El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.4
1329 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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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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1329 people are saying
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BeaBea
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I celebrated my bday here with friends for brunch it was really nice and the price for bottomless plates and mimosa/margaritas was worth it!. Extremely Great customer service. They even surprise me with a complimentary bday shot of tequila with 2 candles in it. A very nice touch! I will return!

Greg was our server and he was outstanding i loved his friendly and helpful attitude. He made my 1st experience even better.

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Tiffany
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

They didn’t have many options for brunch or modifications for vegans even though Mexican food is usually vegan friendly. The waitress was rushing us to close for brunch and move on to dinner when we didn’t know it was a time frame. The drinks wasn’t good but the ambiance was amazing and the other weight staff was courteous

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LisaR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place; great food. Waitstaff friendly. Will def return.

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JenniferG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for a Mother’s Day Brunch. Food was delicious, service was great! Unfortunately they didn’t have coffee something we really wanted to kick off our Sunday morning.

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Teresa
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Server did not have good customer service skills. Menu was limited and then they were out of almost anything you could order. Server could have warned the table what they were out of so that we wouldn’t have to go down the entire menu and still hear “we’re out of this or that”. There was no empathy or apology. I’ve served before and the service she provided was poor. They could do better.

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MichaelT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Had a reservation for Cinco de Mayo and was seated on time. Had a couple drinks and two appetizers and 45 minutes after we were seated were told and were just about to order dinner when the server told us we had to leave because other customers were coming in and they expected a big crowd for CInco de Mayo. This information (about limited time at table) was not conveyed to us when reservation was made so we had to leave and find another restauant to have our dinner. Will not be going back to El Centro!

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vipShanB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great waitress. Crowd is college and young adult. Cozy and we felt good

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vipaj87
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Were seated early around 7:40. Immediately ordered Guac and water. Waited until 8:20, no guac and 1 glass water for 4 people so far. Had been fasting all day. Left due to poor service / lack of service

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vipamfrere
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food and service. Unfortunately sitting outside on noisy Wisconsin ave was not so nice. Very loud and homeless man babbling right behind us. Not the restaurant’s fault, but still not that pleasant.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give us a 4-Star review. I am glad you felt the service and food were done well. It is something we have worked hard on and we are pleased our efforts resonated with you. I want to apologize that your overall experience was not as enjoyable. I’ll be sharing your comments with the management team so that we can improve our offerings in the future. I hope you will allow us another chance to show you a proper El Centro experience.

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Kori
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going, the servers are always great and attentive.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hello Kori, Thank you so much for the 5-star review. We really appreciate your positive words and good vibes and look forward to serving you on your next visit. Cheers!

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WeLoveBrunch
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited DC this weekend and was a little disappointed to learn the 14th street location was closed. We decided to book the Georgetown location for brunch. We were pleasantly greeted by our waitress and she remained very attentive throughout our visit. We ordered the bottomless food and drink brunch and everything was delicious and served hot. The mimosas were on point. Overall a very good brunch experience. Looking forward to our next visit to the DC area.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience with us at El Centro! We are super bummed too to see the 14th street location closed as well but we appreciate you trying out our Georgetown location instead. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five-star review and we hope to see you again in the restaurant soon next time you are in town.

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Amym
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Not if it was due to covid, but menu was limited. Drinks as well, weren’t well made.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Dear Amym, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your recent dining experience. I want to apologize that the team let you down. We appreciate you visiting us though during these unprecedented times as we navigate the current covid restrictions. We can not wait until things get back to normal and we hope you will give us another chance to give you a true El Centro experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

We ordered our main courses and waited over an hour to find out the kitchen hadn’t even started it - the kitchen was more concerned about Uber eats orders. We closed out and went to another restaurant. We were also sat in the main room which has awful lightings

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qzheng
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this place! The food and drinks were amazing! Place was super nice as well.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

We truly have the best guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and sharing your experience with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

