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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.2
775 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - Late
Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Late Night:
Wednesday - Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am

Brunch:
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Happy Hour:
3-7pm DAILY (at the bar only)
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Phone number
(202) 333-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Terry Natas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M Street NW
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Parking details
There is both street parking and a public lot.
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Public transit
Just North of the intersection of Wisconsin Ave NW and M St NW.
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Entertainment
Year round back patio with heaters.

Latin Wednesdays
10 PM-2 AM | Every Wednesday
Free Salsa lessons from 9-10PM
Salsa | Merengue | Bachata | Top 40 | Samba
No cover
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Samar Choueiri at schoueiri@richardsandoval.com; We'll help you select times and menus just right for your gathering. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Reaching back to his culinary roots, Chef Sandoval created El Centro DF to introduce Washington, D.C. to signature authentic Mexican flavors and traditional dishes that he grew up enjoying. The dynamic two-story restaurant in Georgetown, with back patio, is also the home to 200 tequilas and mezcals!

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3.7
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Had a wonderful time! Service was great and very prompted. It's was a nice Sunday brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
1.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Worst service I’ve ever had. A waiter spilled mimosa everywhere when refilling my glass, left, and never returned to clean up the spilled liquid. It just sat in a puddle on the table for the rest of the meal. We ordered a dish when our waitress first visited us, and when we left an hour and a half later we still hadn’t received it. This is after reminding her three times throughout the meal that we hadn’t gotten it yet. We had to fight to flag down someone whenever we wanted anything. The service was so spectacularly bad, it ruined the meal. The food was good, but no food in the world is good enough to make up for such garbage service.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Awesome for a ladies brunch date!

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vipLuke (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

I really like the food here! I've been twice and both times the food has been fantastic. The guacamole is amazing! The street tacos are great. That being said I'll be back for the food!
Both times I've been here the service has been awful. This time more than the last. The last time we were here the server was outgoing social and easy to talk to, but we could never find her. This time the server lacked personality, knowledge and skill. I saw him from across the room standing by the computer while we waited for about 5 minutes to be greeted. When he arrived we placed our entire order with him at once. We ordered the tequila tasting, guacamole and the hanger steak tacos. The sever took the time to go behind the bar to find out which tequila infusions they had. He told us they had everything, sure enough they didn't have one of the infusions we ordered. By the way, the tequila infusions were awful! The tequila used was cheap. Stay away from them!
The tacos and guacamole as I said were great! The food arrived and we had finished the tacos and the majority of the guacamole before we received our drinks.
In my opinion the lack of attention to details by the server and the staff made the quick meal we had lackluster. Details that i noticed that could have been improved: the chair at our table didn't match the rest of the room's chairs, the candle on our table was out and every other table in the room was lit, the server forgot to take the menus with him after we ordered, he also never introduced himself, not having the infusions after saying they did and the drinks taking about 10-12 minutes to come out (but the food came out in about 6-8 minutes! Very impressive!)

As I've said, we will be back for the food, but at least we will know not to expect hospitality just below par service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I love El Centro, if you look at my past reservations, you will see that I regularly dine here. However, this was my first-time at the Georgetown location. My reservation was for 3:30 PM and we were seated on the back patio in the rear of the building. First thing that we noticed was that it was EXTREMELY loud, there were very few tables out there, the noise was due to the music that was blaring from the speakers. It was unnecessary to have it that loud, we could barely hear each other. Had we stayed, I would have asked for it to be turned down. More on that in a minute. The second thing that I noticed was that it was extremely hot, while I know that it is February and being out on a patio, you need some heat lamps. Again, this seemed to be overkill and it was extremely unpleasant. Again, had we stayed, I would have asked to either be moved or to turn down some of the heat lamps. Now to why we didn't stay, as if these two things weren't enough. Reservation was for 3:30, which was past the brunch times that were posted by the host stand. Evidently, they have since extended their brunch until 4 pm. This was not communicated to us nor was it communicated that you MUST have the bottomless brunch to dine. This is different than it had been before, completely understand that the entire table must do the bottomless. But my entire party wanted to do dine ala carte, as it was 3:30 pm, which is not a time for brunch. We got up to leave upon learning this, but a server came by and told us that we could do ala carte, just to be informed by her two minutes later that she was wrong and that we had to do the bottomless brunch. I think that it is a little ridiculous to require that an entire table do the bottomless brunch with a half-hour left, or at least be informed before sitting down that that was the case. Be warned, if you go for a late afternoon meal, you will be required to do the bottomless brunch, even if you do not want to. I just hope you can hear your server.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was amazing! I loved everything I ate. Service was slow but it appeared as if the restaurant only had three servers on... this is why our service was not up to par but it will not stop me from coming back!

