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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

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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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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
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
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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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was horrible which really ruined the experience.

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FaneishaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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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
7 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bottomless brunch was so filling and good. Try the frozen margaritas!

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vipAKaz
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They’re currently on a limited menu, with mostly egg dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

There are rats running around the outdoor patio and the service was slow

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GabriellaD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Milos was our server. He was amazing! Ask for him :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Excellent happy hour. Love the $5 margs

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LelaL
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely brunch. The eggs were perfect. The staff was conscientious. The space was open yet social distancing allowed for an intimate feel. And the windows allowed for good lighting.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambiance and drinks were awesome. Food was above average and service could have been a bit better, but not bad by any means.

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Faith
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I received a free dessert Birthday coupon via email. And decided to utilize it, even though it was my first time ever eating at the restaurant. The service was EXCELLENT and took very good care of my significant other and I. The establishment also practiced social distancing through seating and face mask requirements. I was overall pleased with everything. The drinks to me surpassed the food. Shoutout to Bartender Danny!!!

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SAMANTHAM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for bottomless brunch! The folks are going a great job to keep it safe and still awesome!

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Fee2
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Atmosphere great. Food was ok. Wish there was more of a selection.
Drinks great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, good time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George was one of the best waiters we have had in DC. Highly recommend visiting and asking for him!

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Dani
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice spot for a Friday night dinner with friends. Tacos were delicious! Server was very attentive as well. Noise level wasn't too high which is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and generous portions. Great bar menu. Attentive service. Fun ambience. Nachos were amazing. Would definitely come back/recommend.

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ClarkeA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had previously dined at the El Centro location on 14th, but this was my first time at El Centro in Georgetown. Both locations were amazing. I had the bottomless brunch and it was well worth it! Our waitress was very timely with our food and drink refills. She was also really kind. Will definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice time, they accommodated our party of 16 just fine despite being busy and the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Friends reunion

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jillt
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service slow . Guacamole was really really good as were chips . Food was good . But it wasn’t crowed and they were somewhat difficult about accommodating needs that were not hard

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Andy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was amazing as always. Perhaps a few more servers for brunch days. It took awhile for us to initially get waited on. The waiter was very kind but seemed over swamped for the patio. Seemed there was only one waiter.

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MariaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great brunch spot. Food was good, service was great and the price was right.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. I love it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was pretty slow for our table. We waited a long time before our waitress got to our table.

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vipLeiaF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good food and ambiance, but poor service and overpriced.

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vipSloKat
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We made a reservation but were seated outside in the winter with no explanation and without heaters turned on. Then, our entire section was forgotten until I asked to see a waiter. They compensated us with complimentary drinks, but it was quite frankly not worth it. Then, the person who took our orders, who I don't blame because I don't think he was supposed to be an assigned waiter, confused which tables had ordered what so we had to fix our food. My date also spotted two mice in the restaurant. The food was certainly good, but I will not be back after this experience.

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) 333-4100.

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown is rated 4.3 stars by 1228 OpenTable diners.

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