table and Google. Our team is always striving to create a phenomenal experience for our guests. Reviews like this reassure us that we are doing just that. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on December 10, 2020

We're thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience at El Centro D.F. - Georgetown! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five star review. We look forward to serving you again very soon!

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stevena
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the quality of food and drinks is top notch! It was nice to eat outside, too.

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DuVallD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Experience was over all good. Staff seems to have a hearing issue. Asked for a modification to seating arrangement due to our party being reduced. Still they sat us at a table for 6, kinda a waste. But after asking them again we did end up at a smaller table. Order the unlimited brunch menu which has now been heavily reduced unfortunately. The waitress didn't listen very carefully about modifications to the food items we needed. Some food was wasted unfortunately. Also one person in the party was a non alcoholic person, he asked for a ginger ale but was given a medium sized tequila. The food is good and so is the atmosphere the staff just has to learn how to listen better.

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Georgia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

IMO, best happy hour in Georgetown. El Centro doesn't sacrifice quality for affordability during happy hour. Perfect place to go before another event to tide you over (we went at 5:45 and had dinner reservations elsewhere at 9:00), but you could easily come for an early dinner. Be sure to ask about their seasonal infused margaritas!

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CynthiaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Bottomless brunch is amazing and they are very considerate about any food allergies.

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JMorgan
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch, next to heaters outside! Awesome

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Vaun
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal! The waiting staff was very attentive and pleasing. The food and drinks were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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KristinaC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
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
2 reviews
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
20 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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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown is rated 4.5 stars by 1274 OpenTable diners.

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