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TYRY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Menu has changed a lot since the last time I have been there. Should definitely work on when someone asks for unlimited brunch service and also state that your menu is limited. 7 items as a la carte and being used for brunch menu is ridiculous. Drinks were watered down and food was not fresh.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Massive line even to get seated for my reservation time so had almost no time to order for happy hour. Server came by one other time then said we had to leave bc ‘happy hour’ was 45 minutes and we had like 10 minutes to even be in ‘happy hour’
Went to another place around the corner and was treated much better

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vipkberryfoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food seemed a lot lower quality than it had been in the past.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Thank you for telling us about your recent experience at El Centro. We really appreciate your candid feedback regarding your recent dining experience. I'm disappointed to hear that the quality of your meal was not up to our standards. We will take your feedback and use it as a coaching opportunity to improve our offerings. We hope you will give us the chance to serve you again in the future.

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PN89
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was poor and the waiter rarely checked in at our table. Food was pretty average and Churros were undercooked.

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Michi
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was mediocre at best. Tacos were very greasy. Booked for a birthday and the birthday was not acknowledged. 3 out of the 4 person party arrived a few minutes early for our reservation. The last person was a 10 minutes late because he had a cast on his leg. We were seated and ordered our food. When the last person arrived, he was told that we hadn’t arrived yet and he was lectured about how our reservation was about to be cancelled because no one had showed up. He was then seated at a different table until we were able to communicate. No apologies given. I have dined here many times in the past but will not be returning.

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vipCarolineM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

It was fun! Servers were so friendly. Chicken fajitas were eh. Chips were amazing. Frozen margarita was outstanding AND boozy

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Thank you so much for the four-star review. If there is anything we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We hope to welcome you back to the restaurant again soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for birthday brunch

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are pleased that you had such a wonderful experience at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Knowing going in that they’ll have restrictions because of COVID I thought I knew what I was getting into. Made a reservation for an early dinner after doing shopping in the area. Got to the restaurant and the host was very pleasant. We were seating in the upstairs area under a covered a patio which was great. That’s when I my went down hill. The waiter offered a drink and let us know that if we ordered anything off of the happy hour menu that our table was limited to 45 minutes. That didn’t sit well with me. It was 5:15 and the place was empty. I asked him even if we ordered just 1 drink and 1 app off the menu of that would affect our time limit. He responded with a yes. So being that we had to travel back to Baltimore and didn’t want to sit in traffic we opted out of anything from that menu. We ordered and appetizer that was very good, then ordered 2 entrees. My partner’s enchiladas were very tasty and I ordered 3 street tacos. When my tacos arrived I only received 2. We mentioned that it was missing one and the waiter responded that he would get the other out for us. It never came. He blamed the kitchen (rookie move, I manage a restaurant in Baltimore) he said they were very backed up. I don’t see how that possible with us and 1 other table of 2 in the entire place. We waited for a good 25 minutes and the taco never came. Needless to say we asked for the bill, paid, left 20% and headed back. My partner and I left very dissatisfied and will most likely never return nor suggest this restaurant to anyone. I hate to drop the card that I work in the industry but this might have been one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. When we got back to Baltimore we went to chic fil a because we were famished after our meal. But all in all the our fast food dinner was less expensive, faster and more tasty than what we had at this place. Oh and it was their pleasure to serve us at the drive through.

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DebraL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday

Great atmosphere and service.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Thank you for the five-star review! 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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LouB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great....the service fantastic and management was over the top - I would eat there every day if I lived in Georgetown...it is that good.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

Dear Lou, We truly have the best guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and sharing your experience with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing time here for dinner! The food is so delicious and the portions are huge. I cannot emphasize enough how amazing the food is. The staff is so helpful and everyone works as a team to service your table! I will definitely be back soon!