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vipJwL808 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The hostess should greet people. They ignored me while I stood in front of them. I had 3 groups of people get their attention and they were seated. So I figured I’d stand there for a few more minutes to see if they acknowledge me. They didn’t so I got their (plural) attention.

The waitress we had was excellent. She was attentive and very nice. I appreciated her.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food..good drinks....gets busy and waiters can't be100% attentive but they try to make up for it

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RicinVa (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Good service and good food. A nice spot for brunch if you want to stroll in Georgetown afterwards. Crowd skews younger. Rain caused roof leak when we were there.

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Caroline (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our table was never ready for our reservation. We had to sit at a bar table. Since the table wasn’t ready, our two hour bottomless brunch was cut short but we did not receive a discounted price.

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ChelseaB (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our res. was at 1pm, we got there at 1245 but they didn't seat us until 2pm AFTER they gave our res. away. Then the server tried to make up for it by bringing us a ton of food, but ITS BOTTOMLESS. That didn't help plus you brought us stuff we didn't want then never brought the food we actually ordered. It took forever for my friends to get their drinks unless they ordered mimosas, otherwise they had just 2 drinks the entire time. Very disappointed.

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lilj (Savannah)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I usually enjoy El Centro DF. However, this was a terrible experience. Even with a reservation, we waited over an hour to be seated. Once we were seated, we ordered food and drinks quickly (since by then we were starving), but our food took another half hour. We had to place several orders before our food ever came, with left us with untouched plates once we ate our fill. The food and drinks are great here. The $35 all you can eat and drink is a good deal, but the service this weekend needs to be much improved before I'll return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food, good service, and good ambiance. However, we went for a 10:30 Saturday brunch and they didn't have coffee, though kept telling us it was coming in ten minutes until an hour and a half passed by and still nobody had brought us coffee. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great Mexican food restaurant in Georgetown. Stopped in with reservations and were seated early! Chips and salsa were great as was the main course. Wish there was a burrito option but the margarita made up for that! Would come here again. Girlfriend had the steak tacos and talked about them the entire next day!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

It was weird that the waiter didn’t allow us to choose the food and drinks we actually wanted. She just showed up with things she ordered for all of her tables. Food was fine. Value not worth $35 unless I can actually choose my drinks and food.

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vipExpandingChoices (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Front desk was very friendly and helped accommodate our changing plans of parents and students. Bar service was friendly and fast. Food and table service were also very good. The whole experience was managed well by a cohesive and friendly staff. And frozen margaritas were good too!

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vipSharonD (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The staff took great care of our large group. The margaritas were great and the food was excellent. The bar staff was terrific.

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SoriL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service and very good food. Very happy with the experience.

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vipPioneer (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Seated immediately. Waited thirty minutes. No waiter. No service. Asked staff for waiter twice. Ten additional minutes. No waiter. No service. Left and dined elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Brought some friends from out of town and overall was very upset about my service and experience. I really wanted to show them the El centro fun atmosphere that I have experienced previously. Some people at the table got only one drink during the whole 2 hours we were there and our server did not bring all the food we ordered. We asked multiple times to get drinks and still didnt received a majority of them. I have been to El centro many times over the past 4 years and this time has really made me not want to go back.

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