El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

4.4
1277 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval combines traditional culinary techniques with fresh, high quality ingredients to create authentic Mexican comfort food at El Centro D.F. Designed to reflect the bustling street shops and colorful rituals of everyday life in Mexico, the restaurant is comprised of three distinct dining spaces all under one roof. The Taqueria features a casual atmosphere where a lively open kitchen serves authentic favorites. The Tequileria allows guests to dine or lounge as mixologists craft Latin cocktails from 200 Tequilas & Mezcals. Along the rooftop guests raise a glass at two open-air bars. Warm, Latin-inspired service and welcoming hospitality will round out your experience.


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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Comfort Food, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Monday through Sunday
3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

LATE NIGHT:
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am

ROOFTOP MENU:
Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Siesta and Full Menu available
Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Full Menu available

BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Two Hour Time limit per table

HAPPY HOUR:
3:00pm - 7:00pm Monday through Friday (only available at the bar or the front section)
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Phone number
(202) 328-3131
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Sandoval
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Swann St, NW
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Parking details
Only Street Parking
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Public transit
U Street Metro Stop and all 14th Street bus lines.
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Entertainment
All Night Happy Hour
Every Monday, 3pm-close

Taco Takedown Tuesday
$2 Taco specials all day, every Tuesday

Latin Thursdays
10 PM-2 AM | Every Thursday in the Tequileria Lounge
Salsa / Merengue / Bachata / Top 40 / Samba / and more
No cover | Dress to impress!
Rooftop HH Drinks 10pm-11pm
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Nora Bankert at nbankert@richardsandoval.com to book your table. We'll help you select times and menus just right for your gathering. We look forward to hearing from you!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Chef Sandoval, acclaimed as the Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine, invites you to gather, dine & raise a glass at El Centro DF. Authentic Mexican comfort food, signature Latin cocktails and a collection of 200 Tequilas are served in the vibrant spaces – the Taquerria, Tequilaria and open air Rooftop.

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What 1277 People Are Saying
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M
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I had gone for brunch on Sunday and the service was so bad and slow. Our server kept walking past us and barely came to our table. Definetly not coming back here for the bottomless brunch because we didn't get the brunch that we paid for.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bottomless brunch is AMAZING!!!!

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have always enjoyed Richard Sandoval restaurants. However this brunch was very disappointing. The food always showed up at room temperature, instead of hot and everything tasted the same and very generic. They didnt even have coffee at a brunch. 15 minutes of waiting for coffee with our bill and we finally left. Won't be going back here for brunch.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall good and I think value for money for bottomless brunch. If you’re a foodie/food critics about eggs, then you may have many points to criticize though :) Service was very attentive and pleasant. Nice uplifting music as well when I was there (Dec 1) for Sat brunch.

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

El Centro never disappoints for Brunch. Food is great, our server was amazing as well. The ambiance was average I understand it is a restaurant/bar for younger people but if the theme is Mexican some Spanish music (salsa, merengue) would have been better than the hip hop they played the entire time we were there.

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ET
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

the food and drink was AMAZING. i like the waiting staff also. they were nice and friendly.

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ND
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was great and very accommodating!

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DC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food & a fun experience that I would recommend to others. Not a great option for parties with small children though.

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G
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks weren’t that strong but overall everything was delicious!

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R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was average, I ordered 3 things from the menu and the restaurant didn't have it in stock. They would take a long time to get the actual food to the table. In addition the waitress spill fajita juice in my friends shirt.

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BT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

My favorite spot for my Mexican fare addiction! Love the salsa and the El Centro margarita!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bottomless brunch is wonderful. There's great drink variety and the agua frescas, margaritas, and bloody marias are all delicious and deceptively strong. The michelada is disappointingly bad. All the food we ordered came in reasonable portions and was uniformly delicious. I highly recommend the chicken quesadilla and the churros.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Brunch- quality of the food isn’t great for the price

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good indeed

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MF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I wanted to like this place. The ambience was ok but the music was a bit loud. We are at a restaurant not the club...Food was bland. We order the shrimp ceviche and it tasted so bland I had to ask the bartender for something spicy to add. A ceviche is suppose to be cured with citrus but all I tasted was a consistency like a Mexican cocktail shrimp which is different than a ceviche. I asked the bartender because our service was nowhere to be seen. The salsa for the chips tasted bland as well. Very disappointed in the food and the service.