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on May 3, 2021

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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KristinD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and fantastic food and drinks! Plan to go again next time we are in DC.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on April 6, 2021

Dear Kristin, We really appreciate your positive words and good vibes. We are definitely looking forward to your next visit when you are in town. Cheers!

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Relle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Will definitely be back again and again.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on April 6, 2021

Dear Relle, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are pleased that you had such a wonderful experience at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipSR713
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Really slow service, awful margaritas and bad food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was not close to our expectations, given there is a top Mexican chef responsible for the kitchen. Clearly overpriced for the low quality food served. Definitely not coming back.

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vipLeiaF
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Very good food (as always) and our waitress was super friendly. Only downside was the ambience, the lights were very bright at first and again at the end of our time.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review and for telling us about your recent experience at El Centro. We really appreciate your candid feedback and as always we will take your feedback and use it as a coaching opportunity to improve our operation. We hope to serve you again in the future soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

They kicked us out after 40 minutes and couldn’t do happy hour and dinner. Waiter was rude.

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BrooksR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We were the only people in the place and we had a 45 min limit. Check was brought at the 40 min mark. Air duct above had a towel duct taped and dripping water onto the table. You’d think since the place was empty otherwise they’d sit us at a table without a water leak.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The bottomless brunch food is a LOT of food- none of it any good. Our group of 12 all left hungry and feeling a little bit sick. The bottomless margaritas are really bad- basically just sour mix. The mimosas weren’t much better, all cheap OJ. Wouldn’t recommend a brunch here

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vipChrisC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined for brunch. The experience was great. The food was very tasty and had a number of choices available. The bottomless option also included margaritas which was really nice. We sat outside and found our server extremely attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on April 6, 2021

Dear Chris, We truly have the best guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and sharing your experience with us. We are so pleased enjoyed your time with us and we hope to serve you again soon!

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vipImpresario
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Two friends and I went for the Sunday bottomless brunch and really enjoyed our visit. For only $40 guests can enjoy bottomless booze and unlimited small plates. It was a great value and was enhanced by very friendly waitstaff and tasty food. We will definitely return.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you so much for the four-star review. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our Bottomless Brunch. If there is anything we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We hope to welcome you back to the restaurant again soon. Cheers!

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BrookeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, would go back anytime! The food was amazing, drinks were good too, and everything was very reasonably priced. The service was speedy and the servers were very friendly!!

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hi Brooke, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are pleased that you had such a wonderful experience at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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ChristineP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

They were out of most of the drinks for the bottomless brunch but did not offer any alternatives. They only had mimosas or margarita on the rocks. For the price they should have an alternative since the other drinks were not available. Also they only had diet soda so I was very limited to what I could drink. I did not appreciate paying full price for less than half the drink selection for bottomless. To make it worse the drinks that were available were not good at all. I payed extra for bottomless drinks only to have a limited choice and for the choices I did have to not taste good AT ALL. What a waste of money. Have been here before so I expected more. I will not be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff!

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for the five-star review! 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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TaraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Do not ever come to this restaurant. My friend and I went through mistreatment, our server lied about happy hour pricing and we also experienced racism. Both my friend and I are Caucasian and the hostess flipped out on us because we wanted to stay longer and claimed that they were fully booked for the night when I saw only 2 other couples seated. The hostess called us white "sht" and f** it if we wanted to stay longer since the lying server tried to give us plastic cups to take our margaritas to go. We obviously left. I called the GM immediately as soon as I got home and he compensated both my friend and I for their nightmare service we experienced. Do not ever go into this restaurant. The food and drinks are terrible but the service was the worst service I have ever experienced in my entire life.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hello Tara, Thank you for alerting us to your recent dining experience. I want to sincerely apologize for the service you received. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service, and our team clearly let you down. I have spoken with our management team to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

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GregH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food for there brunch was just tacos like there’s no diversity. For the value of $39 bottomless brunch we only had like 5 drinks because the waiter wouldn’t come as often. The food took awhile to arrive upon order. Just disappointed

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