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HE
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We went for bottomless brunch. The selection of food and drink was great and the quality was high as well. Initially, the service was very attentive but that stopped about half way through our meal. They play pretty good music throughout the meal, but it got very loud and I was unable to talk to the people I was eating with.

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

NOT Mexican, compared with the one in Georgetown, not even close. The bartender was nice and the Virgin Marias very good. Do not bother with the margaritas...

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BN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tacos, reasonable drinks. Never had a bad meal here.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Our server was very attentive and kept the bottomless mimosas flowing. The chicken casadilla's are the best I've had in a long time . Great brunch menu.

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DM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking forward to visiting the DC area again and will definitely make this restaurant one of our stops for sure! My husband grew weary of me telling him how much I loved it! :) Everyone in our party of 5 enjoyed it as well!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun, great brunch deal and they were so accommodating and engaging with my table!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family brunch. Workers were fun. Music was great. Food was bomb.

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R
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, the food was very good, definitely authentic Mexican flavors. The look of the restaurant was very cool, but was a bit noisy. The service was mostly good, just took a while to get the check.

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J
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Loud by lively.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a fun place for brunch. It was raining out so not very crowded. The service was wonderful and drinks were tasty. The food was good. I particularly recommend the empanadas, steak taco, and chicken taco. The music was a lot of fun too. I would go back for a fun brunch!

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S
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My friend and I went here for a brunch on memorial day. We had a reservation and got a table really quickly. However, service was very very poor. Our original waitress took our drink order and disappeared. We had to hunt down another one only to find none had placed our order. Salsa tasted like paper. My friend never got her food order and had to share from my plate. We asked for the manager who told us that they had no staff due to memorial day holiday. Well, may be they should have closed down for the day as many other restaurants were! He did not charge us for anything - which was great since we barely ate anything and drinks were just colored water. I will never go here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ryan was awesome!
Very attentive and just pleasant to talk to.
We will be back!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Brunch

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B
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was great; however, the service was disappointing. The waiter didn’t write down our orders and we kept receiving the wrong food. This happened throughout the entirety of our brunch and we even asked why the waiter wasn’t recording our orders. The ambiance was also a bit poor due to the weather and lack of AC on the second floor of the establishment. They only had fans but that didn’t help with the 90 degree weather.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Our server, Wendy kept my mimosas filled the entire time. My bf decided he didn’t want the unlimited brunch and the manager gladly accommodated his request. I’ll definitely be visiting again!

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just enjoyed an amazing fun and delicious brunch with family visiting from Puerto Rico. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was as delicious as ever. My family enjoyed themselves so much the now want o search for an apartment nearby for future vacations!! A million thumbs up for El Centro D.F.

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TW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the energy, music and food. Our server was awesome!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice place to meet with friends. Great staff.

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SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Bottomless Brunch. All you can eat and drink! If you leave hungry it's your own fault

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The basement seating is a bit dingy. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced. There was a leak/drip in the ceiling it hit two of us on the head when we walked underneath it and waiters carried food underneath it.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aside from the noise level, everything about out experience here was amazing. Friendly wait staff, delicious food, and awesome drinks. Definitely recommend for any occasion.

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VR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tacos were not particularly good; husband had to explain to the bartender how to serve the tequila he ordered; we were seated in a basement room on a nice summer evening.

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place was a complete failure on so many levels. It was 90 degrees outside and I was expecting to go into the restaurant and find some relief in the indoor air conditioning. Wrong! It had to be 95 stifling degrees inside the restaurant. No air conditioning, no fans, not even a breeze from outdoors. It was so miserable I couldn't bear it. I left. Never going back there!

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, they made a special tequila espresso drink that was incredible
would recommend

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We’ve been wanting to try this brunch for while. Great atmosphere and we were really excited for bottomless. Overall we did not find that the brunch was worth $39. There were indeed plenty of options but the majority of the food was delivered cold as if it were pre-prepared and had been sitting out for some time. The service was good, but our waiter was fairly distant considering the thin crowd. We probably won’t do this brunch again because of the somewhat okay food and high cost.

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